Now that Infinity War has hit cinemas across the UK and other parts of the world, we can finally talk about all the things people have been asking for months. Questions like "where's Hawkeye", "why isn't Daredevil in this", and "why was Hulk even in space in the first place?" One of the big questions involved characters that would or wouldn't appear, and now we can reveal which Marvel heroes didn't make the cut.
Everyone from Marvel TV
Marvel Studios and Marvel Television are both completely separate in how they run, with the film-making wing functioning is its own thing away from the oversight of Marvel Entertainment as a whole. That means that there's no real incentive for TV characters to appear in films, even in the form of waster eggs, despite how much fans might ask for Daredevil and Phil Coulson to link up with the Avengers and fight some bad guys.
Despite rumours to the contrary, Marvel has made it very clear that the TV characters wouldn't be appearing in Infinity War - mainly because there wasn't time to fit them into the script. The film does have a lot going on, and when Captain America doesn't get that much screen time it makes zero sense to try and work Daredevil into things just because you can. Plus, a lot of the action is self-contained in isolated locations (like space, Wakanda, and Titan), so it's not like Iron Man can turn the street corner and bump into Luke Cage or Iron Fist.
Hawkeye and Ant-Man
In this case Marvel kind of pulled the rug out from under fans, since it turns out both Hawkeye and Ant-Man weren't in Infinity War at all. Suddenly the fact that they weren't in any of the marketing makes a ridiculous amount of sense, as does the fact that Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place before Infinity War despite not arriving until July.
It's not like they're completely ignored, though, with Black Widow revealing that both characters are under house arrest following their escape from The Raft at the end of Civil War.
Valkyrie, Queen Ramonda, and Happy Hogan
All three of these characters were announced as returning for Infinity War, but none of them did. Not even Valkyrie, who was on the Asgardian refugee ship when Thanos attacked. Unlike Hawkeye and Ant-Man, their absence isn't even mentioned - let alone explained.
While it seemed Yondu's former first-mate Kraglin was joining the ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Vol. 2, he's nowhere to be found in this film. It's not clear why, and his presence isn't even explained away for one reason or another. It's doubly strange that Sean Gunn, who plays Kraglin, was on the set of the film anyway - taking on his usual role of Rocket Raccoon's on-set stand-in.
Despite having spotted Michael Rooker on set, in costume, Yondu makes no appearance in Infinity War. That's because Yondu is very dead, and seems to be staying that way. Rooker's presence on set was just a ruse to stop people figuring out his impending death before Guardians Vol 2 came out.
Despite the fact that Peter Parker's aunt caught him hanging around in his spider costume, she doesn't actually make an appearance in Infinity War. In fact the aftermath of that inevitable argument isn't even referenced, seeing as how Peter just casually carries his Spider-Man costume around in his backpack (and on a field trip no less).
Despite rumours that he would have the soul stone, and the scene teasing his appearance at the end of Guardians Vol 2, Adam Warlock makes no appearance in Infinity War. It shouldn't be a surprise, really, seeing as how Guardians writer and director James Gunn has made it abundantly clear that Adam won't make his MCU debut until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 at the earliest.
Despite announcing that Captain Marvel would appear in Infinity War, and later confirmation that scenes had been shot with Brie Larson, the half-alien hero is not in Infinity War. It was announced a while back that her scenes had been cut, meaning her debut will be in the stand-alone Captain Marvel film due to be released in March 2019.
Carol Danvers is hinted at, however, during the post-credits scene when Nick Fury sends off a signal in response to all the people vanishing thanks to Thanos's completion of the Infinity Gauntlet. The device Fury uses to send the message flashes up a quick logo that's almost identical to the Kree symbol worn by Danvers on her Captain Marvel costume.
According to the MCU timeline Fury has been aware of Danvers for at around 20 years, having been confirmed to appear in the '90s-era Captain Marvel where he'll have his first proper encounter with aliens and superheroes.
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