Originally Posted by cherokeesam
Yep. I don't think GOTG is going to end with a clear "winner" or "loser," anyway. If Thanos "loses," it'll be shown in the epilogue that he was just manipulating events to make the Guardians *think* they'd won, while in reality, he has just become more powerful than ever, and prepares to make his *real* play. (As suggested above: he gets the Gauntlet.) If Thanos "wins," it'll be shown in the epilogue that the Guardians are just regrouping and becoming more powerful than ever (possibly introducing a new powerful member, like Adam Warlock or Phyla-Vell or Mantis or Moondragon).
Or in the epilogue, a seemingly rehabilitated Thanos whacks his real biological mother over the head with a shovel and goes back to running his motel.