Amongst all of the dashing heroics that we see in superhero films, there is the occasional tragedy that makes your jaw drop and your stomach sink. That being said, superhero movies have a way of bringing most of their characters back, like:
- Professor Xavier in X-Men: The Last Stand.
- Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Agent Coulson in The Avengers.
- Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises.
- Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3.
- Loki in Thor: The Dark World.
- Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Basically everyone in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
There are a few deaths that have stuck though, and I have compiled a list of the deaths that hit me the hardest.
Jean Grey - X-Men: The Last Stand
As much as you might have hated the third X-Men movie, you cant help but shed a tear or two when Wolverine is forced to run Jean through with his adamantIum claws.
Throughout the first two movies, Logan had been coming to terms with his feelings for Jean. Those feelings progressed in X2, and he was mortified when she was "killed" during their escape from Alkali Lake.
In the third movie, Jean returns. Wolverine was ecstatic, but he grew concerned when he started to realize her powers as Phoenix. By the end of the movie, he stood in front of her as she was pleading for death. He was forced to kill the woman he loved, the effects of which led on to The Wolverine.
Frigga - Thor: The Dark World
Frigga, better known as Thor and Loki's mother, is the first hero to really die in the MCU, and for that reason, she gets an instant spot on the list.
In Thor: The Dark World, she protects Jane Foster by using her magic to create an illusion of her. When Malekith the dark elf realized this illusion, he had Kruse run her through with a sword. Not many can live through that (except for Loki).
I felt chills at this point. I thought that Marvel had made a point with Coulson that they weren't going to actually start killing characters, let alone the mother of the mightiest of Avengers. She taught Loki magic for crying out loud, and they just killed her.
Uncle Ben - Spider-Man
So we all knew this was coming, but that doesn't make his death any less sad. The very man who taught us about power and responsibility was killed because an error made by Peter himself.
As Peter admitted to Aunt May in Spider-Man 2, he could have easily stopped the thief at the wrestling place, which would have ultimately saved Uncle Ben's life. The fact that it was the hero's wrongdoing that resulted in the death of their loved one really makes it a really sad death.
Rachel Dawes - The Dark Knight
This one caught me the most off-guard. When the Joker had tied up Rachel and Harvey, I was thinking that Batman would save Rachel, and Gordon would get to Harvey just in the nick of time. Harvey would end up half-burnt, and he would become Two-Face.
I was only half-right. When Rachel exploded, I was frankly confused. All of the character development hadn't come to a conclusion yet. The whole Bruce-Rachel-Harvey love triangle thing was still in effect, and it ended in the most unpredictable way for me.
Gwen Stacy - The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Were you really surprised? I knew the second that Sony introduced Gwen that she was going to die in a similar fashion to how she died in the comics. When the moment finally came, I thought I was prepared for it.
I wasn't as prepared as I thought. Throughout the movie, Gwen and Peter were struggling to make their relationship work. They finally came to an agreement, and they were going to live happily ever after, at least until the Green Goblin stepped in and ruined everything.
Honorable Mention: Harry Osborn - Spider-Man 3
The only reason Harry didn't place on the list was because I already had too many Spider-Man deaths. It was an extremely sad death though. Harry and Peter finally put aside their differences and started to work together, and Venom just goes of an impale him. Stupid Venom.