Avengers 4 will be dedicated to wrapping up the first 11 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and saying goodbye to some heroes. But almost every MCU movie tends to introduce one or two new characters from the comics, sometimes during the film itself and sometimes during the post-credits scenes.
Although Avengers 4 will likely be focused on current characters, there’s reason to believe some surprising new ones might get involved. Here’s a look at some of the Marvel heroes who could unexpectedly debut in Avengers 4.
- Stature is the superhero persona of Ant-Man’s daughter.
In the comics, Stature is the superhero identity of Cassandra Lang, Scott Lang’s daughter. She took on that name in Young Avengers. So why might she debut in Avengers 4? Well, the film has reportedly cast Emma Fuhrmann as an older Cassie Lang.
This suggests that there is a time jump between films since this actress is 16 years old and the actress who plays Cassie in Ant-Man and the Wasp is only 10. It might also mean that Cassie could get involved in the action, setting the stage for her to fight alongside her dad in Ant-Man 3.
There seemed to be some foreshadowing of this in the trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, in which Cassie tells Scott, “I wish I could fight bad guys like you.”
Next: This character may actually have a secret origin story in Infinity War.
- The Nova Corps gifts Nova powers.
It seems that Nova’s debut will be right around the corner. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige himself said in 2018 that Nova has “immediate potential” in the MCU.
Nova’s origin story might also have already been set up in Infinity War. It’s established in that movie that Thanos has decimated the planet of Xandar off-screen, presumably killing the Nova Corps. In the comics, Nova becomes a superhero when the last surviving member of the massacred Nova Corps gives him powers.
So it would make sense that Nova now exists in the MCU, and he could join the fight in Avengers 4. More realistically, though, it could be that Nova shows up in an Avengers 4 post-credits scene, setting him up to be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020. Nova was originally meant to make his debut in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, after all.
Next: A social media post may have spoiled this character’s debut.
- Pepper Potts uses the name Rescue.
In the comics, Pepper Potts ends up taking on the identity of Rescue when using armor that Tony gave to her and getting in on the action. Could this happen in Avengers 4? One reason fans think it might is that back in December 2017, Gwyneth Paltrow posted an image of herself getting ready to film the movie while wearing a motion capture suit.
It doesn’t really make sense that Paltrow would need to be in a motion capture suit unless she at some point wears some of Tony’s armor. So fans think that Pepper Popps will actually make her debut as Rescue in Avengers 4. This might be a one-off sequence and not set up for future movies, though.
Next: This character was mentioned in Infinity War, but could we see him on screen?
- Thanos’ father is A’Lars.
At an event in May 2018, comic book writer Jim Starlin, who created the character of Thanos, revealed that he will have more credits for Avengers 4 than Infinity War. The implication was that there’s at least one character that he created who will debut in Avengers 4.
One strong possibility would be Mentor, a.k.a. A’Lars. In the comics, he’s Thanos’ father. And he was actually mentioned briefly in Infinity War; Red Skull calls Thanos “son of A’lars.”
It would also make sense to introduce A’lars because he is an Eternal, and Marvel Studios is working on an Eternals movie.
Next: This could be the character Starlin is talking about instead.
- Meet Thanos’ brother, Eros.
There’s another character who Jim Starlin could have been talking about: Eros, aka Starfox. In the comics, Eros is the son of A’lars and the brother of Thanos. But he’s a good guy who helps the Avengers battle his brother.
Marvel probably wouldn’t want to introduce Eros to the degree that he’d actually be part of the final battle, but perhaps we could see him and A’Lars as part of a flashback sequence showing Thanos’ origins, similar to the Gamora flashback in Infinity War.
Next: This character might take on a new persona.
- Clint Barton (Hawkeye) has another persona known as Ronin.
In the comics, Clint Barton at one point stops using the identity of Hawkeye and takes on a new name: Ronin. This happens after he returns from the dead and is seeking a new direction.
We know that Jeremy Renner will have a new look as Hawkeye in Avengers 4, complete with a new haircut and costume. So fans believe that he’ll assume the Ronin identity, perhaps re-entering the superhero life after his family disappears in Thanos’s snap.
Next: This character from the Infinity Gauntlet comic could appear.
- This character is an important cosmic being.
There has been a rumor going around that Benedict Cumberbatch has shot a secret scene in Avengers 4 in which he talks one-on-one with a fully CGI character. If that’s true, one character that it would make sense for him to talk to is Eternity, a cosmic entity that has existed since the beginning of the universe and is essentially its living embodiment.
In the comics, after Thanos has killed half of all life in the universe, Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer make contact with the cosmic beings, including Eternity. This scene could happen in Avengers 4, only with Doctor Strange talking to Eternity. For that to be true, the Avengers who disappeared would have to still be alive, either in another dimension or in Soul World.
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