Last year, rumors began swirling that Avengers: Infinity War was set to have an over 70 character ensemble. The long-awaited culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be the biggest yet, since the introduction of 2008’s Iron Man.
Co-writer Christopher Markus confirmed the massive cast, saying the vast number derives from all formerly introduced Marvel characters.
“If you line up all the characters who are available to use from the prior Marvel movies, it racks up to about 60 something characters, let alone the new ones you could bring in.”
There is always a vigilance when dealing with a substantial group this large, but co-director Joe Russo claims that audiences will not be disappointed.
“People will not be disappointed in the amount of characters in the movie. The concept of Infinity War is that the Marvel Universe unites to battle the greatest threat to the world and universe that you’ve ever seen, and we’re going to honor that concept.”
That imminent threat being the all-powerful, intergalactic Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), who has been hunting down the Infinity Stones since The Avengers in 2012.
With all the announcements and appearances of who exactly will be present in the film, we’ve gathered up a list to keep track of who has been confirmed so far:
Of course, the titled characters will make their return. The original five – Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – along with the new Avengers – Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), and War Machine (Don Cheadle). Even Thor’s devious brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be present for the war.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
With an intergalactic war at their heels, who better to recruit than the Guardians of the Galaxy? Guardians and friends – Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Drax (Dave Bautista), Adolescent Groot (Vin Diesel), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), and Nebula (Karen Gillan) – will be running into The Avengers, thanks to Thor.
The Newest Avengers: Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange
Newly inducted hero Spider-Man (Tom Holland) will team up with Earth’s mightiest heroes once again, this time accepting the incredible red, black, and gold suit introduced at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang was spotted on the Infinity War set, interacting with another universe newcomer, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), himself joined by loyal ally Wong (Benedict Wong). T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), proud king of the mysterious and powerful African nation of Wakanda, will take part in the fight against Thanos and his allies, with Okoye (Danai Gurira) — leader of T’Challa’s Dora Milaje — also set to make an appearance. Lastly, Bucky (Sebastian Stan), known as the Winter Soldier, was spotted in the Infinity War footage leading an army of his own.
Thanos and the Black Order
Of course, we can’t forget the villains. Thanos won’t be alone in his attempted conquering of the universe: he’ll be accompanied by his children, the Black Order. The group consists of Ebony Maw, Corvus Glave, Proxima Midnight, Supergiant, and Cull Obsidian (in the comics, this character is known as Black Dwarf). We know little of the twisted Brady Bunch, but the characters made their entry into the Marvel Comics universe in 2013’s New Avengers #8. It would be fair to assume at least some of the Black Order will have a run-in with Thanos’ other children: his adopted daughters, Gamora and Nebula, aka members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The heroes we know that won’t be making an appearance are Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), as well as the superheroine The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly).
The superhero epic, along with Avengers 4, will be “in some ways… an ending to a long journey for many characters,” and “will also be a beginning for other characters,” said director Anthony Russo.
Which heroes are you most excited to see in action when Infinity War arrives? Let us know!
Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4th, 2018.