*Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Thor: The Dark World below*
*Potential spoilers for Captain America: Civil War (rumors)*
Its not always a good thing to be up to date when it comes to the latest news regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You’ll sometimes learn things that will potentially spoil an upcoming film later on down the road. Things like how many films an actor has left on their Marvel contract. For example, if you read last year that Chris Hemsworth has two films left on his contract with Marvel, chances are he isn’t dying in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That wasn’t the best example, but hopefully you get the point.
As good as Marvel’s films are (sometimes they’re great), they lack a sense of threat towards our hero. Did anyone think Ant-Man would not return from the subatomic realm? Of course not, that (awesome) scene was there to simply tease Doctor Strange, while setting up a side plot for the sequel.
Here’s another example. I actually thought Loki died in Thor: The Dark World when I first saw the movie. For the last half of the movie I was convinced we lost Loki, and then BOOM, he’s alive and is now returning for Thor: Ragnarok. Will he finally “die” for a third time?
Almost no one important dies in the M.C.U and there’s a reason for that. Part of it is number of movies in their contracts, and also fan favorites. The main reason is for Infinity War.
This leads me to a recent comment from Marvel Studios executive Jeremy Latcham. He says Avengers: Infinity War will finally serve as the conclusion for many of the Avengers we’re used to seeing.
“I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team that we’ve come to know as The Avengers. Who knows exactly what is going to happen yet in that film, but I think this version of that team—and I think we start to hint at it at the end of Age of Ultron—will be evolving.”
What irritates me the most going into a Marvel film is knowing who will survive, because the end game has always been Avengers: Infinity War. Obviously, the major characters will survive their own films, but side characters like Nick Fury and even Agent Coulson cheat death. Marvel has faked so many deaths that I fear no general audience member will buy someone’s actual death in Infinity War.
There’s even a rumor going around that Captain America could die in the upcoming Civil War, and then return for Infinity War. That would make for a great comeback moment, but will it take away from the moment he actually dies?
If in fact Infinity War is the conclusion for many of the Avengers, one thing must happen to make their exit as effective as possible on an emotional level. Marvel needs to start gradually killing characters off in the films leading up to Infinity War: Part One. We as an audience need to go into Infinity War: Part One thinking major characters might actually die. One film that could help in a big way is Thor: Ragnarok, which its story-line in the comics includes many bad things for the people of Asgard. Captain America: Civil War also needs to kill off at least one minor or major character permanently, especially now that you’re adding more heroes in Spider-Man and Black Panther.
Since Marvel has been saving all these Avengers for Infinity War, I want that film to have the biggest payoff. That means gradually raising the stakes. Which leads me to the reason why I wrote this, for your opinion.
Josh Brolin is coming for ya!
Since some of us now know (while others have always known) that Avengers: Infinity War will be the conclusion for many Avengers, who do you think should die? Lets assume everyone, including the Netflix characters appear in either Infinity War: Part One or Two. Make your BOLD choices below via. our Fan Poll. You can pick more than one character.
Go make your picks!
Avengers: Infinity War Part One hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
Part Two will arrive on May 3, 2019