One of the greatest things about the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was how Marvel slowly introduced many of the world’s greatest superheroes to a larger audience, with films like “The Incredible Hulk”, “Iron Man”, “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avengers”, before eventually bringing them all together for the epic superhero team-up film, “Avengers”.
WARNING – CONTAINS “THE MARVELS” SPOILERS
Over the years, Marvel Studios has been great at slowly putting little Easter eggs and little nods to help set up future stories and throughout Phases Four and Five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios has been laying out their plans for the next superhero team-up adventure, the “Young Avengers”.
During the many movies and Disney+ series released in the past years, many younger superheroes have been introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and during “The Marvels”, everything starts to come together, as during the final moments of the film, we see Kamala Khan break into the apartment of Kate Bishop, who was introduced in the “Hawkeye” Disney+ series, asking her to join her new team, with some nods to the first end credits scene in “Iron Man”, when Nick Fury approached Iron Man.
Also, during that final moment, Kamala Khan also references that there are other younger superheroes out there and mentions Ant-Man’s daughter, aka Cassie Lang, setting up the first three members of the “Young Avengers”.
Fans have been speculating that Marvel Studios was slowly building out a “Young Avengers” team across its movies and Disney+ series, with the introduction of American Chavez in “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness”, Ironheart in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, and Skaar in “She-Hulk: Attorney At Law”, plus Billy and Tommy in “WandaVision”.
In the upcoming Disney+ series, “Agatha: Darkhold Diaries”, we will see Billy return to the MCU as Wiccan, who is one of the most popular characters in the comic book series and will be played by Joe Locke (Heartstopper). And with Billy, we could likely see an older version of Tommy introduced as “Speed”.
In “The Falcon And The Winter Soldier”, they also introduced Eli Bradley, who is known as “The Patriot” in the comics; however, following the actor, Elijah Richardson, getting into a fight at Walt Disney World, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Marvel either skip over the character or recast the role.
Many fans also think that White Vision could also be one of the founding members of the team, similar to the comic books and also adds an older character in the project.
Plus, Marvel has also set up other potential characters, including a young Black Panther or Love from “Thor: Love & Thunder”, which could potentially be members of the team. While the initial lineup of characters that could be included in a “Young Avengers” team is different from the comic books, the MCU doesn’t usually focus on them exactly anyway.
Already, Disney has introduced enough younger superheroes to create a team of younger superheroes and the final moments in “The Marvels” certainly sets that plan out, but the big question is, will it be a theatrical movie or a Disney+ series?
While Marvel is focused on creating less content than it has in the last few years, instead focusing on quality over quantity, a theatrical release may have at one point been a potential billion-dollar movie, but with less interest in Marvel and superheroes in general, could a “Young Avengers” pull in a big enough audience at the box office, especially if the casual audience thinks they have to do lots of homework beforehand and watch all these films and shows to understand who they are.
The counter-argument could be that “Young Avengers” could easily be a new Disney+ original series, using established superheroes that could easily fit into a multiple-season show that is more procedural, that could allow single-episode stories or an overarching story, with them taking on more lower-level villains. Also, with a show, they could have new characters introduced more easily, cameo appearances and smaller team-up episodes.
With many of the younger actors involved in the project not being more expensive, a-list movie stars like the full-sized Avengers team, the show would be much cheaper for them to create. However, with all of the actors getting older, they might want to get the ball rolling on creating the show.
A “Young Avengers” film or Disney+ show has lots of potential, and hopefully, it won’t be too long until Marvel officially unveils their plans. But a “Young Avengers” Disney+ series could quickly help fill the need for a cheaper show, similar to “Gen V” or “Umbrella Academy”, with established movie characters, but with a cheaper budget. There’s lots of options for Disney!
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.