A brief scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron may have hinted at a future shown in the Eternals. But does this theory hold up, or is it a coincidence?
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a film that sets up years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, whether intentional or not. Some of the more obvious links are the mention of Wakanda and the introduction of Ulysses Klaue. Another is the introduction of the Avengers to the Infinity Stones and the warning of a bigger threat to come. But another connection can even tie the movie to the next one Eternals in a colossal way.
According to the Reddit user Wonder272, the link comes from the admittedly peculiar scene where Thor interacts with the water spirits in the Water of Sight. Upon entering the water, he is able to revisit the same dream Wanda Maximoff gave him earlier in the film. Once there, he is subjected to visions that include Ragnarok, the Infinity Gauntlet, and a large mass colliding with Earth as Ultron pronounces “Extinction.”
As a vision for the future, it sets up the next four years of films that ultimately wrap up the Infinity Saga. However, the vision in question is the great mass colliding with the Earth. Not only has this never happened in the MCU, it also seems to be reminiscent of the Eternals trailer, when Ajak (Salma Hayek) talks to Ikaris (Richard Madden) about the upcoming emergence. The emergence isn’t detailed but the trailer shows it will have cataclysmic repercussions. As of yet, it is not known whether or not this event may or may not involve the Deviants or their own creators, the Celestials.
Specifically, a stroke similar to Age of Ultron is also shown in the Eternals trailer. He sees a large mass entering the ocean from space and creating a whirlpool. Interestingly, Thor mentions a similar whirlwind that sucks in all life when discussing Vision and the Mind Stone. Another coincidence is how this event could lead to mass extinction, similar to what Ultron said as Thor witnessed the impact on Earth. There is a huge collection of evidence that could prove there is a connection. But when put into context, there’s always a possibility that this connection doesn’t hold up much water.
All along Age of Ultron, the main goal of dishonest AI is to eliminate the Avengers and, by extension, humanity. Because his directive is to achieve peace, he thinks the only way to achieve it is to leave nothing alive. Its plan focuses on raising the land of Sokovia into the atmosphere and returning to Earth to simulate an extinction level event. While the Avengers put a stop to this, it still fits with Thor’s vision for the future. However, unlike all other visions of the future, this is the only one that did not come true. Whether or not it’s because it hasn’t happened yet remains to be seen.
It has never been confirmed that Joss Whedon and the executives of Marvel Studios are working out a storyline so far in the future of the franchise. Even so, some past events are easy to relate to create a cohesive story. This is best illustrated with the return of the Abomination in Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. Other theorists also believe that the shots could have been reused to save money on special effects. However, the shots used in the trailer never appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Nevertheless, the theory is creative and can become more than that once Eternals hits theaters later this year.
To see if Thor’s vision foreshadowed the story, Eternals arrives in theaters on November 5.
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