The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War is beginning to feel like the season finale of Game of Thrones: Prepare to say good-bye to your favourite character or two. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said that that movie and next year’s yet-to-be-titled Avengers 4 will “bring things [we've] never seen in superheroes: A finale.” There are 76 (or 67, according to some sources) characters in these movies, and the ones most likely to be culled are the ‘pioneer’ batch — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — because the Marvel contracts with the actors portraying these heroes are coming to an end.
Then again, no one really dies in Marvel movies. Look at Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). He was impaled in The Avengers but is later resurrected for the TV series, Agents of SHIELD, now in its fifth season. Groot sacrificed himself in Guardians of the Galaxy but is reborn before the end credits roll. So what if the characters do buy the farm, the writers will invariably find a way to resurrect them. Remember in Thank You for Smoking, where Aaron Eckhart’s cigarette salesman tells Rob Lowe’s smarmy Hollywood agent that it’s not possible to light up a stick in a spaceship because that would “blow up in all oxygen environment”. The agent says, “Probably. But it’s an easy fix. One line of dialogue. ‘Thank God we invented the… you know, whatever device.’” And in the MCU, that “whatever device” are the Infinity Stones. Someone got killed? Just use the Time Stone and turn back the clock. Problem fixed. Let's rank the potential casualties, from the most likely to least likely victim.
Avengers: Infinity War opens Apr 25.