Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us, and fans are as excited as they are worried. Last time our heroes went up against Thanos was in Infinity War, and it was the first time the Avengers ever lost. And it was a massive defeat. Not only did Thanos win, but they lost half of their team because of it. Vision, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, the list goes on and on. Marvel did what we never thought they would. They killed off half of their most beloved characters.
But not all hope is lost! We know for a fact that at least a few characters will be returning from the dead, and some of the strongest Avengers are still alive, including all of the original 6. But the question on everyone’s mind is the same. How are they going to defeat Thanos, and who will deliver the final blow?
Thanos cannot be left alive. He is the most determined villain we’ve met, and he will stop at nothing to bring balance to the universe. Even if our heroes manage to undo the Snap, he’ll simply snap his fingers again, and they’ll be caught in an endless loop. And while Doctor Strange was able to use a time loop to defeat Dormammu, we have a feeling it won’t work so well with Thanos. So, who will be the one to kill him? More importantly, who can kill him?
It’s a fair question. Thanos is, after all, the strongest villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s also supremely intelligent. Psychotic, but intelligent. He’s the ultimate villain. Which is why, of course, all of our heroes will play a hand in defeating him. But one person has to deliver the killing blow, and we have some theories about who that might be.
1. Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers
We met Carol Danvers for the first time a little over a month ago, when she made her first appearance in the MCU in Captain Marvel. Meeting Nick Fury in the 1990s, she is, in fact, the woman who gave him the idea to start the Avengers Initiative! Captain Marvel is the most powerful superhero in the MCU, possessing the ability to manipulate energy, allowing her super strength and the ability to fly! She’s an obvious choice, as she’s one of the few who are physically able to kill him. But that being said, she may be too obvious a choice. Marvel may have wanted to go with someone different, maybe even one of the members of the original 6 Avengers.
As the second most powerful in the group, along with one of the members of the original team, Thor is also a relatively obvious choice. He was the only one who came close to defeating Thanos in Infinity War, mortally wounding him with Stormbreaker. He also has more cause than most to hate Thanos. He murdered his brother and his people. after all. If Thor were to strike the final blow, it would not only be satisfying, but emotional for everyone involved.
3. Iron Man / Tony Stark
Tony may be a bit of an underdog in this race, considering the fact that he doesn’t have any superpowers, but he was one of the few able to stand his ground against Thanos. Sure, Cap was able to hold him off temporarily, proving his strength was near equal to the villain’s, but it was Tony that was able to draw blood. As the leader of the Avengers and the MCU, there would be something incredibly poetic about Iron Man defeating the greatest threat the world has ever seen. He certainly can’t do it alone, but he could deliver the final blow.
Nebula may not seem like an obvious choice, and we understand why. She started out as a villain, trying to kill the Guardians of the Galaxy on more than one occasion. She’s only recently joined the team. But Nebula knows Thanos better than anyone else. He’s her father, after all. And Thanos himself admitted in Infinity War that Nebula came incredibly close to killing him. If she was able to get that close once, she easily could again. And with the help of the Avengers, she wouldn’t fail this time. Thanos tortured her in unimaginable ways and killed her sister once they finally accepted each other. Nebula deserves to be the one to kill him, and that’s why she has our vote.
It’ll take all of the Avengers together to take down Thanos, but we can’t wait to see who silences him for good. If someone does, that is! Who knows? Maybe Marvel will surprise yet again with a dark ending. But we hope not!
Watch the trailer for Avengers: Endgame down below.
Avengers: Endgame Hits Theaters Friday.