Here are all the active superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Avengers: Endgame. When Thanos snapped his fingers and erased half the life in the universe, he also dramatically reduced the number of superheroes protecting Earth. Although the surviving heroes were able to put matters right in the end, they paid a terrible price, and their numbers now are far fewer.
Both Black Widow and Iron Man sacrificed themselves to defeat Thanos, while Steve Rogers decided to claim a “Happily Ever After” life by traveling back in time to be with his beloved Peggy Carter. Others appear to have gone to ground, with Wanda Maximoff becoming the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision and seeming to vanish into the shadows in order to train from the Darkhold, while there’s been no word of the reconstructed white Vision. Thor left Earth with the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Captain Marvel seems to have returned to the stars as well.
Phase 4 titles such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Hawkeye show that some heroes are still working to combat crime and villains in the world, but it begs the question of how many are really left. So here are all the confirmed MCU Phase 4 superheroes who are still operating on Earth after Avengers: Endgame – demonstrating just how vulnerable the planet is right now.
Who Are The Remaining Avengers
Earth is by no means unprotected should a threat like Thanos come without a warning. However, the superheroes who are still in business don’t have the same reaction time as the Avengers at their prime, as the remaining heroes are now focused on solving their own conflicts and saving the world from their respective villains. For instance, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are now close friends after defeating the Flag-Smashers, while Okoye and the Wakandans are about to face some difficulties due to the absence of T’Challa. Ant-Man and the Wasp will soon face one of the MCU’s greatest villains, Kang the Conqueror, and Doctor Strange will be more than busy protecting reality from Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch. At the same time, Wong is becoming Phase 4’s equivalent to Nick Fury, assembling new heroes for future battles. And on the same vein, original Avengers such as Hulk, Hawkeye, and War Machine are now mentors to a new generation of Avengers. Finally, Nick Fury is technically off-world, but his influence on Earth may still be felt while he deals with the Skrulls.
Scott Lang was the direct reason the Blip came to an end in the first place because upon escaping the Quantum Realm he came up with the Avengers’ time travel plan — even if he was more than a little shaken by the idea Back to the Future‘s model of time travel didn’t work out. It’s unclear whether the world actually knows time travel was involved at the end of the Blip, though — certainly the Avengers pretended Captain America died rather than let the public know he traveled back in time — so Ant-Man’s contribution may not be well known. Still, it’s reasonable to assume he has continued his superhero career back home in San Francisco, where he will also be enjoying spending quality time with his (now older) daughter Cassie Lang.
After Sylvie killed He Who Remains in the Loki finale, Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne will be tasked with fighting Kang the Conqueror, who’s expected to survive the events of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania to become a full-fledged Avengers-level threat. Another character who’s expected to be more powerful once the credits roll is Cassie Lang, who may get her hands on Pym technology take up the moniker of the size-shifter and future member of the Young Avengers, Stature.
No doubt Wakanda suffered terribly in the absence of the Black Panther, not least because their stock of Heart-Shaped Herb had been destroyed by Killmonger, meaning they could not appoint a successor. The Falcon & The Winter Soldier episode 1 revealed national borders collapsed during the Blip, and it is likely even the formerly isolationist nation was profoundly affected by this. Though Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman sadly passed away and Marvel has already confirmed they won’t recast the titular role of T’Challa, it’s not yet known how they’ll address his absence in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and it very well may be explained in a way that leaves him alive in the MCU, just not on the screen. For now, it could be said that T’Challa is active until Black Panther: Wakanda Forever explains where he went. In a future sequel, his sister, Shuri, is one of the candidates to become the protector of both Wakanda and the Earth.
He may not be the Sorcerer Supreme yet, but Stephen Strange has surely returned to his duties with the Masters of the Mystic Arts. That means he’s once again probably protecting New York’s Sanctum Sanctorum, working with his fellow sorcerers to defend the world from extradimensional threats. Unfortunately, their job has been made a whole lot more difficult post-Avengers: Endgame, because the destruction of the Time Stone means Doctor Strange has lost his greatest weapon (at least temporarily). Doctor Strange is perhaps the most active superhero in Phase 4, having to help Peter Parker in his multiversal conflict during Spider-Man: No Way Home and protecting the multiverse from threats like Baron Mordo, America Chavez, and Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
If there were any doubts about Wong’s role in the Avengers prior to Phase 4, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings cemented the Master of the Mystic Arts as one of the most important members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after the Infinity Saga. Wong has been in contact with Abomination, Captain Marvel, and Bruce Banner, and he welcomed Shang-Chi and Katy to the Avengers right after their first-ever superhero adventure. Wong has become the connecting tissue of the Avengers at a tie when they most need it, and he certainly will have a big role whenever the Avengers need to assemble officially for the first time after Avengers: Endgame.
Falcon / Captain America
Sam Wilson was branded an outlaw when he sided with Steve Rogers during the events of Captain America: Civil War, but he was pardoned due to his involvement in the final climactic battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Falcon immediately returned to active duty in the United States Air Force, traveling the globe on classified missions to neutralize terrorist groups and try to bring a little bit of stability into the post-Blip world. Although reluctantly, Falcon reunited with Bucky Barnes to face the Flag-Smashers and John Walker with the unlikely help of Baron Zemo and Sharon Carter aka the Power Broker. His efforts were well compensated, as he officially became the next Captain America, complete with Steve Rogers’ shield and a state-of-the-art suit made by the Wakandans.
