With [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) out of the way, fans are getting excited for Avengers 3. Unfortunately this is still a long way off, but at least Marvel are churning out plenty of films to keep us occupied in the mean time. Of course, the long wait still won't stop the speculation about what [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) will be about, and which of the heroes will survive the conflict...
Let's face it, dying isn't exactly a death sentence in the Marvel universe. With characters faking their deaths and being resurrected left right and centre, death really doesn't have the impact it once did.
Coulson's demise was shocking in the first Avengers movie, and though [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) has proved itself to be a pretty awesome show, by bringing Coulson back Marvel just took away the poignancy of his apparent death. [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) continued this trend in a pretty hilarious way: there are several apparent deaths in the movie, but everyone makes it out alive. Of course, Age Of Ultron did break this trend a little bit...
...and if rumours are to be believed, Avengers 3 will also up the stakes through the deaths of some of the team's founding heroes.
Ok, so all we have right now are rumours, but it does make a lot of sense to kill of a couple of the Avengers, and right now things don't look good for Captain America or Thor!
Cap Bites The Bullet
Ever since Civil War was announced to be Captain America 3's plotline, the fans have been sure the Steve Rogers' days were numbered. It's highly unlikely he'll die in Civil War itself, as Chris Evans is contracted to appear in Infinity War (Part 1, but not Part 2). But there's no avoiding the fact that in the comics, the ripple effect of Civil War causes Steve's death, and though Captain America 3 will deviate from the comic storyline, many fans are theorising that Steve will probably still die.
We've actually had a bit of evidence to suggest this, especially considering who might take up Cap's mantle to become the next Captain America...
"[Bucky] has to get everyone on his side by the end of this movie, because his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a lot bigger."
This quote comes to us courtesy of the Russo brothers, who are directing Civil War. And it definitely seems to suggest that Bucky might become the new Cap.
But this isn't the only hint we've had that Civil War will mark the end of Steve Rogers' story! Kevin Feige concerned fans when he had this to say...
"It’s very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy. I think one day you’ll look back and watch all the Captain America movies, and it’ll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character."
It seems that Steve's time as Captain America might soon be over. From a storytelling perspective, killing off the team leader is a great way to up the stakes and set up a thrilling cliffhanger for the first part of Infinity War. But he might not be the only character the team will lose...
The Hammer Falls
He'll be Thor-oughly missed - the latest rumours also point to Thor as being the Avenger to die in Infinity War... or he might die before we even get to Avengers 3!
We don't know a lot about [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858), and as usual we only have rumours to go on. But the hottest topic right now is whether the ending of Ragnarok will see Thor either dead, or imprisoned in an ancient supernatural jail. The Avengers rescuing him would take them into space, and cause them to come across Thanos. Or something. Again, because it's such early days, trying to guess the plots for these films is pretty pointless.
Even if Thor does survive Ragnarok, it's possible he might die in Infinity War. As Thor's solo films won't continue after Ragnarok, this is a good way to wrap up that plotline. And his death also paves the way for another Thor to take his place...
Jane Foster recently took up the hero's mantle in the comics, so it's possible that in the MCU we may get a new Thor after Chris Hemsworth's version dies. This would be a way to tie the comics and movie universe together, and it would be pretty darn awesome.
Ultimately, the Avenger most likely to die in Infinity War is definitely Cap, and we have a few rumours that Thor might be next. But what do you think? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!
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