Considering Avengers: Infinity War had the biggest premiere weekend in history, there’s a good chance you’ve already seen it. And if you have, the end probably left you heartbroken, and feeling like nothing will ever be all right again. We’ve curated a list of 4 real-world reasons why you can stop crying right now.
It’s been ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’re pretty invested in these characters by now. Nineteen movies in, the mayhem of Infinity War feels particularly devastating. So, let’s step back from choking in our own tears to look at things from an objective point of view.
Marvel Studios has been pretty hush-hush about what comes next in the MCU after Thanos killed half the universe. Still, there are at least two confirmed sequels, one for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. It seems unlikely that the Guardians and Spidey will stay dead. Plus, considering how long it took to get Spidey on the MCU, he can’t die so soon!
There’s no official confirmation on Black Panther and Doctor Strange sequels, but…
With the exception of Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel doesn’t do one-movie contracts for its heroes. Contractually, Marvel actors tend to have meaty roles in multiple films. This is how Robert Downey Jr. has played Tony Stark in 9 movies, without counting next year’s sequel.
Marvel isn’t about to get rid of their hot new actors after such a short time. This is barely the third MCU appearance for Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland. Don’t worry: T’Challa, Stephen Strange and Peter Parker will survive to see their contracts end. However…
Here’s the thing, though: most of the surviving Avengers have been in the MCU since the beginning. The original team-up from the 2012 film is still alive, and they’re the guys who have made the most appearances. Iron Man and Captain America in particular, the two cornerstones of the MCU, are famously leaving after Avengers 4. Unfortunately, it seems far more likely that one of them (or both) dies at the end of Phase 3.
You know how it goes: dead comic book characters very rarely stay dead. Loki has supposedly died in every other movie he’s been in. Bucky Barnes “returned from the dead” on Civil War. In Infinity War alone, we saw that Captain America villain Red Skull had survived since WWII. And, of course, Vision went and died twice in the course of two minutes.
The Infinity War ain’t over yet: we have Avengers 4 movie next year. Some deaths will most likely remain (I’m thinking Loki, Heimdall and maybe Vision and Gamora), but most won’t. Still, expect to part with a few other favorite characters by the end of Avengers 4.