We saw Thanos fulfilling his dream of attaining all six Infinity Stones in Infinity War earlier this year. And just with a snap, he wiped half of the universe’s existence which included many of our favourite heroes.

While characters like Iron Man fought the Mad Titan on his planet Titan, others were facing his army “The Black Order” in Wakanda. Ultimately, Doctor Strange gave the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Stark’s life.

Now we do know that Doctor Strange saw more than 14 million Future outcomes and Avengers only won in just one of them. He knew that Tony Stark will be vital for the Avengers to win against Thanos. This also led to many theories by fans about why Strange gave the Stone to Thanos.

One similar theory comes from Reddit user Lol-Guru who throws some light on the mystery revolving around the Time Stone.

“I would postulate that the time stone can be sent through time all by itself, going forward or backwards. How would you play keep away with the time stone? Easy. Send it forward in time to where Thanos can’t get it! The problem is (as comic fans already know) Thanos is immortal, so he can wait it out. Let’s swing back to the exchange. Doctor Strange conjuring forth the stone the same way as Loki did the tesseract is a gigantic misdirect! Loki is able to conceal the tesseract with his godlike powers of illusion, and while Doctor Strange could certainly be capable of mimicking this easy trick, I don’t think that’s what’s happening. The stone is glowing brilliantly because it’s actually traveling back in time from the future! (This becomes a lot easier to envision if you’ve watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure).

When Doctor Strange hid the time stone it wasn’t through some trick of the light or illusion like Loki but by sending it forward in time to be used later. Only to be sent back when the Avengers had finished using it.”

We don’t know how Avengers 4 will turn out yet but here’s what Infinity War writer Markus McFeely had to say about it:

“[Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is. Also…[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief. Nobody knows, and that’s what makes me particularly excited. I look all the time on the internet: people have no idea. [Avengers] 4 resolves the intrigue of Infinity War; [the movies are] clearly linked, but they almost seem to belong to two different genres. We did not want to cut a film in half and say, ‘Pay now and come back in a year for the rest!’ These are two very different stories, on a tonal and structural level.”

Avengers 4 will release next year.

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