Was the Secret to Beating Thanos Revealed in Avengers: Infinity War's Opening Line?

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Marvel Studios

With Avengers: Endgame, the final movie in the Avengers series, set to premiere in just a few months, Marvel fans are having a field day coming up with theories for how it will all shake out. Much of this speculation revolves around how the Avengers will end up beating Thanos (Josh Brolin) after he wiped out half the Marvel Cinematic Universe during with The Decimation in Infinity War. And a somewhat divisive new theory suggests that Thanos actually revealed the key to defeating himself during the opening line of Avengers: Infinity War.

The theory, posted to Reddit by user chihdo, posits that each character’s outcome is determined by whether the hero chooses to live with or run from their destiny.

Thanos’s opening line in Infinity War is:

“I know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail nonetheless. As lightning turns the legs to jelly. I ask you to what end? Dread it, run from it, destiny arrives all the same. And now, it’s here. Or should I say, I am.”

The user points out that Thanos presents himself as destiny, which means “to remain fixed, to accept stagnation.” The theory suggests that those who didn’t run from their destiny during Infinity War will be the ones to defeat Thanos—meaning those who survived The Decimation either fulfilled their respective destinies or are in the process of doing so.

The post goes on to explain that those who disappeared during The Decimation, including T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), either dreaded or ran from their destinies. In addition, those who died, including Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), attempted to cheat their destiny.

While it's undoubtedly interesting, the Redditor makes no mention of Captain Marvel, who we know from Infinity War's post-credits scene could have a significant role in taking down the Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame.

Fans will be able to see for themselves if Thanos really did foretell his own demise when Avengers: Endgame premieres on April 26, 2019.

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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