For many fans, the worst part about the gut-punch ending of Avengers: Infinity War was the uncertainty of it all — there’s no way of knowing what happens next. Readers of Marvel comics have an advantage when it comes to making guesses about Avengers 4, however, because they know how the Avengers beat Thanos in the comics.
The events of Infinity War were loosely based on a Marvel limited series titled Infinity Gauntlet, and several scenes were directly ported from the page to the big screen. Thanos’s cataclysmic hero-halving snap was one such moment, and fans can more accurately theorize about the next film by looking at how the Avengers recovered from “The Snap” in the comics.
Originally released over the latter half of 1991, Infinity Gauntlet was the brainchild of writer Jim Starlin, who created Thanos along with several other cosmic characters. It only lasted six issues, but it remains one of Marvel’s all-time best and most influential storylines — as evidenced by the fact that the greater plot of Marvel Cinematic Universe was structured around the saga of the Thanos and the Infinity Stones.