Now, we are moving on to the next category, the “Not-So-Safers”. These are the Avengers I believe will survive, but there’s still a chance that Marvel and the Russo Brothers might decide to surprise us by killing them off. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, a.k.a. Sam Wilson, is a character we were first introduced to in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he’s quickly become a fan favourite. Some people believe that he will pick up the mantle of Captain America someday, and that could very well happen. However, there isn’t a Falcon solo movie in development, and he is one of the characters that I see as being expendable. That said, I do believe that he’ll survive and I hope he does because I think that Mackie’s got a lot more to give in the role.
Bucky Barnes: Not-So-Safe
Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes is one of the MCU’s most intriguing characters. He was Steve Roger’s closest friend before World War II and was thought to be dead until he resurfaced as the brainwashed Winter Soldier. We now know thanks to one of Black Panther’s post-credits scenes that he’s been recovering in Wakanda and now goes by the name of White Wolf. I don’t think that they will kill him off in Avengers: Infinity War, but there’s that nagging doubt in the back of my mind that I can’t quite shake, which is why I put him in the “Not-So-Safe” category. I hope we do get to see him again because honestly, I’d love to see Bucky become Captain America. It makes sense to me.
The Hulk: Not-So-Safe
Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, a.k.a. Bruce Banner is another character I don’t think they will kill off, mainly because Ruffalo’s been doing such a great job in a challenging role, but also because I feel that the MCU isn’t done with the character. After Thor: Ragnarok, I’d love to see more of Banner and Thor together, and I do hope it happens. Yet, I can envisage a scene in Infinity War where the Hulk, in a pure act of heroism, decides to sacrifice himself to help his Avengers-buddies escape from Thanos’ clutches.
The Hulk is also the only Avenger who can physically match Thanos, and I do wonder whether that would make him one of the villain’s primary targets. That aside, I hope Banner sticks around because he’s just such an interesting character and so good to have around. The MCU wouldn’t be the same without him.
Scarlett Witch: Not-So-Safe
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch, a.k.a. Wanda Maximoff, is a puzzling one. She’s still relatively new to the MCU scene and is very powerful, yet I can’t help but think she might be in danger of getting the chop. We still have a lot to see from her and her incredible powers, and I do wonder whether this is the film when she explores them. However, much like the Hulk, I do wonder this makes her one of Thanos’ main targets to kill off first. In my mind, she’s one of the most powerful Avengers, and he would have clocked that pretty early on.
Having said all of this, I don’t think she’ll be killed off, merely because Olsen and the character have a lot more to give the MCU, and I think we’ll get to see more of her further down the line.