Infinity War: the Death Pool

We’re barely a month out from the release of Avengers: Infinity War, which means we’re long overdue to start guessing about what’s going to happen, what the impact on the rest of these films will be, and of course, who’s going to die.

The Marvel Universe has had a bit of an iffy relationship to death thus far, in keeping with the comic book tradition of nobody being able to stay dead very long. That seems all but certain to change with Infinity War though, between its billing as the big finale for this stage of the universe and the fact that several of the key Avengers’ contracts will be complete afterwards. So without further ado, let’s recklessly speculate about who’s most likely to go down fighting against the near-omnipotent Thanos.

Iron Man

The whole universe kicked off with the unexpected smash hit of Iron Man back in 2008, and Tony Stark has been the de facto face of the franchise ever since. If this is indeed as much of an ending as we’ve been led to believe, it seems fair to assume that Iron Man is likely to bite the bullet. It would be a fitting end to this era of Marvel, and Tony sacrificing himself to save everyone would be a near-perfect conclusion to his ten-year character arc. It’ll be sad to see him go, but it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Captain America

Iron Man might be the face of Marvel, but Captain America is its heart, and probably the one who’ll cause the most wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst fans if he kicks the bucket. For that alone he has to be a likely contender, as nothing will help cement Thanos as a bad guy to be afraid of quite like him taking out the leader of the Avengers. And then there’s that shot in the trailer of Cap trying to take on the Mad Titan one-on-one, which we have to assume isn’t going to go too well for him. He’s confirmed for Avengers 4, but Chris Evans has said that it’ll be his last outing as Cap – a death in Infinity War and flashbacks in the next one seems well within the realm of possibility.

Vision

Sadly, I think we can agree that Vision’s a goner, yes? He has an Infinity Stone in his face. Thanos is coming for the Infinity Stones. He’s almost certainly going to cave in Vision’s face to get it.

The Guardians of the Galaxy

Now I’m not suggesting for a moment that they’re all going to die – just because there are going to be casualties in this movie doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bloodbath. And besides, we already know we’re getting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020, so at least most of them are bound to make it through. But Nebula, Gamora and Drax all have direct, personal connections to Thanos and have more of a stake in this fight than most. Is it possible that, in their desperation to kill him and get their revenge (for years of abuse in Gamora and Nebula’s case, and for the murder of his family in Drax’s), they’ll put themselves in a position where they don’t have a chance of surviving? We think so.

As for the rest…

There’s no chance whatsoever that Black Panther or Spider-Man are getting killed off, and we’d wager only a tiny one for Doctor Strange. Together with Captain Marvel, whose solo film’s coming next year, they’re most likely going to form the new core membership of the Avengers after the old guard start taking a back seat after Infinity War. Thor is probably safe, although the same might not be true of the rest of the Asgardians, but it would make sense to keep him around given the character’s post-Ragnarok popularity. And the Hulk is just too entertaining as a supporting character to kill off entirely.

 

So there you have it – there are our predictions for the most likely deaths in Infinity War. But really, what do we know? We could very easily be wrong about any of these, and it’s all but guaranteed that Marvel are going to have a few tricks up their sleeve. Maybe everybody dies and Avengers 4 is just two hours of wind blowing across the rubble? We’ll find out on April 27th.

 

All images courtesy of Marvel / Walt Disney Studios.

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