24 Apr 19
Thanos’ snap claimed a lot of lives in Infinity War (Picture: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Who among us can truly say that they’ve recovered from the ending of Avengers: Infinity War?
After Thanos’ snap at the end of the last Avengers film, half of the whole population of the universe was turned to dust, and the heroes we’ve come to know and love were no exception.
Now that Endgame is about to drop (cue screaming), it would be the perfect time to refresh your memory as to which characters died during the course of the last movie, because a heartbreaking number of characters bit the, erm, dust.
Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston
Fan-favourite Loki was the first death on screen in the film, which let us know that the Russo brothers meant business with Infinity War.
Loki was murdered with Thanos’ own hand pre-snap after finally showing true loyalty to his brother Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth).
The trickster tried to assassinate Thanos after he’d massacred the ship of Asguardian refugees, but the big purple baddie saw right through his ruse and killed him for it, saying ‘No resurrections this time’.
This, in reference to the other two times we’ve thought Loki died, indicated that our favourite Asguardian bad-boy might be dead for good this time.
Heimdall, played by Idris Elba
(Picture: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios 2017)
Another casualty of the massacre on the Asguardian ship was Thor’s friend Heimdall, the guardian of the gateway to, among other planets, Earth.
Heimdall was gravely injured, but before he died, he managed to conjure the gateway to Earth one more time, and sent the Hulk to warn the Avengers that Thanos was on his way.
Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana
Gamora’s death was particularly poignant.
As possibly the only thing in the universe that Thanos loved, he had to sacrifice her life to get the Soul Stone.
So to achieve his goal of collecting all the Infinity Stones, the Mad Titan threw his adopted daughter off a cliff.
Vision, played by Paul Bettany
Next, poor Vision had to die twice in Infinity War.
First, his lady love Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) had to kill him to destroy the Mind Stone embedded in his head.
However Thanos arrived, and with his Time Stone, turned back time to get the stone himself, killing Vision again in the process.
Black Panther/T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman
Now we’ve reached the deaths that happened as a result of Thanos’ snap.
Black Panther turned to dust in front of his loyal soldier and companion, Okoye (Danai Gurira), who looked utterly lost as the man she’d sworn to protect died before her eyes.
Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch
Doctor Strange disintegrated, but not before he could say some vital final words.
Strange was formerly in possession of the Time Stone, and he used it earlier on in the film to find out that, of all many potential outcomes, only one course of action would lead to them being able to save the universe from Thanos.
Just as he died, Strange said: ‘Tony, there was no other way.’
Could this mean that letting Thanos win was essential to eventually defeating him?
Drax, played by Dave Bautista
Drax, along with other Guardians of the Galaxy, did his best to fight against Thanos and protect the Time Stone, but it was to no avail, and when Thanos snapped his fingers, Drax was one of the casualties.
Falcon/Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie
Falcon, one of Captain America’s (Chris Evans) most loyal cohorts, was one of the ones who sadly turned to dust before our very eyes.
Groot, played by Vin Diesel
Loosing Groot was particularly hard, because we’ve seen this violent tree first as a fully grown adult, then as a baby grown from a sprig of his former self, and finally as a somewhat salty but still lovable adolescent.
What made his death even more tragic was when James Gunn, director of The Guardians of the Galaxy movies and producer of Infinity War revealed that, as Groot was disintegrating, he called Rocket Raccoon ‘Dad’.
No, you’re crying.
Hope van Dyme /The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly
Technically Hope’s death didn’t happen during Avengers: Infinity War, and the same goes for Hank Pym, played by Michael Douglas, and Janet Van Dyne, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.
In a mid-credits scene during Ant-Man and the Wasp, it was revealed that all three of these characters died as a result of The Snap.
Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff
The sweet and innocent Mantis, along with almost all of the other Guardians of the Galaxy, turned into dust on the planet Titan, after having fought to no avail to keep Thanos’ hands off of the Time Stone.
Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders
Agent Hill, who has been a mainstay of the franchise since 2012 when The Avengers came out, was seen dying next to her long-time boss Nick Fury in a post-credits scene.
Nick Fury, played by Samuel L Jackson
Nick crumbled into dust next to Maria hill in the post-credits scene, but not before he can shoot off a message to who we can now pretty safely deduce was Captain Marvel – proving once and for all that not all heroes wear capes.
Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen
Scarlet Witch had a particularly difficult time of it during Infinity War.
From the off, she had to fight to keep the man/machine she loved, Vision, out of Thanos’ clutches, only to be forced to kill him herself when they ran out of time to try and get the Infinity Stone out of his head and keep him alive at the same time.
The she only had to watch him die again when Thanos showed up, turned back time, and brutally ripped the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head for himself.
As if our heartstrings weren’t already pulled to the breaking point, the last we saw of Wanda was her disintegrating as she held Vision’s lifeless body.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright
Shuri was a favourite with fans since her appearance in 2018’s Black Panther.
Her smarts, determination, and sick burns gained her won viewers over almost instantly, but unfortunately, it was confirmed that she died off-screen at some point, with the specific details of her death still to be revealed.
The news was broken to us all via the marketing campaign for Endgame, which released posters in colour for the heroes who made are still alive, and in black in which for those which have died.
Sadly, Shuri’s poster was in black and white.
Spider-Man/Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland
Sweet baby Spider-Man was one of the hardest deaths to watch.
Over the course of the film, we see Peter, who’s really just a high school-aged kid, grow closer to his mentor Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.), and fight to be included in the battle to save the universe at every turn.
His last lines showed him reaching out to Tony, repeating the words ‘I don’t want to go’.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimised by the Russo brothers.
Star-Lord/Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt
Poor, hot-headed Star-Lord disintegrated along with most of the other Guardians of the Galaxy, after having thoroughly botched the battle to keep Thanos from getting the Time Stone on Titan.
The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan
The Cap’s childhood best friend, for whom we’ve seen Steve sacrifice so much to save and keep safe over the course of the whole franchise, was the first person we saw die because of the snap.
This means that, between Bucky and Falson, Steve Rogers lost both of his best and most trustworthy friends in the space of just a few seconds.
And, in case you needed another reason to cry, Bucky’s last word was ‘Steve.’
What about Hawkeye’s family?
(Picture: Film Frame/Marvel Studios 2019)
If you’ve seen the Endgame trailers, you’ll probably know that Clint, aka Hawkeye, has a very different, and far less cheery, look.
The last we saw of him, Hawkeye was back enjoying his retirement with his family, which naturally raises concerns for their welfare – what else would drag Hawkeye away from the domestic bliss he so enjoyed, and have him looking so unhappy to boot?
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