The long-awaited superhero spectacle Avengers: Infinity War has finally arrived, fulfilling essentially every Marvel fan's greatest wishes about what the epic blockbuster would bring us. No surprise, but the film's ending is particularly mind-blowing, and fans are still trying to wrap their heads around this massive turn of events. Spoiler Alert: Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War follow. The last few minutes of Infinity War were understandably crazy and and hectic, so what happened at the end of Avengers: Infinity War?
The Avengers' battle against Thanos and his quest to retrieve all six of the Infinity Stones came to a head in Wakanda, and things turned ugly when Thanos showed up in search of Vision's Mind Stone. Although the team had originally planned for Shuri to extract the Stone from Vision and have Wanda destroy it without harming Vision, the women ran out of time, forcing Wanda to extinguish both the Stone and her lover Vision in one go. For a second, it seemed that the Avengers had won this mission, but Thanos turned back time, bringing Vision back to life just to remove the Stone and kill him in the process.
Now having all six Infinity Stones, Thanos began carrying out his goal of eliminating half of humanity. Most of the Avengers, both in Wakanda and across the universe, began disintegrating, fueling fans' theories about how the survivors will rescue them in the next film and the possibility of Thanos having sent them off into another timeline. One by one, the heroes in Wakanda disappeared, seemingly only leaving Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, the Hulk, War Machine, and Okoye to battle against the unknown in the next film. There may be some characters that survived the wipeout that we never saw in Infinity War (most likely Hawkeye), but we'll have to wait for the next film to find out.
The survivors in Wakanda gathered around the motionless body of Vision when the action died down, and the last shot we saw of them was the entire group looking quite grim. Seemingly unbeknownst to them, the disappearing act was also taking place elsewhere, putting their other friends in danger.
Across the universe, where he and his teammates failed in preventing Thanos from taking the Time Stone from Doctor Strange, Iron Man watched as Strange, Drax, Mantis, Peter Quill, and Spider-Man disappeared around him. Now alone, Tony will face the challenge of getting back in touch with the other Avengers in the next film and figuring out what the heck just happened to his friends. His uncertainty isn't the only concern for the Infinity War sequel, but for now, fans still can't get over the explosive final scene of Infinity War, taking to Twitter to share their reactions:
You may have been able to pick up some pieces of your shattered heart thanks to the post-credits scene, which essentially confirmed Captain Marvel's appearance in Avengers 4. Before we see how she may help the Avengers save the day in the next film, we'll be introduced to the character, played by Brie Larson, in March 2019's Captain Marvel film. It's about time that Marvel releases a female-helmed film, so I'm more than OK with seeing Captain Marvel in theaters before Avengers 4 comes out next May. Also, if you want to be sneaky about vanished characters' futures, you could always research Marvel's future movie plans.
If an Infinity War re-watch is in your future, I'm relying on you to dissect the last scene even more and find some sneaky Easter eggs hinting at what comes next. Having to wait a year for more Avengers answers is not ideal.