Nobody Has to Die in Avengers: Infinity War

All anybody seems to want to talk about with regards to Avengers: Infinity War is which characters are going to die. But I say: why does anybody have to die? Why does predictable death equal stakes in movies and TV shows? Why can’t moviemakers up the stakes some other way than killing a beloved character?

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Death in comics is pretty much dead. It doesn’t matter anymore. Popular characters return after a couple of years with big fanfare, and obscure characters are brought back just as frequently, with little to no warning or notice. Likewise, having a major character die in the next Big Event is equally overused at this point. It’s become like checking a box on your Big Event list.

So why do we want to transfer that feeling over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Why do we need a tragic death? Will anybody actually be sad at the death? Will it be anything other than shock value?

Why is death the be-all and end-all of raising the stakes in a movie? And why is everybody so eager for one of the Avengers to die in a movie?

I don’t think any of the main characters should die. I will be perfectly entertained if everybody survives and gets to retire to nice lives, with the possibility of returning in future movies. Let’s have some fun with this stuff, eh?


About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on January 15, 2018, in Avengers, Marvel, Movies and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Mark my words, not only will nobody die but they will use the Infinity Gauntlet to resurrect Quicksilver (and maybe the Warriors Three), killing death even in the movies.

    • I can see them using the Gauntlet to resurrect some people within the movie, but I don’t see them resurrecting any of the previous movie deaths. It’s possible, but that would require a bit too much work with actors, I think, to make it a reality.

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