With a number of heroes either killed or out of action after Endgame, the MCU will be in need of a few new Avengers.
Thankfully, Marvel has already been preparing for this scenario.
While some of these preparations, like the announcement of a TV series for Ms. Marvel, are rather obvious, others are subtle easter eggs only noticeable to keen-eyed fans.
Here’s everything Marvel has done so far to set up some New Avengers for the MCU.
Introducing Helen Cho
Avengers: Age Of Ultron introduced fans to Helen Cho. Cho is a brilliant scientist, first seen using her groundbreaking synthetic flesh to help heal Hawkeye. Later, under the influence of Ultron, Cho aids in the creation of the synthetic body that eventually becomes The Vision.
Cho has not been seen or spoken about since, aside from a brief reference in Infinity War. Fans could be forgiven for thinking that she is an unimportant support character.
This is somewhat true. If we do see Helen again, it will likely only be in a supporting role. However, having Helen already present in the universe eases the path for the introduction of another potentially important character..
Helen’s son, Amadeus. Amadeus Cho is a teen genius first introduced as a new friend to the Hulk, before eventually becoming the new Hulk himself.
One of many young heroes left disillusioned with his elders after the ‘Civil War II’ comic story, Amadeus joins Ms. Marvel to help form The Champions.
It is possible we could see an MCU introduction for Amadeus Cho in either the Ms. Marvel or She-Hulk series on Disney+.
Harley Keener’s Lab
At the end of Iron Man 3, Harley Keener discovers a fully functioning, high-tech lab in his garage, a gift from Tony Stark. We’ve seen little of Harley since, aside from a cameo at Tony’s funeral in Endgame.
However, Harley’s lab seems too big a plot point to forget entirely, and with recent events, it could be even more important. With Spider-Man leaving the MCU, and Morgan still a child, Harley is now the best candidate to carry Tony Stark’s legacy moving forward.
It has long been speculated that Harley will become the MCU’s version of the Young Avenger Iron Lad.
Cassie Lang wants to be a Superhero
One adorable scene in Ant-Man And The Wasp has Cassie Lang express a desire to join her father as a superhero. This scene proved a fun easter egg for comic readers.
In the comics, Cassie dons her own size-changing suit to become Stature, a founding member of the Young Avengers. As a survivor of the Snap, the five year time jump brings Cassie’s age up to about fifteen- the same age at which the MCU’s Peter Parker was recruited by Tony Stark.
Cassie’s dream to be a hero could be a lot closer to becoming a reality.
Hawkeye really does want to retire.
Ever since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Clint Barton has expressed a desire to retire from the Avengers. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, he keeps getting pulled back in.
The team needs him. No-one else can quite fill the role that he does. If he ever wants his retirement to stick, he needs a suitable replacement.
This probably leads to his decision to train Kate Bishop as the new Hawkeye in the upcoming Disney Plus series.
The destruction of the Nova Corps
Early in Avengers: Infinity War, we learned that Thanos had obtained the Power Stone by attacking and destroying the Nova Corps base on Xandar. Many fans wondered why this event was not shown in the film.
The most likely reason is that the destruction of the Nova Corps is better suited to appearing in the origin story of another hero: Nova.
In the comics, Rhomann Dey (played by John C. Reilly in Guardians Of The Galaxy), the only survivor of the attack on Xandar, escapes to Earth. Unfortunately, Dey is mortally wounded, and survives just long enough to pass on his Nova helmet to a human teenager. The helmet grants its wearer access to the Nova Force, the power source of the Nova corps.
Many sources from Marvel Studios have stated that a Nova film is definitely part of their future plans. However, some fans have speculated over which of the two major Novas would be used: Richard Rider, or Sam Alexander.
The above origin belongs to Richard Rider, but Sam’s backstory includes already popular characters such as Rocket Raccoon. In the comics, Sam also becomes fast friends with Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, joining her as a founding member of The Champions. These existing character connections could make Sam Alexander the easier choice to tie in to the universe as a whole.
One thing is for sure, Marvel Studios has definitely planned ahead. We can’t wait to see how these plans unfold as a team of new Avengers takes shape.