Avengers: Infinity War is the most anticipated instalment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe !!! The film will feature a vast array of costumed crime fighters. But It’s time to edge some of them out of the picture . It’s easy to forget, almost a decade into the phenomenally successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), that there was a time when studio bigwigs worried about audience recognition. Next year’s Avengers: Infinity War will have a roster of superheroes so populous that is set to break all kinds of box office records .
However, the overpopulated nature of this pioneering cinematic universe suggests that, to retain the natural ebb and flow of the macro-saga that has made Marvel such a surprisingly organic experience, some of these characters will have to be put out to pasture in order for new heroes to get more screen time.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that Infinity War will be the final chapter for multiple characters introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with JoBlo, Feige confirmed the sad truth that we will be saying goodbye to some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes:
We have another two years of hard work to even finish these movies, and they [the actors] have a lot of hard work to do, so thats all we’re thinking about, is completing those and delivering on the promise of those. Where it goes beyond that, we’ll see.
But because Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the entire MCU that began with Iron Man in 2008, character deaths are inevitable. Both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy have experienced some life-threatening situations that took the lives of a few of their respective members. It is only a matter of time that more of them will not live for the next adventure.
The emergence of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange means we now have three potential rivals for the mantle of Avengers alpha, along with Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man. And that’s before even newer figures such as Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther or Brie Larson’s soon-to-arrive Captain Marvel are taken into consideration. All in all, it might be a good thing that the Earth is about to come under attack from a demigod who in the comics is obsessed with death. For Josh Brolin’s Thanos might be just the alien despot to help reduce an ever-expanding list of superheroes to more manageable numbers.
There are even clues in last week’s debut trailer for Infinity War that some of the Avengers are about to get popped. Can Paul Bettany’s Vision survive having the Mind Stone, one of six Infinity Stones that Thanos needs to gain ultimate power over reality itself, pulled from his bonce? What brutal horrors are Tony Stark and Tom Hiddleson’s Loki crying over?
And yet, returning to the trailer, it is tempting to wonder how Iron Man is going to react to being smashed in the face by Thanos’s Infinity Gauntlet. And more tempting still to wonder if there is a morality to these ornate comic-book tales. If anyone deserves to meet their demise in the MCU it is surely Tony Stark, a figure who created Ultron through his own egomania, then broke up the Avengers (Earth’s best defence mechanism against future aggressors) as he tried to right his own wrongs. Even as recently as this year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Stark came across as a terrible mentor to the young Peter Parker, the ultimate absentee father figure.
Which characters do you think will be one of the multiple victims in Avengers: Infinity War? I believe that some of our newer heroes that include Ant-Man, The Wasp, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel will live to see Phase 4. As for some of the first heroes we met in the MCU, all bets are off.