Kevin Feige shares that some of the deaths in Avengers: Infinity War will be permanent. It's a known fact that with the massive ensemble spectacle also comes multiple superhero deaths. The possibility of losses gives the film the emotional weight that it should have to work. Otherwise, all the build-up for a supposedly catastrophic all-out war against Thanos will be nothing but an empty action sequence. But if fans are not too worried considering the franchise's history of faking deaths, Feige urges them to take the forthcoming danger seriously because some of MCU's greatest heroes will definitely bite the bullet in the film.
It's not that difficult to pinpoint which MCU characters are saying goodbye in Infinity War and Avengers 4. Relatively new ones that have yet to max out their solo trilogies like Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther will more than likely live past Phase 3. But for our principal heroes such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, odds of them surviving this one are not so good.
Sitting down with EW as part of the outlet's extensive Infinity War feature, Feige was asked about future major deaths in the MCU. Citing the franchise's death cop-outs (Nick Fury in The Winter Soldier, Phil Coulson in The Avengers), the exec warns people about the permanent losses that the franchise will suffer come Infinity War:
"Yes. I mean, I could always list off the characters that we’ve killed in our movies that haven’t come back, but the big ones, which I know they’re looking at …? [Pause.] I would just say, yes. People need to be careful what they wish for."
Having said that, Feige reiterates that just because a character's story is ending, does not mean that they will die, giving us hope that some of these heroes will get the happy ending they deserve. Some of them may just finally decide to hang up their superhero suits and live a normal life - like Clint, who's chosen the farm life over his Avengers gig. "People always will jump to that. That’s not necessarily what we’re talking about. I talk a lot, because I’m a big-ass nerd, about Star Trek: The Next Generation, 'All Good Things.' That to me is one of the best series finales ever. That wasn’t about death. Picard went and played poker with the crew, something he should have done a long time ago, right," the producer said.
For the lucky ones who survive the twin Avengers sequels and eventually decide to walk away from their galaxy-saving duties, capping their stories this way allows Marvel to bring them back in future stories. Stark has long been tinkering with the possibility of hanging up his suit, and as previously mentioned, Clint has been attempting to do the same. These original characters can come back into the fold, perhaps no longer suited up as a superhero, but maybe a mentor or an information source for MCU's future characters - similar to Hank Pym's role in the Ant-Man franchise. Given the interconnected storytelling, Marvel basically weaves its own history, and presuming that they will have the same continuity, cameos or maybe even just a reference to MCU's principal superheroes will be a delight for long-time fans.
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