There's not long to go now until Captain America: Civil War finally hits the big screen, with only six months left until we'll be able to get our first look at one of the most highly anticipated films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
One of the biggest events in the [Marvel: Civil War](tag:2346746) comic book (upon which the upcoming film will be based) was the death of Goliath (Bill Foster). Part of the anti-registration movement alongside Captain America, Goliath was killed by Ragnarok, the cyborg-clone of Thor made by Iron Man (Tony Stark), Mr Fantastic (Reed Richards) and Ant-Man (Hank Pym).
At this point in the Marvel comics Thor was missing in action and presumed dead by his fellow Avengers after the events of the last instance of Ragnarok and the destruction of Asgard (which we'll be seeing in the upcoming [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858)).
Goliath's death was a polarising instance in the Civil War narrative, causing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) to switch sides from pro-registration to join Captain America's resistance. As Spider-Man was somewhat of a poster child for Tony Stark's side his defection (and subsequent brutal beating by the Thunderbolts) dealt a serious blow to the pro-registration side and was instrumental in affecting the tide of public opinion.
Obviously we won't be seeing this event happening in Captain America: Civil War as Goliath hasn't yet been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor are we sure that he will be at all. As a result comic book fans have been widely speculating on the possibility of a character dying in Goliath's place, and whom that is likely to be.
The favourite to die seems to be Captain America himself, which would tie in with the events of Civil War, however there's another character whose death would be instrumental in the events leading up to [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027). And that character is...
Introduced in the last Avengers film, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), Vision was born from the consciousness of J.A.R.V.I.S., the vibranium body Ultron built for himself and the Mind Stone (extracted from Loki's spectre). After choosing to fight to save humanity rather than to destroy them, Vision joined up officially and became part of the Avengers team at the film's conclusion, becoming the second non human/meta-human member of the team (after Thor).
Whilst it would feel a little premature to kill him off so soon after introducing him, it's not looking good that Vision will be able to survive in the run up to Infinity War. As we saw in the mid-credits scene (below), Thanos isn't best pleased that yet another of his pawns have failed to retrieve the Infinity Stones and decides to take matters into his own gauntleted hands.
So of course this is pretty bad news for Vision as he so happens to have one of those all important stones embedded in his forehead. Awkward. Whilst we probably won't see Thanos showing up in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409) the matter of Vision vs Thanos is something that will have to crop up either before Infinity Wars or during the first instalment of the two-parter.
The silver lining here is that, since Vision isn't human but a synthetic android, there is the possibility that he could "die" or otherwise be destroyed and then later re-built. It would give Marvel an opportunity to pull at our heart-strings without committing themselves to losing the character completely, as Tony Stark could bringing him back later down the line. This tactic would work especially well if they build in the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)/Vision romance as per the comics.
For now though, we'll just have to wait and speculate until Captain America: Civil War finally releases next year.
What do you think?
Featuring an all-star ensemble cast, Captain America: Civil War will release in the USA on the 6th May 2016.