The Avengers are no more! Long Live the Avengers!
Tony Stark is dead. Steve Rogers got really old. Bruce Banner is no longer the mindless Hulk. Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself. Thor has left Earth and New Asgard, and Hawkeye has been reunited with his family, which has been what he’s always wanted.
Oh, we have no doubt that there will be a new Avengers team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Avengers: Endgame already teased one. In the final fight, where Spider-Man has to get the new Infinity Gauntlet… Iron Gauntlet? Infinity Iron Gauntlet? to Scott Lang, Captain Marvel aka Carol Danvers swoops down to take over, as Peter Parker passes her the Gauntlet with all six Infinity Stones.
And at this point in time, all the female heroes in the history of the MCU descend upon Captain Marvel’s position, to support her.
And we are talking Valkyrie, Okoye, Scarlet Witch, Rescue (Pepper Potts), Nebula, Gamora, The Wasp, Shuri and Mantis.
Some are crticising the inclusion of an all-female team as being too little too late, after 11 years and 22 movies, but we don’t think so. This particular scene collects all the female heroes in the MCU (sans Black Widow and Peggy Carter) and is a great nod to the A-Force, the official all-women Avengers team from Marvel Comics.
Will this last? Who knows. Most like the tease of Steve Rogers lifting Mjolnir in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the payoff only came years later, in Avengers: Endgame. We can treat this as a great fan service, or a tease of what’s coming in Phase 4 of the MCU.
With Marvel Studios committed to a Hawkeye spinoff starring a female protege, as well as a She-Hulk spinoff with Bruce Banner, both on the upcoming Disney+, this can only mean good things for an A-Force team in the MCU.