Did Dr. Strange Set the Avengers on the Path to Victory?
Avengers 4 is set to release on May 3, 2019, and there is very little information on what the plot will be about. We know that it will obviously deal with the crazy aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War, but other than that, we know very little.
However, with the recently released trailer for the lead-up movie to Avengers 4, Captain Marvel, we have a new theory that may explain her absence in the MCU thus far. If you haven’t seen Infinity War, beware: SPOILER ALERT.
Captain Marvel Trailer
As you know, in the final act of Avengers: Infinity War, Dr. Strange uses the Time Stone to travel to over 14 million possible futures in order to see what path will lead to a victory against Thanos. Out of those 14 Million possible timelines, Dr. Strange explains that there is only one in which they come out victorious.
But what can they do to set themselves on the path to victory? It isn’t explained. However, we do know that giving up the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Tony Stark’s life, is part of it. We know this because as Dr. Strange gives up the Time Stone to Thanos, he tells Iron-Man, “It’s the only way”.
Even after Thanos acquires the Time Stone and teleports to Wakanda, leaving Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Iron-Man and the others stranded in space, Dr. Strange declares, “We’re in the endgame now.”.
So, what is the plan?
What if, during Dr. Strange’s travels into possible timelines, he discovers the one in which they emerge victorious, however, in order for that to be true, he must change something in the past?
What if that one change is to go back in time to warn a younger, two-eyed Nick Fury of a dangerous future to come. In this hypothetical past, Captain Marvel may be a novice when it comes to superhero-ing, and this is where Fury meets her in the trailer.
We see in the trailer for Captain Marvel that part of the movie takes place in space so it’s safe to assume that she’s currently somewhere out there in the present MCU.
Is it possible that after Dr. Strange’s warning to Nick Fury led him to send Carol Danvers off to improve her skills and powers in order to take on the Mad Titan when the time comes?
This may also answer the question as to where Captain Marvel has been for the entire duration of the MCU so far. It’s possible that the only timeline that the Avengers come out victorious is one that Captain Marvel hasn’t been a part of up until the right point.
In one of the post-credits scenes for Avengers: Infinity War, we see the aftermath of Thanos’ snap taking effect on the rest of the world. A present-day Nick Fury and Maria Hill are surrounded by chaos and the dusting.
Before they, themselves, turn to dust, Fury rushes back to his vehicle to find a device and activates it before he too is gone. We see that this device is an old school pager with the Captain Marvel logo lit up.
What if Dr. Strange tells Nick Fury that when the time comes, he will know when to bring in the secret weapon, and that keeping her far away until the right time is integral to their victory? Fury obviously sees that something catastrophic is happening to Earth and knows that it must be time. From what it sounds like, Captain Marvel is going to give Thanos the ass-whooping he deserves.
It’s safe to assume that Avengers 4 will deal with time travel in some aspect or another because of the Time Stone and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s post-credit scene in which we see Scott Lang become trapped in the Quantum Realm. Before this happens, the original Wasp tells them that the Quantum Realm is connected to time. We can only assume that Ant-Man will find himself in either alternate timelines or undoing Thanos’ work himself.
What do you think of this crazy theory for Avengers: Endgame?