14 Marvel Superteams That Could End Up Being The MCU's Next 'Avengers'

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Vote up the Marvel Comics teams who could fill the Avengers' shoes in the MCU.

Who are the next Avengers of the MCU? At some point, Marvel Studios is going to have to figure this out. Eternals didn't exactly light the box office on fire. Fantastic Four doesn't have the best track record as a film franchise behind it. The eventual X-Men film hasn't even been announced yet. If Marvel is intent on dominating the box office for the foreseeable future, it needs another surefire superhero squad that gets people excited for each new installment. Well, luckily for them, there are plenty of comic book superteams that could fit that bill quite nicely.

Wanna go young? There's the Champions and Young Avengers. Wanna go dark? Midnight Sons and Strikeforce are waiting there for you. Wanna revamp the Avengers name? "All-New, All-Different" Avengers and A-Force are two pretty good options. Let's lay out the case for some interesting options and how they could become the next big billion-dollar hit for the House of Ideas.

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    Secret Avengers

    Sometimes, you need to bring things back down to Earth a little. After all the universe-spanning chaos the Avengers have been through in the MCU, some good, old-fashioned espionage work could do the team well. A Secret Avengers team would be a less bombastic version of the squad everyone knows and loves. Oh, and it could be adapted to easily fit the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well.

    Who Are They? Steve Rogers formed the original Secret Avengers to operate in the shadows as a different Avengers team took the reins in the public eye. With writer Ed Brubaker and artist Mike Deodato spearheading the initial creative team, this crew proved to be a successful alternative to the traditional storytelling of Avengers comic books. "Secret Avengers" is also just a cool name.
    Who's On The Team? The first Secret Avengers team featured Valkyrie, Moon Knight, Black Widow, Sharon Carter, Ant-Man, Beast, War Machine, and Nova. Steve Rogers called the shots from the shadows, and this cadre of carefully selected individuals did the job well. 
    What Do They Bring? Much of the team already exists in the MCU. Ant-Man, War Machine, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, and Moon Knight are all good to go, even if their MCU counterparts differ from the comic book versions in some cases. Substitute Yelena Belova for Natasha Romanoff and you're mostly there. Beast and Nova could be added when they eventually get added to the MCU (as we all know they will). And, if they can't convince Chris Evans to come back as an elderly Steve Rogers pulling the strings, substitute Nick Fury instead. 

    54 votes
  • Along with a Dark Avengers/Thunderbolts project, an MCU take on the Young Avengers continues to be a popular internet theory that won't go away. It's easy to understand why. The majority of Young Avengers characters have either already made their MCU debuts or are about to, making an eventual team-up seem quite likely in some fashion.

    Who Are They? Much like the Champions would do about a decade later, the Young Avengers are merely a group of young superheroes who wanted to, you know, be superheroes. They first came together in the aftermath of the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline that shook up the Marvel status quo in the mid-2000s. Brash, emotional, overconfident... what's not to like?
    Who's On The Team? We're going to ignore the versions of Vision, Loki, and Kang that have featured on the team over the years and focus on characters that are more likely to be involved in an MCU version of the group. Hawkeye's Kate Bishop, Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Elijah Bradley, Wanda's twins, Ant-Man's Cassie Lang, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' America Chavez would clearly make up the team's core. Teddy Altman, Marvel Boy, and Prodigy could also bulk up numbers if need be. Even in sequels, perhaps?
    What Do They Bring? Many of the Young Avengers are already a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This group already has "Avengers" in the name. They are all young characters who could grow on-screen together to become more important over time. Honestly, a Young Avengers movie or Disney+ series almost makes too much sense for Marvel Studios.

    60 votes
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    All-New, All-Different Avengers

    The "All-New, All-Different" era of Marvel Comics that followed Secret Wars was neither all-new nor all-different. It did provide a lot of interesting tweaks to existing characters and teams, though. The Avengers were no different. The All-New, All-Different Avengers proved to be a melding of heroes both young and old, which is pretty rare. Usually, it's merely one or the other.

    Who Are They? You know who they are. They're the Avengers. This was an updated version of the basic Avengers team: They are Earth's Mightiest Heroes who band together to protect innocent people from harm. It's about as simple as a superhero team book can get. What's unique about this team is their combination of veteran and rookie heroes alike.
    Who's On The Team? Tony Stark, Vision, Nova, Sam Wilson's Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, and Jane Foster's Lady Thor. You've got a version of all three classic A-listers: Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. You've got a true Avengers mainstay in Vision. And you've got three youngins in Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, and Nova.
    What Do They Bring? This would be an interesting way to bridge the first 10 years of the MCU with the next 10 years. Sam Wilson is already Cap, Jane Foster is about to get all Thor'd up, a version of Vision is out there running around after WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel's show kicks off soon. Replace Iron Man with another hero (Doctor Strange? Hulk?) and bring a few other young heroes to the team (Kate Bishop? America Chavez?), and you've got the makings of an Avengers continuation to get excited about.

