Looking more closely, we see that the UCM couldn’t resist the urge to kill off some of his most popular characters in an effort to bring tears to our eyes. Whether an on-screen death is intended to mislead the film’s other leads, the audience, or both, one thing for sure is that the MCU is full of “dead” characters who have puzzlingly returned many scenes or productions later. Some of these supposed deaths were intended to advance the plot of a movie/series, so the public was not surprised to see the hero reappear on screen. However, there is also characters from the Marvel universe who were considered dead definitively and who returned to everyone’s surprise. Here’s a look at every MCU character who was thought to be dead, but actually wasn’t.
Loki is without a doubt the hardest character to kill in the MCU and the one that accumulates the most scenes where he should have died. This tendency to succeed in cheating death dates back to the early MCU movies, with Thor (2011), where Loki made the decision to sacrifice himself and let go of his stepbrother’s hand only to be stranded in a wormhole created by the Bifrost’s energy. In the post-credits scene of the film, we discover that the character is finally alive, and that he is secretly preparing his return.
Towards the end of Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thought of the God of Lightning once again having lost his brother, seeing him being impaled by Kurse. But Loki survived once more and returned as Odin in the sequel. Thor: Ragnarök (2017).
Thanos will be in charge of settling his account for the third time, within Avengers: Infinity War (2018). The Mad Titan will break his neck saying that this time there would be no “resurrection” possible.
But Thanos was seriously wrong… End of the game (2019), the Avengers will return to the past and the Loki of this timeline will take advantage of the general confusion to grab the Tesseract and flee. This will mark for him the beginning of his career against TVA, as well as the beginning of the series. Loki. After meeting him with Sylvie, one of the female variants of him, the god of Malice will go on new adventures. One more time, Marvel will then attempt to pass him off as dead. During a fight against Ravonna Renslayer, Loki will be scrambled by a TVA baton. Then everyone will think they’ve gotten rid of the character, until we see him alive again a little later and transported to another dimension, during the post-credits scene of the episode.
One of the most moving (fake) deaths that the UCM has given us is undoubtedly that of Groot. Alien plant dies when Ronan the Accuser’s ship crashes, within Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Before the impact, Groot will use his branches to wrap his teammates and sacrifice himself. However, this will not mark the end of the team mascot. Indeed, Groot’s body will regrow from a twig found by Rocket Raccoon, in an even cuter and younger form of himself, during the film’s post-credits scene.
#3 Barnes Bucky
If there’s one character that fans who haven’t read the comics never expected to see in a Marvel movie, it was clearly Bucky Barnes. Steve Rogers’ old friend lost his life in Captain America: First Avenger (2011), after falling into the void during a mission undertaken by the two men, during world war II. But Bucky ultimately survived thanks to covert intervention by HYDRA. The organization saved him replacing his arm with a cybernetic limb, then he took it upon himself to brainwash him into a true killer. This is also how Bucky Barnes transformed into a Winter Soldier. After briefly siding with the villains in the MCU movies, the character will join the side of the Avengers in preparation for their biggest battle yet.
#4 Black Panther
If you don’t remember T’Challa’s death in Black Panther (2018), it may be because the character grazed it without going through it. In the movie, Killmonger confronts Prince T’Challa in hopes of stealing his throne. The fight is then expedited and results in a victory for the challenger. Like a triumphant warrior, Killmonger throws our hero from the top of a waterfall. At this time, Marvel Studios is trying to cast doubt on the character’s state of health and the serious injuries that could have caused his death. When they finally find him, T’Challa appears to be in pretty bad shape. According to M’Baku, he is “between life and death”. Fortunately, the warrior prince will regain his strength thanks to the heart-grass. After which, he will seek to recover the kingdom from him.
#5 Pepper Pots
during the movies Iron ManPepper Potts has made a place for herself in Tony Stark’s life. In the first film of the franchise, as well as in its sequel, Tony Stark always appeared in time to save his beloved from what could have happened to her. However, in iron Man 3 (2013), is another story… During the final fight against Aldrich Killian, Pepper suffers a fall that should have cost her her life. Although Tony thinks he has lost her forever, it actually turns out that Pepper survived thanks to the dose of Extremis injected into him by Aldrich Killian. Therefore, he will rise from his fall, a little later, and he will confront the villain with his temporary superhuman powers.
