Super villain Thanos snaps his fingers in Avengers: Endgame. He not only wiped out half the life in the universe, but also dramatically reduced the number of superheroes protecting Earth.
Although the heroes who survived were eventually able to solve the problem, they paid a terrible price, and they were now far fewer in number. Earth will be unprotected if a threat like Thanos comes again without warning. The remaining heroes now focus on resolving their own conflicts, and saving the world from their respective villains.
In addition to the possible return of the remaining original Avengers, the future Avengers lineup for Phase 5 could include many new superheroes. Independent characters such as Shang-Chi, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Monica Rambeau, Sersi, and Jane Foster will likely compose the next iteration of Earth’s mightiest heroes.
While others are more likely to make their own Avengers shoots. The younger generation of the MCU, including Kate Bishop, America Chavez, Kamala Khan, Elijah Bradley, Cassie Lang, Kid Loki, and Tommy and Billy Maximoff, are all expected to form the Young Avengers.
The West Coast Avengers could be started by Hawkeye and White Vision, while Doctor Strange, Blade, and Moon Knight could devote their spare time to their stint with the Midnight Sons. All of these groups could come together and call themselves Avengers whenever a villain like Thanos threatened Earth.
Because the possible line-up of heroes in the MCU is very large, it is very likely that Phases 4 and 5 will have several Avengers-like teams at once, although not all of them are good. The replacement team for Val’s Dark Avengers is far from over, but the MCU seems to be continuing to build on it or the Thunderbolt.
Likewise, the potential for a Young Avengers team with all the heroes mentioned seems too good to pass up, as does the opportunity to create a New Avengers-style team. While Marvel’s New Avengers comics have a constantly rotating lineup, the trajectory of Phase 4 so far could actually fit this model well. Plus the fact that Netflix’s Defenders and even the X-Men are about to join the MCU, the New Avengers team seems almost inevitable.
In addition to the MCU series of Young Avengers and Dark Avengers that Marvel has built, MCU Phase 5 can boast a plethora of new teams to replace the original Avengers.
So who are the original Avengers that are likely to continue to appear? They are Ant-man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Wong, Falcon/Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Furry, Hulk, Spider-man, War Machine, Wasp, Winter Soldier, and Okoye.
Lastly, there’s also the potential for an all-female Avengers team to form in MCU Phase 5. Given Captain Marvel rumored importance in shaping the future of the MCU, this seems increasingly likely.
There is already a long list of heroes to choose from for an all-female Avengers team even without potential Young Avengers, such as Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, Shuri, Okoye, Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, Lady Sif, Valkyrie, She-Hulk, Yelena Belova, Gamora, Nebula, Sersi, and Wasp.
That’s just a few people, given the impressive lineup of incredible heroes this MCU can include, a female Avengers team is almost a requirement for Phase 5.