SYFY WIRE's Infinity War Roundup is your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Marvel's massive superhero crossover, Avengers: Infinity War. In the weeks leading up to Infinity War's April 27 premiere, SYFY WIRE will be rounding up every important character arc and plot detail you need to know from the past 10 years and 18 movies.
Today we'll be taking a look at some very important members of the Avengers world that we haven't covered yet. It's time to take a look at the MCU lives of Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff, Clint "Not on the Posters" Barton, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man.
NATASHA ROMANOFF/BLACK WIDOW (SCARLETT JOHANSSEN)
A former Russian master spy who was conditioned as a part of the mysterious Red Room Program, Natasha Romanoff eventually gave up her morally questionable activities (mostly) and became one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top agents, working directly for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
We first met her in Iron Man 2, where Fury used her to observe and report on the activities of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Following that introduction, she had major roles in both of the Avengers films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. We are still waiting on her solo movie. Any day now.
As a super-spy who is also highly adept with all kinds of kicking ass, Romanoff (codenamed "Black Widow") is an integral part of the team. Her physical prowess is matched only by her intelligence, and she is constantly the only voice of reason in the room. Though she deals with secrets as a part of her job, she had no issues with letting the truth come to light when it had to, as she did at the end of Winter Soldier. She let the world in on what was really going on with S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, and didn't get in any trouble for doing so. When questioned about it, she shrugged and said that she (and the other Avengers) would be needed. She was right.
Her friendship with Bruce "The Hulk" Banner (Mark Ruffalo) went up a level in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where it became clear that the two of them were developing feelings for each other. Banner was hesitant to take the leap, saying that he was a monster — to counter this, Romanoff let him in on the horrors that the Red Room program put her through, and what she had done as a result, things that put lots of red in her ledger. Conditioned to care about nobody and nothing, she made it clear that she was just as much a monster as he was.
She kissed him toward the film's end, but Hulk then took off in a Quinjet and headed off to the set of Thor: Ragnarok. Romanoff tried to get him to land the plane, but he didn't listen. She was upset by Hulk's actions, but kept it to herself and threw herself back into training the next round of Avengers.
Romanoff was, surprisingly, Team Tony during Civil War. She clashed with her good friend Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) during the Airport Battle, where the both of them were likely pulling their punches. Toward the battle's end, she switched sides and let Cap escape Berlin with Bucky.
Where we left her: We don't know, honestly. We don't really see her after the Berlin sequence, and she isn't locked up with the rest of Team Cap. Regardless of where we left her, we can expect Black Widow to continue to kick ass and keep the team together when they have to reassemble. She is also long overdue for a talk with Banner, and could either punch him or kiss him. Even odds.
CLINT BARTON/HAWKEYE (JEREMY RENNER)
Good ol' Hawkeye first appeared in an extended cameo in Thor before going on to show up in both Avengers films, as well as Captain America: Civil War.
He spent most of the first Avengers film brainwashed by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and didn't really have a chance to shine until after his good friend Romanoff hit him hard enough for the effects of the Mind Stone to come undone. Once he was himself again, he shot every alien invader he saw full of arrows.
He was injured at the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but recovered, and was the only member of the team to avoid the mind games of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). He acts as a mentor to her in the finale of the film, telling her at one point that if she walks out that door, she is an Avenger. He also jokes about killing her twin brother right before that brother sacrifices himself to save him. We didn't see that coming!
We also learned that Clint had a secret, which came in the form of a wife, children, and a conveniently hidden farm. Though he "retired" at the end of Age of Ultron, he sprang back to action to help Wanda Maximoff and Team Cap during Captain America: Civil War.
Where we left him: He (and the rest of Team Cap) was rescued by Steve Rogers from the prison known as the Raft at the end of Civil War. We're guessing that he went back to his farm and is spending time with his family. It would take something pretty major to get him out of retirement, and we're thinking that Thanos qualifies.
WANDA MAXIMOFF/SCARLET WITCH (ELIZABETH OLSEN)
Wanda made her debut (alongside her twin brother) in the post-credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and then appeared fully in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Along with her twin, Pietro/Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Wanda was experimented on by HYDRA, and given powers using Loki's scepter, which actually contained the Mind Stone. She wanted revenge on Tony Stark, and when HYDRA seemed to fall, she and her brother joined up with Ultron.
She has mind-control abilities, as well as magic "blasty boom" kinds of powers. She's not always in control of them, and when her emotions take over, her powers let loose. We saw evidence of this when her brother died. When she discovered Ultron's true plans, she had second thoughts. She conquered her fears and helped the Avengers to defeat Ultron.
