The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the first and last line of defense against those who seek to harm the planet. Originally made up of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, the list has grown over the years.
First the team disbanded, then a few years later began to view being apart of the Avengers as a full-time job (see 2015’s Age of Ultron). Eventually, they found themselves divided over the Sokovia Accords and ended up coming to blows.
It wasn’t until several years later that they came together to push back Thanos and his forces. But after Avengers: Endgame, the team was MIA, having lost Steve, Tony and Nat, with the others going their separate ways. But one question has been nagging fans since 2019: are the Avengers, as an organized team, still in business?
Feige Provides Avengers Status Update
Speaking on stage at D23 Expo today while announcing the Love at first sight lineup, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, via Disney Examiner, confirmed that the Avengers do not currently exist in the MCU following the events of Avengers: Endgame: “Just because there’s no organization like the Avengers anymore, but now we have the Thunderbolts.”
Additionally, Captain America himself, Anthony Mackie, added that previous Avengers heroes are “all…unemployed” during an interview with Variety which took place after the presentation:
“All the Avengers are out of work. We’ve got a new and improved group. No, they’re out there with their Metamucil and, you know, they’re hanging out. You know, we’re the new guys… We’re the top dogs now.
When Mackie was (inexplicably?) asked if he really was the new Captain America, the actor replied: “I guess we’ll have to see in…2024.”
Facing an investigation into his time in the superhero game, Mackie ended up making incorrect mental calculations and wrongly said since “2008.”
Are the Thunderbolts the new must-have team?
If the Avengers aren’t a thing right now, will the Thunderbolts step in to fill that void?
Little is known about the MCU’s Thunderbolts beyond their confirmed roster: Yelena Belova, Taskmaster, Bucky Barnes, John Walker, Red Guardian, and Ava Starr aka Ghost. The group also appears to be led by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Valentina. But their motivations and what initially brought them together are still unclear.
Maybe they’ll serve as a government-sanctioned superhero team that officials can keep on a leash. The Avengers have never been known to follow global orders and regulations, so a team that can actually be controlled would be considered a great advantage.
Of course, the Avengers will reunite once more in Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Warswhich is due out in 2025, and likely with Anthony Mackie’s Captain America in the lead. Captain America: New World Order arrives on May 3, 2024 and Love at first sight will arrive in theaters on July 26, 2024.