Avengers 4 Theory Says The Living Will Trade Places With The Dead

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In the run-up to Avengers: Infinity War, the internet was awash with predictions of who would and wouldn’t die in the eventual Marvel mega-hit. While Phase 1 heroes like Steve Rogers and Tony Stark regularly ranked high in the list of most likely goners and relative newcomers like T’Challa and Peter Parker were generally deemed safe, the actual film would ultimately prove these forecasts way off base. That being said, there’s still one more installment to go in this two-part saga, and Avengers 4 has the potential to turn this entire situation on its head.

Indeed, it’s already well established that many of the heroes who were disintegrated in Thanos’ purging of the universe will find some way back into the franchise with next year’s release. What’s more, as the final film of Marvel’s Phase 3, it would be only appropriate if the deaths that occurred in Avengers 4 were a little more, well, final, clearing the roster for a new generation of super-powered leads.

It therefore isn’t hard to see the reasoning in a new theory, which argues that the upcoming film will see the current lineup of surviving Avengers essentially swap places with their dusted peers. According to a recent Reddit post, the fight against Thanos could climax with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and potentially other series regulars sacrificing their lives in order to bring back Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and anyone else with a sequel lined up. It seems that Steve Rogers may have spoken too soon when he said that they don’t trade lives.

The original Reddit post goes into a lot more detail on the fates of each character, and while things probably won’t play out exactly as predicted, it’s pretty clear that Avengers 4 is going to end with a very different set of survivors from the ones that Infinity War left us with. We’ll see how the Russo Brothers pull this off when their next film hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

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