Thursday, October 15, 2015

All-New, All-Different Marvel: MCU Teams

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Marvel announced last year that they would be completely rebooting their universe following the Secret Wars/Battleworld event.  As part of this reboot they are going to be focusing on some new and altered characters, particularly those whose TV and movie rights are owned by Marvel Studios.  This is leading Marvel to focus its efforts on promoting the Inhumans while downplaying the mutants, as well as to the splitting up of the Fantastic Four, with Human Torch joining the Inhumans and the Thing joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.  So because the All-New, All-Different Marvel is going all-in on Marvel Studios properties, I started to wonder if some of the other characters in the A-N, A-D Marvel might be getting a push for a future movie or TV appearance.  As such, this series will look at all the characters in the All-New, All-Different Marvel lineup whose live-action rights are owned by either Marvel Studios or Sony and who have not appeared in a movie yet.

Some of these are characters I’ve written about in the past, so I will include links to those articles and only provide relatively brief summaries.

If there are any additional characters that you would like to see me cover in this series, let me know in the comments.

This time around I will be talking about those teams which have an equivalent in the MCU or will appear shortly.  This time around there will be quite a few characters who have already appeared in the MCU or will appear soon, so I will just mention them by name.  For the purpose of this article I will be including the Ultimates as an Avengers team because they originated as the Ultimate Universe equivalent of the Avengers (however, this team is just borrowing its name from the Ultimate Universe team).  Also note that I am completely ignoring the X-Men teams because there is just no way for them to appear in the MCU at this time.

The Avengers

Including the Ultimates (but not including A-Force, which I discussed in the previous article) there are no less than four different Avengers teams in the All-New, All-Different Marvel.

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            All-New, All-Different Avengers

Iron Man
Thor- After Thor became unworthy of wielding Mjölnir, Jane Foster lifted the hammer and became the new Thor.  Both Jane Foster and Thor have appeared in the MCU, but I don’t see Natalie Portman becoming Thor any time soon because she just doesn’t feel like Thor to me.  If they replace Thor, I think I’d prefer Beta Ray Bill (or just let Vision hang onto Mjölnir).
Captain America- When the Super-Soldier Serum in Steve Rogers’ body was neutralized and he began rapidly aging to his “normal” age, Steve appointed Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon, as his replacement while he himself became a mission coordinator for the Avengers.  Both of these characters have appeared in the MCU, and there are rumors of Chris Evans possibly retiring as Steve Rogers.  If that were to happen, I’d have no problem with either Bucky or Sam taking up the Captain America mantle.
Nova- Sam Alexander is a teenager and the son of a former Nova Corps officer who eventually joined the Corps himself.  Like all Nova Corps officers he has superhuman strength, durability, flight, energy projection, and the ability to survive in space.
Spider-Man- Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man
Ms. Marvel- Kamala Khan is a teenaged Pakistani-American Inhuman whose abilities are a combination of Mystique’s shape-shifting and Mister Fantastic’s stretching.

Note:  I may as well talk about the “Totally-Awesome Hulk” in connection with this team even though he’s not on it, as Marvel is doing the same thing with him that they’ve already done with Thor and Captain America.  The Hulk in the All-New, All-Different Marvel is actually Amadeus Cho, the seventh- or eighth-smartest man in the world.  His mother, Helen Cho, appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, making it possible for him to appear in the MCU.  However, I doubt he will become the Hulk in the MCU at any time!

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            New Avengers

Sunspot- Bobby da Costa is a Brazilian mutant with the ability to absorb and channel solar power.  He originated with the New Mutants but serves as the team leader for the New Avengers.
Songbird- Melissa Gold was a super-villain who received an implant which gave her sonic abilities and joined the Thunderbolts.  However, she was one of the team members who turned against Baron Zemo and decided to go straight.  She is the field leader for the New Avengers.
Wiccan- Billy Kaplan is a teenaged mutant with powerful magical abilities.  He and Speed (another teenaged mutant) are seemingly the twin sons of Scarlet Witch and Vision.  He is also in a relationship with Hulkling.
Hulkling- Hulkling is the son of Captain Mar-Vell and the Skrull princess (making him half-Kree and half-Skrull).  His abilities include shapeshifting, accelerated healing, and superhuman strength.  He is in a relationship with Wiccan.
Squirrel Girl- Doreen Green is a mutant with various squirrel-themed abilities.  She has actually somehow defeated all the most powerful villains in Marvel Comics at one time or another.
Pod- Aikku Jokinen is a Norwegian girl who discovered an alien suit of armor which bonded to her and took over her body.  The suit gives her flight abilities, a variety of weapons, an energy shield, invulnerability, and the ability to adapt to any power used against her.
Power Man- Victor Alvarez is a teenager who was caught in an explosion as a child.  However, he survived by drawing the chi from the dead bodies around him, giving him temporary superhuman strength.  He has some close connections with the Heroes for Hire, as Luke Cage had previously used the name “Power Man.”
White Tiger- Ava Ayala is a teenager and the fifth White Tiger, following in a family tradition.  She wears tiger amulets which give her enhanced strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and the like.

