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How Marvel Characters Meet Their End In Infinity War (According to the Comics)

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Fans of Marvel Studios are desperate to avoid spoilers, but that didn't stop them from wildly speculating about who would meet their end in Avengers: Infinity War. Fans came to grips with the fact that there would be some - potentially many - sad moments in the movie. In order to prepare themselves mentally for the horrors sure to come when Thanos arrived on Earth, some long-time Marvelites scoured the company’s publishing history, attempting to glean possible indicators of the future from the large number of comic events from years past.

 

Marvel superheroes do tend to expire fairly frequently in the pages of the comic books (only to return a year or two later), so there was no shortage of potential storylines for Marvel Studios to borrow from. Knowing how a particular Avenger met their doom in the comics didn't make it any easier to experience on the big screen, but it at least gave fans some idea of what happened before seeing the film.

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  • Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man in both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is a light-hearted character. However, he is also the recipient of one of the most graphic ends in Avenger history. During the events of Avengers Disassembled - in which a mad Scarlet Witch uses her reality-altering powers to attack her teammates - the recently-deceased Avenger Jack of Hearts appears at the Mansion.

    Unfortunately, he’s been turned into an undead suicide bomb by the Witch, and he detonates on the Avengers’ front lawn, vaporizing Scott Lang. Almost a decade later, Lang's daughter, Cassie, joins her own group of young superheroes and uses time travel to bring her father back to life. 

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  • The end of Bruce Banner in Civil War II is a hard one for the fans of Marvel Comics to accept, because it features the strongest Avenger being taken out by the weakest one. Yes, Hawkeye slays the Hulk, but there are some serious extenuating circumstances involved. During a period in which he thought himself cured of his big and green affliction, Banner develops a weapon that could finish the Hulk. Banner entrusts the weapon to Clint Barton and instructs him to use it if he ever “Hulks out” again.

     

    The moment comes in Civil War II and Hawkeye does not hesitate, sniping Banner in front of a crowd of Avengers and then turning himself in. The original Hulk has yet to return to the pages of Marvel Comics.

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  • The events of Secret Empire are hard to explain. Through the use of an uber-powerful artifact called the Cosmic Cube, the Red Skull manages to rewrite Steve Rogers’s personal history; he makes it so Captain America has always been a secret agent of HYDRA. This leads to Evil Cap taking over the United States, which in turn leads to Black Widow forming an underground resistance. Natasha Romanoff trains a team of young heroes to strike back against the HYDRA hordes, including Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man.

     

    Eventually, Morales confronts Rogers on the steps of the Capitol Building, but Black Widow intervenes, taking a blow from Cap’s shield that was meant for Morales. She has yet to return to the pages of Marvel Comics.

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  • The events of Avengers Disassembled show the Scarlet Witch, well, disassembling her teammates with her reality-altering powers, but no Avenger gets such a literal disassembling as The Vision. Despite The Vision being her former husband, Wanda Maximoff uses her abilities to drive She-Hulk into an uncontrollable rage, during which she rips The Vision apart. Of course, it isn't long before the synthezoid is rebuilt, as good as new.  

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