Did Thanos’ Snap Kill Celestials & Other MCU Cosmic Beings?

Did Thanos' Snap Kill Celestials & Other MCU Cosmic Beings?

If Thanos’ snap wiped out half of life in the universe in Infinity War, did it also include the Celestials and other cosmic beings in the MCU?

Avengers: Infinity War saw Thanos finally collecting all the Infinity Stones and mounting them in the Infinity Gauntlet with the purpose of wiping out half of life in the universe – but did that include Celestials and other cosmic beings or were they spared, somehow? The first three Phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were all about introducing the members of the original Avengers team and other heroes that would shape this connected universe, but it all led up to one major conflict: Thanos’ quest to acquire the Infinity Stones.

Thanos was the main villain of the MCU’s Infinity Saga even though he didn’t participate in any stories until Avengers: Infinity War, though he was revealed to be the one working behind the scenes and manipulating other villains to get him what he wanted. The Infinity Saga reached its peak with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which dealt with Thanos’ snap that made half of life in the universe vanish with the snap of his fingers, and later saw the surviving heroes coming up with a Time Heist that reversed the snap but made way for the biggest battle the MCU has seen so far between all of its heroes and their allies, and Thanos and his armies.

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Infinity War saw some beloved heroes like Spider-Man, Bucky Barnes, T’Challa, Doctor Strange, and more vanish in front of the rest, and not just on Earth but all over the universe as well, which has raised some questions about the extent of Thanos’ snap. Thanos’ purpose was to “bring balance to the universe” by getting rid of half of life in it, which wasn’t exactly a perfect plan. But if the snap got rid of half of life in the universe, would that include the Celestials and other cosmic beings in the MCU or would they be spared due to their nature?

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The Infinity Gauntlet with the Stones seemed to work pretty much like the genie’s lamp in the sense of the user having to be very specific about what they wanted to achieve, which is why it was important that the Hulk focused on bringing everyone back safely, though that also meant accepting that he couldn’t bring back those who died not as a result of the snap, such as Black Widow and Vision. Thanos’ wish, then, was to get rid of half of life in the universe, which can be tricky as things like non-sentient plant life didn’t seem to have been affected, so what he considered “life” might have saved cosmic beings from the snap. The comic books offer an answer as in Infinity Gauntlet #5 Thanos couldn’t destroy cosmic forces and instead imprisoned them inside Eternity, the avatar of the universe, and seeing Celestials as multiverse beings and the Infinity Stones and the snap belonging to one specific timeline/universe, the Celestials and other cosmic beings wouldn’t have been affected by the snap.

A more definitive answer could be given to the mystery of Thanos’ snap affecting Celestials and cosmic beings depending on whether Thanos was aware of the Emergence or not. If Thanos knew about it, he definitely knew about the Celestials, so his concept of life could have easily included these beings who are powerful enough to create and destroy life as they please, yet their actions don’t quite match with Thanos’ ideas of preserving life in the universe. As the MCU keeps expanding, more and more questions about past events emerge, but as this universe explores the Celestials’ existence and history a bit more, the answer to whether Thanos’ snap also vanished Celestials and other cosmic beings or not will surely be solved.

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