With the recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the MCU is starting this year on a strong note that is only going to get stronger. With The Hulk and Thor teaming up in Thor: Ragnarok and planned movies involving The Blank Panther and Captain Marvel, the MCU is set to be a dominant force on the big screen once again.
In the middle of these up and coming solo superhero movies, the MCU is also giving us The Avengers: Infinity War. The third movie in the Avengers series is shaping up to be the biggest, boldest, and most ambitious movie yet. Because of the pure scale of the MCU, with each movie feeding into another, and the introduction of more characters in an ever expanding movie universe, Avengers: Infinity War promises to be the end result of a decade of planning that should leave fans satisfied and happy with everything they've seen. Because of the scale of Avengers: Infinity War, plus a lot of unanswered questions from previous MCU movies, a lot of rumors have surfaced about the plot and resolution of the movie. With that in mind, here are 15 rumors that we hope will happen in Avengers: Infinity War.
15 The Return Of The Ladies
The first entry on our list is all about girl power. Since the MCU first kicked off with Iron Man back in 2008, three strong women have been involved with our heroes: Pepper Potts, Jane Foster, and Peggy Carter, and they could all be set to have a part in Infinity War. Pepper Potts and Jane Foster are set to be involved in Infinity War, or at the very least their characters are set to have a cameo appearance. After all, we haven't heard from these two women in a few movies.
The other surprising thing is that there has been many rumors that Peggy Carter will be brought back. We last heard from Peggy in Captain America: Civil War when she died peacefully of old age, so we're not sure how this would work or if she will be involved in flashbacks, but this could be interesting. An even stranger rumor is that Bruce Banner's old flame Betty Ross has also been rumored to show up in Infinity War which could be an interesting love triangle between Ross, Banner and Black Widow.
14 Lady Death Will Appear
Obviously Avengers: Infinity War has been building up to a big showdown between the Avengers and Thanos. We know this to be true and the MCU has more than dropped a few hints about the intergalactic tyrant and his quest for the Infinity Stones. Having made brief cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy and at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War is set to be the stage of Thanos.
The exact plot is yet to be revealed but if Thanos is a major part in this movie then we are sure that Lady Death will also be involved. After all, a lot of the reasons that Thanos does what he does and acts the way he does is to impress Lady Death, the creature that he loves and adores the most in the universe. So it would make sense for her to be involved in some way, or at the very least, be included in any backstory or flashback that involves Thanos.
13 New Hero Introduction
With several planned solo hero movies coming out over the next few years, featuring heroes such as Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ant-Man, and Wasp, we could all be in for an early treat as these heroes could make an early appearance in Infinity War. While Ant-Man and Black Panther have already had some screen time in previous movies, the likes of Wasp and Captain Marvel haven't yet.
The rumors seem to be more focused of Brie Larson's Captain Marvel as Joe and Anthony Russo, the duo who will be directing Infinity War, have been teasing fans with possible hero introductions. We're not sure how Captain Marvel could fit into Infinity War yet as her origin movie doesn't come out until after Infinity War, but it could be a nice treat for the female hero fans. Of course, Marvel has many heroes that they haven't used in their movies yet so there could be more new hero surprises in Infinity War.
12 The Return Of The Winter Soldier
Another character that has been very prominent both as a villain and a hero within the MCU is The Winter Soldier. The last time we saw The Winter Soldier was at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Captain America's best friend, Bucky Barnes, was left without an arm and in the care of The Black Panther in his home country of Wakanda. Struggling with all the bad things he has done, The Winter Soldier wanted to be kept out of the world and guarded like a prisoner.
We know that the actor, Sebastian Stan, is still contracted to appear as The Winter Soldier, but just which movies he will appear in are unknown. However, when Thanos sets his sights on Earth and The Avengers, then it's quite likely Captain America will call on his old buddy to come and help out, especially given The Winter Soldier's training and skill set. Even if he is missing an arm!
11 Quicksilver Will Be Revived
Another rumor about a returning character that might show up again in Infinity War is Quicksilver. Ever since Quicksilver was shot, taking a bullet for Hawkeye in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, many fans have suspected, or at least hoped for, Quicksilver's speedy recovery and return. We must be honest, we're not sure that this rumor, if it's true, will actually be a good thing. Given that Quicksilver is the only true death the MCU has seen, if he was brought back, it would undermine any real threat and danger the heroes face as they could just be brought back again.
