The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 saw some notable deaths of longtime characters. We lost Wanda Maximoff (maybe?), Jane Foster (sort of?), and Aunt May in this phase. That last one was definitely for real and maybe was the one that hurt the most. But with Phase 5 soon upon us, which MCU characters will meet their deaths this time? We’d say that there are a few notable characters with sizable targets on their back. In today’s Nerdist News, we break down who we think are good candidates for taking a dirt nap in the next couple of years. Here are the Marvel heroes most likely to die in the MCU’s Phase 5.
Some MCU characters obviously have greater odds of meeting the Grim Reaper than others. Right now, we’d wager that Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer doesn’t make it out of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 alive. He has publicly stated that the third Guardians film is the end for him when it comes to playing Drax. And now that Thanos is dead, Drax just might be comfortable joining his wife and family in the afterlife. Since the movie focuses so much on Rocket, we bet he doesn’t make it out alive either. (Just please, leave Groot alone!)
Outside of the Guardians’ realm, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania effectively ending that trilogy, we could see OG Ant-Man Hank Pym making some kind of noble sacrifice. After all, Michael Douglas is a veteran actor and may feel ready to move on from a supporting role in the MCU. It would make sense for the MCU’s Hank Pym die heroically in Phase 5. An even bigger curveball would be to end the Ant-Man trilogy with Scott Lang’s death. Although, if he died, we bet that a variant of his would pop up in Avengers: Secret Wars.
And then, there’s the Thunderbolts. A team that is often compared to DC Comics’ highly expendable group of antiheroes, the Suicide Squad. We think pretty much everyone on this team could lose their lives on the mission. Especially if that mission is to fight the Marvel Universe’s “mad Superman,” the Sentry. As long as they let Yelena Belova live, we can accept those deaths as part of the MCU’s Phase 5. Also, it might be time for Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, to go out in a blaze of glory. Much like Scott Lang, though, if he dies, we bet variant Bucky shows up in Secret Wars too. Who knows, maybe Deadpool surprises everyone and shows up a bit earlier than expected, and just flat-out kills everyone remaining. To quote Pietro Maximoff in Age of Ultron, “you didn’t see that coming.”