WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS ABOUT AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!
At the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron we see that the original team has been disbanded, and a new one has been formed, consisting of Falcon, War Machine, the Vision and Scarlett Witch.
So what does this mean exactly? Are the classic Avengers that we know and love gone forever? Well not exactly, as the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and the two Avengers: Infinity War films will feature most of the already established Avengers.
Instead, it appears that what will happen is the new team shown at the end of Age of Ultron will be the primary Avengers team from this point forward, with the other members either going solo completely, only joining the team on a temporary basis, or possibly being kept back until the second Infinity War film.
Which would make sense, considering what happens during the Civil War. Although we’re still not sure how closely it will follow Mark Millar’s ground breaking limited series, the story goes something like this:
Some superheroes accidentally cause a big explosion during a battle with villains, which leads to a huge amount of civilian deaths. As a result, the government finally implements a law that it had been circulating for some time, causing all people who are vaguely identified as superheroes to either register with the government or be classed as fugitives. Iron Man instantly registers and becomes the public face of the registration movement, whilst Captain America opposes the act, seeing as slavery, and ends up leading the resistance.
So, as with the comics, it’s possible that we’ll see Cap end up a fugitive and Iron Man a hero turned borderline villain, with public opinion towards superheroes going from respect and admiration for fear and loathing. With both Captain America and Iron Man forced to abandon the Avengers to fight for something else that they believe in, and the other members of the team presumably joining sides, it makes sense for a new Avengers team to come into the fold.
So what can we expect of the new team? Well, there’s the two veteran Avengers, Captain America and Black Widow, War Machine, who is basically Iron Man minus the ego and mad scientist angle, Falcon, who is a former soldier like Cap, the Vision, a computer programme come to life who was sadly underused in Age of Ultron, and Scarlett Witch, a
mutant miracle who started life as a villain. Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange will likely round out the final roster.
The first thing that comes to mind is that these Avengers are not as well known to the public eye as the ones that have been the backbone of the MCU so far. It is currently unclear how exactly this new team will work. Will they only deal with earth related situations whilst the cosmic heroes i.e. Thor deal with intergalactic threats like the Infinity Gauntlet? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but for now, let’s be thankfully to have a new, and hopefully just as effective, team of heroes.
And hopefully, with Daredevil now part of the MCU, he could join the team if he isn’t to busy with the Defenders, in addition to a certain wall-crawling hero who will be joinging the MCU very shortly…
What do you think of the new Avengers roster? Is it a good team, or would you prefer the original six remained?