Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War!
Even though Thanos is by far the most powerful being Earth's Mightiest Heroes have taken on over the 18 films leading up to Avengers: Infinity War, not all of the characters who have played integral roles in adventures past make an appearance in the new film. By the time the credits roll, audiences will be ready to see some more familiar faces (and a few new ones) join the fray.
Despite the Avengers' best efforts, Thanos' iconic finger snap — as in the comics — wipes out half of all life throughout every corner of the universe. In a matter of moments, audiences witness the disintegration of beloved heroes like Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Groot and even Spider-Man. And then there are the major deaths that occur earlier in the film, most notably Loki, Gamora and Vision.
Aside from the six original Avengers, the only characters that audiences know for certain are left to challenge Thanos in Avengers 4 are Nebula, War Machine, Rocket (the last surviving member of the Guardians of the Galaxy) and Wakandan warriors Okoye and M'Baku. With many of the most powerful among them — such as Doctor Strange, Vision and Scarlet Witch — gone, the Avengers will have to take drastic action if they're hoping to wrest the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos.
Avengers Joining the Cause in Avengers 4
Of course, the surviving members of the Avengers in Infinity War aren't going to be enough to defeat the Mad Titan. Because so many heroes fell in the film's closing moments, it stands to reason that every hero who has ever appeared in the MCU is fair game to join Earth's Mightiest Heroes this time around. After all, there's the matter of that "every character" scene that probably takes place in the climax of Avengers 4. For example, we know for sure that Tony Stark will have Happy Hogan by his side once again.
Most notably absent from Infinity War, of course, is Hawkeye, who is name-checked alongside Ant-Man as having taken a deal with the U.S. government following the Sokovia Accords. When we see Clint Barton again, he will be taking the guise of Ronin (no, not Ronan the Accuser) - a darker and more violent alter-ego that likely stems from the death of the Barton family after Thanos' finger snap. That would certainly be enough for Hawkeye to veer onto a more militant path and give him a personal vendetta against Thanos.
Of course, we can also expect Ant-Man and the Wasp to show up in Avengers 4. Until we see what they're up to in the aptly titled Ant-Man and the Wasp, it's anyone's guess how they survived the cataclysmic events of Infinity War. Perhaps they protected by being in the quantum realm, as has been rumored. We know that their adventure deals with the consequences of Scott Lang's actions in Captain America: Civil War. Maybe Scott and Hope are simply spared by the Infinity Gauntlet but those they care about aren't so lucky. Much like Clint.
Then, of course, we have Captain Marvel, whose appearance in Avengers 4 is teased during Infinity War's post-credits scene. This brief glimpse of Carol Danvers' logo also hints at the relationship she has with Nick Fury, a bond the upcoming Captain Marvel film is expected to delve into as it explores her origins and the Kree/Skrull war. We don't yet know where Captain Marvel is when Nick Fury sends out that distress signal, but we're definitely curious about how the MCU will address her absence all this time.
- 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