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The 10 Most Brutal Deaths in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ranked



Over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 15-year run, we have witnessed numerous characters meet their tragic ends, be it a beloved favorite or a lesser-known character. Although the MCU tends to hold a PG-13 rating, the Disney-owned franchise features many dark moments, notably several surprisingly brutal deaths.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most brutal deaths in the MCU.

10. Jasper Sitwell – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the darkest MCU movies, exploring Bucky Barnes’ tragic origins of being tortured and brainwashed into the Winter Soldier. In addition, the movie deals with government corruption and the consequences of those in power gaining too much control. Jasper Sitwell, a secret Hydra agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D., gets thrown into oncoming traffic by the Winter Soldier in his pursuit of Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson.

9. Nico – Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)
Nico’s death is a shocking and excessively brutal moment. After Nico murders John Walker’s best friend, Lamar Hoskins, John becomes consumed by rage and beats Nico to a bloodied pulp with Cap’s shield.

8. Crossbones – Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Brock Rumlow, aka Crossbones, attempts to steal a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos but is stopped by Captain America’s team of Avengers. Before Cap can defeat Crossbones, Rumlow reveals he is wearing a vest covered in bombs. Wanda traps the bomb’s explosion into a small ball of chaos magic, slowly killing Crossbones in an incredibly painful and prolonged death, saving the lives of civilians.

7. Captain Carter – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
One of the most profound moments in Multiverse of Madness is when Wanda slaughters the entire Illuminati with ease. Captain Carter is just one of the members who suffers a brutal death by being cut in half by her own Vibranium shield after Wanda catapulted it at her.

6. Professor X – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Professor X attempts to control Wanda’s mind but quickly realizes that Wanda is far more powerful than he anticipated. When entering Wanda’s mind, Professor X is soon consumed by a red mist before a demonic Wanda jumps from behind him, quickly snapping his neck and killing him in the real world.

5. Loki – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Loki sacrifices himself for his brother by summoning a blade and forcing it towards Thanos’ throat. But Thanos stops Loki in his tracks, disarms him, and chokes him to death. Audiences are forced to watch Loki draw his final breath, insulting Thanos, all while his face begins to turn purple.

4. Doctor Strange – Doctor Strange (2016)
Doctor Strange dies countless times in a creative attempt to defeat Dormammu. He gets disintegrated by an energy beam, impaled by dark dimension shards, strangled by green energy tentacles, squished by a large meteor, and so on and so forth. We can see and feel the pain Strange endures, but he ultimately saves the day.

3. Mister Fantastic – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
During Wanda’s brutal massacre of the Illuminati, the Scarlet Witch shreds and separates Mister Fantastic like string cheese before ultimately popping his head like a balloon. The horrific screams of Richards push his death over the edge.

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2. Vision – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Wanda destroys the Infinity Stone embedded in Vision’s head, essentially exploding and collapsing his skull. But after going through all that pain, Thanos turns back time using the Time Stone, ripping the stone straight from Vision’s head and throwing his lifeless corpse onto the floor.

1. Black Bolt – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Black Bolt has an immensely powerful ability, and a sonic scream that can vaporize an entire person with a simple whisper. He suffers the most brutal death in the MCU when his universe’s Doctor Strange vaporizes him with a snap of his fingers.

Throughout the decade-and-a-half run of the MCUwe have seen many characters meet their devastating ends. Whether it’s a major fan-favorite character or a minor character, who very quickly met their tragic fate, the MCU certainly isn’t short of character deaths. Although MCU movies, TV shows and specials tend to hold a PG-13 rating, the Disney-owned superhero cinematic universe features many dark moments, most notably numerous surprisingly brutal deaths. So with that in mind, here are the most brutal deaths in the MCU.


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10 Jasper Sitwell – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Walt Disney Studios

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only one of the best MCU movies, but one of the darkest. The movie delves into Bucky Barnes’ tragic origins of being tortured and brainwashed into the Winter Soldier. Likewise, the movie deals with government corruption and what happens when those in power gain too much control.

On top of that, we get a fairly brutal but completely overlooked death of a major MCU character from the first two phases of the MCU. Jasper Sitwell, a secret Hydra Agent working for S.H.I.E.L.D., gets thrown into oncoming traffic by the Winter Soldier in his pursuit of Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson. While we don’t see the death, the pure idea of his fate is certainly enough to make anyone squirm.

Related: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the Best MCU Movie of All Time, and Here’s Why?

9 Nico – Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

John Walker - Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Nico’s death is an incredibly shocking moment, with the added benefit of being excessively brutal. Throughout the Disney+ MCU series Falcon and the Winter SoldierJohn Walker was continuously teased to have a villainous turn by the end of the show, and while this twist was deeply predictable, it was the shot of seeing Cap’s shield covered in blood after beating Nico to a bloodied pulp that had us in a tremendous amount of shock.

After Nico murders John Walker’s best friend, Lamar Hoskins, John Walker immediately becomes consumed by rage, and when Walker finally gets a hold of the Flag Smasher Nico, Walker doesn’t hold back, slamming Cap’s shield through Nico’s chest over and over again. The scene again isn’t viscerally brutal, however, the blood dripping off of Cap’s shield, the anger in Walker’s eyes, and the eerie music all culminate in a very brutal MCU death and moment.

