Even though Phase 3 has yet to commence, we, as fans, can't help but wonder what the future of the MCU holds. One of the most interesting things that the two latest Marvel movies (Age of Ultron and Ant-Man) offer us is the possibility of the Young Avengers coming together on the big screen. Clearly, if you haven't seen either film there are SPOILERS below, continue at you own risk.
Who are the Young Avengers?
The Young Avengers are a team of super-powered teenagers in the Marvel Comics that come together in order to fight crime, especially in the case of a disbanded Avengers team. In the comics, The Vision went in search of special teenagers to put together a team as a sort of fail safe. In his mind, if the Avengers ever stopped fighting crime, disbanded, or turned against the public, there would be team just as strong waiting around the corner to step up and fight evil. How exactly could this team be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well, in fact, we've already seen a few of these members appear in Marvel movies (or seen characters that closely resemble).
As stated above, the Vision is essentially the founder of the Young Avengers, if not at times a full fledged member. We have already seen the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron and he's set to return in [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Throughout Phase 3 it would be interesting to see the Vision looking for potential members of the Young Avengers, whether it be a side plot in a couple of the movies or a possible end credits scene. Another storyline that is important to the creation of the Young Avengers is the romance between the Vision and Scarlet Witch.
In the comics, the Scarlet Witch and the Vision are married and have children together. If you knew what to look for in Age of Ultron, their mutual attraction to one another was apparent, but rather subtle.
Who are the Members of the Young Avengers?
The team set up I have in mind plays off of the characters we've already seen, characters that are likely to appear in Phase 3, and members I think would make an interesting addition to the MCU. The Young Avengers offers Marvel the opprotunity to showcase some of their strongest female characters and some of their more racially diverse characters as well
In the comics Iron Lad is a young boy who is destined to become the next Kang. Though we haven't met Nathaniel Richards in the MCU yet, we have met a young boy that many have theorized will become the next Iron Man (or in this case the Iron Lad) Specifically I'm talking about this kid from Iron Man 3:
Harley Keener, who helped Tony Stark repair his Iron Man suit. The ending of Iron Man 3 does allude to this young boy being more than just interested in the Iron Man suit perhaps even thinking of building his own. Now, this might not be the same Iron Lad we are familiar with but could be a possible route for Marvel to use.
Another character we've already seen is:
Cassie Lang aka Stature
With the opening of Ant-Man theaters were enamored with this young girl who easily stole many of the scenes she was in. Cassie Lang is the daughter of current Ant-Man Scott Lang. By the time phase 4 starts, Cassie should be in her teenage years and the perfect age to take up the moniker of Stature.
Stature utilizes the Pym Particle in the complete opposite way as her father, instead of shrinking she grows to enormous size. Stature is one of the founding members of the Young Avengers, and already established in the MCU so having her be a part of the Young Avengers is a no brainier.
So far these are the only 2 possible team members that we have already seen, however, due to the line-up of Marvel's phase 3, the following are members that I think could easily be brought into the MCU that would make perfect additions to the growing cinematic universe.
Patriot is the grandson of an African-American man who was given the super soldier serum that made Captain America after Cap went missing. However, Patriot originally got his powers from his drug abuse and it was only after Iron Lad found out about the drug use that Patriot was given a blood transfusion in order to have permanent powers.
How could he fit into the MCU?
Patriot could easily be introduced in either the beginning of a Young Avengers movie or in a end credits scene. He could either be seen being recruited by the Vision or by Iron Lad.
Wiccan is the reincarnated version of one of Vision and Scarlet Witch's children. His abilities include flight, magic use, and teleportation. He is a key figure, and founding member, of the Young Avengers that has helped the team in various ways over the years.
How could he fit into the MCU?
This character could most likely be introduced in an end credits scene or in a YA movie. Most recently we've seen Wiccan's own mother introduced into the MCU in a similar way. Scarlet Witch and her brother QuickSilver were introduced in a end credits scene after Captain America Winter Soldier.
Miss America. Her inclusion would mean the inclusion of a female Latin-American LGBT superhero. Relatively little is known of her origins so it would be quite easy to feature her in a Young Avengers movie.
Who else could be added to the team?
Some other members that we might see could be Hulking (who is of Kree and Skrull heritage) Marvel Boy (who a Kree superhero) and even possibly the Kate Bishop Hawkeye, who took up the moniker and was gifted Hawkeye's equipment by Captain America after Clint's death. Hulking and Marvel Boy could easily be introduced in Infinity Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, or the Captain Marvel movie.
For me, it seems like the Young Avengers would be a great move for the MCU to go for. It would be a way to appeal to younger fans, feature some amazing female characters (something the MCU is in desperate need for), and would allow the MCU to become more racially diverse.