The end credits of The Marvels promised the debut of two new superhero teams in the MCU: the Young Avengers and the X-Men. While the latter is practically confirmed to assemble on the big screen, the Young Avengers were initially rumored (and expected) to appear in a Disney+ series. A new rumor reveals plans have changed for that adaptation, though, with Kevin Feige bumping up the Young Avengers for a theatrical release. According to ComicBookMovie.com, Marvel insider Daniel Richtman confirms the Young Avengers Disney+ series was indeed the original plan, but Feige has reconsidered that in a bid to “showcase significant events in theatrical settings.”
If proven true, this development can be considered as Disney’s effort to recapture the magic of the early phases of the MCU, which covered the recruitment of the core six Avengers and the lead-up of events to Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. The post-credits scene of The Marvels does mirror Samuel L. Jackon’s first appearance as Nick Fury in 2008’s Iron Man, with Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan tracking down and recruiting Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop. So far there are three MCU characters confirmed to join the Young Avengers: Kamala Khan, Kate Bishop, and Cassie Lang.
The Young Avengers Lineup Confirmed?
Vellani practically confirmed the rest of the Young Avengers lineup short of mentioning names in a recent interview. “I’ll say, whatever names you can guess are probably right. Like, there’s not that many young people in the MCU right now,” she expressed. That hint still implies a long list of potential members that includes America Chavez, Riri Williams, Kid Loki, and the Maximoff Brothers, just to name a few. The Ms. Marvel star also expressed a desire to be part of the broader MCU, now that her character has rubbed elbows with Nick Fury, Monica Rambeau, and Carol Danvers.
The MCU currently has a handful of superhero team-ups slated, including the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Thunderbolts. Adding the Young Avengers to that shortlist expands the diversity of the ensembles as Vellani continues to lobby for her character’s deeper involvement across the Multiverse. And if the wild leaks and rumors surrounding Deadpool 3 are any indication of the MCU’s prospects, then having a full ensemble of Young Avengers joining the MCU isn’t so farfetched.
Marvel’s Young Avengers is pending production and release updates. Meanwhile, The Marvels is now showing in theaters, and Ms. Marvel is streaming on Disney+.