8 Crossbones – Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Crossbones - Civil War
Walt Disney Motion Pictures

Civil War deals with a lot of brutal deaths. Whether it’s King T’Chaka getting killed by a large explosion, or Howard and Maria getting brutally murdered by the Winter Soldier. However, no character suffered more than the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Brock Rumlow, AKA Crossbones.

After attempting to steal a biological weapon from a lab in Lagos, Captain America’s new team of Avengers stops Crossbones from leaving with the weapon in hand. But before Cap can defeat Crossbones, Rumlow reveals he is wearing a vest covered in bombs. It isn’t long before Rumlow triggers the bomb, but before the explosion fully spreads, Wanda traps the bomb’s explosion into a small ball of chaos magic, slowly killing Crossbones in an incredibly painful and prolonged death, saving the lives of civilians. Brutal stuff.

7 Captain Carter: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Captain Carter in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Marvel Studios

With Sam Raimi at the helm, Multiverse of Madness pushes the boundaries of PG-13 horror, and one of the most profound moments is when Wanda slaughters the entire Illuminati with ease. Captain Carter is just one of the members who suffer a brutal death by being cut in half by her own Vibranium shield after Wanda catapulted it at her.

6 Professor X – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Professor X Dr. Strange 2
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Continuing Wanda’s slaughter of the Illuminati, comes Professor Charles Xavier. Professor X is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel. He can read and control the minds of others, however when attempting to control Wanda’s mind, he quickly realizes that Wanda is far more powerful than he realizes. When entering Wanda’s mind, Professor X is soon consumed by a red mist before a demonic Wanda jumps from behind Professor X, quickly snapping his neck and instantly killing the Professor in the real world.

5 Loki – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Loki - Infinity War
Walt Disney Motion Pictures

After starting his journey as one of the best villains of the franchise, Loki was a character who quickly fell into our hearts and slowly changed his ways. Loki has dedicated his whole life to hating and resenting his own brother, attempting to kill him on many occasions and even being responsible for the death of his mother, father, and hundreds of Asgardians, who Thanos quickly killed when decimating Thor’s ship to receive the Tesseract which Loki stole from Asgard.

His guilt, regret, and seeing his brother in pain led to Loki sacrificing himself for his brother in an attempt to kill Thanos. Loki summons a blade before forcing it towards Thanos’ throat, but the Mad Titan isn’t stupid and stops Loki in his tracks. Thanos then disarms Loki and lifts him in the air by his throat, choking the God of Mischief to death. Audiences are forced to watch Loki draws his final breath, insulting Thanos, all while his face begins to turn purple, his eyes bulge out of his head, and he flails his arms and legs around in an attempt to escape.

4 Doctor Strange – Doctor Strange (2016)

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This entry is somewhat cheating, considering Doctor Strange isn’t actually dead. Yet, in the 2016 visually-impressive MCU movie Doctor Strangeaudiences see Doctor Stephen Strange die countless times in a very creative attempt in defeating Dormammu.

Doctor Strange dies in increasingly brutal fashions. The former sorcerer supreme gets disintegrated by an energy beam, impaled by dark dimension shards, strangled by green energy tentacles, squished by a large meteor, and so on and so on. We can see and feel the pain Strange is going through as he gets more and more exhausted with every death. But in the end, Strange saves the day and sends Dormammu back to the Dark Dimension.

Related: MCU: The 10 Most Impressive Special Effects in the Franchise, Ranked

3 Mister Fantastic – Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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Marvel Studios

Ever since the MCU’s debut, fans have asked, “when will we see The Fantastic Four?” And while we never saw the whole gang, we were treated to seeing Reed Richards in the MCU for the first time. However, his appearance was short, sweet, and very brutal.

It’s seemingly impossible to kill a superhero with elastic abilitieshowever Wanda gives it a good go. During Wanda’s brutal massacre of the Illuminati, the Scarlet Witch begins shredding and separating Mister Fantastic like string cheese before ultimately popping his head like a balloon. This seems painful enough, yet the horrific screams of Richards pushes his death over the edge.

2 Vision – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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Marvel Studios

What’s worse than getting brutally killed once? Getting brutally killed twice. First, Vision is killed by Wanda by destroying the Infinity Stone embedded in his head, essentially exploding and collapsing his skull. But after going through all that pain, Thanos turns back time using the Time Stone he has recently required to rip the stone straight from Vision’s head, throwing his lifeless corpse on the floor.

Much like Doctor Strange, Vision was forced to endure the pain of his death more than once, but what gives Vision’s death the edge on Doctor Strange, is that Vision is actually dead, breaking all of our hearts.

1 Black Bolt – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Black Bolt dies in MCU
Walt Disney Studios

Without a shadow of a doubt, it was Black Bolt who suffered the most brutal death in the MCU. The highly anticipated character has an immensely powerful ability, and a sonic scream that, as we see only a few moments ago with his universe’s Doctor Strange, can vaporize an entire person with a simple whisper. So, with that, Wanda uses his gift against him, when Reed Richards, the smartest man alive, blatantly tells Wanda how to defeat him, she somehow sews his mouth together, leaving Black Bolt to panic, scream and explode his skull, killing him instantly with a collapsed skull and blood gushing from his eyes and nose.

Black Bolt’s death is extensively shocking. Catching the audience off guard, as we truly didn’t expect him to go out this way. On top of that, the way Black Bolt dies is excruciatingly brutal, with audiences seeing his skull instantly collapse and the blood trickle from his face, it’s easily the most violent moment in any MCU movie.

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