Marvel Studios acknowledges a critical issue with its Phase 5 Avengers roster. With three of the original Earth’s Mightiest Heroes now retired and the remaining members scattered, fans may anticipate a redesigned lineup for the MCU’s top superhero team the next time they embark on a mission. While it does not appear that a re-assembly will occur anytime soon, there is already a glaring issue with the brand assembling its Phase 5 Avengers lineup in such a way that fans will be as invested in them as they were in the first roster.
Since 2012’s The Avengers, the MCU’s premier superhero squad, has been a fan favorite. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye have all garnered significant fan interest. As the world progresses, certain members of the series have already left, allowing for the introduction of the new Avengers. Establishing a fresh lineup is difficult enough, but Marvel Studios may have a greater challenge.
Clint Barton is described in Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye as the Avengers’ human connection. His family is the main cause of why the heroes fight. This is why, despite his lack of superpowers, he is a vital member of the team. Hawkeye represents the squad’s human connection, but what will happen when he finally retires?
When it comes to the upcoming Earth’s Mightiest Heroes lineup, the majority of the characters are either alienated, such as Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, or extraterrestrial, such as Thor and even Captain Marvel. Does this imply that the next iteration of the Avengers will lack the same moral and emotional core? Marvel Studios should pay close attention to this.
Many assumed that Disney+‘s Hawkeye would serve as the character’s farewell. After officially handing over the superhero identity to Kate Bishop, it seemed like a good time to see Clint Barton, the former Hawkeye, retire. It didn’t matter whether he withdrew from public life or died like Iron Man and Black Widow. That, however, was not the case.
Hawkeye left the fate of Barton open to further adventures. It is plausible that he would proceed to mentor Kate and that her transition to superhero status would be gradual. Additionally, he could take the helm of the West Coast Avengers, as he did in the comics. The reality is that he will remain an active member of the MCU, and thus will continue to serve as the Avengers’ human link, as described in Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye.
Marvel Studios is not in a hurry to assemble the next incarnation of the Avengers at the moment. Indeed, the inevitable Avengers 5 has not been given an official release date. However, as the franchise progresses beyond the Infinity Saga and into Phase 4 and beyond, the franchise’s greatest challenge will be ensuring that fans are as deeply involved in the new Avengers roster as itsy were in the predecessor.