AVENGERS: ENDGAME is the thrilling culmination of an 11-year journey — but there’s no reason to believe it’s the end of the Avengers franchise. We may not get another AVENGERS movie soon, but we will almost certainly see another.
The next generation of the Avengers, however, will be very different from the current big-screen incarnation. While we wait to learn about Marvel’s future plans — president Kevin Feige says they’ll reveal some plans after the release of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME — we still have a pretty good idea of who might be involved in team-ups to come.
Going strictly by characters we know, here are the heroes who need to join any new Avengers lineup.
There’s no way Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther won’t be part of AVENGERS 5; he’s going to lead one of the foremost franchises in Marvel’s future. BLACK PANTHER was an unprecedented hit, grossing over $700 million domestically and over $1.3 billion worldwide. It netted Marvel three Oscar® wins and an amazing Best Picture nomination. There’s massive interest in the King of Wakanda.
In the comics, Black Panther has actually become the leader of a powerful Avengers crew, using Wakandan funds to finance the super-team. That may well be the path for Marvel Studios, too, with T’Challa bankrolling the Avengers and extending Wakanda’s influence through Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will be the team’s heavy hitter. Buoyed by the success of ENDGAME, CAPTAIN MARVEL flew back to the top of the box office charts to gross over $1.1 billion worldwide. That kind of box office performance suggests that Carol Danvers is a welcome addition to the MCU (unless you’re Thanos).
Even so, Carol Danvers didn’t really have a prominent role in AVENGERS: ENDGAME. She did get some standout moments — including one in which she took down Thanos’ spaceship, leaving the Mad Titan shaken to the core. That was partly because Marvel filmed ENDGAME before the solo film, meaning Larson hadn’t had the chance to fully define her portrayal of the character. Expect great things in the character’s future, though.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” In the MCU, the example of Tony Stark taught Peter Parker this difficult lesson. As shown by the trailer for SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, Tom Holland’s incarnation of the wall-crawler is wrestling between two conflicting desires. He longs for a private life — maybe a date or two with MJ — but also wants to meet the challenge of stepping up as a superhero. Those two desires are about to come to a head-on collision, as teased in the trailer shot where MJ reveals she knows Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Responsibility always wins out in any version of Spider-Man, which means Peter is sure to heed the call to become the next Iron Man. Along with Black Panther and Captain Marvel, Spider-Man will be on the frontlines of the MCU — and he’s sure to be part of the Avengers.
The Masters of the Mystic Arts have existed in the shadows for untold millennia. The events of INFINITY WAR and ENDGAME pushed them into the light, to ally with Earth’s defenders against Thanos. There’s no going back now. The world knows about the sorcerers, and they’re sure to seek out help from the likes of Doctor Strange in the future.
Benedict Cumberbatch is a big name with massive star power, and Marvel will want to capitalize on this by bringing him into the Avengers. Although Cumberbatch is known to only be signed up for one more picture, DOCTOR STRANGE 2, that may be because he’s moving to the kind of one-at-a-time deal that Robert Downey Jr. enjoyed.
Marvel’s keeping quiet about upcoming plans, but two projects are known to be in the works. There’s BLACK WIDOW, which is almost certainly a prequel, and THE ETERNALS. The latter will introduce a whole new group of powerful beings into the MCU. In the comics, the Eternals were an evolutionary offshoot of humanity created by the Celestials millennia ago, and they pack the kind of power-level you typically see from Asgardians.
Sersi can transform physical matter into new shapes — but far more importantly, she understands power and how to be in the right place at the right time. She has influenced major events in human history, and in the comics, she has been an Avenger. We believe she’ll be played by Angelina Jolie in the MCU, in which case she’ll surely make her way toward Earth’s most powerful heroes.
Finally there’s Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp. Although Hope ribbed Scott mercilessly about his adulation of Captain America, the truth is she reacted in just the same way when she got the chance to call Steve Rogers “Cap.” The Wasp was a part of the original Avengers in the comics, and fans are eager to see Hope fulfill her destiny as a member of the big-screen team.
The MCU continues on July 2 with SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.