If they did bring Quicksilver back then a good way to do it would be to use Scarlet Witch. Within the comic books, Scarlet Witch has been involved in some major storylines, most famous of all The House of M story arch. In that story, she completely changed reality, killed everyone, and then brought them back to life. Scarlet Witch's power hasn't been addressed that much in the movies, but bringing Quicksilver back would be a good way to demonstrate just how powerful she is.
10 Heimdall Has The Soul Stone
Throughout the movies in the MCU, the Infinity Stones have played a major part in the plots, and of course the build up to Infinity War. The Stones themselves are what give Thanos his universe destroying powers as he harnesses their power in his Infinity Gauntlet. So far in the movies, we have seen the Space Stone, the Reality Stone, the Power Stone, the Time Stone, and the Mind Stone. Each of them have been addressed in various movies, all except the Soul Stone, which has so far not been seen in the movies.
There is a theory that Asgard's all-seeing protector Heimdall possesses the Soul stone, which is how he manages to see everything in the universe, and it also gives him that distinct eye color. Out of all the characters in the MCU, Heimdall is one that is seemingly overpowered but without any real explanation. Maybe it's because he uses the power of the Soul Stone. This rumor could be an interesting one but unfortunately we can't see it ending well for Heimdall.
9 The Black Order
We all know that Thanos is going to be the big bad in the Infinity War movie, but will he be alone? There have been many rumors about who will be helping Thanos achieve his goals and wipe out The Avengers. The biggest rumors that surround Thanos' army is that he'll use The Chitauri, the aliens that tried to conquer Earth with Loki in the first Avengers movie. It's fair to say that Thanos will use an army of some kind in order for all the heroes to fight, instead of them just standing around waiting for Thanos.
The other interesting rumor is that Infinity War could introduce The Black Order; The Black Order are Thanos's high command and loyal subjects that coordinate his armies and aid Thanos in his missions. So far the Black Order has yet to appear but Infinity War would be the perfect place for them to do that. Of course there is one other major bad guy that could be helping Thanos...
8 Loki's Major Role
There is no denying that Loki has been one of the most surprisingly popular characters within the MCU. Starting out in the first Thor movie, Loki has been involved in most of the major storylines within the MCU. Not just content with being a generic bad guy, Loki has proved very popular with fans and it wouldn't surprise us if he showed up in Avengers: Infinity War. After all, he is the god of mischief and loves nothing more than to cause some chaos in the universe. We could definitely see Loki being a double agent while he helps his brother Thor and The Avengers while at the same time working with Thanos.
Obviously we don't know yet what the fate of Loki is in Thor: Ragnarok. Many people may feel like Loki's story arch will have run its course by the end of the third Thor movie and therefore it could be the end for him. But you just never know with Loki, and given his popularity, it wouldn't surprise us at all if he survives Thor: Ragnarok and shows up in Infinity War.
7 Deaths Of A Major Characters
If there has been one criticism that fans and critics have had during the course of the MCU, then it's been the lack of any real peril. Apart from Quicksilver, who may well be getting a revival, none of the heroes or characters have actually been in mortal danger. Throughout all the movies, overpowered beings, alien attacks, and a superhero civil war, everyone seems to walk away fairly unharmed. So with Thanos, one of the most dangerous and powerful characters in the whole Marvel universe, we're expecting a few heroes to fall.
There have been many rumors about which characters won't make the next phases of Marvel's MCU with the most popular being Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Iron Man in particular has been the source of a lot of the rumors as his character has split from the rest of The Avengers, and also briefly retired, so his character is favorite to die along with Captain America. Both characters have been involved in the MCU since the beginning so their personal story arch could come to an end in Infinity War.
6 Hank Pym Will Be Involved
With all the rumors and leaks about which characters will be involved in Avengers: Infinity War, one of the more surprising ones is Hank Pym. We already know that Scott Lang's Ant-Man is set to be involved but the original Ant-Man and all round genius scientist Hank Pym could also join in the fun.
