The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
The events of Avengers: Infinity War has caused a ripple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in particular, the infamous “finger snap” by Mad Titan Thanos that wiped out half the life in the cosmos. The lives lost have included several secondary characters in the MCU but it’s unsure who exactly has suffered this fate. Directors of Infinity War, Joe and Anthony Russo spoke to Huffington Post on the monumental moment in the film, discussing the fate of a few secondary characters.
One of them included Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), Bruce Banner’s love interest in The Incredible Hulk. Not many would remember this and some would even disregard this from the MCU partly due to Edward Norton’s portrayal of the titular character of whom was replaced by Edward Norton but the film is no doubt canon.
Another one would be Lady Sif, played by Jaimie Alexander in Thor and Thor: The Dark World. She was not included in Thor: Ragnarok due to conflicting schedules on the part of Alexander and there was not much of an explanation on her character’s absence. Some good news still remains as Aunt May from Spider-Man: Homecoming, played by Marissa Tomei survived the genocidal act and would likely play a part in Avengers 4.
When asked about certain characters however, the Russos simply responded with “spoiler” which could potentially mean plans for characters in the future. This however mostly attributes to new characters that were recently introduced in the MCU such as Spider-Man: Homecoming favorite Ned (Jacob Batalon), Thor: Ragnarok‘s Korg (Taika Watiti) and the women of Wakanda: Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Naki (Lupita Nyong’o) from Black Panther.
It seems that Marvel definitely has plans for these newer characters especially after fans have grown to like them after only a single film. A death this early on would not serve as much of an impact as it would for characters that we’ve come to know across many films. Well, it does seem like Marvel is taking the “out with the old, in with the new” approach which could serve the franchise in the long run, keeping things fresh and engaging.
Source: Huffington Post