No superhero or blockbuster movie is very good without commitment. It’s true that there have been a few guys over the years, like Nick Fury in Captain America: Civil War, many of the main characters died in 23 MCU movies (and it’s not over yet). There will be more to come. And who knows? Maybe some of the names on that list won’t stay dead. Look what happened in Avengers: Game over. Half of all life in the universe has returned. So far, everyone who has been dusted off in Avengers: Infinity War is not on that list because they are alive now. Here’s also a list of all the major deaths in the MCU so far.
Friga was Thor’s mother in the MCU. She was played by René Russo and was in many ways a god of thunder. While Odin had to teach the son of Asgard hard lessons, Frigga was a mother figure, albeit a rather strong one, in his life. Unfortunately, Frigga was Thor’s main victim: The world of darkness. While not one of the strongest positions in the franchise to say the least, Friggy’s death has left a lasting impression. Even though she died in the film, we still got to see Russo back in the role of The Avenger: Game over in a robbery. But make no mistake, she is dead.
Ronan was the main villain in James Gunn’s film, The Guardians of the Galaxy. Given Thanos’ brief appearance, it’s hard to call him the film’s greatest villain, but he was the center of attention. In the end, Star-Lord and the band managed to defeat Ronan in an unconventional way, as the whole fight started with a dance refusal. But it ended with the destruction of the wicked man by the stone of infinity he so coveted.
He’s one of the few superheroes who dies and stays dead in the MCU. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Elizabeth Olson’s brother, Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch. They began as Ultron allies, seeking revenge on Earth’s greatest heroes. But eventually they changed sides and joined forces with the Avengers to defeat Ultron and his army of robots. In a selfless and daring moment, Quicksilver rushed to save the lives of Hawkeye and the little boy who was about to be mowed down by a hailstorm of bullets. It wasn’t a fake. Quicksilver was killed in an act of bravery. At the time of writing, he has not yet returned to the MCU and there is no real indication that his death will ever be reversed.
Tony Stark and Bruce Banner had good intentions in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. They wanted to arm the world so that the next time it would face a threat from another world, as happened with Loki. But it all went wrong and Ultron, represented by James Spader, was created. Tony’s evil creation caused a lot of collateral damage, but eventually, with the help of the newly created Vision, the Avengers were able to defeat Ultron. The bad guy stayed dead from the moment he died on screen. However, it’s not out of the question that Ultron will return to the MCU in some form at some point.
The Black Panther is a cloak that is passed on. There is no person associated with the Wakanda Defender. Like we saw in Captain America: In Civil War, T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, had to watch his father, T’Chaka, die at the hands of Zemo. T’Challa then took back the Black Panther cloak in revenge for her father’s murder. Although it wasn’t a huge hit, T’Chuck’s influence spread to Black Panther, which became one of the biggest and most important films in MCU history. His death was therefore probably the most important.
Howard Stark and Mary Stark
Howard Stark has been an essential part of the MCU from the beginning. Maria Stark, though not as often on screen, was Tony Stark’s mother. As Tony Stark put it so well when he learned his parents had been murdered by Bucky Barnes in Captain America: I don’t care about the Civil War, he killed my mother. The death of Tony’s parents was a turning point in the film, and the fact that Cap’s oldest friend committed murder contributed to the real emotional conflict on both sides. While Tony and Cap disagreed on the deals, it was the revelation of Howard and Mariah Stark’s death that finally brought the Avengers to their knees. These deaths were at the center of one of the biggest MCU events to date. It’s not so bad.
There aren’t as many examples in the MCU as Peggy Carter. Not only did Haley Atwell’s character become a real fan favorite, but she didn’t die a horrible death at the hands of a villain. She did not die heroically in battle. Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers’ best friend, died of old age in Captain America: Civil War. Peggy has led a long and successful life. She helped found S.H.I.E.L.D., worked her way up, and eventually joined the Avengers: At the end of the day, to be exact, she has to live her life with Steve. But Peggy is one of the few characters in the world of superhero movies who is lucky enough to look like that. Death came for her, as it did for all of us. We have no guaranteed shelf life, so the best we can do is try to live well. Peggy Carter had a hell of a life in the MCU.
