Who will definitely survive Avengers 4?

Warning: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. What do you mean you haven’t seen it yet?

So Avengers: Infinity War ends in that way.

You know, with half of your favourite heroes turning to ash and blowing away. While Gamora, Loki and Heimdall met their fates otherwise, we fully expect the victims of the Infinity Snap to return in Avengers 4 somehow or other (and maybe Loki too).

But it would be a bit cheap if, after all the drama of Infinity War, our heroes walked away completely unscathed from its untitled sequel. Heads really have to roll to maintain the tone of the first movie.

But Iron Man aside (sorry, Tony), there are some characters who are definitely going to survive in the MCU’s Phase Four.

1. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

After finally putting the long-awaited Black Widow solo movie into development, there’s just no way they will kill her off now. Her pre-Avengers life wasn’t very happy as far as we’ve gathered (remember the Red Room and the “red in her ledger”?), and a bleak, flashback memorial to a dead character doesn’t feel very Marvel.

2. Spider-Man (Tom Holland)

As much as we’d love to see the other Spider-Man, Miles Morales, on the big screen, there’s no doubt that Peter Parker will be alive for the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel – which we’re told is set immediately after Avengers 4 anyway. And there’s no way Sony is going to announce a fourth new Spider-Man so soon after we met the (extremely popular) third.

3. Drax (Dave Bautista)

Disney might be having words with Mr Bautista, as he’s already spilled the beans about being back not only for Avengers 4 but also Phase Four’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

4. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt)

Some people might wish that Star-Lord would be shuffled off this mortal coil after his misbehaviour in Infinity War, but even after turning to dust, we’re sure he’ll be sticking around. James Gunn has said that his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy tells “one story”, and as the ostensible lead of the first two films, they can’t really complete the narrative without him.

5. Rocket (Sean Gunn/Bradley Cooper)

Everyone’s favourite CGI snarkster is basically the only surviving member of the core Guardians team after Thanos eradicated half the population of the universe. And again, Gunn has promised that we will learn more about Rocket’s “horrible” origin in the future, so unless Avengers 4 takes a completely unexpected detour into his past – and let’s face it, with a cast that big, there just isn’t the time – he’ll be sticking around for a while yet.

6. Groot (Vin Diesel)

Groot is basically unkillable at this point (as long as you avoid getting too far into the weeds about his memories), so as long as he comes back from the Snap, there’s not much anyone can do about his continued presence in the films.

7. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

11 years after Iron Man first stomped across our screen, Marvel Studios will bring us their first female-fronted solo movie. Touting her as the most powerful hero in the MCU and hinting that she will be the saviour of Avengers 4, if Disney kills her off there will be riots.

8. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)

Along with Spider-Man, the ‘death’ of T’Challa in Infinity War convinced us that those lost heroes would be back. Following the $1 billion plus success of Black Panther, there’s no way that Marvel is letting him go, so the king will have to stay.

9. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)

While Marvel is being coy about announcing Doctor Strange 2 (indeed, most of Phase Four’s movies are still under wraps), his first solo movie left so many dangling threads for a sequel that it’s impossible to believe that the studio will ignore them and mess up the nice, tidy universe. Every other MCU sub-franchise has received a sequel so far too, and there’s little reason to believe that Doctor Strange will be an exception.

And Stephen was so chill about his vision of the future in Infinity War. If he’s not worried that his days are numbered, there’s no reason we should be either.

10. Shuri (Letitia Wright)

Can you say ‘fan favourite’? We’ve only just met Shuri, and were disappointed by how little she had to do in Infinity War. There’s no way they’re letting the brilliant Letitia Wright go, and fans wouldn’t stand for it if they tried.

11. Okoye (Danai Gurira)

What goes for Shuri is equally true for Okoye, with the added fact that Okoye would be having none of that nonsense. Wakanda forever!

RIP (probably)

Iron Man

Captain America (especially after the comments he made having completed Avengers 4 reshoots)

Thor?

Avengers 4 will be released in the UK on April 26, 2019, and in the US on May 3, 2019.

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