Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Akira Yoshida appeared at a comic con in Sweden recently, where he touched on the concept of death in comics and how it might be a little more permanent going forward, despite having killed Wolverine in 2014, then launching the series Wolverines, Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor, Hunt for Wolverine: The Adamantium Agenda, Hunt for Wolverine: The Claws of a Killer, Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost, before bringing him back to life in Return of Wolverine in 2018.
“I don’t want death to be used to boost sales or to use as a shock value so people go ‘Oh my God, Johnny Storm is dead!’ or ‘Wolverine is dead!’ knowing that they’re going to be coming back. If we choose to do it now, we’re going to add a little more weight and permanence to the decision.”
“The process of killing off a character is not an easy one, and a lot of people think death is something that we don’t take seriously in the Marvel Universe but it really is. There’s a lot of debates that happen because if a writer suggests that we should kill a character, it always has to be story driven first.”
Recent Marvel comics character deaths include Magento’s clone Joseph, Wolfsbane, all the Valkyries, all the Marauders, Chamber, Throgg, Cul, and Loki, but he’s starring in a new series soon, so that didn’t last long.