Where Are the Avengers? Here’s Where Each Of the Marvel Heroes (Probably) Is When ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Begins
As the release date for Avengers: Endgame draws nearer, audiences who are not super informed about all things MCU may need a refresher as to where all of the major Marvel heroes will be when the film begins. There are still a lot of unknowns: How much time has passed and whether or not the movie will be linear or jump around in time are big ones. But here’s what we can presume will be the status of the remaining Avengers at the start of the flick.
Tony Stark / Iron Man & Nebula
Robert Downey Jr.’s character kicked off the MCU, and he’s still around now that it’s time to take down its greatest foe. The problem? Last we saw Tony, he was on Titan, Thanos’ home planet, still reeling from being nearly mortally wounded by the villain. Nebula was also there, having arrived just in time to contribute to the fight.
The trailers for the film show Tony, seemingly alone, in a ship. In the first Endgametrailer, released in Dec. 2018, he is recording a “captain’s log” with the help of his helmet’s technology. In it, he speaks to his fiance, Pepper Potts, telling her that he is out of food and water and nearly out of oxygen, so it’s only a matter of time before he’s dead.
However, we know from the subsequent trailers that he makes it out alive in some way. It seems most likely that the film will begin with Tony either on Titan or on this ship and will show how he manages to make it back to Earth to reunite with the Avengers. As for Nebula, it’s also known that she makes it to Earth, although whether that’s with Tony or on her own remains to be seen.
Steve Rogers / Captain America, Bruce Banner / The Hulk, Thor, Natasha / Black Widow, Rhodey / War Machine, Rocket, Okoye, & M’Baku
Most of the Avengers are in Wakanda at the time of the snap. They ’ve just witnessed many deaths and are standing next to a very inactive Vision when Infinity War ends, wondering what to do now. Chances are, this whole group won’t all stick together until whenever Endgame picks up, and we don’t know where all of them are, but we can take some good guesses.
Steve and Natasha are shown together for much of the trailers. They’ll likely be working together on a plan at SHIELD headquarters, and are probably accompanied by Bruce and Rhodey for at least some of this. We know that Natasha goes out and finds a retired Avenger at some point (more on that to come).
As for the others, Thor typically likes to work alone, so he may be off doing his own thing for some of the movie (though we know he is with the rest of the crew at one key moment). Rocket is also seen with the Avengers, so even though he can be a bit of a loner, it looks like he’s learned to get along in a bigger group. As for the Wakandans, only Okoye is on the poster, so their involvement could be less (or, more likely, simply shrouded in secrecy).
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
One of the original Avengers wasn’t apart of the action in Infinity War. Clint left the Avengers in Age of Ultron to spend more time with his family. He came back to fight on Steve’s side in Captain America: Civil War, but it was then confirmed that he took a plea deal to stay on house arrest after the events of the film.
In the Endgame trailers, Clint is seen in a dark costume, out on the streets, sporting a new hairstyle. This has led many to believe that he has taken on the new superhero persona of Ronin, a “lone warrior.” The consensus is that he lost much, if not all, of his family in the decimation, and goes out to fight in the world alone after that. He comes into contact with his old friend Natasha at some point during Endgame and returns to the Avengers.
Scott Lang / Ant-Man
The other family man to fight alongside Cap in Civil War was Ant-Man, who was a new recruit at the time. His second film Ant-Man and the Wasp depicts him on a new adventure with Hope Van Dyne and Hank Pym. In the post-credit scene, he is exploring the Quantum Realm as Hope, Hank, and the newly-recovered Janet Van Dyne observe him. Then, suddenly, they’ve disappeared, in what was almost definitely the decimation.
So at the start of Endgame, Ant-Man in the Quantum Realm which, we’ve learned, is not an easy place to get out of. Somehow, he’ll manage to do this, end up on Earth at some point in time, and go seek out the Avengers, as seen in one of the trailers. His knowledge gathered from the Quantum Realm is almost certainly going to be imperative for whatever plan is constructed to save the universe.
Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Finally, we land on the character who has been most shrouded in mystery until very recently. For those who saw the film (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?), you know that Carol Danvers was the inspiration for the Avengers Initiative. At the end of her film (which takes place in 1995), she gives SHIELD agent Nick Fury an “upgraded” pager to contact her “for emergencies.” He does just this in the post-credits scene of Infinity War.
So how does she tie in so many years later? The Captain Marvel end credit scene shows her arriving at headquarters, probably not long after the decimation. Given how well-received that Thor-Carol scene from the most recent trailer is, we’ll probably get to see her arrival in full as well as how she assimilates to and assists the Avengers throughout Endgame.
If you don’t see your favorite hero listed here, we’ve got some bad news for you: They’re dead. Or, at least, possibly dead? Here’s who vanished in the decimation, in order of least to most dramatic disappearance: Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Drax, Star-Lord, Mantis, Doctor Strange, Groot, Bucky Barnes, and Spider-Man. In the Infinity War end credits, Agent Maria Hill and Nick Fury join them, and, as previously mentioned, the Ant-Man and the Wasp post-credit scene shows all of the Van Dyne/Pym clan to have vanished as well.
The few who are “definitively dead” (which always has an asterisk in the MCU) are: Asgardian force of nature Heimdall and He of Wavering Allegiance Loki, who were killed by Thanos and his men aboard Thor’s ship early in Infinity War; Galaxy Guardian Gamora, who Thanos sacrificed in Vormir in exchange for the Soul Stone; and Vision, an android made sentient with the Mind Stone, thus why Thanos removes it from his head, killing him. But some, if not all of this will be rectified when Endgame hits theaters.