Marvel famously plays their cards close to the vest when it comes to keeping story details secret...both to avoid spoilers and to keep fans guessing. But the studio has revealed some unexpected characters set to appear in its next big film. Here's a look at some of the most surprising characters confirmed for Avengers: Endgame. And, obviously, some major potential spoilers ahead.
Portrayed by Tilda Swinton in 2016's Doctor Strange, the Ancient One was Stephen Strange's mentor who taught the eventual Sorcerer Supreme everything he knows about magic and the mystic arts. In the film, it's revealed that she'd been using dark magic to lengthen her life.
Soon after, in a savage battle with villain Kaecilius, the Ancient One is mortally wounded and dies. But not before a final heart-to-heart with Strange via astral projection.
While death isn't always the end of the road in superhero movies, the images of the Ancient One's vanishing astral projection seemed as final an outcome as one can receive in the MCU. That's exactly why many fans were surprised to see Swinton's name on Endgame's IMDb page. Following her death, Doctor Strange wielded the artifact known as the Eye of Agamotto, which was revealed to be the Time Stone. The Ancient One's reappearance has fueled fan theories that time travel will play a major role in Endgame.
In the first act of Infinity War, Wong joins the fight against the invading Black Order. Once Doctor Strange is kidnapped, however, Wong abruptly exits the remainder of the film's action to protect the Sanctum Sanctorum. While Wong's fate post-snap is never fully revealed, the actor has confirmed his participation in Endgame. Assuming this means that Wong is alive and well, this character could wind up being surprisingly crucial to the plot.
Doctor Strange is conspicuously left out of the confirmed cast for Endgame. When last we saw him in Infinity War, he was disintegrating to dust while also hinting at a larger plan. In Doctor Strange, Wong was the keeper of the mystical library in Kamar-Taj and was responsible for schooling Strange on the nature of the Time Stone encased within the Eye of Agamotto. As perhaps the last hero standing with in-depth knowledge of the Infinity Stones, and significant experience wielding the Time Stone, Wong may be the one to bring Benedict Cumberbatch back to the Endgame call sheet after all.
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Wong | 1:29
Harley Keener | 2:37
Guardians of the Galaxy | 3:16
Gamora | 3:53
The Wasps | 4:41
Crossbones | 5:37
Spider-Man | 6:30
Scarlet Witch | 7:13
Winter Soldier | 7:54
Mar 18, 2019