With the arrival of a new Avengers: Infinity War trailer, the internet is discussing which Marvel superheroes perishing during their ultimate battle with the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Both trailers have show dire straits for the Avengers as they take on the monstrous villain head on, such as Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) getting slammed to the ground or Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) using all his strength in stopping the hand of Thanos from crushing him.
For the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of the popular headlining characters will die. I'm going to go down the list and tell you who is coming back for the fourth Avengers film--and who will die.
Disclaimer: I haven't seen the film or judge this off anything happening in the comics. For example, Rogers should have died at the end of Civil War via the comics, but he didn't. When it comes to comics/books transcribing into movies, all bets are off. Just look at Game of Thrones. So, here we go.
IRON MAN: 10-1 odds of death
Let's go concrete here. Downey Jr. is the star of the series. Unlike Evans, he can carry multiple films and is a reason for people to see these films who aren't hardcore comic fans. Stark also plays a hand in the new Spider Man storyline as well, so the chances lessen. It's not outside the realm of possibility, because losing Iron Man would be like swinging a wrecking ball into the MCU. However, there's still a place for him in the world-and he also saved the crew in the first Avengers film, so he's already played the "one for all" role. He's staying.
Captain America: 5-1 odds of death
Evans' contract is running out soon and his character seemingly can't find happiness, straying away from the Avengers to create his own counter-terrorism unit. A fractured man who threw himself into a brick of ice for his country, Rogers' purpose is saving people, so what better way to use the entirety of his strength and will to take down Thanos. Unlike Iron Man, the group can survive without the outcast, Rogers. It would also serve as a kicker for the next fleet of Avengers coming in.
Vision: 3-1 odds of death
We've seen the trailer, where Paul Bettany's powerful good guy is having the infinity stone pried from his head. Removing Vision would toss Stark for a loop and take away a huge piece of the Avengers' central power unit. Thanos is coming for the stones, so he can wipe out half of the universe. Take away Vision and it wouldn't rupture the unit that much, due to his limited involvement thus far.
Scarlet Witch: 5-1 odds of death
Similar to Iron Patriot and Hawkeye, taking away Elizabeth Olsen's sorcerer wielding orphan would serve as a minor blow, yet could hurt Vision dramatically if he were to survive. Losing her solely wouldn't be enough, but could be coupled with someone else.
Hawkeye: 5-1 odds of death
Marvel hasn't given any inclination of giving Jeremy Renner's hero his own film and he's only showed up briefly in others as a side figure, so taking him out wouldn't be a huge emotional kick. However, it would hurt Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in an indelible manner, so that could be vital. It's important to note that the man works with a bow and arrow.
Ant-Man/Scott Lang: 15-1 odds of death
He's in Ant-Man and The Wasp this summer, so I think Paul Rudd's mini-hero is sticking around.
T'Challa/Black Panther: 100-1 odds of death
Um, nope. There's a better chance of Superman showing up than Chadwick Boseman's riveting new hero perishing.
Guardians of the Galaxy crew: 50-1 odds of death
The movies do so well that it's doubtful seeing Chris Pratt's Starlord, Dave Bautista's Drax, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, or Vin Diesel's Groot (who already died once) die. These heroes are passengers staying at a hotel in this movie.
Now, Karen Gillan's Nebula: 2-1 odds of death. She was tormented by Thanos as a kid and teenager, and would love to take on the mighty bad guy one on one. Whether she lives or dies, the effect on Gamora would be plentiful and serve a fine purpose in the movie.
Dr. Stephen Strange: 10-1 odds of death
The first film was a modest box office success and gave fans a thinking man's action hero to mix into the Marvel deck of cards, so Strange perishing isn't an absolute long shot. In the latest trailer, he's getting poked and prodded in the face with needle-type objects and doesn't seem too happy about it, so it's possible. Still, he just got here, brings something different, and has a story worth expanding. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is kind of awesome.
Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes: 4-1 odds of death
In the trailer, there's a shot of Barnes going towards Captain America and Thanos when they go head to head, which means two things: Bucky could save Rogers or die trying. In the comics, the Winter Soldier takes over for a departed Captain, so they could go that route at last. I would say there's a fair chance of Barnes dying because Marvel hasn't given the guy his own movie yet and he's been around for a while. I could see Barnes and Rogers go down together in the film.
Spider Man/Peter Parker: 100-1 odds of death
Spider Man: Homecoming was a huge hit and there's a sequel planned. Tom Holland's Spidey can work in an ensemble and also headline his own film. I just don't see it happening.
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff: 6-1 odds of death
While Marvel has stated a Black Widow spinoff film is in the works, a lot of movies die in the preliminary stages if they serve the greater purpose. Taking Romanoff out would send a jolt to The Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) as well as hurt Renner's Hawkeye. She is also a backbone to Rogers in the new secret Avengers group. You could see her taken out early in the film or during a key battle as well.
The Hulk/Banner: 10-1 odds of death
By now, it's clear Ruffalo isn't getting his own film, and I think the actor and Marvel are comfortable with that setup. He partakes in other main Avenger stories without being the focus keeps the studio juggernaut from committing a mistake in doing a solo Hulk movie. You could take him out, but he's such a great side piece that I don't see it likely.
Thor: 20-1 odds of death
If you had asked me before the highly successful and endlessly enjoyable Thor:Ragnarok, I'd given you more favorable death odds. These days, taking away Thor would be a big mistake, like tying an anchor to a piece of gold. Ragnarok re-routed the entire Marvel universe and opened up numerous possibilities. I don't think he's going anywhere.
Loki: 3-1 odds of death
Tom Hiddleston create a sublime character who went from villain to ally to villain before becoming an ally again. He's a versatile player with several speeds and brings levity to a heavy situation. However, he could perish early on in Infinity War. He isn't seen in several battle scenes and isn't only shown handing the tesseract to Thanos. Taking him out could jumpstart the movie.
Let's review, shall we?
Most likely to Die: Captain America, Vision, Hawkeye, Loki, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch
Most Unlikely to Die: Iron Man, Black Panther, Spider Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy crew
What do you think? Let us know which characters you think make the fourth film and which sleep with the fishes.
Final prediction: I think a new Avenger will make an appearance and save the day. Captain Marvel isn't supposed to show up, but that can change. X-Men and Silver Surfer aren't legally available (at least publicly), but could come in late.
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