‘New Avengers’ Sets Premiere Date, Will Any ‘Endgame’ Characters Return?
Now that Marvel has wrapped up the storyline for the original six Avengers with Avengers: Endgame – and made billions doing it -fans are talking about what is next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The next Avengers-themed movie that will hit theaters is Spider-Man: Far From Home, and next year Scarlett Johansson will return in her solo flick Black Widow. But, how long will fans have to wait for the next big Marvel team-up or crossover?
The New Avengers
According to We Got This Covered, the rumors of a New Avengers film are true, and the alleged release date will be May 6, 2022. That gives the studio three years to introduce fans to new characters and assemble the new team.
It isn’t clear if Marvel will call them the New Avengers or Young Avengers, but the studio has seemingly already laid the groundwork for a whole new group of superheroes.
At Tony Stark’s funeral in Endgame, Harley Keener (Ty Simpkins) was the mysterious teen who was mourning the loss of his friend and hero, and many believe he will be part of the Young Avengers.
To assemble a new team, fans will most likely get to meet characters like Patriot, Iron Lad, Stature, Wiccan, Vision 2.0, Hulkling, and even Kate Bishop as Hawkeye in future MCU films.
Captain Marvel will lead the New Avengers
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) finally showed up on the big screen this year with her solo film Captain Marvel, and she also helped defeat Thanos in Endgame. But unlike Iron Man, Steve Rogers’ Captain America, Hulk, Clint Barton’s Hawkeye, Thor, and Black Widow, her time with the Avengers is not coming to an end – it’s just beginning.
“Now Captain Marvel is about to take the lead, and be at the forefront of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said Marvel studio head Kevin Feige in a Captain Marvel behind-the-scenes featurette.
In the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel will reportedly establish that the surviving members of the original six are “in their own corners of the universe,” and they will not appear in future Avengers movies. Therefore, the new team will completely belong to Captain Marvel.
Other Marvel projects are moving forward
While the studio holds back on major franchise crossovers until they form the New Avengers in Phase 5, in the meantime the MCU will continue to expand. Thor will no longer be part of the Avengers, but he will still reportedly continue the Thor franchise, and he will most likely be a part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Also during Phase 4, the Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Spider-Man franchises will likely move forward, as well as Doctor Strange. Sam Wilson may appear as the new Captain America after Steve Rogers gave up his shield in Endgame, and there is also Bucky, Ant-Man, and The Wasp, who could continue their storylines, with some of them possibly being a part of the New Avengers.
Marvel hasn’t confirmed these projects, but they have hinted that they are going in this direction.
The Disney/Fox merger could bring X-Men Avengers
Marvel fans know that the Avengers and the X-Men live in the same world in the comic books. But, with Fox owning the rights to X-Men for more than two decades, they have not shown up in the MCU.
However, now that Disney and Fox have merged, the rights to X-Men and the Avengers are all in the same place, and that all but guarantees that the X-Men will become part of the Avengers in the not-so-distant future.
There are so many Marvel characters in the comic books that the possibilities are endless when it comes to the future of the MCU. Luckily, Feige has proven with the first 22 films that he can create incredible storylines and crossovers that fans love, leaving no doubt that Phase 4 and Phase 5 of the MCU will be box office gold.