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            Uncanny Avengers

Captain America (Steve Rogers)
Rogue- Rogue is a mutant with the ability to absorb the powers and skills of others.  Among others, Rogue absorbed the powers of Carol Danvers, which remained ingrained in her for a long time.
Brother Voodoo- Jericho Drumm is a Haitian psychologist whose brother Daniel was a houngan (male Haitian voodoo priest) who was killed by another voodoo sorcerer.  Jericho himself studied voodoo and at the end of his studies had his brother Daniel’s spirit joined with his own.  Jericho has very powerful mystical abilities.  When Doctor Strange renounced his title of Sorcerer Supreme, Brother Voodoo was chosen as the new Sorcerer Supreme.
Human Torch (see below, under Inhumans)
Synapse- A new character we don’t know anything about except that he’s Inhuman
Deadpool- The “Merc with a Mouth”—need I say more?  I mean seriously; he’s getting a movie next year!

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Blue Marvel- Adam Bernard Brashear became Blue Marvel after an anti-matter reactor explosion turned his body into a stable anti-matter reactor (because that’s totally what would happen).  He was a superhero for several years, but was forced to retire when it was discovered that he was African-American.  His abilities are very similar to Superman’s.
Black Panther
Spectrum- Monica Rambeau is one of the various characters to use the title “Captain Marvel” in the comics.  She was exposed to extra-dimensional energy which gave her the ability to convert her body to energy as well as manipulate energy.
Ms. America- America Chavez is from a parallel dimension and ran away from home to become a superhero, eventually arriving in the mainstream Marvel Universe.  She has the powers of flight and superhuman strength and durability.
Captain Marvel
Galactus- Galactus (the not-a-space-cloud Devourer of Planets) may or may not be joining the team.  Probably not.

I think that all of these characters have a chance of appearing in the MCU except for the following, all of whom are mutants:  Sunspot, Wiccan, Squirrel Girl, Rogue, and Sabretooth.  Likewise, unless FOX gives up on the Fantastic Four and makes a deal with Marvel, there’s no way that Galactus appears in the MCU.  Some feel like they have a better chance than others, particularly Nova (as the Nova Corps featured heavily in Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ms. Marvel (Marvel’s new “golden girl”).  Of the others, I think Blue Marvel would be the most interesting to bring in, as his story of racism against black superheroes seems especially fascinating.

However, I think the more-interesting concept is the sheer number of Avengers teams:  could we see multiple Avengers teams in the MCU?  In a word:  Yes.  Given the number of superheroes being introduced—the Avengers roster will be up to around 15 members before Infinity War, not including potential Inhuman members and TV characters—it seems all-but guaranteed that these heroes will be divided into a number of different teams.  In fact, during or after Captain America: Civil War there could be two distinct Avengers teams, which I am labeling (for lack of a better) the Secret Avengers (Cap) and Mighty Avengers (Iron Man).  The current Avengers team is dubbed the “New Avengers,” but at some point that name could be reserved for a team of young heroes, as it is in the All-New, All-Different Marvel.  Similarly, following the Infinity War, we could also see a group of cosmic-level heavy-hitters like the Ultimates appear to confront major threats like Thanos.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

There are two Guardians titles in the All-New, All-Different Marvel lineup, with the second one, Guardians of Infinity, including 2 additional Guardians teams, the Guardians 3000 (the original team from the 1980s) and the Guardians 1000 (a mystery team).

