The release date for the next “Avengers” movie has yet to be announced, but the announcement should only be a matter of time. The composition of the new team is obvious …
Spoiler warning for the reader who has clicked this text but has not yet seen “Endgame”: we are spoiling “Avengers 4”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has no end, but the closest thing to an end is “Avengers 4: Endgame.” That means: Of course, there will be more hero movies after that, and of course at least one new “Avengers” will be among them (and probably a “Young Avengers” too). But in “Endgame” the journey ended for the core team, which was first formed in 2012’s “Avengers”:
Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have sacrificed themselves. Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) finally found the time for his great love Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has retired to the Guardians, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will have his own series on Disney + and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) has finally merged with the Hulk.
We may somehow get to see some of them again, but the new Avengers should consist of cooler faces. This is not just for narrative reasons, but also for financial reasons, and should be understood as a statement. Naturally, the older guard actor has become increasingly expensive over the years (with Downey Jr. the top earner). But the Marvel movie franchise is bigger than any name. Removing the old stars or reducing their parts significantly, therefore, is in the financial interests of Disney, the owner of Marvels. Evans, Hemsworth, and Ruffalo just aren’t that necessary: especially since the signs of the times suggest that a woman will assume leadership of the “Avengers”: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson).
Captain Marvel as boss
Marvel’s chief producer Kevin Feige announced that Brie Larson will take on the leadership role as a nearly indestructible flying superhero. She was featured in the prequel “Captain Marvel,” which was released in March 2019. In “Avengers 4” she just went through her many intergalactic obligations – in “Avengers 5” (or whatever the movie is called) she should become the leader of the new team.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has long been, sorry, a pretty exclusive men’s parade. It took ten years to make the first two films with women in the lead role. Now a more feminine MCU has been promised, and this point should be backed up by the fact that a woman will set the tone for the Avengers.
Two co-bosses by your side
The MCU is supposed to get more feminine (which includes solo movies like Black Widow, which is expected to be released in 2020) and otherwise more diverse. “Black Panther” was the first big superhero movie in 2018 with a black main character and also a predominantly black cast and that will also leave its impression on the group of heroes: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is, so Thus, a new permanent member of new set of defense forces. He should have at his side the new Captain America, whom Steve Rogers gave the shield to in “Endgame” and is also black: Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), who appeared in “The Return of the First Avenger” (2014) He saw them flying through the area for the first time.
This trio will lead the MCU in the future, especially since there are few other characters available. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is too lonely and lonely. Best suited for solo movies and small hero reunion appearances. Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is still too young and most of all he still belongs to Sony. With him, Marvel and Disney cannot reliably plan for the next ten years of the MCU. Meanwhile, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) ends up being too much of a family man rather than a full-time world savior.
Captain Marvel, Black Panther, The New Cap – What they all have in common is that they are fully committed to being superheroes and saviors of the world. Of course, three heroes are not Avengers yet. Given that “Avengers 5” still seems like a few years away anyway, there is plenty of time to introduce more members. With “Shang-Chi” over the kung fu master of the same name, priority is given to a project that is also out of the ordinary: Here, the first Asian superhero is introduced to the MCU and possibly positioned for “Avengers 5.”
The MCU after “Avengers 4: Endgame”: this is the superhero Shang-Chi