Avengers Most Likely To Die
7. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes in Avengers: Infinity War
Steve Rogers’ best friend and sidekick has been kicking around the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Captain America: The First Avenger came out in 2011. After being brainwashed, he served as the main villain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and got put into suspended animation at the end of Civil War, but a post-credits teaser after Black Panther revealed that he has been revived and healed, just in time for the release of Infinity War. Given the character’s baggage, it makes a certain amount of sense that this could be his last ride. He’s had a good ride and his character has been through a lot.
In the comics, however, Bucky Barnes is one of the more prominent character to take over the mantle of Captain America, which we have yet to see him do. Is it possible that Marvel will keep him around to take over the role after Chris Evans moves on from the franchise? We’ll have to wait and see.
6. The Hulk/Bruce Banner
The Hulk in The Avengers
Like Thor, the Hulk only seems to get more popular as time goes on. Though his first MCU appearance in The Incredible Hulk was shaky (and, to date, Marvel Studio’s only failed attempt at creating a franchise around one of its characters), the character’s frequent appearances as a supporting character are generally met with praise by fans. It helps that Mark Ruffalo, who replaced Edward Norton in the role, plays the character with such charm.
Still, Hulk has been in the MCU since 2008, and Marvel seems hesitant to give him another go as a headliner in his own film. It seems possible, then, that Infinity War could provide Ruffalo gracious exit for the character before the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves on to some of its fresher heroes.
5. Nick Fury
Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Other than Iron Man, Nick Fury is the only Avenger that dates back to the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having made his debut after the credits rolled on Iron Man. Played by Samuel L. Jackson, who is 69 years old, it would make sense for the honchos to knock off this long-standing supporting character.
The only problem? He already died, sort of. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury gets shot by the Winter Soldier’s henchman, only to return at the end of the film. Like Agent Coulson (who was revived after his death in The Avengers to star in his own TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Nick Fury proves that no Marvel character ever really dies. If Marvel really wants to elicit an emotional response from its audience, maybe they should look elsewhere for a character to kill off.