9. Scarlet Witch
Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Infinity War
Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in a teaser after the credits rolled in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with her twin brother, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). While both characters returned and served as major figures in Avengers: Age of Ultron, only Scarlet Witch became a full-fledged crimefighter herself, returning in Captain America: Civil War and proving herself to be an integral member of the Avengers.
That said, it’s unlikely that we’re going to see a Scarlet Witch solo film any time soon. (Indeed, Olsen has dismissed the idea publicly.) The question of whether Marvel can or should keep a high-profile actress like Olsen in this role for several films might lead one to conclude that this could be her last outing as an Avenger, whether she dies or finds some other way to gracefully exit the franchise.
However, Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox leaves another, more exciting possibility. In the comics, the Scarlet Witch is both a member of the Avengers and a mutant, meaning that she can act as a potential bridge between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the X-Men franchise. So it’s possible that she might stick around for a few more outings.
Like Captain America, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a marquee Marvel star who made his debut during the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unlike Evans, however, this Chris hasn’t made any suggestions about his last appearance. Also unlike Captain America, who brought along most of the Avengers on his last solo outing, Thor only seems to be getting more popular as time goes on. Last year’s Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t only the most successful entry in the franchise, it was also the best, largely due to director Taiki Waititi’s comedic touch.
Given that Hemsworth has already mused about making fourth Thor with Waititi, it seems unlikely that the suits at Marvel would choose this moment to take out the character. Furthermore, the end of Ragnarok left many loose strands opened, with the residents of Asgard deciding to make a new home on Earth. Still, Thor’s death would make for an interesting curveball.
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