Ever since Avengers Endgame and the loss of Captain America and Iron Man, the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has slowly been changing. As new stories are told and new heroes are introduced people are still asking one important question. Who will be joining the next generation of Avengers? To that point, here is a list of five new characters we can expect to be introduced over the next year in both streaming shows and movies. They will also likely find their way into an Avengers level team-up and they’re all strong, bad-ass women.
America Chavez, Miss America
To Appear in Doctor Strange the Multiverse of Madness
Due to make her appearance in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, America Chavez or Miss America, Marvel’s first Latin America LGBTQ character to star in an ongoing comic book series. America is a lesbian and the second hero to hold the moniker of Miss America, the first was Madeline Joyce. Xochitl Gomez will be portraying her in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. Gomez is best known for her role in Netflix’s The Babysitter Club.
America has served on the Young Avengers and actually comes from a different timeline than the main 616 continuity. It makes her perfectly suited to be introduced during Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness after Loki and Wanda screw up all the timelines. Her abilities include superhuman strength, speed, flight, star blasts, and interdimensional travel.
In the comics, she comes from a place known as the Utopian Parallel, a world outside of the timeline and ruled by a being known as the Demiurge. At the age of six, America developed her powers from the latent magics of the Demiurge. When the Utopian Parallel was threatened with destruction, America’s mothers sacrificed themselves to save their world. From there, America left home knowing it was safe to prove herself a hero to the rest of the multiverse.
Kate Bishop, Hawkey
To Appear in Hawkeye Disney Plus Series
Independent, blunt, and stubborn, Kate Bishop is the youngest daughter of a rich Manhattan Publishing Tycoon. She grew up constantly vying for her father’s attention and also developed a habit of helping people in need. After witnessing her father beat a man and later being kidnapped by a villain only to be rescued by the Avengers, Bishop turned her attention to Hawkeye.
In need of a new role model and impressed that someone with no powers could stand next to the other Avengers, she sought to emulate Clint Barton as Hawkeye. She’s the third hero to wear the Hawkeye mantle and has frequently had a place on the Young Avengers team.
Later this year she’ll make her first appearance on Disney Plus played by Hailee Steinfeld and star alongside Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton. Little is known about the series plot at this point, but Kate Bishop is a fan favorite and will likely take up a major role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yelena Belova, Black Widow
To Appear in Black Widow
Yelena will be the character we’re all introduced to first as she’s set to appear in the Black Widow movie due out next week on July 9th. Played by Florence Pugh, the on-screen version of Yelena is going to be much different from how she’s portrayed in the comics. Yelena was introduced as a villain to square off with Natasha but eventually became her ally.
In the Black Widow movie, we may see some blows exchanged but from most trailers, there is an overarching theme of family even within this world of spies. Natasha is gone, having sacrificed herself in Avengers Endgame and this movie is setting her up to take up the Black Widow mantle. In the few trailers we’ve got, Natasha’s mission seems to be saving Yelena from the life and decisions that Natasha has always regretted.
Florence Pugh is also on the IMDB cast list for the Hawkeye Disney Plus Series, which supports theories that she will be playing a bigger role in the future MCU. Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff were very close and it only makes sense that Yelena wants to make that connection as well.
Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel
To Appear in Ms Marvel Disney Plus Series
Coming sometime in late 2021, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will get its version of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel. Iman Vellani will portray the young Pakistani heroine who discovers she has shapeshifting abilities after going through her Inhuman transformation.
It’ll be interesting to see exactly how Marvel approaches Kamala’s origins since the Inhuman TV show was such a disaster. Since then, no word or even rumors about the involvement of the Inhumans property has been mentioned in or out of the MCU. It’s possible Ms. Marvel may be used to reboot that entire IP.
Ms. Marvel has been an immensely popular character since her creation and has served on many teams in the Marvel Comic canon including the Avengers, Champions, Secret Warriors, and New Avengers. She has an infectious positivity and drives to help people that is often compared to Spider-Man and idolizes Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel from whom she took her moniker.
Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk
To Appear in She-Hulk Disney Plus Series
Technically, we won’t see She-Hulk grace the small screen until sometime in 2022 but it’s at least within a year from now. Most people are familiar with Bruce Banner and his alter ego the raging green giant. In the comics, Bruce’s cousin Jennifer was in an accident and needed an emergency blood transfusion. Being the scientist he is, Bruce didn’t see any problem with putting his irradiated gamma blood into another human being.
So Jennifer Walters gets the ability to also transform into a Hulk. There are some differences, early in her creation she retained her intellect and continued to be a Lawyer even as the She-Hulk. In more recent comic book history, She-Hulk has the ability to become stronger, but the more strength she uses it saps her intelligence in Hulk form.
The She-Hulk series is said to be a Courtroom Comedy set in the backdrop of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While that doesn’t tell a lot about what to expect, it’s the first Marvel property that is going to directly rely on comedy as a major characteristic. Comedy has always been present in the MCU, but few movies embrace it as an entire genre. Jennifer Walters will be played by Tatiana Maslany in the upcoming Disney Plus Series.
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