There have been reports and rumors that most, if not all, the heroes that the MCU has set up will play a part in Infinity War so it makes sense that Hank Pym would also join in. After all, Pym is one of the smartest minds in the Marvel universe so if Thanos was set to destroy the world, he would definitely get involved. The MCU has set Hank Pym up as an older statesman of the universe, so his mind and knowledge would definitely be used for the sake of saving the planet. Although it's very unlikely we'll see him don his famous invention and have two Ant-Men on screen.
5 As Well As Adam Warlock
Another character introduction that is rumored to be happening in Avengers: Infinity War is Adam Warlock. In the comic books, Adam Warlock plays a very big and important role within the Infinity War storyline as he, and a few others calling themselves the Infinity Watch, are charged with protecting the Infinity Stones from falling in the wrong hands again.
Warlock's history is a complicated one as he started out as an experiment for the "perfect being" but soon rebelled against his creators and travelled the stars and meets the evil Magnus. Over the years, Warlock has taken many forms, both good and bad. Most famously, he turned out to be Magnus which was a future version of Warlock that had travelled back in time and had been driven insane by the Soul Stone.
We're not quite sure how Adam Warlock could fit into the Infinity War movie, but if Thanos and all the Infinity Stones are involved in this movie than Adam Warlock won't be far behind.
4 Red Skull
With the promise of Thanos and possibly The Chitauri and Loki all set to take on The Avengers, another famous villain could also be heading back to life: The Red Skull. Only appearing in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Red Skull has still been a dominant force on the big screen and within the MCU. In the comic books, The Red Skull is more than just a member of HYDRA and a pain in Captain America's side, he also has a big part to play in regards to the Infinity Stones and Thanos.
With both Captain America and The Winter Soldier defying the laws of time by being frozen, there is no reason why the MCU couldn't do the same to The Red Skull and have him come out at the critical moment in the Infinity War movie, just to make things worse for The Avengers. With so many characters planned to be in Infinity War, the MCU may well save The Red Skull for another movie but it would still be great to see him on the big screen once again.
3 Peter Dinklage's Character
Out of all the actors that have been linked to being involved in Avengers: Infinity War, no other actor has caused the rumor mill to go into overdrive more than Peter Dinklage. Since it was first announced that Dinklage would play a part in Infinity War, everyone has been trying to guess which character he will play. The most popular rumors are: MODOK, the super villain and adversary of the likes of Captain America, Eitri, who was the creator of the Infinity Gauntlet, and even Pip, sidekick to Adam Warlock and future member of the Infinity Watch.
We're not sure that the MCU would introduce both Thanos and MODOK into the same movie but Eitri is a big possibility and if the rumors that Adam Warlock will be involved are true, then Pip is also a great contender for the actor to play.
2 Multiply Marvel Crossovers
Avengers: Infinity War and its scheduled sequel is set to be one of the biggest movies in history with one of the biggest cast lists. We already know that the main Avengers will be taking part, as well as other characters such as Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and members of The Guardians of the Galaxy but what about the other MCU projects?
With the soon to be released Defenders coming out on Netflix, a lot of rumors have been circulating about the Netflix MCU and will they have a part to play in the Infinity War movies. We know that Infinity War is going to be a huge battle in which all heroes are called to help out and this just might include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. As of yet, the Netflix MCU has been kept separate from the movie MCU, but this is still the same universe and some characters may well cross over between the two. We're not sure how likely this is, especially with an already huge cast list for Infinity War, but given it's the same universe and this is the MCU we're talking about here, anything is possible. This is one rumor that we really hope does come true.
1 The End Of An Era
The number one entry on our list of rumors about Avengers: Infinity War isn't really a rumor at all. We all know that The Infinity War movies will signal the end of the MCU's stage three and lead us into a new era and new stage for Marvel. Having been tightly packed and intricate for the last ten years, Infinity War is set to restart the MCU with new storylines and possibly new characters.
Having already slated Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp for release after Infinity War, the MCU have also kept a few up and coming movie titles a secret and therefore may have already planned out their next stage in full detail. All we know as fans is that Infinity War will be the end of an era and the start of something new. Whatever the outcome or future holds for the MCU, we can't wait to sit back and enjoy watching it all unfold on the big screen.