For those of us sitting at home, Marvel Studios' panel at CCXP last night was something of a disappointment. We weren't expecting any major reveals, however, and it's what Kevin Feige said after that which has proved to be even more interesting.
When he was asked about WandaVision
, the Marvel Studios boss confirmed that the show will indeed include the emergence of the Scarlet Witch.
"Having the opportunity to tell more of their story, to see more of what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision Vision, and — most importantly — reveal a name that I'm not even sure we've said in the MCU yet, but we absolutely make a big deal of in the show, which is that Wanda is in fact the Scarlet Witch," Feige revealed.
"What does that mean, that she is the Scarlet Witch?" he continued. "And that's what we play into in this show, in ways that are entirely fun, entirely funny, somewhat scary, and will have repercussions for the entire future Phase 4 of the MCU."
Wanda has always just been, well, Wanda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so the fact she will be transformed into and referred to as the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision is extremely exciting.
With any luck, this will also mean that the hero ends up getting a comic accurate costume...
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Sorry, War Machine fans! (if you do, in fact exist). This member of the team is definitely formidable, but aside from being a poor man's Iron Man, he's never really brought much to the table.
Rhodey's a good guy and his weapons are definitely useful in battle but they don't really turn the tide and, honestly, it's hard to escape the feeling that Earth's Mightiest Heroes would be perfectly fine without him. With Iron Man dead and gone, it seems doubtful that it will be War Machine who steps up and fill the void, hence why E.D.I.T.H. was left to Peter Parker instead!
The Vision certainly proved himself a hero when he joined Earth's Mightiest Heroes to take the fight to Thanos, but can the android really be trusted? Well, he sacrificed everything for his fellow Avengers, but it wouldn't surprise us if he ended up showing mercy to his villainous "father," Ultron.
Putting that aside, though, while The Vision is definitely worthy of a place on the team, he's somewhat fallen by the wayside since Avengers: Age of Ultron
and his mistake in Captain America: Civil War
is what led to Rhodey losing the use of his legs (proof that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to being a hero).
With T'Challa and Shuri gone, Okoye no doubt did an amazing job looking after Wakanda and helping The Avengers protect the world in the fallout from the Mad Titan's attack on the universe.
Beyond that, we didn't really get to see her contributions to the team, but it's clear that Black Widow saw her as a trusted ally and she had a lot of badass moments in that final battle against Thanos.
It almost feels wrong placing our new Captain America in such a low position, but Sam Wilson has a lot of work to do before he can be viewed as an Avenger anywhere near as great as Steve Rogers.
He's proved himself in battle but has never been given the opportunity to really step up. However, The Falcon helped turn the tide in Wakanda when Thanos' forces attacked in Avengers: Infinity War
and time will now tell whether he can be a true leader and worthy of the "Captain America" mantle.
Something tells us that will all be addressed in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
As just a regular dude with a bow and arrow, Clint Barton is certainly deserving of a place on The Avengers as he's never shied away from doing the right thing. After the death of his family pushed him down a dark path, Hawkeye will likely never be the same again and his time as an Avenger could be nearing its end, especially with the young Kate Bishop looking to inherit that mantle soon.
That takes nothing away from Clint, though, as he has not only been willing to sacrifice himself on multiple occasions, but also helped forge Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into heroes. However, his time as Ronin has definitely tarnished his legacy as an Avenger to a large extent.
Wanda is an absolute powerhouse and in the heat of battle, there's likely no one else the team would rather have on their side. She's also reckless and not fully in control, though, something which was evident when she accidentally killed all those people in Captain America: Civil War
Her actions played a huge role in the creation of the Sokovia Accords and while she's shown that she'll always do the right thing, Wanda is now more unhinged than ever, especially after Vision's demise. That's something Marvel Studios will explore in WandaVision
and depending on how things play out there, her time an Avenger could reach its end in an extremely messy way.
Made a member of The Avengers in Avengers: Endgame
, it's hard to say how much Nebula cared about being part of this group but she stepped up and travelled through time, fought her father and sister (again), and even killed her past self in order to help bring half the universe back to life.
Needless to say, that more than earns this Guardian of the Galaxy a place above the likes of The Falcon, War Machine, and Scarlet Witch even if her time with the team was fairly limited.
Rocket only just pips Nebula to the post, but he's another Guardian who overcame the odds to become a memorable member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Endgame
earlier this year.
