Last week, we talked about the minor scene from Captain America: Civil War that by chance ended up reflecting the end of Avengers: Infinity War. We now we’re going to take a look at some more direct foreshadowing from a previous film to show how it predicted how Infinity War would end. This would be Thor’s vision from the previous Avengers film, Age of Ultron.
There are actually two visions Thor had (though some of the footage from the first was reused in the second) one brought on by the Scarlet Witch and the other was self-inflicted by entering a mystic pond to learn more. In the first scene, Thor comes across a group of Asgardians who seem off, including Heimdall whose eyes were pure white. According to Heimdall, they don’t see because they’re all dead, and he refers to Thor as the destroyer of Asgard. Following this, Thor’s body begins to emit lightning, which hits a random Asgardian and turns them to dust.
The next screen reuses parts of this scene, but also shows the Infinity Stones we had seen up to that point. We see where they were hidden being shattered or formed into the uniform shape they took later before forming the outline of the Infinity Gauntlet. While this going on, we hear Ultron say the word “Extinction”.
So, there’s a lot to unpack here as these scenes actually foreshadow both Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. The first scene showed Thor gaining the ability to create lightning from his body, which he learned to do on command during the events of Ragnarok. Heimdall also refers to him as Asgard’s destroyer, which comes true literally in Ragnarok when he purposefully planned to bring Surtur to Asgard to destroy it to stop Hela. But it can go even deeper than that when we factor in both scenes.
On the note of Thor being Asgard’s destroyer, this could also refer to half of the Asgardians being wiped out by Thanos in the opening scene of Infinity War, including Heimdall, because of Thor’s decision to destroy Asgard and flee into space. After all, as Ragnarok told us, Asgard isn’t a place, it’s a people. Heimdall telling him that they don’t see because they’re dead foreshadowed the deaths of the Asgardians on the ship, including Heimdall himself.
But that’s how it forshadowed the beginning, how did it foretell the ending? In his second vision, we see the Infinity Stones forming into the shape of the Gaunlet, basically telling him that the Power Stone, Mind Stone, Space Stone, and Reality Stone would all be claimed. Though obviously it was in a different order since the Mind Stone was the last stone Thanos acquired. But it does show that Thanos would get it. Then in the first vision, we have Thor arrive, covered in Lightning right before his lighting turns someone into dust. This could be symbolic of how he arrived to the Battle of Wakanda, again covered with lighting, right before the snap that turned so many into dust. His lighting being would cause it itself could symbolic of Thor’s inability to kill Thanos before the snap by not aiming for the head, thus making him indirectly to blame for the snap turning half the universe to dust.
Half of the universe being destroyed was likely the extinction Ultron was referring to. Though it could also mean the Asgardians specifically, since Thor currently doesn’t know the fates of half of his people. But at the very least, in some way, all of Thor’s vision came true.