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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?

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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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