While Avengers 4, which presumably won’t be the final title, won’t be out until May next year anticipation for is certainly at an all-time high following the astronomical success of Avengers: Infinity War
While the ending of the last film looked seemed like the proverbial nail in the coffin for many characters after Thanos slapped the fire out of half-the MCU (without breaking a sweat) several characters have already been confirmed to make their comeback.
The follow up to Infinity War will also look to resolve the damage done by the Mad Titan and bring as well as bring a conclusion to the 10-going-on-11 year storyline and introducing a new one.
Josh Brolin is already set to return as the titular villain, last time we saw him he had completed his random, non-biased genocide and is now peacefully sitting on a farm somewhere basking in his work.
Making their Avengers debut will be Ant-Man & the Wasp, while Scott Lang was present for Captian America: Civil War, it resulted in him being placed under house arrest (as mentioned by Black Widow). He’ll be joined by the Wasp in their upcoming film in August, which is believed to be a segue to next year’s Avengers film.
Also making their big crossover debut is Captain Marvel, while she was initially meant to turn up in Infinity War the Russo brothers felt it was much more appropriate to debut her in her solo film first, which will be released in UK cinemas on March 8 2019. However, she was teased in Infinity Wars post-credit scene when Nicky Fury sent her a distress page before fading out of existence.
One character who was suspiciously missing from the biggest Marvel movie so far was Hawkeye, he hasn’t been seen since the events of Civil War which has him under house arrest too. However knowing Clint Barton, he won’t be sitting out the fight for too long, expect to see him back in action next year. Possibly as Ronin.
Also returning are those who survived Thanos’ mass genocide including Captain America, Iron Man, War Machine, Rocket, Black Widow (who is getting her own solo movie soon), Nebula, Thor and Bruce Banner (and possibly The Hulk – providing he’s got over his stage fright).
What’s interesting is the characters who have died particularly as most of them are getting solo sequels, the most surprising to bit the proverbial dust was Spider-Man and Black Panther. Both characters already have confirmed sequels in the works, with the next Spider-Man film set to take place directly after the events of Avengers 4.
As for Black Panther, a sequel has been confirmed following its outstanding success at the box office, as well as critics, this year.
We should be seeing the return of the GotG as well, as they have an upcoming film set to come out in 2020
One character who won’t be making their debut is Adam Warlock, who will presumably make his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The news was confirmed by the Russo brothers themselves who said:
Yeah, [Adam Warlock]’s not showing up in our stories. Look, our job as we said a million times is to tell the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to do direct adaptations of the comics because we’re comic book fans.
I have no interest as a director in telling a story that’s already been told or in seeing one that’s already been told.
If I know all the events as they’re going to happen then what’s the point of going to the film? We want to keep surprising audiences and continue the story that started with Iron Man a decade ago.