In Avengers: Infinity War, the titular superhero team will assemble in greater numbers than ever before, but where is everyone before the movie begins? Whereas Phase 1 of the MCU was focused on bringing Earth's Mightiest Heroes together, Phases 2 and 3 have divided and separated everyone across great distances, both physical and ideological, while also adding scores of new Marvel characters into the mix.
Of course, all roads will lead to confronting Thanos on Earth in Avengers 3. With the biggest Marvel movie ever just a couple of weeks away, many fans won't have time to rewatch all 18 MCU films at this point, and even then keeping track of the dozens of characters is a hard task. In order to keep score of what each major participant officially confirmed to be in Infinity War is up to before the film begins, here's an easy guide.
Note that the info below includes story points from Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude comics, which fills in some of the gaps of what happened to many of the heroes after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The comics' plot points may be generally accurate but also may not reflect the exact details as Infinity War will present them.
What Happened To Team Cap After Civil War
Captain America is a changed man in many ways. Steve Rogers surrendered his shield and became a fugitive as result of Captain America: Civil War (indeed, according to Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's a common belief among the citizens of the MCU that Steve Rogers is now a "war criminal"). In the post-credits scene of Civil War, we saw Steve drop Bucky Barnes off in Wakanda. He has since gone off the grid; in the months since the Avengers broke apart, he's formed an international strike team and continued seeking justice while avoiding the authorities. Infinity War Prelude shows the core unit of Team Cap taking on a terrorist group armed with Chitauri weapons in Syria.
Black Widow is with Steve Rogers, her closest ally. Natasha was originally in favor of all of the Avengers signing the Sokovia Accords but she turned on Team Iron Man after the airport battle in Berlin. She disappeared but reunited with Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson at some point after Rogers freed his fellow captured Team Cap members from The Raft. Privately, Natasha continues to nurse the pain of Bruce Banner turning his back on their romance in Age of Ultron, setting up their reunion in Avengers 3.
Falcon is with Rogers and Romanoff. Sam Wilson remains loyal to Steve, his best friend, especially after Rogers liberated him from The Raft. Sam's loyalty and heroism will meet their greatest test against Thanos.
Bucky is in Wakanda, where he was placed in cryo-stasis so that Shuri could engineer a way to heal the former Winter Soldier's mind from decades of Russian/Hydra brainwashing. In the end-credits scene of Black Panther, we see Bucky is awake and apparently cured. All that's missing is for the man the Wakandans now call the "White Wolf" to receive a new Vibranium left arm.
Other members are following their own lives. Scarlet Witch is in hiding after she was freed from The Raft. Infinity War Prelude reveals that she has continued to pursue a romantic relationship with Vision. Hawkeye is retired (again) and has been allowed to return to his family on their farm after his stint as a prisoner in The Raft. He may, however, be under a form of house arrest. Ant-Man is back in San Francisco and also under house arrest after being freed from The Raft. We'll learn much more about Scott Lang's status in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is set before the events of Infinity War.
What Happened To Team Iron Man After Civil War
Iron Man has continued to be the public face of the Avengers and began mentoring Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man. He also publicly announced his engagement to Pepper Potts after Parker turned down Avengers membership in Homecoming. Stark seems to have had trouble finding new heroes to fill the ranks of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, however; Prelude showed him alone and fearing some great threat.
War Machine is regaining the use of his legs after he was injured during Civil War. James "Rhodey" Rhodes remains loyal to his best friend Tony Stark and will once again don his armor in Infinity War.
Vision has left the Avengers to join Wanda Maximoff in hiding according to Infinity War Prelude, with his powers (derived from the Mind Stone, which will make him a target of Thanos in Infinity War) giving him the ability to appear human. The last time Vision was mentioned in the MCU movies was in Homecoming when Stark noted Peter Parker would have a room in Avengers Compound next to the android had Spider-Man joined.
Spider-Man is staying local in Queens, New York as a friendly neighborhood web-slinger, although will soon go cosmic and don the new Iron Spider armor. In the meantime, his Aunt May discovered Peter's secret identity at the end of Homecoming. Hopefully, Infinity War will address the fallout of that shocking moment.
- 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
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019