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The Death of an Avenger

One of the many rumours surrounding Captain America: Civil War is that an Avenger will die. Obviously the major question is who? But I have two follow up questions; why and why now?

You could argue that given all the battles that the Avengers have fought, it's unrealistic for the team to not suffer casualties, especially when you consider that some members are mere mortals. But before now Marvel have gone out of their way to make death irrelevant. Both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes survive their icy ends in The First Avenger, granted they were subjects of similar
experimentation to make them superhuman. Phil Coulson was killed by Loki in The Avengers and resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Iron Man survived his trip through the portal created by the Tesseract despite his suit losing power and his fall back to Earth (thanks to the Hulk). Loki faked his death in Thor: The Dark World, the predictability of which was demonstrated by the HISHE team in How Thor: The Dark World Should Have Ended - (link). Nick Fury faked his death in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That is after he was in a car crash, a car chase (whilst being shot at), his car was blown up and he was shot three times centre of body mass. Yet there he was alive and well for the final act. So maybe the producers decided that for the sake of realism, someone should die.

Another reason could be the source material. In the Civil War comic Captain America is killed by Crossbones A.K.A. Brock Rumlow. Now in the MCU Rumlow blames Cap for what happened to him at the end of Winter Soldier (pictured top right in Winter Soldier and bottom right on the set of Civil War). Frank Grillo who plays Rumlow has confirmed that much. Chris Evans is already slated to be in Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2 which presents yet another question: do they kill Cap and use a Coulson-esque resurrection to bring him back for Infinity Wars or do they kill off someone else instead? It's rumoured that they've filmed death scenes for War Machine, Scarlett Witch and Falcon. Now this could be a rumour started by the producers or a fan and leaked on the internet. If it's the producers it could be a test of fan reaction with the added bonus of gauging popularity of individual characters. When fans hear about these scenes being filmed it creates debate which in turn boosts interest in the movie. On the flip side filming the deaths of several characters provides options with where to go with the story, just because it's filmed doesn't mean it makes it into the final cut. Lets not forget; it was rumoured Hawkeye would die in Age of Ultron. At the end of Age of Ultron four new members were introduced to the Avengers: War Machine, Falcon, Scarlett Witch and Vision. At the time it appeared they were just replacing Iron Man (who wanted a break), Hulk (who had done a runner) and Thor (who was off world) but considering three of these new members are rumoured to have filmed death scenes, it now seems like it might be a story device to enable the producers to kill off an Avenger without killing one of the original members. There is a photo of what could be a dead War Machine with badly damaged armour lying next to a rather upset looking Iron Man. In the trailer we do see Bucky trying to pull the Arc reactor out of Iron Man's suit, maybe he did the same to War Machine and maybe he did more than that.

Captain America: Civil War is released in the UK on 29th April 2016.

What do you think? Should they kill off an Avenger and if so, who? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.


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