Dr. Folamour wouldn’t be Dr. Folamour without the Elder. Played by Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange (2016), she quickly established herself as one of the most powerful beings we’ve seen in the MCU to date. A master of the mystic arts, the Ancient One was one of the true protectors of the Earth. But even through her dubious use of dark magic, the powerful witch could not prevent her own death. As we have seen, she could see through time and never see beyond the moment she left. There was a reason for that. She just had to go. He helped Stephen Strange fulfill his destiny to become the Supreme Wizard. Thankfully, we have a little more time with the Elder in the Avengers: Game over, although chronologically she’s still dead.
Plays Kurt Russell in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. 2, Ego, a.k.a. Living Planet, turned out to be the father of the Star Lord. That is why the half-man of the earth could exercise the power of the stone of infinity for so long without dying from it. But it turned out that the Star Lord’s strange father had an evil side. As a result, the Guardians had to regroup to defeat him. You can’t save the universe without killing the ego. But, as we shall see in a moment, if Ego could have been Star Lord’s biological father, he was not his real father.
You could easily argue that Yondu, played by Michael Rucker, is the most accomplished Death we’ve seen so far in the MCU. The character was introduced more as an antagonist in early Guardians of the Galaxy. Although he clearly had a soft spot for Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, director James Gunn gave Yond more depth and positioned him as a complex and caring father figure. To save Star-Lord, Yondu sacrificed himself heroically. Talk about ego: After rushing to save the day, Yondu says: He may have been your father, but he wasn’t your father. This paves the way for Ravager’s intensely emotional funeral sequence, which concludes the film. Let’s not forget that before he died a hero, Yondu became famous: My name is Mary Poppins.
Like Peggy Carter, but in a very different way, Thor’s father Odin, played by the legendary Anthony Hopkins, is forced to fend for himself in Thor after leading a very different life: Ragnarok. Hela didn’t kill him. He did not die in bloody glory defending Asgard. After Loki and Thor found their father on Earth, it was just time. Some 5,000 years later, in a touching moment, Odin disappeared gracefully into the wind. It was the calm before the storm, so to speak, when Hela came to assert herself in Odin’s absence. This gives even more weight to Odin’s departure, in addition to the fact that Thor’s father, a truly influential figure in the MCU, has moved on.
Speaking of Hela: As powerful as the sister of Thor, the goddess of death, she could not escape death. After a heroic battle to save the people of Asgard, Hela’s Thor and Cate Blanchett became embroiled in a huge epic battle where Thor lost his eye. It was understood that the only way to save Asgard, the people, not the place, was to destroy Asgard. The wrath of Surtur was summoned to destroy the house of Asgard, and Hela burned with him in the fire. There is no reason to believe that Hela could have survived that grand finale.
Andy Serkis should be seen in the flesh on the big screen as Ulysses Klaue in the MCU. This is a relative rarity for an actor known for his motion-capture work with characters like Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, Caesar in Planet of the Apes and Snoke in Star Wars. Here, Serkis must entertain and impersonate a shameless and unscrupulous arms dealer. We first met Klaue in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, where he lost his hand in a fight against Ultron. Klaue got a much bigger role in Black Panther as a minor antagonist alongside Killmonger. Eventually, after dodging T’Challa, Klaue is killed by Killmonger. It wasn’t glamorous, but Kalue’s shot was the last. It’s very unlikely we’ll see Serkis return to the MCU, unless he comes back as a completely different character.
Director Ryan Coogler’s main villain in the groundbreaking film Black Panther was Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan. The MCU isn’t always known for its great bad guys, but Killmonger is widely regarded as one of the best of the bunch. Eric Killmonger is a Wakendan and was abandoned by his people as a child. He spent his life as a mercenary, learning how to become an assassin. He eventually returns to Wakanda to take over the throne of T’Challa. His plan works, and besides, Killmonger hopes the Wakandans will take over the world to bring a more civilized era. T’Challa was resurrected with M’Baku’s help. After a brutal fight, Killmonger was stabbed to death. T’Challa has offered to help a member of the Wakandan family. Killmonger, however, chose death and said: Bury me in the ocean, with my ancestors who jumped on ships because they knew death was better than slavery.
