I rewatched Avengers: Age of Ultron last night.
I waited for the mid-credits scene where Thanos grabs his Gauntlet (the Finite Gauntlet until he gems it up?) and says, ‘Very well, I’ll do it myself.’
The first time viewing I was just happy to see Thanos appear, building on his post credit scene in the original Avengers. But this time, I actually started to think about what that statement meant. “I’ll do it myself.”
The phrase is a reaction, as if to something not going to plan. Given its location at the end of Age of Ultron, I thought about how those events could be considered part of Thanos’ plan. This is about what I came up with.
Back in the first Avengers movie, Thanos possessed the Mind Stone, which we know as being hidden in Loki’s Sceptre. Thanos gave Loki the sceptre as an investment so that Loki could obtain the Space Stone within the Tessaract from Earth. And if Loki wanted to rule Earth afterwards, Thanos didn’t really care.
But, Loki screwed the pooch. Not only failing to secure the Tessaract, but losing the sceptre to Shield in the process. The Tessaract then being handed over to Asgard for safe keeping.
Next, the Aether, the Reality Stone turns up. Because of the convergence, it is unclear where Jane Foster was when she ran into it, but she then carried it to Earth, Asgard, popping across half the universe, before Asgard ultimately handed it over to The Collector.
Soon thereafter, the Power Stone arrives in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Collector receives and then loses it (though no mention of whether he lost the Reality Stone as well at the same time. Given The Collector is slated to appear in the Infinity Wars, he probably still has it.) and it ends up in the hands of the Nova Corps.
With at least half of SHIELD turning out to be Hydra, as shown in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, bad guys get the Sceptre with the Mind Stone and start playing with Artificial Intelligence. But why? I mean, I enjoy the idea of a groovy killer robot as much as the next guy, but with a weapon made for mind control, how does that become the project…… Unless the Mind Stone is controlling you!
What if, as a contingency, Thanos planted the idea for Ultron in the Mind Stone. It influenced Hydra, who used the gem to experiment on the Maximoffs. Wanda Maximoff then plants the seed in Tony Stark that leads to the construction of Ultron.
Also remember, when Ultron activated, both Stark and Banner were shocked. While they had the objective, they were not even close to achieving it when Ultron woke up.
So perhaps Thanos wanted Ultron to be built. To share his nihilistic view and wipe out humanity, while installing himself in a body centred around the Mind Stone that could then be handed over to Thanos once more. Perhaps only after this new powerful minion of Thanos helped collect the rest of the gems. Using the Mind Stone to influence everyone involved to create the chain of events to bring Ultron into being.
So when Ultron is defeated, and the Mind Stone once again joins the Avengers, that is when Thanos plan to create a powerful minion to do his bidding and collect the Infinity Stones is thwarted and Thanos, remotely aware of these events, decides that he must do it himself.
Next…. Infinity Stone speculation…..
There are two Infinity Stones still to turn up, the Time Stone and the Soul Stone. The latter sounds a lot like it could turn up in the Dr Strange film.
Thor: Ragnarok could see Thanos pop in to pick up the Tessaract (Space Stone) from Asgard.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 could see Thanos swing past to collect the Power Stone from Nova Prime.
The only other items on the Marvel movie slate that occur offworld, and assuming yet another Infinity Stone popping up on Earth to be unlikely, the likeliest candidate is the Captain Marvel film to see the Time Stone turn up.
With the Collector appearing in Infinity War Part 1, I suspect the Reality Stone to be gathered at its beginning, driving the Collector himself to warn Earth that Thanos now only needs Vision’s Mind Gem and to prepare for some major violence headed their way, cos if he gets it, everyone loses.
When I shared this post with my friend, he asked where Deadpool would fit in.
Sadly, I had to point out that given Deadpool has Colossus appearing in his film, it would appear that the character is linked to the Xmen universe and not the Avengers.
But it would be not only incredibly cool, but very fitting for Deadpool to be the character that bridges the two universes. Even if it is only with a barely connected mid credit scene here or there. He could even break the 4th wall and complain about why the two groups never run in to each other.
Thinking that the Infinity War movies will be the gigantic wrap-up for the MCU, a mid credit scene with Deadpool would be ideal.
He sits in his armchair, wearing fluffy bunny slippers despite being in full costume. His phone rings and the caller ID says ‘Spidey’.
He answers the phone and quickly follows Hello with, “Wait, what? What did I miss?”