No matter how grim it sounds, death sells cinema tickets. The promise of a greater kill count is what has made Avengers: Infinity War an even bigger prospect than anything in the MCU to date, and it definitely feels like films like Logan benefited from the courage to put huge characters in perilous situations that they would never survive.
It's still one of the last taboos of Hollywood - the idea that an A-list actor in a franchise protected by its financial performance could ever be killed off - but the fact that we've seen Han Solo, Wolverine and Superman (briefly) killed recently suggests film-makers are getting braver when it comes to bringing the axe down. Perhaps it's all down to the influence of Game of Thrones?
Death as a currency continues to grow in value. And with some major film events and an escalation of stakes in several major franchises still to come in 2017, there's a very good chance the Grim Reaper is going to have a lot of work on his bony hands.
So who is the cinematic dead meat for the rest of the year's movies?