Do not read on until you have seen Avengers: Infinity War. Major spoiler ahead. We clear? Okay.
I got to see this film opening weekend, and I loved every minute of it. I left the film both satisfied and wanting more. And I think I know how the follow-up film is going to start.
I predict that the next Avengers sequel will begin with Thanos snapping his fingers.
We saw it briefly at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Right after Thanos obtains the final Infinity Gem, he snaps his fingers and it immediately cuts to a scene of him talking to a young Gamora probably within the Soul Gem. He soon comes to his senses and makes a hasty exit from Earth. Shortly after he leaves, people start dying left and right. It happens with no warning. The scene conveys the terrifying sense of powerlessness one feels when confronted by an invisible malevolent force that is both unstoppable and unfeeling. None of the people who are dying even get the absolution of seeing their murderer decree their fate. They just die.
Everything up to that point in the film offered at least a glimmer of hope that Thanos could be stopped and that the heroes had a fighting chance at life. Stripping that all away and focusing on the consequences of the Infinity Gauntlet’s power was a bold choice. I think that we are going to get the other half of that exchange because it’s such an important and iconic moment. It deserves to be dwelt upon because it is such a pivotal moment in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I believe we’re going to once again see Thanos snap his fingers, but this time it will be different because we will see it from his perspective. All of the Infinity Gems will light up at the same time, followed by a montage of death as Thanos watches half of the heroes and ordinary people across the universe die. Not only would this be a great way to summarize the events of the first film, but it would also show the emotional toll that this action took on Thanos, further humanizing him and making him that much more of a tragic villain. He sacrificed everything to obtain the Infinity Gems, and he also had to watch the deaths of all of the people in the universe who he slaughtered indiscriminately.
Starting the next Avengers film with this scene should be a snap.
This is the Deja Reviewer bidding you farewell until we meet again.