It’s always interesting to guess who might join the Straw Hats and become the new Nakama. There are many interesting names that could be candidates for the Straw Hats’ new Nakama. One Piece fans will usually predict several names that are likely to join the Straw Hats after they are introduced in an arc.
A clear example of this is that there are several names that are widely expected to join this group, such as Carrot, Yamato, or Trafalgar Law. They were all involved in the great war on the island of Onigashima which is still ongoing today. Law is considered to be a strong candidate to join the Straw Hats.
Luffy himself already considers Law as part of his crew. Law is now one of the characters that influences the course of the story. In fact, Law has often saved Luffy’s life since his meeting on Sabaody Island. For example, when the final battle at Marineford was over, Law was the one who saved Luffy.
The close relationship between Law and Luffy shown so far has led to strong speculation that Law will join Luffy after the Wano Country arc is over. Besides Law, actually another name that is also widely predicted to join the Straw Hats after the Wano arc is Marco.
Marco is considered to have a greater chance of joining the Straw Hats, besides Yamato. Marco’s possibility of being able to join Luffy was further strengthened by what he revealed in chapter 992 yesterday. Marco briefly explained to Big Mom, who thought that the remnants of Whitebeard’s men didn’t do much “useful”.
However, Marco denies and insists that Whitebeard’s crew was never bound by the captain’s words. Marco also explained that each of the crew, has the right to do whatever they want. They are given the freedom to be anything or do anything.
Meaning, Marco could have joined the Straw Hat crew if that was what he wanted. After all, Whitebeard himself had given his final orders to keep Luffy alive. Marco can be a symbol or representative of Whitebeard’s crew who will witness a transition from the old era to the new era, as predicted by Whitebeard before his death.
However, even though the two of them have a very high chance of joining Luffy, will they really want to go on an adventure with Luffy? It seemed most likely that would not happen. First, Law most likely prefers his crew over having to join the Straw Hats. Admittedly, their relationship is indeed very good, but Law is also aware that he still has a crew behind him.
Geeks probably know that one of the “requirements” to become a Nakama is to have a tragic incident and Luffy’s involvement in it. Law himself was finally free from Doflamingo after Luffy managed to defeat him, which means that this has fulfilled Law’s requirements to be part of Luffy’s Nakama.
However, Law seems to have his own goals and dreams. Law is not like Luffy and Kid, who want to be the ruler of the ocean and become the pirate king. If Law had aspired to become a pirate king, from the start he would not have recruited a crew that tends to be filled with those with a sense of humor rather than strength.
Compared to the Eustass Kid crew, of course Law’s crew is very much different. Even so, Law’s crew has other strengths besides fighting. They make good nurses and doctors. When the war is over, the alliance will definitely need a lot of nurses and doctors.
Second, just like Marco, maybe he will also refuse to be part of Luffy’s Nakama. Marco did get an assignment from Whitebeard to help Luffy realize his dream, but that doesn’t mean it has to be by joining his group. On the other hand, Marco had promised Whitebeard to guard the island of the Sphinx.
Marco might be a mentor for Luffy to prepare for his next adventure to Laugh Tale. Marco will teach Luffy various things so he can be ready to go across a wider and bigger ocean. In addition, as many fans have speculated, Marco might give Luffy information about the whereabouts of the last Road Poneglyph.
So, Marco and Law do have the potential to join the Straw Hats but they most likely won’t. They both have their own promises and goals, which are different from Luffy’s. Even so, that does not mean the relationship between them is not good. Both of them are still significant figures for Luffy.