All the “Major” MCU Heroes Who Sacrificed Their Lives

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By Black Widow

With a spectacular lineup of 32 movies and numerous TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has gifted audiences with a plethora of iconic characters over its 15-year span.

While heroes like Thor, Hulk, and Captain America continue to grace the screens, several beloved characters have bid adieu to the realm of the living, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise.

Beyond the well-known Snap event, many of the original Avengers and other cherished characters have met their end through heroic sacrifices, natural aging, or unexpected turns of fate.

Iron Man:

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the charismatic Iron Man and a linchpin of the MCU’s early phases concluded his heroic journey by wielding the Infinity Gauntlet to defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

Black Widow:

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), the enigmatic Black Widow, made an unforgettable self-sacrifice to secure the Soul Stone in Avengers: Endgame, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise.

Black Panther:

The death of T’Challa in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever posed a poignant challenge for director Ryan Coogler, as Chadwick Boseman, the actor who embodied the character, had passed away.

The film revealed that T’Challa succumbed to an incurable illness.

Vision: Vision’s (Paul Bettany) heartrending demise occurred in Avengers:

Infinity War, when Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) destroyed the Mind Stone that gave him life. His resurrection by Thanos, followed by another tragic death, further amplified the emotional impact.


Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) complex journey culminated in his sacrifice against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, leading to a branching timeline and his Disney+ series.


Gamora (Zoe Saldana) met her demise when Thanos hurled her off a cliff to acquire the Soul Stone, reshaping the dynamics of her relationship with Star-Lord.


Groot’s (Vin Diesel) noble self-sacrifice in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film was followed by his rejuvenation as an infant and eventual return to adulthood, with James Gunn clarifying his connection to the original Groot.

Maria Hill:

The Secret Invasion series marked Maria Hill’s (Cobie Smulders) shocking death, a result of a Skrull impersonator’s treacherous act.

Phil Coulson:

Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) demise in The Avengers shocked fans, but he was resurrected for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series.


Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) faced a heartbreaking fate in Secret Invasion, adding an emotional layer to Nick Fury’s struggles.

Peggy Carter:

Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) passed away peacefully in Captain America: Civil War, reflecting the passage of time.


Queen Ramonda’s (Angela Bassett) demise during Namor’s attack in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marked a significant loss for Wakanda.


Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) heroically sacrificed himself in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

May Parker:

Aunt May’s (Marisa Tomei) shocking demise in Spider-Man: No Way Home at the hands of Green Goblin left audiences stunned.

Jane Foster:

Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) succumbed to illness in Thor: Love and Thunder, later finding her place in Valhalla.


Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) departure in Thor: Ragnarok ushered in a tumultuous period for Asgard.

The Ancient One:

The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) met her end at the hands of Kaecilius in Doctor Strange.


Yondu’s (Michael Rooker) poignant sacrifice in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 remains a touching memory.


Heimdall’s (Idris Elba) brave sacrifice in Avengers: Infinity War helped set the stage for the battle against Thanos.


King T’Chaka’s (John Kani) passing in Captain America: Civil War shaped T’Challa’s destiny.

The Warriors Three:

The Warriors Three’s (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg) valiant stand against Hela in Thor: Ragnarok marked their end.


Ajak’s (Salma Hayek) early demise in Eternals initiated the story’s journey.

Howard Stark:

Howard Stark’s (John Slattery/Dominic Cooper) pivotal death added complexity to Tony Stark’s character.

The MCU’s rich tapestry has witnessed the departure of numerous heroes, each contributing their unique legacy to the ever-expanding universe.

As the franchise continues to evolve, its memories and sacrifices remain etched in the hearts of fans worldwide.