25 Marvel Fan Theories That Actually Came True!
We've seen what Killmonger is capable of in Black Panther, and how disruptive he can be. Many theories are floating about which are based off substantial evidence. For today, we're going to focus on those fan theories that make so much sense, believable as it may seem. The range from leaked cast interviews to set photographs and many facts that seem pretty solid.
So without wasting any time, let's dig into these fan theories and find out what's in store for us.
25. Thanos had a plan to get rid of Odin with the Infinity Stones
Infinity War left fans with more questions and confusion. One of which was why on earth did Thanos wait so long to collect the Infinity Stones? He knew where most of them were, so why did he take six years?
Twitter user Dc.marvel.jpg suggests the recent demise of Odin, the Ancient One, and Ego encouraged Thanos to get off his chair and into action because they were the only ones with the power to stop him. Odin and the Ancient One were protecting the universe, while Ego was an actual planet.
24. Loki will be resurrected in Avengers 4
Since Hela is the Goddess of Death, it certainly makes no sense for her demise to imitate that of regular Asgardians, or for her to perish at all. So, according to this theory, she’s still alive and will ultimately resurrect her step-brother. This theory is based off a set photo that showed the actors and crew at the Durham Cathedral, the location where Thor sees his vision in Age of Ultron.
In the photo, there’s the statute of the Norse god seen in Thor’s vision and a dummy of Rocket Raccoon. This has been translated to reveal that Thor and Rocket will gain access to the pool, travel to Hell where Hela is living, and bargain with her to bring Loki back to life.
23. Bucky and The Scarlet Witch will both return
Most people believe that the Avengers we lost in Infinity War will return from the ashes again. However, one theory suggests that not everyone will come back as they were. Bucky Barnes and The Scarlet Witch were not always rooting for the right side. Both of them were experiments and Hydra's minions.
Eventually, they both turned to the lighter side and joined the Avengers, but what if the dusting reverses this? According to one theory, these two will return in Avengers 4 but will revert to their evil ways. The Scarlet Witch seems to be the only one with the power to stop Thanos, so this certainly looks problematic for the Avengers.
22. Ultron will possess the Infinity Gauntlet
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter finds an Ultron head in the government warehouse. Although most people brushed it off as the head of an Ultron clone and a nice little Easter egg, others believe it could be a sign that Ultron is still alive.
Ultron could pass his consciousness from robot to another in Age of Ultron, and the only way you could tell which robot he possessed was when his eyes glowed red. The robot head that Peter held in Homecoming had red eyes. Therefore Ultron’s data is still in the mind stone, and somehow, it’ll end up back in the robot’s body. Ultron will then have the power to take over the Infinity Gauntlet.
21. Killmonger lives, and his son is in Black Panther
One of the most in-depth villains in the MCU was Killmonger. So we definitely could not have seen the last of him, right? This theory suggests that Killmonger was never genuinely defeated by Black Panther. When Killmonger was stabbed, he still possessed the power of the Black Panther, so could’ve survived his wounds.
T’Challa survived a stab wound and a dive off a waterfall even after his powers were removed, so it is possible that Killmonger could do the same. Another theory suggests that the kid that T’Challa talks to in Oakland at the end of the movie could be Killmonger’s son.
20. Thanos is destined to be defeated in the Quantum Realm
Seen as Doctor Strange saw every outcome of Infinity War, it seems odd that their plan that was destined to fail. However, something that made things even weirder was that Scott Lang entered the Quantum Realm at the exact moment that Thanos snapped his fingers. Reddit user theincredibleshaq, shared a theory as well.
Scott’s presence in the Quantum Realm was an essential part of the one reality that Doctor Strange said the Avengers could win. Strange could’ve outlined the timing of Thanos’ actions and forced the snap to happen at the exact time that Scott entered the realm. Perhaps the Quantum Realm helped Scott travel in time. Do you think this could he be the key to defeat Thanos?
19. Loki's appearance changes to Hela to trick Odin into loving him
Many fans have pointed out that Hela and Loki look more like siblings than Hela and Thor. This fan theory gives us a good reason to think about it some more. During the first Thor, we see a flashback where Odin takes an orphaned Loki, and the child changes from a blue Frost Giant into an Asgardian child.
Later, in Ragnarok, we see that Loki has the ability to view people’s memories when he touches Valkyrie. So, what if baby Loki could see Odin’s memories of Hela when he first touched him and decided to take the form of his first-born? Are you scratching your head yet?
18. Nebula becomes an evil supergiant
If you’re a true Marvel fan, you may have realized that one member was missing from Thanos’ Black Order – Supergiant. Her omission from the movie is exceptionally odd, and therefore, fans have created a theory to end the confusion.
This theory suggests that Supergiant was not in Infinity War because she has already been introduced in previous MCU movies. Since the Black Order consists of Thanos’ “children”, Nebula could potentially assume the role of Supergiant in the future. Some fans think that after becoming Supergiant, she’ll side with Thanos, while others believe she’ll become someone much more powerful than the Mad Titan.
