Infinity War Kills Characters We Know Are Coming Back
Speaking of new counterparts, the decision to wipe out all second-age MCU heroes (Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Drax, Mantis, Falcon, Bucky, Groot, Scarlet Witch and Black Panther) has both confused and frustrated a lot of people. At first, it didn't seem logical considering that majority of the killed characters are either confirmed for future films past Avengers 4 or were being built-up to become the premier players in the next stage of the franchise. Others, meanwhile argue that because it's a given that they will eventually return, it undermines the impact of their deaths.
However, unlike Thanos claiming the obliteration of half of the universe is randomized, there's actually logic behind Marvel Studios decision to kill the heroes they chose. Thinning the massive cast for Avengers 4 now allows for more plot in the forthcoming film. Infinity War's storyline was pretty straightforward due to the movie needing to cater to a lot of key players resulting in less time tackle a complicated plotline. This means that the still-untitled flick can execute a more complex storyline that needs more time to develop without risking the possibility of it being super rushed.
Why The Core Team Is Needed For Avengers 4
One major gripe that many old school Star Wars fans have with the current trilogy is it doesn't reunite the three legacy characters: Luke, Leia, and Han. While both Han and Luke had epic deaths, it would've been great to see all of them together one last time before they met their respective ends. While the MCU is so much younger than the space opera, their 10th year anniversary evokes nostalgia for fans, especially considering their investment on these characters. Bringing together the original Avengers (and their actor counterparts) for one last hurrah before some of them leave the MCU for good might be fan-service, but it's an effective way of making Avengers 4 more emotional.
Currently, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans will all be done with their contracts after next year's Avengers 4, and so are Scarlett Johannson and Jeremy Renner, while Mark Ruffalo's may also be coming to an end. Of course, there's always chance that some of them could re-negotiate a brand new agreement, but it's unlikely that all of them will be back for more films, and even less likely they'll be on screen together at the same time again.
Given this, Marvel and the Russo Brothers bank on Avengers 4 to craft a proper send-off to some (or all) of these veterans, one way or another. Captain America, in particular, is expected to play a major part in the next ensemble chapter especially since he's mostly cast to the side in Infinity War. It's also safe to say that with no Steve Rogers and Tony Stark reconciliation in Avengers 3 - it will be something that is needed to be resolved next year, serving as a strong thematic backing to the re-assembly of the Avengers.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- 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