They say that bad things always come in threes, and in the case of Captain America: Civil War, that doesn't sound promising for some of our favorite superheroes. We know that the Russo Brothers were prepared to pull out all the punches for the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and put some major character deaths on the table, so it should come as no surprise that not every Avenger will make it to the next table read.
The big thing in question is which hero is on the chopping block. Because set are so prevalent in Hollywood, several different deaths have been filmed in order to prevent any spoilers before the film's release later this year — and according to the rumor mill, those three deaths involve Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and War Machine.
Now, let's be realistic: Falcon's probably here to say. With rumors that (SPOILER ALERT!) Captain America may bite the dust at the film's conclusion, Sam Wilson might pick up Cap's shield just as he does in the comics.
The next unlikely death is War Machine. Unless the first Civil War trailer seriously ruined this for audiences, Stark cradling Rhodey's prone dead body suggests that he's in for quite the beating. Though he is a new member of the Avengers, War Machine's not exactly a huge character or a fan favorite by any means, so we won't be up in arms if he eats dirt.
That leaves Scarlet Witch, which sucks. Elizabeth Olsen was the best addition to Avengers:Age of Ultron, really bringing some smoldering intensity and superpowered diversity to the group. Her mind control and telekinesis introduced a new element compared to the magic hammer and repulsor blast of past movies, and it would be a waste if she dies in Civil War. Then again, it's been rumored that her death would cause Vision to fly into space in anger, acting as the stepping stone to the next installment of the MCU, but fingers crossed that the Russos realize that would be a horrible idea.
Consider all of this speculation for now, but you can bet your ass that we aren't happy about any of it.
Captain America: Civil War hit theaters on May 6, 2016.