Heimdall is, or at least was, a quiet character within the MCU. Not only did he prove deadly in battle, but Idris Elba’s character, the Asgardian, was also the man who controlled Bifrost and was also omniscient and clairvoyant. But even a man so powerful has limits. When the Asgardian fugitive was attacked on the spot by Thanos and the Dark Order, in accordance with the Avengers opening : Endless war, Heimdall became a victim of battle. In a final effort to save the universe, he called on Bifrost one more time to send the Hulk/Bruce Banner to Earth to warn his fellow warriors of Thanos’ imminent arrival. Understandably, the Mad Titan did not pick on this trait and killed Heimdall with a brutal blow. But without Heimdall’s final action, who knows if the Avengers could have stopped Thanos once and for all.
Avengers opening protocol: The endless war was cruel. Heimdall, the nearly uncountable Asgard, and yes, Thor’s evil brother, Loki, all died at the hands of Thanos and his Dark Order. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has always existed in a grey area. Sometimes the bad guy is direct, like in The Avengers. Other times, an ally, like at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. In the final moments, Loki nobly and foolishly tried one last move to kill Thanos. But it didn’t work. Thanos saw Loki’s deception and stopped the deceptive god’s sword before it struck him in the neck. Instead, Thanos strangled Loki in a particularly cruel way. Yes, we will see Hiddleston again in the Disney+ series Loki. But this comes after he stole the Tesseract from Endgame. Chronologically, he’s dead. Whatever Loki’s adventures may be, his fate is sealed. As far as we know.
Another big casualty of the Avengers: The endless war, and the war that lasted, Paul Bettany’s vision possessed the Stone of the Spirit. That was part of it. This put him directly in the crosshairs of Thanos, who needed the six stones of infinity to destroy half of all life in the universe. The Wakandans wanted to remove the mental stone from the vision so that he could live and so that they could better protect the stone. but the plan failed because Vision ended up doing his best to put up a good fight. Unfortunately, Thanos was able to use the Stone of Time to ensure that he could separate the stone from the spirit from the vision, resulting in his death. Wanda did her best to save him, but she couldn’t stand up to the power of time. Vision did not revive in Avengers: The game is off because of the way he died. Things are a little uncertain at the moment because he’s back on WandaVision on Disney+. As far as we can tell, he’s still dead. What will his status be when the dust settles?
There are few deaths in the MCU that will hit audiences as hard as the death of Black Widow. Everyone always knew the stakes would be high for the Avengers: Game over. It’s still hard to believe that Marvel could kill off Scarlett Johannson’s Natasha Romanoff if it came down to it. But the Avengers needed the Soul Stone, or their plan to eliminate Thanos’ interference would fail. While Natasha and Clint fought valiantly to keep themselves alive, it was Black Widow who gave his life so that half the universe could live. Yes, we will see Johansson back in the MCU as the Black Widow. But this is a prequel that took place after the events of the Civil War and before the Infinity War. So she’s still dead, and in all likelihood the character’s long-awaited solo film will be her last appearance.
Part of the problem with the MCU bad guys is that many of them are the same. Thanos, on the other hand, is a character that has been around for a long time and first appeared in the scene after the credits of Avengers. Over the years it came up here and there, eventually ending up with the Avengers in the truest sense of the word: A war without end. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is trying to collect all the stones of infinity to restore the balance of the universe. Or, in other words, kill half of all life in the universe. Thanos succeeded and disappeared at the end of Infinite War, paving the way for the Avengers to try and undo his farce in Endgame.
Thor beheads Thanos, surprisingly, in the first few minutes of the film. But then, during the raid, Thanos found out about their plan from the past. Once again, the heroes had to take on the crazy titan. After a long and gruesome battle, Tony Stark regains the Infinity Stones and uses them to deter Thanos and his army. Thanos died not once, but twice. And he’s gone forever. But his death came at a high price.
