What If Avengers 4's Villain Isn't Thanos? Predicting A Shocking Marvel Twist

Everybody looking forward to Avengers 4 is expecting the surviving heroes to take the fight to Thanos and hopefully undo all the devastation he caused with his infamous finger-snap, but what if he's not the real villain? When considered that Avengers: Infinity War was essentially Thanos' story, with the villain sitting peacefully on a farm at the end, his mission to balance out life in the universe successfully accomplished, will Avengers 4 really feature Thanos as its main villain?

For all intents and purposes, Thanos won. To have the Avengers regroup, undo the snap and defeat Thanos in Avengers 4 would almost be too easy. Marvel Studios aren't always in the business of tying off their movies with neat little bows, after all. Whether it's SHIELD being dismantled at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Asgard being destroyed at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, Scott Lang being trapped in the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and yes, Thanos wiping out half of all life at the close of Avengers: Infinity War - Marvel don't always end their movies with events unfolding as blockbuster-trained audiences expect, or with the status quo being maintained.

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Could the shocking twist in Avengers 4 be that Thanos isn't ultimately the final villain the Avengers face? If not, will they actually have to turn to him in their hour of need? The most likely scenario is that Thanos is still the villain, but a few fan theories and some Marvel comics history give some other fun possibilities.

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The ending of Avengers: Infinity War left the remaining heroes (along with Captain Marvel) a task that is perhaps greater than the threat of Thanos. First, the surviving heroes - being the original Avengers, alongside War Machine, Okoye, Nebula, Rocket, Hawkeye (or perhaps he should be called Ronin now), and Ant-Man - have to deal with losing half of all the universe. The fact that so many of the lives lost belonged to friends and allies puts a personal spin on the Avengers' desire to undo what Thanos wrought, and it will likely be their first priority. Especially considering that Thanos has retired to his peaceful farm life, meaning he won't be an immediate threat, safe in thinking his work is done.

The fact that Avengers 4's plot appears to have some basis in time travel, the Avengers could take the fight to Thanos in the past - although, as anyone familiar with time travel will attest, meddling with the past can only inspire the butterfly effect to royally screw the future. Upon returning to the present, our heroes may well have to ally with Thanos to either undo their debilitating effect on the future, or combat some new threat to the future.

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Alternatively, Thanos' actions could draw some new all-powerful, malevolent being to the fore - something with knowledge of the Infinity Stones, attracted by their combined usage for what we assume is the first time. After all, Thanos' use of his only Infinity Gauntlet irreparably broke it, so his capacity to use the Stones is done with. He won't be as much of a threat as a tired old farmer than when he was with all the Stones at his command.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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