She full-on joined the Avengers after his defeat, and was next seen in Captain America: Civil War. She was "responsible" for the destruction that makes the government desire oversight with the Sokovia Accords, but this is highly unfair. Crossbones was the terrorist involved, and she was only trying to stop him. Without her, things would have been worse.
Because of all of this, Wanda was confined to the upstate Avengers facility. The government was afraid of her, and with good reason — they just royally screwed her over. While under house arrest, Wanda continued to expand her friendship with Vision, who saved her in the previous film. The two of them are really into each other. Hardcore, no question, into it.
Hawkeye eventually broke Wanda out, and she proceeded to use her powers to prevent Vision from stopping them. She fought for Team Cap, and ended up in the Raft with the rest of them.
Where we left her: She escaped from the Raft with the rest of Team Cap. Not only do her powers come from the Mind Stone, but she has a huge connection with Vision, who is the stone's current keeper. When her constantly growing superpowers are added into the mix, we can expect Wanda to be pivotal to Infinity War's storyline. We can also expect the Wanda/Vision romance to blossom and bloom before one (or both) of them snuff it.
VISION (PAUL BETTANY)
The being known as Vision was created in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where a synthetic body made by Ultron, Tony's digital assistant JARVIS, and the recently discovered Mind Stone were all combined to create him. He instantly won Thor's trust by lifting Mjolnir.
An highly intelligent being who can grow capes out of his back, fly, and shoot light beams out of his head, Vision is an incredibly powerful member of the team, if not the most powerful. He was the one to take out the final Ultron copy ("After all, I was born yesterday") and joined the new roster at the end of the film.
In Captain America: Civil War, Vision has learned how to appear in collared shirt/sweater combos, and is in favor of the Sokovia Accords. He shows a hint of romantic interest toward his charge, Wanda, yet is still trying to grasp what humanity is.
After she pounded him into the ground to free herself, Vision fought for Team Tony. He must not have been fighting all that hard, because if he wanted to kill everybody in that airport, he easily could have done so.
At the end of the battle, one of the laser beams from his head accidentally hit Rhodey, who fell to the ground. Rhodey survived, but required major physical therapy. Vision was probably very upset after being a part of this friendly-fire scenario.
Where we left him: We don't see him after the airport, but Vision's likely back at the Avengers facility and still enjoying government oversight. Since he has the Mind Stone in his head, we can look for him to be essential to the Infinity War story. We've only had two movies with him, and he's one of the coolest Avengers around — we're afraid for him. We also look forward to him and Wanda moving things along.
SCOTT LANG/ANT-MAN (PAUL RUDD)
Scott Lang was a criminal when we met him in Ant-Man. He comes across the Ant-Man suit, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Hank's daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) while trying to rob them. It didn't go well, but soon enough Pym and Hope began training Lang to use the Ant-Man suit, which enabled Lang to shrink himself using something called "Pym particles."
He went up against Sam Wilson at one point in the film, so Wilson called him in to help during the events of Captain America: Civil War. Not only did Lang prove highly useful as a shrinking member of Team Cap, he also used the suit to go the other way when he supersized himself.
He ended up in the Raft with the rest of the team, telling Tony that Hank Pym always told him to "never trust a Stark."
Where we left him: He was broken out of the Raft along with Team Cap. He is likely hiding out with Pym and Hope, who received a suit of her own at the end of Ant-Man and also shared a kiss with Lang. We don't know what function Lang will have in Infinity War, but he has proven himself to be a highly useful (and highly entertaining) team member, who can interact with the powers of the other Avengers in all kinds of fun and interesting ways. As Ant-Man and the Wasp comes out a few months after Infinity War, we are almost certain that Scott Lang will survive this movie.
All in all, what is the current state of the... well, they're not the Ant-Man crew. Black Widow still hasn't gotten her own movie, but we'll go with that anyway. What is the current state of the Black Widow (and other various team members) crew?
Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, and Ant-Man were all Team Cap — that means they are all technically war criminals, or some such. They are all laying low, perhaps staying on Hawkeye's farm, which would be nice. Lang is probably hiding out with Pym and Hope, or maybe he's just gone really small and is hiding in Tony's pocket. Vision is likely trying to overcome his guilt, deal with his feelings, and... come up with more shirt/sweater combinations. Hopefully one of those combinations won't feature a target on the back — though with the Mind Stone in his head, that target will be there anyway. Black Widow could be anywhere. If she doesn't want to be found, then you're not gonna find her. Here's hoping she comes back quickly, because the Avengers are nothing without her.
Next time on the Infinity War roundup, we'll be taking a look at the villains that our heroes are about to face. It's time to explore Thanos himself, as well as his henchpeople — Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian.