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. — Very Unlikely
Fans have always been fascinated by the idea of the TV superheroes appearing in Infinity War, but most attention has been on the newer Netflix heroes. Clark Gregg's Agent #Coulson is particularly unlikely to appear; Joss Whedon refused to use him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, simply because he felt it would cause confusion for people who only watch the movies. That logic still stands.
We may see cameos of 'enhanced' individuals from #AgentsOfSHIELD working to drive back Thanos's army across the world - say, Chloe Bennet's Quake or Gabriel Luna's Ghost Rider. The problem, though, is the rate of change for TV show characters exceeds that of blockbuster films. After all, back when she was introduced in 2013 she was a hacker named Skye. Now, she's Agent Daisy Johnson, a powerful Inhuman. A more likely scenario is that, should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be renewed for Season 5, we'll see some traditional tie-in episodes.
Ant-Man — Almost Certain
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! Most significantly, he's mentioned in the official casting call. While that casting call isn't definite confirmation, it certainly makes his presence highly likely.
Betty Ross — Rumored
Perhaps one of the most unexpected rumors is that Liv Tyler's Betty Ross will return to the MCU in Infinity War. It's a left-field rumor that's pretty much impossible to evaluate, but given we've heard Infinity War described as a major film for the Hulk it's possible.
The Black Order — Very Likely
A more recent development in terms of Thanos's comic book mythology, the Black Order are Thanos's lieutenants. Fans have long wondered whether or not the Black Order will appear in Infinity War - suggesting that the film might take a lot of plot elements from 2013's Infinity event. Motion capture artist Terry Notaro gave us a tantalizing hint, though, revealing that he's been recruited to work as one of Thanos's lieutenants, alongside three other actors. His comment strongly implies that four members of the Black Order will appear in Infinity War.
Black Panther — Almost Certain
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."
Black Widow — CONFIRMED!
We'd pretty much assumed that Scarlett Johansson's #BlackWidow would appear in the film, so nobody was surprised to see her name on the official casting call. At this year's Academy Awards, she was asked for an update on a possible solo Black Widow movie and gave a telling reply:
"I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Infinity War... and then I’ll let you know afterward."
Set photos have shown Scarlett Johansson joining filming in Scotland.
Captain Marvel — Very Likely
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 said, her name does appear on the official casting call; and perhaps for good reason. Even in the comics, Carol Danvers played an important role well before she became a superhero! I've heard rumors that she'll be introduced as a soldier who helps the Avengers fend off an attack from Thanos.
The Collector — Almost Certain
Nobody will be surprised to hear that Benicio del Toro's Collector, current owner of an Infinity Stone, has been spotted around Atlanta — which just so happens to be where Avengers: Infinity War is currently shooting! The exact nature of his involvement is unknown, but he may be a lot more important than you'd think at first glance...
The Defenders — Very Unlikely
Fans are eager for the #MarvelNetflix superheroes, #TheDefenders, to appear in Infinity War. In all honesty, that currently seems unlikely. The likelihood was recently even further diminished after Anthony Mackie, a.k.a. Falcon, expressed his view that "it wouldn't work at all". I've discussed the evidence to date at length in an earlier post, so check it out for more information!
Doctor Strange — CONFIRMED!
Even as we eagerly awaited #DoctorStrange, Benedict Cumberbatch was openly discussing the “logistical challenge" of his schedule. It's ultimately led Marvel to commission a body double for some basic scenes.
Falcon — CONFIRMED!
We'd already suspected that Anthony Mackie's #Falcon was in the film - the Russo Brothers seem very fond of the character, and Mackie himself has consistently seemed far too 'clued up' on the film. That was finally confirmed in Marvel's teaser video released from Atlanta!
Guardians of the Galaxy — CONFIRMED!
The #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy always seemed like a sure bet, with the Russos calling Infinity War "a culmination of everything that's happened before in the MCU". The official casting call left us pretty confident that the Guardians would indeed appear, but more recently Zoe Saldana confirmed that her character — Gamora — will appear:
"The good thing that keeps me relaxed is that these directors are good. They have a really good pedigree. Their last movie, I liked it. I liked their choices. And everyone that worked with them had a really great experience. And James Gunn is a producer on it, so I know that he won't ever let the integrity of what he's created for the Guardians ever be compromised. So I'm at ease. Plus I love the Marvel producers. They're all great, they all want us to win."
Excitingly, Marvel's teaser video for Infinity War also featured Rocket fighting alongside Thor! Fans became concerned over some of the newer Guardians, particularly Pom Klementieff's Mantis - their names weren't mentioned in the casting call. Thankfully, Klementieff herself hinted that we shouldn't be too concerned, publishing a geo-tagged Instagram post from Atlanta - where, until recently, shooting of Infinity War was in progress.
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 — is 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 — Unlikely
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 surprise that some arcs may have been cut. Loki's may well be one of them. Loki fans will no doubt be particularly concerned at the fact he's not mentioned on the official casting call.
Nick Fury — Uncertain
With filming in progress, it seems Samuel L. Jackson still hasn't been contacted by Marvel for Infinity War. While on tour for Kong: Skull Island, he was asked about the film and gave a somewhat amusing response:
"Who says I am? I don’t know. I’m asking you; I’m hoping you know maybe something I don’t know. Am I in that movie?"
When the interviewer pointed to IMDb, Jackson seemed cautioned not to believe everything you read on the Internet:
"IMDb says I am? You believe them? No, don’t believe IMDb... I haven’t heard from them. I don’t know what’s going on yet."
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!
Elizabeth Olsen's #ScarletWitch was actually one of the first characters confirmed for Infinity War. In press screenings for Captain America: Civil War, Joe Russo explained:
"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, and set photos from Scotland have suggested the two spend some time together. 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.
(Source: Screen Junkies News)
Spider-Man — CONFIRMED!
According to Tom Holland, Marvel had to renegotiate a little to get #SpiderMan into the film - but the outcome was never really in doubt! Speaking to an Italian magazine after Christmas, Holland happily told us he'll appear in "three films over the next four years, including Avengers: Infinity War". No surprise, the teaser video for Infinity War soon confirmed that he's on-set.
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.
(Source: Huffington Post)
Thor — CONFIRMED!
Chris Hemsworth's #Thor has always been a certainty for Infinity War. Benedict Cumberbatch settled the issue when he talked about the struggle to align his schedule with Hemsworth's in what was clearly a nod to Infinity War; more recently, we've seen images of the Odinson in Marvel's teaser video for the film. Curiously enough, though, he doesn't appear to be wielding Mjolnir...
Valkyrie — Possible
To be introduced in #ThorRagnarok, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie is likely to be Thor's new romantic interest. The actress herself is keeping quiet about whether or not she's in Infinity War, settling for assuring fans:
"You never know where people will pop up. In the next phase, the hope is to find ways to interweave all these characters, and certainly with Infinity War, those are the culmination of a lot of work since Iron Man. She’s part of the tapestry now. For me, it’s exciting to join at a time with young actors like Brie Larson and Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. We’re all hopefully going to meet in one of these movies."
(Credit: Entertainment Weekly)
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. Whatever the case may be, set photos from Scotland have captured Paul Bettany playing the character. It seems at one point he tries to hide his identity...
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; he isn't mentioned in the official casting call.
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.
Wong — CONFIRMED!
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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