Before I resume my routine of delving consistently into the realm of all things superhero, I'd like to apologize for my lack of posting/anything at all over the past six weeks. I've been on holiday, wait, sorry, I mean vacation, for a while now and I've been looking forward to getting back to blogging since leaving WiFi behind, so.... here I am.
Of course, this does mean that at any point in this article I may mistake myself. Please feel absolutely free to correct me in the comments! Now, on with the show...
So, with fan theories about [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) spewing onto the internet at a speed that's nearly unfathomable to man, I figured I would try and make the issue a little better. Not by slowing it down, goodness no, but instead by adding more fan theories to the collection!
My particular theory is pretty much what the title says - whether or not Thanos is behind the event that will pitch shield against, uh, super-high-tech-nano armor. And here are my reasons for thinking that he indeed is.
Admittedly, my idea is as strong as most theories, so do take the following info with a pinch of salt. Or pepper. Or whichever seasoning you most like, really.
Thanos Is Everywhere In the MCU
Often without us realizing, Thanos has either directly or indirectly orchestrated most events in the MCU to date. Aside from the origins of our much-loved superheros, a lot of their battles have been the result (at least slightly) of a Thanos-approved incident.
For instance, we have the obvious, direct pop-ups, like the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers and the dealings with Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy. These were pretty obvious straight away, in all honesty. But other than that, cast your minds back to Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the enemy (despite being pretty much an upgraded version of a toaster) was a fusion of the once-Thanos-possessed mind gem - he "placed the Sceptre in Loki's hand" - and J.A.R.V.I.S.
We also have cosmos-based movies such as GOTG 2 and Doctor Strange arriving soon, in which there's nearly no doubt that Thanos will be doing something to get his hands on all the infinity gems that he possibly can.
He is also the culmination of Marvel's current cinematic universe - Avengers: Infinity War has been being built up to ever since the MCU realized it might actually be a hit. I'd say $191,271,109 on the opening weekend of Age of Ultron does scream "success", just a little bit.
We're Still Not Entirely Sure What Baron Zemo Will be Doing
Daniel Bruhl will take up the role of notorious super-villain Baron Zemo next summer, and with so many evil faces coming into play across the MCU, it would be weird for there not to be some kind of supervillain network. Anybody for VillainBook? What about VillGram?
Although Mr Zemo is renowned for his own leadership qualities (he will likely take the helm of HYDRA from the now-dead Von Strucker, and is a prominent comic-member of the Masters of Evil) I don't think it's entirely impossible for him to be corresponding with a higher power seeking to bring turmoil to Earth.
After all, in the post-credits scene of Age of Ultron, we saw Thanos actually walk, and we also saw him take the Infinity Gauntlet and mutter, after Ultron's failure:
Fine. I'll do it myself.
Now this can be taken to have a ton of meanings, but the most common meaning is that he's setting out to destroy Earth. And seeing as he's just said it, it's likely to begin fairly soon. Hmmm... Rumours...
It's a Likely Ending to Civil War
Aside from the obvious theories that the two protagonists will never make up, there are other likely options for the cinematic ending that include Cap and our favorite can opener teaming up to fight a common enemy. Given that it's unlikely we'll see someone as powerful and prominent as Baron Zemo defeated so quickly, it's not tough to think that there will be loose ends left untied by the end of the film if Stark and Rogers do re-unite to fight evil.
It's possible that these exact loose ends will be tied at a later date, revealing that Zemo was potentially being manipulated by the likes of a being like Thanos.
Furthermore, given Iron Man's unhealthy obsession with alien invasions, it certainly wouldn't seem out of place if Marvel used that obsession to re-unite our superheroes. But hey, it's just a thought.
And that is it for my theory! Leave your thoughts in the comments, or take the poll! Have a great day everybody.