Just as we all expected, Avengers: Endgame ultimately brought back all those who died because of the Snap. But – now, listen up, all those folks who said Avengers: Infinity War wouldn’t have any real consequences – it didn’t erase all of the deaths from that movie. Those who perished by other means weren’t resurrected by the end of the 3 hour runtime, leaving their fates in question.
I say in question because this is the Marvel universe, so just because those characters are currently dead doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way, does it? Well, according to Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus, yes, it does. In an in-depth interview alongside writing partner Stephen McFeely for Fandango, Markus was asked about the potential survival of the other fallen but confirmed that they all “stayed dead.”
“No, I mean we only brought back the people who were effectively disintegrated by the Snap at the end of Infinity War. Anybody who died over the course of the movie through neck-snapping or stabbing or being thrown off a cliff or having a Mind Stone torn out of their head stayed dead.”
So, which characters are we talking about here? Well, in order of cause of death, Markus is referencing Loki, Heimdall, Black Widow, Gamora and Vision. Sure enough, none of these heroes were brought back to life via the Hulk’s snap of the second Infinity Gauntlet along with the rest of Thanos’ victims. As Banner explains in the movie, he tried to wish Natasha back into existence but it didn’t work.
Endgame did introduce versions of two of these characters from alternate timelines, though. Loki stole the Space Stone and escaped in the changed 2012 timeline, so it’s possible the fully-fledged supervillain Loki could return in the future. Meanwhile, 2014 Gamora took part in the final battle before disappearing, with it implied that Star-Lord will try and find her in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Also, Heimdall returned via time travel in an earlier draft.
As for Vision and Black Widow, both are scheduled to show up in upcoming projects: Disney Plus’ WandaVision TV series and the Black Widow movie, respectively. It’s looking likely that both will be prequels though, if we believe Markus’ comments that the dead will stay dead after Avengers: Endgame.