Marvel Finally Explains What Infinity War & Endgame’s Soul World Really Is

Marvel finally explains how the mysterious Soul World works in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame via Disney+’s Moon Knight.

Warning! SPOILERS for moon knight.

Marvel Studios finally explains how Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame‘s Soul World actually works. The MCU is in its period of rebuilding after the climax of the Infinity Saga. Through its interconnected storytelling, unclear details of the past can be explained by ongoing projects, which is exactly what moon knight fact concerning the world of the soul.

Disney+’s sixth Marvel Studios series introduced an all-new hero to the MCU in Oscar Isaac’s Moon Knight. His arrival also opens a pocket of the franchise with the deeper exploration of the concept of gods. In moon knight, Marc Spector gains superpowers from the Egyptian moon god, Khonshu. It also expands on what is known of the afterlife in the franchise with the introduction of Duat. As the hippopotamus goddess Taweret explained, it is “an afterlife. Not an afterlife” and is part of “There are many intersectional planes of untethered consciousness.”

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moon knight referenced the ancestral plan of Black Panther like another version of the afterlife in the MCU. Basically, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame‘s Soul World works the same way. Marvel Studios never named the yellow-tinged realm that Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) ended up in separately after their respective snaps. Marvel Studios simply called it “the bus station.” It is essentially a place of introspection, allowing visitors, whether dead or about to die, to reflect on their lives and the major events that shaped them. This is exactly what Duat was into moon knightas Marc Spector and Steve Grant were forced to reconcile some of the most traumatic moments of their lives together.

It’s unclear how many more versions of the afterlife there are in the MCU. What is certain, however, is that each of them is distinct from one another. So far, Duat, the Ancestral Plane, and the Soul World have their respective appearances. They also have varied rules. For example, the Wakandans can reconnect with their ancestors in the Ancestral Plane while Duat has Taweret who serves as an usher to anyone who finds their way there. For Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Soul World apparently offers its visitors the opportunity to come to terms with their regrets. For what it’s worth, despite being an established race in the franchise for a decade now, ThorAsgardian Valhalla has yet to be fully explored. It has already been referenced in the past Thor movies, but he never appeared on screen. With Duat properly explaining its function, it’s not impossible that Valhalla will eventually be shown in future Marvel Studios projects.

Doing very different versions of the afterlife in the MCU allows Marvel Studios to be more creative with their approach to storytelling when using this particular concept. For Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame‘s Soul World, chances are it can be accessed when using the power of the Infinity Stones. With Magic Jewels no longer existing in the Sacred timeline, it’s curious if the yellow-tinged realm will ever reappear in the franchise.

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