Are all 22 of the Marvel superheroes we’ve seen on recent Avengers: Infinity War characters posters about to meet their fate? Leaving us with just Hawkeye and Ant-Man? Before time travel somehow plays a hand in bringing most of them back?
Marvel fans have been wondering where Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is in the new promotional material for Infinity War. The character is confirmed for the movie, yet he’s nowhere to be found in the trailers or anywhere else. The same can be said about Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, since he hasn’t been featured in any of the promotional material for Infinity War either. In a recent interview, the Russo Brothers were asked about Hawkeye’s absence and said, “All will be explained when people see the movie… It’s all tied into the story.” Could this mean that Hawkeye and Ant-Man are the only ones who survive the battle with Thanos?
Now, this idea may seem far-fetched. However, there have been plenty of hints about time travel in Infinity War over the last several months. We’ve seen older costumes on set and even two different Spider-Man suits in what appears to be the same scene on Thanos’ Q-Ship, which is highlighted in the Super Bowl TV spot as well as the latest trailer. Additionally, the Russo Brothers have teased the possibility of time travel after talking about a certain tech that was used in Captain America: Civil War as foreshadowing. The tech is more than likely Tony Stark’s B.A.R.F. tech, or “Binarily Augmented Retro-Framing.” But, this tech doesn’t allow someone to go back in time, which is where Doctor Strange comes into play.
Since Ant-Man and Hawkeye are not present in the promotional material for Infinity War and are in the movie, it is believed that they are on their own after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, went home to his secret farmhouse and Ant-Man, aka Scott Lang is reportedly under house arrest after getting busted, while Cap and Bucky are in Wakanda. Since the duo are not involved with the battle with Thanos, it seems that they could be called upon after some major characters all bite the dust, which could bring Doctor Strange together with Hawkeye and Ant-Man to go back in time using the Time Stone to save the Avengers and battle Thanos again with new knowledge.
This could explain why Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is seen on Thanos’ Q-Ship in his normal suit and then in the Iron Spider suit. At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker is reluctant to use the Iron Spider suit, opting to be the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in his original costume. However, after getting killed by Thanos, going back in time might make Peter Parker rethink using the Iron Spider costume that Tony Stark gave him. This is all speculation at this point, but it could also explain the absence of the Ant-Man and Hawkeye in the Infinity War promotional campaign.
It seems plausible that some of our favorite heroes will not make it out of Infinity War alive, even if Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone. But if time travel is really going to be used to save the Avengers one and all, how will any of the characters ever face real death? How can the Russo Brothers make sense of killing off any of the beloved heroes for good with this story telling mechanism at their disposal? For now, we’ll just have to wait and see how the battle with Thanos pans out, but Ant-Man and Hawkeye will be involved in the story in some way or another after feeling particularly burned from the events of Captain America: Civil War. Hawkeye and Ant-Man may play a larger part in Infinity War than anybody can imagine right now along with Doctor Strange. Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th from Marvel Studios.