10 burning questions we’re left with after Avengers: Infinity War

Major spoilers ahead.

Avengers: Infinity War was a climactic, heartbreaking film 10 years in the making, and following the jaw-dropping events at the end of the movie, we’re left with 10 huge questions. Here they are.

1. Are all our favourite heroes really dead?

Infinity War saw the passing of some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, Star Lord and Scarlet Witch. Death is a big part of Infinity War‘s shock factor, but with films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and the untitled Black Panther sequel already confirmed, it’s all but certain that we’ll see at least some of our heroes resurrected from their dusty fate. The question is how.

2. Where did Thanos go?

After he clicked his fingers, Thanos went to a water-filled world that comic readers have identified as the Soulworld, inside the Soul Stone.

3. Is Gamora dead?

This one’s a bit different from the other deaths in the film. Gamora was physically killed by Thanos when he was searching for the Soul Stone. But we later saw a young Gamora in the Soulworld – a different dimension – where Thanos went after he clicked his fingers. Fans are suggesting that her soul is still alive and she may be resurrected in the second film, ready for Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

4. Was all this part of Doctor Strange’s plan?

Almost undoubtedly. Strange foresaw more than 14 million different futures and there was only one in which Thanos was defeated. “There was no other way,” he told Iron Man as he dissolved into dust. What he means is that ‘losing’ this battle was the only way to ultimately defeat Thanos. We’re likely to see the ‘end game’ Strange mentioned in the next film, Avengers 4.

5. Where are Ant-Man and Hawkeye?

You might have missed the one line in Infinity War that explained their absence – Black Widow explained that the pair of them had returned to their home lives. We know Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) is in Avengers 4 because he’s been on set. And Ant-Man and The Wasp are likely to enter the fray too, once they’ve finished with their own movie, out in July 2018.

6. What’s up with Hulk?

Mark Ruffalo has revealed that Bruce Banner is in the middle of a three-movie arc that began with Thor: Ragnarok and ends in Avengers 4. In Infinity War, Hulk refused to come out to defend Bruce – but why? Well, it could have something to do with how Bruce has been treating Hulk. In Ragnarok, he was living the life and enjoying himself, until Thor brought Bruce back. Since then, Bruce has used him twice as a punching bag for big bads – the massive wolf in Ragnarok, and Thanos in Infinity War. It seems like Hulk has had enough of being used like this, and he won’t come out until Bruce learns to share the glory and pain with him. In Avengers 4 it’s likely that we’ll see some compromise between the two alter-egos.

7. How will Iron Man get back home?

Good question. At the end of the film he’s wounded and stranded on Thanos’ planet, Titan. But he’s with Nebula, who knows the planet and who will probably be able to work one of Thanos’ ships to take him back to Earth – should she wish.

8. Is Vision dead?

Since Thanos pried the Mind Stone out of his head, Vision is most likely out of operation for the time being. But he’s in Wakanda, where the 16-year-old genius Shuri was attempting to fix him before he met his end, and she might just be able to fix him up in time for Avengers 4. As long as she didn’t disappear into thin air too, that is.

9. Where is Valkyrie?

Following her scene-stealing performance in Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson’s character is completely absent from this film. We last saw her on the Asgardian ship along with Thor and Loki – but she’s not in the film’s opening scene at all, leading some to presume she is dead. She isn’t: one of the film’s directors has confirmed to a fan that Valkyrie took an escape pod with a bunch of other Asgardians prior to the film’s beginning, and we’ll probably be seeing her again in the next film.

10. Can Thanos’ plan be reversed?

With the power of the Infinity Gauntlet – probably. This convincing Reddit fan theory suggests Captain America will somehow acquire the gauntlet and use it to reverse time to save everyone. But – because Chris Evans seems to be on the way out of the Marvel franchise – he’ll die in the process, to be replaced as Captain America by his pal Bucky. With all the heroes resurrected and Captain Marvel joining the fray (as we saw in the Infinity War post-credits scene) they’ll take down Thanos. According to the theory, afterwards Iron Man – wanting to start a family – will retire; Thor and Hulk will go off in different directions too. The remaining characters will start a new Avengers squad.