Nick Fury (As Spoiled By Sebastian Stan)
Aside from doubling down on the idea that he'll be part of Avengers 4, Stan's comments earlier this year also confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as former S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury. Not that anyone doubted that he'll be back; despite being dusted in Avengers: Infinity War's post-credit scene, Jackson (and Colbie Smulders' Maria Hill) is back in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Hank Pym & Janet van Dyne (As Also Spoiled By Sebastian Stan)
Joining Jackson in the pool of actors Stan name-dropped while describing one pivotal scene for Avengers 4 are Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer. The original Ant-Man and the Wasp in the MCU, married couple Dr. Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne were the pioneers of the technology that paved an easier way to explore the Quantum Realm (which is expected to be key in helping the surviving Avengers defeat Thanos). Presumably, the duo will be brought back in a similar manner to the other snap victims.
Hope van Dyne
Evangeline Lilly confirmed her appearance in Avengers 4 before back in February 2018, while cautioning fans to not to expect to see her much in the movie. Now knowing her ultimate fate after Thanos snap thanks to Ant-Man & the Wasp's mid-credits scene, it makes sense why she would have a very limited screen time.
A few months later, the actress shared brand new details with regard to her appearance in Avengers 4, teasing the possibility of the Wasp sharing a scene with Captain Marvel, again teasing her survival.
Drax, Mantis, & Star-Lord
Considering that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (at least James Gunn's version) was supposed to be set after the events of Avengers 4, it's safe to say that the perished cosmic heroes would also eventually be back to join Rocket. This means Drax, Mantis, and Star-Lord were expected to be brought back to life in Avengers 4.
This has since been confirmed by the actors. Amidst the James Gunn controversy, Dave Bautista stated that he'll appear in Avengers 4. Pom Klementieff, on the other hand, was reportedly in Atlanta around the same time as Olsen in late September. Meanwhile, it was Letitia Wright (Shuri) who let it slip that she might have shared the screen with Chris Pratt.
There are more characters that are sure to return from the dead in Avengers 4 than those listed here - Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Groot all have sequels in the pipeline, after all - but, so far, Marvel's been able to keep explicit evidence of this a secret. However, with six months still to go, there's plenty of time for Sebastian Stan to accidentally reveal all that.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019