The films of the MCU have become the gold standard when it comes to box office earnings in recent years. With compelling characters and thrilling action, fans line up in droves to see the next installment. But does this franchise have an expiration date?
Will fans get tired of coming to see Captain America and Ironman? Will Thor and the Hulk stop drawing a crowd? It has been popular belief that Marvel will move on from the original Avengers team and create a new focal point for the MCU.
The popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy indicates that this could be a viable way for the company to keep movie-goers flocking to the theaters. If that is the case, will we see a second Avengers team? And if so, who will be in this new lineup?
I'm not talking about the motley crew of heroes we saw gathered at the end of Age of Ultron. I'm talking about a potential band of outlaws that are fugitives from the U.S. Government as a result of Captain America: Civil War. Who could be in these New Avengers?
(WARNING! POTENTIAL MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!)
In the comics, Cage is the unofficial leader of the New Avengers after the superhero civil war takes the life of Captain America and gives Tony Stark control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his own Avengers team. We know Cage is set to debut in Jessica Jones on Netflix and later get his own show. It seems likely that we would see him make the jump to the forefront of the MCU in the future.
Speaking of the super-powered private investigator, she could be seen in future Avengers films as well. She was not actually a part of the team in the comics, but her romantic relationship and the story that encompasses it were fairly important when it came to the team's overall story. I wouldn't expect a major role for her, but I think we could see her.
Danny Rand is yet to make his debut, or even have it announced, but he is a major character when it comes to the New Avengers. It is his resources that allow the team to operate. We know he is supposed to be getting his own Netflix series as well, but that has not been made official yet and things seem to still be up in the air. You could argue though that he is the most important character when putting together the New Avengers behind only Cage and...
The Sorcerer Supreme is the only reason the fugitive team is able to set up their base of operations. Without Strange's magic, the team would have no way of hiding from Tony Stark and his unlimited resources. Strange is set to hit the big screen in his solo movie shortly after Civil War, so it's not crazy to think that he would play a major role in a future Avengers team.
Jessica Drew is another key character in the post-Civil-War Avengers. She's on the team, then she's not, then she is but she's secretly working for someone else, then she leaves the team completely... it's tough to keep up. This could be a good thing though, as she could be an important character that provides a major twist in a future movie. There have not been any plans to incorporate Drew however, making her one of the less likely team members.
I think we all expect this one right? Spidey is going to play a big role in Civil War and is almost certain to be a key player in the MCU moving forward. He's a staple in the New Avengers lineup as well as a fan-favorite, perhaps THE fan-favorite. If the New Avengers are going to happen, the wall-crawler is almost certain to be there.
This is an interesting case. Echo is far from a household name but to avid fans of the comics, it would be a big mistake to leave her out. The hearing impaired martial artist would make for a compelling story that people could connect to as well as some intense action. I wouldn't expect to see her anytime soon, or for her to play a major role in a film right away, but I do think Echo would be a hit on the big screen.
What? Hawkeye? But he's already an Avenger. This can't be right. Yes, Clint Barton is Hawkeye and yes, he is a member of the original Avengers. However, in the comics he was killed. Or at least we thought he was killed. He actually comes back and takes over the mantle of Ronin, a ninja-skilled assassin, from Echo. This could be another big twist that could draw a big reaction from fans in a future film. I do think a lot of the back story would be drastically changed though.
I wouldn't expect the New Avengers to come together on the big screen the same way they did in the comics, nor would I expect to see this any time soon. They could eventually come together though and give us several more years of great Marvel movies after the heavy hitters like Cap and Ironman are gone.