Marvel has made no secret of the fact that Avengers: Infinity War will have the largest cast of any of their Cinematic Universe films to date, but now that the official cast list has been released, we can truly marvel (heh) at the ridiculous scope of the upcoming crossover movie. Just look at this thing:
Starring in “Avengers: Infinity War” is BAFTA Award nominee Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin as Thanos, Saturn Award Winner Chris Pratt as Star Lord / Peter Quill, Teen Choice Awards nominee Sebastian Stan as Bucky, four-time Golden Globe Award nominee Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, Academy Award winner Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, ALMA Award winner Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Empire Award winner Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, two-time Saturn Award nominee Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, BAFTA Awards nominee Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet, four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Vin Diesel as Groot, Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, British Independent Film Awards nominee Benedict Wong as Wong, Action on Film Award winner Dave Bautista as Drax, BAFTA Film Award nominee Paul Bettany as Vision, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award winner Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, three-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk, and two-time Academy Award nominee Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man.
So yeah, pretty much every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is returning for this one, but there are a few notable characters missing from the list. Of particular note is the absence of Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, and perhaps most surprisingly, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that these characters won’t be in the film and in the case of Spider-Man, it could just be that Marvel Studios hasn’t yet secured permission from Sony Pictures, who still own the character rights, to use him in the film. Still, it’s interesting to note that all three of the above-mentioned heroes don’t have much in the way of super abilities, with only Spider-Man possessing any actual powers. Given the cosmic slant of Infinity War, perhaps these three are sitting this fight out altogether.
…or maybe someone just forgot to add their names to this ludicrously long list. Yeah, we’re going to go with that.