Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War
After months of endless debates about who's going to live and die in Avengers: Infinity War, fans now know who's gone and who's left, and at the and of the day, Infinity War killed off all the right Avengers. While there are several individual deaths peppered throughout the movie, the biggest surprise seeing half the characters simultaneously wiped out following Thanos'"snap," most of whom were second-generation MCU heroes.
Due to its catastrophic nature, multiple deaths were expected from Infinity War, although most theories zeroed in on the foundational heroes such as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America as the ones most likely biting the bullet. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo totally flipped the table by letting all of original Avengers live, alongside a handful of supporting heroes that would lend a helping hand in finding a way to rectify the situation in next year's Avengers 4. So why? Here are the reasons.
The Original Avengers Reunite
Joss Whedon's The Avengers from 2012 was the first big culmination of the MCU, assembling the founding Avengers group. Since the huge battle of New York, which is Thanos' first attempt to take over Earth, Tony Stark/Iron Man, Thor, Steve Rogers/Captain America, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Clint Barton/Hawkeye have gone on several other missions. Two years later, the team added new members in Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Sam Wilson/Falcon, James Rhodes/War Machine, and The Vision to their growing roster of heroes. But as much as it's exciting to see the franchise continuously expanding, it's been four years since the principal heroes all came together to fight a common threat, and it's high time that the old school crew reconvenes.
For the most part, Infinity War kept the original Avengers separated. Iron Man was in space with Spider-Man and Doctor Strange; Cap and Black Widow reunited with Bruce Banner and went to Wakanda; Thor was with Rocket and Groot creating his new weapon, the Stormbreaker; while Clint was under house arrest due to the events of Captain America: Civil War. Despite a lot of memorable scenes in the film, arguably one of its biggest moments were seeing old friends reuniting: Stark catching Banner up about what happened in the last few years since he went off to space, as well as Thor suddenly showing up in the middle of the climactic battle and having short banter with Rogers - still there was no huge reunion for the six.
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This only invigorated fans' wanting to see all of them together - a clever set-up for their imminent re-assembly in Avengers 4. Infinity War's ending paved the way for that by clearing the deck of heroes, leaving only a handful of supporting players and the original Avengers. This allows the story to focus on the core group without being burdened by the need to feature their newest counterparts.
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