What does the Avengers lineup look like after Avengers: Endgame? At the conclusion of Joe and Anthony Russo's $2-billion blockbuster, Earth's Mightiest Heroes fully assembled (and then some) and scored their greatest victory by reversing the Decimation and then defeating Thanos once and for all. However, going forward, it's not exactly clear who the Avengers are or if the team will even continue to exist.
The Avengers were formed in 2012 and the original lineup comprised of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, and Hawkeye. After the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron 3 years later, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man left the team; the new lineup was led by Captain America and Black Widow, which included Vision, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, and Falcon. In 2016, the Avengers Civil War that erupted over the Sokovia Accords broke the team apart, with Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch all deemed fugitives. Iron Man then returned to take charge of a much smaller Avengers lineup consisting of himself, War Machine, and Vision. In Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man officially made Spider-Man an Avenger and most of the team assembled in Wakanda but failed to stop Thanos from wiping out half of all life in the universe.
In Avengers: Endgame, a lineup of Decimation survivors including the original six Avengers, plus Nebula, Rocket, War Machine, and Captain Marvel failed to stop Thanos from destroying the Infinity Stones. Five years later, after the Avengers pulled time heists to steal the Infinity Stones from the past, Hulk used a new Infinity Gauntlet to reverse the effects of Thanos' snap and restore everyone who died. In the final battle against Thanos, Iron Man used his own Infinity Gauntlet to reduce the evil alien invaders to dust; Tony Stark saved the world but heroically died in the process.
Unfortunately, Avengers: Endgame didn't end with a new Avengers lineup ready to go like Age of Ultron did. In fact, the future of the Avengers team is in doubt: Tony Stark is dead, Steve Rogers is now an elderly man and passed his shield to Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanoff gave her life to acquire the Soul Stone, Thor has left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Clint Barton retired to be with his family. The Avengers' compound was completely destroyed and, without Steve Rogers as their acknowledged leader or Tony Stark as their financial backer, it's not certain if there even is an Avengers team anymore. And even though Secretary Ross attended Tony Stark's funeral, it's also unknown whether the Sokovia Accords have been rescinded.
But if the Avengers do assemble again in MCU Phase 4, here is the status of every known or potential member.
Definitely Still Avengers After Endgame
Some heroes who were officially recognized as Avengers remain so even after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Many of them had full-time commitments to the team and even lived in Avengers Compound before it was destroyed. If the Avengers reassemble, these heroes are likely the first to answer the call:
Hulk is the last founding Avenger still affiliated with the team. Even though Hulk has been permanently injured after using the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame, he has never been in a better place since Bruce Banner's intellect has now been fused with the Hulk's strength. The Green Goliath is even now a popular celebrity who takes selfies with children in diners. It's not clear what's next for Professor Hulk, but his status as an Avenger is unquestioned.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson received a major promotion to Captain America when the elderly Steve Rogers gave him his shield. Though Falcon was a fugitive who was in defiance of the Sokovia Accords before Avengers: Endgame, he's still a bona fide Avenger. Fans will find out what Sam does next with the shield and whether he officially becomes Captain America in the upcoming Disney+ Falcon and the Winter Soldier series (which may need a new title now).
James Rhodes has been an Avenger since the conclusion of Age of Ultron and he was one of the few members who signed the Sokovia Accords (though he assumed he would be court-martialed when he joined up with Captain America's team in Infinity War). Rhodey has been an understated but always reliable Avenger; he remained War Machine even after he was paralyzed in Captain America: Civil War and he distinguished himself in Avengers: Endgame. Since he's a career Avenger and essentially a second Iron Man, the Avengers can always count on Rhodey.
Like Falcon, Wanda Maximoff was a full-time Avenger who refused to sign the Solovia Accords and became a fugitive. Now, Scarlet Witch is back after dying in the Decimation, but Vision, her lover, is still dead. Wanda was able to get some revenge on Thanos in Avengers: Endgame's final battle and she was last seen speaking to Clint Barton at Tony Stark's funeral. The Avengers are basically all Wanda has at the moment, but fans will get to see what's next for and Vision in their upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision.
Spider-Man is an official Avenger, as deemed by Tony Stark in Infinity War. Tony regarded Peter Parker as his protege and, judging from how Happy Hogan has basically become Peter's Hagrid and Nick Fury is recruiting him in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it seems like Spidey is being groomed to take Iron Man's place as the world's top superhero. Hopefully, fans will get a clearer idea of Spider-Man's future as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes after Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Heroes Who Are Possibly Avengers After Endgame
Several major superheroes in the MCU have fought alongside (and against) the Avengers but fans never actually saw them sign onto the team. Nevertheless, some of these heroes headline their own billion-dollar Marvel franchises and fans are waiting for them to be officially recognized as Avengers in Phase 4.