The MCU doesn’t exist if Iron Man isn’t set in 2008. A case like this came from such an unlikely place. And that’s mostly thanks to Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. This piece is at the root of this huge franchise and has helped carry it for over a decade. But all great things eventually come to an end. For RDJ, this journey ended with Avengers: Game over. When Tony Stark, holding the six infinity stones, snaps his fingers and utters his famous last words: I’m Iron Man. He saved the universe. The biggest death of the MCU so far. Literally. The selfish and arrogant man we met in the beginning was truly selfless. We may never see Tony Stark again in the MCU, but it’s hard to discuss the implications and significance of his death.
By the time Spider-Man 3 comes out, this installment could pretty much be worthless. At the moment, however, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio seems to have died at the end of Spider-Man: Away from home. That’s what it looks like. But it’s Mysterio we’re talking about. Master of illusion. Especially considering the teamwork he did with Peter Parker, revealing his identity to the world and making it look like Spider-Man killed Mysterio, there’s no certainty that the bad guy is really dead. But right now, there’s a hint that Quentin Beck is for Spidey.
Other dead MCU characters
In this section, we will focus on characters who died, but not the majors. They exist in a grey area, but are worth mentioning. And maybe speculation about whether they’re really dead or not.
Tony Stark’s ally and friend of his father, Obadiah Stane, turns out to be Iron Man’s main villain. Stein, played by Jeff Bridges, finally finds his place in the film’s decisive battle.
Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke, was the main antagonist in Iron Man 2. If Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer survived, the same can’t be said for Vanco. The villain is blown up in the final fight of the film, which marks the final end for the villain.
Dr Abraham Erskine
Dr. Abraham Erskine, played by Stanley Tucci, is the man who helped Steve Rogers get elected Super Soldier of the United States. Unfortunately, the man responsible for creating Captain America also died at the hands of Hydra in Captain America: First Avenger.
Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian was the center of the action in Iron Man 3. While Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin was positioned as the bad guy in the trailers, it was Killian who pulled the strings. But Tony Stark defeated Killian, who, most assuredly, died in the fire.
As described by the legendary Robert Redford, Alexander Pierce was head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury’s closest ally died in Captain America: Winter soldier. Pierce was actually at the top of the Hydra and was overtaken by his old friend Nick Fury, who was filmed on screen several times. Although it appears in the Avengers time travel section: At the end of the game, Pierce is well and truly dead.
One of the leaders of Nova Corps, Gartan Saal, played by Peter Serafinovich, gave his life to protect the planet from the evil Ronin.
Darren Cross, aka Yellowjacket, was the main villain in Ant-Man. Simply put, he died at the end of the movie. So Corey Stoll didn’t last long in the MCU.
Unfortunately, Karl Urban didn’t last long in the MCU either. He played Scourge in Thor: Ragnarok. After changing his mind at the end of the film, Skurge died trying to save some of his fellow Afghans.
Forest Whitaker’s Zuri, one of T’Challa’s most trusted allies, soon fell victim to Killmonger’s capture.
The senator who was secretly an agent of the Hydra, Jasper Sitwell, represented by Maximiliano Hernandez, died at the hands of the Winter Soldier in Captain America: Winter soldier. That’s what he gets for giving vital information to Steve Rogers.
Strucker by Thomas Kretschmann was a member of Hydra, responsible for the creation of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. But he didn’t get much screentime and died at the hands of Ultron in Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
Thor’s closest allies, Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg, appeared in both Thor’s: The world of darkness. But they didn’t last long when Hela came to Thor: Ragnarok. They all died violently. Although Hogun in particular made a good attempt.
It’s a bit of a grey area. Gamora died in the Infinity War, but through time travel her old self returned to Endgame. So technically, the original Gamora is dead, but Gamora’s past is alive. It’s complicated.
As for Groot, the adult Groot we knew in Guardians of the Galaxy sacrificed himself to save his friends at the end of the film. But Rocket planted a piece of Groot to make a new Groot. So the Groot is alive, technically not the Groot we originally recognized.
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