Before we even know what’s hit us, Avengers: Infinity War will be in theaters all around the world. For years now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to this one moment. Teased back in the early days of the MCU, we’ve known every road was leading to Thanos, one of the greatest threats to ever appear. Now the time has come for the Mad Titan to begin his quest for universal destruction and lay siege to the planet Earth. With every superhero forced to team-up in order to combat this threat, it’s going to be an all-hands-on-deck scenario.
Literally everyone, with the exception of Marvel’s Netflix heroes and the Inhumans, are going to be involved in some capacity or another to fight the greatest fight their universe has seen. With Thanos’ mission to eliminate half of the sentient life in the cosmos, there’s a pretty good chance that some of our favorite heroes aren’t going to walk away unscathed…or at all for that matter. So while people are placing bets on who’ll survive Thanos’ campaign, we’re going to look at ten characters we wouldn’t mind losing and another ten that would totally crush us if they didn’t make it past Infinity War.
20 DON'T MIND: FALCON
To be fair, there’s nothing inherently awful with Falcon as a character. Rather, he was a nice addition to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A classic companion to Captain America, Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers have been best of friends for decades in the comics. In recent years, Sam even took up the mantle of Captain America, after Steve went through a whole thing that rendered him unable to perform his superhero duty. If Steve Rogers dies in Infinity War, Falcon or Winter Soldier will pick up the mantle.
All that said, would anyone really miss Falcon? Since Winter Soldier, he hasn’t done much. He’s only popped up occasionally in an effort to tie the Marvel Cinematic Universe together or make for a nifty guest appearance, like in Ant-Man. If Falcon died, the MCU would keep trucking along.
19 HATE TO SEE GO: DOCTOR STRANGE
Doctor Stephen Strange is somewhat new to the MCU, but already he’s cemented a place for himself. In one and a half movies, Strange has proved to be one of the most powerful Marvel heroes on Earth. On account of wielding the Infinity Stone of Time, Strange can control time and space. Thanos is going to want that Stone to add to his collection for the Infinity Gauntlet, which means the two will come to a head. The trailers have show Strange getting tortured by Thanos’ henchman Ebony Maw, but it’s anybody’s guess whether the sorcerer can magic his way to safety.
Even though he’s only appeared in two movies, audiences seem to really appreciate and connect with the Sorcerer Supreme. It would be a shame to see such a wonderful character, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch, leave the role right as he’s only getting started.
18 DON'T MIND: WAR MACHINE
At this point, does anyone really care about War Machine? Many of his appearances in the MCU have been pretty forgettable at best. Honestly, the most important role he’s played was nearly dying in Captain America: Civil War, making Iron Man super sad.
At his core, Jim Rhodes is an excellent character. In the comics, he was there to take up the reins of Iron Man when Tony Stark was too inebriated and in a perpetual state of self-loathing. Many people think Tony Stark might die in Infinity War, and Rhodey could take his spot like he did in the source material. While Tony’s death would bring a swell of tears from audiences members, if War Machine died, the audience would give a resounding “eh” and move on in short order.
17 HATE TO SEE GO: SPIDER-MAN
A relatively new addition to the MCU is Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man. With the proportionate speed, strength, and agility of a spider, Peter has exercised his part in keeping the Marvel Cinematic Universe safe. Though he’s only been in two movies, Spider-Man has developed a massive fanbase. People are already excited to see what his actual role is in Avengers: Infinity War, especially now that he has the Iron Spider costume that was teased at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Even if he isn’t the heart of the MCU, Spider-Man is the poster boy for Marvel Comics as a whole. A beloved hero, it would be downright tragic to see the teenager get destroyed by Thanos, However, we’re not terribly worried for Spider-Man. Tom Holland is already on board with making more Spider-Man movies and there isn’t any way Marvel or Disney would kill off a cash-cow like Spider-Man…hopefully.
16 DON'T MIND: ANT-MAN
Though he’s starred in his own movie, Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, generally resides in his own corner of the MCU. Though he had some pretty cool moments in Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man still gets overlooked. Maybe that’s part of his charm; due to his literal size, underestimating Ant-Man is easy. That’s unfortunate for bad guys, since Ant-Man boasts a frightening amount of power. If he wanted to, he could shrink someone down into the quantum realm, leaving them there permanently.
Since we know Scott Lang is going to appear in Ant-Man and The Wasp, we really don’t have anything to worry about. The movie comes after Infinity War, so unless something super crazy and outlandish happens, we know he’s going to live -- there aren’t any stakes where he’s concerned.
15 HATE TO SEE GO: THOR
For a while, Thor’s movies weren’t terribly successful and the only time he shone was when he teamed up with the Avengers. If that trend continued, no one would be sad to see him go. Since Thor: Ragnarok, the perception revolving around the Thunder God has been altered dramatically. Rather than maintaining his comic book semi-Shakespearean personality, Thor was re-written to appeal to larger audiences. Now cracking wise and with a whole host of family issues, he immediately became more relatable. Thanks to Thor: Ragnarok, it’s impossible to imagine the MCU continue without him.
