The following contains some major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. If you have not yet seen the film, please do so before reading the rest of this piece.
With Avengers: Endgame, many of the original members of the team have made their final curtain calls. Tony and Nat are dead; Cap is an old man; Hulk is permanently injured; and Thor is off with the Guardians. Hawkeye is getting his own series on Disney+ where Clint will be passing on the mantle, and Wanda seems like she’s probably going to be focusing on bringing back the Vision and not being a superhero. But the need for the Avengers remains. So who among the MCU’s greatest heroes will become the New Avengers? Here are the odds (we think) for the remaining MCU heroes to join the next generation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Black Panther (9/10)
He’s the biggest hero the MCU has in terms of box office and brand recognition, especially now that Robert Downey Jr. has said his farewell. And Black Panther’s solo film made more money than any Iron Man movie ever did. If the Avengers’ leaders are to be the biggest names in the MCU, then T’Challa has to be front and center and leading the charge. How he’ll juggle roles as team leader and King of Wakanda is anyone’s guess, but we are pretty sure he’d make it work.
Captain Marvel (9/10)
With her amazing box office success, Carol Danvers is now the second biggest solo MCU hero behind Black Panther. If T’Challa is the money and tech behind a new iteration of the Avengers, then Carol will fill the Captain America role. And by this we mean years of military experience and leadership. Both on Earth and out in space. Much like Iron Man and Cap were co-leaders for the Avengers in Age of Ultron, we could see Carol co-leading with T’Challa. And probably butting heads with him just as much as Tony and Steve did.
Sam Wilson/Captain America (8/10)
With Steve Rogers passing on the mantle of Captain America over to his friend Sam Wilson at the end of Avengers: Endgame, we think that Sam should be the link between the old Avengers and the new. It just feels like it’s not really the Avengers unless someone is carrying that famous shield into battle. He would also likely serve as the even tempered character to balance out the co-leaders, who will no doubt quarrel much of the time.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (6/10)
These two have only worked as members of the Avengers in the final installment. However, in the comics Ant-Man and Wasp were actually founding members (although it was the Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne versions). Paul Rudd provides a ton of comic relief, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have another strong female member on the team either. It would make a ton of sense to have these two finally graduate to full Avengers status.
Spidey has been an Avenger in the comics, but it took him nearly forty years to make the cut. As Iron Man’s protege, he might want to serve as an Avenger to represent Tony Stark’s legacy. But let’s not forget, he’s still a kid. He has to finish high school and college before becoming a full time member of the team. And then there’s also the always precarious Sony/Disney deal, and that might want to keep Kevin Feige from making Peter Parker too integral to the team this soon. But then again, it doesn’t hurt to have the company mascot on the team.
Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is the ruler of New Asgard by decree of Thor at the finale of Endgame, so that means she’s on Earth now. And the Avengers could always use a strong Asgardian powerhouse on the team the next time there’s an alien invasion. Plus, she has a Pegasus. Who doesn’t want an Avenger with a flying horse?
Doctor Strange (5/10)
Yes, he’s super powerful and would be a tremendous asset, as we saw in Avengers: Endgame. But Stephen Strange tends to not be a team player in the traditional sense. Generally, he only emerges from the Sanctum Sanctorum to work with other heroes when all of reality itself is as stake. In the comics, he was an Avenger briefly, but he prefers to work with the Defenders. And that’s because they only come together to stop giant threats, and then go their separate ways. On the other hand, if the Avengers are to fight a threat that’s more mystical in nature, they might want Stephen Strange with them.
War Machine 3/10
It’s possible that Rhodey might want to represent the legacy of Tony Stark and remain with the Avengers. After all, having a guy in a big armored suit seems like a no-brainer for the team. Having said that, given the injuries he sustained in Civil War, we think Rhodey might take this opportunity to bow out gracefully from that superhero life. But you never know; Don Cheadle might not be done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet.
Comics Characters Who Haven’t Been Introduced In The MCU Yet (10/10)
There are still plenty of Avengers characters from the comics who haven’t appeared yet on film, or have only been hinted at. And we think one or two of them are guaranteed future Avengers. Monica Rambeau is a child in Captain Marvel, but we think her adult heroic persona of Spectrum needs to join. Hercules will perhaps serve as part of The Eternals, so he could make the transition too. And characters like She-Hulk, Wonder Man, and Spider-Woman are high profile Avengers who are long overdue for cinematic glory. One of them is bound to join.
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