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The Dead MCU Character That 18% Of People Want Back Over Iron Man

Despite the constant world-ending threats they face, relatively few of the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have died — permanently, at least. This is, of course, because they need to be alive for their next movie, and the one after that, and the one after that. Still, the Avengers haven't gotten through 23 action-packed films without any casualties. Even if you don't count the time when half of them disappeared as dust on the wind, there's still a decent body count.

The climax of the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame, saw two of the longest running MCU characters meet their ends: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson). Black Widow sacrificed herself to get the soul stone, while Iron Man sacrificed himself to snap Thanos and his army out of existence. Before either of those deaths, however, the Marvel movies have had plenty of minor characters and mentors pass away, in brutal, heartbreaking ways. Sometimes the characters come back, like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) — who's famous for his illusions and trickery — or Gamora (Zoe Saldana) — who reappeared in Endgame, although as a different version of herself. So, since anything is possible in a world with highly advanced technology, magic, and aliens, Looper conducted a survey of 658 people across the country asking which dead MCU character they would bring back if they could.

The results might surprise you.

Many want Iron Man back, but plenty would take Black Widow over him

While nearly half of the survey respondents (46.2%) wanted Iron Man to come back, 18.4% preferred Black Widow to return from the dead. Either of these characters re-entering the fray would have monumental effects on the MCU because, although there are some characters whose deaths were more important than you realize, there's no denying the crucial role Black Widow and Iron Man's deaths played in how the Infinity Saga unfolded. Without either of their sacrifices, the Avengers would never have succeeded at bringing back half of the universe's population and defeating Thanos.

As these were such important moments in the Avengers story, it would be strange to have them reversed. So, despite what some fans want, we certainly won't be seeing Iron Man again — RDJ has confirmed it — but we actually will get more Black Widow, just in the form of her prequel movie Black Widow that takes place before Endgame.

Coming in third with 9.42% of the vote was Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), the brother of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who first appeared and died in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then, tied for fourth, with 7.9%, were mentors Yondu Udonta and The Ancient One, who were each given emotional deaths in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Doctor Strange, respectively. However, some people wrote in that they wouldn't bring back any of the characters. With the amount of new movies and series being added to the MCU, there will be plenty of new heroes for fans to love, even as they mourn the loss of old favorites.