Welcome to the Heavy Spoilers show, I’m your host Deffinition aka your friendly neighbourhood spoiler man and we have some big MCU news that could hint at the return of Thanos.
Throughout this, we’re gonna be breaking down the deleted Avengers Endgame scene that hints at how he can come back as well as giving our theories on what could be going on with the character.
Obviously there will be heavy spoilers here so if you were one of the people that got dusted during the snap and haven’t had a chance to check out the movie yet then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
With that out the way thank you for clicking this, now let’s get into our breakdown of why Thanos could come back to the MCU.
Avengers Endgame Ending Explained
Ok so Avengers Infinity War ended with Thanos collecting all six infinity stones and then carrying out the snap that would end half of all life in the universe.
It’s followup, Avengers Endgame, centered around the surviving heroes collecting the stones once more and at the end of the movie they reversed the snap to bring everyone back. Now pay attention to this as it becomes important later. Though it looked like things were going to be all sunshine and rainbows, the 2014 version of Thanos came through the Quantum Realm on a quest to once more take the stones, only this time he was going to end all life and start a new.
Which yeah…can we do that cos 2020 sucks.
Anyway, the heroes, most notably Iron Man managed to defeat Thanos by carrying out their own snap which dusted the villain and his army.
Though Thanos initially seems like he’s fully dead and gone, when we think about how the actual rules of the snap operate it becomes clear that he’s actually not.
How Can Thanos Still Be Alive?
Well there’s a Deleted Scene from Avengers Endgame that has slowly started to circulate online that seems to back this up. We can’t play the entire thing here because of copyright reasons but if you wanna check it out it’s available in full on Disney Plus right now.
The Scene titled Hulk Meets the Ancient one plays out much like how the one in the final cut does, however it has some additional dialogue in which the Sorcerer Supreme states how the snap actually worked and what it did.
She says that Thanos didn’t actually kill anyone he just willed them out of existence and it is possible to bring people back should enough will be forced through in an equal and opposite reaction.
The full quote by the character is:
If someone dies they will always die, death is irreversible, but Thanos not. Those you’ve lost are not dead, they’ve been willed out of existence, they can be willed back but it doesn’t come cheap.
She then goes onto explain the branching timelines that we saw in the movie but this statement does have a lot to take from it.
This confirms that Thanos is not actually dead and instead he has been simply willed out of existence.
Willed Out Of Existence
So we can take from this that it is possible that anyone who was killed during a snap can be brought back and all it requires is the will power to do so. Thanos notably said that he was the only person that possessed the will to end half of all life in the universe and thus we can take from this that if someone has enough drive to do something, with the stones they can.
So hypothetically if one were to reverse the snap carried out on Thanos then the character could indeed return along with his army and forces.
Now what this does is that it opens the character up to be able to return should a villain or even hero wish to bring him back. This opens up several avenues to bring Thanos back and the new Disney plus scene definitely has a lot to unpack from it.
There are currently rumors floating around that Thanos will be returning in The Eternals and though this is thought to be a cameo at the start in which we see a younger version of the character, down the line Marvel may wish to bring him back.
Now, this doesn’t open the door for other characters to return as The Ancient one does state that if someone dies, they will always die and that death is irreversible, so no, we probably won’t be seeing Tony Stark back. It also explains how Hulk was unable to bring Black Widow back as she had to fully sacrifice herself in order to get the soul stone.
So thems is the rules in regards to death, however, Thanos didn’t actually fully die and he could indeed return should the studio need him for a plotline.
The Reality Stone
Another theory that I had dropped on one of my videos that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about comes from The Dark King.
The user said that it is possible that Thanos created a fake reality in which the avengers thought that they won and this has made me questions absolutely everything.
Potentially it could’ve happened all the way back in Infinity War after Thanos carried out the snap and he could’ve gone to the garden, kept the gauntlet and then when the group arrived to seek vengeance they simply walked into an illusion in which they killed him much like how Gamora did in Infinity War.
He also could’ve taken the gauntlet at the end of the Endgame, and when wearing it decided that he would just create a fake alternate version of the truth in which the Avengers won.
I know it’s probably not true as Strange would’ve seen this and it’s unlikely that Marvel wanna ruin the highest-grossing movie of all time but these things are fun to think about.
Wait what if 2020 is just a fake Thanos reality?
In summary, though Thanos is indeed still able to come back and though the character has been willed out of existence he is still alive.
Now obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on these theories and if you wanna see the big bad of the marvel universe back with the land of the living.