WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: No Road Home #5, by Jim Zub, Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Sean Izaakse, Marcio Menyz, Erick Archiniega and Cory Petit, on sale now.
The end of Avengers: Infinity War will live on as the worst defeat the Avengers or any of Marvel's heroes ever experienced. After failing to stop Thanos from assembling all of the Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet, the Mad Titan infamously wiped out half of all life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a single snap. In the final moments of the movie, Black Panther, Spider-Man and countless others crumbled into dust as Avengers and audience members alike helplessly watched.
In Avengers: No Road Home #5, two classic Avengers meet a similar fate in the comic book Marvel Universe.
During a brutal battle with the Avengers, Nyx, the Olympian Goddess of Night, transforms Hercules and Vision into statuesque forms that crumble into dust mere moments later.
While disintegrating two of the stronger Avengers would be an impressive feat for anyone, it's only the latest entry in a quickly-growing list of accomplishments that's established Nyx as a major powerhouse villain.
After Zeus and the other Olympian Greek Gods trapped Nyx in darkness for thousands of years and scattered the shards of her soul around the universe, she was freed when the Earth vanished during last year's "Avengers: No Surrender" storyline. Since then, the Queen of Night has cast the entire universe into darkness and killed almost all of the Olympians, including some of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.
To stop Nyx from collecting the shards of her soul and plunging the universe into eternal night, the Avengers alien ally Voyager gathered a small team of Avengers. That team mixed veteran heroes like Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, Vision and Monica Rambeau with relative wild cards like Rocket Raccoon and the especially savage Immortal Hulk.
Though the Hulk was able to use the power of the dream lord Nightmare to kill one of Nyx's sons, things haven't been going great for the team otherwise. Even before he got "dusted," Vision was facing his own unexpected mortality as his systems started deteriorating irreparably. Hercules' usual joyful confidence has given way to rage and grief over his fallen Olympian brethren.
After Voyager used her teleportation powers to send two shards of Nyx's soul to parts unknown, the Night Goddess unleashed the unexplained attack that reduced the two Avengers to dust.
While that might seem like a difficult condition to walk away from, Hercules and Vision probably won't stay disassembled for long. Both of the Avengers appear to be alive on the covers to upcoming issues of Avengers: No Road Home, like the below excerpt from Avengers: No Road Home #10.
However, no one's survival is guaranteed, since the weekly miniseries has been teasing the death of an Avenger for several months. Given the story's narrative stakes and Nyx's confirmed ability to kill Olympians, Hercules seems like a likely candidate for a death that sticks. Vision's deteriorating health has left him in mortal peril in every issue of this series and could still be a serious issue after his potential return. The Hulk has also been threatening Hawkeye's life for the entire story so far, and he's more than capable of, and apparently fairly serious about, following through on his threat to kill his fellow Avenger.
Regardless of what happens to them after they recover, it still looks like Hercules and Vision will find some way to reconstitute themselves after being turned into piles of dust. Considering the current state of half of the MCU's heroes, hopefully some other Avengers will figure that out too.
The adventures of these Avengers will continue in Avengers: No Road Home #6, by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse, on sale March 20.