Warning: This post contains spoilers (and quite a few questions) about the ending of Marvel's mightiest movie yet.
Our jaws are still on the damn floor after watching "Avengers: Infinity War," which ended with one of the most shocking cliffhangers of all time.
Thanos (Josh Brolin) unleashed devastating destruction all over the universe, after successfully getting his hands on all six Infinity Stones and using his supercharged Infinity Gauntlet to erase half of the galaxy's population with the snap of his fingers. As superheroes began disappearing into dust before the audience's very eyes, a bleak new future took form -- one the remaining Avengers will have to find a way to reverse in the next team-up flick.
While we wait for May 3, 2019, when "Avengers 4" hits theaters, here are some of the questions we're left asking after finally collecting our thoughts about that distressing conclusion.
Who's Dead Dead and Who's Fake Dead?
Tom Hiddleston's Loki was the first to be killed by Thanos, after he tried to kill the Mad Titan himself. He was followed by Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who Thanos sacrificed for the Soul Stone, and Vision (Paul Bettany), who was killed when Thanos ripped the Mind Stone from his forehead. When Thanos then performed mass genocide on the entire universe, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Mantis, Drax, Doctor Strange, Bucky, Groot, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Maria Hill and Nick Fury all turned to dust. That left us with the original Avengers -- Captain American, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor -- along with Rocket, Okoye, War Machine, M'Baku, Shuri and Nebula still standing.
But there's no way all of them are staying dead, right? Keep in mind that a "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel has already been greenlit, so he'll definitely be back. A third "Guardians" movie has also been announced and there's no way they're doing it with just Rocket and Nebula. Plus, Black Panther? Need we say more.
Let's also remember that the Time Stone allows for time travel and reversal, so almost anything that happened in this movie could possibly be undone. Ant-Man also has access to the Quantum Realm, which defies time and space, so that could factor in as well.
One thing we do know: Chris Evans basically confirmed he's done playing Cap after "Avengers 4," so maybe the only real deaths will be within the OG lineup as they try to set things right in the next movie.
All that being said, Loki, Heimadall, Vision and Gamora should -- in theory -- stay dead, since they were killed before the snap of Thanos' fingers, but we have a feeling the latter death won't stick. If the Avengers are able to travel back in time and destroy each of the stones before Thanos even gets close to them, all three of them could be spared.
Are Any of Our Favorite Humans Left?
While most of the supers were wiped out, what about some of their loved ones? We know Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are gone, but will Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) be there for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) if and when he returns from space?
And what about Hawkeye? Jeremy Renner's archer was totally MIA from this movie, but we could totally see him coming back into the fold for "Avengers 4" if his family happened to vanish. The same goes for Ant-Man, who sat this one out for the sake of his family as well.
We also don't want to consider what life would be like for Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) if she's left alone after Peter was erased from existence.
What Did Doctor Strange See?
Using the Time Stone to look at their odds, Doctor Strange only saw one series of events out of millions that led to the destruction of Thanos. Considering how easily Benedict Cumberbatch's wizard gave up the stone after previously saying nothing could make him do it, it's clear handing it over was all part of the plan. Seems like Thanos getting all the stones and the subsequent mass genocide were both necessary for the god's eventual downfall.
It would have been nice if he filled Tony in on what he saw in the few moments he had before vanishing, but that would be too exciting for the audience now would it? Instead, all we got was the cryptic statement, "It was the only way." But that only makes us more certain Strange has a plan. Maybe Wong will still be around to help implement it?
Will Tony and Nebula Return to Earth?
Hopefully the Milano is still laying around Titan somewhere, otherwise these two might be in some serious trouble when it comes to getting back to Earth.
If the Guardians' ship is totally destroyed, there's always the chance that Thor (Chris Hemsworth) could use his new Bifröst-capable battle axe to travel there via rainbow bridge.
What Happened to Valkyrie?