We know Thor is going to get a ton of screen time in Infinity War, but we don’t know whether he’ll survive the experience. We hope so, since on a practical level, killing Thor wouldn’t be good business for Disney and Marvel, especially after the success of his last film.
14 DON'T MIND: GAMORA
The adopted daughter of the Mad Titan, Thanos, Gamora was raised to fight. Luckily, she escaped her adoptive father and forged a path for herself. Joining up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora travels the universe with her team, righting wrongs they come across and having a bit of fun in the process. The “deadliest woman in the universe”, odds are good that Gamora will live to see another day once Infinity War rolls credits. In the event her foster dad refuses to put up with her rebelling against him, the question is, would audiences be devastated?
Admittedly, it would be unfortunate if Gamora died, but her role in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies has mostly been to serve as the romantic interest for Star-Lord. Sure, she’s a fleshed-out character, but the emotional tether between her audiences is tenuous at best.
13 HATE TO SEE GO: BLACK WIDOW
Over the years, Natasha Romanov, otherwise known as Black Widow, has found a viewership that positively adores her. Black Widow is a terrific character and over the many MCU movies she’s been in, she’s proven she can hang with thunder gods. Still, in the face of a threat like Thanos, the Black Order, and his legions, it might be time to get realistic on Natasha’s chances of surviving against otherworldly threats. Her martial arts and weaponry might have been enough against HYDRA and the Chitauri, but Thanos is in a league of his own. The Mad Titan wouldn’t even require the Infinity Gauntlet to fell her.
In light of the number of people that want a solo Black Widow movie, the chances of Natasha getting killed off are slim. Even so, just imagine the disappointment and heartbreak if a rogue energy blast disintegrated her.
12 DON'T MIND: HULK
Forever bragging about being the “strongest one there is”, there are few mortals in the MCU who can match the Hulk in a contest of raw power. One of the founding Avengers, in both the comic books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bruce Banner is an exceptionally well-liked character. For years, fans of the Hulk have been waiting for the jade giant to get storylines like "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" made into movies, but they never came to fruition.
With the Hulk seemingly unable to get his own standalone film, is he forever going to just be a side character? The bigger question is, are fans content with the Hulk serving as the co-star in movies to other heroes or would it be better to just kill him off and call it a day?
11 HATE TO SEE GO: IRON MAN
It all started with Tony Stark. Iron Man is the hero that paved the way for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to follow. The godfather as it were, or perhaps even the grandfather, the MCU would not be in its current state if not for Iron Man. A fan-favorite hero, practically everyone loves the Golden Avenger. While the spot of the heart and soul of the Avengers goes to Captain America, Iron Man is the foundation from what everything was built upon.
Featured in movie after movie, and each time rocking new, incredible armor, there’s an ominous sense that Iron Man’s time might be coming to an end. Not only is he one of the strongest Avengers, but Iron Man’s success has ridden on his ability to connect with audiences across the globe. Should Thanos end Iron Man, there’ll be waves of sadness across every theater nationwide.
10 DON'T MIND: SCARLET WITCH
Ever since Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she’s always felt like a side character at best. Rarely does she get a chance to shine; the moments she does are far and few between. Audiences haven’t really developed a strong relationship with her. If anything, it’s the relationship that she and the Vision share that fans care about, rather than the actual individuals. That’s not necessarily the best position to be in.
If Scarlet Witch kicks the bucket, it’ll probably be in a big sacrifice play or it’ll be an unexpected death that comes in the middle of a humongous battle. While there would be shock from her demise, it’s not the sort of loss that’ll leave people a sobbing mess.
9 HATE TO SEE GO: BLACK PANTHER
Black Panther has been an absolute hit ever since he debuted in Captain America: Civil War. With the release of his own movie, T’Challa’s popularity is greater than nearly any other superhero. The king of Wakanda’s influence is felt far and wide, and audiences have demonstrated their love for the Black Panther. Starring in one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Marvel and Disney would have to be fools to have T’Challa’s story end so soon.
Not to mention how everyone in the audience would likely utter audible gasps of dismay and rage. Still, even if T’Challa did end up meeting the Grim Reaper, there’s still his younger (and arguably more awesome) sister, Shuri, who could take up the mantle. She’s done so before in the comics, and seeing how she’s garnered a massive fan-following in such a short time, we know she’d make for an excellent Black Panther.
8 DON'T MIND: VISION
The Vision is a unique and interesting hero. Unlike the rest of the Avengers, the Vision was constructed by one of their greatest enemies. When the insane android Ultron crafted Vision’s synthetic body out of Vibraniaum and put the Mind Stone in his forehead, little did Ultron know his creation would turn against him and become one of the world’s most powerful heroes. Though Vision has proved endearing, like with his love for sweaters and inability to understand the dynamics of doors and privacy, similar to Wanda Maximoff, it’s his relationship with the Scarlet Witch that people love.
That’s not to say Vision doesn’t have his sect of devotees, but the romance and the “will-they-won’t-they” comic fans know Vision and Scarlet Witch for, is what keeps people invested. According to the trailers, Vision might die; it’s just nobody seems to care much.
