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Preparing for Infinity War: Saying Goodbye, Part 2} ?> In Part 1, we went through most of the Avengers and their impact on the world. Here we have several more Marvel heroes who will face Thanos’ Infinity-gauntleted fist and perhaps death. Which heroes will fall and what legacy have they left behind? Each character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had an effect on both their world and mine. If any of them aren’t going to make it through this fight, here’s how I’d want to see their final scenes play out.
1. Black Panther
“Vengeance has consumed you. It is consuming them. I am done letting it consume me. Justice will come soon enough.”
T’Challa is the newest addition to the Avengers’ growing ranks and boy, is he a worthwhile one. After his father is assassinated in Civil War, T’Challa accepts the mantle of Black Panther just in time to defend Wakanda from a nearly successful coup. He might hold the most balanced moral center of any hero appearing in Infinity War—the weight of his own beliefs, the influence of his role as Black Panther, and the well-being of an entire nation all rest on his shoulders and he doesn’t take that lightly. After he broke down the exclusionary policies of Wakanda, T’Challa showed us it’s always better when humanity builds bridges instead of walls.
The perfect send-off: With the vibranium suit, superhuman abilities, and army of Wakandans at his back, Black Panther would not go down easily. We haven’t seen Thanos collect the Reality Stone yet, but I’d love to see it used in the style of Doomwar to molecularly turn all vibranium in Wakanda inert, and then Black Panther takes down a member of the Black Order before being overwhelmed.
“Whatever nightmares the future holds are dreams compared to what’s behind me.”
Gamora is one of the characters I’m most anticipating in Infinity War. She’s a “daughter” of Thanos, trained by him personally to become the deadliest assassin in the whole galaxy. It’s her personal connection to the Big Bad that intrigues me; there are similarities to Black Widow’s story with the control exerted over her, but she’s the only hero who knows anything personal about Thanos himself and I’m excited to see how a connection like that may drive her motivations differently than her allies.
The perfect send-off: Gamora knows Thanos very well and has a history in the comics of defeating threats way, way above her own superhuman power level. I think the greatest defeat for her would be Thanos exerting the power of the Mind Stone over her, breaking her will under his again, turning her against her allies and forcing someone like Thor or Doctor Strange to kill her, knowing there’s no saving her from Thanos’ control.
“C’mon, you gotta help me, Wanda. You wanna mope, go to high school. You wanna make amends, then you get off your ass.”
Introduced in Thor, Hawkeye’s just a S.H.I.E.L.D. lackey before being mind-controlled for much of The Avengers. It wasn’t until Age of Ultron that Jeremy Renner was given some runway to make Hawkeye a character any of us really cared about. Hawkeye fills the important and thankless role of being the human element to the Avengers. The farmhouse scene sees our defeated heroes take a breath and reevaluate. Hawkeye is well aware that his fancy bow and arrows don’t compare to a vibranium android or a Norse god, but he understands his role is to ground these powerful entities and remind them what they’re fighting for in the first place.
The perfect send-off: Hawkeye isn’t even on the poster for Infinity War! Though I’m sure we’ll see him show up for the big fight, he’s the bottom rung on the power ladder. I think a Walking Dead style death for him, with no pomp or circumstance, during the big ground assault in Wakanda or on Titan would set a tone that Thanos is not screwing around and that our heroes will not all survive to the end credits.
4. Scarlet Witch
“I can’t control their fear. Only my own.”
One of my favourite characters, Wanda Maximoff is the perfect blend of angst, self-doubt, and a intimidating physicality. Since joining the Avengers, she’s been treated like a loaded weapon and was the reason for the Sokovia Accords and the schism that started Civil War; even among her allies, she’s felt stigmatized and not trusted. I think this has galvanized her to forget about the things she can’t control and focus on what she can do to make the world better and safer.
The perfect send-off: Scarlet Witch has a strong connection to the Mind Stone—both because her powers came from it and because of her growingly intimate relationship with Vision, another product of the Mind Stone. Her undefined power could actually be an issue for Thanos and company, so she’s got a target on her back. I imagine Thanos trying to remove her as a threat more than kill her, using the Space Stone to warp her halfway to Alpha Centauri or the Time Stone to drop her in Manhattan during the Triassic Period.
“Humans are odd. They think order and chaos are somehow opposites and try to control what won’t be. But there is grace in their failings. I think you missed that.”
Vision represents a monumental shift in the threats the Avengers might face. A vibranium body and a “brain” formed from Jarvis and the Mind Stone itself, Vision could likely overpower the rest of the Avengers by himself if it came down to it. It’s incredible that Paul Bettany (the voice of Jarvis since Iron Man in 2008) got to play the red, green, and gold android, and he brings a soft-spoken quality to arguably the strongest weapon in Earth’s arsenal. Vision has a foot in both human and synthetic life, granting him an utterly unique point of view. In his encounter with the final copy of Ultron, it became clear that where Ultron only saw humanity as a virus to be cured, Vision saw the flaws as an opportunity for hope and redemption.
The perfect send-off: Vision’s death feels almost inevitable to me. We’ve been teased with images of the Mind Stone being pried from his head, and even if it’s a misdirect, Vision is going to be at the top of Thanos’ kill list. I’d love to see a proper clash between the powers of multiple Infinity Stones and see a Dragonball Z-level environment destruction until Thanos delivered an iconic killing blow.