Rocket Raccoon- Rocket’s the new leader of the team.
Kitty Pryde- A mutant with intangibility powers, Kitty Pryde is in a relationship with Peter Quill.  When he is invited to become President of Spartax, Kitty Pryde takes his place on the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Thing- the Fantastic Four’s “muscle” (well, “rock”) is joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Venom- Spider-Man’s villain-turned-antihero is on the team also.

Of the new team members, the only one with a chance of joining the MCU Guardians is Venom, after he (presumably) makes his debut in a Spider-Man movie, though I suppose the Thing could enter the MCU if FOX gives up on the Fantastic Four and makes a deal with Marvel.

The more-interesting possibility is for James Gunn to introduce alternate time-traveling Guardians of the Galaxy teams.  We’ve already seen one member of the original Guardians (Guardians 3000) in Yondu, the Alpha Centaurian archer; could we see more in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

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The Inhumans’ role in the MCU began last year on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and are continuing to make their presence felt in season 3.  They are confirmed to be receiving their own movie in 2019 after Avengers; Infinity War Part 2, and I suspect that they will start appearing in the movies before then.  Here’s a link to my article from the spring on how Inhumans could appear on TV.  The lineups for the two Inhumans teams in the All-New, All-Different Marvel are as follows:

            All-New Inhumans

Crystal- Crystal is the sister of Medusa and ex-wife of Quicksilver.  She can control all the classical elements (Earth, Fire, Air, Water… like Avatar: The Last Airbender).
Gorgon- Gorgon is a cousin of Black Bolt who has the feet of a bull and can generate seismic waves.
Flint- A NuHuman (new Inhuman) who can control stone
Naja- A NuHuman who is covered in scales but has the abilities of flight and invisibility
Grid- Dinesh Deol is an Indian NuHuman with the ability to see and control the electromagnetic spectrum.

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            Uncanny Inhumans

Black Bolt- King of the Inhumans with an earth-shattering voice
Medusa- Queen of the Inhumans with perfect control over every strand of her hair (also part of A-Force)
Triton- Triton is a cousin of Black Bolt who can breathe underwater (but not outside the water) and has superhuman strength and speed.
Reader- An eyeless Inhuman who can make anything happen by reading it from special Braille cards
Human Torch- Johnny Storm is Medusa’s lover since she and Black Bolt had a falling-out.  Side note:  did you know that blowing up your house, spreading a cloud of Terrigen around the planet, sending your kid to Kang the Conqueror, and disappearing for a few months can put a damper on your relationship?  Black Bolt didn’t!
Beast- Hank switched sides after the X-Men and Inhumans had a falling-out between the end of Secret Wars and beginning of All-New, All-Different Marvel.

It is all-but certain that the Inhuman Royal Family will appear in the MCU soon—probably before their movie in 2019.  I’ve even said several times that there is no reason the Royal Family couldn’t make a small appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in advance of their movie debut; after all, it’s almost certain that Attilan and the Royal Family already exist in the MCU in hiding.  The NuHumans—Flint, Naja, and Grid—could definitely appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as that series continues to explore the concept of new Inhumans.  In fact, there were suggestions last season that Gordon was the MCU version of the Reader.  However, there is no way for Beast to appear in the MCU, and the only way Human Torch does is if FOX gives up on the Fantastic Four and makes a deal with Marvel (I’ve used that phrase a lot).

Again, it is all but certain that at least one Inhumans team will appear in the MCU—the Royal Family, which is essentially the “Uncanny Inhumans” team.  However, I think it highly likely that there will be more teams of Inhumans introduced in the MCU now that they are going to be popping up all over the place after the release of Terrigen into the ecosystem.  Specifically, I’d love to see a group of the new Inhumans team up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or an Inhumans spinoff series, sort of like the All-New Inhumans.


The All-New, All-Different Marvel is making some major shake-ups with the main teams.  Some of these changes and new additions are pretty interesting, while others seem a little confusing for now.  However, just about any of these characters have a shot at appearing in the MCU at some point.  And before long, we could see versions of any of these alternate teams appearing in the MCU.

Of all the teams and characters I talked about in this article, I think I’m most excited to see what Marvel will do with the Inhumans in the MCU, followed by the Ultimates (if that team ever appears in the MCU).  Both of the Inhumans teams in the All-New, All-Different Marvel have a good shot at appearing in some form, either in one of the movies or in one of the TV series.

Which characters are you most interested to see, either in the comics or in the MCU?  What would be your ideal team for a Marvel movie or TV series?  Let me know in the comments!

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