As it transpired, Joe and Anthony Russo had a clear strategy in place during the build-up to the film’s release, as the members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes who battled Thanos and survived to narrate the story are going to return for another shot at the Mad Titan in Avengers 4 and will try to finish the saga of Thanos for good.
Also, it is not a coincidence that Doctor Strange’s grim, 1 out of more than 14 million future timelines, happened to involve Iron-Man, Thor, and Captain America – three icons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who are expected to exit after Avengers 4. Only the initial heroes survive, and Kevin Feige had recently told fans that this was all a part of a grand plan of MCU to show that only the original Avengers survive as we approach Avengers 4.
However, it leads to the question about Nebula and Rocket still being around. They were not among the original Avengers so what made them survive the Thanos snap.
This is Marvel Cinematic Universe, and everything here happens for a reason. Nothing could be by mistake in this franchise. Kevin and team are famous for their immaculate planning. Although, we might have to wait for Avengers 4 to know the exact answer, here is a new fan theory which tries to solve this mystery.
You can take a look at it below:
We have the original Avengers all well and alive but why are Rocket Raccoon and Nebula alive?
I think the answer is clear if the Time Travel Theory is real that might be the reason why these two are alive.
– Rocket Raccoon is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Power Stone was.
(Avengers can get the stone from Xandar right after GotG ends, and the GotG story continues like we know.)
– Nebula is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Soul Stone was.
(Maybe someone from the Avengers sacrifice themselves to get the stone before Thanos. This would explain the many deaths that will “happen” if the spoilers are legit.)
– Thor is probably the only Avenger who is alive and knew where the Reality Stone was.
(The Avengers can steal it from the collector, or Thor can find a way in the timeline not to give it to the collector during the events of Thor 2.)
– Iron Man, Thor and probably Hulk are the only alive avengers knowing where the Time Stone was.
(So right after the events of the Doctor Strange Movie the Avengers can either steal it or somehow convince Strange about the events that are going to happen)
– The Space Stone ain’t a tricky one. The events of the Avengers happen like we know and then the Avengers team can get it. Everybody knows where it is or was. They Probably go back to the moment where Thor & Loki are about to leave earth. The Space Stone was only significant in the Avengers movie. Doing anything with the stone after the A1 events won’t harm the Timeline.
– The Mind Stone is a real tricky one.
If they get it back in the Avengers, 1 Events Vision never happens and the Avengers 2 events probably ain’t happening.
So my Theory is they get it back before the events of Avengers 3. Extracting the stone out of Visions head.
With Time Travel all the stories we have seen can happen like we know. No Timeline errors or something like that.
This theory makes some fantastic points, and a look at the comments section provides further fascinating insight, and a user has suggested the following:
Nebula and Rocket are both space pilots. Tony would have a hard time figuring out how to get anywhere from Titan without someone with experience piloting an alien ship as well as the necessary navigational skills. Same with earthbound avengers needing Rocket to find stones off the planet. This also allows for multiple space missions like in IW, so that’s probably their primary purpose for surviving the snap with the original Avengers.
Yet again, we need to wait and watch until Avengers 4 releases next year to find out what Marvel has planned for Nebula and Rocket, but, just like we mentioned, there must be a reason behind their survival, and something makes us feel that this theory and the fan opinions in the comments section are not off the mark.