Look away, Samuel L. Jackson, there's a new Avengers: Endgame theory!
As we await the release of what may be the most important film in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) history, fans continue to theorize how the remaining heroes can avenge the casualties of Thanos' snap, a.k.a. The Decimation.
A new theory, posted on Reddit, suggests the Avengers will use a solution featured on the animated show Rick and Morty. User DrWaffle1848 theorizes the surviving heroes could defeat Thanos by relocating to an alternate universe in which their fellow Avengers aren't dead.
"What if, in order to defeat Thanos, the surviving Avengers have to abandon their universe and relocate to one in which their alternative selves died as a result of The [Decimation], similar to how Rick and Morty abandon their Earth... and relocate to another in the first season of that show?" the theory begins.
"This wouldn't necessarily have to be the only reason they defeat Thanos, but it could be an interesting wrinkle, especially if it requires personal sacrifice on the part of said Avengers (for instance, moving to another universe somehow prevents Tony from having a kid). And it would mean that the deaths we saw in Infinity War are technically permanent (in a way)," the Redditor continues.
The theory would mean the likes of Peter Parker, T'Challa and Doctor Strange are still dead in the main Marvel universe, but their alternate selves would be able to inhabit a different universe in which the snap doesn't happen.
In Rick and Morty, the title characters accidentally trigger the end of the world after a love serum results in the human population devolving into grotesque mutants.
To restore things, Rick and Morty proceed to travel to one of the infinite realities where the disaster was averted, but their Earth’s selves died soon after in a lab explosion. The teen and his scientist grandfather then replace their dead counterparts and assimilate into their new Earth.
It's a fun theory, but even the theorist knows it's far-fetched, saying, "there's almost no chance this happens."
And besides, this universe-abandoning move won't avenge all casualties, and contradicts Captain America's saying: “Some people move on, but not us.”
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26, 2019.