In a shock twist, a key Avengers player has been killed off in Marvel's Civil War II, in a storyline that will have huge ramifications on the future of the Marvel Universe.
Those of you have seen the latest Captain America film are probably familiar with the first Civil War event from the comics in which Tony Stark and Steve Rogers take arms against each other, but you might not be so familiar with the sequel, Civil War II, which began this year. There's always going to be some casualties in an event as big as Civil War II, but no-one ever expected the writers to kill off such a major Avenger and staple of the comics, and it will surely have a huge impact on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At first many suspected that Tony Stark may be the major casualty of the war, thanks to Riri Williams being marked as his Iron Man successor, which made the latest issue of Civil War II all that more devastating because it came out of nowhere. Check out the comic strip to find out who dies below.
In case it's unclear, the Avenger in question is Bruce Banner, who is brutally murdered by Hawkeye because he fears Banner is going to lose control of himself. It isn't the first time an Avenger has died in Civil War II, because (SPOILER) James Rhodes also unfortunately met his demise during the events of the comic, but this is certainly the biggest death so far. Marvel's editor-in-chief Axel Alonso spoke to New York Daily News about the event, and said: "This is uncharted territory for us. Only two things are for certain: It will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community." Josh Brolin has said the Avengers: Infinity War story gave him goosebumps, so might we see a similarly tragic event in the next Avengers film? And in related news, Marvel and 20th Century Fox may be bringing their cinematic universes together. How do you feel about Bruce Banner's death?