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From the sounds of Joss Whedon's comments earlier this year, there's a very real chance that we're going to see an Avenger meet their maker (or, in the case of Thor, his dad, presumably) in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

After all, Whedon revealed that his core philosophy for the movie would be “Death, death and death.” Which, no matter how you spin it, is going to be a bumpy, emotional ride - and the internet responded accordingly, with persistent rumors ever since suggesting that the movie would kill off one of its leading characters.

The only question now? Who could it be. Well, let's take a look at the candidates, and see if we can work that out...

(Note, potential SPOILERS below...)

First up:

Avengers 2: The Safe Bets for Survival...

Iron Man, aka Robert Downey Jr.

Well, considering the fact that it's RDJ, the biggest icon of the Marvel Universe, who's contracted to return for at least one more movie after Avengers: Age of Ultron, he seems a pretty solid bet to survive. The key factor, though? He just confirmed that he was definitely, positively, absolutely appearing in Captain America: Civil War.

Unless Marvel are seriously messing with us, that is...

Survival Chances: 9/10

Captain America, aka Chris Evans

Well, he's the title character in that same movie, and let's be honest, Captain America: Civil War is going to seem seriously weird if Captain America isn't in it.

That's not to say he won't get his chance to die nobly in the future, though...

Survival Chances: 10/10

Thor, aka Chris Hemsworth

Well, again, the existence on the slate of Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Hemsworth's thunder god will be surviving the events of Age of Ultron - though, much like Cap with Civil War, that whole 'Ragnarok' thing might not bode too well for ol' Thor...

In the short term, though, he's as safe as anyone.

Survival Chances: 10/10

The Hulk, aka Mark Ruffalo

Well, the lack of an announced solo movie at the recent Marvel Event seems to suggest that Hulk could make the noblest of sacrifices (or trip and fall in the shower after the pre-title sequence, to keep CGI costs down).

And then Kevin Feige said this:

"I wouldn’t say Hulk is absent from the timeline. I would say Hulk is going to appear in many of those movies, particularly all those Avengers movies leading up to 2019 in Infinity War."

So, he's pretty much a lock to make it through, then.

Survival Chances: 9/10

Black Widow, aka Scarlett Johansson

Much like Hulk, the absence of a Black Widow solo movie in the upcoming Marvel cinematic roster suggested that she could go the way of Coulson, as a fan-favorite character whose death inspires the heroes around them to unite.

And then Kevin Feige revealed this:

"The plan that we have for her throughout the rest of the Avengers saga is very, very big, and linchpin, in fact, to those films."

So, she'll be back for the Civil War, then...

Survival Chances: 9/10

Quicksilver, aka Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Now, my gut instinct says that Quicksilver actually could find himself horribly murdered in Age of Ultron - partly because it gives Scarlet Witch some decent motivation to become an Avenger, and partly because it means there's no chance of Fox's Evan Peters overshadowing Taylor-Johnson for the next decade.

That being said, he's only just being introduced, and who knows - there might just be some 'Inhuman' plans for he and his sister...

Survival Chances: 8/10

The Scarlet Witch, aka Elizabeth Olsen

Similarly to her brother, the fact that Scarlet Witch is only just being introduced must surely count in her favor when it comes to surviving the movie. Add in the fact that there aren't anywhere near enough leading female heroes, and the fundamental usefulness (and potential Doctor Strange-compatible-ness) of her powers, and she seems to be pretty darned safe.

Survival Chances: 9/10

What we're left with, then, are...

The Candidates for Death...

Nick Fury, aka Samuel L. Jackson

On the surface, Fury is pretty darned expendable - after all, the Avengers have been well and truly founded now. Beneath that, though, he's a) already 'died' once, meaning it wouldn't have all that impact if it happened again so soon, and b) presumably kind of necessary to the Civil War storyline.

That being said, with Maria Hill around to deputize, who knows...

Survival Chances: 7/10

Hawkeye, aka Jeremy Renner

One hero who very much didn't get a vocal seal of survival, though, is Hawkeye - with the bowman widely considered a leading candidate to buy the farm. Still, though, he seems somewhat less guaranteed - if for no other reason than he's not all that popular, so it wouldn't have that much impact. Also, you get the feeling he'll finally come into his own at some point...like, say, that whole Civil War thing?

That being said, if they need a sacrificial death...

Survival Chances: 6/10

The Vision, aka Paul Bettany

And, finally, we come to our last Avenger - and arguably the newest: The Vision. Now, that alone could guarantee him a slot in future movies, but there's a whole other way of looking at it, and it might make his chances seem a whole lot slimmer.

After all, J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark's A.I. butler, who Vision will presumably evolve from, has been around since the very beginning of the MCU. If Marvel wants a truly tragic ending to the movie, how about the noble sacrifice of the only recently almost-human Vision, after he realizes he's the only one capable of defeating Ultron?

Add in a final "Goodbye, Sir" to Tony, and we'll all be blubbing in the aisles.

Survival Chances: 5/10

Now, though, the big question...

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