When the dust settles after Avengers: Endgame, the superhero team will need to get even stronger. After Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet-powered snap killed half of all life in the universe, the Avengers were similarly affected and they lost many of their most powerful heroes - including Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and Black Panther.
The current group looking to bring the fight to Thanos and possibly reverse the genocide the Mad Titan committed in Avengers: Infinity War is comprised of the original six heroes who assembled in 2012 - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk - and they're joined by other survivors of The Decimation: Rocket, Nebula, Ant-Man, War Machine, and Captain Marvel. On paper, that's already an immensely powerful lineup, but whether their might (and whatever plan they have) will be enough against Thanos is unknown.
It's safe to say that even if the Avengers ultimately prevail, Thanos won't be the end of their problems. There will always be another great threat and, while it's hard to imagine a menace greater than a lunatic armed with the power of the Infinity Stones murdering trillions of people, escalation is something worth fearing - and preparing for. After all, the Avengers' three biggest fights escalated from an invasion of New York by the Chitauri, to Ultron and dozens of drones trying to destroy Earth with an extinction-level event, to Thanos wiping out half of the universe. The next enemy still could up the stakes even further, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes will need a stronger team to face whatever evil comes next. Here's how the original idea behind the Avengers failed and how a new and stronger team of heroes can emerge after Avengers: Endgame.
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The Avengers Worked For A Time
Nick Fury's idea to "bring together a group of extraordinary people to fight the battles that [we] never could" certainly worked - for a time. The Avengers' glory years were from 2012, when they first assembled to beat back Loki and the Chitauri, to 2016, when their disagreement over signing the Sokovoa Accords broke them apart and led to a Civil War. In those four years, the Avengers took down Hydra and defeated Ultron. But they also made mistakes, including a fatal one in Laos that led to the deaths of many Wakandans, setting the stage for the United Nations to draft the Sokovia Accords and force the superheroes to be held accountable.
Like their Marvel Comics counterparts, the Avengers' roster was always in flux. The original six held together for three years until Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Hawkeye left the group after the Battle of Sokovia in 2015. Captain America and Black Widow remained to lead a new team comprised of War Machine, Falcon, Vision and Scarlet Witch. It could be argued that the beginning of the end of the Avengers was the moment Tony Stark, Thor, Bruce Banner, and Clint Barton departed; despite Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff's leadership, the second version of the Avengers was considerably weaker in power levels and lacked the battle experience of the original group. It was this team's errors that resulted in the Sokovia Accords and the Avengers' Civil War.
After the Civil War, Rogers, Romanoff, and Wanda Maximoff became wanted fugitives, which prompted Tony Stark to take the reins of the weakest lineup of Avengers yet. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, the team seemed to be comprised of only Iron Man, War Machine, and Vision. Spider-Man, Stark's newest recruit, even turned down membership. In Infinity War, the two different teams of Avengers, combined with the Guardians of the Galaxy, that faced Thanos on Titan and in Wakanda failed despite their best efforts, but they were always at a disadvantage as Thanos collected the Infinity Stones to become omnipotent.
The Main Avengers Will Be Replaced After Endgame
The next Avengers team will again be very different: Avengers: Endgame is expected to be the last hurrah for the original six that Nick Fury assembled for his Avenger Initiative, since several of the actors are expected to leave the MCU. The multi-picture Marvel contracts of the MCU's centerpiece stars since the beginning like Robert Downey Jr. have expired, and Chris Evans has indicated that he is done playing Captain America (at least for the time being). The actors have certainly been loyal to Marvel Studios, and Downey, for instance, has re-upped his extremely lucrative deal 3 times to make more appearances as Tony Stark after his initial deal ended in 2012. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson will star in a Black Widow film (expected to be a prequel), and the advent of MCU TV series for the Disney+ streaming service means the other actors could be tempted to return as well for short-term deals.
While Downey, Hemsworth, Evans, Johansson, Renner, and Ruffalo may still pop in after Avengers: Endgame, their time at the top of the MCU is likely at an end. However, the Avengers will have to continue in some fashion and, with Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, etc., Marvel certainly has enough superheroes to form a new team - one that can potentially be even better than the first Avengers that assembled.
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- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019