The MCU Needs A Stronger Avengers Team After Endgame
If the heroes prevail and set the universe right in Avengers: Endgame, the heroes will need to build a new team to protect the future of the MCU. The first reality that needs to be confronted is that Thanos beat the heroes because they were divided, thanks to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers forcing everyone else to choose sides. While it's not clear who will survive Avengers: Endgame (the strong possibility exists that Iron Man and/or Captain America could die), the logistics of the next Avengers team will also need to be settled: if Stark dies, who will fund the team? Will they still operate out of Avengers Compound in Upstate New York, or will the team relocate, perhaps to New York City again?
The next step would be to build a new team that is designed to meet the kinds of cosmic threats that Thanos represents, and sheer raw power won't be enough. The original team was certainly powerful but they were also essentially comprised of 'whoever was around that Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. could recruit'. Now, the MCU has a much larger and more diverse pool of superheroes, many of whom are specialists who can handle specific threats, like Doctor Strange, who is the Master of the Mystic Arts, Ant-Man, who can access the Quantum Realm, and of course, Captain Marvel, who is powered by the Space Stone and is the most powerful MCU superhero with two decades of experience in dealing with intergalactic enemies. Meanwhile, Black Panther leads a nation which has the most brilliant mind (Shuri) and the most advanced technology on Earth, Spider-Man brings youth, optimism, and heart, and Valkyrie could replace Thor. It's also possible some of the Guardians of the Galaxy might be tempted to make Earth their home for a while and join the Avengers before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 happens in a few years.
How Shang-Chi Can Help Lead The New Avengers
It's also possible the MCU could be taking cues from the comics once more; after the Avengers Vs. X-Men event in 2012, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers spearheaded a new plan dubbed 'Avengers World' - they decided to "go large" and massively expanded the Avengers' roster to nearly two dozen active members who could be combined into specialized teams to defeat any kind of threat. One of the first new recruits was Shang-Chi, who will soon star in an MCU movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. This could be the direction the Avengers will take in Phase 4.
In the comics, Shang-Chi, known as the Master of Kung-Fu, is one of the greatest hand-to-hand combatants in the Marvel Universe and he can harness his Chi to break through brick, concrete, and iron. Shangi-Chi has even defeated many superhuman opponents. Between Captain America, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, and Black Panther, the MCU has seen its share of great fighters, but Shang-Chi is expected to be at a different level entirely. While little is known of how the MCU will integrate Shangi-Chi, he's a perfect example of further creating a diverse roster of Avengers - a team strong enough to meet the enemies of MCU Phase 4 and beyond.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019