Disney+ subscribers can now watch the first two episodes of Hawkeye, which premiered Sunday night. The show has received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans alike so far. In the first few episodes, Kate and Clint have a brief conversation in which she inquires about going to his safe house—which she believes to be Avengers Tower. It is clear from Barton’s statement that “Tony [Stark] sold that for a few years.”
Fans may not be surprised to learn that Stark sold the Tower in the aftermath of the events of Captain America: Civil War, but Marvel continues to tease its future as a skyscraper in the Marvel Universe. To that end, who are the new tenants?
Let’s begin with Oscorp, which is the most obvious option. Spider-Man: Far from Home’s closing montage referenced the fact that Avengers Tower had either been sold or was under construction at the time. In the final act of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Vulture steals a piece of Stark technology from the Avengers Tower and moves it to a new location.
So, given that the sale of the Avengers Tower is centered around the web-slinger, it would make sense that the new owners would have a connection to Spider-Man. Only Norman Osborn and his company are capable of providing the solution. First and foremost, Norman taking over a skyscraper that was once the headquarters of the Avengers would be a massive power move and a way for him to assert his dominance. Having one of New York City’s most recognizable skyscrapers is a great way to get your name out there.
Willem Dafoe returns as Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home, introducing the idea of Norman Osborne. The name will be spoken for the first time in the MCU––and it is a name that Tom Holland’s Peter will now know. As a result, Peter will be on high alert when the MCU gets its version of the Osborn. If the Oscorp Building is to be built on the site of the former Avengers Tower, it will likely be the source of countless threats for the webhead to deal with after he (probably) saves the Multiverse.
Val, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is now another option. First appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and most recently appeared in Black Widow. Her identity is shrouded in mystery, and she’s recruiting people from all over the Marvel Universe. Yelena and Zemo are the only ones she has so far––and that’s likely just a fraction of the people she intends to bring with her. While filming the new Black Panther movie, she was spotted on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s not clear why she’d want it.
That’s a good question, and the answer is yes. Having a new team and a place to run them out of is a necessity for Val. In the comics, the Thunderbolts were a group of superheroes who fought alongside the Dark Avengers. Fans should prepare for a new Avengers team, but this time with questionable figures who are pawns of an even more dubious agenda. Furthermore, Val would enjoy taking over the once heroic space and running her operation from it, which supports this theory. It would be a great way to connect the MCU and give Val even more opportunities to appear.
The Baxter Building could also be renamed after the former Avengers Tower. Reed Richards’ intellect would allow the Fantastic Four’s skyscraper to be utilized the same way as their famous headquarters––with ample space for scientific research and breakthroughs. Known for its many adventures, the group has an uncanny ability to find new worlds and dimensions to explore. Reed has built a portal in the comics that allows him to travel to places like the Negative Zone. From a storytelling point of view, it’s a good idea to have it in New York City because so many Marvel heroes are either based in or close to New York City.
For a while, it has been known that the Fantastic Four will be joining the MCU, even if the film’s release date has not yet been announced. They are, however, on their way, and Marvel has already started planting the seeds of their arrival. Aside from Oscorp, there is a good chance that the Baxter Building will become the new home of The Fantastic Four.
As a bonus, Marvel’s first family is likely to be a central part of the MCU for years to come, so having their headquarters in New York City makes sense. There are many other places in the city where the MCU could take up residence, but the Baxter Building would be the most logical location for the team.
SWORD was introduced to the world by WandaVision. The organization was formed at some point during the BBlip and was a problem for Wanda’s Westview. Disney+’s new series shows that the group isn’t necessarily going to go down the SHIELD path; they can recover. If they can fulfill their mission and name, they could be a real force for good on Earth.
To achieve this, they will need to make significant progress. Perhaps something like constructing a space station would be appropriate. Isn’t it possible that they could go even further? SWORD has built a literary elevator from Earth’s surface to a space station in the comics. In light of the MCU’s recent exploration of the cosmos, this would be an excellent addition to the franchise.
It would be cool to see a massive space elevator in the MCU, just like there is now a gigantic celestial breaching the Earth’s crust. That being in New York City would give the city a new iconic flavor. It’s possible that the building that was once known as Avengers Tower could be used as a space station from Earth. However unlikely, it is difficult to deny that such a turn of events would be amusing.
In terms of exciting possibilities, Roxxon is probably the least exciting. There have been numerous appearances of the oil company since Iron Man and most recently in an early episode of Loki. In light of this, how does their acquisition of Avengers Tower benefit the MCU as a whole? It could also lead to the introduction of Dario Agger, who is already established.
Thor: Love and Thunder will feature Jane Foster as Thor, and Dario Agger is a fascinating character with many interesting ties to the god of thunder. Roxxon Energy CEO Agger is a Greek businessman. The clincher? Well, he’s a Minotaur because he sold his soul, so that’s what he is. His ambitions included conquering the Ten Realms of Asgard at one time. The MCU could benefit from setting the stage for a character like this.
Jim Carrey was recently rumored to have already been cast as MODOK in the MCU. However, this has not been confirmed. The mega-corporation AIM is usually associated with the big villain, but don’t be surprised if it gets a complete overhaul. There is speculation that Marvel hopes to use him and his evil company extensively in future stories. This rumor suggests that his arrival will be woven into multiple projects.
AIM has even appeared in other Marvel media, such as Square Enix’s Avengers. This is where it is depicted as a world-dominating force. So it’s already on the radar of the general public. Marvel could benefit from bringing in a new villain to wreak havoc on the MCU in the wake of Hydra’s demise. Giving AIM another chance after their disappointing debut could be a wise investment of your time and money. In New York City, there’s no better place to start anew than the former Avengers Tower, a massive skyscraper that now houses a lab.
That may sound like an outlandish idea, but could the Midnight Sons use the building? According to comic books, the team is usually more supernatural-based characters, such as demons or ghosts for those who don’t know. Supernatural Avengers are involved.
In Eternals, there was the first hint of this team-up. Dane Whitman was about to touch the legendary Ebony Blade in its final post-credits scene. However, Mahershala Ali’s Blade stopped him with an undefined warning. Vampire hunter appears to be putting together an Avengers-style team similar to what Nick Fury did for the first Avengers and what Val may be doing behind the scenes at the moment.
Blade’s activities don’t appear to be based in New York, so this theory is flawed. When Whitman and Ebony Blade reunite in the comics, they are both in London simultaneously. It appears that Moon Knight, another possible member of the team, is also a more international character. Fans may have to wait until Blade’s release to determine how likely this whole scenario is to happen.
This age-old question will most likely remain unanswered by the time Hawkeye completes its journey. One can only hope that the big mystery will be solved within the next year or two. That said, could Vincent D’Onofrio’s villain, Kingpin, have taken up residence in the skyscraper during the Blip due to all of those Kingpin rumors? As a bonus, it would provide fans with an answer to the mystery sooner rather than later. This is most certainly like killing two birds with one stone.
However, the new occupant is Marvel, who will hopefully make the most of this opportunity in the future to bring you more interesting stories. Hoping it doesn’t become a historical footnote that is never mentioned again.