Fate of Sif, Betty Ross and Aunt May in “Infinity War”

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The directors of Avengers: Infinity War have provided official answers about what happened to Lady Sif, Betty Ross and Aunt May during the movie. Warning: spoilers to follow!

If you have seen the movie, you know that a lot of people die. As in… half of them. Everywhere. Possibly including you. With beloved protagonists like Spider-Man, Black Panther and Groot now gone, did these ladies do any better?

Lady Sif: No, according to Joe and Anthony Russo, the directors behind the film. The Asgardian warrior woman, an ally and love interest of Thor is a popular character, but was absent from Thor: Ragnarok due to her actress, Jaimie Alexander, not being available. (She has appeared on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however.) This turned out to be a good thing, as she was spared the wrath of the death-goddess Hela in that film, but it seems that she could not escape another cosmic being trying to bring balance to the universe.

Betty Ross: A curious character, as she was the love interest in The Incredible Hulk but, for all of her devotion to Bruce Banner, she never reappeared in the franchise, and he has since had at least a short-lived romance with Black Widow. There were rumors that her actress, Liv Tyler, would be in this movie or Avengers 4, but it turned out that she was in the same country for another reason. The fate of her father, antagonist “Thunderbolt” Ross, remains unknown.

Aunt May: She survived, oddly enough! Well, actually this makes perfect sense―Marisa Tomei’s comic book counterpart is a de facto immortal, always spared from death by an editorial mandate. But then, her beloved nephew/adopted son Peter did die, and having (presumably) lost her husband in the near past, too. Spider-Man: Homecoming shows her worrying about Peter, and ends with her discovering his secret identity, so this must be her worst fears realized.

The directors declined to give the fates of other characters, including Black Panther’s sister Shuri or Peter’s friend Ned. And it is unclear if any of these answers are going to be significant in next year’s fourth Avengers. Thor has lost an ally who could help; will we see May deal with Peter’s fate? Unfortunately, it will be a year before we find out.

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