In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the only hint of what the world was like after the Snap so far comes from the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and The Wasp where we see an empty San Francisco with an emergency broadcast playing on Scott Lang’s TV. Now a newly released book gives a little bit more of a hint of what life is like after Thanos wiped out half of the universe.
Released today, Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Volume Two: Aftermath is the second part of the young-readers “Cosmic Quest” series that kicked off earlier in the spring with the book released prior to the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Set after the “decimation event” that wiped out half of the world’s population, the book follows Dr. Selvig, Jane Foster, Darcy, and Darcy’s new intern as they investigate the Infinity Stones.
The book calls the dusting the “decimation event”, and although it’s for young readers there are hints of the massive loss that was. There’s a mention of missing person reports they flip through, one of which is for Janet Van Dyne. But no one knows what caused the decimation event, so Selvig and the “Science Avengers” are trying to figure it out. Eventually by recapping all of the Infinity Stones in each movie throughout the book, they figure out that all six of them working together is what caused the decimation. No one knows about Thanos either, but through the events of the book Selvig sees him and realizes he’s the one responsible.
There’s a picture of the back cover of the book being shared on the internet today, and the description describes a threat beyond the Infinity Stones. This is not describing Annihilus or any major comic book villain. The threat the back of the book describes is specifically a villain made for this story who has a piece of technology that Selvig designed that could destroy the world if used by the wrong person.
It’s basically a kids book, so there’s no bigger thread that’s left hanging in the end; aside from a hint that Selvig may have a part to play in defeating Thanos in the future.