Clint Barton retired from the superhero life once again in order to spend time with his restored family. But as he knows more than any other Avenger, peace should never be included in his plans. The Hawkeye Disney+ series introduced Kate Bishop, who brought Clint back into the fold by suiting up as Ronin. Hawkeye has now become Kate Bishop’s mentor, but this unexpected mission has also brought new threats, namely Echo, Yelena Belova, the Swordsman, and none other than Kingpin himself. Growing old and hard of hearing, a lifetime of fighting has taken a toll on Clint Barton, who will keep trying to achieve a definitive retirement with his loved ones, perhaps after he has ensured that Kate Bishop will be a responsible Hawkeye (and future member of the MCU’s Young Avengers).
Nick Fury hasn’t really been active since the fall of SHIELD in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, he has kept track of the Avengers throughout the years, and he has joined SWORD sometime before the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as the founding father of the Avengers in the Secret Invasion Disney+ show, where he’s expected to protect Earth in secret. Fury’s right hand, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill, is also returning.
The Hulk’s status quo changed significantly during the Blip, with Bruce Banner spending eighteen months in a Gamma lab and successfully merging his two identities in Smart Hulk. Hulk became Earth’s most prominent superhero during that five-year period, as seen in a deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame, and quite enjoyed his newfound celebrity. Unfortunately, the Hulk suffered a grievous injury when he used the Infinity Gauntlet to restore half the life in the universe, with the surge in power destroying his right arm. The mid-credits scene of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings revealed that Bruce Banner has fully returned to his human self, but the mystery of how he achieved it will not be answered until the release of She-Hulk, where Banner will mentor Jennifer Walters as the MCU’s next Gamma-powered superhero.
Spider-Man’s participation in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame appears to have done wonders for his reputation, and by Spider-Man: Far From Home he was even being invited as the key guest at charity fundraisers in New York City. Unfortunately, Spider-Man was manipulated by Mysterio’s illusions, and then blamed for a series of terrorist attacks across Europe, with his public identity revealed courtesy of J. Jonah Jameson. Spidey’s desire to undo this has led Doctor Strange to break the multiverse wide open in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Peter Parker faces his greatest foes from alternate universes. With a new Spider-Man trilogy confirmed, Peter Parker is expected to become more independent as a superhero and perhaps come in contact with Sony-owned villains such as Venom and Morbius.
War Machine may be Earth’s mightiest Avenger, having been given a substantial upgrade during the Blip. His Iron Patriot armor is potentially more advanced than any Iron Man armor Tony Stark ever designed, with Marvel hinting it’s been given access to alien technology courtesy of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Concept art shows various different iterations, as additional rockets pop out, or some sort of energy weapons unsheathe on the shoulders. According to Marvel, the post-Blip War Machine is designed to take on literal armies. What’s more, given Rhodey’s patriotic colors, all this is likely still under the auspices of the US military. In Phase 4, Rhodey will be the star of Armor Wars, where he may fight many different Iron Man copycats and possibly mentor Riri Williams aka Ironheart.
Hope Van Dyne was on the run for breach of the Sokovia Accords prior to being Blipped out of existence, and it’s unclear whether she will have been offered the same pardons that were made available to others who joined the battle against Thanos when they were restored. The Pym family weren’t wanted for a direct breach of the Sokovia Accords, but rather because they had made illegal technological enhancements available to Scott Lang; Hope’s father Hank may well have been unwilling to strike a deal even with the offer of a pardon on the table. But whether Hope is legal again or still an outlaw, she’s sure to still be suiting up as the Wasp for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Bucky Barnes has been offered a pardon for his participation in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, but The Falcon & The Winter Soldier revealed that there are terms to that pardon — including regular psychological observation. The Winter Soldier is still striving to be redeemed after all his misdeeds. Fortunately for him, Sam Wilson is there to support him. Whether Bucky Barnes claims a new moniker to match Sam Wilson’s Captain America title is uncertain, but he will surely join the battle if the Avengers need him.
Okoye has seemingly taken the reins when it comes to Wakanda’s international affairs. She led the mission to retrieve Baron Zemo after Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes broke him out of prison in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, taking him to the Raft. With T’Challa gone, Okoye is expected to have an even bigger role than leading the Dora Milaje. Her taking on the mantle of the Black Panther in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not out of the question, and she’s also expected to star in the upcoming Wakanda-centered Disney+show. And considering she stood alongside Captain Marvel, War Machine, Rocket Raccoon, and Nebula between the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, her role as an Avengers strategist isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Who Are The Next Avengers After Endgame
Besides the possible return of the remaining original Avengers, a future Avengers line-up for Phase 5 can include many new heroes. Independent characters like Shang-Chi, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Monica Rambeau, Sersi, and Jane Foster are likely to assemble the next iteration of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, while others are more likely to create their own off-shoots of the Avengers. The MCU’s younger generation, including Kate Bishop, America Chavez, Kamala Khan, Elijah Bradley, Cassie Lang, Kid Loki, and Tommy and Billy Maximoff, are all expected to form the Young Avengers. On the other hand, Yelena Belova, US Agent, Abomination, and Baron Zemo are all speculated to become either the Thunderbolts or the Dark Avengers. The West Coast Avengers could be started by Hawkeye and White Vision, while Doctor Strange, Blade, and Moon Knight could devote their spare time to their duties with the Midnight Sons. Whenever a villain similar to Thanos threatens the Earth, all of these groups could come together and call themselves the Avengers.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
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