Although he’s just a simple artificial intelligence, JARVIS hasn’t been spared death in the MCU. Within Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Tony Stark’s virtual companion has been hacked and destroyed by the big bad. Fortunately, JARVIS will survive the breakup and come to the aid of the Avengers in their continued battle against Ultron. After what, Artificial intelligence will be implanted in the synthetic shell that will serve as Vision’s body.
#7 Janet Van Dyne
Within Ant Man (2015), Hank Pym recounts the tragic events that led to his lose his wife, Janet Van Dyne, within the Quantum Realm. Throughout the film, the viewer is led to believe that the character is lost forever and will never appear again in a Marvel film. Nevertheless, a big part ofAnt-Man and the Wasp (2018) will revolve precisely around his rescue. Janet Van Dyne is now back and preparing for her next appearance on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).
#8 Captain America
Even a hero of the stature of Captain America is not immune to “near death”. Though Steve Rogers’s probably never managed to fool anyone, Marvel writers really tried to make us believe in his death, for a moment. At the end of Captain America: First Avenger (2011), Steve Rogers heroically sacrifices himself by dispatching a HYDRA plane, packed with explosives, crashing into the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain America will survive the collision by finding himself frozen under a layer of ice. With the opening of the film showing the wreckage of the ship being found in the ocean, audiences will know that this incident will not mark the end of the hero. Therefore, this false death of Captain America is not intended to deceive the viewer, but rather to advance the plot.
#9 Steven Scholarship
In the fifth episode of moon knight (2022), as Marc and Steven try to balance their scales, souls will emerge from the arena and attack them. To help Mark, Steven will try to fight them off and ends up falling off Taouret’s ship. When he lands on the ground, Steven’s body will turn to ice, while the ship continues its course on the Douat. In the next episode, Mark will sacrifice his place in the Field of Reeds to save Steven. Upon contact, the Avatar of Khonshu will come to life.
#10 Nick Fury
Within Captain America: Civil War (2016), Nick Fury went to great lengths to make it look like he was dead. After an assassination attempt, the Winter Soldier sends him to the hospital by shooting him multiple times in the body. Some time later, the SHIELD director is pronounced dead and his body is authenticated at the morgue by Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff. Actually, it was all a decoy on his part. Nick Fury faked his own death in an effort to catch HYDRA agents infiltrating his organization.
#11 Red Skull
Johann Schmidt, also known as the Red Skull, is part of of the rare MCU villains to successfully cheat death. Within Captain America: First Avenger (2011), the antagonist disappears upon getting his hands on the Tesseract. After this scene, we will have to wait. Avengers: Infinity War (2018) before seeing the character again. While everyone thought that Captain America’s enemy was consumed by the Tesseract, it turned out, in reality, that Red Skull had been teleported to Vormir. There, he acted as the guardian of the Soul Stone.
#12 Steve Rogers (aka Hydra Stomper)
the animated series And yes…? (2021) was busy exploring different realities than the ones the MCU had shown us up to that point. In episode 1, titled “What if…Captain Carter had become the first Avenger?”Peggy Carter was injected with the Super-Soldier serum and Steve Rogers became, for his part, “the Crusher of HYDRA”, thanks to a suit of armor designed by Howard Stark. However, these small variations in the history of Captain America: First Avenger (2011) will have unthinkable consequences in the sequence of events, as well as in the famous train mission, which is illustrated in the film. During this, It will not be Bucky Barnes who will lose his life, but Steve Rogers. The alternative version of our hero will disappear in the explosion of the train and the collapse of the mountain where the scene takes place. As was the case with the Winter Soldier in the main continuity, Steve Rogers will not actually die and he will be found alive in Castle Krake, held captive by HYDRA.
In the midst of all these “almost dead”, there are also sometimes characters that really and definitely leave us during movies/series. As sad as it seems, Thor’s should arrive sooner than we think if we are to believe the words of actor Chris Hemsworth.