Avengers 4: 5 way-too-early predictions after Infinity War

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Credit: Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures; from Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Everyone “snapped” out of existence returns

One cannot discuss what might happen in Avengers 4 without talking about “the snap.” At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos, after obtaining all six infinity stones literally wipes out half the universe with a snap of his fingers.

Of those turned to dust include Bucky (Sebastian Stan), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), Groot (Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementiff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). It’s a shocking cliffhanger to close out the movie, but a cliffhanger is all it is. That’s because there’s no way these “deaths” will stick.

For starters, Thanos did the same thing in The Infinity Gauntlet. The entire plot of that series was all about the surviving heroes undoing what Thanos did. Moreover, those who did disappear in Infinity War, particularly Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), have future movies in store. Marvel Studios wouldn’t cripple their new franchises like this. The question isn’t will anyone Thanos snapped into dust come back but how?

Well, we may have some clues thanks to some photos from the set of Avengers 4. These photos show Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mark Ruffalo in a motion capture suit in what looks like the Battle of New York from the first Avengers (2012). Evans, Hemsworth, and Hiddleston are wearing their costumes from that movie. They also show Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) dressed in the Black Sabbath T-shirt he wore during Avengers, but also wearing what looks like a S.H.I.E.L.D. jumpsuit. Even more strange, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) is there, too.

What does this all mean? I suspect the answer for the surviving heroes defeating Thanos, and bringing back those he turned to dust, will involve…