One epic fight in Avengers: Infinity War will feature as many as 40 characters - and here's who we think they are. The claim comes from Falcon actor Anthony Mackie, who recently stated there's a big sequence in the middle of the MCU culmination where "all of us are on set and it’s like forty superheroes". Even with high expectations for the film, that's a lot of icons sharing the screen.
Character numbers for Avengers 3 have been a major topic of conversation recently, with Chris Hemsworth also saying the cast list includes a whopping 76 characters. While that number seems extreme, it's worth noting he's talking about actors involved with the project, not specific comic heroes. Indeed, counting unnamed characters and unlisted actors, IMDb's cast list for Infinity War already hits 70, and it's easy to imagine there are many more yet to be added to the site. This makes Mackie's claim the more impressive despite its smaller number; he implies 40 named characters all together at once. But, even then, it's not impossible to figure out who they could be.
It's worth noting that Mackie is likely stretching the word "superhero" a little for his statement, and that 40 is a roundabout guess. Taking it semi-accurately, though, here's who we expect to be in the line up for the banner sequence - either the showdown against the Outriders in Wakanda or a final stand in space.
36 Characters You Can Expect in Avengers: Infinity War's Big Scene (This Page)
First up, there's the Avengers themselves to take into account. Once they reunite (half the group is still on the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War), there's a core team of Iron Man, Captain America, War Machine, Winter Soldier, Falcon, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, as well as new recruits Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, and space returnees Thor and Hulk. Those last few bring their own associated heroes too in the form of Wong and Valkyrie.
There's a question mark over some other of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Obviously, Vision is a favorite candidate to die, although there have been recurring suggestions he'll find a way to survive the attack on his forehead-housed Infinity Stone, which means he and Scarlet Witch can still appear. Ant-Man is also set to appear in the film, and while it's still possible that Wasp will be saved for Ant-Man and the Wasp, such an epic showdown is too big an opportunity to pass up. Finally, it's not out of the question that S.H.I.E.L.D. will factor in; Nick Fury and Maria Hill aren't confirmed for the film, but per the Vanity Fair photoshoot we know they are going to present in either Avengers 3 or 4 and so can't be discounted.
There is, of course, one new member of the team that we've forgotten, and that's because he comes with a pretty sizeable entourage of his own: Black Panther. A major set piece during Infinity War takes place in Wakanda, seeing Panther's people uniting with the Avengers to take on hordes of Outriders (and presumably protect the final Infinity Stone). It's unclear if this is the battle Mackie is referencing to - if it's the film's midpoint, then the final showdown would surely come later - but if it is, a sizable group of Black Panther's supporting cast can be expected (and even if not, they're likely to accompany their king).
This means that, along with T'Challa himself, we can add tech master/sister Shuri, Dora Milaje leader Okoye, Man-Ape M'Baku and possibly former Queen Ramonda. These are the five primary Wakandans confirmed for the film, and the numbers could go up depending who survives the solo film next month.
7 Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers 3 isn't just going to see the Avengers and their friends fighting together; Earth's Mightiest Heroes are going to be standing alongside their cosmic counterparts, the Guardians of the Galaxy. We know from Mackie that at the very least Drax is present for the fight (battling next to Spider-Man), and it's no stretch to say he'll be flanked by Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Mantis.
There's also another Guardians-related character set to play a big part in Infinity War: Nebula. The daughter of Thanos was partially redeemed in Guardians Vol. 2 and set out to go find her father, a quest that - if her comic version is anything to go by - will make her an essential part of any final conflict.
This final set is a little more contentious as these can hardly be described as "superheroes", but if we're taking Mackie's assessment as being about the full set of actors, then it's surely got to include the villains. Obviously, there's Josh Brolin as the Mad Titan Thanos, but also his four henchmen, the Children of Thanos: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf.
All this brings us - without any real stretches, no less - up to 36 characters. Now, that could easily be the sum, with the 40 a rounding up, but who else could finish off the set? And, perhaps more tellingly, who isn't included?
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019