17. The Red Skull returns to retrieve the Infinity Gauntlet
Many theories were confirmed that he's still alive when Red Skull made a surprising cameo in Infinity. These theories about Hydra have not put fans off at least, and they continue to come up with new concepts. Some people have noticed that Red Skull’s arc was similar to Mephisto, who told Thanos how to use the Infinity Stones in the comics.
Mephisto had an ulterior motive and watched Thanos while he waited for the perfect opportunity to take the Gauntlet for himself. Red Skull could have a similar goal and finally make his way off his mysterious planet to take the Gauntlet. This would explain why Samuel L. Jackson accidentally said that he’s still chasing Red Skull in an interview.
16. Ulysses Klaue steels Bucky's arm
When questioned by Agent Ross, Ulysses Klaue declared he stole his arm from Wakanda, but this doesn't make any sense. In Age of Ultron, Klaue meets Ultron to try and sell his stolen Vibranium. This is at this same meeting when Klaue also loses his arm. So, when he first went to Wakanda, he had two arms and no need for a prosthetic one.
Why would he want to steal one? Perhaps he made another trip to Wakanda after he lost his arm. Now, the arm is a militarized, left arm that seems to match Bucky’s skin color. It seems evident that this arm was meant Bucky, don't you agree?
15. Doctor Doom will appear at the end-credits scene
Here is a theory that is not based on any facts, but came about through the wishes of fans. Victor Von Doom or Doctor Doom has gone head-to-head against the Avengers in the comics and is a major villain in the Marvel universe.
However, his time on the big screen is notably lacking. With the Disney-Fox alliance, Doom’s appearance in an MCU movie isn’t entirely outrageous. Although we are expected to see him in the plot of Avengers 4 extremely confusing, he may only appear in the end credits. The MCU is known to reveal significant villains at the end of their movies.
14. Thanos created Rocket
James Gunn promised fans that they'd learn more about Rocket’s backstory in the upcoming film back at HASCON 2017. He stated, “It’s going to be a little different from the comics... It’s a little bit more horrible." Gunn also said that Rocket’s origins were previously subtly referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which led fans to the following conclusion.
In the movie, Nebula talks about how Thanos tore her to pieces and put her back together after each sisterly battle. This line is remarkably suggestive of Rocket talking about his own creation in Vol. 1. So does that confirm the Mad Titan created Rocket?
13. Bruce Banner is Loki in disguise
Loki fans were teased when Thanos said “No resurrections this time” after he let go of the God of Mischief’s lifeless body. What if Loki doesn’t need a resurrection because that wasn’t his body? If you remember, Bruce Banner was odd and out-of-character throughout Infinity War. He barely noticed Black Widow when they were rejoined, and knew about Doctor Strange’s Sanctorum.
He also knew way too much about the Infinity Stones and couldn’t even revert to his Hulk form. While most people believed his lack of transformation was because Hulk was afraid of Thanos, it could’ve been because Bruce Banner was just Loki’s disguise. Loki can shapeshift and project holograms so that it could’ve been part of his master plan all along.
12. The Mad Titan will be defeated
After Infinity War, it appears that Thanos and his snap are undefeatable. However, fans have pointed to two people, very dear to Thanos’ heart, that could take him out. The first is Mistress Death. In the comics, Death holds Thanos’ heart, and he would unquestionably do anything to prove that they belong together.
Some fans believe that Mistress Death is Hela and that she holds the key to stopping Thanos and saving the Avengers. The second theory is Thanos’ son, Thane. In the comics, Thane defeats his father and vows to fight the good fight. So, could we see him included in Avengers 4?
11. Killmonger is actually a plant from the CIA
Do you think that it was a coincidence that Killmonger worked for the CIA? They most likely knew who he and his parents were, so maybe they were collaborating to infiltrate Wakanda. Killmonger was initially trained to infiltrate countries and destabilize threats to the United States, and this is precisely what he did in Black Panther.
In the movie, Killmonger made his way into Wakanda and infiltrated their stations. Then, by the end of Black Panther, Wakanda opened itself up to the world in a nonviolent way that benefited the US. So, maybe the Americans knew about Vibranium, regarded it as a threat, and sent Killmonger in to ensure Wakanda was on their side.
10. The Winter Soldier assassinated Peter's parents
Geekydaddydave noticed that if you listen to the seemingly unrelated activation words used to turn Bucky into the Winter Soldier, they may hold a secret message. The string of words is "longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car." “Nine” clearly refers to Hydra, which is a Greek mythological creature with nine heads.
Then, “freight car” points to the train that Bucky fell off of in The First Avenger: Homecoming, and could reference Spider-Man’s latest film. Knowing Bucky’s past, do you think he could somehow be linked to the assassination of Peter’s parents? As far as Spider-Man: Homecoming is concerned, we don't know anything about Richard and Mary Parker, so it is possible.
9. Yellow Jacket confronts Ant-Man in the Quantum Realm
Back in July 2018, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed taunted the fans into thinking that Yellowjacket may still be alive. He told Screen Junkies, “If you watch his death in the first-Ant-man, the suit is compromised… he shrinks and goes into a thing. I mean, he could be somewhere down there in that Quantum Realm."
