MCU Phase 4’s Most Powerful Avengers Replacement Team (As We Know It)
The MCU‘s Phase 4 sets up its new team of Avengers – a more informal organization, but even more powerful than the originals. Avengers: Endgame ended the Infinity Saga, as well as the first iteration of the Avengers. Tony Stark and Black Widow have been slain, Steve Rogers retired in style, and even the Avengers complex has been leveled. As for the world, the Avengers seem to have disbanded. As Midtown High student Jason Ionello said Spider-Man: Far From Home, “Pray that nothing crazy will happen again because the Avengers are still a thing?“
The Avengers may not be a formal organization anymore, but they seem to have changed shape, turning into a rather loose hero collaboration. The precedent was set in Avengers: Endgame himself, when Black Widow used a holographic network to coordinate heroes across the galaxy – in conjunction with Captain Marvel, War Machine, Okoye, Nebula, and Rocket Raccoon. The group seemed comparable to the Illuminati from the Avengers comics, a group of superheroes who operated under the radar and tried to control chaotic events on Earth and among the stars. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings‘The post-credits scene has suggested that other heroes continue to work together in the same way, and it’s gradually becoming clear that there is a core group that liaises with each other in secret. These Avengers are some of the most experienced – and powerful – superheroes in the world, though it’s unclear whether they’re still joined by members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Nick Fury and Talos may not be aware of this informal Avengers alliance. After all, Talos didn’t know what to say when posing as Fury and was asked over and over again why the Avengers were not getting involved in Mysterio’s elemental attacks. However, viewers do – and here are the characters who seem to have been linked to them.
War Machine was part of Black Widow’s first group
There is reason to argue that War Machine is now the most powerful Avenger on Earth. James Rhodes donned the Iron Man armor in Iron man 2 and quickly began to function as the US government’s own war machine. His systems have been continuously upgraded by Tony Stark over the years, but he got his biggest power-up during the Blip, when he reverted to his “Iron Patriot” identity. Through Avengers: Endgame, he wore a costume called the âCosmic Iron Patriot,â which – according to conceptual sculptor Adam Ross – has varying levels of situational readiness similar to the Army’s DEFCON threat levels. War Machine was part of Black Widow’s cowardly Avengers group, keeping her in the know as he tries to track down Ronin, and he seems to see himself as a potential mentor to the next generation of superheroes – checking out Sam Wilson in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, before Sam finally accepts the role of Captain America.
Okoye also collaborated with Black Widow’s Avengers.
Steve Rogers established friendly relations between his Secret Avengers team and the Wakandan Royal Family after Captain America: Civil War, although it is likely that many citizens regretted it after Wakanda became zero point during Thanos’ invasion of Earth in Avengers: Infinity War. Wakanda was likely left in a state of chaos after Thanos snapped his fingers, because Black Panther and several other key royals were erased from existence, but Okoye – Dora Milaje’s general – appears to have honored T’Challa’s desire to remain open to the rest of the world. She was part of Black Widow’s holo-conference at Avengers: Endgame, and is potentially still involved now. That would mean these Avengers have access to Wakandan technology, and Black Panther’s new replacement could be linked to the Avengers via Okoye from the start.
Captain Marvel stays in Loose Avengers team
Carol Danvers returned to Earth shortly after Thanos snapped her fingers, and she appears to have kept in touch with the Avengers during the Blip, tapping into the holographic conference with Black Widow; Avengers: EndgameHer script subtly hinted that she returned to Earth several times over the next five years, likely explaining why her example will inspire Kamala Khan to become Ms. Marvel in Phase 4. She appears to have had private conversations with War Machine. – both are an item in the comics – and arrived in time to take down Sanctuary II in Avengers: Endgamethe final battle of. Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten ringsThe post-credits scene revealed that Captain Marvel is still being kept in the loop, as Wong was able to call him for advice on the Ten Rings.
Wong is extremely important to the MCU right now
One of the most experienced masters of the mystical arts, Wong now appears to be heavily involved in the global superhero community. He plays a sort of leadership role among the Masters of the Mystic Arts after the Elder’s death, with Doctor Strange appearing instead to serve as the guardian of the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City. Wong is clearly part of the cowardly Avengers group in Shang-Chi, because he’s the one calling a holographic conference to try and figure out what the Ten Rings really are. More oddly still, he also appears to have cultivated some sort of relationship with the Abomination, giving him advice after their duel at the Golden Daggers Fight Club. Wong is one of the more intriguing characters in Phase 4, potentially surpassing Doctor Strange as the current Sorcerer Supreme, and his vast experience means he would be a powerful resource the Avengers could draw upon. A rookie Doctor Strange treated Loki with ease in Thor: Ragnarok, so the more experienced Wong is surely a magic powerhouse – especially since he can take advantage of all of Kamar-Taj’s resources.
Bruce Banner, the Hulk
One of the few remaining Avengers OGs, Bruce Banner spent eighteen months during the Blip in a Gamma Lab transforming into Professor Hulk. In The Art of Avengers: EndgameConcept artist Ryan Meinerding noted that the Hulk became the last of the visibly active Avengers during this time. “It would actually do the job of all the Avengers,“he explained,”and you would see him feeling like a real, amazing superhero – and this costume was meant to elucidate that point. Whether he shouts it or not, there is an H on his chest.“The Hulk paid the price for his heroism by Avengers: Endgame, with the energy released by the Infinity Stones leaving him gravely injured. This is another of the heroes brought in for advice by Wong in Shang-Chi, and its status quo seems to have changed again. He’s back as Bruce Banner, though his arm is definitely injured.
Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man, could also be involved
Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, might just be another member of the Avengers now – taking Tony Stark’s place. This is unexpectedly stated in Hawk Eye, when Clint Barton uses a Pym arrow in Episode 2. Not only does the arrow contain Pym particles, but it is also branded with the corporate brand of Pym Tech, which suggests that Hank took over his old business and resource. now Avengers in Tony Stark. absence. There’s a certain degree of irony to that, given Hank Pym’s visceral hatred of the Starks, and there’s no doubt that Pym tech will be very different from Stark tech.
Other MCU characters who could join the Phase 4 Avengers replacement
Marvel has officially named Shang-Chi a new member of Avenger, implicitly confirming that the Avengers are still a thing – and that the loose group of coordinating heroes are just the core of the new team. War Machine and Wong appear to be keeping tabs on the other heroes in Phase 4, suggesting that the Avengers could develop at any time relying on the people the core is connected to. This means that potential members include:
- Shang-Chi, teased as a New Avenger by Marvel Marketing and possessing remarkable power due to the ten rings he now wears.
- The Avengers seem to see Shang-Chi and Katy as a package, so oddly enough, she might just end up being an unpowered Avenger as well.
- The Abomination, who was originally turned down as an Avenger by Nick Fury, but has been framed by Wong as of late.
- The new Captain America, drawn to War Machine because it’s hard to imagine an iteration of the Avengers without Sam Wilson as Captain America on duty.
- Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau, who will presumably become close contacts with Captain Marvel in Wonders.
- She-Hulk, intended to be created by Bruce Banner for his own Disney + TV series.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp, who are of course closely associated with Hank Pym.
- Hawkeye, apparently funded by Pym.
- The new Black Panther, via Okoye.
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- Spider-Man: No Homecoming (2021)Release Date: December 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: 06 May 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release Date: 08 Jul 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release Date: November 11, 2022
- Wonders / Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release Date: February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: 05 May 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release Date: Jul 28, 2023
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