Well, here I go spoiling the Endgame film. Ladies and gentlemen, you have been warned. If you have not yet seen Avengers: Endgame, and you’re still on this post? How much more of a warning do you need that you’re reading about something you may not have seen?
Acknowledging Infinity War
Endgame starts out almost on the back of Infinity War–to be expected, really, given that the end of Infinity War left us all with more questions than answers. As they all stand in the dusty wake of those they lost, our team of Avengers try to come to terms with the new reality in which they live. One where certain people no longer exist. One where they may need more vacuum cleaners than they expected.
The deaths (which I cover here) are not just hand-waved. It is a brutal feeling of loss that some Avengers find themselves moving past, while others simply cannot ignore.
Breaking this down is going to get surprisingly confusing due to the nature of time travel (thanks Hank Pym and Scott Lang for that particular feat), but I’ll try to simplify the confusing parts. Because . . . there are going to be some confusing parts.
Let’s start with the basics.
Revealed losses of Infinity War
These guys were revealed to have been deceased during Endgame. Note that this list has no bearing on their current status, just that they were confirmed deceased thanks to “the snap” or other means.
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (on Earth)
- Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier/White Wolf (on Earth)
- Sam Wilson/Falcon (on Earth)
- T’Challa/Black Panther (on Earth)
- Peter Parker/Spider-man (on Titan)
- Dr. Stephen Strange (on Titan)
- Mantis (on Titan)
- Drax (on Titan)
- Peter Quill/Star Lord (on Titan)
- Groot (on Earth)
- Nick Fury (on Earth, Atlanta)
- Maria Hill (on Earth, Atlanta)
- Hank Pym (on Earth, San Francisco)
- Janet van Dyne/Wasp-1 (on Earth, San Francisco)
- Hope van Dyne/Wasp-2 (on Earth, San Francisco)
- Laura Barton (on Earth, Barton home)
- Lila Barton (on Earth, Barton home)
- Cooper Barton (on Earth, Barton home)
- Nate Barton (on Earth, Barton home)
- Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (on Earth)
- Shuri (on Earth, Wakanda)
Presumed losses of Infinity War
The fates regarding these guys was left ambiguous in Endgame, but it’s presumed they too were taken out during the snap or just prior to it. Again, this list is not indicative of their status post-Endgame.
- Nova Corps (Xandar is said to have been decimated, and the stone they were protecting stolen by Thanos)
- The Collector (presumably located on Knowhere, which was also decimated)
- Lady Sif (confirmed deceased by the Russos)
- Betty Ross (also confirmed by Russos)
- Peter Parker’s classmates (by the end of Endgame, they all mysteriously return to school the same year as Peter–given that all are present in the upcoming Spider-man: Far From Home film, and since none of them are ‘aged up’, it’s safe to assume most if not all of them didn’t make it past the infinity gauntlet)
- Kraglin & the Ravagers
- Luis & co.
Permanent victims of Infinity War
These are the guys that, despite the effort of the team in Endgame, was not magically resurrected by the end of the film. They’re done and are not set to return.
- Half of Asgard (estimation by Thor)
Every character seen or mentioned in Endgame and their post-film fate:
Lets start from the top.
- Tony Stark/Iron Man – deceased (sacrificed himself for the rest of the galaxy)
- Steve Rogers/Captain America – alive
- Chooses to go back to the mid-1900s to live out the remainder of his life with Peggy Carter (even gets married to her?). Old man Steve gives the mantle of Captain America to Sam Wilson by the end of Endgame.
- Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – deceased
- Sacrifices herself in order for Clint to receive the soul stone–Banner states that, though he tried to bring her back, there was nothing he could do.
- Clint Barton/Hawkeye – alive
- James Rhodes/War Machine – alive
- Bruce Banner/Professor Hulk – alive
- Thor – alive (hitches a ride with the Guardians of the Galaxy, renounces his title as King of Asgard)
- Scott Lang/Ant-Man – alive
- Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel – alive
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch – alive
- Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier – alive
- Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America – alive
- T’Challa/Black Panther – alive
- Peter Parker/Spider-man – alive
- Dr. Stephen Strange – alive
- Okoye – alive
- Hope van Dyne/Wasp-2 – alive
- Pepper Potts/Rescue – alive (now raising Morgan Stark)
- Wong – alive
- Shuri – alive
- Hank Pym – alive
- Janet van Dyne/Wasp-1 – alive
- Valkyrie – alive
- Korg & Miek – alive
- Frigga – perma-dead (makes an appearance in 2013 Asgard–Thor tries to tell her how she’s going to die, but she refuses to hear a word)
- Loki – perma-dead (2018)/alive (2012)
- This one’s a bit tricky. The Loki of 2018 was directly killed by Thanos and cannot be resurrected, but the Loki from Avengers (2012) manages to escape from Tony and Thor, along with the tessaract, effectively creating a separate timeline where he is alive. The last we see of him, he’s stepping back into a portal through space while 2012 Tony is busy having a mild cardiac episode and 2023 Tony is recovering from suddenly being smacked out by the 2012 Hulk.
