There’s going to be how many Infinity War characters, you say?
Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War and are currently gearing up for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2, made some waves this weekend at the Wizard World convention in New Orleans. While they didn’t quite say there would be 67 named characters in the final movie, they did say that they had “a board with 67 characters on it” for Infinity War.
Of course, we want to know who those 67 characters will be. So we got to work listing the likely candidates.
They’ll Be There (#1 – #16)
Let’s start with some easy ones. These characters will show up in Avengers: Infinity War in some way, shape, form, or fashion, and most of them will probably be pretty central to the plot.
1. Thanos – After six years of teasing, it’ll finally be his time to shine.
3. Captain America (Steve Rogers)
4. The Hulk
5. Iron Man
6. Black Widow
8. Vision – Don’t forget that he’s got the Mind Stone stuck in his forehead. Thanos is going to want that before too long. Vision could be what brings this whole party down to Earth.
10. Black Panther
11. Captain Marvel
12. Bucky Barnes
13. Star Lord
15. Scarlet Witch
16. Doctor Strange
That’s more or less the core group of MCU superheroes as we have or will come to know them up to Infinity War, plus the movie’s main antagonist.
They’ll Probably Be There (#17 – #24)
These characters aren’t the sure things that the last group was, but when you talk about 67 Infinity War characters, you figure these probably have to make at least a drive-by appearance as well, and they’ll still probably be at least on the fringe of the main action.
17. Nick Fury
18. War Machine
23. Rocket Raccoon
With the exception of Nick Fury, this whole group is sort of the sidekick characters – the heroes tangent to the main heroes of the story. Yeah, #22-#25 are the majority of the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but let’s not pretend that Guardians isn’t the Star-Lord show.
More Likely Than Not (#25 – #31)
It’s hard to say what kind of an impact these character will have on Avengers: Infinity War, but at 67 characters in Infinity War, it’s still likely they’ll be in it. Some might get the cameo treatment, but others might be more instrumental in the plot.
25. Loki – What’s his status going to be after Thor: Ragnarok anyways?
27. Maria Hill
28. The Collector
29. Nova Prime – Glenn Close’s captain of the galactic police force is currently in possession of the Space Gem. John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey might be constrained to Guardians movies, Nova Prime will not be.
31. Sharon Carter/Agent 13 – She’s been lurking in the background for a little while, and will appear in Captain America: Civil War. She and Maria Hill are in a similar spot – it’s hard to imagine them turning the tide in any real way, but they’ll probably be key to marshaling the forces against Thanos along with Nick Fury.
It’s A Coin Flip (#32 – #38)
These aren’t necessarily characters we’d expect to see, or at least we wouldn’t expect to see much of, but they could certainly show up as support or as muscle.
33. Hank Pym
34. Thunderbolt Ross – Do we get a glorious 1-2 punch of Hulk and Red Hulk? Or is he just a military advisor?
The last three are just Thor’s warrior friends, and Sif’s the one who’ll get screen time if any of them do. But if Sif’s there, the other warriors probably will be, too, if only in the background.
Maybe, Just Maybe (#39 – #48)
It’s at this point that we’re really starting to grasp at straws, so a few more might need some explanation for how they’d fit into Infinity War.
39. Ronan – Yes, he appeared to die in Guardians of the Galaxy, but what if he was just entombed in the Power Stone, as some theories have suggested?
40. Baron Zemo – We don’t know what to expect yet from the main villain of Captain America: Civil War, but more of Daniel Bruhl (who’s playing him) is always a good thing.
41. Pepper Potts
43. Jessica Jones
44. Luke Cage
45. Iron Fist – All of the Defenders (#43-46) would be making the jump from street-level crime to a cosmic level s***storm, something they feel very unable to handle, but Marvel’s Netflix shows have been very popular and given us great takes on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and (to a lesser extent) Luke Cage already. If we’re digging deep for Infinity War, there’s really no reason to suppose TV characters are out of the running.
46. Agent Coulson
47. Star-Lord’s Dad – Whoever this ends up being (he’ll probably show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2).
48. Death – The only reason Death – and to be clear, we’re talking the physical embodiment of the cosmic entity here – isn’t higher on this list is that it seems like kind of a weird thing to do within the established confines of the MCU. But Thanos’s main motivation is his love of Death, so maybe she/it will show up as a character.
Unlikely, but Someone Gotta Make the List (#49 – #56)
Yes, we’re reaching here. But look, this section only starts at #50. We’re trying to get through #67.
49. Erik Selvig – The scientist has already been important in the wider MCU a couple times. Stands to reason he might be important again.
50. Jane Foster
52. Ulysses Klaw
53. Hellcat – Realistically, this is the only sidekick/secondary character from the Netflix shows who might come into her own enough to merit a spot in the big time. Still a long shot.
54. Miles Morales – There were already rumors of two spider-men, right?
55. Cosmo the Telepathic Dog
56. Howard the Duck
Who Knows? (The 10 – and Likely More – We Missed)
Ok, even adding up nearly all of not just the likely appearances, but a few deeply unlikely ones, too, we still come up eleven characters short. Where are those 11 Infinity War characters coming from?
Well, for one thing we don’t know what secondary characters are going to appear in Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, or even Captain Marvel. Heck, there are a few characters in the soon-to-be-released Captain America: Civil War we know almost nothing about, like whoever Martin Freeman is playing. Or maybe some characters from Agents of SHIELD, even though Joss Whedon insisted a while ago that the ABC section of the MCU was sort of its own thing.
But we should also keep in mind that, just as other movies in the MCU introduce a few new supporting cast members here and there, the two-part Infinity War is likely to do the same. So with a character or two from a few other franchises who’ve yet to be introduced and a handful of new folks, we’re there.
Still, seems pretty daunting.