‘Avengers: Infinity War’: The Fate of Several Marvel Characters Have Been Revealed

If you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, then you know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe just had a major bomb dropped on it. If you haven’t seen Infinity War, however, please know that it’s about to get real with the spoilers. Along the way, several major characters were killed off. It started early, with Heimdall, Loki, and half of Asgard. Then Gamora. Then Vision was killed, brought back, and killed again.

Finally, with one snap of his massive fingers, Thanos killed half the universe — including Black Panther, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, and a whole bunch of other heroes. Even Nick Fury didn’t make it out of the post-credit scene. And although we can guess that a bunch of these characters will eventually return, it doesn’t change the fact that as of now they’re gone.

Joe and Anthony Russo recently confirmed the fate of some off-screen deaths, as well as some MCU characters that survived and others that were too spoilery to confirm or deny. That includes one key female protagonist who is rumored to be returning in Avengers 4 (page 6).

Aunt May

Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming | Marvel

Status: Alive

Peter Parker’s aunt was last seen at the very end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, as she was about to drop an expletive after discovering her nephew’s big secret. Marisa Tomei was perfect to portray a younger Aunt May than most were used to seeing, and her flirting with Tony Star in Captain America: Civil War was extremely enjoyable.

It makes sense that she would remain alive following Thanos’ snap, considering that Peter slowly faded away in the arms of his mentor, Stark, on a far away alien planet. Let’s all just hope that we aren’t forced to watch a scene where Tony informs May that Peter is gone in Avengers 4, because that would be heartbreaking.

Next: A fun, cameo character

Actor Loki

Matt Damon as actor Loki

Matt Damon as actor Loki | Marvel

Status: Dead

We’re sorry to inform you that Matt Damon’s character from Thor: Ragnarok did not make it out alive. What makes Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok so excellent (one of the best in the MCU, truly) is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. That’s a trap that the first two Thor movies fell into, and changing things up in a big way for the final installment of the trilogy was a huge success. And with that success, the Damon cameo.

For those who forgot, Damon played the actor who portrayed Loki during the play early in the movie. It was an awesome, laugh-out-loud moment. Damon’s bad English accent and description of Loki’s big, bendy horns was brilliant, but unfortunately we probably won’t be seeing his character again.

Next: A former love interest

Betty Ross

Liv Tyler as Betsy Ross

Betty Ross | Marvel

Status: Dead

Liv Tyler played Betty Ross, the daughter of Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, in 2009’s The Incredible Hulk. However, that movie — which featured Edward Norton as Bruce Banner — wasn’t able to spark Marvel to consider making a sequel. Other considerations caused Banner to be recast as Mark Ruffalo for the Avengers movies and Ragnarok, but the story never brought Betty back into the picture.

According to the Russo brothers, she is another one of Thanos’ casualties. There had been rumors that Ross might appear in Infinity War, but that turned out not to be true. Her father did make a brief cameo, but Tyler’s character remains absent from the MCU for the foreseeable future.

Next: Two recently added characters

Korg and Miek

Korg in Thor: Ragnarok

Korg | Marvel

Status: SPOILERS

These aren’t exactly major characters for the MCU, but it’s understandable why the Russo brothers would want to keep the status of Korg, Miek, and really all the other Asgardians a secret. All we know for sure is that Thanos only killed half the people on Thor’s ship at the beginning of Infinity War, meaning that it’s likely these two may have escaped.

Maybe the reason that these two characters are being listed as “spoilers” is because they’ll make their triumphant return in Avengers 4. Or, given that there aren’t a whole lot of movies planned beyond Avengers 4, maybe there has been some talk about a spinoff movie featuring Korg, Miek, and Tessa Thompson’s Ragnarok character, Valkyrie. At any rate, expect them to show up again in the future.

Next: A character you probably forgot about

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck | Marvel

Status: Alive

Oh yeah, him. Howard the Duck briefly appeared at the very end of Guardians of the Galaxy in an after-credits scene, sipping a martini and chatting it up following the destruction of the Collector’s museum. Voiced by Seth Green (Family Guy), Howard the Duck once again makes a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 during the weird, robot-brothel scene.

Fortunately, our favorite talking duck has survived to hopefully make his third cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. The movie is set to be released in 2020, although there are still plenty of questions regarding the cast — as in, who will be alive?

Next: That female protagonist

Jane Foster

Natalie Portman, wearing a jacket, and looking concerned off into the distance

Jane Foster | Marvel

Status: SPOILERS

Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, was a major character in the first two Thor movies. Not only that, but she’s a major character in the comics, where one storyline has found her becoming worthy of Mjolnir and becoming a female version of Thor. But she was absent from Ragnarok, with the only mention being that she had dumped her one-time boyfriend.

Although Portman has been clear in the past that she was not scheduled to return to the MCU as Foster, there have been some rumors about her character returning in Avengers 4. Take all rumors with a grain of salt, of course. But the fact that the Russo brothers weren’t willing to confirm or deny her death means there could be fire with this cloud of smoke.

Next: Another strong female character

Lady Sif

Lady Sif | Marvel

Status: Dead

Another female protagonist from the first two Thor movies to suspiciously be absent from Ragnarok is Lady Sif. In reality, it made a whole lot of sense for Portman’s Foster to be left out, given that the bulk of the movie takes place on far away planets. But Sif? Why wasn’t she on Asgard? The explanation given at the time was that if she were on Asgard, Hela likely would’ve killed her. That certainly would’ve limited her future story possibilities.

But apparently, Sif died anyway. Our guess is that the MCU finds a way to bring her back in the future, so long as actress Jaimie Alexander can make it work with her schedule.

Next: The leaders of Wakanda

Shuri and Nakia

Shuri in Black Panther

Shuri | Marvel

Status: SPOILERS

Finally, nothing concrete has been shared about Shuri and Nakia. The younger sister of T’Challa — who we know dissolved into a pile of dust — likely has been left to deal with the chaos that happened in Wakanda. Considering that she was seen prominently in the third act during Infinity War, it’s understandable why the directors would want to keep her status unknown.

As for Nakia, Anthony Russo brought up the reason that Lupita Nyong’o didn’t reprise her role from Black Panther in an Infinity War cameo. “She’s on missions.” said Russo. “Yeah, deep undercover.”

It remains to be seen what happens with her, if anything, in future stories. Our bet is that Nakia is just fine.

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