Avengers: Infinity War was the culmination of 10 years of storytelling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with an epic ending that shook audiences worldwide. While not all of the Avengers managed to survive Thanos' deadly finger snap, there is something that connects those who did.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige commented on that connection in an interview with io9. “I think for a film series that is going on 10 years and is gearing towards a conclusion with Avengers 4, which you don’t usually have in these kind of movies, you can sort of do the math,” Feige said. “And realize it’s the original Avengers that are left.”
After the dust settled following Thanos successful quest to wipe out half of the universe's population, the only Avengers left standing are Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Black Widow, along with Colonel Rhodes. The fate of Hawkeye is left unanswered, however, considering there was no death scene for Jeremy Renner in the film, it can be assumed that he survived as well. As for Nick Fury, who put together the original lineup, unfortunately he wasn't so lucky.
Feige's comments do suggest the original Avengers surviving Infinity War is of great importance heading into Avengers 4. Marvel has been tight-lipped on details about the fourth Avengers film, however star Chris Hemsworth has said that it is "even more shocking than Infinity War."
In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others.