Here's 20 examples of the Marvel Cinematic Universe tricking fans with fake character deaths. Over the last 11 years of movies, Marvel Studios has slowly assembled a vast universe of characters all weaved together in one overarching story. It has all been leading to the arrival of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and seeing if the Avengers can stop him. Unfortunately for half of the people in the MCU, the divided heroes couldn't prevent Thanos from using the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War to kill them with the snap of his fingers.
This finale for Infinity War left many audiences shocked as they saw future MCU leads like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) vanish. However, with all of these characters set to star in sequels to their own films, it is largely expected that Marvel Studios will once again reverse the losses by the time Avengers: Endgame concludes.
If they do, it will be just one of many times Marvel's pulled the rug out from under fans to show that characters aren't actually dead. Screen Rant's latest video dedicated to the MCU takes a look at 20 different times that Marvel's undone what appeared to be major deaths. They've been doing it almost since the beginning and now appear primed to do so again in Avengers: Endgame. The whole list can be seen in the featured video at the top of this post.
Some of Marvel's trickery mentioned here isn't as bad as the rest, while others can be attributed to them following the comics or even not being entirely sure on what the character's future will be. Captain America and Bucky's apparent deaths in Captain America: The First Avenger are two of the easiest to accept, as it allowed them both to be transported to the modern age and having to adjust to their new lives. Loki's many faked deaths weren't always the plan though, as Marvel kept bringing him back to life based on the fan response to Tom Hiddleston's portrayal.
However, it is Coulson's resurrection for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that is the biggest switch Marvel's pulled, so far. If the studio does bring back all the fallen heroes in Avengers: Endgame as expected, it will be their largest trick yet. As much flack as they may receive based on this decision, they may attempt to circumvent such criticism by killing off some of the original Avengers members for good. We'll have to wait and see how exactly they handle this decision in Endgame though.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019