Avengers 4: 10 Rumours We Hope Aren't True

Fingers crossed some of that message board chatter is BS.

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You can dread them and run from them all you want, but in the post-Infinity War world, the Avengers 4 rumours still arrive.

Marvel Cinematic Universe speculation has been running wild since Thanos pulled his finger-snapping trick at the end of the Russo Brothers' epic crossover. Theories about how this grim cliffhanger might be resolved dominate fan sites and some of the more compelling ones have set social media ablaze.

Avengers 4 is less than a year away, but the film is still shrouded in secrecy. Marvel remains unwilling to reveal so much as its title, adamant that such knowledge would be too spoilerific to handle in the pre-Infinity War age. Even now, the official info is scant, but that doesn't mean there's none out there at all. There have been dozens of set leaks from the movie, and they have in turn inspired yet more fan theories.

Some of the most credible fan predictions are based on a combination of these leaks, comic book lore and shrewd observations from the previous MCU films, but unfortunately, they aren't always the ones which gain traction.

Indeed, some of the Avengers 4 theories that have been doing the rounds of late might actually be a greater threat to the MCU than Thanos if they turn out to be true.

10. Nebula Is The Main Villain

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Thanos certainly lived up to the hype in Infinity War. Even before most of the stones were in position in his gauntlet, he was easily the greatest threat the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. According to one theory doing the rounds online, though, he could be supplanted by another big bad in Avengers 4.

Some fans believe that the Mad Titan's adoptive daughter Nebula is about to seize the Infinity Gauntlet and replace her father at the top of the food chain, as outlined here by Comicbook.com. There's precedent for this in the world of comics, as Nebula does indeed wield the all-powerful glove and become an even greater threat to the universe in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline.

There are many reasons why this shouldn't happen in the movies, chiefly because Nebula as the main villain would be an anti-climax after Thanos. No disrespect to Karen Gillan or her character, but even packing the Infinity Gauntlet, she wouldn't be in the same league as the Titan in terms of screen presence, threat and dark charisma.

What's more, having her follow in Thanos's footsteps feels disrespectful to the legacy of her sister, Gamora. Nebula's story arc should involve avenging the death of her adoptive sibling, not replacing her killer as the main threat to the galaxy.

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