Summary

  • Marvel Studios has hinted at the formation of the Young Avengers in the MCU, particularly at the end of
    The Marvels
    .
  • Iman Vellani’s recent comments suggest there may be no solid plans for the Young Avengers just yet.
  • The Young Avengers are among many MCU characters whose futures aren’t clear, so there are worries these characters may age out of their roles before the Young Avengers even come together.



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Marvel Studios may have been actively setting up the Young Avengers in the MCU, but recent comments suggest the team’s debut may not be so easy. In the wake of Avengers: Endgame and the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, Marvel Studios began to introduce a whole host of new superheroes to the MCU, and this included a number of younger characters. Appearances by the likes of Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye, Kid Loki, and Billy and Tommy Maximoff spurred theories that the MCU’s Young Avengers team would be forming, and this was seemingly confirmed in 2023’s The Marvels.


After her experience with Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel and Monica Rambeau’s Photon in The Marvels, Kamala Khan used the SABER tablet to learn about other heroes existing in the MCU, and approached Kate Bishop with the proposition of building a new superteam. This all but confirmed the upcoming formation of the Young Avengers, especially with Cassie Lang being name-dropped, too, but there has been some concern about how and when the Young Avengers might actually come together. This may have only been exacerbated by recent comments from Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani, perhaps spelling bad news for the Young Avengers.

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Iman Vellani Is Returning To The MCU As Kamala Khan, But She Doesn’t Know When

Kamala Khan watching Photon power up in The Marvels

Iman Vellani has now made two appearances in the MCU, first in 2022’s Ms. Marvel, and again in 2023’s The Marvels, making the move to the big screen. Iman Vellani has been teased to carry the MCU forward for several years, as Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel has been set up for a pivotal role as the leader of the Young Avengers. However, Vellani’s MCU future is currently unclear, and even Vellani herself seems unsure of when she will return, though she has apparently been “assured” by Marvel Studios that Kamala Khan does have a future in the MCU (via Polygon).

I have been assured. So that feels good, but there was no more assurance than that. [laugh] They give me breadcrumbs, and I try and make a meal out of it.


The fact that Iman Vellani herself doesn’t know when Kamala Khan will be returning to the MCU suggests that Marvel Studios perhaps doesn’t yet have any solid plans to bring together the Young Avengers. Of course, if Marvel Studios did have plans, it’s possible they wouldn’t have been divulged to Vellani just yet, but since she’s expected to be a core member of the team, potentially even the team’s leader, it would make sense for her to have some idea of her future role. Since Vellani seems clueless about her MCU future, however, the Young Avengers may be in trouble.


Now that Marvel Studios has overtly teased the Young Avengers’ formation in The Marvels, viewers will surely be waiting for the next tease towards the team coming together. However, with no announced Young Avengers-centric project in the MCU’s Phase 5 and 6 slate, and with recent news that Disney will be slowing down Marvel’s output, it’s unclear exactly when any more “breadcrumbs” will be dropped regarding the team. Unfortunately, this poses a greater issue for Marvel Studios, and the longer the Young Avengers take to form, the more prevalent this problem becomes, and the more difficult it becomes to solve.

Young Avengers Uncertainty Would Continue A Frustrating MCU Problem

Kamala Khan sat at home in The Marvels


Potential Young Avengers

MCU Movie Or Show

Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel (2022) & The Marvels (2023)

Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye

Hawkeye (2021) & The Marvels (2023)

Cassie Lang’s Stature/Stinger

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Billy Maximoff’s Wiccan

WandaVision (2021)

Tommy Maximoff’s Speed

WandaVision (2021)

Skaar

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022)

Riri Williams’ Ironheart

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

America Chavez

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

Kid Loki

Loki (2021)

Eli Bradley

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

Love

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Marvel Studios used the Multiverse Saga to introduce a huge number of new heroes to the MCU, and while this has expanded the universe massively, it has come at a cost. The fact that there are so many new characters vying for attention means that some have been in limbo for years, with no announced returns. This problem has unfortunately befallen members of the Young Avengers, as although Kamala Khan and Kate Bishop returned in The Marvels, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, Riri Williams’ Ironheart, Eli Bradley, Kid Loki, Skaar and several more, have yet to be revisited in the MCU.


While some heroes such as Shang-Chi, Moon Knight, Shuri’s Black Panther and the new Guardians of the Galaxy team may not be revisited for a while, when they are, they can pick up where they left off. For the Young Avengers, however, this problem is trickier, as these young actors and their characters will grow up and potentially be too old for the team. After recent teases, it’s likely that the Young Avengers will form before the end of the Multiverse Saga, but even that is three years away, so Marvel Studios needs to put a plan in place soon.

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