WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.
The moment Thanos assembled his Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers, half of all life in the universe disappeared into ash. Viewers were left positively shocked when they saw fan-favorite characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Scarlet Witch, Bucky Barnes and Nick Fury die before their eyes. As the film reached its conclusion, we saw which characters had lived, and which of them had died. Well, most of them.
In actuality, there are many more Marvel Cinematic Universe characters whose fates were left in doubt -- many characters who were off-screen at the time of the snap. In order to set the record straight on some of the MCU's mainstays, Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo were quizzed by Huffington Post on the status of a few fan-favorite characters.
According to the brothers, Howard The Duck, whom we have seen twice in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, is marked under safe. "He survived," Joe Russo revealed. And he's not the only one. In fact, the directors revealed that Peter Parker's aunt, May Parker, actually survived the fateful finger snap. Also counted among the survivors: Black Panther's Nakia, who according to the brothers is out on missions, "deep undercover."
However, it's not all good news. The Russo brothers confirmed an extensive list of deceased characters, who also crumbled to ash when Thanos snapped his fingers. Counted among the departed are Bruce Banner's one-time girlfriend Betty Ross, Thor's fellow Asgardian warrior Lady Sif, and the brilliant Asgardian actor who portrayed Loki in the outdoor play seen in Thor: Ragnarok (who happens to look a whole lot like Matt Damon).
But as forthcoming as the Russos were, they actually had to keep mum on the fate of certain characters. The duo of directors played the "spoiler" card when asked about the whereabouts of Jane Foster, Korg and Miek, Shuri and Peter Parker's best friend Ned. "When we say spoiler, [we mean] potential spoiler," Anthony said, meaning that Jane and Ned may not necessarily play a pivotal role in Avengers 4.
As for Ant-Man, the Wasp and Hawkeye, we will just have to wait to find out.
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.