Billions died in Avengers: Infinity War but who are the major MCU characters confirmed to have survived Thanos' finger snap? The Mad Titan succeeded in his mission to "balance the universe" by assembling the six Infinity Stones into the Infinity Gauntlet. Despite the best efforts of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thanos snapped his fingers and killed half of all life in the universe. But that does mean 50% of the universe did survive, including many Avengers and their supporting cast.
Even months after Infinity War broke box office records, it's easy for fans to focus on the staggering number of characters who died. After all, those who faded into dust on-screen included major names like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and Groot. Even Nick Fury and Maria Hill succumbed to Thanos' snap (although not before the one-eyed super spy sent a distress signal to Captain Marvel). The effects of Thanos' finger snap were later felt at the conclusion of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was set days before Infinity War but synched up to Avengers 3 during its mid-credits scene where Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, and Hope Van Dyne faded to dust, leaving Scott Lang trapped in the Quantum Realm.
In recent months, several MCU actors as well as Infinity War's directors Joe and Anthony Russo have also confirmed more characters who didn't fade to dust, though there are a number of other names like Pepper Potts, Sharon Carter, the Collector, Korg, Nakia, Happy Hogan, the Red Skull, and Peter Parker's friends Michelle Jones and Ned Leeds whose fates are presently unknown. With Avengers 4 on the horizon, here is every character now confirmed to have lived through Thanos' snap:
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Infinity War's Confirmed Survivors of Thanos' Snap
Steve Rogers/Captain America - Steve Rogers led the combined Avengers/Wakandan defense against the Black Order and even personally fought Thanos. He also watched helplessly as his best friend Bucky Barnes faded into dust.
Tony Stark/Iron Man - Tony Stark was nearly killed by Thanos on Titan but Doctor Strange gave up the Time Stone in exchange for Stark's life being spared. Iron Man was last seen stranded on Titan with Nebula.
Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow - The former Agent Romanoff was a key player in defending Wakanda from the Black Order and she lived through the ordeal and Thanos' finger snap.
Thor - With his new ax Stormbreaker, Thor turned the tide for the Avengers in Wakanda and nearly killed Thanos, but made a crucial mistake by not aiming for his head, allowing the Mad Titan to snap his fingers and murder billions.
James Rhodes/War Machine - Col. Rhodes risked a court marshal to help the Avengers and, after providing vital aerial support during the Battle of Wakanda, he also survived Thanos' snap.
Bruce Banner/Hulk - Hulk refused to emerge to help the Avengers so Banner fought in the Battle of Wakanda while wearing Hulkbuster armor. Since Banner lived through Thanos' snap, it's logical to presume his alter ego the Hulk did as well.
Rocket - After joining forces with Thor, Rocket is the only Guardian of the Galaxy who lived through Infinity War and he's now stranded on Earth after watching Groot fade to dust in front of his eyes.
Nebula - Nebula joined the Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy's battle against Thanos on Titan and she is the only other survivor on that dead world besides Tony Stark.
Scott Lang/Ant-Man - Scott Lang was in the Quantum Realm attempting to gather Quantum healing particles when Thanos snapped his fingers, leaving him now stranded and unaware of what took place.
Okoye - Okoye helped lead the Wakandan forces against the Black Order but watched in horror as her King T'Challa faded to dust in front of her eyes.
M'Baku - The leader of the Jabari Tribe put aside his differences with King T'Challa to help defend Wakanda and he was seen to have survived Thanos' snap.
Giant Ant - While Scott Lang was trapped in the Quantum Realm, the Giant Ant who lived in his house continued playing with his drum set, blissfully unaware of the billions who just died.
Other Survivors Confirmed By Infinity War's Directors And Actors
Some significant MCU characters didn't appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but in the months since, their status as survivors has been confirmed either by Joe and Anthony Russo or by the actors themselves, which could indicate some of the characters may appear in Avengers 4. Here's who else lived through Thanos' finger snap:
Valkyrie - Valkyrie is believed to have led half of Asgard's refugees to safety when Thanos attacked Asgard's ship. Actress Tessa Thompson has confirmed Valkyrie not only lives, but she's also "thriving". Hopefully, Asgard's greatest female warrior will return in Avengers 4.
Shuri - King T'Challa's little sister and the smartest person in the MCU is confirmed to have survived Thanos' snap. Could Shuri assume her family's mantle and become the Black Panther in Avengers 4?
Queen Ramonda - Though she wasn't seen in Infinity War, having presumably fled to safety, actress Angela Bassett confirmed Wakanda's Queen Mother survived the snap along with Shuri.
Aunt May Parker - Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed that Spider-Man's Aunt May lived through the snap, though she's completely unaware Peter went to outer space and died on Titan.
Howard the Duck - A surprising MCU who's still drawing breath is Howard the Duck, last seen in the end-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. The Russos confirmed to The Independent that Howard lives.
Deadpool - Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that Deadpool survived Thanos' finger snap, albeit jokingly. Though this isn't surprising since Deadpool inhabited the Fox/X-Men universe at the time Infinity War happened, it's still a relief for Mr. Pool's millions of fans.
Unconfirmed Survivors of Thanos' Snap
Clint Barton/Hawkeye - Agent Barton didn't fight alongside the Avengers in Infinity War because he was under house arrest as a result of his plea deal for violating the Sokovia Accords. While Hawkeye is expected to join the fight in Avengers 4, at the moment, whether or not he officially survived Thanos' snap is unconfirmed.
Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel - Captain Marvel received an emergency distress call from Nick Fury's pager as he faded to dust. While her status is still unconfirmed, it's safe to assume that Carol Danvers is alive (some fans believe Captain Marvel may even be powerful enough to resist Thanos' snap) and that the most powerful hero in the MCU will join the heroes in Avengers 4.
Grandmaster - Last seen in the end-credits scene of Thor: Ragnarok, actor Jeff Goldblum has assured fans that the Grandmaster survived Thanos' finger snap, but this hasn't been confirmed by the Russo Brothers.
Jane Foster, Dr. Erik Selvig and Darcy Lewis - The new book Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest, Volume 2: Aftermath written by Brandon T. Snider indicates that Thor's friends Erik Selvig and Darcy survived Thanos' snap, as well as his human love Jane Foster, but this novel is considered non-canonical and may not reflect the events of the MCU movies.
Nonetheless, fans hope Avengers 4 will indeed answer their remaining questions of who else officially lived through Thanos' finger snap before the dead half of the MCU is hopefully restored back to life by Earth's Mightiest Heroes.