Rebecca Vineyard
September 26, 2016 10:41 am
Marvel

Leading up to the release of Captain America: Civil War, it was the question on every fan’s mind: Who dies? Everyone from Scarlet Witch to War Machine to even Captain America himself was rumored not to make it in the epic battle between the former superhero dream team of the Avengers.

This is the point where, if you were helping rehabilitate animals in the Galapagos or something and missed seeing the film, you should stop reading and watch the movie immediately – there are spoilers up ahead. It’s okay, we’ll wait.

When Civil War was released, we found out who died: No one! (Well, except Peggy Carter, but her death was from natural causes and not epic superhero battling). Not even after the trailer heavily implied that it would be James “Rhodey” Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine — remember this?

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Ever since the film was released, fans continued to speculate – only this time, it was about why no one died in the fighting. After all, when superheroes are at war, it’s not hard to imagine that someone might, especially accidentally, take things too far.

Of course, a death would be extremely tragic – but it would distract from the point, which is that this fantastic team of heroes who care about each other as people have reached an impasse, and can no longer work with one another.

It makes a lot of sense: Someone dying might have caused one or both sides to realize that their fight wasn’t worth it – if the cost of fighting for an ideal is the death of a loved one, there are many people who would at least reconsider that fight.

This also allows the film to end on that vague but somewhat hopeful note: Steve Rogers’ olive branch to Tony Stark in the promise that in a time of dire need, Steve’s group of (now vigilante) superheroes would be there. We know that the Avengers aren’t reuniting any time soon, but maybe the events of Infinity War (and, potentially, a death in that film or its sequel) could bring the opposing sides together again.

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