The time of reckoning has come. Opening in Philippine cinemas this April 25 is Avengers: Infinity War. The culmination of 10 years and 18 movies leads to this most gigantic and fatal crossover in the history of cinema. And what way to end this event of cosmic significance? With a big bang.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said in his interview with Vanity Fair: “If Marvel is going to survive, they have to start allowing characters to die.” Likewise, Marvel president Kevin Feige has been vocal on pushing the narrative forward. It’s not even a question at this point. Heroes WILL DIE in Infinity War. I can only imagine the trauma that it will bring to
me the kids. The superheroes we’ve grown to love over the years falling into the clutches of Mad Titan Bruce Willis Thanos. And yes, there will be heavy hitters.
Let’s head on and speculate the survival odds of each hero appearing in this installment. It must be noted that Infinity War is a two-part event and these predictions are extended to both parts.
*Spoilers from previous MCU films follow*
PROBABLY SAFE: Hawkeye/Clint Barton
Fans are much disappointed with the lack of Hawkeye’s presence in the trailers released but the Russo brothers assured that he will be in it, “Hawkeye is in his own personal mission.” We haven’t seen the final infinity stone yet (a.k.a. the soul stone) – could he be searching for that?
Now leaked set photos shows actor Jeremy Renner wearing Ronin’s leg armour. Revealing him in that costume might be the reason why Marvel won’t include him in the promotional materials. Anyway, if he’s set to take this darker persona in Avengers 4, he looks pretty safe.
PROBABLY SAFE: Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff
After a long-running complaint from the fans, Marvel is finally pushing a stand-alone Black Widow movie with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. There’s no confirmation yet if it will be set on the events after Infinity War or if it is a prequel (perhaps they should finally touch on the Budapest mission she and Hawkeye have been talking about), but wouldn’t it be weird to focus on Natasha’s character right after killing her? Black Widow’s solo film spares her from Thanos’ wrath.
PROBABLY SAFE: Dr. Stephen Strange
There’s no confirmation yet for a Doctor Strange sequel but it’s almost certain that it’s about to come. Being part of the new breed heroes introduced in Phase 3 gives him a guaranteed passage. He will act as the bridge for the heroes that are yet to be introduced in MCU. It should be noted he can harness the Time infinity stone’s power to turn back time (though Thanos will probably take it). That could play a factor in reversing the deaths in Infinity War.
MIGHT BE IN DANGER: Wong
This won’t be the master of mystic arts’ first encounter with death. Wong was already killed by Kaecilius, only to be revived by Dr. Strange. In a sea of A-list heroes, he’s in the expendable category and he may be an early casualty.
PROBABLY WILL DIE: Vision
Vision is toast for sure. Attached on his forehead is the mind infinity stone – the very thing that brought him into existence! Thanos needs that and he’ll be an underwhelming villain if his full powers won’t come into fruition. Sure enough, a shot from the trailer shows Vision in crippling pain as one of Thanos’ minions pry on his forehead. But, since he is a synthetic avenger, there’s a slim chance that Tony Stark can reconfigure his life back. That is, if Tony is still around…