Avengers: Infinity War is the beginning of a sad farewell for some of the heroes of Marvel's cinematic universe.
With the contracts coming to an end for many actors behind the core of the team of heroes, Infinity War and 2019 & # 39; s Avengers 4 could be the last time the public see stars like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Chris Evans as Captain America. The question remains: will your characters arrive at sunset or will they encounter endings that are a bit more … permanent?
While Marvel Studios has not had problems killing villains, their heroes have been another matter. Yes, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) died in 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron but Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returned to the SHIELD agent of ABC after his disappearance in 2012 The Avengers.
There is evidence Infinity War will be different when it comes to the resurrection. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that anyone who dies in Infinity War will remain dead. ("People should be careful what they want", were his exact words)
Heat Vision is accumulating the evidence (with the help of some gender journalists) to look at the heroes and villains They should be worried about going to their screenings on Thursday night of Avengers: Infinity War.
Downey is the best-paid Marvel star, and has aspirations to launch a new franchise with Doctor Doolittle that opens weeks before Avengers 4 on next year. His exit from the MCU, at least as a main player, seems inevitable. The question is, will he enter into a mentor role that would require a lesser commitment on his part (and less financial commitment from Marvel) despite his work at Spider-Man: Homecoming?
From a history perspective, Tony dying in a sacrificial movement would make sense, since his character has matured in the last ten years, and he made a sacrificial game in the early Avengers . In comics, Tony Stark left his technology and resources to a 15-year-old genius, Riri Williams (also known as Ironheart). Maybe Marvel Studios could pay tribute to the comics with a torch pass, says the film critic Yolanda Mercado who predicts that if Tony does not die, he will give the go-ahead to Black Panther ] & # 39; s Shuri (Letitia Wright) or Peter Parker (Tom Holland).
"I think he's probably supposed to be dead, and he'll take it as an opportunity to move on and maybe create a good life with Pepper," she notes.
Unlike Downey, Chris Evans has been more definitive in saying he will retire from Captain America after Avengers 4 . But, could your exit arrive even earlier? From an emotional perspective, that might work for Infintiy War .
Steve Rogers is a man of another time, with almost all his friends (except Sebastian Bucky's Stan), including his great love Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Evans has taken Captain America to a level of prominence that would have been unthinkable a decade ago, and the possibility of the character's death adds a real dramatic weight to Infinity War that the disappearance of perhaps no other character It would bring with that. Cap also has several successors waiting in the wings, in the form of Falcon by Anthony Mackie and Bucky by Sebastian Stan. Even if Steve Rogers dies in Infinity War, it is unlikely that the MCU is a place without someone to serve as Captain America.
Thanos did not appreciate his adopted daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana) betraying him for working as a team with the Guardians of the Galaxy, so he commissioned his other daughter, Nebula (Karen Gillan), to He will kill her. After a bit of convincing, and realizing that Thanos only cares about power, Nebula also joined the Guardians in the hope of revenge. As a teenager, Nebula's punishment for losing fights with his sister was the replacement of his body parts with robotic parts. So yes, you have many reasons to want to stop Thanos.
"The story of Nebula has been one of redemption, and it is likely to be sacrificed for the sake of others," says Yael Tygiel, host of Afterbuzz TV.
Worthy of mention: Nebula has been working on borrowed time, since his character was initially going to die in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Despite being the voice of the IA Iron Man assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. since 2008, actor Paul Bettany is a real action newcomer in the MCU family after debuting as The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron . Thanks to Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Tony Stark, Vision has the stone of the mind, one of the infinite stones that Thanos seeks in Infinity War . The mental stone is also key to Vision's survival (he can not live without it), so the Avengers will be motivated to keep him alive and keep the stone of the mind out of Thanos's hands. But judging by the trailers, they do not seem to be successful.
"If we're going to lose someone in Avengers: Infinity War my money is in Vision," notes Lauren Gallaway. , who runs the Marvel-centric site The Marvel Report . "It's possible that JARVIS can survive as a digital program, but I do not know if anything can feed Vision's body, except the stone."
Carrier of the Tesseract (space stone), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) sought to rule the nine kingdoms in the first film Avengers . It is no secret that he has worked with Thanos, who has to be angry with Loki for keeping the space stone by himself. He was one of the first MCU villains, but Loki has now become a more antihero character, but how long will it last? The trickster can only be "good" for so long, although he was last seen as an ally of Thor in Thor: Ragnarok . In one of the trailers Infinity War he holds the tesseract as if he were going to give it to someone. Maybe Thanos? If he manages to give Thanos what he wants, that makes it more likely that his death will soon follow.
"As Loki failed Thanos before taking Earth, he's already on the bad side of Thanos, and Thanos not as backstabbers," he points out Yahoo UK & # 39; s Hannah Flint .
In past interviews, Hiddleston has expressed his shock over Loki's long career as a character, since few villains stick around this time. Could Avengers: Infinity War finally be where your luck runs out?
Avengers: Infinity War opens on Friday.