Given that sci-fi movies are so often concerned with exploring the unknown and encountering entities of dubious friendliness, it's not terribly surprising that death is a common occurrence in the genre.
Aliens, time-travelling robots, intergalactic savages, global plagues, and the vacuum of space are just a few of the many dangers sci-fi movie characters need to keep their eyes peeled for - and which they so often don't.
There's nothing quite like a movie death which catches audiences off-guard and leaves them thoroughly shook, and the sci-fi genre is certainly no exception to that.
While there's a lot to be said for deaths which occur after a suitable build-up - Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame, for example - a surprise demise can leave a bruising impact which keeps audiences talking for days, weeks, or even months afterwards.
Nobody, not a single solitary soul, saw these deaths coming - at least not in the manner in which they occurred - regardless of whether the ultimate reaction was amused surprise or genuine anger...
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