Some fan-favorite characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe appear to be on their way out. The past decade of Marvel movies has built up to the battle against Thanos, which begins in April 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War. It has been heavily implied during the promotion of this movie that many characters will be killed off or will retire, paving the way for a new era of Marvel to follow.
Fans have not been entirely sure which characters will be saying goodbye. But now that trailers for Infinity War has been released, we have a much better idea. Here’s what we know about why one character will likely die in Avengers: Infinity War, and keep reading to check out the new trailer!
Vision was brought to life by the Mind Stone
In order to understand why Vision looks to be in trouble, it’s important to recall how he was introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first place. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ultron was looking to create a new body for himself, this one made out of organic tissue. He was planning to use the power of the Mind Stone in order to give the body life.
Ultron didn’t end up using the body, though. The Avengers got to it first. They then decided to make use of it for themselves, uploading the JARVIS A.I. into it. Thus, Vision came to life. He has quite a few powers, including the ability to generate cells and shoot beams of energy. But those powers come from the Mind Stone, which is in his head.
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Thanos is amassing Infinity Stones as part of his plan
For hardcore fans, it was already clear back in Age of Ultron that Vision was in trouble just based on Thanos’ intentions.
Thanos, the antagonist of Infinity War and the “big bad” of the Marvel universe since the first Avengers, is after the six Infinity Stones. When he combines these stones together in an Infinity Gauntlet, he will be extremely powerful.
It appears the main plot of Infinity War will be the Avengers attempting to prevent Thanos from getting all of the stones. Presumably, they will fail, and Avengers 4 will feature Thanos with the fully-powered Infinity Gauntlet.
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The movie needs some big deaths to establish Thanos as a threat
So far, there have been a lot of complaints about the Marvel villains not being menacing enough. In general, the films have focused more on the heroes than the villains, although Black Panther recently gave us a great antagonist in Erik Killmonger. Still, even with Killmonger, never do we feel like he’s much of a threat to any of the main characters’ lives.
That needs to change with Thanos. He’s the ultimate bad guy of the entire series and clearly the most powerful. So it’s a necessity for this movie to establish the stakes early on, and there’s no better way to do that than by having him kill a beloved character.
And if the movie needs someone to die early on, there’s one character who is clearly the most likely candidate.
Next: The trailer reveals that Thanos has two of the stones.
Thanos needs the Mind Stone, which is in Vision’s head
It just so happens that one of the six Infinity Stones is the Mind Stone, the very stone that gives Vision his powers. Thanos needs all of the stones in order to power the Infinity Gauntlet.
In the new trailer for the film, we see Thanos in possession of two of the stones: the Space Stone and the Power Stone. The Space Stone was previously inside the Tesseract, and Thanos seems like he’s about to get it in the end credits of Thor: Ragnarok.
In the Infinity War trailer, he places the Space Stone inside the gauntlet. Presumably, he gets it during the course of this movie. The Power Stone was being kept on Xandar, but Thanos has now obtained it. That means that Thanos only needs four more stones — including Vision’s.
Next: The Mind Stone is definitely in danger with this scene.
The new trailer shows the Mind Stone being ripped out of Vision’s head
The most ominous part of the trailer shows Vision having the Mind Stone taken out of his head. He’s down on the ground as an unidentified person holds a scepter to his head, trying to get out the stone.
We don’t actually see the stone being removed in the trailer, but it seems like that’s about to happen. Vision cries out in pain as the stone is being taken, and the whole scene is quite disturbing.
From a narrative standpoint, it’s fairly obvious that Thanos is going to get all the stones, therefore setting up a fourth movie where he uses the fully powered Infinity Gauntlet. So the stone is coming out of Vision’s head one way or the other.
Next: What happens to Vision if he loses the Mind Stone?
It has not been clearly established what happens to Vision if he loses the Mind Stone
What’s not entirely clear is what will happen when Vision loses his Mind Stone. His origin story is a lot different in the comics and he doesn’t have the Mind Stone in his head there, so the source material does not offer an explanation. He does have a Solar Jewel in his head in the comics, but that’s a lot different than the Mind Stone.
It’s safe to assume that Vision will probably lose his powers without the stone. In Age of Ultron, it’s implied that the Mind Stone is the source of these powers. But it also seems that the Mind Stone is the source of Vision’s life. In Captain America: Civil War, Vision notes that the stone controls him, but that he doesn’t fully understand it. It sounds like without the stone, Vision might cease to function, though it’s possible he’ll just lose his powers. Paul Bettany did tease in an interview once that it’s possible Vision could survive without it. But even so, the stone being taken would definitely create some complications.
And that’s assuming Vision is kept alive after the stone is stolen. He could just be killed immediately afterward, thus rendering the question of whether he can survive without it meaningless.
Next: We see a shockingly different side of Vision.
