The Russo Brothers Explain Why Two Characters Were Omitted From ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

SPOILER ALERT: Obviously, this article pertains to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you may wish to back away and return after seeing it.

Prior to the release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, fans noticed two very notable absences in the film’s trailers, posters, magazine covers, etc.– Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye and Paul Rudd‘s Ant-Man.  After all, ‘Infinity War’ was supposed to be the culmination of ten years-worth of Marvel movies and why would they leave out one of the founding Avengers and a newer character that had headlined his own movie?  In fact, there had even been reports that Renner had been seen shooting for this film in Japan and that his version of Clint Barton would actually trade in his Hawkeye identity to become Ronin, a newer identity that the archer had adopted in the comics.  That appears to have turned out to be completely false.

While some fans came up with their own theories as to why Renner and Rudd weren’t included in the promotions for this movie– were they being left out in order to not spoil a major plot twist?– now that we’ve all seen it… they’re just plain not in it.

Black Widow, Captain America and War Machine discuss their whereabouts, explaining that they had gone home to be with their families and were under house arrest.  Now the film’s directors Anthony and Joe Russo have publicly offered a vague explanation, via the Happy Sad Confused podcast.

Anthony Russo: “There is a very specific story choice why…”

Joe Russo: “There is a… we have a really interesting story cooked up for both of those characters, and part of that story required that they be under house arrest.”

This house arrest appears to play out in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, which is said to take place between ‘Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’.  Perhaps Ant-Man was simply left out because his story is going to told in his own movie.  It also may have spoiled the Wasp’s debut.  If ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is set before ‘Infinity War’ it would only make sense for her to appear at Ant-Man’s side if he had been included.  And those at Marvel have stressed that the Wasp’s debut was too special to simply shoehorn it into an ensemble film and deserved a bigger spotlight.

Of course, we don’t know what became of Ant-Man, the Wasp or Hawkeye or their families after Thanos’ fateful finger snap.  That will most likely come into play in ‘Avengers 4’.  We do know that Linda Cardellini will return as Laura Barton and that Emma Fuhrmann has been cast as an older version of Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s daughter.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ stars Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Carrie Coon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Dinklage, Robert Downey Jr., Winston Duke, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, Anthony Mackie, Terry Notary, Elizabeth Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Michael James Shaw, Sebastian Stan, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Benedict Wong, and Letitia Wright, with the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.  It is playing in a Cineplex near you now.

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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