7 HATE TO SEE GO: CAPTAIN AMERICA
The heart and soul of not only the Avengers, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are already sweating bullets at the prospect of Captain America biting the dust. Steve Rogers has been seen battling Thanos in the trailers, and things aren’t looking good for the Sentinel of Liberty. It’s possible Cap will pull some deus ex machina out of the woodwork and wrest the Infinity Gauntlet, or maybe its power, from the Mad Titan, but it’s unlikely. This could be Cap’s last stand.
We don’t want him to go, no one does, but actor Chris Evans has already stated that he’s pretty much done with the MCU. If Captain America’s end does come at the hand(s) of Thanos, you can bet it will be as dramatic, harrowing, and sob-inducing as anything Marvel has put on the big screen. Make sure to bring tissues in any event.
6 DON'T MIND: MANTIS
Before Mantis was relegated to being nothing more than the butt of jokes for Drax, and a helpful plot device to get Peter Quill to Ego, she was a formidable warrior in the comic books. One of the deadliest fighters in the galaxy, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 watered her down; she became a mind reader and someone that could feel and relate to another person’s pain. Her biggest moment was when she put Ego to sleep for a hot second, but then she became immediately useless again.
In the face of Thanos, what exactly is Mantis supposed to do? For that matter, is anyone really invested in seeing how she’s a part of Infinity War? It’s nice she’s hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but she feels like garnish, rather than a whole meal. If she perishes, most people won’t be too sad.
5 HATE TO SEE GO: WINTER SOLDIER
There are few heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who’ve endured a more tragic backstory than Bucky Barnes. Captain America’s best friend, Bucky’s friendship with Steve Rogers came to a sudden end after he was thought dead after falling into an icy river. He was later rescued by Hydra and turned into the Winter Soldier, their personal assassin. Thankfully, Cap was able to help Bucky become a hero again.
A character with an enormous fan base, there aren’t many heroes as beloved in the MCU as Bucky. His friendship with Captain America is considered the stuff dreams are made of; they have the best and most adored bromance among superheroes on screen. If Bucky dies, not only is the audience going to be a sobbing mess, but it’ll be a devastating blow to Steve Rogers and one he might not recover from.
4 DON'T MIND: HAWKEYE
Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is generally made fun of for being looked at as the guy with a bow and arrow and the MCU has made it pretty clear that it doesn’t always seem to know what to do with Hawkeye. His case has been made all the more peculiar since we haven’t seen him in any of the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War. If the guy isn’t off fighting Thanos, then what’s he doing?
Does anybody really care? Well, people seem to care in the capacity that his presence is a mystery, and again, folks like pointing out there’s going to be almost nothing he can do against Thanos. What if he dies? Well, he almost died in Age of Ultron, so another heroic “death” would only serve to undermine the first one.
3 HATE TO SEE GO: LOKI
Despite his bad boy nature, or perhaps in spite of it, Loki became a fan-favorite character from the moment he appeared on-screen in Thor. Initially, it wasn’t Thor audiences gravitated to, but the God of Mischief. Over the course of years, Loki’s experienced a tremendous emotional journey. His balancing act of trying to do good, but also unable to keep himself from doing bad, is a tricky one that audiences enjoy watching.
Though we see Loki in the Infinity War trailer, nobody is quite sure about his fate. After handing over the Tesseract to Thanos, it’s conceivable Thanos kills the god. Nobody wants to see that. It was bad enough when we thought Loki died in Thor: The Dark World, but as Marvel starts entering its Phase Four, it might be time to start shifting certain characters out; Loki could be on the chopping block.
2 DON'T MIND: NEBULA
Who? That’s what most people would say if you asked them about Nebula. After a quick reminder, a light bulb would go on and folks would give a dismissive shrug. The half-sister of Gamora and the daughter of Thanos, while Nebula’s backstory is as interesting as it is tragic, it still hasn’t put her on the radar of most audience members.
Similar to characters like Loki, Nebula has started to undergo a journey of redemption. Where once she thirsted for the blood of Gamora and the Guardians of the Galaxy, now she only wants her half-sister to realize all the pain she endured as a child. Granted, Nebula expresses herself by punching and trying to blow up Gamora every now and again, but that’s a sibling for you! Nebula could die in Infinity War, but who knows if anyone would actually notice.
1 HATE TO SEE GO: STAR-LORD
Out of every B-list character Marvel has put on screen, aside from Iron Man, Star-Lord’s shone through the most. Less than a decade ago, hardly anyone knew the character, but in no time flat, he’s become something of a household name. Everyone loves Star-Lord. He’s a funny, half-human, scoundrel who runs around the galaxy causing a little mischief, but also saves the universe from annihilation.
Part of Peter Quill’s charm is of course thanks to actor Chris Pratt and the comedian’s masterful flare for the character. Though he’s only been featured in two movies, Star-Lord (and Pratt) feel like an integral part to the MCU. His death would come as a painful blow to many fans. An endearing rogue, it’d be entirely like Star-Lord to try and take Thanos down with him; the MCU wouldn’t be the same without Peter Quill.