The Avengers! Marvel's Group Hug! One of the highest grossing and most successful movies of all time! With the sequel quickly approaching, I think it's important to look to the future and see who will most likely become part of the Avengers down the line.
Let's take a look at Marvel's entire line up, past, present and future!
The first Avengers were Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. While some people consider other characters to be a part of the team, it's clear who the real members are. I'm talking about the ones who got Avengers ID cards and everything. Since Avengers (2012) many others have joined up and tried to become superheroes. Some villainous at first, some born heroes. There is a difference between the members of the Avengers team and their allies who just help out sometimes.
Our next film, [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), hits theaters May 1st, 2015. It features the entire original six Avengers, plus more! In addition to the originals, we also have Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and The Vision joining the team to take down Ultron.
It's pretty safe to say that once these new 3 heroes appear, they'll inevitably fight alongside the Avengers. The trailers show off Scarlet Witch and her magic powers, and though she starts as a villain, she seems redeemable enough. Quicksilver though doesn't come off as a hero. His actions in the trailers are all villainous if anything. Punching Cap in the face! That looked like it hurt!
While I see the twins fighting with the Avengers to take Ultron down, I don't think the Avengers will take them in as full-fledged members. They start off as villains on Ultron's side. Also, a lot of the descriptions of their characters describe them as terrorists of a sort. I doubt the Avengers would allow them to join officially.
The Vision is a whole different story. He is an android built by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, hence the red gold and green colors. (it's a mix of Iron Man and Hulk!) While we've seen very little of him, it's clear he is the Avengers's "ace in the hole" and will play a major role in the destruction of Ultron.
Also of note, Paul Bettany is the voice of JARVIS, Tony Starks coveted AI. Paul Bettany is also now The Vision. Does this mean Tony and Bruce will manipulate JARVIS's systems and put him into a physical body, becoming the Vision? Or is there no connection there? We'll see, but I think the chances of JARVIS becoming Vision are extremely high!
Will Vision join the Avengers as an official member? Without a doubt, yes! I know we've hardly seen him, but the Vision is a true hero. I am certain Age of Ultron will act as his origin story, bringing this human-like android to life.
Though he seems completely separate from the Avengers in the movies, it's important to note that Ant-Man is a founding member of the Avengers in the comics, appearing way back in issue #1!
That being said I think it's safe to assume Ant-Man will join the Avengers officially down the line. How? Who knows... but with Paul Rudd's star power it feels like he'd be a natural fit into the future Avengers films.
I think it's important to note that the Avengers will have a massive fallout when this film happens. The heroes all take sides and fight each other. On one side we have Captain America, on the other we have Iron Man.
It's still unclear how many heroes will actually appear in the film, as it is not an Avengers movie, but a sequel to Captain America's two movies. Here's the confirmed cast so far...
There are three heroes of note that are possible candidates for future Avengers. We have Sam Wilson AKA Falcon, Bucky Barnes AKA Winter Soldier, and T'Challa AKA Black Panther.
First up is Anthony Mackie's Falcon. He was always true to Captain America, and we know he at least has a minor appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is a character who SHOULD be an official Avenger, but I don't know if he necessarily will get that chance. As much as I want him to join, I doubt it'll come to pass given what the Civil War means.
Cap and Stark will likely draw a line in the sand. Obviously the Falcon will be on Steve's side given their history. This could mean Tony wouldn't allow Falcon to join the Avengers team down the line simply out of spite. You might think thats a little below a superhero, but don't forget we're dealing with Tony Stark here! Also of note, Falcons wings are gone. There was only one wing suit left, and Winter Soldier ripped it in half, grounding the Falcon. I'm sure someone could rebuild the suit, and make it better even! We shall see.
Then we have the Winter Soldier. While he'll likely be in Civil War, I have no clue if he will even be that involved. Will he come back and fight alongside Steve? Will he turn back to his villainous ways? It's kind of up in the air. Maybe not in Civil War, but at some point I think Steve Rogers will be killed. This leaves the mantle of Captain America completely open. Who better to take that role on than Steve's oldest friend, Bucky Barnes? Of course after months of therapy... and memory restoration. Maybe someone magical can help? (Scarlet Witch/ Doctor Strange?)
I'm thinking the world will go without a Captain America for a while. Maybe not until [The Avengers: Infinity War](movie:738027) will Bucky make an appearance as the new Captain America. Imagine the battle scene, Thanos and his army fighting the Avengers, who are divided and falling fast. They need a hero and a leader. Suddenly a familiar shield flies into scene and smacks Thanos in the jaw. Bucky comes running in slow motion into the fray, leading the pack and restoring hope for the Avengers against this impossible threat!
Next up is Black Panther AKA T'challa! We'll talk about him later!!! Keep reading!
Little is known of the first live action adaption of the Sorcerer Supreme. We know he'll be played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and that's enough information for me to know he'll be joining the Avengers.
