It’s the topic that no one wants to discuss: will a member of the Avengers ever die in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Sure, they’ve been killed off here and there in the actual Marvel comics… but the MCU is worth billions of dollars to Disney, and killing off one of their Avengers could end up shattering one of their biggest stand-alone franchises.
Imagine if they killed off Iron Man. Would you be happy? Nope. Would Disney’s wallet suffer? You bet!
It’s a tough line to walk for the creators behind the Marvel films, as they want to maintain realism in their world, and to do that, their audience needs to feel as though a character can die at any time. With the Avengers team expanding in Avengers 2, the amount of less-important Avenger characters will be growing, allowing for some character deaths that don’t impact Marvel’s other franchises (we’re looking at you, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the two new additions, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch!).
In a recent interview with EW magazine, Joss Whedon discussed the fine line he walks when writing the scripts and risking the lives of his characters:
“I’m always joking about that. Um…maybe?… But I’d have to have a really good reason, a really great sequence for [Marvel executives] to go, ‘We’ll cut off a potential franchise, that’s fine!’ They know as any good studio does, that without some stakes, some real danger, how involved can we get? We don’t just rule it out across the board, but neither is the mission statement ‘Who can we kill?’ We try to build the story organically and go, ‘How hard can we make it on these people?’ You go to the movies to see people you love suffer-that’s why you go to the movies.”
It sounds as though we won’t be seeing any major Avenger deaths any time soon!
Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers, is set to hit theaters on May 1st, 2015!