Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters on April 26, a number of our beloved MCU characters are technically already dead. Fan favorites like Black Panther, Shuri, Groot, Spider-Man, the Wasp, and others were dusted away when Thanos snapped his fingers, wiping out 50% of the population of the universe. We're not actually sure if any of these characters are going to come back to life, or if the timeline is going to be retconned in some way so as to undo the snap. But there are going to be some very permanent, final goodbyes by the time the Endgame credits roll. Which Avengers will die in Some are much more likely than others. Endgame?
There are bound to be some pretty dramatic farewells in
Endgame, and how hard they'll hit has a lot to do with how devoted to these characters we've come over the years. That being said, it's not easy to predict who's going to die when we're not really sure what is going to happen to those who got snapped. We'll leave those characters off the table for now and concentrate on the rest, who may actually be in more danger. Based on these clues, you can start preparing yourself now. Just in case.
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
With Groot "gone," Rocket Raccoon is officially the cutest member of the Avengers, and you don't kill the cutest character you have. You just don't.
Doctor Strange's cool sidekick hasn't necessarily had enough time on screen to warrant a gallant death, plus he has magic on his side. We think he's safe.
Much like Rocket, Ant-Man a.k.a. Scott Lang, may survive simply on being a source of comic relief. Besides, Scott definitely has more fun adventures to go on with both The Wasp (should she be resurrected) and his daughter, Cassie, who grows up to be a hero in the comics.
M'Baku is one of the breakout characters of
Black Panther, who brought levity to the more dramatic moments. A M'Baku loss would just be too vicious to unleash on us now. In fact, most supporting characters are probably safe, though there is one higher up on this list...
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
Though Marvel has yet to officially announce a Black Widow movie,
casting rumors and other developments are out there. So it's unlikely that Black Widow bites the dust. Then again, her solo movie could always be a prequel.
Same goes for Hawkeye, who also has another MCU property in the works. A
Hawkeye limited TV series is reportedly in the works for Disney+, the streaming service hitting later this year.
Her chances are greater than others, mostly because Okoye charges headlong into battle without fear, so she's probably going to put herself in harm's way in order to avenge her king, T'Challa.
Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson)
While she's relatively new to the MCU, Valkyrie has a redemptive arc that a heroic death would cap off nicely.
Thor needs to get his groove back. After losing his brother and failing to defeat Thanos, the God of Thunder looks totally down in the trailers for
Endgame. He's either heading for a heroic comeback or a noble demise.
War Machine (Don Cheadle)
Rhodey, a.k.a. War Machine, a.k.a. Tony Stark's BFF started out as Iron Man's robot battle buddy. If Thanos is going to take anyone Tony loves from this world, it's more likely to be Rhodey than Pepper.
The way that Bruce Banner was unable to call forth the big green guy in
Infinity War is an ominous sign. Hulk hasn't gotten his own solo movie in a while, and won't be able to again, thanks to the way Marvel's deal with the character works out. But Bruce has definitely been on a journey throughout the past few movies. Will we ever see Hulk again? Is Bruce destined to be lost inside the Hulk? Will only one of them survive ? Endgame
Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.)
We know from the trailer that Iron Man survived his stab wound from Thanos and, unless we're being misdirected, he returns to Earth. Although Robert Downey Jr. has said that
he is done playing Iron Man, that doesn't necessarily mean that Tony Stark will die in Endgame. What's more likely is that Pepper is pregnant, and Tony will retire in order to give his two loved ones a semblance of a normal life. But don't worry, a new Iron Woman might be right behind him.
Nebula has one of the most tragic arcs of all of the characters in the MCU, which is why it feels like she's destined to go out in a blaze of glory. Once a loyal daughter to Thanos, Nebula has since realized her own hatred for the person who tortured her her entire life. She might make the ultimate sacrifice to avenge her sister. If
Endgame utilizes the Infinity Gauntlet story line from the comics, it's Nebula that eventually brings down Thanos.
Captain America (Chris Evans)
Chris Evan's Marvel contract (and
his last day tweet) are convincing evidence that the actor is done playing Captain America forever. And his noble portrayal makes Steve the strongest candidate for sacrificing his life for the Avengers in a grand gesture to end his multi-movie streak. That said, Steve doesn't necessarily have to die in order for Evans to let Cap go. Considering that Endgame is probably going to involve time travel, I for one would like to see Cap thrown back into his own time to keep that date he set long ago with Peggy Carter.
But let's be real. The number one character who's
really most likely to die in Avengers: Endgame is Thanos, himself. The fallen must be avenged, and that means taking him down for good.