The following contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. Seriously, what's taking you so long?

Avengers: Infinity War is, for most fans, a thing of the past, but as its events will lead us directly into next year's Avengers 4, we all are wondering just how the rest of Phase Three will go from here. Most of our heroes are gone, which means it's up to the few who remain to save the rest of the universe. How will all of these remaining characters fit together? It's never too early to speculate.

There were certainly some characters that were more important than others in Infinity War and, maybe not coincidently, a lot of them are gone, making Avengers 4 an opportunity for other characters to shine. Here are 10 characters who may turn out to be especially valuable in the next movie, and why that could be the case.

Hawkeye

We start with one character who likely will be of key importance to Avengers 4 if for no other reason than he was nearly ignored entirely in Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers have continued to assure us that Hawkeye's story in these films is important. When we consider the fact that Hawkeye almost certainly lost some or all of his family to Thanos' snap, his role in Avengers 4 becomes seemingly obvious. He's an avenging angel. Whether his goal is to try and get his family back, or simply take down the one who took them, Hawkeye will likely have some of the strongest motivation of any of our heroes to go after the Mad Titan. He could actually be the one who incites the entire plot of the new movie.

Ant-Man

While we're discussing characters who get ignored in Avengers: Infinity War, we have to also discuss Ant-Man. He's in a bit of a grey area as, while we don't know what's been going on with him off-screen, unlike Hawkeye, we will learn the answer thanks to the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp movie. Assuming he's still alive, Scott Lang will almost certainly be called up by the Avengers for help due to the reduced ranks. He could play an important role in a couple of ways. First, depending on the future status of the Hulk, Giant Man could be the key to fighting Thanos from a purely physical standpoint. Secondly, his knowledge of the Quantum Realm, and potentially other aspects of reality as well, could turn out to be very important in understanding the power of the Infinity Stones in order to defend against them or use them.

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