Avengers: Age of Ultron may still be seven months away, but that isn’t stopping Marvel Cinematic Universe rumors about the distant future from flooding our desks on a daily basis. Despite very few people knowing how Joss Whedon’s ensemble sequel will end, many publications claim to have the inside scoop on Marvel’s plans for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the coming years. The latest rumor is that Marvel might not include Captain America, Thor and possibly Black Widow in Avengers 3. There’s no word on Iron Man or Hulk, but since Robert Downey Jr. is signed on for a third Avengers film, he could be the character that brings the new team together.

Hypothetically let’s say that the majority of the main players don’t show up for Avengers 3. Maybe the battle with Ultron somehow splits the team up, forcing others to become the new iteration of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Which heroes could be part of the new Avengers? Luckily, Marvel has some fantastic candidates at the ready. There are plenty of possible choices who have already been introduced, and there are others who may be at the center of their own Marvel movie very soon. Here are the heroes who should comprise the second generation Avengers.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
If there’s one thing the Avengers are missing, it’s magic. Oh sure, Thor can call down lighting and has a hammer that only he can lift, but the team could use a little "sorcerous" flair. That what the Master of the Mystic Arts brings to the table. Audiences will already be well-acquainted with Doctor Strange after his solo film in 2016, so there’s no need to go into detail about how his powers work. Abilities-wise, most of the superpowers in the MCU have been physical. It would be a welcome variation to bring on a hero who isn’t going around punching and shooting enemies. Strange’s powers are a change of pace, especially if the threat in Avengers 3 is more supernatural in nature. He can just hang out in the back and unleash his magics on whatever enemies try to take out him and his teammates. Plus, with the Orb of Agamotto, Strange will be every useful when it comes to figuring out which bad guy is going to attack Earth next.
Black Panther
Black Panther
Although it’s been rumored that Wakanda will appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s plans for its leader, T’Challa, are less clear. The fans have been begging to see him on the big screen, and multiple actors have expressed interest in the role. Avengers 3 would be the perfect introduction to the Black Panther. After the Avengers help him stop a threat in Wakanda, T’Challa joins the superhero team with attitude. Wakanda is largely an isolationist country, but T’Challa realizes this needs to change, and joining the Avengers is an important first step. In addition to his Panther powers, T’Challa is also one of the smartest people on the planet, and with access to Wakandan technology and vibranium, becoming the team’s new resident genius would be a worthy position for him.
Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel
The fans have been begging for her, so why not include her in the lineup? Marvel execs have reiterated that they are interested in bringing Carol Danvers into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but currently there are no confirmed plans for a cinematic appearance. If they don’t want to give her a solo film, then the next best option is to put her on the team. Audiences are already familiar with the Kree from Guardians of the Galaxy, so as long as there are a couple lines of dialogue or a brief flashback explaining how she got her abilities, we’ll be set. With her energy powers, Carol would take Thor’s place as the team’s flying heavy-hitter. Just picture it: Captain Marvel busting through alien ships or socking a powerful enemy in the jaw with an energy punch. It would be so cool! Not to mention that Marvel’s critically lacking in female characters, and Carol is one of the best ones who could potentially be brought aboard.
The Vision
The Vision
The upgraded JARVIS will presumably help the Avengers fight Ultron in next summer’s blockbuster, but he’s useful for more than just rebelling against his robot creator. Vision has a range of diverse powers, from mass and density control to flying to super strength. He’s no pushover. Also, putting Vision on the Avengers will allow him to learn more about humanity. Before his upgrade, JARVIS only interacted with Tony Stark, and he’s clearly not representative of humanity as a whole. Working with humans will allow him to understand them better, and since he’s only just recently gotten a body, he’ll have plenty of exploring to do. We can only hope that after hanging around with Stark, Vision will be able to supply the sarcastic quips on the team. Every superhero team needs a smart-ass!
The Falcon
The Falcon
Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes may have been the main players in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Sam Wilson was bad ass in his own right. With his military training and mechanical wings, he proved to be an effective hero. Let’s bring those skills to The Avengers. Just because they’re Earth’s Mightiest Heroes doesn’t mean each member has to be extremely powerful. Hawkeye and Black Widow don’t have superpowers, and they’ve proved to be useful. The Falcon can be that guy. Since he’s good friends with Captain America, it wouldn’t be surprising if Steve personally recommended him. However, if they want to take his character up a notch, there are some very interesting options. In the comics, Sam is able to see through the eyes of birds. Give him that ability in the movies! Whether it’s through a genetic experiment or some weird helmet he wears, Sam would make a great scout for the team since no bad guy would be able to stay hidden for long. One thing, though: if Sam does become an Avenger, give him his own costume. The military garb worked for The Winter Soldier but as a superhero, his costume and wing pack needs pizazz!

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