The crowning glory of the #MCU, Avengers: Infinity War promises to take Earth's Mightiest Heroes to the cosmic stage. At one point, the Russo brothers were telling us that the film would feature a whopping 68 named characters (they later claimed that was a joke). Whatever the number may really be, the reality is that fans are expecting Infinity War to be the biggest event in Marvel history, with more characters than you can shake a Quinjet at. Who's confirmed, who's uncertain, and who do we know isn't going to make an appearance in the film?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Unlikely
Although fans have always been fascinated by the idea of having the TV superheroes appear in Infinity War, most attention has been on the newer Netflix heroes. We know that Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson is extremely unlikely to make an appearance; Joss Whedon refused to use him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, simply because he rightly felt it would cause confusion for people who only watch the movies, and so damage the film's effectiveness. Marvel fans may not like his argument, but he had a point then, and the point still stands.
It is possible we may see cameos of 'enhanced' individuals working to drive back Thanos's army across the world - such as Chloe Bennet's Quake or Gabriel Luca's Ghost Rider. The catch, however, is the pace at which characters change. To give you an idea, remember that just over three years ago we were introduced to Chloe Bennet's character as a young computer hacker named Skye. Now, she's Daisy Johnson, a rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a powerful Inhuman. I really doubt that Marvel Entertainment has character arcs set in stone through to 2018 right now.
More likely is that - should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still be happening in 2018, which shouldn't be taken as guaranteed - we'll have a traditional tie-in. So we'd expect the tail-end of Season 5 to show S.H.I.E.L.D. working against Thanos's invasion, while the Avengers did the heavy-duty lifting in the film. Should Nick Fury have a cameo in Infinity War (highly likely), then the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plot would likely tie in to that.
Ant-Man - Unknown
Captain America: Civil War gave Paul Rudd's #AntMan (or 'Tic-Tac') a power-up that perfectly suits him for Infinity War - a Giant-Man will be a lot more useful than an Ant-Man! Although that's the case, though, we haven't yet seen any evidence to suggest he'll appear in Infinity War.
Black Panther - Very Likely
Black Panther is set to be a crucial film on the journey to Infinity War. Back in January 2016, Kevin Feige told Empire Magazine:
"T'Challa's story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward."
Given the positive reception to the character in Captain America: Civil War, it seems pretty certain #BlackPanther is going to appear in Infinity War.
Black Widow - Very Likely
"I don’t know, I believe so. I have no idea exactly what shape those scripts are gonna take, so it’s too early to say."
That said, she's known to love the role, and is a firm fan-favorite; there are hopeful signs that we'll even soon have a Black Widow solo movie (at last). You also have to remember that the Russo brothers are clearly fond of the character (she played important roles in both Captain America: Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War). I'd give Black Widow good odds of being in the film.
Captain Marvel - Possible
We know that Captain Marvel will be an origin story, so it's unlikely that Brie Larson's #CaptainMarvel will develop her super-powers in Infinity War. That doesn't rule out an appearance in the film, though; even in the comics, Carol Danvers played an important role well before she became a superhero! I've heard rumours that she'll be introduced as a soldier who helps the Avengers fend off an attack from Thanos.
The Defenders - Unlikely
Fans are eager for the #MarvelNetflix superheroes, #TheDefenders, to appear in Infinity War. In all honesty, that currently seems unlikely. I've discussed the evidence to date at length in an earlier post, so check it out for more information!
Doctor Strange - CONFIRMED!
Although Benedict Cumberbatch's #DoctorStrange is only just about to make his MCU debut, we already know that he's in Infinity War. Cumberbatch has openly discussed the “logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany”. That can only be a reference to Infinity War (it also suggests that Iron Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch and Vision will interact directly with Doctor Strange).
Falcon - Very Likely
Where Steve Rogers goes, Anthony Mackie's #Falcon is sure to follow. Add in the fact that the Russo Brothers are very fond of the character, and Falcon looks to be a shoo-in for the Infinity War line-up. Supporting that, Mackie himself seems very much 'in the know' regarding Infinity War.
"With the Infinity War, I think what Marvel has planned is going to change the scope of what superhero movies can be."
Given how secretive Marvel is known to be, I find it hard to believe Mackie would know this much about the project if he wasn't in the film.
