Who died in Avengers: Infinity War? Recap every heartbreaking death in time for the sequel

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A whole lot went down in Avengers: Infinity War. First, there was the search for the Infinity Stones, then the multiple battles and fights to see who would wield them, and finally, well... the Snap. With so much going on, you probably can’t remember exactly who died in Infinity War. Don’t worry, it was hard to see through the tears, and the number of heroes – dusted or otherwise – who lost their lives gave us the biggest body count in MCU history.

But, while it may serve as a tough reminder, knowing who died in Infinity War is crucial for setting up what’s to come in Avengers 4. Especially as we could be getting some of them back or, just as likely, having to come to terms with a handful of permanent deaths for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and a few other of Marvel’s best and brightest.

Everything from Soul Stone sacrifices to Thanos’ post-snapping victims, is covered below, right up to those who lost their lives in other MCU movies due to the consequences of Infinity War. It should go without saying that major spoilers follow if you’re one of the three people in the entire world who hasn’t seen one of the biggest movies of all time. There’s no judging here, but please watch it before you read on.

So, are you ready? Grab those tissues, wipe those already leaky tear-ducts, and join us on a whistlestop tour through the tragedy and trauma of the latest Marvel Studios superhero smash. Here’s who died in Infinity War... *sob*

Loki

Of course, it just had to be a betrayal. After Loki seemingly joined Thanos and handed over the Tesseract, he tried to kill the Mad Titan by putting a knife right between his eyes. Unfortunately for the God of Mischief, Thanos had it scouted well in advance, and choked him to death. Poor Loki.

Heimdall

Yep, at Thanos’ hand again (that becomes quite the theme, as you’ll soon see). Heimdall doesn’t play dead very well after the Black Order’s attack on the Asgardian vessel, instead choosing to use the power of the Bifrost to send Hulk hurtling back to Earth. Thanos, though, doesn’t react kindly to such a power play, stabbing him through the chest. Ouch.

Gamora

This one really stings. Needing to sacrifice a loved one to claim the Soul Stone on Vormir, Thanos throws his adopted daughter, Gamora, over the edge of a cliff and to her doom. Who saw that coming?

Vision

Vision, the poor soul, dies twice in Infinity War. First, he has his lover Scarlet Witch kill him so Thanos can’t get his hands on the Mind Stone. Then the Time Stone comes into play. We’ve already witnessed the power of the Time Stone for the purposes of good in Doctor Strange, but here Thanos uses it to rewind time and pluck the yellow stone from Vision’s head, before tossing him to one side.

Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier

Now we’re getting to the many, many dustings that took place after Thanos’ snap. The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, was the first to fall, looking as confused as we all were at the dust radiating from his fingertips. He falls to the ground, evaporating in a cloud of dust as his good friend, Captain America, tries to figure out what the hell happened.

Sam Wilson/Falcon

The second of the dustees to shuffle off this mortal coil (or should that be soil?), Falcon actually died in supremely quick fashion, evaporating during a montage that rattled off a few other deaths on the Wakandan battlefield. Hilariously, War Machine is about six feet away from him and can’t see him in the overgrowth. What a way to go.

T'Challa/Black Panther

This one’s a little more tragic. While attempting to help Okoye to her feet, T’Challa disappears in a whirlwind of dust thanks to Thanos’ universe-balancing snap. Okoye’s reaction makes it: a mixture of utter fear and confusing, mirroring our own feelings as one of the MCU’s newest stars gets thrown to the wind.

Wanda Romanoff/Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch fell to the same fate as so many of her comrades, also being dusted. Tragically, she is seen cradling Vision’s body then, it hits hard: the dust takes over her entire body, working its way upwards, before whisking her away.

Groot

Right. In. The. Feels. This is when we knew it was getting serious. Rocket makes his way over to his good buddy, and fellow Guardians of the Galaxy member, Groot, but it’s too late. The big ol’ plant… thing, is hunched over and dissipated before Rocket can even spit out a few “No, no, no!” cries. 

Mantis

Over to Titan now. Mantis is, inevitably, one of the first to understand what’s going on, but that doesn’t save her. She’s one of the quicker dustings, too, with her entire body just evaporating in an instant.

Drax

The Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t get a good deal out of this whole balancing thing, huh? Drax turns to dust, calling out to Quill while his right arm slowly fades, then his left, before his whole body is taken over.

Peter Quill/Star-Lord

In typical Star-Lord fashion, Peter Quill goes out in the coolest possible fashion. He’s a victim of Thanos’ snap too but, instead of over-egging the moment (I’m looking at you, Peter Parker), he simply utters “Oh, man” before disappearing.

Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, meanwhile, seems weirdly subdued by his fate. Yes, he’s dusted just like so many of the others, but his last words to Tony Stark – “There was no other way” – hints that all of this deaths aren’t for naught and are, in fact, they key to defeating Thanos.

Peter Parker/Spider-Man

Peter Parker (or Spider-Man, if we’re using our made-up names) dying in Infinity War was perhaps the biggest gut punch. Of course, he gets swept away in a dust cloud, Tom Holland sells it like a champ, collapsing into Tony Stark’s arms, giving it the old David Tennant “I don’t want to go” and that he “Didn’t feel so good.” A million memes followed, but this original dusting was brilliant in its execution.

Maria Hill

Now onto the Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene. Maria Hill and Nick Fury are tracking the various cataclysmic events that have taken place in the movie before, yep, that snap happens. Chaos ensues. Cars crash around the pair before the kicker: Maria Hill gets dusted too. But, hey, at least Nick is still around to save the day…

Nick Fury

About that. Being the twelfth and final big dusting in this movie, Fury manages to sign off with half a swear word, as well as a message to the stars as a tease for Avengers 4: Captain Marvel is on her way.

Who else died in Infinity War?

Infinity War was so wide-reaching that it even affected other MCU movies. The Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credits scene sees Scott Lang trapped in the Quantum Realm (not good) after Hank Pym, Janet van Dyne, and Hope van Dyne are dusted by Thanos’ snap (doubly not good). It serves as one of the creepiest, grimmest endings to a Marvel movie ever, but could prove crucial in setting up Avengers 4.

In more light-hearted Snappening news (we think), the purpose of balance was hammered home when co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took part in a Thanos-style Reddit snap, which saw half of the users of the Thanos subreddit /r/ThanosDidNothingWrong banned completely. In the interests of fairness, Anthony Russo was also swept away, as revealed by his brother Joe on Reddit.

Now you've been primed about all of the many, many deaths that took place, see how that all feeds into the Avengers: Infinity War ending.