With Infinity War Marvel was keen to emphasise that the stakes have never been higher, warning us that nobody is safe from the cold hands of death. There has been rampant speculation about who lives and who dies during the fray with Thanos and his armies, and now that the film has hit cinemas we can find out for sure.
It should go without saying that this article is full of spoilers
So who dies? As it turns out, lots of people.
The first big deaths naturally happen at the start of the film on the Asgardian refugee ship, with Heimdall being stabbed in the chest by Corvus Glaive, and fan-favourite Loki having his neck broken by Thanos. Both deaths happen thanks to each characters defiance, with Heimdall summoning the bifrost to send Hulk to Earth and Loki trying to deceive and kill Thanos. Not that it would have mattered much, seeing as how Thanos then blew up the ship with the power stone.
It's later assumed that The Collector was killed by Thanos when he retrieved the reality stone, though we don't actually see it happen. We just see a projection Thanos used to dupe Gamora. Gamora herself is later killed on Vormir, since Thanos was forced to sacrifice the thing he loved most in order to claim the soul stone. She mocks him for never loving anything, failing to realise that he truly does care for her just before he throws her off a cliff to her death.
The final 'serious' death is Vision, who has the privilege of dying twice. The first is when Scarlet Witch destroys the Mind Stone and Vision along with it, only for Thanos to reverse time and kill him again by ripping the stone from his head - destroying a chunk of it in the process.
The end of the film sees Thanos succeed in his master plan, wiping out half of the universe using the Infinity Gauntlet. During that moment, a large number of Marvel heroes were wiped from existence - disintegrating into dust. They include Bucky, Groot, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Starlord, Drax, Mantis, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon. The post-credits scene also reveals that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were similarly effected.
So Who Lives?
Everyone else really, including the original core Avengers team: Bruce Banner, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow. It's not clear whether Hawkeye is alive, seeing as how he's not in the film. Also alive is Rocket Racoon, Okoye, M'Baku, Nebula, and War Machine.
Despite being seriously wounded by Thor, Thanos himself is also still alive - though his exact location wasn't revealed.