Marvel Studios shouldn't kill the original Avengers during Avengers 4, even if that's what everyone expects. The prevailing thought process when it comes to Avengers 4 is that it will be the final chapter for several of the biggest heroes to take center stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe But, just because Marvel has the ability to kill them, doesn't mean they actually should.
Ever since the Avengers first formed in 2012's The Avengers, they've been the undisputed core group of characters in the MCU. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth have each led their own trilogies and starred in the team up films. Scarlett Johansson repeatedly showed up in major supporting roles, while Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo have joined in on other adventures as well. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk will all be prominently featured in Avengers 4, as the OG Avengers are just a few of the heroes to survive Thanos' snap - an outcome that clearly isn't a coincidence.
With the odds stacked against them due to a variety of circumstances, many have come to accept that at least one - probably more - of the original Avengers are doomed to die in their next outing. However, death is not Marvel's only option here, and they shouldn't kill these heroes just for the sake of it. There are other ways to move them aside and progress the universe forward, but before we dive into those possibilities, we must first address why killing these characters are likely on the chopping block.
- This Page: Why Marvel Would Kill Them
- Page 2: What Can Happen If They Don't
Why Marvel Would Kill The Avengers
One of the biggest reasons why there's an expectation that the Avengers will die are the movie contracts for the stars. RDJ, Evans, Hemsworth, and co. have all re-worked their deals at certain points to get to Avengers 4. After ten years of movies though, there's no indication that they're looking to stay on board. Downey will have made ten appearances (including The Incredible Hulk's tag) in MCU films after Avengers 4. Evans will have nine appearances under his belt too if you count cameos in Thor: The Dark World and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Hemsworth and Johansson each will be at seven, while Renner and Ruffalo will be at five. Marvel has basically controlled their schedules thanks to these contracts, and most look ready to move on.
Evans has been the most vocal about moving on to pursue other interests, most notably directing. Meanwhile, Downey is rebooting Doctor Dolittle and Hemsworth is starring in the Men in Black spinoff, so they're locking down new potential franchises. Even Renner could have a franchise on his hands with the Spawn reboot, but some of his best work of late has come in comedies and dramas like Tag and Wind River. Ruffalo doesn't have another franchise lined up, but his schedule has plenty of Oscar-hopeful projects on it. Johansson is the only one definitively sticking around in some capacity for her solo movie, but the reported prequel setting still makes it possible to kill Black Widow, as do the mounting schedules of her fellow OG Avengers.
Even if we look beyond the contractual reasons why the Avengers could die, it also forces the MCU to move forward with new leads. The original Avengers have (for the most part) all had excellent arcs so far, so why keep them around? Characters like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man have all been introduced to take on bigger roles in the future, while Brie Larson's Captain Marvel has been described as the new lead of the MCU moving forward. These characters, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy and additional new heroes, can take on leadership roles with the original Avengers team gone. Keeping them alive could be viewed as a crutch for Marvel to fall back on, but they can still move the universe forward with them alive.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019