Keely Flaherty

Here's Everyone Who Dies In “Avengers: Infinity War” And What That Might Mean

Cause of death: Choked to death by Thanos

Will he be back? Hopefully not — and I say this as a true Loki stan. He’s already fake-died multiple times, and Thor’s Infinity War joke about him having “died” so many times, but this time being real, felt like a pretty solid confirmation that Loki is finally actually gone. He’s been the only longterm villain in the Marvel franchise, and with Thanos returning for the next Avengers movie, it feels like it’s time to pass the torch. Plus, it’s pretty on-brand for his final words to be, “You will never be a god.” Such a drama queen. However, Hiddelston reportedly has a six film contract (and this is his 5th appearance) with Marvel, so…you never know.

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Plus, Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet looked pretty wrecked at the end of Infinity War after he used it to, ya know, kill half the universe. He might need to go to Nidavellir and make Sad Peter Dinklage give him the original mold.

The remaining Avengers could also do the same, and try to make a competing Infinity Gauntlet of their own to hold the stones once they get them back from Thanos. Or maybe Thor’s new axe, Stormbreaker, has the power to hold and wield the Stones. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES.

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Like Coulson said all the way back in The Avengers, “This was never gonna work if they didn’t have something to…” and then he died, but his point lives: the Avengers need something (or someone) to avenge. A major death in their own ranks would bind them for the foreseeable future. It’s just a matter of who.

As pissed as I am that we’d never see his wedding, Tony Stark could definitely die. Infinity War made it clear that not even Pepper can get him to take the Iron Man suit off. The chances of Tony ever retiring are slim to none. Plus, his protégé Peter Parker is just beginning his solo movie career. Spider-Man would benefit narratively from losing yet another father figure and his tech benefactor. However, Thanos defeated Tony already and almost killed him, which is why my money’s on Steve Rogers.

Steve had a pretty small role in this movie, but he’s primed to take the lead in Avengers 4 as one of the six surviving members of the team. He has a Captain America heir apparent in Bucky, who’s been to Spa Wakanda and even referred to himself as a “semi-stable man” in the movie. Progress!

Most importantly, Steve hasn’t really faced Thanos yet. During the final battle in Wakanda, the only Avenger who briefly holds Thanos up is good ol’ Steve Rogers. Thanos looks at him with some kind of uncharacteristic emotion — maybe confusion at Cap’s unexpected strength, or maybe (hopefully) fear.

Either way, as sad as you are now, think about how sad you’ll be next year when someone actually dies.