Guardians of the Galaxy - Very Likely
With Infinity War taking the Avengers cosmic, we've always expected the Guardians of the Galaxy to make a cameo. Even back in April, the Russo brothers were giving strong indications that they were interested in using the Guardians. Anthony Russo commented:
"The movies are intended to be a culmination of everything that's happened before in the MCU so you don't want to get into spoilers but I'm a big fan of what James Gunn has done. [Joe Russo and I] are both big fans of what James Gunn has done. Star-Lord is a fantastic character and Chris Pratt is an awesome performer so you'd be very excited,"
Infinity War has changed shape significantly since that quote, though, so we should be cautious about taking that as confirmation. More recently, the Guardians were apparently confirmed by Vin Diesel on his personal Facebook page:
"Now, the Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War and that’s incredibly exciting.”
Interestingly enough, when asked, James Gunn (director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) has consistently insisted that he knows nothing about this. So for now, although I'm pretty confident the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy will appear in Infinity War, I'm choosing to consider this as falling short of 'official confirmation'.
Hawkeye - CONFIRMED!
While discussing the 'Mission Impossible' franchise, Jeremy Renner revealed that most of 2017 is going to be taken up filming Infinity War. This means #Hawkeye is a certainty. Nobody will be especially surprised to hear that - Marvel like playing the long game, and they clearly brought him out of retirement in Captain America: Civil War for a reason.
Hulk - CONFIRMED!
Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner — and his more famous alter-ego the #Hulk — are due to appear in Thor: Ragnarok. When Yahoo questioned Ruffalo about another possible Hulk solo outing, he said it was a no-go. To everyone's surprise, he added:
"We’ve worked a really interesting arc into Thor 3, Avengers 3 and 4 for Banner that I think will – when it’s all added up – will feel like a Hulk movie, a standalone movie."
Infinity War has changed shape since that interview, but it's clear that Ruffalo considered Thor: Ragnarok to be setup for his role in Infinity War. I doubt that anything's changed.
Iron Man - CONFIRMED!
Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark was always guaranteed to appear in Infinity War, as he's been front-and-center of the MCU since its inauguration. #IronMan is likely to be one of the central characters (Downey does command the big bucks, after all), and will have a number of intriguing character arcs. Stark's experience during the Chitauri invasion of New York left him emotionally and psychologically scarred (see Iron Man 3), and led to his foolish creation of Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In Infinity War, Stark's worst fears will be realized; Thanos will come to Earth.
Thanos's arrival will force Iron Man to rebuild his relationship with Steve Rogers, as the two came to blows at the end of Captain America: Civil War. A teaser from Benedict Cumberbatch has also suggested that Iron Man will cross paths with Doctor Strange, which could lead to some fun character beats.
Loki - Uncertain
We're not entirely certain whether or not Tom Hiddleston's popular #Loki will appear in Infinity War; with the film changing shape, it's possible that his arc may have been sacrificed. Back in 2014, Idris Elba let slip that both he and Loki were set to appear in the film. Kevin Feige then backed him up.
By March this year, as Marvel's Phase 3 plans began to change, Tom Hiddleston surprised us all by not being quite so confident:
"I don’t know! Honestly, I don’t know. They haven’t got their ducks in a row yet. They make it up as they go along.”
Given that Infinity War is now a very different beast to the one Marvel originally proposed — it's no longer a two-parter, for example — it's no surprise that some arcs may have been cut. Loki's may well be one of them.
Nick Fury - Very Likely
Samuel L. Jackson hasn't made his presence felt in the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he's certainly not left the franchise for good. Speaking with Fandango, Jackson commented:
"I think I'm in Avengers 3 and 4, but I'm not in Civil War."
The Russo brothers felt that #NickFury would be a distraction in the already character-full Captain America: Civil War, but he could easily play a major role in Infinity War — perhaps encouraging Steve Rogers and Iron Man to set their differences aside.
Quicksilver - Very Unlikely
Aaron Taylor-Johnson was originally signed up for a multi-picture deal playing the part of #Quicksilver, but the character was killed off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some fans remain convinced that he'll be resurrected using the Infinity Gems in Infinity War; personally, I'm afraid that I doubt it. It's likely that Marvel and Fox reached an agreement, with Marvel focusing on the Scarlet Witch and Fox focusing on Quicksilver.
Some fans remain confident Quicksilver will return, but personally, I'm not going to hold my breath.
Scarlet Witch - CONFIRMED!
