ByJared Ficiur, writer at
Jared Ficiur

With superheroes constantly fighting evil, traveling dimensions, and basically being thrown around like rag dolls, they do seem to suffer through way more than any normal person would ever survive. However, on occasion they do die.

Here is my list of Top Marvel Comics Deaths, and my thoughts on if we'd ever get to see these on the big screen!

Jean Grey

Jean Grey
Jean Grey

Well we actually saw this transformation in X-Men the Last Stand as she became Dark Phoenix and destroyed the X-Men. Even though it wasn't done like anything in the comics we did see this on the big screen. My hope is that with the re-invention and new timeline after DOFP that we'll eventually see a young Jean Grey struggle with the Phoenix Force. Who knows? She's died more times than Barney Stinson has lied to women, maybe keeping her dead and out of the future films would be a blessing.

Professor Xavier

During the recent Avengers vs. X-Men story line the Avengers and X-Men become aware that the Phoenix is on it's way back to Earth. They both have different ideas on how to handle/destroy it, and the Phoenix Force ends up possessing five of the X-Men - Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus and Magik. As each of the five are defeated the Phoenix disperses the power to the remaining of the Phoenix Five, eventually Cyclops taking on the entire Phoenix Force. In the final fight with the Avengers, and the entire X-Men team turning on him, he focuses his anger on Xavier, killing his mentor.
In X-Men The Last Stand, Dark Phoenix kills Xavier. Sometime after that and before the events of The Wolverine Xavier has been resurrected but without explanation. Hopefully we'll get one in DOFP.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen: 1 out of 5
Since we saw him die once, and he's been resurrected, I doubt we'll see him die in a film a second time.

Human Torch

In the Negative Zone fighting hordes of aliens he sacrifices himself so the other Fantastic Four can escape.
He is eventually resurrected, unaware that time has passed.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen: 2 out of 5
Even with the new Fantastic Four announced and in pre-production I still doubt we'll see one of these four killed. The Avengers and X-Men have more of a rotating cast with more of a possibility for death I think.


Wolverine vs Magneto
Wolverine vs Magneto

Magneto has died several times in comic history, each time to be resurrected again. Once he was stabbed by Wolverine, and another he was decapitated by Wolverine.


I don't remember all the details, and Wikipedia isn't much help, but I remember the decapitation was supposedly an impostor, and I remember a time when Dr. Strange suggested to Scarlet Witch that she had brought her father back to life subconsciously, possibly also in the Disassembled story line when she was losing her mind. With the Scarlet Witch's ability to re-create the world around her at will it's more than possible.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen 2 out of 5
Even though super-villain deaths are common in the movies Magneto is pretty unstoppable, and such a huge part of the X-Men Universe it would be like killing Loki in the Avengers Universe.



One of the weirdest things in current comics is that Doctor Octavius has switched bodies with Spider-Man. Doc Ock was terminally ill and forced Peter Parker into his dying body, and then killed him. Now Doc Ock is in Peter Parker's body and posing as Spider-Man, however it is shown that some of Parker's memories are floating around in there.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen 2.5 out of 5
This is kind of a confusing storyline, and I'm sure will be undone somewhere down the line, besides Spider-Man is the star of his franchise. I don't know how he could be replaced. There isn't a team, or someone who can really take on the Spider-Man name if Parker died.

Captain America

Captain America
Captain America

One of the biggest surprises in comic book deaths was Captain America being assassinated after his arrest following the Civil War.
Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, becomes the new Captain America, even though eventually it's revealed that the bullet that killed Steve Rogers was actually not a bullet but it phased him out of time and space, he eventually came back into normal time and space.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen 3.5 out of 5
We've all heard the rumors that Chris Evans' contract is up after Avengers: Age of Ultron so he may not be up for a Captain America 3 or even Avengers 3.
I speculate that if they do kill off the Steve Rogers Captain America we'll be set up for Bucky Barnes to become the new one for third installments of both Captain America and Avengers, I personally would really enjoy seeing how they do handle all of that. Superhero tradition of passing on the torch and costume in death, is pretty common, but I guess only time will tell.

Gwen Stacy

Ok, so I know she isn't a superhero but she's had one of my most influential deaths in comic book history. She was thrown from a building by the Green Goblin in the Amazing Spider-Man #175 back in 1973.

Thinking he's saved her life, the web grabbing her legs actually gave her whiplash and snapped her neck. This stays with Spider-Man forever. It, along with the death of Uncle Ben, are the two most influential points in his life.
Chances we'll see this on the big screen 4.5 out of 5
I think Gwen's death is just as mandatory in telling Spider-Man's story as Uncle Ben's death is. Apparently even Emma Stone herself agrees:

"Basically they're going to see the continuation of the Spider-Man story, which is the hero's journey, and he's up against a whole new squadron of villains and he's struggling with promises he's made in the last movie and the consequences of making those and what it's like to be in love with somebody who you promised to not see anymore. I think the intention the whole time has been to tell Gwen's story has closely to the comic as possible."

Plus, in the trailer she's been seen wearing very similar to clothes to what Gwen dies in!


With the release of the new superbowl trailer though we see her survive Spider-Man's web sling to catch her fall. I do just think this will mean she'll die another way, an unexpected way.

What do you think? Who can die without ruining their franchises? Who is irreplaceable?


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