We’re only a few weeks away from the premiere of Marvel’s largest mashup yet, Avengers: Infinity War. After ten years and eighteen films, we’ve finally come to the point where this has all been heading towards. It’s sometimes funny to think back to the first Avengers movie. We had a glimpse of Thanos and knew he would be a formidable force to reckon with. Did we ever think it would take this long? Did we ever think there would be so many characters that we would come to love in the years in between? Every film, from Antman, to Age of Ultron, to Black Panther, everything we’ve seen has been leading up to one epic movie. I know, I’m rambling. But, don’t we all feel like this is more than just a movie and these characters are more than just fictional?
It’s the actors who really bring characters to life. Today, I watched a featurette released by Marvel. It’s amazing to see everyone from Phase One to the more recent films interacting and realizing they’re a part of this great thing. Plus, it seems like a lot of fun. I’m so excited and also sad, because we already know that the Russo brothers have stated, “fans need to be ready for heartbreak.” Characters that we know and love are going to die and I have three that I believe will be a casualty of this war.
Even though Iron Man was the first in line and I went to see the movie in theaters, it was Tom Hiddleston’s performance as the heartbroken trickster in Thor that hooked me into the MCU. No one can play the God of Mischief like Hiddleston. He’s one of those villains that people more so root for than the heroes and has been consistently been brought back throughout the years. Why would I think he’s probably the first to meet his end via Thanos’s large hands?
Taiki Waititi gave us an almost redeemed Loki in Thor: Ragnarok. While still up to his old ways, Loki and Thor had a few heart to heart moments and you could argue that Loki came to save the day during the final battle in the latest Thor film. So, wouldn’t it be poetic for the trickster, after years of being at odds with his brother and finally seeming like the two had made peace with one another; to perish in the biggest Avengers movie? And based on all of our trailers, behind the scenes, etc. it looks like Thanos crashed the plane carrying Asgardians to Earth, killed the innocent passengers, and tortures Thor. While many surmised that Loki hands the Tesseract to Thanos to save his own skin, what if he’s doing it to save his brother’s? It would be a tragic, yet beautiful swan song for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s original and arguably best villain/anti-hero.
Unlike Loki, Captain Steve Rogers has always put himself in the front of any battle against bullies. And what is Thanos other than one gigantic bully, looking to harm anyone in his path? Chris Evans has already stated that Avengers 4 will be his last film as Captain America. We can all dream that Rogers is finally retiring, having served both his country and the universe enough, and is living in Brooklyn, enjoying the good life. That doesn’t sound likely though. Again, based on everything we’ve seen and the fact that the behind the scenes pictures of the fourth Avengers has Cap in an older uniform, raises a lot of questions. Are his scenes flashbacks? Dream sequences?
Considering Cap comes face to face with Thanos, I don’t think things will end well. As strong as Rogers is and as strong-willed as he is, how can he single-handily defeat or even survive against a galactic force like Thanos? This is sad, honestly. Captain America has sacrificed everything to defend the world. You could argue he lost the chance to be with the love of his life. He went from being a hero to a fugitive of the law due to the events of Civil War. His friendship with Tony destroyed. I know, I’m getting so deep here, but as much as I’m preparing for his death and I understand Chris Evans’s wanting to wrap his tenure up, it’s still an important character and we know the Russo brothers are going to make it hurt.
Speaking of Tony, he’s most likely going to die too. The original Avenger, the one who started the franchise. He has to perish, right? I think the Russo brothers are a poetic duo and considering Cap and Tony are the “bosses” of the Avengers and Civil War started and ended with them at odds with each other, I think a film where both meet their end would be the heartbreak the brothers are warning us about. Again, here is a man who has suffered PTSD, crises, loss of friends, family tragedies, and is carrying the weight of the public image on his shoulders. Under his arrogant facade is a man who loves Pepper, cares for Peter Parker, and genuinely wants to help the world. He may have made mistakes, such as creating Ultron, but he had good intentions. He stopped selling weapons, when he had his wakeup call in Iron Man. And when a grieving mother confronted him in Civil War, he felt compelled to do something to assure that the Avengers didn’t have so many casualties in their battles. I just really hope that if this is the end for Tony, he realizes that people do care about him and he and Cap make up.
Who do you think will live and who will die? Avengers: Infinity War premieres April 27th, so get your tickets now!