Needless to say, this question includes major spoilers for the MCU.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, multiple characters have supposedly died, only to be brought back later in future films.

  • Loki (2011 - 2012): Falls into a black hole in Thor's finale only to somehow survive and serve as the primary antagonist for The Avengers.
  • Bucky Barnes (2011 - 2014): Plummets off a HYDRA train in Captain America: The First Avenger before returning as the titular Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
  • Agent Coulson (2012 - 2013): Killed by Loki in The Avengers before recovering in Tahiti for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Nick Fury (2014 - 2015): Supposedly died via gunshot wound in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before reappearing in Avengers: Age of Ultron after faking his own death.

With all these deaths and revivals, it's hard to keep track of which characters are actually dead anymore.

Which characters are currently dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

To clarify, I'm not asking about which characters may or may not be revived for future films. Instead, I'm asking which characters are currently presumed to be dead in the MCU based on the films that have released.

  • 1
    Marvel make good films, but they need to suck it up and actually kill a hero permanently.
    – Tim
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 3:38
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    It's a truth universally acknowledged that the only character in the Marvel Universe who's permanently dead is Uncle Ben.
    – Moriarty
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 3:52
  • To what level of detail? Start adding in even just named thugs and baddies, and this gets pretty long thanks to AoS.
    – phantom42
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 3:55
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    As your question demonstrates, nobody is permanently dead.
    – Blackwood
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 4:09
  • @RDFozz I think some of the Agents of Shield characters were added in edits after GotG2 came out. You may want to do a revert.
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 17:10

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Assuming you mean good guys and not all characters (which would include numerous villain deaths).

  • Agent Peggy Carter - Captain America: Civil War

  • Frigga (Thor's mother) - Thor: The Dark World

  • Meredith Quill - Guardians of the Galaxy

  • Yondu - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

  • Howard Stark - Captain America: Civil War

  • Maria Stark - Captain America: Civil War

  • The Ancient One - Doctor Strange

  • T'Chaka - Captain America: Civil War

  • Pietro Maximoff - Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • Original Groot (I think it can be argued that the new Groot, who doesn't seem to have any memories from his past life, is a new version of Groot) - Guardians of the Galaxy

And if we are going into the land of Agents of Shield and Agent Carter

  • Trip

  • YoYo's cousin

  • Simmon's space boyfriend

  • Coulson's girlfriend

  • Daisy's electric boogaloo (Lincoln)

  • Definitely not-Adama Adama / Robert Gonzalez

  • Patton Oswalt clone #2

  • Victoria Hand

  • Director Mace

  • Xena warrior princess (Lucy Lawless) / Isabelle Hartley

  • Jason Wilkes - Agent Carter

  • Framework Ward

  • Framework Trip

  • Framework Hope

I tried to only include characters which had appeared in more than one episode.

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    Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) - killed by Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 8:28
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    Coulson shouldn't be on the list. It was a tease that might or might not pay off, be averted, etc. Besides, technically we're all living on borrowed time and eventually death will come for us. Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 13:45
  • Is Hartley and her driver on the list? I didn't see them. Also Major Gonzalos. Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 14:41
  • "xena" = isabelle hartley. "definitely not-adama adama" = robert gonzalez
    – phantom42
    Commented Jun 29, 2017 at 15:30
  • Vision was killed by Wanda and Thanos and I don't think he was brought back again (except for WandaVision). Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 13:40

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