With all of his friends dead at the hands of Thanos, Rocket did what he had to do in order to bring them back and helped Thor get through a crisis which very nearly saw the God of Thunder give up.
The fastest man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have made only a solitary appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron,
but would the team have still defeated Ultron without him racing into action?
It's hard to say for sure, but his most heroic moment came when he saved Hawkeye life by taking the bullets meant for him. Despite hating what Earth's Mightiest Heroes stood for, Quicksilver did what was right to rescue his home and by saving Hawkeye's life, he proved that he understood there was something bigger than him and that he was an Avenger who deserves to be remembered.
Carol Danvers had a minor role in Avengers: Endgame
but she continued to protect outer space after Thanos decimated the universe, and then almost single-handedly saved the team when she returned to Earth and destroyed the villain's ship and a huge chunk of his army at the same time. Iron Man probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to wield the Infinity Stones otherwise, that's for sure!
Able to stand up to Thanos, she's definitely the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most powerful superhero and while her status as an Avenger remains up in the air, the team will benefit from her presence.
Spider-Man was made an official Avenger in Avengers: Infinity War
when he sneaked into outer space and took on his greatest challenge yet battling aliens and Thanos himself on Titan.
After dying in his mentor's arms, the web-slinger returned in Avengers: Endgame
to fight alongside Iron Man one final time. Unfortunately, it seems like his time as a member of this team (or whatever remains of it) is over because he's now been branded a criminal and Mysterio's killer!
Still, in the short time he was an Avenger, Spider-Man definitely made one heck on an impact!
The God of Thunder has never really been much of a team player, hence why he's left the team to go off and do his own thing on so many occasions (he wasn't even present for the superhero Civil War).
When Thor does show up, though, he's someone who the rest of The Avengers can definitely rely on and you need only look at Avengers: Infinity War
for proof of that! His powers came in particularly handy during the team's earlier battles as well and the world may not be here without him.
It's fair to say that most of us probably never expected to see Scott Lang become an Avenger, but whether we're talking about Ant-Man kicking ass in Captain America: Civil War
after quite rightly aligning himself with Steve Rogers or being the one to suggest time-travel in order to bring back half the universe in Avengers: Endgame
, this pint-sized superhero has made the MCU a better place.
Whatever form the next iteration of Earth's Mightiest Heroes takes, Ant-Man should definitely be there because Scott is, well, a much bigger hero than a lot of people give him credit for.
An original member of The Avengers, Black Widow's evolution has been fascinating to follow from the start, and by the time Avengers: Endgame
rolled around, she made the ultimate sacrifice.
In order to help Hawkeye get both the Soul Stone and his family, Natasha made a fateful leap which saw her give her life in order to save the universe. That's arguably her most heroic action in the MCU, of course, but it's not like she's ever shied away from putting herself in the line of fire to do the right thing. That's an incredible trait and one which earns her such a high place on this list.
Yes, The Hulk lost control and went on a horrible rampage in Avengers: Age of Ultron,
but the Jade Giant also willingly gave up his happiness at the end of that movie when he sent himself into outer space to avoid doing any more damage to the world. As a mindless beast, the hero helped turn the tide on a number of occasions but it was Bruce Banner who stepped up in Infinity War
Later, he would transform himself into "Smart Hulk" and with both the brains and
brawn, the Green Goliath used the Infinity Stones and literally managed to save half the universe in the process.
We've talked a lot about sacrifice in this feature, but whereas Natasha had little more to lose than her life (which is, of course, huge), Tony Stark said goodbye to both his wife and young daughter in order to stop Thanos once and for all. It's not the first time he almost lost everything, of course, as it was back in 2012 that the Armoured Avenger willingly carried that nuke into outer space.
Iron Man made some mistakes in Captain America: Civil War,
but it was still easy enough to see why he took that stance and to head into that battle against Thanos with tech capable of wielding the Infinity Stones, it's clear that he always knew he would have to do what's necessary to save the universe. Needless to say, that proves Iron Man is not the
greatest Avenger but definitely one of them!
The first Avenger and the best Avenger, Captain America has always done the right thing and while he too made some questionable decisions while protecting Bucky, this iconic hero ultimately earned his happy ending, especially after proving himself "worthy" in Avengers: Endgame
His time as a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes is obviously at its end, but his legacy will never be forgotten and since the very first time the team assembled, Captain America has been a TRUE hero.
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