‘New Avengers’ Will Correct the Infinity Saga’s Biggest Mistake
The Infinity Saga was a cinematic masterpiece — a 23-film narrative arc boasting intricate character dynamics, internal turmoils, action-packed sequences, and heartfelt moments of sobriety. Endgame was the perfect culmination (sans a handful of scenes): all the saviors united at last to undo Thanos’ snap and set the world back on its proper path, guided by humans with hearts — who operate within the morally ambiguous gray.
While the Infinity Saga ended on a high note, and while most Marvel movies have opened to strong critical and audience reviews, the Avengers always took a bit of backlash for one characterizing facet: the ratio.
Just like a good college party – in which an equal number of guys and girls come to drink and dance — a good movie often boasts performances from strong male and female characters.
Too many men and you waver into a male-dominated landscape out of touch with the female perspective; too many women and you veer in the other direction. While later Avengers installments added female characters, Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron were scarce on female superheroes. The first Avengers film only had one: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Based on where the MCU is now — and drawing from alleged plans for the New Avengers — it looks like Marvel Studios plans to right this wrong when it comes to the next movie that will carry the Avengers title.
Which superheroes will be a part of the MCU’s New Avengers?
The OG Six Avengers — as the actors so lovingly refer to themselves — consisted of Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. One woman and five men. Furthermore, it would be years until a woman received a standalone installment; Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel didn’t hit cinemas until right before Endgame.
However, the next OG 6 — or should we call them the “reinvented 11” — will feature a much more balanced ratio, sending the message that both men and women can be heroes — an equal number of men and women are capable of coming to your rescue. The MCU has just started and will continue to undo decades of superhero tropes concerning male saviors and their damsels in distress. Captain Marvel will receive another film, Jane Foster is about to become Mighty Thor, and so on.
According to We Got This Covered, the New Avengers will consist of Captain America (Sam Wilson), Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Mighty Thor (Jane Foster), Ant-Man, The Wasp, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Shang-Chi, and Blade.
While it’s not exactly 1:1, 4 of the 11 superheroes in the New Avengers will be women. In the first Avengers, ⅙ (16%) of the core Avengers were women; this time around, the major mash-up installment will be 36% women. And, with a Ms. Marvel series and a She-Hulk series on the way, fans may just see more tough heroines join the superhero soiree when the New Avengers finally hits cinemas.
For now, let’s be proud that the MCU realized it was missing some needed female saviors, and is prepping the landscape for a more balanced mash-up come the next Avengers film. Furthermore, the MCU plans to bring some much-needed LGBTQ+ representation to the surface (starting with Valkyrie). It’s time all superheroes — of various genders, sexualities, and races — who deserve a spotlight receive silver screen treatment, and the MCU is working diligently to fulfill on that promise.