Who dies in Infinity War?

Characters were definitely going to die in Avengers: Infinity War. That’s not a spoiler if you’ve been on MCU side of the internet at all since Kevin Feige and his team started zeroing in on the biggest Marvel movie yet. They’ve said over and over again in interviews that we’ll be shocked, and it has been hinted at by the creators for months now that not everyone is going to make it out alive. Real-life contracts are ending, characters are getting older, and their storylines are coming to an end.

But who dies and who really dies in Infinity War? That would be a spoiler. So we’re going to give you a chance to get out before we spoil Infinity War and maybe even Avengers 4 depending on how right we are. Beneath the gallery of the movie’s entire cast, there be spoilers. Like, the whole movie.

Who do we actually see die?

Heimdall, Loki, Gamora, Vision, Bucky, Groot, T’Challa, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Mantis, Drax, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill

At a glance, Infinity War is a brutal movie. In the opening moments, we see Heimdall and Loki die at the hands of Thanos and his “children.” As the film rolls on, we see Gamora and Vision die painful, devastating deaths in Thanos’ relentless pursuit of the Infinity Stones.

And then, Thanos snaps his fingers, and our heroes turn to dust. Bucky dies as Cap watches in horror. Groot reaches out to Rocket. Drax, Mantis, and Peter Quill all bite it, leaving Rocket as the only remaining Guardian. Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, who only just met (using their made-up names) leave the list of New York Avengers frighteningly short. Sam “Falcon” Wilson, disintegrates as War Machine lingers just around the bend searching for him. The Scarlet Witch dies after watching her love the Vision die, and King T’Challa disappears before Okoye’s eyes. The post-credits sequence shows us both Maria Hill and Nick Fury turning heart-breakingly to dust.

That’s a lot of death, right?

But who’s going to stay dead?

Heimdall and Loki. The movie lingers on their deaths in the opening moments of the movie. Heimdall makes a noble sacrifice perfect for his character. And then there’s Loki. Led to believe he betrayed his brother once again in previews and photos, he tries to do what Loki does best – trick Thanos. And he’s punished harshly for it.

These two characters, more than any others, are all but guaranteed to stay dead. While Heimdall was always a (super cool) supporting character, Infinity War closes a satisfying arc of villainy and redemption for Loki, and re-opening the door to bring him back would mean ruining that.

Who’s probably coming back?

Vision and Gamora.

These are both guesses, but they’re educated ones. Let’s start with the Vision. Since his creation in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers’ benevolent AI has been powered by the Mind Stone. Thing is, Thanos needs that little yellow guy to get his job done. But the movie spent a lot of time with characters talking about how to keep the Vision alive without the Mind Stone, and gave T’Challa’s super-genius sister Shuri some serious screen-time finalizing her efforts to reprogram The Vision’s neural structure. Chances are, she’s got him backed up on a thumb drive (how many petabytes would that be?!), and we’ll see him take on his aqua-and-burgundy hues once again.

Gamora is a little more complicated. Her death, as Thanos throws her off a cliff to take the Soul Stone, seems pretty final. Our guess here lies in our knowledge of the original “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline from the comics. In that storyline, Nebula plays a crucial role in defeating Thanos. Gamora and Nebula fixed their broken relationship in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and it’s clear in Infinity War that they care for each other. When Nebula gets her way, Gamora will almost definitely be one life we see saved.

Who’s definitely coming back?

If you know anything about the planned Marvel movies, you can make some guesses. Spider-Man has an upcoming movie in the works, and there’s no way Marvel is going to let its single most profitable character ever die after just one film, so Black Panther can’t be gone. While the Guardians of the Galaxy films don’t necessarily need to have the same heroes, it seems silly to contemplate Marvel offing the entire team when there’s a third film already scheduled.

If the Infinity Gauntlet can end half of all life in the universe with a single snap, there’s no reason it doesn’t have an undo button. In fact, that’s what happens in the original story. The lives that disappeared as Thanos’ snap echoed through the stars came back.

If someone turned to dust in Infinity War‘s final moments, you can bet your space axe they’re coming back.

Who’s going to die?

This is pure speculation. Something for us to come back to a year from now. We don’t know who will actually die.

We can expect that Captain America, a man from another time, is a man out of time. He’s technically a centenarian at this point, and he’s been fighting ever since the vita-rays hit him in The First Avenger. What better time for the first Avenger to die than in service of protecting the whole universe? Plus, Chris Evans’ contract is up, and he’s ready to move on.

Thor, too, will likely die. He just got Stormbreaker, I know. But we’ve spent three movies watching him grow, and he’s finally embraced his godhood only to see first his home in Thor: Ragnarok and his people in the opening moments of Infinity War taken away from him. Thanos is Thor Odinson’s last challenge. Will Thor be dead? Maybe not – the mantle is one that passes from one worthy owner to another. We might see Jane Foster, Eric Masterson, or Red Norvell could take up the mantle if the MCU needs a Norse god again.

And hey, Thanos is cruisin’ for a bruisin’. While comics like to use the same villains over and over, movies don’t have that kind of time. It’s entirely possible Thanos could bite it by the end of the Infinity duology.

If Kevin Feige is merciful, Clint Barton will bite it and pass the Hawkeye mantle forward.

We’re pretty sure that Tony Stark, Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff, and Bruce Banner are going to make it through unscathed, though we could be proven wrong.

We’ll have answers to all of this on May 3, 2019, when Avengers 4 hits theaters.