I can feel the excitement for Avengers: Age of Ultron steadily growing all over the place: on the internet, in conversations, in toys. Everything is leading up to this movie. Ultron is coming. He will bring death and destruction like we've never seen in a Marvel movie. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be much darker, much scarier, and much sadder than any superhero movie before it.
Some people say that our Avengers will walk away unscathed. Sorry folks. Not a chance. The stakes are higher, the dangers are deadly, and the heroes are tired. Ultron is a robot with the world's computer system behind him, an army of drones, and two deadly superhero siblings. Some say only one Avenger will die. I'm betting everything on there being more than one Avenger dead. And maybe they're not an Avenger, maybe it's just an important hero like Nick Fury or Maria Hill. Maybe it's James Rhodes or maybe it's Erik Selvig. Here are my guesses on who will live and who will fall.
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Shall we begin?
Quick note: I've put the survivors and dead in the order of IMDB's Starmeter, so I apologize if these seem to be put in completely random order.
1. Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell)
Yeah, she survives. First of all, she's so old in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that she has dementia. So by the time Avengers: Age of Ultron rolls around, she'll probably be so old she's not doing much of anything.
However, she is listed to play a part in the movie. My guess is that Captain America will have some sort of flashback, in which Peggy Carter appears. Thus, no harm done to our favorite Marvel super-heroine.
2. Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson)
Earlier I would have said that Black Widow was the top candidate for being murdered by Ultron. It would have been a very dark, sad scene and we would have all walked away from the theater in tears. However, in recent reports the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (you'll remember Black Widow played a major part in the movie) said this about the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie:
"We've been preparing for the movie since the last one debuted last year. So, we've been working on it for a long time now. We're very happy how it's coming along. Captain America 3 is gonna be called Captain America: Civil War and it's going to star Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson will be back, Winter Soldier [Sebastian Stan] will be back, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man will also be joining us in the next film...The new element in this film is that Captain America and Iron Man get into a fight with each other."
So Black Widow obviously will not meet her end in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, this does not mean she won't be seriously injured or have extreme mental trauma after the events that occur because of Ultron.
3. Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
In short, our pal Thor is doomed. No, he won't die; but he probably wishes he would if he could foresee the events that are coming. He will live because he must go fight his mastermind brother Loki one last time. He must save Asgard or die trying to in the apocalyptic Thor: Ragnarok. Still, there is no way he'll walk away from the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron unscathed. Harm will be done.
4. Captain America/Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans)
Captain America won't die. How do I know? He has at least one more movie coming. He, along with Iron Man, will be one of the main characters of Captain America: Civil War. Rumors say he'll be killed by Crossbones at the end of that movie. I honestly dread that those rumors are true. See, in the Civil War comic story-line Captain America is assassinated by a brainwashed Sharon Carter. You'll remember that both Sharon Carter and Crossbones played significant parts in Captain America: The Winter Soldier which is why I'm very concerned about the fate of our patriotic Captain America.
5. Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)
I keep hearing rumors of Robert Downey Jr. wanting to retire from his spectacular role of Iron Man. And I also hear rumors of Iron Man dying in this movie or the next one or maybe this one or maybe he could die in this other movie. Basically, no one has any idea of when Iron Man will die. Sooner or later, Robert Downey Jr. will get to old to play the role. It's just the nature of things.
But we know Iron Man will be a very big role in Captain America: Civil War and that he will also be in Avengers: Infinity War Part 2. So no, Iron Man will not die in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, he being the main creator of Ultron, will walk away wounded the most and I know it will have very big effects on him, mentally and physically.
Honestly, I don't think of Loki as a villain. I think of him as a misunderstood hero. Odin's lack of love for him in the first Thor movie obviously hurt him in major ways. His life-story is trying to prove himself worthy for Odin. All he wants is recognition. It's quite sad actually. He could be one of the greats, but it looks like he's starting to get over it and now acts in blind rage and vengeance towards Thor and Odin, who overlooked him.
He won't die. He will be the main villain of Ragnarok. He survives. In fact, I'm pretty sure the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron won't be cosmic, spreading across the universe. I think that's Avengers: Infinity War's job. Tom Hiddleston is on the cast list for Avengers: Age of Ultron so there will be some scene with him. It may just be a horrifying end credits scene foreshadowing Thor's doomed fate.
7. Scarlet Witch/ Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)
I don't believe Quicksilver will survive the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, I believe Scarlet Witch will. Why? Well, she's pretty darn beautiful and scary in her superhero outfit. She has a more than capable skill set to hopefully protect herself from Ultron. In the comics, she's one of the strongest superheroines there is. Plus, Marvel needs some more female protagonists and I believe she's going to be an instant hit with fans on both the guys' and girls' side. I've been asking many people who they're most excited to see from the new ones joining in this movie. Honestly, I hear Scarlet Witch the most. You go girl!
8. Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)
Here's the thing. Hulk is awesome when he's smashing the right guys. However, when he's not, then it gets really really bad and messy for everyone. And already from the trailer, I'm terrified to see Hulk lashing out at the Avengers team. It looks like he's on the wrong side this time.
Hulk is invincible. He can't be killed. That's why he'll live. However, will Bruce Banner live? Yes, he will, but I don't think he'll be able to live with himself. Since he was one of the co-creators of Ultron, he'll most likely feel the weight of Ultron's wrath the most, like Tony Stark. Whatever happens, it'll be life changing.
The Fallen Heroes
So we've come to the part nobody wants to talk about. Nobody wants to see our beloved Avengers perish at the hands of Ultron, but let's face it guys. Some of the Avengers will die, and I don't mean one. I think at least two of our favorite heroes will perish. So buckle up. It's going to be a hard few minutes.
1. Quicksilver/ Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)
Yes, I think Quicksilver could be in a ton of danger. First off, he has speed as a power and that's about it. It's a very cool power but when you're facing giant robots with killer armies then you've got a problem.
I also think he'll make a move for his sister. Scarlet Witch is pretty much good on her own, but there's something to be said about boys protecting their sisters. It's the noble thing to do, and I think that will put Quicksilver right in the line of fire. Whether he survives or not, we'll see.
2. Heimdall (Idris Elba)
Somehow, Loki takes control of Asgard and releases all hell on the universe and on Thor. My guess is he slays Heimdall and takes over the Bifrost, thus controlling where Thor can and cannot be. He may just capture Heimdall, but in the past (like in the first Thor movie) that didn't work out so well. And knowing Loki, he probably couldn't care less if Heimdall was dead.
On top of that, Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba will be in Avengers: Age of Ultron. My guess is that there's an end credit scene displaying Loki as King of Asgard and maybe Heimdall dead at his feet. This would very much be a cliff-hanger scene and dark end to the movie.
3. Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner)
I'm fairly confident Hawkeye will die in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He never got a huge part in Avengers, so he was promised a very large part in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In order for this movie to really work, the stakes are going to have to be so much higher than the first Avengers movie. Already a fan favorite, Phil Coulson, died in that movie. That's why I think we will have at least two deaths in this upcoming movie. Hawkeye will most likely sacrifice his life to save innocent citizens running from Ultron. He simply doesn't have the strength or powers to be much of a threat to Ultron. He has a bow with explosive arrows, he's witty, and he's fast. But what's that going to do against a giant robot made out of vibranium, who also has hundreds of robots just like him at his disposal?
4. Maria Hill (Cobie Smolders)
Maria Hill has a great agent personality. She can give orders, fly Helicarriers, and shoot a pistol better than most men. But when you're hanging out with superheroes, you're bound to get thrown into the super-villain battles. And quite frankly, she will die. Maybe it's the scene where she's at the Avengers tower partying and Ultron and his drones come charging in, or maybe it's near the end when everything seems to be falling apart. People are dying, Maria Hill is dying. However it works, I'm positive Maria Hill will die in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
5. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
Nick Fury is pretty much in the same sinking boat as Maria Hill. Both are going to die. But Nick Fury may survive just a tad bit longer than Maria, given he's shown he can fight back against some super-villains. However, Captain America needs the reigns. He needs to lead the Avengers, not Nick Fury. Sooner or later, Captain America will be leading them, whether it be in Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War. Nick, I think you better start saying your goodbyes, because you don't have anything on Ultron.
6. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard)
This poor old man is about done. He's going mentally insane (but somehow staying as academically smart as ever) and running around public places naked. He's not going to last long against Ultron and his hordes. That's about all that needs to be said. Maybe we'll get to enjoy him half-way through the film before he meets to gruesome end.
7. War Machine/Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle)
No doubt about it. James Rhodes will die. He's a way cooler version of Iron Man (no he's not!). Anyways, he's Iron Man's best friend and given that Ultron is trying to kill Iron Man, War Machine is bound to fly in and give some help. But he doesn't have the strength or power to survive Ultron's armies. Iron Man is a mechanic. He can make something up. Rhodes just stole Iron Man's suit and with the army's help made it more externally awesome.
Plus, think about it. If Rhodes is killed then Iron Man will feel the full weight of his choice to resurrect Ultron. He'll blame it all on himself, and thus he'll go do something impulsive to save the rest of the Avengers. Rhodes basically needs to die in order to give Iron Man the push to take responsibility for Ultron.
So there you have it! There are my guess on who lives and who dies. No matter what happens, we're guaranteed a very much darker Avengers story with death and destruction.
So get ready and suit up for Avengers: Age of Ultron because it's going to be a rough ride of dark awesomeness. It comes out May 1, 2015.