The Avengers were finally taken down last weekend by the only person capable of facing them head-on and winning. No not Thanos. We, of course, mean John Wick. Chapter three of the John Wick saga ended Endgame’s stint at the top of the box office. But despite that, the epic team-up is still checking boxes in the record books.
Nonetheless, now that the dust has settled from the events of Endgame, it’s time to look to the future of Earth’s mightiest heroes to see who will be the new Avengers. Also, just in case you’re one of the people who didn’t contribute to Endgame’s massive box office, here is your spoiler warning.
Captain America: Sam Wilson
So, let’s get the obvious contenders for the new Avengers out of the way. First off, Captain America. No, not Steve Rogers, we mean Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. Like in the comics, Sam is the new Captain America now that Rogers is geriatric.
Of course, we will have to see what sticks depending on the events of The Falcon and Winter Soldier series over on Disney Plus. It’s a safe bet someone will be wearing the red, white, and blue for the Avengers. Whether it’s Sam, Bucky, or Rogers. As for Cap’s better half Iron Man, we know Tony ain’t coming back.
However, if the team needs an arrogant beardo whose backstory includes a redemption arc, Dr. Strange fills that role. And with the Time Stone destroyed, you could say Strange has nothing but time on his hands.
Plus, if the team really needs a guy in a giant suit of technologically advanced armor as opposed to magic, they always have War Machine.
Finishing out the Trinity, what about Thor? Last we saw he was on a search for a Bowflex with the Guardians. So it’s safe to say he’s done with the Avengers for the time being. However, that doesn’t mean the Norse god have left Earth defenseless.
Let’s not forget that Valkyrie is still hanging around as the Queen of Asgard. Plus, if she joins The Avengers that means more Korg and Miek. This moves us on to Spider-Man. While he is officially made an Avenger in Infinity War.
We think the lack of a high school diploma might factor into how often he can get permission to cut class to save the world. That said, we do think Spider-Man will be a member of this new squad. But until he’s in college, he might be benched as a reserve member.
Speaking of higher education, what about Professor Hulk? Last we saw his arm was still laid up after using the Infinity Stones to reset the snapping. And, according to Joe Russo, it’s not likely to heal anytime soon.
“That’s permanent damage, the same way that it was permanent damage with Thanos. It’s irreversible damage. His arm, if you noticed, is a lot skinnier, it’s blackened. So he loses a lot of strength there.”
So it sounds like the injury is going to take Hulk out of the game for a bit. But, that doesn’t mean the same for Bruce. He may not have the brawn but he does have the brain, and what better place for that than the guy in the chair helping call the shots and direct the squad.
Reportedly, his upcoming series on Disney Plus will focus on him training his protege Kate Bishop. Which sounds like he’ll be cashing in his Avengers card to retire and spend more time as a family man.
However, that doesn’t mean his protege Kate couldn’t be the team’s new archer. As for Scarlet Witch, we’re not sure where she’s going to land.
We suspect that the events of her WandaVision series will play heavily into whether she’s on the front line of the next alien invasion, or if she’s just hanging out on a beach with Vision.
However, Captain Marvel’s status is a little more obvious. To be honest, we can’t see her as a permanent member of the Earth team, as Carol is too overpowered for such problems as bank robberies and the like. Plus, with her being space-based we suspect she will be involved in cosmic MCU properties
like the Guardians, or the upcoming Eternals film.
Ant-Man and The Wasp
From the overpowered, we move to the tiny powered. Ant-Man and The Wasp. Though integral to Endgame, we see these two being on the Avengers reserve list. So they can focus on west coast crimes while training Scott’s daughter Cassie to be a superhero. Who, as we’ve seen in the comics, becomes the size-changing hero Stature, and joins the Young Avengers.
Another hero we think is a shoe-in, Black Panther. To tell, his box office success all but cemented himself as the main character of the Avengers moving forward. And, now that Wakanda is open to the rest of the world, he’s going to be a lot more involved in solving Earth’s problems.
Now that we’ve gotten the obvious candidates out of the way, it’s time for the fun part, speculation.
It’s worth noting that, on average, Avengers films drop about every three years or so. That means the next team-up flick won’t potentially drop until 2022. That would be deep into phase four, which we almost know nothing about. So, that said, let’s have some fun, educated guesses.
The Fox merger
Though we are not expecting the Fantastic Four or X-Men to be serious additions until later in the future, we can see a future where a certain Merc with a mouth might make an appearance.
Disney head, Bob Iger, has made it very clear he wants a rated R Deadpool in the Marvel cinematic universe. And though we don’t expect him to be made part of the team, we could see him popping up for a how do you do.
Also on the horizon, we know Marvel is developing Shang-Chi, The Master of Kung Fu, for a feature film.
But could he also make his way onto the Avengers roster? We think it’s all dependent on what kind of abilities and powerset he’s given.
Being a master of Kung Fu is great, but does it compare against a Thanos style baddie? Time will tell. We sure got Hawkeye in there somehow.
Digging through the longboxes there’s one hero we would love to see join the Avengers, Namor the Sub-Mariner.
In fact, it was the talk of an oceanic earthquake in Avengers Endgame that seemed to hint at this.
And while it turns out it wasn’t a reference to the Atlantean prince, Marvel could easily recon this as an introduction to Namor.
Another character that has been rumored to be in the MCU pipeline, Moon Knight.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time here to break down this character, but let’s just say having a multiple personality mercenary millionaires with the powers of an Egyptian moon god on your team never hurts.
It also never hurts to have a lawyer on the team.
And no, we’re not talking about Daredevil. We want She-Hulk.
Now, reportedly her movie rights are still being held by Universal.
But seeing as how Marvel and Sony could work together with Spider-Man, there’s no reason Universal and Disney couldn’t make it work for the jade giantess.
Next up, everyone’s favorite half-vampire, Blade. We’d love to see his introduction into the MCU proper. Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of the daywalker is much beloved by fans. So we aren’t sure Marvel should rush to recast him.
But perhaps we could get an older Blade training the next generation of vampire hunters. Plus, that would make previous Blade films canon in the MCU, and we’re okay with that.
Moving onto a classic Avenger in comics, the Hollywood superstar, Wonder Man. Not only does Wonder Man have a vast number of abilities that would make him a powerhouse on the team, but he was almost introduced as a small cameo in Guardians Two.
James Gunn confirmed that there was a small Easter egg of a poster for a fictional movie with Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, in a scene that was cut from the film. So, having Wonder Man pop up in the near future doesn’t seem that far-fetched. And Nathan Fillion would be perfect casting as the actor superhero. But, if you’re going to add Wonder Man you must bring in his furry BFF, the Beast. Like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Beast straddles the line of both the Avengers and X-Men circles. And while we know Figge isn’t ready to bring in mutants just yet to the MCU, we hope he could find a way to make the buddy team happen. Hey, if he made it work for the Maximoffs without mentioning mutants, he can do the same for Hank McCoy.
He did knock them off at the box office, so imagine if they teamed up together. The guy’s unstoppable. Plus, if they can make Conan the Barbarian an Avenger, this is true, they could easily fold John Wick into the team. We’re just kidding. But, only kinda.
Anyway, that’s everyone we think could or should be a new Avenger as we head into phase four. Obviously, this is all going to change once we get an official slate. But, for now, it’s fun to speculate on what could be.
What do you folks think? Is there any deep cut superheroes you want to join the new Avengers? Do you think we’ll get an entirely new team? And just how is Howard the Duck gonna fit into all this?