In the real world, death is a certainty, but in comics, it’s more of a revolving door. Superheroes die with alarming regularity, only to be restored through various contrivances a few months or a few years down the line. Even Superman, who was killed by Doomsday in 1992, rose from the dead, and as a result of his regeneration process, returned as strong as ever, but also sporting a mullet.
The impermanence of death in comics is such a well-worn trope, it even inspired an aphorism about the few characters who had managed to remain deceased for an extended period: “No one in comics stays dead, except for Bucky, Jason Todd and Uncle Ben.” And we all know how all that turned out. Bucky came back as the Winter Soldier. Jason Todd was officially resurrected when Superboy Prime sucker punched reality, and Uncle Ben is a clone of his nephew Peter Parker (or something like that).
These days, the saying pretty much only applies to Mar-Vell, the Kree warrior who once bore the mantle now carried by Carol Danvers, and who was killed off by Jim Starlin in his classic 1982 graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. In recent months, folks have begun speculating that the space-born superhero may come back from the grave, and last week, at the end of the Legacy #1 YouTube trailer, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Tom Brevoort that an iconic hero would be making a return. There are plenty of heroes who are dead, or missing in action, but there are some good reasons to suspect that Mar-Vell may be the one who will be coming back to life.