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Marvel is always pretty guarded when it comes to movie secrets. With millions of fans already invested in the MCU and a good track record of critical reviews, the studio often gives away less to try and build intrigue and good word of mouth. That was especially true leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, and it has kicked into overdrive for Avengers 4, which is why fans are obsessing over the writing on a Marvel toy box.
Alright, so, obviously we have two quick questions here. Let's break them down one at a time. Number one: who are these new foes? I guess in the back of my head, I knew Avengers 4 wouldn't just feature Thanos. The crew defeated most of his henchmen during the last movie, and it seems unreasonable to think there wouldn't be a few more surprises as well. The last movie blindsided us with Red Skull, and since Avengers 4 is supposed to be a climax of what we've been watching for the past decade, it's probably fair to think a few more villains will return. Plus, there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of random villains Marvel has never used before. Some of them could get introduced in the next movie. So, I guess I'm not really surprised by that claim.
But question number two has me much more puzzled. Who the hell is this "even greater threat"? Do I need to remind everyone that Thanos took out half the universe with a snap of his fingers in the last movie? Unless Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen shows up, it's hard for me to imagine anything that could be more scary. Maybe Mistress Death? They didn't even hint at her presence in the last movie though. You would think they would have gone there if that was part of the larger plan.
So, what the hell is going on here? Well, we don't know. The two possibilities are we're about to get blindsided with someone more terrifying than Thanos who the Avengers will have to defeat. Or the other option is whoever wrote this box was trying to sell some toys and get a little too excited and/ or forgot Thanos is the threat they faced in the last movie and assumedly will have to face again in this one.
I'll let you decide which one of those things is more likely.
A prior version of this article said Thanos took out half the world, but then someone pointed out in the comments that it was actually half the universe. I was just going to ignore it, but then it got two likes so I begrudgingly updated it.