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'Infinity War' and the Point of Comic-Book Deaths

Is the shocking conclusion of the new Avengers film less effective if audiences know it might be undone?
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This article contains major spoilers about the end of Avengers: Infinity War.

The in superhero comics used to be that any character could come back to life, no matter how tragic or meaningful their death was, with three exceptions: Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes, Batman’s former ward Jason Todd, and Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben. Those three deaths were seen as so crucial to those heroes’ backstories that they couldn’t be undone, no matter how good an idea a new writer might have. Then, in 2005, both and were resurrected. And fans

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