While being a relatively new actor onto the scene, this guy is EVERYWHERE! He's been around and working for years sure, but he is pretty new! His breakout role was [Sherlock](series:201416) in 2010, but it wasn't until 2013's [Star Trek Into Darkness](movie:37722) that he really become a household name. Since then he became Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit franchise, and has been involved in multiple franchises. He's a heavy hitter and will DEFINITELY be a full-fledged Avenger.
We were hinted at Doctor Strange in Thor, and also in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). We saw the "Eye of Agamotto" in the Asgardian weapons vault in Thor, and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agent Jasper Sitwell shouted "Dr. Stephen Strange" as one of the many potential threats to Hydra/S.H.I.E.L.D. We know he's out there already, and will likely be joining the Avengers soon.
While [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) was a massive hit and a huge fan favorite, I think it's unlikely any of these heroes will join the Avengers team. They've got a team of their own, and will likely feel stuck if they went from traveling the cosmos to stopping on Earth forever. Of course the Guardians will be allies to the Avengers, but I don't see any Guardians changing sides.
Director James Gunn has also gone on record multiple times stating that while both the Guardians and the Avengers exist in the same cinematic universe, their stories aren't the same. They both exist in their own separate storylines. While it's likely that Thanos will be the link that unites them eventually, I doubt the Avengers and the Guardians will even cross paths until Avengers 3.
Oh, and just because a Guardian won't leave for the Avengers, that doesn't mean an Avenger won't leave to join the Guardians of the Galaxy!
Rumors about the new Spider-Man are through the roof! Sony and Marvel finally reaching an agreement to allow the use of Spidey in future Marvel films opens up a zillion possibilities. Will they use Peter Parker, or a different Spider-Man like Miles Morales or Ben Reilly? Will Spider-Man be played by a younger actor or an adult? So many questions! The only thing I'm certain about, is Spider-Man's full Avengers membership.
Spider-Man is widely considered Marvel's most influential and successful comic book character. The notion that he wouldn't join the Avengers as a full member is a ridiculous one. OF COURSE HES GOING TO BE AN AVENGER! The only issues I could foresee with Spidey joining up are some sort of blackout from the Sony/Marvel deal, or the fact that Spidey may be played by a younger actor. If he's really young (like high school young), he might be considered a junior, too young to join the big boys on the varsity team.
Thor is already an Avenger! I know, I know. Is it possible we could see a new hero join the fray in this film? "Ragnarok" is a term that means the end of all things. This could also mean new beginnings! But for whom?
The Avengers will likely lose their God of Thunder. I know that sucks but it's probably going to happen. All of the gods, Thor included, will likely perish in Thor's next sequel. The timing is awful, considering that Part 1 of Infinity War directly follows [Thor: Ragnarok](movie:956858)!
Will Chris Hemsworth's Thor appear in Avengers 3? I hope so, but I think it's to soon to say.
AVENGERS 3! Oh my goodness all the things that can happen here are limitless. New characters can be introduced, old characters could get killed off. It all depends on the mysterious agenda of the Mad Titan himself, Thanos!
In the comics, Thanos wipes out half the life in the universe with a flick of his wrist. The cosmic powered Infinity Stones are fitted into a golden gauntlet which allows the wearer to use the powers of the stones without being torn apart, like how the one stone almost ripped apart the Guardians of the Galaxy...
New characters will likely be introduced in Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1, but who!? It's too early to tell. Perhaps this will be the first appearance of Captain Marvel?
I think it goes without saying that T'challa will join the Avengers officially. We supposedly get a taste of him in Avengers 2, and then a full first appearance in Civil War. Finally we'll see his story from his perspective in Black Panther, following right after the first part of Infinity War.
I think he'll be an ally to the Avengers, who removes himself from the fray at first so as to protect his people. Then I'm certain Infinity War - Part 1 will change things in a way that makes T'challa believe that the best way to protect his people is to join the heroes on the front lines. Chadwick Boseman has already been cast, and with Black Panther it isn't a matter of "Will he?" but rather "WHEN will he?"
Following the solo film for [Black Panther](movie:9047), we have the solo film for [Captain Marvel](movie:949779)! I couldn't be more thrilled that we are finally getting a female superhero in the spotlight as the sole main character! Being one of the most powerful Marvel characters, Captain Marvel is a huge addition to the Avengers roster.
No, this picture isn't real, but I mean c'mon, how perfect is that?! Katheryn Winnick already plays a pretty tough gal on the popular show [Vikings](series:832606). She looks the part, and can certainly act. She has also shown significant interest in playing Carol Danvers.
Captain Marvel's origin might be played out throughout the events of Avengers: Infinity War. I could see the original male Captain Mar-vell coming in and fighting Thanos, which results in him being mortally wounded and giving his cosmic powers to a scientist named Carol Danvers. She falls into a coma, only to wake up a while later in her solo movie.
She'd be an incredible member to the team. A female role model and truly powerful character for the MCU, I think she without a doubt will be joining the Avengers as a full member down the line.
