SPOILER ALERT: The following contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Of all the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is no questioning that Avengers: Infinity War has by far the darkest ending - with fans witnessing the death of many of the franchise's most popular characters. However, if you were comfortable thinking that it was merely humans and humanoids who were killed by Thanos' snap, we have a bad wake up call for you. It has been confirmed that the Mad Titan not only killed that category of life, but really all definitions of the word, specifically including animals, but also probably plants, and bacteria.
This confirmation comes from the highest of sources, namely Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. At the end of an interview with Birth.Movies.Death, the executive/producer was asked for some clarity about what in the universe suffers from Thanos' snap, specifically asking about animals. Feige answered broadly and enthusiastically, saying,
So there you have it, folks. The consequences of Avengers: Infinity War lead to not only the deaths of characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and Groot, but also half of all puppies, kittens, chicks, and flowers. In short, Thanos really wasn't fucking around.
The universe is going to massively change because of what happens with the Infinity Gauntlet, and that by itself creates one of the reasons audiences are so excited to see what happens in Avengers 4. There have been rumors of a time jump, and that will presumably open the door up to seeing how everything has adjusted post-snap. Will governments change? What about philosophies and religions? There are many extreme possibilities to imagine in a universe where the population of half of every living thing just vanishes, and we can't wait to see what directors Joe and Anthony Russo and screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus come up with.
Next year'sCaptain Marvel probably won't tell us too much about the changed Marvel Cinematic Universe, as that story will be primarily taking place during the mid-1990s, so we still have a while to wait before we get to witness the enormity of what has happened to reality in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War. Expected to feature basically every available Marvel character under the sun, Avengers 4 (which still doesn't have a title) is going to be arriving in theaters in a little less than a year - specifically on May 3, 2019. New information and details seem to arrive just about every day, so be sure to stay tuned here on CinemaBlend, and take a look at our 2018 Release Calendar to check out the wide assortment of indies, blockbusters, and everything in between set to hit theaters between now and the end of the year.