Last week, during the CinemaCon expo in Las Vegas, there was a scene shown to those in attendance that laid out the plan that Earth’s mightiest heroes hatched to take on Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. It’s footage that would probably drive the fans wild, provided they ever got to see it before release. Well, prepare for pure Marvel Cinematic Universe madness, as you watch that very clip below.
So the big plan to take down the Mad Titan himself is to, obviously, steal the Infinity Stones he holds dear and use them to reverse the course of events that took place in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s solid reasoning, if not a decision that requires a lot of chutzpah and some super powered miracles. Luckily, the addition of Bree Larson’s Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel herself, certainly helps level out the playing field. Though, there are still some in the room that have their doubts.
One such party that isn’t doubting this particularly bold plan of action is none other than Steve Rogers. As the defacto leader of The Avengers, this crisis has weighed heavily on his own conscious, as well as that of his fellow teammates. So if there’s even the slightest shot of redemption that’ll restore Bucky Barnes and everyone else lost in the snap, you can be damned sure he’s going to take it.
With that strategy in mind for Avengers: Endgame, you can see just how exciting this latest entry in the MCU is about to become. But there’s something interesting to unpack while watching the footage a second, or even third time; and it has to do with something Black Widow says right at the beginning of the clip: “He used the stones again.”
Seeing Thanos use the Infinity Stones throughout Avengers: Infinity War was not only a precursor to the biggest event in comic movie history, it was also a chilling display of power. The villain to end all villains in this particular cinematic universe was seen wielding ultimate power, and it usually didn’t end to well for our heroes when they were at the receiving end of said power. So why would Thanos use the stones again in Avengers: Endgame?
Well, there’s the possibility that, as we previously theorized, The Avengers won’t have to wait long before tussling with that purple menace in a rematch. So one of two scenarios emerge from this: either this is the moment that sets up The Avengers for their second round with Thanos, or this is the plan that emerges from whatever the fallout of that earlier battle entails.
On one hand, chasing Thanos to get the stones is wise, as they probably have a good idea where to find him, post Decimation. So Avengers: Endgame kicking off its second act with a failed gambit at defeating Thanos would be a good idea for the plot, as it would prove once and for all that those powered gems of the universe are necessary for victory. However, there’s also a good chance that the battle could come after the Infinity Stone heist that Black Widow is suggesting kicks off.
Thanos isn’t dumb, so he might feel he has to use one of the six stones’ specific skill sets to either evade any repercussions from his post Infinity War antics, as well as to set up further obstacles that our heroes can’t get past without using extreme means. Not to mention, if he uses the Time Stone like Doctor Strange did in last summer’s blockbuster, he could see that he needs to act quick or be challenged again.
No matter which plot path wins out in the end, Avengers: Endgame is ready to, as Captain America put it oh so brilliantly, get that son of a bitch Thanos and make him pay for his crimes. April 26th is the day that it all happens, and you’re not going to want to miss it for anything! But in the meantime, stay tuned to us here at CinemaBlend, as we’ll have more coverage of the road to the Endgame!