‘Infinite’: The Ending Explained

The new movie Infinite raises a lot of possibilities about people with past lives. Mark Wahlberg plays Evan McCauley, a man who discovers he’s been reincarnated several times. He spends the movie trying to remember his past lives, and trying to stop an opposing gang of reincarnated people from ending all life as we know it. 

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the ending of Infinite.]

Infinite: Chiwetel Ejiofor holding a gun over his shoulder
Chiwetel Ejiofor | Peter Mountain/Paramount+, Inc.

Infinite is streaming exclusively on Paramount+. Subscribers who discovered Infinite since it premieres June 10 may be wondering about the ending. Showbiz Cheat Sheet is here to help. 

What happens at the end of the movie ‘Infinite?’

When Infinite begins, Evan has been struggling with memories he can’t make sense of his whole life. These memories prevent him from holding a regular job, but he has a lucrative black market business forging samurai swords thanks to a past life as a blacksmith. When Nora Brightman (Sophie Cookson) intercepts Evan, she teaches him a bit more about his past lives at The Hub.

Nora and her team know that Evan used to be Treadway (Dylan O’Brien), who stole a weapon, The Egg, from Bathurst (Chiwetel Ejiofor). It’s Artisan (Jason Mantzoukas) who finally makes Evan remember everything about Treadway with his immersion in water procedure. Unfortuantely, Bathurst recovers the Egg before Evan and Nora, so he resumes plans to finish the weapon and eliminate all life, so nobody can be reincarnated as anything. 

Infinite: Jason Mantzoukas lays back in a chair
Jason Mantzoukas | Peter Mountain/Paramount+, Inc.

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Evan and Nora storm Bathurst’s castle hideout. On Bathurst’s plane, Evan makes sure the plane goes down and the Egg is disarmed, but he dies in the process. Years later, in Indonesia, Artisan takes in a street fight. He approaches the family of the winner and the boy (Gilbert Aguirre) remembers Artisan, asking, “What took you so long?”

Who is Evan now?

Evan, nee Tredway, was reincarnated as the Indonesian boy. This makes sense because his past reincarnations have been all over the map. See the Japanese samurai blacksmith. It looks like Evan added some pole fighting skills to his repertoire growing up on the streets of Indonesia. 

Artisan offers him a job back on the team, but probably when he’s older. The new Evan should still be in high school. Perhaps Nora is waiting for him, although if she’s lived since the present day reincarnation, she’d be a lot older now. 

Will there be an ‘Infinite 2’?

Infinite was based on D. Eric Maikranz’s book The Reincarnationist Papers. Goodreads calls it Book 1, although Maikranz has yet to write Book 2. Pretty much every movie these days is set up to launch a franchise, and it could work for Infinite in theory. There’s a whole world of reincarnated souls with cool skills.

Mark Wahlberg holds a samurai sword
Mark Wahlberg | Peter Mountain/Paramount+, Inc.

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If they follow the rules, a sequel would probably have to star someone else. Wahlberg’s body died with Evan, but that hasn’t stopped franchises from bringing deceased characters back before. It would be great if they made a sequel with an Asian lead, but they also have it cooked into the story that the Indonesian boy could die and reincarnate as another A-list movie star. 

The prospects of a Paramount+ sequel are unknown at this time. The streaming service just rebranded this year and Infinite is one of their first original movies. The other was SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge on the Run. Both movies were Paramount Pictures productions intended for theatrical release. SpongeBob got delayed due to the pandemic but Infinite was just shifted to the streaming service. That’s not to say it can’t prove popular and warrant a sequel, but it’s new territory and the moment and Paramount seems to be experimenting with which content can attract streaming subscribers. 

Source: Good Reads

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