Guardians of the Galaxy
- Gamora – perma-dead (2018)/alive (2023)
- Gamora was sacrificed for Thanos’ access to the soul stone in 2018, and was not brought back with the re-snap of Hulk’s fingers. Though the version of Gamora that makes it through Endgame is from 2014 and pretty much bolts after the battle against Thanos’ forces–it’s implied Quill intends to search for her.
- Mantis – alive
- Drax – alive
- Peter Quill/Star Lord – alive
- Groot – alive
- Nebula – alive (kills the Nebula of 2014 (a version 9 years younger than prime-Nebula), though is still breathing and with the Guardians by the end of Endgame)
- Rocket Raccoon – alive
- Kraglin & the Ravagers – alive
- Howard the Duck – alive
- Nick Fury – alive
- Maria Hill – alive
- Erik Selvig – unknown (mentioned and seen, though his status remained unconfirmed)
- Jane Foster – alive (though the most we see of her is from 2013 Asgard, so who knows what she’s up to these days)
- Happy Hogan – alive
- Aunt May – alive (mentioned, though not seen)
- Harley Keener – alive (he was the kid in the background of Stark’s funeral you didn’t immediately recognize).
Sharon Carter/Agent 13 – unknown (seen briefly on scene as an image with those confirmed deceased, though it’s assumed she’s alive post-re-snap)
- Brock Rumlow/Crossbones – perma-dead (we got a cool almost-fight scene with him in the 2012 scenes, but the guy is still destined to lose in Captain America: Civil War)
- Jasper Sitwell – perma-dead (cameos in the 2012 scenes, but still destined to die in Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
- The Ancient One – perma-dead (has a surprisingly large role in explaining the nonsensical use of time-travel in the film, and knows exactly what her fate entails, but alas, this is likely her last film)
- Barton family – alive (all return)
- Cassie Lang – alive
- Ramonda – alive
- Edwin Jarvis – unknown (character got a surprise cameo, and when we saw him, he was very much alive)
- Peggy Carter – perma-dead (I guess she got married to Steve, though?)
Spare a thought for characters who didn’t get a look-in during Endgame.
- Everett Ross (last seen in Black Panther – no mention)
- Nakia (last seen in Black Panther – no mention)
- Lady Sif (last seen in Thor: The Dark World/Agents of SHIELD, confirmed alive during Thor: Ragnarok events by Kevin Feige – no mention)
- Christine Palmer (last seen in Doctor Strange – no mention)
- Mordo (last seen in Doctor Strange – no mention)
- Stakar Ogord & co (last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – no mention)
- Phil Coulson (last seen in Avengers/Agents of SHIELD – Avengers still likely believe he’s dead)
- Helen Cho (last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron – no mention)
- Luis & co (last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp – hinted at, but no mention)
- Ava Starr/Ghost (last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp – no mention)
- Yon-Rogg (last seen in Captain Marvel – no mention (however, it was suggested by Ryan Fleck that an original plan for a Captain Marvel post-credits scene included the character ending up on Sakaar, setting him up to be forced to compete in the Grand Master’s Contest of Champions (though this never occurred))
- Talos & co (last seen in Captain Marvel – no mention (chances for his appearance are low, however))
- Maria & Monica Rambeau (last seen in Captain Marvel – no mention)
- Justin Hammer (last seen in All hail the King – no mention)
- The Netflix shows – no mention. Including but not limited to:
- Matt Murdock/Daredevil
- Jessica Jones
- Danny Rand/Iron Fist
- Luke Cage
- Frank Castle/The Punisher
- Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD cast
- Every other Marvel Television show cast in existence prior to Endgame‘s release
- Every FOX character now owned by Marvel
- No Deadpool cameos made it into this film.
Did I miss any?
Let me know in the comments.