Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Avengers: Endgame was the beginning of the end for the Infinity Saga, which concluded with the recently released Spider-Man: Far From Home. These two films ended eleven years of cinematic excellence, achieving something never seen in film previously: twenty three films and hundreds of characters all falling within one continuity. Avengers: Endgame also saw the end of many storylines for some of the most pivotal characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The death of Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff, the passing of the mantle of Captain America from Steve Rodgers to Sam Wilson, the (assumed) final retirement of Clint Barton and the incapacitation of the Hulk, all while Thor embarks on his next journey with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The heroes that started the Infinity Saga are no longer its focal point, leaving room for the next generation of the Avengers. While Avengers 5 may not be seen in theaters for some time, it does not mean fans are now already speculating who will fill out the next roster. In this article, we’re going to discuss who we think might be a part of the roster.
Since his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa has captivated Marvel fans around the world. Black Panther earned $700 million domestically at the box office, making it the fourth highest domestic gross of all time. Critically, it earned a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and is the highest rated MCU film on that website. Since then Boseman has returned to the role for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame where he again stole the show during both of those films’ third acts.
In universe, T’Challa has become a very public figure as the king of Wakanda. His leadership skills as well as his political background make him the prime candidate to lead the Avengers.His wealth and resources in Wakanda Other candidates have been recommended to lead the Avengers but none of them compare to T’Challa. With Black Panther 2 somewhere in development, it will be interesting to see where director Ryan Coogler and Marvel take the character moving forward.
Despite the feedback both the character and actress Brie Larson have been receiving, there is no denying the success of the character. Her solo film grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and fans really enjoyed her small but significant role in Avengers: Endgame. A sequel is also in development and will release prior to the next Avengers. Her character at the end of Endgame is vastly different than where we left her in Captain Marvel, so it will be interesting to see where the sequel takes place in the timeline.
The character can play a very important role in the Avengers, but I do not see her leading the team. After her appearance in Endgame I view her as the next Thor, someone who comes and goes from Earth but is a powerhouse and available when the worst threats arise. Despite the whining of some fans, Brie Larson and Captain Marvel are not going anywhere.
The newest addition to the MCU on this list, Spider-Man has truly come into his own after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. After the death of Tony Stark, Peter realizes that he does not need to be the next Iron Man, building his own suit and defeating Mysterio on his own. While I do not believe Peter is ready to embrace a leadership role on the team, he has certainly earned his place on the team.
With the end of Far From Home seemingly outing Peter Parker as Spider-Man, it will be very interesting to see where director Jon Watts and Marvel take the character. With his identity being revealed at such a young age, will Peter need to take refuge with another hero such as Doctor Strange or Daredevil? Will he even be able to finish high school? Peter may have too much on his plate to help the Avengers. However with the untitled Spider-Man 3 most likely releasing prior to the next Avengers, Peter may be in a very different place at the end of his first trilogy.
The Sorcerer Supreme has become one of the best new additions to the MCU, yet we still know very little about his character. With only one solo film and very little development in Infinity War and Endgame, Doctor Strange desperately needs a second film. Luckily one is in development, with Namor rumored to appear as well. Expect an official announcement later this week at San Diego Comic-Con.
But where does the character go without the Eye of Agamotto? The sole responsibility of the Sorcerer Supreme in the MCU is to protect the Eye and the Time Stone inside it. With the Stone and Eye destroyed, what is there to do for the Sorcerer Supreme? Baron Mordo is still at large, most likely making him the villain for the sequel. Strange can certainly still help the Avengers, as even without the Time Stone he is one of the most powerful beings on Earth. We expect him to play a large role in a fifth Avengers film, most likely as a number two to Boseman’s T’Challa.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The dynamic duo introduced in the 2018 film starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are sure to have an impact on the team after their key roles in Avengers: Endgame. Their characters were original members of the comic book team and it is about time for them to shine as full-fledged members of the MCU team.
After Paul Rudd admitted in an interview that he did not know if there would be an Ant-Man 3, saying to Yahoo, “I don’t know. You need to make a call to the top brass and start a campaign to make it happen.” With Peyton Reed expressing interest in the Fantastic Four, it seems that the only place for these characters to return currently is in Avengers 5.
Rhodey is one of the few MCU characters who has played a pivotal role in the Infinity Saga since Iron Man. Despite injuries sustained in Captain America: Civil War, Rhodey still participated in the Battle of Wakanda as well as the final battle at the Avengers Facility in Endgame. After witnessing the death of his best friend, Rhodey may understandably want to retire the armor, but we could also see him ready to protect the Earth again. His work with the American Government as well as his knowledge of war makes him a valuable asset in the field or behind the scenes. He could even act as a liaison between the Avengers and the government, as the events of Civil War still may not be completely resolved. Don Cheadle is a fantastic actor and keeping him around in the MCU would only help the franchise.
When making a list like this, there are certain characters who always get left off. But that does not mean there is not reasons behind their absences. View this list as possible roster members or even as an honorable mentions list.
As we alluded to earlier, the Hulk has been left permanently injured after the events of Endgame, but that does not mean he cannot return to the roster. Serving as a “man in the chair” and a consultant for the team seems like a good place for the character, but with Banner and Hulk finally coming together in a positive way, the character may just retire and commit himself to science. We will wait and see.
Captain America and the White Wolf
With their own television series on the way, these two characters may not return to the big screen for a long time. While it is hard to think of the Avengers without Captain America, Sam Wilson offers a new take on the character and him and Bucky may want to honor Steve’s legacy in a new way. We may seem Cap return to the team in the next installment, but do not expect Bucky to ever join the roster fully. However, if their series goes well, we could see Cap and Bucky lead the Secret Avengers.
A veteran to the team, Scarlet Witch may have moved past the life of an Avenger. After losing Vision, she might want a fresh start. Endgame may have teased us with the West Coast Avengers, something I think Wanda could easily lead. With the timeline of her upcoming Disney+ series still uncertain, there is still a possibility to explore her time with Vision before Infinity War, but if the series takes place post-Endgame and Vision is revived, developing the West Coast Avengers with Vision and Hawkeye could be a good direction for the character.
Ultimately the final roster remains to be seen, but expect a lot of familiar faces when the next Avengers film roles around. I do not expect new characters such as Shang-Chi or the Eternals to play a role, nor the Guardians of the Galaxy.
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