Before Captain America: Civil War, there was speculation that an Avenger would die in the movie. Which didn’t come to fruition. And in the run-up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War, there has been similar chatter online. With the world strangely obsessed with one of earth’s mightiest heroes kicking the bucket for our viewing pleasure.
So we asked the directors of those movies — Joe Russo and Anthony Russo — how they felt about this desire for Avenger death. You can watch what they said in the video above, or continue reading below.
“I think they all crave stakes,” came the response from Joe regarding the fans. “To be honest, you diminish the power of something if it doesn’t have an ending at some point. It has to have an ending. For us, as comic book fans, we appreciate when a character death would occur in the books, because then a new run; a new voice would come in years later and re-interpret the characters.
“For us, I think it’s valuable that this 10-year experiment comes to a close. Prior to a new experiment beginning with new characters. So there will be some endings, and new beginnings out of this. But this is the final chapter of this book.”
We followed up by being more direct about whether an Avenger might actually die in this instalment.
“This closure could involve death,” came the response from Joe, understandably keeping his cards close to his chest. “We certainly appreciate stakes, and we’re not afraid of stakes from a storytelling standpoint. And I will say that Thanos is without question the most difficult villain that the heroes have faced.
“The theme of the movie is: ‘What does it take to be a hero in a complicated world?’ Well, the Avengers are going to have to answer that question in spades because it’s going to cost them a lot in order to defeat Thanos. He’s a nearly invincible character with a genius-level intelligence.”
We reckon that definitely, nearly, almost, surely, maybe, certainly means an Avenger will die during Infinity War. The next question is, which one?
Avengers: Infinity War hits AU screens April 25, UK screens April 26, and US screens April 27.