As the Avengers:Endgame release date looms ever closer, the thought on many fans minds is still the Snap heard 'round the universe. With most of the Marvel Comics heavy hitters seemingly sidelined from the fight, it's unclear who exactly will be able to take down the Mad Titan. Given the remaining Avengers (or those who could theoretically return), we've assembled a list of which Avenger we think might be able to take down Thanos ranked by likeliness.
Scott Lang is at the bottom of the list for a reason. The end of Ant-Man and the Wasp shows that Scott can't come to the phone right now, as he's currently trapped inside the Quantum Realm.
We've seen Ant-Man in action, and it's clear that he'd lose quickly in a one-on-one with Thanos. However, we've seen from Janet van Dyne that extended periods of time inside the Quantum Realm can give one enhanced abilities and powers. Given that we know he escapes after seeing him in the trailers, it is highly likely that Ant-Man's time in the Quantum Realm may hold the key to defeating Thanos.
9 Scarlet Witch
But wait, didn't we see her fade from existence? It's true, the last we saw of Wanda Maximoff was her fading away from reality, holding Vision's dead body. But Scarlet Witch is shown to have powers that warp and bend reality to the point that she can affect Infinity Stones. If anyone were to find a way to come back from being snapped out of existence, it would be Wanda. And given the traumatic death of Vision at the hands of Thanos, she's clearly got an axe to grind that could fuel her powers enough to take out Thanos for good.
Another victim of Thanos's Decimation, Peter Quill ultimately dropped the ball and allowed Thanos to secure all the Stones he needed to wipe out half the universe from existence. But even though he's gone, this is most likely not the end of Star-Lord's story.
Quill is half-celestial, and we've seen before that he can handle the effects of the Infinity Stone better than most. And while he may be cut off from his powers, he theoretically still has access to them. This could mean that an angry demigod Star-Lord is coming for Thanos with a blaster in one hand and his Zune in the other.
7 Captain America
The First Avenger seems an unlikely candidate to take the killing blow on Thanos. Steve Rogers makes it clear that he doesn't want to kill anyone right before he becomes Captain America, and he's done his best to hold on to that ideal. But given the darker turn we've seen Steve Rogers take in the MCU, it's not out of line to imagine that he'd view taking down Thanos as a necessary goal.
Cap was able to hold back a nearly unstoppable Thanos with just his bare hands, an impressive physical feat. Given that Chris Evans is supposedly exiting the MCU after this movie, we might just see Captain America make the sacrifice play after all.
6 Iron Man
Billionaire playboy Tony Stark might be the last person you'd expect to pull the trigger on Thanos, but the guy's had a pretty rough time as of late. After hearing things like "Mr. Stark, I don't feel so good," Tony's undoubtedly in a hard place emotionally. If anyone were willing to put Thanos out of his misery, it would be Iron Man. His current arsenal wasn't enough to finish the job on Thanos during their fight on Titan, but we know that Tony's still around for some reason. Doctor Strange assured him that this was all part of the plan and that this was now "the endgame." Speaking of Doctor Strange...
5 Doctor Strange
Master of the Mystic Arts and Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange was last seen giving a cryptic message to Tony Stark about how this was all part of his "endgame" plan before becoming a pile of dust.
When seeing the millions of possibilities where the Avengers tried to take down Thanos, Doctor Strange only saw one where they might succeed. It seems unlikely that Doctor Strange would settle for a draw, so it's more than likely he had some tricks up his sleeve when he gave Thanos the Time Stone. Everything could be leading up to Strange taking down Thanos when we least expect it.
4 Captain Marvel
The wild card of the list, we haven't seen what Carol Danvers can bring to the table yet. We have a good idea on her abilities and powers, but not how they might work in defeating Thanos. She is clearly descended from the Kree, who had managed to keep Thanos in check for a while. Even more telling, Nick Fury's last act before he disappeared from the Snap was to page Captain Marvel for help. If Nick Fury's final thoughts were to contact Captain Marvel for help, then she might be even more powerful than we realize.
The Hulk was a bit camera shy when we saw him in Avengers: Infinity War. After squaring down with Thanos aboard the Asgardian ship, Hulk was unwilling to come out again afterward to fight Thanos.
But this wasn't because he was afraid; he didn't like being used as Banner's get-out-of-jail-free card. As such, he didn't feel like fighting Thanos or any of his minions. Imagine in Avengers: Endgame if Banner and The Hulk managed to get on the same page. If given a rematch with a properly motivated (and ANGRY) Hulk, Thanos would be hard pressed to stop him.
There's something to be said for Nebula's persistent efforts to kill her adopted father. Even after having most of her body broken and destroyed, she managed to put herself back together time after time. With her sister Gamora's death, there is no one in the universe that knows Thanos as well as she does. Not to mention after years of physical and mental torture at his hands, there's no one half as motivated or as capable of bringing him down. Nebula also has comic history backing her up; she was the one to remove the Infinity Gauntlet and defeat Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet comic series.
If only he had aimed for the head. The Asgardian Son of Odin was extremely close to ending Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. After gaining the powerful weapon Stormbreaker, Thor is now the wielder of the most powerful weapon in the universe.
Stormbreaker is capable of killing Thanos outright, and only Thor is currently worthy of wielding it. It would not be surprising to see Thor get a second chance at killing Thanos. This time, he'll be sure not to miss.