"She is on a growth arc, and it is part of her development. It is very tricky with powerful characters, because unless they have an internal struggle or a flaw that limits them then they do become limitless, and the storytelling becomes muddled and not very interesting. You know she could've stopped that fight at the airport in 5 seconds if she were at the peak of her powers, so it really has to do her character specifically going on a journey to understand what the limits of her powers are. She makes a mistake very early in the movie that sets her back, and we'll get to see where she goes in Infinity War."
Comments from Benedict Cumberbatch have suggested that Infinity War will introduce Scarlet Witch to Doctor Strange. It's possible that the MCU's 'science' background for Scarlet Witch will be retconned; in the comics, Scarlet Witch is a powerful sorceress and has actually trained under Doctor Strange.
Spider-Man - Very Likely
“It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
Asked for further information, Kevin Feige wryly described this as "part of the surprise", admitting that the original deal with Sony focused in on Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. It seems that Marvel and Sony need to conduct further negotiations to bring the character into Infinity War. Given Spider-Man remains Marvel's most marketable superhero, though, I strongly suspect that the deal will be made.
Steve Rogers - CONFIRMED!
Although Chris Evans's Steve Rogers gave up the identity of Captain America at the tail-end of Captain America: Civil War, he left Tony Stark with a phone to call him in should the world ever need his help again. Although this was an obvious part of the build-up to Infinity War, the Russo brothers have commented that we shouldn't expect Tony Stark and Chris Evans to simply be magically reconciled; their next meeting will be awkward and uncomfortable, forcing both characters to face the consequences of their actions in Civil War. Most fans are expecting Steve to have become #CaptainAmerica once again by the end of the film.
Thor - CONFIRMED!
Chris Hemsworth's #Thor has always been a certainty for Infinity War. An important sub-plot in Avengers: Age of Ultron involved Thor's realizing that someone is bringing the Infinity Gems into play, and he returned to Asgard to learn more. The Thunder God's cosmic adventures will be charted in Thor: Ragnarok, and he'll then return to Earth to take on Thanos. Benedict Cumberbatch settled the issue, talking about the struggle to align his schedule with Hemsworth's in what was clearly a nod to Infinity War.
Vision - CONFIRMED!
Infinity War simply won't work without Paul Bettany's #Vision — after all, he has an Infinity Gem planted in his forehead! We know from Captain America: Civil War that Vision is curious about the mysteries of the Mind-Stone, and seeks to master it. A teaser from Benedict Cumberbatch suggests this quest will ultimately lead him to Doctor Strange's side.
War Machine - Possible
Although badly injured in Captain America: Civil War, James Rhodes shouldn't be counted out just yet. The film ended with Tony Stark giving him artificial legs, and Don Cheadle's character was relearning how to walk. It's possible that this is mirroring one arc in the comics where #WarMachine became increasingly cybernetic.
That said, as of yet, there's no evidence he'll be appearing in Infinity War.
Wasp - NOT IN THE FILM
At New York Comic Con 2016, Evangeline Lilly - who's soon to don the #Wasp costume - told Blastr that she isn't in Infinity War. With Ant-Man and the Wasp not released until after Infinity War, Marvel decided that they wanted to give her the deeper origin story before adding her to any team-up film. Apparently she will be in the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4, though.
Winter Soldier - CONFIRMED!
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Sebastian Stan's #WinterSoldier will appear in Infinity War, suggesting a very powerful and emotional arc should he cross paths with Tony Stark. Given the Russo brothers are clearly fond of the character, and have consistently said there's a "through-line" from Captain America: Civil War to Infinity War, that's no real surprise.
Yes, you read that right - Benedict Wong has confirmed that he'll be returning in Infinity War! Interviewed by ComicBook.com, he commented:
"I'm thrilled I'm going to be in Infinity War. I'm looking forward to, I'll tell you that one first."
In the comics, Wong is traditionally portrayed as Doctor Strange's manservant. He's got a much more active role in the MCU, though, as an active member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts! Wong's inclusion suggests we may well see a few other sorcerers battling alongside Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange.
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So there you have it! Infinity War looks set to be the biggest Marvel movie to date, with countless superheroes making their presence felt. Here at Movie Pilot, we'll keep you up-to-date as we learn more about the characters who'll appear in what promises to be Marvel's greatest blockbuster - Avengers: Infinity War!
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