Another scene in the trailer shows Vision in human form
One of the most shocking moments of the new trailer is a scene where we see Vision in human form. Initially, some theorized that this is what happens to Vision when he loses the Mind Stone.
But look back at the footage again and you’ll notice that Vision actually still has the Mind Stone in his head when he’s in human form. So this does not impact any theories about him dying after having the stone taken away.
There seem to be three possible explanations for this scene. One, it’s just a dream sequence. Two, Wanda is making Vision appear to be human using her powers. Or three, Vision is making himself appear to be human using his own powers. After all, he was able to grow a cape out of nowhere, so it’s reasonable to think he would be able to grow human skin, too.
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It has been confirmed that some big losses are coming
The idea that some characters are going to be killed by Thanos isn’t just speculation. This has been confirmed by Marvel itself. James Gunn also recently told Vanity Fair that Marvel feels it must start changing things up and killing off characters in order to keep things fresh. He explained:
If Marvel is going to survive, they have to start making movies with characters who are a little different. They have to start allowing characters to die. They have to start having stakes really mean something if they want people to stay interested.
Keep in mind that Infinity War is just the first of two Avengers movies that are on the way, the second coming in 2019. The bigger deaths might be saved for that movie. But in Infinity War, Marvel can sacrifice a few beloved but less important characters.
With all of this in mind, Vision fans should start preparing to say goodbye. In fact, fans might want to prepare themselves for the possible death of these big characters, too.
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Captain America may be on the chopping block
This will be the sixth movie in which Chris Evans appears as Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Evans hasn’t exactly made it a secret that he would like to work up to ending his storyline in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a heroic death for Cap might be the best way to make that happen.
Last time we saw him, Rogers was throwing down his shield and taking refuge from the United States government in Wakanda. It appears he’ll be fighting alongside the rest of the cast in Infinity War, but there has been no official confirmation of his appearance in any movies afterward. Could this be the end for Captain America?
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Black Widow will likely survive
We last saw Romanoff slinking away from Tony Stark in Civil War, knowing that she must go into hiding for her role in betraying the Sokovia Accords.
Despite Johansson’s lack of officially scheduled films beyond Avengers 4, it’s hard to see how Marvel could kill her off. Fans have clamored for a standalone movie featuring her character, and recently, it has been reported that one is finally in the works. Add in the fact that she’s the most beloved female character in a universe that is relatively dominated by male characters, and this one would be a head-scratcher.
Next: Is this character’s story arc finally coming to an end?
Iron Man’s future may be in jeopardy
2008’s Iron Man kicked off the MCU in a big way, seeing Robert Downey Jr. take up the role. Fast forward to 2018, and Infinity War will be the 52-year-old actor’s ninth film in the franchise — including his cameo in The Incredible Hulk.
You could argue that the patented Stark family hubris is one of the biggest reasons for all of the trouble in Infinity War, with the elder Stark having fished the Tesseract from the ocean and the younger Stark having unknowingly prodded Thanos by sending a nuke through a wormhole in The Avengers.
But Tony Stark has gone on quite the personal journey throughout the last 10 years, building a relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Pepper Potts, while also taking more and more responsibility for his actions. The point being, his story arc could understandably be coming to a close. Is there much more character development here? Does Downey Jr. even want to continue putting on metal suits?
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Will Infinity War take down the Hulk?
The Incredible Hulk, which featured Edward Norton as the title character, didn’t do quite as well as many of the other MCU movies. Based on recent evidence, films featuring the Hulk without at least one or two other superhero friends by his side aren’t particularly successful. Mark Ruffalo picked up the role in The Avengers and has reprised it in both Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok, but there have been no public plans to make any further standalone movies featuring the character.
Of course, there is a good chance that Marvel wants the Hulk to appear in Avengers 4, meaning that Ruffalo’s character would make it through the end of Infinity War without dying.
Next: This big character definitely has an uphill battle against Thanos.
Thor’s fight against Thanos will be off to a rough start
Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, just appeared in his third solo movie and will star in Infinity War (which will make the seventh MCU movie for the character, including his cameo in Doctor Strange). Though Thor: Ragnarok delivered some answers, it also brought up plenty more questions, leaving off with Thor and Loki laying their eyes on Thanos’ massive, scary ship for the first time.
Hemsworth has said that he wouldn’t mind continuing to play the character, especially after Ragnarok reinvented him in such a big way. But whether Thanos takes down Thor is entirely out of Hemsworth’s hands.
Next: The final trailer
An epic trailer
With just over a month to go until the release date, Marvel released one final epic trailer. And we certainly learned a lot.
In just over 2 minutes, we see all of our favorite heroes preparing for the battle against Thanos. What may be the most exciting are the interactions between characters who haven’t met until now, including one between Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, and another between Star-Lord and Iron Man (as Spidey and Drax look on).
Additional reporting by Ryan Davis and Becca Bleznak.
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