Marvel has confirmed that the Infinity Stones have been well destroyed in the MCU’s main timeline, breaking down a fan theory about the possibility of their return to future films.
As noted by Digital Spy, Marvel posted on Instagram that every stone had been destroyed in a series of videos. Take a look below:
Improbable fan theories argued that the stones were somehow still around, paving the way for their potential return along the line. Early in Avengers: Endgame, Thanos explains that he destroyed the Infinity Stones to prevent the superhero team from reversing his act of wiping out half the life in the universe.
Avengers: the directors of Endgame, according to reports from a review of Reddit, according to reports from the Russo brothers would have reported that the Infinity Stones had been “reduced to the atomic level” in an event of 2019. This led some to believe that it was possible that they still existed in some form.
However, while the stones in Marvel’s main timeline have been destroyed, those in the multiple timelines where the Avengers acquired the stones in Endgame are presumably still intact. Steve Rogers brought each stone back to their respective times at the end of the film.
So unless someone else finds a way to travel between timelines or realities, Infinity Stones are unlikely to find their way into the hands of a villain in the future.
When will we see the next big bad Marvel?
It will probably take a long time for Marvel to establish a new “big bad” villain that will become the focal point of the MCU. Thanos, for example, didn’t appear for the first time until the end of The Avengers, which was four years after Iron Man kicked off the cinema, although the first Infinity Stone technically appeared through the Tesseract in the post- credits of 2011 Thor.
Who will be the next big villain will be in question: Marvel Comics characters Kang the Conqueror and Galactus present themselves as frequent fan choices, but it’s likely that Marvel will want to avoid anyone who has too much in common with a cosmic and omnipotent villain like Thanos.