This brought on the concept that with Scott now stuck in the realm, he could run into his old nemesis once again. Fans have also voiced their concerns that Dormammu might even show up in the domain. During the Ant-Man and The Wasp mid-credit scene, there was a glimpse of a smiling face in the background. Some fans believe this is Thanos, and others think it’s Dormammu.
8. Thanos influenced Ultron's creation
During Age of Ultron, Thanos puts on the Gauntlet and says, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.” This scene made fans believe he orchestrated all the events that led to Infinity War. Thanos gave Loki the mind stone in The Avengers to allow him to conquer Earth. His real motive could’ve been to let Loki take out half of New York.
He then planned for the stone to end up with Stark so that he could create Ultron, which was another villain with his own intentions to wipe out the human race. Each of these events could’ve been Thanos’ first efforts to slaughter half the universe before he decided to collect the Infinity Stones.
7. Skrulls invade the earth, and one of them is Wong
After Benedict Wong posted a photo of himself filming Avengers 4, it was confirmed that Wong survived the dusting. However, his image alarmed some people. In the picture, Wong has prosthetics on the back of his head, and it seems as though he might be a Skrull in disguise.
The theory suggests that Skrulls invaded earth and mimicked people, making everyone believe that they survived the snap when in fact, they didn’t and were simply substituted by Skrulls. Other theories suggest that Hulk, Thor, and General Ross could also be Skrulls.
6. The demise of Mar-vell is actually Thanos, and The Black Order's doing
Since Captain Marvel is coming out before Avengers 4, fans are pushing to connect her to Thanos. One fan noticed Cull Obsidian had a blue, gold, and red cloth hanging off his belt in Infinity War that looks similar to Captain Marvel’s suit. Therefore, the thought is that he defeated Mar-Vell and is wearing a part of his suit as a trophy.
Mar-Vell is a Kree warrior that was Captain Marvel prior to Carol Danvers. He has an association to Thanos in the comics and could have lost a battle to him and the Black Order in the MCU. This would provide a particular reason for Carol Danvers to help the Avengers and take down Thanos.
5. Loki fakes yet another death
We know Loki for being a master trickster that always has a genius plan up his sleeve. That’s why it’s been so hard to accept that Loki didn’t have a layout in Infinity War. Some fans have been quick to point out the similarities between Loki’s fall in Infinity War and his faked passing in Dark World.
Loki usually holds his weapons in his right hand. However, when he attempts to stab Thanos, he uses his left hand. The only other time he’s used that hand in battle was just before he was “stabbed” by Kurse. The blade he uses in Infinity War is also only used during his fake demise, causing many people to think Loki is still alive.
4. Odin imprisoned Hela because she tried trading him for the Soul Stone
This theory suggests that years ago, Odin went on a power trip and decided to claim all the Infinity Stones. He ordered Nidavellir to create the Infinity Gauntlet, and that is why Eitri had a mold for Thanos and had another casting made as a test fit. This test cast is the one that is currently in Odin’s throne room.
When Odin discovered the price of the Soul Stone and learned he had to sacrifice his firstborn, Hela, he walked away from the quest. Hela, though, didn’t feel the same way. She understood the power of the Gauntlet and tried to sacrifice her father for the stone. Odin eventually won the battle and banished Hela to Hell.
3. Half of Thanos is still in the universe
Thanos said that he was the last of his kind, the Eternal Titans. So, looking at the rules of the Infinity Gauntlet, half of him should have disappeared when he snapped his fingers. This theory suggests that one half of Thanos’ consciousness didn’t survive the dusting. Therefore, there should be two projections of Thanos.
One in the real world and one where the missing Avengers end up. So, based on this theory, the Avengers will have to battle the Mad Titan twice. There is another theory that suggests Thanos didn’t survive Infinity War at all, and the vision of him with little Gamora is a glimpse of him in a heaven-like realm.
2. All the missing people will return, including Ronan
It seems that the people that were dusted are going to return since many of them still have solo movies planned in the future. However, what if everyone that was ever affected by an Infinity Stone came back to life? This would mean that we could see Ronan return and possibly defeat Thanos.
Red Skull might also return from Vormir and land back on Earth. This would create another menace for the Avengers as they attempt to reverse the events of Infinity War. However, Red Skull might get in there first and go after Thanos and the Infinity Stones himself.
1. Since the Battle of New York, Loki has orchestrated everything
This theory suggests that Loki is a true genius and has been orchestrating everything in the universe since he lost the battle in New York. According to this theory, the God of Mischief plotted the rest of the MCU’s timeline after he learned that he was losing New York in The Avengers.
Thanos finding the Infinity Stones and destroying half of the universe was part of his plan all along. Then, he predicted that the Avengers needed to time-travel to save the day, giving him a second chance to win the battle. Although we’ve all considered Thanos to be the greatest villain in the MCU, he might just be Loki’s little puppet.
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