Many of the heroes who were turned to dust in Avengers: Infinity War are expected to be resurrected one way or another in Avengers 4. However, there is one hero that Marvel Studios should keep dead: Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch.
Brilliantly played by Elizabeth Olsen, the character was officially introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron alongside her (short-lived) twin, Pietro Maximoff a.k.a. Quicksilver, and both of them had powers that originated from HYDRA's experiments with the Mind Stone. Given her comic book origins and ties to X-Men, many were excited about Scarlet Witch joining the Avengers. But after three years and three movies, other than her romance with Paul Bettany's Vision, it seems like Wanda's personal arc in the MCU is going nowhere.
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- Page 2: Why Scarlet Witch Should Be Killed Off For Real
Avengers 4 Is Going To Undo A Lot Of Death
Avengers 4 will see the original members of the Avengers come together in an effort to resolve the predicament that Thanos' galactic genocide left the universe in. That (presumably) includes resurrecting the second generation of heroes that were snuffed out of existence by the end of Infinity War. While directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, are still maintaining that this won't be the case, there are just too many indications at this point (Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 set after Avengers 4, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set after Infinity War with most of the cast returning) that prove them otherwise.
Not much is known yet how exactly Tony Stark and his Avenger pals are going to do this, but it may have something to do with time travel. There are actually a few ways that it could be made possible, including via the Quantum Realm - a concept that will be further explored in Ant-Man & The Wasp and Captain Marvel. If anything, the main function of Avengers 4, other than wrapping up the 22-film narrative that the franchise has been treading since 2008's Iron Man, is to see MCU's changing of the guards. Saving universe will demand huge sacrifices from the original heroes, allowing a new breed of characters to come in and take the charge in Phase 4 once some (or most) of the founding crew members are gone.
Even With Big Deaths, Marvel Has A Death Problem
One of biggest MCU gripes is how quickly the franchise overturns its deaths. Phil Coulson's death in The Avengers was eventually reversed so he can spearhead Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Nick Fury pretended to die in Captain America: The Winter Soldier; and of course, Loki has faked his own death at least twice. While there have been genuine losses over its first decade, most of them are one-and-done villains and supporting characters. Heroes, especially leading ones, on the other hand, have continued to live on movie-after-movie giving fans the sense that regardless how big of a threat comes their way, they're always going to emerge on the other side unscathed.
Sure, the movies are based on comic books, where no one really dies for good, but this concept doesn't really work for movies. In fact, it has started to backfire on the MCU as many have pointed out the lack of real stakes and consequences in Marvel movies. It's even somehow affected people's emotional reaction to the handful of deaths in Infinity War because it's expected that most of them are going to be resurrected one way or another in just a year.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- 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