Endgame DIDN’T Show Infinity War’s Biggest Question

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Both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame escaped answering a big question: what specifically happened to the victims of Thanos’ Snap? What exactly happened to his victims?

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Avengers: Endgame picks up after the defeat of the remaining Avengers, and with the help of Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), they find Thanos and kill him in the opening sequence of the film. Avengers: Endgame’s five-year time-jump follows the dusty aftermath of half the universe’s existence. But doesn’t explore what happened to victims.

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What Happened To Thanos’ Snap Victims

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Instead of exploring what might have happened to everyone, the returning heroes fight Thanos from an alternate timeline. The only conversation from one of its Snap victims was from Spider-Man who says to Tony Stark, “It’s all dusty, and I have to get out because I woke up, and you’re gone.” His description of experiencing Snap sets the stage for what the other characters will describe in the next MCU movie.

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Far From Home Revealed More About Snap Victims Than Endgame

Spider-Man: Far From Home picks up where Endgame left off, addressing more of what happened to everyone. Students talk about the “blip” with shots of high school band members and then reappearing on the same basketball court. Five years after they all disappeared, when the survivors continued their lives, all of a sudden, they came back, treating the event as something between a significant historical event and a joke.

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May’s explanation raises some questions about what happened. From her description, she was there one moment, gone the next, and then, even though she had been gone for five years, from her point of view, she returned to where she had been before without passing the time. Taken literally, it indicates that there is no afterlife in the MCU, or if there is one, no characters have experienced one.

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What The Snap Mystery Means For MCU Phase 4

Phase 4 of the MCU gives Snap’s victims more opportunities to deal with exactly what happened. The Falcon and Winter Soldier, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the third MCU Spider-Man movie are all these movies star characters that disappeared on Snap, while others are likely to appear in other films. This gives the MCU ample time to dig into the description of the other characters who are out of existence.

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Specifically, Doctor Strange provides a unique opportunity to explore the mechanics of Snap because Strange not only was out of existence but as a magical Supreme, he has a deeper understanding of other realms and different possible versions of the afterlife. It is also set to have horror touch to it, which is perfectly compatible with that kind of universal-scale shock.

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Thanos successfully snapped half of all life in the universe in Avengers: Infinity War, but it’s not clear what happened to them. During those five years, there is a limited time to explore what happened to Snap’s victims, if they have suffered or nothing has happened to them. There is a mystery lurking on the edge of the MCU, which gives Phase 4 a chance to really explore.

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