Infinity War was the biggest crossover in the history of live-action films that gave off a really dark ending no one was ready for. Thanos succeeded in fulfilling his dream of attaining all six Infinity Stones and wiping off half of the universe’s population with a snap. However, this did give birth to the question that how did the creators decide whom they should kill.
The entire team of Guardians also turned into dust post-Thanos’ snap except the likes of Rocket Raccoon and Nebula who survived. But many fans may wonder that other Guardians were perhaps more important than these two, so why did the Russo brothers select them specifically?
Well, as we all know that nothing happens by accident and there’s a reason behind everything. So there’s a rational reason behind all the characters who survived the snap and for others who didn’t. The original six Avengers survived the snap, perhaps because Avengers 4 will be the last film for many characters. But the bigger reason behind this could be that they all have a purpose to fulfill in Avengers 4. And so does all other characters.
However, a new theory by a Reddit user suggests that time travel will enable the heroes to visit all the films that had an Infinity Stone. Moreover, this theory reflects the use of Nebula and Rocket into Avengers 4. Here, look at it:
“We have the original Avengers all well and alive but why are Rocket Raccoon and Nebula alive? I think the answer is clear if the Time Travel Theory is real that might be the reason why these 2 are alive. Rocket Raccoon is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Power Stone was.
(Avengers can get the stone from Xandar right after GotG ends and the GotG story continues like we know.)
Nebula is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Soul Stone was.
(Maybe someone from the Avengers sacrifices themselves to get the stone before Thanos. This would explain the many deaths that will “happen” if the spoilers are legit.)
Thor is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Reality Stone was.
(The Avengers can steal it from the collector or Thor can find a way in the timeline not to give it to the collector during the events of Thor 2.)
Iron Man, Thor and probably Hulk are the only alive avengers knowing where the Time Stone was.
(So right after the events of the Doctor Strange Movie the Avengers can either steal it or somehow convince Strange about the events that are going to happen)
The Space Stone ain’t a tricky one. The events of the Avengers happen like we know and then the Avengers team can get it. Everybody knows where it is or was. They probably go back to the moment where Thor & Loki are about to leave earth. The Space Stone was only significant in the Avengers movie. Doing anything with the stone after the A1 events won’t harm the Timeline.”
This theory throws light at how retrieving the Mind Stone is possible without messing up with the timeline. The theory continues:
The Mind Stone is a real tricky one.
“If they get it back in the Avengers 1 Events Vision never happens and the Avengers 2 events probably ain’t happening.
So my Theory is they get it back before the events of Avengers 3. Extracting the stone out of Visions head. With Time Travel all the stories we have seen can happen like we know. No Timeline errors or something like that.”
But retrieving the stone out of Vision would be certainly altering the storyline of Infinity War, so most probably it has to be done at the time Shuri is working at extracting the Stone off Vision during the Wakandan War. To make this happen, Shuri will have figure out how Vision can be separated from the Stone and then travel to the past. Infinity War teased that there will a lot of Vision left even without the Mind Stone, so that could possibly come into play.
If the heroes extract all the Stones from the past, it could prevent the snap from happening, saving all that happened in the past films of MCU. And we guess, that’s what the ultimate goal of Marvel Studios is. But even if Avengers succeeds in attaining these stones, they will be messing up the whole story in Infinity War. The theory of getting the Mind Stone before the events of Avengers 4 might negate everything that happened in Infinity War, something that Marvel may try to do, anyway.
While strolling through the comments thread on Reddit, we came across one more reason behind Nebula and Rocket’s survival. Have a look:
“Nebula and Rocket are both space pilots. Tony would have a hard time figuring out how to get anywhere from Titan without someone with experience piloting an alien ship as well as the necessary navigational skills. Same with earthbound Avengers needing Rocket to find stones off the planet. This also allows for multiple space missions like in IW so that’s probably their primary purpose for surviving the snap with the original Avengers.”
This theory also suggests the use of each Avenger in the upcoming Avengers 4. However, all questions will be answered when Avengers 4 hits the theaters on May 3 next year.