WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Infinity Wars #6 by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin and Cory Petit, in stores now.
Marvel's latest cosmic event has come to an end with Infinity Wars #6. And, as with any big comic book event, the final issue not only offers closure to the main threads of the story, it also opens the door to new possibilities for the future.
The Infinity Wars event is particularly noteworthy for having introduced the Infinity Warps, characters that were the result of any two regular Marvel Universe mainstays being blended into a single hero or villain. Captain America and Doctor Strange became the Soldier Supreme, Iron Man and Thor were turned into the Iron Hammer, Spider-Man and Moon Knight were blended into the Arachknight, and so on and so forth.
These characters came into being when Gamora, using all six Infinity Stones, collapsed reality in on itself inside the Soul Stone. But she didn't just meld these characters together -- she created an entire new reality, with its own rich history. Much attention and detail has been given to these characters, with many of them starring in their own miniseries revealing their warped origin stories and continuity.
While it was widely assumed that these characters would eventually return to their regular selves by the event's end, solicitation text for the series' finale indicated otherwise. It's little surprise, then, that Infinity Wars #6 actually ends with the explanation of how and why the Infinity Warps characters will live on.
In the final chapter of the cosmic event, Loki's Infinity Watch -- comprised of Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Emma Frost, Ant-Man, Kang and Adam Warlock -- not only manage to restore reality to what it used to be, they also find a way to allow the Infinity Warps to survive in their own pocket universe.
In Infinity Wars #5, the Soldier Supreme hinted that he had no intention of being unmade, seeing as how he had lived a full life in the reality Gamora had created. In Issue #6, when it comes time to save and restore the Marvel Universe, the Solider Supreme once again pushes Adam Warlock to save not just one universe, but both -- the regular Marvel Universe, and the Infinity Warps reality.
Using the power of all of the gems, the Infinity Watch creates a new, blank reality where they leave all of the Infinity Warps alive and intact, their universe and history uncompromised. With the power of the Infinity Stones, they create copies of every living being there, pulling the original souls out of the Soul Stone and back into their real universe, while living the copies of the merged souls behind.
In doing so, the Infinity Watch restores the regular Marvel Universe to what it once was, with each character now unwarped. But, inside the Soul Stone, there is now a universe where the Infinity Warps characters remain alive to have further adventures.
What's more, with the cataclysmic events that just unfolded, the Infinity Warps characters decide to pool their efforts and create a team of Defenders to protect their reality from any similar threats. Calling the Citadel of the Defenders home, these warped superheroes are now their universe's version of the Avengers.
It's unclear if Marvel has any further plans for the Infinity Warps right now, but it's likely that they didn't survive Infinity Wars for naught. Since we've spent the past few months getting to know these new characters in their own miniseries, there chances are pretty good we'll be hearing more from them in the not too distant future.
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