‘Avengers: End Game’: Here are all the ‘Infinity War’ characters you might see
Whether you’ve been living under a rock or just don’t like superhero movies, you might not be preparing to see Avengers: End Game this weekend. Anyone with more than a passing interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been saving up their moviegoing mojo to see exactly WTF happened after Thanos snapped half the universe out of existence in Infinity War.
Avengers: End Game sparks the end of an era for the Marvel franchise, ten years and 22 movies on. Not only has the Infinity Saga ended, but we’re also saying a final goodbye to Stan Lee, who will be making his last cameo appearance following his death at the ripe, productive age of 95 last year.
To celebrate the theatrical release of the latest Avengers movie, we thought it only right to rank all the superheroes featured in the last movie in the series, Avengers: Infinity War. Suit up – let’s do this.
27. Queen Mother Ramonda: Angela Bassett
T’Challa and Shuri’s inspirational mom is full of fight and power.
26. Eitri: Peter Dinklage
A magical weapons creator and general inventive badass.
25. Vision: Paul Bettany
Created using the artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S and the Mind Stone, Vision’s life is in conflict with Thanos’s goals and he’s totally in the line of danger.
24. War Machine / James Rhodes: Don Cheadle
When the former US Air Force officer was paralyzed during the events of the Civil War, Rhodes is given apparatus by Stark so he can walk again and rejoin the Avengers to fight Thanos.
23. Mantis: Pom Klementieff
The newest member of the Guardians of the Galaxy has empathic powers and can apparently take the brunt of a lot of backhanded compliments (courtesy of Drax).
22. Wong: Benedict Wong
One of the Masters of the Mystic Arts tasked with defending some of Kamar-Taj’s most valuable relics and books.
21. White Wolf / Bucky Barnes: Sebastian Stan
Rogers’s ally and best friend (though sadly not boyfriend as many fans have urged should happen) has re-emerged from his villainous past after being brainwashed following World War II.
20. Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff: Elizabeth Olsen
With a range of superpowers that make her sound like a Stephen King character, Scarlet Witch can harness hypnosis, telekinesis, and magic to take battle against whatever bad guys she wants to.
19. Falcon / Sam Wilson: Anthony Mackie
The former pararescueman was trained by the military in aerial combat using a snazzy wing pack that we absolutely covet.
18. Okoye: Danai Gurira
The leader of Wakanda’s armed forces and the astounding general of the Dora Milaje, Okoye is a loyal friend of T’Challa and is also loyal to serving her kingdom.
17. Drax the Destroyer: Dave Bautista
Seeking vengeance against Thanos for killing his family, this Guardians of the Galaxy member is a wrecking ball of a dude with a heart of pure gold.
16. Groot: Vin Diesel
The tree-like humanoid is the purest thing in this entire universe. Especially when (as he will be during Infinity War) he’s still a tiny, adorable adolescent who loves to dance. Be still, our beating heart!
15. M’Baku: Winston Duke
Leader of the Jabari Tribe with a complicated history between himself and T’Challa, M’Baku is an outspoken rebel who knows his own mind.
14. Stephen Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch
The doctor is in the house (of Marvel, that is)! Doctor Stranger is a Master of the Mystic Arts who can delve into alternate dimensions and magical realms with all the casual finesse of a dude just popping to the local Subway for a 12-inch on rye.
13. Rocket: Bradley Cooper
The genetically engineered bounty hunter and mercenary (who also happens to be a racoon) is a fearless, potty-mouthed master of battles who is not to be underestimated just because he’s so tiny and cute and furry (he totally isn’t).
12. Nebula: Karen Gillan
Thanos’s adopted daughter and Gamora’s violent, unpredictable sister has chilled a little since she was first introduced. Maybe she’ll be a little cooler this time around?
11. Gamora: Zoe Saldana
Thanos’s other daughter still seeking redemption for the crimes of her past, Gamora is steadfast, loyal, smart, and tough, but isn’t afraid to takedown her own family.
10. Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff: Scarlett Johansson
The highly-trained spy and hardened hero is dark and brooding, yet powerful and resilient. She has great hair, even while in the thick of battle (a true superpower, dear friends) and is full of caustic quips.
9. Shuri: Letitia Wright
The teen girl genius was a fan-favorite of Black Panther and the sharp and witty inventive princess is returning for Infinity War where she’ll hopefully provide a verbal takedown of every dude not pulling his weight on the battlefield.
8. Loki: Tom Hiddleston
Thor’s mischievous, adoptive brother – the all-seeing, all-hearing Asgardian former sentry – is eternally a bad boy who is definitely not to be trusted (although everyone inexplicably finds themselves trusting anyway). Go figure.
7. Spider-Man / Peter Parker: Tom Holland
The friendly neighborhood superhero is still technically Stark’s protegé even if he has already proven his ability to save folk on his own (and lead his own movie) in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The kid is a little over-enthusiastic and should probably chill a little, but whatever! We’d be pretty excited too if we were part spider.
6. Hulk / Bruce Banner: Mark Ruffalo
Banner is ludicrously smart, patient, and balanced while his gigantic green alterego is a tempestuous, smashing machine with the mental capacity of a five-year old. He’s probably the most reasonable of all the Avengers (so long as he manages to keep chill).
5. Steve Rogers: Chris Evans
His superpower is being hella patriotic, weilding a fancy shield, and enjoying peak physicality, which explains why he looks so great in all of his little costumes.
4. Iron Man / Tony Stark: Robert Downey Jr.
Unless you count being a smarmy billionaire with an endless set of sharp one-liners as being a superpower, Tony Stark / Iron Man is probably the least “super” of the squad. Still, his supersuit is shiny and mighty so he’s alright.
3. Black Panther / T’Challa: Chadwick Boseman
The king of Wakanda has enhanced strength and a formidable spirit and hopefully he’ll prove himself to be one of the greatest assets to the Avengers (because he totally is).
2. Star-Lord / Peter Quill: Chris Pratt
Half-human and half-Celestial, the Guardians of the Galaxy leader is a smartass whose arrogance often lands him into trouble. However, he is also genuinely smart when he wants to be and has a killer taste in music, so that’s something.
1. Thor: Chris Hemsworth
The king of Asgard and most babelicious of all the Avengers now has an eyepatch and an even more mystical hammer than what he possessed earlier. Unofficially, he’s Bruce Banner’s bestie (we’re just not sure if Banner is aware of that). Easily the best Avenger (at least by Film Daily’s standards).