The same can be said about Part 2 as Part 1. New characters can be introduced just as easily as old ones can be killed off. Who knows what Thanos is capable of, or who might show up and try to stop him. Adam Warlock perhaps? I don't see him as Avenger material though. She-Hulk? Punisher? We'll see!...
The Inhumans are a whole new ball game. It's like introducing not just one new potential Avenger, but rather an entire team of potential Avengers all their own. The Inhumans are already a presence in the MCU, and their influence grows as [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) progresses.
Agent Skye recently discovered she was an Inhuman, along with Raina. Following exposure to the Terrigen Crystals, their powers were unlocked. Skye (Daisy Johnson) gained the ability to create massive earthquakes, and Raina was transformed into a spiky porcupine-esqe monster. Think of the Terrigen process as like a second puberty, but with superpowers.
Given her ties with S.H.I.E.L.D., and Coulson's direct ties with the Avengers, I think there is at least a slim chance Skye could make the jump from TV and join the Avengers down the line. I find it infinitely more likely that she will join the Inhumans instead. Either way, Skye is coming to the movies of Marvel! Get ready.
I think the Inhumans will be treated a bit like the Guardians of the Galaxy. Kept separate from the Avengers, but still in the same Cinematic Universe. The only difference is that both the Inhumans and the Avengers are both on the same planet. While the Inhumans will likely be occasional allies with the Avengers, I imagine them butting heads as frequently as the Avengers and the X-Men butt heads in the comics. Skye would be a cool in-between for the two, acting as both an Avenger and Inhuman. It'd be a cool conflict for her to overcome. Who does she choose?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has certainly done their fair share of character introducing. However, about 80 percent of the characters they show are villains. There are VERY few who have potential as actual Avengers. Perhaps Deathlok?
Mike Peterson is a new take on Deathlok, but certainly not a bad one. His character starts as a villain, then a hero, then a villain again, then he runs off in pursuit of a life where he can be a hero. He'd make a triumphant return if he were to come back to the spotlight as an Avenger. Mike wants to make his son proud of him, and if he saw his dad as an Avenger, I'm sure he would forgive his father for not being there the last few years.
Another possibility is Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird. She's a tough chick! Bobbi joined up with the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the second season after having infiltrated HYDRA. She consistently proves herself as a brutal fighter and a determined agent. She's smart, sexy, and really kickass, just like Black Widow! Is it possible that down the line, if Scarlett Johansson were to retire from Marvel, Adrianne Palicki's Mockingbird might step in to fill those shoes on the Avengers team? It's definitely possible, but it all depends on her story on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Right now she's scheming something with Mac on the show. Something to do with the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. Only time will tell whose side she is truly on.
With [Daredevil](movie:47230) quickly approaching, we can only wonder if he, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, or Iron Fist will ever join the Avengers.
Daredevil and Luke Cage seem the most likely of the four. Iron Fist more often keeps to himself, and Jessica Jones eventually retires from the life of crime fighting because of the stress that comes with it after a traumatic event. Also, since the four Netflix series are leading up to a Defenders movie, it's safe to say all four will make their own team, separate from the Avengers. This could mean that they are also treated like the Inhumans or Guardians of the Galaxy, separated but within the same universe.
Charlie Cox plays Daredevil in the upcoming Netflix series. Daredevil is a frequent on and off again member of the Avengers. The new Daredevil series looks dark and intense, which could be great for the series, but not so good for joining the Avengers. It appears as if it's meant for mature audiences only. This could mean its not as appropriate for children, who are a massive part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's audience. Pulling Daredevil from his dark universe and into the Avengers might be tough. It's doable, but tough for sure.
Then there's [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](series:1168773). Since she retires from the superhero game pretty early on, there isn't much chance of her really joining the Avengers. Although, Kristen Ritter is fantastic, and Marvel might make it work anyway.
Mike Colter was cast as Luke Cage a while back, and he certainly looks the role! Luke Cage eventually becomes a leader amongst the superhero community, founding the Mighty Avengers and often being an Avenger himself. It's likely that down the line Luke Cage will at least fight alongside the Avengers, if not join them entirely.
Then finally we have Iron Fist. Considered to be a living weapon, Iron Fist has superior martial arts abilities and can focus his chi into a powerful strike with his hands. He is the only Netflix hero that has yet to be cast, but don't worry, it's still down the line a ways. Danny Rand, AKA Iron Fist, often keeps to himself in the comics. He teams up with Luke Cage forming the Heroes for Hire, in which anyone can hire them to do...well...hero stuff. He has fought alongside the Avengers, but has been a part of the spinoff teams more often than not (i.e. New Avengers/ Secret Avengers).
Marvel keeps pushing the limits, and who can really say what characters will join the Avengers? We won't know for sure who's coming until they get here, and I don't mind sitting back and watching it all unfold before me.
Who do you want to join the Avengers roster? Comment below if I missed someone!!!