There is no confirmation and very little hinting towards a future Young Avengers team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I nonetheless love the idea of taking all of the existing young and young-ish characters in the MCU and putting them together on a team. Obviously I figured Spider-Man would spearhead the team, but that’s probably out of the question (for now).
So just for kicks and giggles, here are the younger characters currently and soon-to-be in the MCU that I think would make a great Young Avengers squad!
Movie Shuri was quite different from comic book Shuri when she debuted in Black Panther (though the comics have since changed that), and she was a really cool and fun character in that film. Shuri definitely needs to interact more with characters who aren’t in the immediate Black Panther circle. Look at how much fun she had schooling Bruce Banner in Avengers: Infinity War. I think Shuri and Peter would be great in a room together, but Shuri having any friends outside of her brother would be awesome!
It remains a crime against humanity than the 5-year time jump in Avengers: Endgame cost actor Abby Ryder Fortson her job as Cassie Lang in the Ant-Man films. She was often the best part of those movies! But the silver lining is that the 5-year jump aged Cassie up to the extent that she can probably now rub shoulders with other teenage and young adult superheroes. Actor Emma Fuhrmann, who played Cassie in Endgame, is hopefully just as good as Fortson and can carry on the family shrinking business. Cassie Lang in the comics has been all manner of size-changing superhero, and that should be a no-brainer for continuing the Ant-Man franchise in the movies.
We were all surprised when some random, gangly white boy stood in the crowd at Tony Stark’s funeral, but there he was: the wise-cracking kid from Iron Man 3. It sucks that he went to a mentor’s funeral, but Harley Keener got to rub elbows with superheroes, secret agents and aliens! This random kid got to meet aliens! But why go to the trouble of tracking down actor Ty Simpkins and bringing him back for a single Easter Egg shot if you’re not going to give him more work in the future? I imagine Marvel would love to bring Riri Williams into the MCU to carry on Iron Man’s legacy, but you’ve got Harley Keener right there waiting to suit up!
Now we’re getting into the more speculative part of this list, since Kate Bishop has yet to be cast. She was, however, announced to be the focus of an upcoming Hawkeye TV show and that counts for me! I don’t know what Kate will be like on the show, but if she’s anything like comic book Kate Bishop, she will be awesome!
Just like Kate Bishop, Ms. Marvel has only been announced as getting a TV show in the near future. We don’t have any casting. But she’ll be young and she’ll be awesome, so of course she’s gotta be used in the movie Young Avengers!
Am I forgetting anybody? Obviously comic characters like Hulkling, Wiccan and America Chavez would be perfect for this team, but I’m only using characters who are already connected to the MCU. I think this is a nifty group! Making it even better, it would draw characters from both the movies and the upcoming TV shows, so it would cast an even wider net of synergy than the original Avengers film. Granted, such a movie is at least three years out, and some of these actors will be in their 20s by then…but I think it could still work! Nobody said “Young” Avengers needed to be teenagers.
And hopefully Marvel and Sony will have ironed out their Spider-Man plans and Peter Parker can join the team. I am thoroughly disappointed that we’ve yet to get a Peter/Shuri scene anywhere yet.
Wanna know a surefire way to eat up an afternoon and sap your will to read and review comics? Have a root canal. Ouch. My tooth is still sore a day later. I do not recommend sitting through one of those if you can help it. Of course, I also highly recommend eating as much candy and junk food as you want. So I guess it’s a double-edged sword. Or that I’m full of bad advice. Either way, the latter half of my week was a little busy, so today’s reviews will be a little shorter than normal, as in I skipped a few books I normally would have reviewed. But I also took this time to try out Young Avengers again, because if you guys and gals have any recommendations you’d like me to try out, and I more than willing to listen.
That doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily enjoy the comic the same way that you do – as you’ll see in my Young Avengers review – but I’m still more than willing to give any comic book a try. Though I will always love my favorites. This week, FF #6 wins Comic Book of the Week for its usual mix of hilarity and awesomeness. Though I think Guardians of the Galaxy wins joke of the week.
I’m still not liking Guardians of the Galaxy very much, but it was legitimately a little bit funny this week.
Comic Reviews: Batman Incorporated #10, FF #6, Guardians of the Galaxy #2, New Avengers #5, Talon #7, Uncanny Avengers #7, Uncanny X-Men #5 and Young Avengers #4.
Robin Week comes to a close with my official review of Batman Incorporated #8. It’s actually a very good comic, so it’s great to see Damian go out at the height of his awesomeness and popularity; kind of like Seinfeld or Calvin & Hobbes. I would even be tempted to give Damian’s demise the Comic Book of the Week, but that award has to go to Hawkeye #8. Writer Matt Fraction had an amazing week, delivering the one-two romantic punch of Hawkeye and FF, two amazing comics that reinforce why I love the medium in the first place. If you’re not reading either book then you’re definitely missing out.
Who would have thought that coming out of the big The Avengers movie last summer, the two characters with the best comics would be Hawkeye and Thor? Speaking of which, why doesn’t the Black Widow have her own comic series? That seems like it would be a no-brainer, especially for Marvel NOW! Oh well, this is why Marvel is not paying me the big bucks.
Comic Reviews: Aquaman #17, Batman Incorporated #8, FF #4, Hawkeye #8, Talon #5, Uncanny Avengers #4, Uncanny X-Force #2, Uncanny X-Men #2 and Young Avengers #2.
What a week, what a week, what a week. Good thing there’s always comics to keep us entertained and excited. And another busy week brings us several different Avengers and X-Men comics – including the second X-Force title – as well as the penultimate chapters of the Third Army story in Green Lantern. Is it living up to all the previous Green Lantern sagas? No…not yet. But it’s still fun! As is the new Young Avengers series, and the latest issue of FF, but then we always knew that series was going to be fun.
Seriously, people, there are a ton of new comics this week. But the coveted Comic Book of the Week has to go to Wolverine and the X-Men #24. It’s cute, it’s fun and it reminds me why I loved this series so much in the beginning.
Comic Reviews: Avengers #3, Batwoman #16, FF #3, Green Lantern #16, Green Lantern: New Guardians #16, Justice League #16, Nightwing #16, Red Hood and the Outlaws #16, Uncanny Avengers #3, Uncanny X-Force #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Wonder Woman #16, Young Avengers #1.
New York City Comic-Con is upon us, and comic book and pop culture news is going to be coming out hard and fast. I’m going to do my best to keep up with it, so feel free to keep checking back on my blog to see any new articles. You could probably get the same information on other websites, but c’mon, you know you like the atmosphere at Henchman-4-Hire best of all. Tell your friends!
Anyway, this week saw the release of some details about the brand new Young Avengers series and the revamped Uncanny X-Force, both of which are part of the Marvel NOW! campaign. I had a few misgivings about this new Uncanny X-Force, especially because it was announced on the heels of a similar title called Cable and X-Force. There comes a point where Marvel needs to learn that it’s OK to let titles end. You don’t need to slap a new writer and new characters into a title in the vain hope that it’ll keep selling.
Despite the fact that I would kill for a job like that…
My hypocrisy aside, I wasn’t too enthralled at the idea of Sam Humphries’ Uncanny X-Force…until I saw this preview and interview with ComicsAlliance!
Join me for more details after the jump!