    44 votes
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    Midnight Sons

    With a Midnight Sons video game set to release in 2022, it could be a great time for Marvel Studios to capitalize on the name. Marvel Comics is reprinting some classic Midnight Sons stories - so why wouldn't the Hollywood side get in on the action? It makes almost too much sense.

    Who Are They? Depending on which incarnation of the team we're talking about, that question has various answers. They're usually "darker" characters in Marvel's canon. You know, the ones who deal with vampires, hell, and the occult in general. We'll focus on the team from Damnation as it's the most recent and lines up with the MCU pretty well.
    Who's On The Team? The latest version of the Midnight Sons was formed by Wong so they could assist Doctor Strange in his fight to free Las Vegas from Mephisto. It consisted of Blade, Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Doctor Voodoo, Elsa Bloodstone, Ghost Rider, and Man-Thing.
    What Do They Bring? Adapting the Midnight Sons to the MCU would continue some of the gloomy storytelling introduced in WandaVision and elaborated on in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It would also blend older MCU characters in with some new faces. Wong and Doctor Strange are vital MCU pieces. Marvel Studios could bring the TV versions of Iron Fist and Ghost Rider along (if it felt like it... we're not sure it's the right move). Blade and Moon Knight are set to make their MCU debuts in the near future anyway. Oh, and we need Elsa Bloodstone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Please and thank you.

    56 votes
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    With important Thunderbolts characters like Bucky Barnes, Baron Zemo, and Hawkeye continuing to be serious players in the MCU, the eventual appearance of this particular team continues to be a fan-favorite theorySomething is going on with the more heroic side of villainy in the MCU as Julia Louis-Dreyfus's Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is putting a team together. Is it the Dark Avengers? Is it the Thunderbolts? Who knows?

    Who Are They? The Thunderbolts are a group of Marvel supervillains who came together to renounce their evil ways and become heroes. Depending on who is leading the team (and who is the creative team writing it at the time), this can either be genuine or completely bogus. Backstabbing tends to be a big part of Thunderbolts comic books, as well.
    Who's On The Team? There have been dozens and dozens of characters in various versions of the Thunderbolts since their debut in the mid-1990s. Earth-616 incarnations of MCU characters like Ghost, Whiplash, U.S. Agent, Crossbones, Batroc the Leaper, and Electro have been Thunderbolts before. Multiple MCU characters have also led the team at one point or another, including Taskmaster, the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Zemo, and Hawkeye.
    What Do They Bring? A chance at redemption for people that want to reform their ways a bit. If Valentina Allegra de Fontaine does create her own variant of the Thunderbolts, they'll probably be used for some nefarious purpose against their will somehow. It's pretty easy to see the Thunderbolts as Marvel's response to the Suicide Squad.

    44 votes
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    Avengers Unity Division

    The Avengers Unity Division was the superteam at the center of Uncanny Avengers. After Avengers vs. X-Men came out, the Avengers Unity Division was created to mend fences between Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Earth-616's mutants. Introducing the Unity Division now wouldn't make much sense, but the X-Men are eventually coming to the MCU, and having a superteam comprised of Avengers and X-Men is too juicy not to think about.

    Who Are They? The fallout of Avengers vs. X-Men sees Steve Rogers regret not taking up the defense of mutantdom earlier in his life. It makes sense... mutants have been pretty much reviled by all kinds of people for decades in Marvel Comics and it seems like Steve Rogers, the goodest of good boys, would have a problem with that. In light of this, he creates a group to bring the Avengers and X-Men closer together as allies.
    Who's On The Team? Numerous big-name Marvel heroes were on the team at one point or another. Captain America, Thor, and Scarlet Witch are the major ones on the Avengers side. Rogue, Wolverine, and Deadpool are the standouts from the X-Men.
    What Do They Bring? Again, adding the Avengers Unity Division to the MCU would have to take place somewhere down the line. Marvel Studios has to introduce mutants to the Marvel Cinematic Universe first, and that project hasn't even been announced yet. But, after that eventuality happens, pairing up mutants with traditional superheroes is something that clearly needs to be considered.

    38 votes