Avengers: Endgame featured dozens of heroes and supporting characters from throughout Marvel Cinematic Universe history, but there are still a few big (and maybe medium or even sorta small) names that didn't make it into the film - and whose MCU stories remain untold.
While it would be near impossible to get to everyone who's ever appeared in the MCU, there are a few key characters that we're hoping get a final resolution to their MCU arcs - but who didn't get a moment in Avengers: Endgame.
Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame.
When we last saw Everett Ross, he was helping Black Panther stop Killmonger’s coup in Wakanda – and that’s kind of it. Ross doesn’t have much resolution on film in Black Panther (not that he needs much), but that means he’s still out there for future U.S./Wakanda diplomacy.
Nakia & W’Kabi
There were plenty of Wakandans at the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, and in its wrap up – but not Nakia and W’Kabi who were last seen in Black Panther. Neither Nakia or W’Kabi made it into Infinity War or Endgame alongside Shuri, M’Baku, or their respective love interests T’Challa and Okoye. It’s a safe bet they’ll be back for Black Panther 2, though.
Justin Hammer’s name has come up a couple times in the MCU since Sam Rockwell debuted as the character in Iron Man 2. And while we weren’t necessarily expecting Hammer to play a big role in Endgame, it might have been interesting to see him (or maybe even Damage Control) as part of the response to the Snap.
20 years is a long time for a cat – but what about a Flerken? Was someone feeding Goose while Fury was dust? If nothing else, fans would love some resolution for Goose’s tale – and it seems like getting Goose and Rocket onscreen together for just a few seconds would have been a lot of fun.
Maria & Monica Rambeau
Perhaps Marvel Studios is saving the 20 year age-up of Monica Rambeau for a Captain Marvel sequel, but given the comic book Monica Rambeau’s history with the Avengers (and her breakout role in Captain Marvel), we half-expected to see her appear fully powered at the final battle. Or at least for the stage to be set for such a thing.
Carol Danvers’ Skrull ally and his family may just want peace far away from the Kree empire (none of whom appeared in Endgame, by the way), but we want to know – what effect did Thanos’ snap have on the already strained Skrull populace? Captain Marvel hints at her efforts to aid other planets in Endgame, but the fates of the Skrull themselves are left for another movie to unfold.
Given how Steve Rogers’ story ends up – dancing alongside Peggy Carter back in the 1950s – maybe an appearance from Sharon Carter, Peggy’s niece and Steve’s 21st century (maybe?) paramour in Avengers: Endgame would have been awkward to say the least. But the fact that Sharon and Steve’s relationship was left hanging in Captain America: Civil War seems like all the more reason to want to know where she’s at now.
It was a long shot to even consider Tim Blake Nelson’s Sam Sterns would suddenly return from a decade-long absence to appear in Avengers: Endgame, but truth be told we were hoping a Hulk vs. Leader showdown would come to pass… somewhere… in the MCU. Who knows – with Hulk still around, this might still be on the table.
Like Sam Sterns, the thought of Doc Samson making his MCU return in Endgame was not exactly expected – but given the nature of the Snap, we thought there was a chance the Marvel Universe’s resident super-psychologist could be of service. No dice on this one.
Aside from Betty’s dad Thaddes “Thunderbolt” Ross, it seems most of the supporting cast of The Incredible Hulk has been left behind by Marvel Studios. But Liv Tyler’s Betty Brant was reportedly in talks to have a cameo in Avengers: Infinity War. And given that didn’t come to pass, there seemed to be a solid chance she might pop up somewhere in Endgame. Her fate is still unknown, sadly – especially given how things could’ve ended up with Betty and Professor Hulk.
A good chunk of the Nova Corps was said destroyed in Guardians of the Galaxy, and with their home of Xandar’s decimation occurring off camera in Avengers: Infinity War, there are likely few if any Novas left – meaning it’s prime time for someone to rise up and become the superhero that bears their name. Though it would technically have been a debut and not a return, there seemed like a good chance Nova – or some member of the Nova Corps – might pop up in Endgame.
Unlike the Warriors Three, Odin, Heimdall, or even Loki, Sif didn’t get an MCU swan song. She last appeared in Thor: The Dark World, not even getting a death scene in Thor: Ragnarok or Infinity War like her compatriots. Sif showed up in retrospective clip reels as part of Avengers: Endgame marketing, leading to some speculation she’d get a cameo in the film. But alas, this wasn’t to be.
Though there are more villains that could have made this list, Zemo is one character who seems to have strong potential to transcend that label – and take a unique position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Zemo left alive and in custody at the end of Captain America: Civil War, he could have had great potential as part of the anti-Thanos Cavalry – maybe even leading some Thunderbolts against the Mad Titan. Maybe Marvel’s saving that idea?