Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are the culmination of a decade’s worth of Marvel movies. They also just so happen to be the last films on expiring contracts for the actors who’ve led the Marvel Cinematic Universe this whole time. That perfect storm of events has fans worried about the safety of their favorite heroes.

For screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the rules from Marvel Studios regarding character deaths were simple: there were no rules. No one was safe.

Anyone could die if that was what the story demanded, but that does not mean the writers would be cavalier about it. They don’t have the very odd blood lust that the internet has had for Marvel heroes over the past few years. Markus and McFeely were not looking to kill everyone, and as Markus told the Toronto Sun on set last year, they exercised some common storytelling sense.

“I know nothing about deaths, but if there’s a good story reason for it [Marvel Studios was] open to anything. We didn’t want to cut off a flower just as it’s beginning to bloom. But a nice big flower? Maybe.”

McFeely also discussed the freedom they had from Marvel Studios.

“Marvel allowed us big swings, so there wasn’t a mandate that everything had to get tied up in a neat bow so that they could continue with another one and another one. … These movies are the most successful when the characters undergo big changes and in certain cases when some are escorted off the stage.”

Obviously Markus knows everything about death in Infinity War and Avengers 4. What he says backs up the standard assumption most of us have had, which is that newer characters have much better survival odds in these next to Avengers films.

Killing off Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), or Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) when they’re just getting started would not make a lot of sense. Other than “no one is safe” shock value that can be gained elsewhere, killing off character the audience has only just met would not have the same impact on the story as the death of a character in which the audience has been emotionally investing for years.

The new kids dying can’t possibly mean as much to the story as the MCU veterans, so why hamper Marvel’s future by killing them?

Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) all meet Markus’ “nice big flower” description. That does not mean they are all going to bite, but at least one of them will probably go. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) getting her own movie suggests the writers did not find reason to take her out in these Avengers films, so she’s probably safe.

For everyone else, however, they’re flying without a net or a sufficiently charged arc reactor.

SOURCE: The Toronto Sun