How Endgame Delivers On The "Avengers" Name
Despite functioning as a superhero team for quite some time now, the group technically aren't the "Avengers" yet, considering that they've won every single huge battle they've fought. But after suffering a devastating loss at the hands of Thanos, they finally have a shot at rightfully earning their name as they gear up for another bout with the villain in Endgame.
Aside from the overall goal to defeat Thanos and restore peace and order in the universe, the upcoming battle has also become personal for the core six heroes. With each of them affected by The Decimation, every hero now has something or someone to avenge. Thor watched the murder of Loki, Heimdall and half of his people. Cap and Romanoff lost loyal friends and allies in Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), while Hulk was beaten to a pulp for the first time. Hawkeye (presumably) lost his whole family and Tony Stark is forced to live out his worst nightmare, not to mention having has to watch his protégé die in his arms. If the supposed death of Coulson in The Avengers is any indication, fans can expect the original Earth's Mightiest Heroes giving it their best to make sure that justice served against the Mad Titan.
How Earth's Mightiest Heroes take down Thanos remains to be seen. But knowing that Peter Parker is back alive in Spider-Man: Far From Home is a hint that whatever they plan in doing in Endgame succeeds, thus, officially making them worthy of the name "Avengers."
Should There Be A New Marvel Team After Endgame?
Marketed as the culmination of everything that has transpired in the MCU since 2008's Iron Man, Endgame will cap off the 22-film arc that revolved around the six Infinity Stones leading up to Thanos' official debut in Infinity War. Given this, it's expected that some of the Phase 1 heroes will be passing the baton to their contemporaries, who will usher the franchise into Phase 4. Marvel Studios' president Kevin Feige has said that the movie will be the final chapter for some of their founding characters, that means that the Avengers we know and love may no longer be around after Phase 3.
For years, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye have been the face of the MCU. Even with new heroes regularly being added to the lineup, they remain to be their top-tier characters. If most, if not all of them are gone by the end of Endgame, it's unknown whether Marvel Studios will simply revamp the Avengers, or whether the heroes will be mostly operating independently. The latter option is viable, considering that Cap and Natasha were training a new crop of heroes that includes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon by the end of Age of Ultron. Other heroes such as Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and even Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) can eventually join the crew. That said, if Marvel Studios decide to step away from ensemble films for a while and focus on introducing new heroes such as The Eternals and Shang-Chi, it will be curious how fans of the franchise will take the idea that there won't be any official Avengers team, at least in the foreseeable future.
Infinity War was the perfect set up for the much-anticipated reunion of the founding heroes of the MCU in Avengers: Endgame. Whether or not it will be the final appearance of these particular mix of members remains to be seen. But assuming it is, fans can bet that by the end of the current Thanos crisis, the team will have successfully avenged the whole universe, making them worthy of their name.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019