In Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange has a vision.
Doctor Strange: I went forward in time to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.
Starlord: How many did you see?
Doctor Strange: Fourteen million six hundred and five.
Tony Stark: How many involve Thanos growing a weed farm on a remote planet, the Avengers attacking said farm, the weed burning up in the crossfire, us and Thanos all getting high together and decide to chill out and play Minecraft together every Sunday?
Doctor Strange: One.
That best possible outcome — the one in which the Avengers “win” — is what we see in Endgame.
But what else did Strange see? What are the other 14,000,604 possible outcomes wherein the Avengers don’t win? No one at Marvel has provided details, so of course the internet (and in particular those on Reddit) have sought to fill in the gaps with their own alternate, future proposals, displayed as text over a very serene farmer Thanos. If you’ve spent even 15 minutes on the internet, you probably know where this is going.
Some of the proposed endings are more serious. Ending 257843, for example (“Thanos uses the second to trap the heroes in a pocket dimension where reality plays out like Endgame thus tricking the Avengers into thinking they won”), is reminiscent of a storyline from the Avengers Assemble animated series. Most of them, unsurprisingly, are decidedly sillier, goofier, and danker:
- Ending 6969: The Avengers ambush Thanos five years after the Snap, not three weeks. Once they’re at his farm, they find him playing Fortnite with the username “Noobmaster69.” Scared, Thor flies off, thus allowing Thanos to kill the remaining Avengers.
- Ending 4792: Moments before attacking Thanos, Captain Marvel realizes that Thanos was just trying to eat breakfast peacefully and goes down to negotiate with him. After an intimate conversation the two fall in love and go on to get married and raise two children in a perfectly balanced universe.
- Reality 20001: The rat never released ant-man
- Ending 9071: Strange admits the whole 14 million universes thing was a lie to placate Tony Stark’s ego and make him feel special because his daddy didn’t love him enough. The Avengers and Thanos form a collective and start selling jam at a farmer’s market. They call it Jam-mora. It tastes terrible.
Speculation around the other 14 million possibilities has existed since Infinity War, but according to Know Your Meme, the current form of the meme (or at least the “Ending # + prediction” text format) really began to cement itself in the wake of Endgame. A subreddit, /r/TheOther14Mil, was created just last week to start tracking the predictions. The addition of the Farmer Thanos picture started on May 14 with this Reddit post by Plazm0z to popular Avengers subreddit r/Thanosdidnothingwrong. The artwork comes from Nikolay Mochkin, who originally posted it on their Instagram account, ellejart, back in August 2018.
While r/TheOther14mil was created to be a rallying point for proposed endings, there isn’t (yet) a single place to see all the proposed endings — or to ensure the ending numbers don’t overlap. One can only hope for an SCP-style foundation to track all these alternate realities. After all, if the MCU multiverse does become a real thing, who’s to say Thanos doesn’t invite all the Avengers over to a dance party?