Thanos's Snap From Avengers: Infinity War Has an Official Name

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It's been nearly eight months since Avengers: Infinity War debuted in theaters, changing the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. At this point, Thanos's snap—which wiped out half of the universe—has become infamous, as many of our beloved heroes shockingly met their demise.

And now, it appears the deadly snap has an official name, according to a tie-in book titled Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath by Brandon T. Snider. As reported by Screen Rant, Thanos's snap is called "The Decimation." That's surely an accurate representation of what happened.

The book explains that the heroes decide not to inform the rest of the world of Thanos and what really happened when The Decimation occurred. According to this new story, the surviving part of the population just think many people mysteriously disappeared.

As Screen Rant points out, the choice of "Decimation" is extremely interesting as it's been used in Marvel comics before, a storyline involving the Avengers and the X-Men created from the House of M limited series. It's what happens after Scarlet Witch strips nearly all of the mutant population of their powers, drastically reducing the number from millions to hundreds.

While The Decimation broke all of our hearts, the first Avengers: Endgame trailer, which debuted today, promises we'll see at least some of the superheroes come back.

George RR Martin Just Gave Us a Peek at Game of Thrones’s Ice Spiders

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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

When you think of threats in Game of Thrones, the first thing that comes to mind might be Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons or maybe even the Night King. But does anyone remember the ice spiders in Westeros lore, which Old Nan told Bran about several years back?

In the series' first season, Old Nan told Bran bedtime stories about The Long Night, a time in the Age of Heroes when darkness fell upon the known world for a whole century. During this time, famine and horrifying dangers appeared, including the White Walkers and, yes, a scary species of ice spiders.

So it seems fitting that the 2020 Game of Thrones calendar George RR Martin recently shared on Twitter shows off these ice spiders on the front cover, as the upcoming prequel series is rumored to be called The Long Night (and it was Martin himself who let that tiny detail slip).

It's an interesting illustration, and could be an early glimpse about a terrifying new creature we might soon get to see in Westeros—if not in the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, then possibly in the prequel.

Game of Thrones Season 8 is scheduled to premiere in April 2019.

New Avengers: Endgame Theory Argues None of the Superheroes Died in Infinity War

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In most movies, it's the characters' journeys that really matter—not necessarily how they end. However, when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War, what fans undoubtedly remember is Thanos's snap, which closed the movie and presumably killed off half of the universe, leaving the whole of Marvel's fan base in utter shock.

But what if Thanos's snap, now officially known as "The Decimation," did not actually kill any our favorite superheroes? What if, instead, it sent them all to an alternate universe? That's what one interesting new theory proposes, Esquire reports. Here's what Redditor joethehamface wrote:

"We have all been making fun of Thanos by saying that death wasn't necessary with the near infinite power of the gauntlet. What if it simply split the reality in two, taking half of everyone into each version ... The two parallel realities could be joined by a sort of bridge in the quantum realm. Since Scott was in the quantum realm at the time of the split, he was unaffected by the snap and not bound to either reality—leaving him free to travel from one to the other over this bridge. Maybe this leaves him free to travel through to the parallel dimensions created by Thanos, splitting the time stream. He would be the only way for them to communicate with [each] other. Maybe he exists in both realities and gains knowledge from both due to some strange form of quantum entanglement."

What's the likelihood of this being the case? Well, pretty low. But Paul Rudd as Scott Lang appearing in the highly-anticipated Avengers: EndGame trailer after we all thought he was one of the many casualties does validate the theory a bit. Unfortunately, we'll just have to wait and see.

Avengers: EndGame will arrive in theaters on April 26, 2019.

[h/t: Esquire]

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