Is Captain Marvel actually an Avenger? It's not entirely clear after Avengers: Endgame whether Carol Danvers officially signed on to be part of the team. Captain Marvel saved Tony Stark and Nebula in deep space and she was a major player who helped turn the tide against Thanos, but fans haven't seen her spend substantial time on Earth since 1995. During the five years after the Decimation, Carol was working with the Avengers but she preferred to remain in outer space. Still, the Avengers were technically named after Danvers' USAF callsign and Carol has proven she'll return to Earth whenever she's needed. Captain Marvel is clearly meant to be one of the lead characters of the MCU going forward so hopefully, her status as an Avenger will be verified soon.
King T'Challa also never signed on to be an official Avenger. He fought alongside Team Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War but he took that side mainly because the Winter Soldier, whom he believed killed his father King T'Chaka, was being defended by Team Cap. In Infinity War, Black Panther let Wakanda be the battlefield against the Black Order and he fought alongside the Avengers there and in Avengers: Endgame's final battle. Still, while he has proven he will fight whenever he is needed, Black Panther's first priority is ruling Wakanda and it's not clear whether he will become a bonafide Avenger.
Meanwhile, Okoye worked with the Avengers during the five years post-Decimation but it wasn't spelled out if she joined the team, since Wakanda was her priority when T'Challa and Shuri were dead.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
It's thanks to Ant-Man that the Avengers were able to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame but did he officially join the team? Scott Lang served out his prison sentence for violating the Sokovia Accords in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Hope Van Dyne joined him to fight alongside the Avengers against Thanos. After Tony Stark's funeral, though, Scott and Hope likely returned to their lives in San Francisco and to be with their families. Still, since Marvel hasn't announced Ant-Man 3, it's hard to imagine Ant-Man wouldn't come running if the Avengers need him again, and Wasp would likely join in as well.
Bucky is a big question mark, mainly because of his legal status. Thanks to his decades of Russia and Hydra-sanctioned assassinations, the Winter Soldier was a fugitive even before he was framed for the death of King T'Chaka in Captain America: Civil War. T'Challa forgave him and gave Bucky sanctuary in Wakanda before his death in Infinity War. Now that Bucky is back in Avengers: Endgame, it's not clear whether he's still considered an international fugitive. Is Bucky even legally allowed to be an Avenger? Hopefully, some answers will come in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Doctor Strange didn't actually join the Avengers in Infinity War because he didn't get along with Tony Stark. After his return in Avengers: Endgame, the Master of the Mystic Arts has his work cut out for him defending the world without his greatest weapon, the Time Stone (aka the Eye of Agamotto). Strange's first priority is saving the Earth from magical threats and it's not known if and when he'll become an official Avenger. Ironically, Wong actually has a better relationship with the Avengers than Strange did but it's also not clear if Wong ever became an Avenger.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor left Valkyrie in charge of New Asgard when he left Earth. Valkyrie joined the final battle against Thanos and, if Thor 4 is announced, she is likely to be a key player in that sequel, but there is no indication Valkyrie joined the Avengers at any point. Still, despite New Asgard being her priority, Valkyrie remains close with Professor Hulk and she could become an Avenger if he came calling.
Surviving Avengers Who Aren't Avengers (For Now)
A couple of founding Avengers survived Avengers: Endgame but left the team at the end. However, if the circumstances are right (and the actors' contracts are re-upped), they could still return to the Avengers in Phase 4 or after. Meanwhile, two members of the Guardians of the Galaxy spent 5 years working alongside the Avengers and are likely considered members too.
No one has retired and then un-retired from the Avengers more than Clint Barton. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Barton once again walked away from the superhero life to be with his family. However, the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series is expected to see Clint return alongside a new Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. Time will tell if Barton will return to the Avengers but, whether he's known as Hawkeye or Ronin, Clint has always answered the call when he's needed.
Thor's Avenging days are behind him for now since he left Earth along with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame. In fact, the God of Thunder proclaimed his new group the 'Asgardians of the Galaxy', though it's not yet certain whether Thor will be part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Even though Thor is currently back in outer space seeking a return to his heroic form, it hopefully means he will return to the Avengers again in the future.
Rocket and Nebula
Now that they're reunited with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket and Nebula are back in outer space with the intergalactic misfits they consider their family. Considering the key roles they played in Avengers: Endgame, however, Rocket and Nebula are likely considered members of the Avengers as well. Both Rocket and Nebula worked with the Avengers in the five years after the Decimation and the team couldn't have acquired the Power and Reality Infinity Stones without their help. Even though being Guardians of the Galaxy is their first priority, hopefully, Avengers: Endgame won't be the last time either of them gets to be Avengers.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019