Who Are The New Avengers?
The Avengers worked not just because of the characters involved, but the dynamic they had. It would thus make sense for the similar archetypes to exist going into the newer versions. That makes it no accident that the new team being built to already fill key roles.
Spider-Man has already been heavily tied to Iron Man in the MCU, with Tony Stark serving as the de facto mentor of Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spidey's catalog of stories largely centers on the scientific, after all. Experimentation and all manner of outrageous technology (pumpkin bombs, metallic tentacles, etc.) are prominent in his world, and Marvel couldn't dream of a better replacement poster boy for the MCU than its most famous hero.
On the political side of things, Captain America's parallel may be Wakandan warrior king T'Challa (who naturally debuted in Captain America: Civil War). The rich tale at the heart of Black Panther confirms that T'Challa's story is rooted into the mixture of personal and political, and from its mid-credits scene will continue to center on the world stage and Wakanda's role on it. As in the comics, Black Panther will be forced to balance his responsibility to his people with his ability to enact change on a global scale. This will enable upcoming films to continue the political commentary (and all the murky morality that entails) of Cap's adventures.
And finally, there's Captain Marvel. Although yet to be introduced, her Kree origins root her in the cosmic similar to the God of Thunder (the Captain Marvel movie will even involve the Kree-Skrull war). This side of the MCU has become increasingly prominent in both Thor's adventures and, of course, the Guardians of the Galaxy sub-franchise, and so Carol Danvers is the right pillar for that.
What's so interesting here is that while each character fits a broad role, there's room for overlap to ensure the gang in Avengers 5 and onwards aren't just reskins. Through Shuri, T'Challa has access to tech that would make Tony wince, Captain Marvel's cosmic stories are grounded clearly in reality, while Spider-Man may be the most versatile comic book character ever.
The Rest Of The New Avengers Roster Expand The Scope
With the above in mind, it's easy to see how Spider-Man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel are being positioned to lead the Avengers, but these three heroes alone don't constitute a full roster. Even the original Big Three were supported by other heroes who accentuated prevalent themes and pushed the dynamic forward (Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye). That's where other characters will come into play. Some supporting players like Falcon, Scarlet Witch or even Hulk could stick around, but our money is more likely on fresher characters like Ant-Man, the Wasp or Valkyrie being added into the fold.
Of course, there's one character we've purposely neglected to mention thus far: Doctor Strange. He's something of an anomaly, one of the major new-age heroes yet one without a key parallel. Yes, he's got the swagger of Stark, but his magic powers see him taking up a whole new area of the MCU. And that's what makes the whole situation so interesting; it can evolve. Not just repeating what came before, the presence of new variables like Doctor Strange can - like his 2016 movie did to the movies - can expand the scope.
Until we get official word on what new characters will be joining the MCU post-2019, all we can do is speculate about which might join the Avengers. With the Disney/Fox deal still very much a factor, we could wind up with some members of the X-Men or Fantastic Four popping up or long-rumored additions like Namor and Nova. Regardless of what supporting players join the lineup, audiences should have plenty to look forward to with Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange leading Earth's Mightiest Heroes into battle.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- 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