This post contains frank discussion of the most crucial plot points of Avengers: Infinity War. If you’re looking for a spoiler-free, risk-free review, you can find it here. But if you’re about to wander into the article below, it means either that you have already seen the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or that you really, truly don’t mind knowing what’s to come. We’re going to give you once last chance to bail out—but after this GIF, the gauntlets are coming off.
Almost everyone who was paying attention headed into Avengers: Infinity War knowing that some people were going to die. After all, the contracts are about to be up for some major franchise stars—and you can’t tease a big bad villain like Josh Brolin’s Thanos for 13 movies without some kind of sacrifice from Earth’s mightiest heroes. Some comic-book aficionados who have a passing familiarity with Thanos even suspected that his quest for the Infinity Gauntlet might end with him snapping his fingers and wiping out half of all existence. By the time Zoë Saldana’s Gamora mentioned it as a possibility a few times in the movie, hopefully the rest of you were prepared as well. Who died? Who survived? Who will probably return? We’ll get there.
Even those who smugly suspected they knew who might be toast in the movie (Chris Evans, the most reluctant actor in the M.C.U., was at the top of many death pools) were in for a surprise when some unexpected characters faded to ash just as the credits started to roll. Spider-Man??! No! We just got this one!