In the Marvel movies, death has not always been permanent. Before he really died in Avengers: Infinity War, Loki had faked his death twice by that point, and now, thanks to time travel shenanigans, he might not even be dead anymore. However, the fickle life and death of superheroes isn’t just a movie thing. It originates from the comics, which often kill superheroes for publicity and bring them back down the road. Marvel Comics Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski hopes to change all of that.
In an appearance at a Swedish conference (via ComicBook), C.B. Cebulski said that Marvel was moving on from the shock value approach to character death. If someone dies in the comics now, it will have more weight and will likely be permanent. Whether this means no more major characters will die is unclear.
Both Marvel and DC are known for killing off major characters, only to resurrect them some time later. It’s just the standard of the trade, but it’s likely long past the point where it has any real effect on the readers. After all, why get sad Wolverine died when you know he’s going to come back in a year or two? Marvel clearly understands this, and is looking to change the trend.
However, just because death was less than permanent before doesn’t mean that Marvel didn’t treat the decision seriously. Cebulski also went into detail on how Marvel comes to the decision to kill a character.
Comic book characters having been coming back to life ever since the infamous “Death and Return of Superman,” so I’m curious why Marvel is only now trying to alter its approach to death. The movies heavily influence the comics, so I wonder if the reaction to the most likely permanent deaths of Iron Man and Black Widow in Avengers: Endgame had any sway in the decision.
We’ll find out soon enough if Marvel Comics will keep to its word here. In the meantime, keep track of all the big movies coming to theaters with our 2019 movie release guide.