(Spoiler Alert) With Avengers: Infinity War’s introduction to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), many were surprised by the sudden turn that the movie took. Unlike the stereotypical superhero movie where good triumphs over evil, evil wins and there are heavy casualties. Many of Marvel’s beloved characters were lost and, with this great loss of characters, the MCU may have written itself into a corner.
With a literal snap of his fingers, Thanos eradicated half of the universe, killing many characters including; T’Challa, Peter Parker, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Stephen Strange, almost the entirety of The Guardians of the Galaxy, Nick Fury, and more. While doing such a thing was true to Thanos’ character, and will certainly drum up business when the next Avengers movie hits the silver screen, but what about the rest of the MCU?
Black Panther was one of Marvel’s highest grossing films and yet he was killed off just as quickly as anyone else. Not only that but, with T’Challa gone, what will happen to the Black Panther and Wakanda? There are no more Heart-Shaped Herbs (the plant that grants the consumer the abilities of the Black Panther), so how will the Black Panther be replaced? What about the Guardians of the Galaxy? Only Rocket was left and you can’t have the series with only one character, so how will the franchise continue?
And what about Spider-Man? There was a confirmed sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. What happens to that? There was a teaser in Homecoming that hinted at the existence of Miles Morales, Peter Parker’s successor in the comics, does this mean he will take the place of Spider-Man in future Marvel movies? If so, is Marvel really going to drop Tom Holland after he only played Spider-Man for three movies?
Marvel effectively terminated several of its movie franchises with just one film, eliminating multiple opportunities to get money, something that no self-respecting business would willingly do, so that begs the question: why did Marvel do it? There have been multiple conspiracists that believe that Marvel will come up with some way to bring back everyone that was killed, even those like Heimdall, Loki, and Gamora. However, should Marvel do this, they could lose credibility
Marvel has already come under scrutiny for killing off a character and said character coming back later, Loki and Red Skull being a prime example of this. If Marvel was to bring back everyone they killed off, it would make death seem inconsequential, much like it is in the Dragon Ball franchise. At the same time, if those that were killed were to remain dead, Marvel will lose a good majority of its fans as many fan favorites died.
Marvel has done something that no other movie franchise has done something that no other franchise has done, but in doing so they may have doomed their franchise. Whether or not they choose to bring back the characters Thanos killed, they have harmed their franchise in such a way that they may not be able to recover. If Marvel just wanted to boost attendance for the next Avengers movie, they did a wonderful job because there is no doubt that it will be a bigger hit than Infinity War was, but in the long-run, they just hurt the company.