This week, the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War will make its way into theatres, to be followed by another sequel next year. Together, the two films are set to act as a coda to the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and potentially as a final act for some of Marvel’s biggest stars. So far, the trailers have shown that Infinity War is set to bring together characters from throughout Marvel’s movie history, paying off ten years of world-building in an explosive culmination of everything that Marvel Studios has accomplished since Iron Man premiered almost ten years ago.
But the truth of the matter is that this cinematic universe might not be big enough for everyone. One of these Avengers might have to die and make room for bigger adventures. Popular new addition to the universe, like Spider-Man (3.0) and Black Panther are probably safe, but some of the older guard might need to watch their back. Here are the 10 Avengers Most Likely to Die in Avengers: Infinity War.
10. Captain America
Chris Evans as Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War
Captain America, and therefore Chris Evans, is the second marquee star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that this character’s narrative arc is in the homestretch. The character has already appeared in three of his own movies, even facing off against Iron Man in the aptly titled third installment, Civil War. The appearance of a darkly prophetic beard (and the possibility that he’s going to take on Steve Rogers’ “Nomad” identity from the comics) in the Infinity War trailers is just one more sign that Captain America isn’t going to make it too much further in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The problem for him on this list is that we already know he’s not going to make it too far. Chris Evans’s contract ends after the next Avengers film (his sixth overall) and some have predicted that next year’s Avengers sequel will be his final appearance as the First Avenger. Cap’s death at the end of Avengers 4 would be a fitting climax for the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but… that means he probably won’t die during Infinity War.
Maybe next time.
9. Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Infinity War
Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a teaser after the credits rolled in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with her twin brother, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). While both characters returned and served as major figures in Avengers: Age of Ultron, only Scarlet Witch became a full-fledged crimefighter herself, returning in Captain America: Civil War and proving herself to be an integral member of the Avengers.
That said, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see a Scarlet Witch solo film any time soon. (Indeed, Olsen has dismissed the idea publicly.) The question of whether Marvel can or should keep a high-profile actress like Olsen in this role for several films might lead one to conclude that this could be her last outing as an Avenger, whether she dies or finds some other way to gracefully exit the franchise.
However, Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox leaves another, more exciting possibility. In the comics, the Scarlet Witch is both a member of the Avengers and a mutant, meaning that she can act as a potential bridge between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men franchise. So it’s possible that she might stick around for a few more outings.
Like Captain America, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a marquee Marvel star who made his debut during the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike Evans, however, this Chris hasn’t made any suggestions about his last appearance. Also unlike Captain America, who brought along most of the Avengers on his last solo outing, Thor only seems to be getting more popular as time goes on. Last year’s Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t only the most successful entry in the franchise, it was also the best, largely due to director Taiki Waititi’s comedic touch.
Given that Hemsworth has already mused about making fourth Thor with Waititi, it seems unlikely that the suits at Marvel would choose this moment to take out the character. Furthermore, the end of Ragnarok left many loose strands opened, with the residents of Asgard deciding to make a new home on Earth. Still, Thor’s death would make for an interesting curveball.