A few days ago, Marvel Comics announced their plans for the new direction they’ll be taking after the conclusion of the current Dark Reign/Siege storyline. After about a decade of a dark and depressing status quo that began with Avengers Disassembled and continued with Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Dark Reign, Marvel promises a return to an age of hope and optimism. A new age. A Heroic Age.
Now, this image has caused a lot of speculation…
…is this the new lineup for the Avengers? Maybe. Maybe not. Read the article. The story is not just about the Avengers, but all of Marvel’s heroes–the Avengers, the Fantastic Four (hello, Ben!), and more (Dr. McCoy, nice to see you…even if you’re still a fucking cat).
Now, like I said, this could be the new roster for the team–both the Thing and Beast have been part of the Avengers over the years–but, I’m not convinced. Mostly, because I have my own roster for the Avengers. It’s a little bit classic and a little bit modern. I don’t believe in thinking too far outside of the box for these things. The Avengers are Marvel’s preeminent heroes, you want the big guns–thinking otherwise leads to guys like Mon-El and Cyborg on the Justice League.
Here’s who I think should be on the new(ish) Avengers…
Captain America/Steve Rogers
Nothing against Bucky, he’s doing a damn good job, but Steve is Captain America. End of story.
Iron Man/Tony Stark
Tony’s got a lot to atone for…
At the moment, the thunder god is still exiled from Asgard, so Thor is a god without a home or a people. And, his current exile status may help him understand what Tony’s going through…allowing these two old friends to finally start the healing process.
Poor Hawkeye…he’s dead; he’s alive; he’s Hawkeye; he’s Ronin; he’s a widower; he’s not a widower.
I refuse to have Hawkeye without Mockingbird. Sue me.
Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers
I don’t know much about Carol outside of her recent appearances in New Avengers, but…why wouldn’t you want her on the team?
See above. Also, my Avengers team is a Parker-free zone, so Jessica will be the only spider in town.
Not only has Cassie proven her worth on the Mighty Avengers, but as the daughter of the previous Ant-Man, she has that whole legacy thing going on.
An Avengers team without Vision is like a Justice League without Martian Manhunter. And, with Cassie on the team…well, wherever Timmy goes so goes Lassie.
You’ll note a few things:
1. No Spider-Man.
2. No Wolverine.
3. No Sentry.
Let’s keep it that way.