All good things must come to an end. In this case, that old adage is referring to one or more of our beloved Avengers, the world's most popular team of superheroes. On April 27, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War will hit the movie theaters, signaling the end of a journey which began with Iron Man way back in 2008. Many fans suspect that Thanos, the big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is going to kill at least one Avenger in his quest to unite the infinity stones and take control of the universe.
The production team has confirmed audiences will deal with some hard truths. Screenwriter Stephen McFeely said:
It’s safe to say we will say farewell to people.
Oof. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, also added to speculation:
The notion of an ending, the notion of a finale, became very intriguing to us, in large part because you don’t see it that often in this particular genre.
Fans are taking the possibility of an Avengers death pretty hard:
Now the guessing begins about who the unluckiest Avenger will be. We know certain heroes, like Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Dr. Strange are relatively safe because they have planned, or widely expected, sequels in the works. Other Avengers mainstays like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America are in more of a precarious position. Their contracts are set to expire in 2019, so it's looking like one of them will be biting the dust very soon.
One of the most popular fan theories is that Tom Hiddleston's Loki will not survive Infinity War: Part 1.
Apparently, in the trailer for the upcoming film, every clip featuring Loki comes from the same scene, which leads one to believe he won't be leaving that scene alive.
But could Marvel be pulling a fast one on us?
are they giving us pics of the same scene loki is in because he is really gonna die or are they hiding from us more scenes, making us believe is dies when he survives— deb ☾ (@laufeylokistan) March 8, 2018
Another longtime contender for "Deadest Avenger" has been Captain America. Chris Evans' contract is about to expire, and both Sebastian Stan's Bucky and Brie Larson's Captain Marvel are waiting patiently in the wings.
Many fans think America's end is near:
My wife is the biggest Captain America fan, and she's seeing all these hints that some of the Avengers are going to die in the next movie. She's concluded that Cap will die, and she is already very unhappy. She also knows exactly how many days before the movie comes out. <3<3<3— Humean Being (@MetaHumean) March 9, 2018
Captain America, If he dies than Winter Soldier can take his place and maybe lead in a new avengers group while Iron Man leads the current one.— Dylan (@CrazyDylan513) March 9, 2018
A lot of fans' money is on Robert Downy Jr.'s Iron Man. If not in Infinity War: Part 1, then next year in Part 2.
I'd lean way more on the side of Tony. Although I don't think any of the "big four" are gonna die this time around, tbh. One or two may in Avengers 4.— HoustonProductions1 (@Blockbustedpod) March 8, 2018
Though nobody likes saying goodbye to characters we've grown to love, it's worth remembering that watching a story end satisfyingly onscreen is preferable to a character just sort of low-key disappearing because their actor dropped out of the role.
So prepare for the end, Marvel fans, and bring some tissues on April 27.