WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
There was a lot to digest in Avengers: Infinity War in its modet two hour and forty-minute runtime. After all, the film was supposed to lead us halfway into the conclusion of the overarching story that has been building for a decade now. It was an ambitious feat, to say the least, so we have to expect that some of the more minor details would be left unexplored, if not completely forgotten.
If you're like us, you might have walked out of the theater with many more questions than you had before, eager to find out if the answers will be found in next year's untitled Avengers 4. Here are just a few of the questions we were left with after watching Avengers: Infinity War.
Where is Valkyrie?
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, we saw Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson) flying through space on a Sakaaran ship alongside Thor, Loki, Heimdall and every alien and Asgardian that survived the destruction of Asgard. The mid-credits scene shows us the moment when Thor's ship is beset by Thanos' vessel, The Sanctuary II. The opening scene of Avengers: Infinity War takes place almost immediately after that. So where could she possibly have gone?
We see Ebony Maw stepping over half a dozen Asgardian corpses. It appears that only Heimdall, Thor, Loki and the Hulk survived the initial attack. Valkyrie is nowhere to be found. She is never shown and never mentioned so we must assume one of two things happened: either she perished at the hands of Thanos or a member of his Black Order, or she somehow survived and is now adrift somewhere in space. Perhaps we'll get a more definitive answer in Avengers 4, but the chances of that happening seem slim.
What Happened to Thor's Sakaar Allies?
As we mentioned, in the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, the only victims anyone talked about from the Sakaaran ship were Asgardian. Korg (played by Taika Waititi) and Thor's Sakaaran allies from Thor: Ragnarok were never mentioned or seen. We'll have to assume that they perished at the hands of Thanos and the Black Order like the Asgardians, but it does seem like we'll never know for sure.
Their exclusion from the film was understandable as the Russo brothers were clearly aiming for a more serious tone, so the humor from Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor: Ragnarok was integrated but toned down just a bit. That might have been unnecessarily difficult to accomplish for characters like Korg.
Where Is Captain Marvel?
The post-credit scene of Infinity War showed Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders) fading from existence like so many other beloved heroes. Just before he's erased from reality, Fury is able to send a distress signal out to one superhero he knows will be able to fix this: Captain Marvel.
The Russo brothers stated back in 2017 that Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) would not be appearing in Infinity War, instead she'll be making her debut in the upcoming Captain Marvel, which will reportedly be set in the '90s for the most part. This raises some serious questions about where the space-faring superhero could have possibly been during Thanos' attack on the universe. Of course, there are a couple of theories floating around, but we'll have to wait until Captain Marvel or Avengers 4 for definitive answers as we know Brie Larson has filmed scenes with Josh Brolin (who plays Thanos), which means Captain Marvel won't be sitting this fight out completely.
What Happened on Xandar?
When we were first introduced to Xandar in Guardians of the Galaxy, it was shown to be a properous planet, capital of the Nova Empire in the Andromeda Galaxy. They were able to hold their own against Ronan's forces, which is why it was chosen as the ideal place to protect the Power Stone. Unfortunately, that meant that it was first on Thanos' hit list in his quest to find the Infinity Stones.
We're told in Avengers: Infinity War that Thanos attacked Xandar first with the Black Order to retrieve the Power Stone, after which he decimated half the population. We're never shown the destruction, so we can't be sure about what happened and how. What happened in Nova Prime and the Nova Corps in that battle? What does the Nova Empire look like now with its capital presumably destroyed? There's a small chance we may find out in Avengers 4, maybe even in Captain Marvel, but for now, it seems the MCU was content in giving half of Xandar an off-screen death.