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Fast, title one thing actually stunning that occurred in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. The 2 most typical solutions would in all probability be the “obvious” demise of Agent Phil Coulson within the first Avengers film. Or, I don’t know, possibly the demise of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Actually, essentially the most “stunning” moments in a given Marvel film are often tucked away within the post-credits scenes and infrequently are used to introduce a brand new character. So the shock comes from Nick Fury strolling on display screen or seeing Thanos smile, understanding that sometime Thanos can be the villain in a Marvel film. Effectively, six years after that submit credit score smile, Thanos is right here for Avengers: Infinity Warfare.

So right here’s just a little little bit of inside baseball: Avengers: Infinity Warfare comes out on April 23. With some other Marvel film, a very good variety of media members would have seen it by now. Normally the primary screenings begin occurring round three or 4 weeks earlier than launch, resulting in a flurry of social media reactions, adopted by full evaluations the week after that. However at this level, mainly no one has seen Avengers: Infinity Warfare.

And, sure, generally films are hidden when they may not be good. However that’s not what’s occurring right here. (Since nobody has seen it, there’s no assure that it is good, however Marvel’s perspective right here isn’t “it’s unhealthy so let’s conceal it.”) What’s nearly assuredly occurring is that, in contrast to all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films earlier than it, some actually stunning issues will occur. In different phrases: characters we’ve grown to know are in all probability going to die.

(What complicates this just a little bit is the still-untitled Avengers movie that’s scheduled for 2019. Just about everyone seems to be mentioned to be slated to look in that one, too. However in fact, folks need to say that as a result of it might be giving one thing away if abruptly an actor says, “Oh, I’m not in that one.” So let’s assume “being confirmed for Avengers four” means nothing.)

So, earlier than Avengers: Infinity Warfare begins screening subsequent week, let’s break down the chances of which Marvel heroes may die in the course of the course of this film. (Additionally, for the document, I cannot be honoring these odds as a result of I’m not a bookie.)

Black Panther Or Any Main Character From Wakanda

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Effectively, Black Panther dying will surely be stunning! I’d positive give them that. But when anybody can safely struggle Thanos with out worrying about assembly his or her doom, it’s Black Panther. In two months, Black Panther has grossed $1.three billion. Because the path of Marvel films modifications with Part 4, Black Panther is the character Marvel will put entrance and heart for the subsequent decade.

Odds: 1/1,000,000 (Or, “lol”)

Spider-Man

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So, sure, Marvel lastly negotiated the rights again to make use of Spider-Man of their film after which they kill him off in his third look. Now, in fact, down the road, Peter might meet his doom and get replaced by Miles Morales, who was talked about by Donald Glover’s character in Spider-Man: Homecoming, however that’s not going to occur on this film.

Odds: 1/600,000

Physician Unusual

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It will be odd to arrange Physician Unusual’s complete bizarre story, then simply kill him off. It does seem to be, because the Marvel films turn into extra cosmic, Physician Unusual will type of be our tour information by way of the entire thing, similar to Tony Stark performed that position with extra Earth-bound expertise over the past ten years. (Each Marvel film from this level on will in all probability have a scene of somebody saying, “This doesn’t make sense. I suppose we have to go to Physician Unusual.” They usually already type of did this in Thor: Ragnarok.)

Odds: 1/100,000

Ant-Man or Wasp

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Are they even on this film? The reply is “in all probability.” They aren’t on the poster, however their position will not be to point out up in a cameo in order that they’ll die three months earlier than their new film comes out.

Odds: 1/100,000

Captain Marvel

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Sure, we haven’t even seen this character but, however understand that her solo film is about within the 1990s. So it’s attainable she is going to make her grand debut, save the universe in some tragic manner, then we discover out the place she got here from in her personal film. That is extraordinarily unlikely, however I made a decision to drift it anyway as a result of, if it occurs, I can brag.

Odds: 1/1,000

Falcon

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Let’s put it this manner: If Falcon dies for no good cause, I may be finished with this complete franchise.

Odds: 1/500

Scarlet Witch

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It type of looks like Marvel hasn’t fairly discovered use Scarlet Witch but in these films, but it surely additionally looks like they discover her extraordinarily fascinating. So it’s laborious to think about the filmmakers eliminating a personality that they like however haven’t totally explored but – particularly contemplating what number of characters have been explored 5 occasions over.

Odds: 1/300

Hulk

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Hulk has type of turn into the Chewbacca of the MCU. He’s a personality folks like and he can simply type of be in any film that Marvel desires him to be in, aside from a solo film of his personal. (Common nonetheless has the rights to Hulk solo films, which remains to be simply the weirdest factor.) So let’s say Mark Ruffalo doesn’t need to play Hulk anymore. Initially, it’s not like Marvel hasn’t recast this half earlier than (it’s uncertain that may occur now), however Marvel might simply say, “Superb, we don’t want Bruce anymore, Hulk is simply Hulk now,” and maintain placing him in films for the subsequent 20 years. It’s uncertain Marvel will hand over this luxurious.

