'Avengers: Endgame' — Who Will Die?

There was a lot of death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Avengers: Infinity War, with literally half of all life in the universe ending at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the closing moments of the movie*. As we get ready for the rematch in Avengers: Endgame, it’s time to take a look at which heroes are left standing and ask ourselves: How likely are they to make it through to the end credits?

Yes, we know that the heroes who died in the snap will probably make it back to life, considering there are sequels to multiple movies featuring those characters in the works, with the trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home already showing Peter Parker and Nick Fury made it back in one piece. But let’s ignore that for now; we’re talking about the other heroes.

To start, let's take a look at Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, the newest member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Who is Captain Marvel? The second hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — chronologically, at least — and a human given powers by an accident involving the alien race the Kree who has spent decades serving justice throughout the galaxy. Nick Fury’s pal. Seemingly ageless.
How badly would her death hurt? It’s clearly not going to happen because she’s literally just been introduced into the MCU, but Captain Marvel’s death would have more metaphorical impact than emotional; she’s not been around long enough for fans to truly get to know her. But killing off the first female lead of the franchise? That would be a bad look.
Will there be a glorious death?: Almost certainly not.

Rocket Raccoon
AKA: Rocket (Sean Gunn/vocal performance from Bradley Cooper)
Who is he? The result of a genetic experiment to turn a trash panda into a sentient killing machine. He's into jokes involving other people having to give up their body parts. Definitely surly, but with a heart of gold underneath. (Probably.)
How badly would his death hurt? We’ve already lost a Guardian before, when Groot made the ultimate sacrifice in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Actually, technically, we’ve lost all of the other Guardians in Infinity War, and they’ll come back to life like Groot did at the end of Guardians. So, would anyone believe that Rocket was going to stay dead?
Will there be a glorious death?: Unlikely, but not impossible.

Ant-Man
AKA: Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)
Who is he? A former thief trying to turn his life around and be both a superhero and the world’s best dad thanks to size-changing technology he kinda stole in the first place. A bit of a Captain America fanboy. Even more ageless than Captain Marvel, but that’s not canon, just Paul Rudd.
How badly would his death hurt? It sounds cruel to say it, but Ant-Man has only left a small footprint in the MCU as a whole. Sure, he’s Paul Rudd and his happy-go-lucky charm is exceptionally winning, but if he died, I don’t suspect anyone would be upset for more than a little while. (I’ll stop with the small thing now, I promise. It was just a wee aberration.)
Will there be a glorious death?: Unlikely, but not impossible.

Nebula
AKA: N/A (Karen Gillen)
Who is she? A cyborg and adopted sibling of Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that is, indirectly, responsible for turning her into a cyborg to begin with. Morally dubious. Lots of anger issues.
How badly would her death hurt? In that Nebula is, at best, an anti-hero who was an outright, unrepentant villain for the events of the first Guardians movie — which meant that audiences got to see her have literally zero problems with the idea of galactic genocide — I’m uncertain anyone would be too sad if she died at the end of Endgame.
Will there be a glorious death?: More than likely.

Okoye
AKA: N/A (Danai Guira)
Who is she? Head of the Wakandan armed forces, Okoye may not have any super powers nor suit of armor that would allow her to go toe-to-toe with Thanos, but we all know that there’s a chance she’d come out on top anyway. Fearless. Unafraid to use a wig as a weapon.
How badly would her death hurt? Like almost every character from Black Panther, the world needs more of Okoye. Sure, it wouldn’t hurt as much as learning that Shuri apparently was snapped out of existence off-screen at the end of Infinity War, but yes, it’d hurt a lot of Okoye got killed.
Will there be a glorious death?: Unlikely, but not impossible.

War Machine
AKA: James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle)
Who is he? U.S. Air Force officer who also happens to be Tony Stark’s best friend and recipient of a slightly-less-impressive-than-Iron-Man’s suit of high-tech armor, transforming him into a second generation Avenger. Faithful and loyal. Perpetually underrated.
How badly would his death hurt? While it would hurt audiences if War Machine got killed, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that it would hurt the Avengers — and specifically, Tony Stark — even more. Captain America: Civil War made use of the narrative potential of, essentially, crippling the character as a way to deepen the emotional stakes for Stark, and it’s not out of the question that Endgame might go even further. After all, do we really need two guys with suits of armor?
Will there be a glorious death?: More than likely.

