It is likely that the MCU is setting up a Young Avengers movie, and now that most of the characters are in play fans are wondering when the team will start to assemble. The MCU tends to take its time when making these massive crossover events, so it’s safe to assume that it will be a while before the team-up movie actually releases. However, Phase 4’s slate has several projects in which the Young Avengers can start to meet each other.
The Young Avengers are a fairly prominent team in the comics, typically consisting of sidekicks and other young superheroes. There has been speculation for a while now that the MCU wants to have both a Young Avengers movie and an Avengers 5, as it has been consistently introducing younger characters throughout Phase 4. So far, the cast of Young Avengers is quite large, as the heroes are being debuted at a rapid pace. The most prominent of these heroes are Kate Bishop, Yelena Belova, and Ms. Marvel, but there are many other characters that could be expanded on or added to the team.
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The first major meeting of two of the MCU’s Young Avengers occurs in Hawkeye. In the show, Kate Bishop and Yelena Belova have a confrontation but eventually settle things. These two may be the founding members of the Young Avengers as they are comparatively older and are the only two Young Avengers that worked alongside core Avengers so far. Now that the ball is rolling, it seems that Young Avengers will start to meet more frequently, and there are several upcoming projects that these crossovers can occur in.
Doctor Strange 2: Speed, Wiccan, and America Chavez
It is well established that America Chavez will appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Also known as Ms. America, this young hero can traverse the multiverse by opening star-shaped holes between dimensions. Chavez will be a main character in the film, helping Doctor Strange clean up after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Wandavision. Since the film is heavily tied to Wandavision, two other characters are very likely to appear: Speed and Wiccan. These two characters are Wanda Maximoff’s children, and it is likely that Wanda is causing chaos in order to find them.
While many plot details remain unknown, one of the main goals of Strange, Wanda, and Chavez could easily include trying to find Speed and Wiccan. America Chavez, Wiccan, and Speed have the most powerful abilities of the common Young Avengers members, so it makes sense that they would stick together. The only issue is the kids’ ages. They are only ever referred to as Billy and Tommy in Wandavision, and although they start growing fast, they eventually peter out at around age 10. However, America Chavez could find slightly older variants, the strange nature of Billy and Tommy and their being trapped in another dimension could age them, or she could just train the young kids. Either way, it can be expected that the next big Young Avengers crossover will be in Doctor Strange 2.
Ant-Man 3: Kate Bishop and Cassie Lang
The next Young Avenger that is likely to be recruited is Ant-Man’s daughter, Cassie Lang. In the comics, the character becomes the size-altering hero known as Stature. Although Scott Lang’s daughter was initially portrayed as relatively young, after the events of Avengers: Endgame and the movie’s time jump, Cassie is the perfect age for the Young Avengers. Cassie was actually recast for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, meaning that she may be set to take on a more significant role as Stature. Alongside Cassie Lang, there have also been rumors that Kate Bishop will appear in Ant-Man 3. While her connection to the film is unclear, it could be that she is showing up to recruit Stature into the Young Avengers. After all, the team needs more powerful members, as Kate and Yelena are arguably street-level heroes.
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Captain America 4: Elijah Bradley and Joaquín Torres
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actually included two characters who eventually become superheroes: Elijah Bradley (Patriot) and Joaquín Torres (Falcon). Both characters played relatively minor roles, but with Captain America 4 coming soon, both could make their big return. In the show, Elijah Bradley lives with his supersoldier grandfather Isaiah Bradley. In the comics, Elijah receives a blood transfusion from Isaiah, giving him the power to become the star-spangled Patriot. Joaquín Torres also appeared in the show, inheriting the EXO-7 Falcon suit from Sam Wilson. In the comics, Joaquín replaces Sam as Falcon, something that could happen in the MCU due to Sam becoming the new Captain America. Having Elijah and Joaquín work together in Captain America 4 would make them the perfect Patriot and Falcon partnership in the Young Avengers movie.
Where The MCU’s Other Young Avengers Characters Are
While the futures of these seven characters are predictable, there is still a handful of Young Avengers who don’t currently have clear ties to the team. The most apparent of these is Kamala Khan, the titular hero in Ms. Marvel. Kamala’s own TV series might shed some light on this and she is set to join Captain Marvel and Spectrum in The Marvels. Ms. Marvel tends to be a street-level hero, so she could easily run into Kate Bishop sometime in the future, but exactly when is unclear.
The next potential Young Avenger that has already appeared is the Thor killer, Kid Loki. It has been speculated that this Loki variant will join the Young Avengers, using his powers of mischief to help out the team. Although he chose to stay in the Void at the end of time in Loki season 1, he could easily make his return in season 2. It is possible that he could show up in Doctor Strange 2, but this seems unlikely in an already packed movie. Being that he is a multiversal character, his first contact with the Young Avengers will likely be through America Chavez.
There are also several other Young Avengers that either can or will be introduced. Riri Williams will be getting her own show with Ironheart, so she could join the team when she takes up Tony Stark’s mantle. Iron Lad could also appear in the same show or with War Machine in Armor Wars. Iron Lad’s comics origin has ties with Kang the Conqueror, meaning he could also appear in one of the projects Kang is. There is also the potential for characters like Miles Morales to be introduced into the MCU and join the team. Even Peter Parker could become a Young Avenger, using his newfound anonymity to focus his time on training other young heroes. While a lot of members of the team are already established, the potential for future characters in the Young Avengers movie is massive.
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When Will The MCU’s Young Avengers Fully Assemble?
It’s still going to be a while, but eventually, the MCU’s Young Avengers will finally assemble. It is unlikely that Avengers 5 is happening anytime soon, meaning that Young Avengers could be Phase 4’s big finale. There is still some groundwork to do and it might mean postponing the movie until Phase 5, but with how many characters are being introduced, it would be a wasted opportunity for the MCU to wait on Young Avengers. The team could fight someone as powerful as Kang or as street-level as Wilson Fisk, both of who have been set up in Phase 4. Although it is not certain, it is very possible that the Young Avengers movie could be fully assembled and released by the end of Phase 4.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
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