Odds: 1/250

Nick Fury

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Unusually, we haven’t seen Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and there’s no assure that he’s in Infinity Warfare both. Although, it might be bizarre to have an Avengers film with none Nick Fury. Jackson is slated to look in Captain Marvel however, once more, that’s set within the 1990s. My private recommendation to Nick Fury can be to remain far-off from this film as a result of, if he exhibits up, issues in all probability gained’t go nicely for him. And Jackson has mentioned he’s not in both of the Avengers films so if we take him at his phrase, Fury might be protected.

Odds: 1/200

Any Member of Guardians of the Galaxy

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All proper, right here’s the place issues begin getting fascinating. With a brand new movie already scheduled, it’s extremely unlikely any of the core workforce dies. However understand that Gamora and Nebula are the daughters of Thanos and an enormous plot level of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the connection between the 2 sisters. It’s inside cause to suppose Nebula might make some type of grand sacrifice to avoid wasting her sister. However then once more, they type of simply did this plot with Yondu and Peter, so it stays believable, however in all probability unlikely.

Odds: 1/200

Black Widow

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We don’t hear a lot about this possibly being Black Widow’s final movie and we hear so much about all the opposite unique characters. Who is aware of how lengthy Scarlett Johansson even desires to maintain enjoying this character? This may be a sleeper choose, however somebody to regulate. The dearth of discuss round Black Widow type of makes me nervous.

Odds: 1/100

Warfare Machine

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Rhodey already suffered a horrible damage in Captain America: Civil Warfare, so it’s unlikely he’s to return, solely to have the film kill him off. Plus, as within the comics, Rhodey might simply step into the Iron Man armor if Tony Stark is not round – which is going to occur sooner or later.

Odds: 1/90

Hawkeye

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Once more, like, Ant-Man and Wasp, Hawkeye may not even be on this film. But when he does present as much as save the day, one thing tells me it gained’t go nicely for him. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film wished us to suppose that this was going to be it for Hawkeye, just for Quicksilver to leap in on the final second and save Hawkeye and die as a substitute. So it might be fascinating if Hawkeye isn’t even imagined to be on this film, but someway does die.

Odds: 1/30

Bucky Barnes

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There’s little likelihood each Bucky and Steve Rogers make it out of this film alive. In order that’s why Bucky’s odds are just a little decrease than possibly they need to be. The standard knowledge is that Bucky will choose up the mantle of Captain America as soon as Steve Rogers dies, or walks away, or no matter. So if Steve Rogers doesn’t make it by way of Infinity Warfare, Bucky is protected. If Rogers does make it… look out, Bucky.

Odds: 1/25

Imaginative and prescient

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Look, there’s a scene within the trailer that makes it appear to be Imaginative and prescient has a tough go of it in Infinity Warfare. However would Marvel have saved this in there if Imaginative and prescient truly dies? They wouldn’t need to tip their hat, proper? However, alternatively, they know that we know they wouldn’t tip their hat. So possibly Marvel is aware of they’ll tip their hat all they need and it gained’t matter as a result of we gained’t imagine it’s an actual hat tip. Additionally, if Imaginative and prescient does tie, I hope a tipped hat kills him.

Odds: 1/5

Thor

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Okay, we’re right down to the nitty gritty: characters performed by actors with expiring contracts. Look, I don’t learn an excessive amount of into expiring contracts. Robert Downey Jr.’s contract expired after Iron Man three and Infinity Warfare will likely be his fourth film since. However the factor is, Downey can simply keep in good condition and play Tony Stark as a result of Tony Stark is just a few dude. Each Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans need to endure months of coaching to turn into these chiseled warriors and, yeah, I can think about that after a couple of years it may be time to maneuver on from that. However as Marvel turns into extra cosmic, Thor looks as if he may very well be an necessary character.

Odds: 1/three

Iron Man

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Since 2010, Robert Downey Jr. has solely starred in three films that weren’t Marvel films: Due Date, Sherlock Holmes: Recreation of Shadows, and The Decide. Downey, now 53, needs to be itching to do one thing else. And subsequent yr’s The Voyage of Physician Doolittle type of does appear to be Downey making an attempt to kick off a brand new franchise. I do suppose he legitimately enjoys enjoying Tony Stark (and the cash that comes with it) and does really feel a way of loyalty to Marvel for casting him when not quite a lot of different studios would. However, as George Harrison mentioned, all issues should go.

Odds: half of

Captain America

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That is nearly too apparent, which makes me nervous. Between Chris Evans saying cryptic issues and all of the wink-winking occurring, I nearly get the sensation Marvel actually desires us to suppose that is it for Captain America. In order that looks like a trick. It definitely can be a fairly emotional scene as a result of folks love this character. And Evans has actually developed into the position through the years. Keep in mind when he type of used to complain? He doesn’t try this anymore and appears to have, at the very least publicly, embraced the character and what the character stands for and has type of used that persona on his social media platforms. However, deep down, all of us type of know Chris Evans desires to maneuver on.

Odds: Even Cash

Loki

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Is there any likelihood Loki makes it out of this film alive? There’s actually none, proper? What number of extra occasions can Thor get betrayed by Loki? I’m guessing one final time after which Loki is gone. And we all know Thanos type of hates Loki, so Thanos has at the very least some motivation to make this Loki’s final film. Loki had a very good run, however I’ll be shocked if he lives to see one other film.

Odds: 5/1

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