Did anyone find it a little odd that Captain America appears as the default leader in The Avengers without any question? I'm not doubting Cap's presence on the team. He's more than capable and binds the Avengers together in both an emotional sense and in the midst of battle. It's just funny that barely any of the decision-making process was shown in singling him out as "the leader". Seeing Tony Stark just step to the sidelines, I'm reminded of the cooler, stronger kids in school saying "you're the leader" just to keep the smaller kid happy. Still, Cap is gladly accepted by fans as the leader of The Avengers, but with the changes the team has gone through so far, and with the upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), that could all be about to change!
As you would expect from a movie entitled "civil war", there's gonna be a slight disagreement going on. Whether this storyline will play out exactly as it did in Mark Millar's comic series, we're yet to know. While fans and critics alike are already calling it "The Avengers Lite", the story is much more likely to see the complete disbanding of the team. The differences between Captain America and Iron Man will likely be too great to reform the initiative as we once knew it. That, along with the possibility of Captain America's death that both did and didn't happen because comics, means a clearing of house is in order! We're gonna need some new faces to step up and lead by the time The Avengers 3: Infinity War comes around! So, auditions start... now!
While likely not the most obvious candidate, given his humble background, Scott Lang would represent an ascension to leadership without the aid of performance enhancing dru... I mean, science! Sure, the Ant-Man suit makes him just as remarkable as the likes of Iron Man, but if the recent trailers for Ant-Man are anything to go by, Scott Lang is even less deserving of his power than Tony Stark, since he only really inherited his suit. Still, it's that disparity that would make him an entertaining leader for the next incarnation of The Avengers!
Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-man is at once the new kid on the block, and the guy who's been hanging around forever. Only dedicated comics fans would have thought "finally they're adapting Ant-Man! Where's he been the whole time?" Everyone knows Spider-man, and that puts a lot of pressure on his introduction to the MCU. After his, hopefully sparing, entrance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker's arc could consist of learning to gain the respect of his peers in an effort to lead the new Avengers.
The possibility of Spider-man as a new leader is slim, however, as Marvel is aiming for a younger version of Peter Parker, and the web slinger has always been seen as a solo hero, or at best, a guy who tags along. Ultimately, Spider-man is perfect to symbolize Marvel as a whole, but not to front the Avengers.
As a potential member of the Avengers, Black Panther is much closer to Thor than to Captain America or Iron Man. The leader of the fictional nation of Wakanda, full of customs and heritage that is foreign to other members of the team, T'Challa shares more than a few features with the god of Thunder. Does this make him an appropriate candidate to lead the Avengers? Sure it does. Remember, this arc would constitute him rising to the occasion to become the new leader, rather than Nick Fury just blindly pointing and saying "uhhh, you!" Sure there will be some cultural differences for Chadwick Boseman to overcome as Black Panther, but that's exactly what would make his story interesting!
One of my favorite moments in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) is when Vision casually hands Thor his hammer, exhibiting incomprehensible strength to the other characters. There's a shot on the rest of the team that clearly shows them glad to have him on the team, just just a little bit terrified at the power he unknowingly wields. It would be entertaining to take that moment to its logical conclusion, and make Vision leader of The Avengers because, well why not? He's an invincible synthetic Christmassey Superman! Having Vision play a prominent role in Infinity War is also vital, because there's just a little something in that guy's head which I'm sure Thanos would like to a get hold of!
So those are some of the biggest names that could take Captain America's place to lead The Avengers after Civil War! Are there any characters in the MCU you would like to see instead? Write a post about it here on MoviePilot, or leave a comment below!