Hawkeye/Ronin
AKA: Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner)
Who is he? Underwritten but occasionally sardonic secret agent with a kind heart and an inability to misuse weapons. A family man, but keep that to yourself. Most likely to win “Oh, we forgot about him entirely” contest amongst Avengers. (See Avengers: Infinity War for details.) How badly would his death hurt? Let’s be honest here: While Barton is a founding member of the Avengers and we’re definitely supposed to care about him a lot, it’s unclear whether his death would really upset that many people.
Will there be a glorious death?: 50/50. Hawkeye has a Disney+ series in the works, but his scenes could always be flashbacks. 

Hulk
AKA: Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)
Who is he? A scientist with a history of bad ideas and anger issues, who’s trying to be a better man and perhaps stop turning into a giant green super-strong child at inopportune times. Someone constantly at war with himself, in ways more literal than most. Don’t talk to him about the sun going down.
How badly would his death hurt? Perhaps it’s because of how the character has been used in the MCU since 2012’s The Avengers, but I suspect that the death of Bruce Banner would be emotionally devastating to a lot of fans. Especially after Thor: Ragnarok and Infinity War pointed at a more complicated version of the Hulk, and of the relationship between him and Banner.
Will there be a glorious death?: Almost certainly not.

Black Widow
AKA: Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannsson)
Who is she? Hyper-capable super spy and former assassin trying her very best to balance her karma after a life of questionable activities who left a lot of red in her ledger, as she’ll tell anyone who asks. More troubled than she’d admit. Cursed with unfortunate hair decisions on behalf of costumers and directors.
How badly would her death hurt? As one of the longest-serving MCU heroes, the death of the Black Widow would break a lot of hearts, but the pain would be significantly softened by the fact that she’s due to get her own solo prequel movie, directed by Cate Shortland. Even if she died in the present day, fans would still get to see her again in the future.
Will there be a glorious death?: Almost certainly not.

Thor
AKA: Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth)
Who is he? A good-natured boor seeking to live up to his father’s expectations of him, who also happens to be the God of Thunder, which is really all about controlling lightning. (It’s very confusing, I know.) Fond of weapons, which he has a tendency to anthropomorphize. Not particularly given to self-reflection, traditionally.
How badly would his death hurt? As an Asgardian who has already watched his people die, from his father to the hordes slaughtered by Hela and then those killed by Thanos, there would be a certain amount of poetry to Thor dying before Endgame finishes. Yes, it would hurt, but at least he’d be with his loved ones again in Valhalla — well, until the cycle begins again with an inevitable resurrection. That’s what gods get up to, isn’t it?
Will there be a glorious death?: More than likely.

Captain America
AKA: Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
Who is he? A man who hates bullies so much that he’s dedicated his life to fighting them, a choice which involved being subjected to a scientific experiment that transformed him into not only a specimen of prime physical fitness, but also an American icon. The First Avenger. Someone who could do this all day.
How badly would his death hurt? So, so much. As the arguable heart of the MCU — certainly its moral center — the death of Captain America would utterly destroy most fans watching. But if he died as the result of a noble sacrifice to keep someone else alive, we’d all know that it’s how he would’ve wanted to go. That helps a little, right?
Will there be a glorious death?: Almost certainly.

Iron Man
AKA: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)
Who is he? The man behind the iron mask. (Literally.) Haunted by a past in which he gave no thought to the consequences of his actions, and also by countless futures in which his actions (or lack thereof) could have equally dire consequences. Someone who likes to wrap themselves in astonishingly high-tech shells and pretend that nothing can harm them.
How badly would his death hurt? It seems almost inevitable at this point, purely for dramatic purposes, but if/when Tony dies, it’s likely to be something that will have to be followed in the theater by a pause for audience mourning cries. It might be the most obvious, yet least anticipated, death in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Will there be a glorious death?: Almost certainly.