Spoilers: Turn back now if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War
With a snap of his mighty finger, assisted by the completed Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half of all life in the universe, causing many fan-favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes to crumble into ashes in the climactic moments of Avengers: Infinity War. Since this was a snap that affected all life in the cinematic universe, not appearing in this film didn’t guarantee any cinematic universe character’s life.
Speaking with the Huffington Post, Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe & Anthony Russo danced around spoilers to reveal the fates of some of the vast wealth of characters from the other 19 MCU films.
Guardians of the Galaxy end-credits scene star & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brief cameo Howard the Duck? “He survived,” Joe said.
Also deemed safe were Spider-Man/Peter Parker’s Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) who was said to be away from Wakanda in the film because she was off on missions.
On the departed side are Bruce Banner’s seemingly forgotten former girlfriend Betty Ross (Liv Tyler), Thor’s warrior companion Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander), and the Asgardian actor playing Loki in Thor: Ragnarok played of course by Matt Damon.
Others such as Shuri (Letitia Wright), Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), Korg (Taika Waititi) & Miek and Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) were deemed too spoilery to confirm or deny their current statuses.
“When we say spoiler, [we mean] potential spoiler,” Anthony said, indicating that some of these characters very well could be dead but Marvel Studios would like to keep some mystery in regards to who may or may not show up or be referenced when Avengers 4 debuts in May 2019.