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If you're a fan of Joss Whedon, then you know that it is often unwise to get attached to characters in the various properties he helms. He apparently feels no compunction about killing off anyone if it serves the narrative or the emotional core of the story. In fact, many people were worried that his coming aboard 'The Avengers' meant at least one of the heroes would meet their untimely demise during the movie. This of course, thankfully, proved not to be the case with the 2012 blockbuster. However, during a recent appearance at the Dublin International Film Festival, a fan asked Whedon about his philosophy going into 'The Avengers 2.' His response was rather ominous.
"Death, Death and more Death!"
This little soundbite has understandably caused some consternation among fans. Does this mean Joss Whedon is going to kill off one or more of the the tentpole heroes? Who will it be? There are two factors here that are preventing me from getting upset over Whedon's words. First, he is still a company man. As much freedom as Marvel Studios has given Whedon, and in fact most of their filmmakers, they are still in fact a giant movie studio. They are not going to let Whedon put the kibosh on future franchises by indulging his penchant for major character demises. Now granted, the thing about comic book character death is that it is never permanent. Still, I don't see Marvel letting Whedon kill off, say, Captain America, in the second 'Avengers' movie. The other factor to consider here is Whedon's sense of humor. I was fortunate enough to be at a 'Cabin in the Woods' roundtable during SxSW last year in which Whedon was witty and hilariously self-effacing. It is entirely possible that he is joking about the death; a nod to his own reputation. Either way, I see little reason to panic.
What do you guys think? Will one of our major character perish in 'The Avengers 2,' or is Whedon just being cheeky? If you think someone will die, who is the most logical victim?