Captain America's team in Avengers: Infinity War is indeed the Secret Avengers. Although Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has typically aligned himself with the government, he found himself on the run after the events of Captain America: Civil War. He worked in hiding for two years, prior to returning to his prominent heroic place when Thanos threatened all life. During that time, plenty changed in Cap's life, but he was joined by some of his closest crime-fighting friends.
He broke Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Hawkeye out from the Raft at the end of Civil War. The latter two received plea deals that found them on house arrest, but Falcon and Scarlet Witch joined Cap and Black Widow on the run. That's where they're found in Infinity War, and they're definitely the Secret Avengers.
Infinity War co-director Joe Russo confirmed the team's title during the audio commentary for the film, which is now out on digital and is soon to arrive on Blu-Ray. He discussed the state of the team as they're introduced in the Edinburgh sequence against the Black Order. It's thanks to their backgrounds and two years of working together that the Secret Avengers are such formidable opponents for the Black Order.
Obviously the Black Order are very powerful: they've got Vision on his heels, they're giving Wanda a run for her money. But what we wanted to illustrate here is that this core group of Avengers, quote unquote Secret Avengers in Falcon, Widow and Cap are hardened, tough, and work very well as a unit, and surprise the Black Order here. Get the upper hand.
Even if Joe never came out and confirmed this as the title of the team, it's a title that has long been attached to the group online. They were acting in secret after all, and Cap leads the team, just as he did in the first Secret Avengers run. His supporting roster is very different in the film, with Black Widow being the only hero to carry over to the MCU. The 2010 team had Beast, War Machine, Sharon Carter, Ant-Man, Nova, Valkyrie, and Moon Knight on the roster, so that lineup definitely wasn't happening anytime soon anyways.
By the time Avengers: Infinity War ends, the Secret Avengers aren't as hidden as before. Thunderbolt Ross knows War Machine let them go, and they'll undoubtedly have to answer for their involvement in everything that went on over the course of the movie. Concept art for Avengers 4 shows a more classic looking team, with Cap sporting a brand new suit and Black Widow back to her red hair. Falcon was one of the many who were turned to dust by Thanos, but War Machine is still around and looks to have received some upgrades. After dodging the Sokovia Accords for years, Avengers 4 could pick up with the surviving Secret Avengers members acting as legal heroes again. If not, maybe the Secret Avengers roster will simply grow to include all of the original Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War is available now for digital and streaming, coming to Blu-ray on August 14th.
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- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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