At the very end of "Thor: Ragnarok," all of Asgard was destroyed and the surviving Asgardians escaped on the Grandmaster's ship. Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Korg were among those on the spacecraft. The mid-credits scene showed Thor and Loki watching another, larger ship approach while making their way to earth, a ship viewers learned was Thanos' in "Infinity War."
But when "Infinity War" began, everyone on the ship appeared to be dead, save for Thor, Loki and Hulk. Heimdall (Idris Elba) used his last breath to send Hulk to Earth, Loki died and Thor was picked up by the Guardians after Thanos bluew up the Grandmaster's ship. So ... where's Valkyrie?
Hopefully, we'll learn she (and Korg, fingers crossed) somehow escaped or left on another mission before the Mad Titan came aboard. There's no way Marvel would unceremoniously kill off Thompson like that, after her amazing "Ragnarok" debut.
Why Is Captain Marvel Only Available By Pager?
The post-credits scene gave fans just a tease for the upcoming Captain Marvel movie with Brie Larson. In the clip, Nick Fury and Maria Hill found themselves utterly confused as humans begin disappearing before their eyes. As he began to fade away as well, Fury used his last moments to whip out a beeper and send an SOS. Captain Marvel's logo popped up on screen, meaning she got the message.
We know the female superhero's upcoming solo movie will take place in the '90s and Fury will appear in the film, so that might explain the outdated tech. She's either still somehow stuck in the past ... or hasn't been back to Earth since then to upgrade to an iPhone.
All we know is the surviving Avengers are sure going to need her help when the fourth teamup film comes around.
What Else Do We Know About the Films Coming Out Before 'Avengers 4'?
Thankfully, there are only two movies coming out between "Infinity War" and "Avengers 4," the shortest gap between installments. First up is "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which hits theaters July 6 of this year. It's unclear when in the MCU timeline that movie will take place, though Vanity Fair reports it'll be both before and during the events of "Infinity War."
The trailer makes it seem like the movie happens in the immediate aftermath of "Civil War" -- with Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) re-adjusting to life under house arrest for joining Team Cap -- and before this weekend's release.
As we mentioned above, "Captain Marvel" is the only other movie to drop before "Avengers 4" and that one will take place primarily in the '90s. Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou and Clark Gregg will all come back into the MCU fold for the film as well. If we had to venture a guess, we'll see the flip side of Nick Fury's distress call during the credits sequence for that movie, bringing Larson's hero to the current day.
What's Up with the Hulk?
While the previews for "Infinity War" showed Hulk fighting alongside Captain America, Black Widow and Black Panther in Wakanda, the giant green guy didn't actually show up for the big battle. Blasted trailer trickery! In fact, he only appeared in the beginning of the movie, where he got his ass handed to him by Thanos. The rest of the film, it's Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who does most of the heavy lifting while rocking Tony's Hulkbuster armor.
After being the angry green giant for the years between "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Thor: Ragnarok," it seems Bruce's alter-ego is a little stubborn to return. Clearly, Earth's Mightiest Heroes need Banner's other half to make a comeback, but how's he going to make that happen? Banner even said that he and Hulk clearly need to work things out. Just when we need a solo Hulk movie there isn't one on the horizon.
What's the Status of the Gauntlet Now?
After Thanos put all six stones to use, the Infinity Gauntlet was in pretty rough shape. Eliminating half the population of the universe clearly took its toll on the glove, but it was still working well enough to get Thanos the hell off Earth.
Will he have to forge some new gear if he wants to keep using all the gems, or will it still do his bidding as is? And if the Avengers do manage to get it away from him ... are any of their hands big enough to wield it? Hulk, we really need you to come back. Or does the answer lie with that other gauntlet mold Thor and Rocket found with Peter Dinklage's giant dwarf forger?
Thankfully, there's only a year to wait for answers to most of these questions, as "Avengers 4" hits theaters May 3, 2019.