The Guardians of the Galaxy
Meanwhile, this raises a difficult question about one particular character: Gamora. The rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy are pretty much guaranteed to return, since Chris Pratt has confirmed filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins next year. But will Gamora be back? After all, she didn't die when Thanos snapped his fingers; instead, she was Thanos's sacrifice for the Soul Stone. The finger-click is certain to be reversed, as it was in the comics, but surely this death is permanent?
Except even this death is likely to be reversed. As comic book fans know, the Soul Stone actually consumes the souls that are offered to it. That means Gamora's soul now resides within the Stone, living in what's known as the "Soul World." Infinity War even gave viewers a brief glimpse of the Soul World, when Thanos talked with a child version of Gamora while standing in a strange, orange realm. And, in the comics, it is quite possible for a soul to escape the Soul World. (That's actually been a major part of Marvel's current Infinity Countdown event.)
The Soul World scene effectively acts as a signpost, reassuring savvy viewers that Gamora will be back. She's yet another example of a fake death, in a film that's frankly jam-packed with them.
Will Avengers 4 Finally Bring Lasting Deaths?
There's a sense in which Marvel has mis-sold Infinity War in the various promos. They've presented this film as the "end" of the MCU - the climax and culmination of a story that's been ten years in the telling. In reality, the "end" is actually next year's Avengers 4. In one interview, screenwriter Stephen McFeely used a telling metaphor when describing Infinity War and Avengers 4: "our hope is that it’s breakfast and then lunch." As exciting as Infinity War may be, it's not designed to satisfy for long, because Avengers 4 is the main course. That, then, is where viewers should turn to look for lasting consequences - including major character deaths.
And they definitely should be expected, simply because a lot of important contracts are coming to an end. "A lot of our contracts are through," Chris Evans pointed out in one interview. "Myself, [Robert] Downey, [Chris] Hemsworth... I think we all through Avengers 4 kind of wrap it up." It's true that Evans hasn't confirmed that Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson will pay the ultimate price in Avengers 4, but he's certainly suggesting that the film should be viewed as the likely end of their story.
Marvel Studios has earned its reputation for fake deaths, and Infinity War may well go down as a record-breaker in terms of the sheer number of them. But that doesn't mean Marvel isn't going to kill off characters going forward; with certain contracts coming to an end, the fate of Earth's (original) Mightiest Heroes is hanging in the balance.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019