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Behind every powerful man is a powerful woman, so they say, and a new spoiler claiming to reveal the plot of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War suggests that the female form of Death itself is coming to the MCU to orchestrate Thanos the Mad Titan's galaxy-wide reign of chaos.
Posted over at LRM, the spoiler states that Infinity War will not be a direct adaptation of Marvel Comics' story arc of the same name, but will adapt the Infinity Gauntlet crossover event. What that means for people who don't speak extreme geek is that the movie will focus on Thanos's collection of all six Infinity Stones to impress Mistress Death, one of the most powerful and desirable beings in Marvel lore.
Who Is Mistress Death, And How Does One Impress Her?
Death is kind of like the MCU's twisted take on Lady Macbeth, if she had skeleton tattoos all over her body and frequently visited outer space. Also going by the name Mistress Death, she's essentially Thanos's greatest weakness. Unfortunately for the rest of the universe, Thanos frequently tries to win Death's heart by destroying all life because, you know, a weekend break in Paris just doesn't cut it.
In the six-issue Infinity Gauntlet storyline from 1991, Thanos has successfully collected all six of the Infinity Stones (Gems in the comics) to achieve total omnipresence and absolute control over all space and time. He uses this to kill half of all sentient life in the universe, at Mistress Death's behest, hoping she will accept his gift of love. At some point after killing various other beings almost as powerful as himself (such as Galactus and Eternity), Thanos separates his spirit from his body and leaves his physical form behind.
Assuming Infinity War does intend to use this story as the basis for the movie (and to follow it more closely than Civil War followed its only-loosely related namesake), there's going to be a very large amount of bloodshed in the MCU. The stakes are literally as high as they could possibly be, so it's necessary that a decent number of Avengers die during Infinity War, or the MCU becomes a realm in which no threat of any size actually results in death, which is boring.
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One hero almost guaranteed to die is Vision, the lab-created being on Tony Stark's team who was created by, and surely cannot exist without, the Mind Stone which lives in his forehead. The death of Vision would have particular emotional impact on Iron Man and Scarlet Witch, instantly raising the stakes and setting up a scenario in which Earth's heroes must come together to deal with the threat of Thanos. Vision may be lovable, but you probably shouldn't get too attached.
Death And Deadpool, Sitting In A Tree...
How does Thanos's completion of the Infinity Gauntlet and subsequent attempt to win the heart of Death connect Deadpool with the MCU? Well, it doesn't, except that by establishing Death as a presence (with a female form) within the MCU, it opens the door to the possibility that one of Deadpool's most iconic and most screwed-up comic book relationships could also make the jump from page to screen.
In one comic book annual, Deadpool becomes infatuated with Death, causing Thanos to curse Wade Wilson with immortality in a fit of jealous rage (don't worry bro, we've all been there) in order to keep him from Death for the rest of time. One particularly mental theory asked whether we already met Death herself in Deadpool, but while the chances are the Merc and the female personification of death won't meet on screen any time soon (Fox owning the rights to Deadpool, Marvel to Death), never say never.
Even in a one-shot or the Infinity War post-credits scene, if the two studios could find a way to make the above panel a reality on screen, I'd probably die happy.
Directed by the Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters May 4, 2018, with filming set to begin later this year.
Will Thanos find love with Mistress Death in Infinity War —and would Deadpool stealing her not be the greatest thing ever?
(Source for the Mistress Death spoilers: LRM)