“Don’t worry, she’s got help.”
WARNING:Spoilers about Avengers: Endgame below.
It’s with this beautiful line that fans are unofficially introduced to what a potential A-Force movie could look like in the MCU. Some called the scene “fan service”, others said the scene was empowering. No matter what side of the scale fans fall on, it’s safe to say this is a group of superheroes that could be introduced later on in Phase 4 or the beginning of Phase 5. Here are some things it could bring to the forefront:
The Loss of Black Widow
As seen in the last Avengers movie, Black Widow tragically but heroically threw herself off a cliff to help her team get the Soul Stone back, not knowing if the result would actually work. When the ladies of Marvel to take on Thanos, it was clear she was missing from the group. However, because she’s “The First Lady of Marvel”, the rest of the A-Force in Endgame was a direct result of her legacy. Natasha Romanoff paved the way for these other amazing superheroes to save the world. How could this possibly be touched upon in a solo A-Force movie? One option could be all of the ladies are together at the Avengers base (if they decide to rebuild after the events of Endgame) and hold a memorial ceremony for her. Another option could be if there were murals of her throughout the movie, taking inspiration of the homage to Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Whatever happens, she deserves better than just her team mourning and throwing a bench. She deserves deserve to have a proper service with everyone in attendance.
Intro to the MCU
It may have only been one scene with all of the Ladies of Marvel in Avengers: Endgame, but it showed all of them working together to take down Thanos and his army. Each one got a moment to showcase how strong their powers are, not letting silly aliens faze them in the slightest.
What with the A-Force in the comics being a few members smaller, and their foes’ armies not as big, they are just as strong and powerful when it comes to taking down foes such as Antimatter and Countess. If both worlds met, the comic members and the MCU members, lead by shared member, Captain Marvel, they would no doubt would unstoppable. By making this team canon, Marvel could open up a world of new possibilities for the next phase in the franchise.
Endgame VS Comics
Phase 4 definitely seemed to pull inspiration from the comics more than previous phases, and with Captain Marvel being the first female-lead film in the MCU, she opened the door for others to join her. Possible members that could most likely to join her from the Avengers: Endgame squad could be: Hope Van Dyne, the Wasp, Valkyrie and Pepper Potts, Rescue. These four would form “The Big Three” essentially, with Carol taking the spot of Steve, Hope and Pepper honoring Tony with their respective smarts, and Valkyrie being newly crowned as the King of Asgard in place of Thor.
Another likely option from the MCU squad would be Nebula. The movies she has been seen in so far have certainly shown she is worthy to join the ranks of an elite team. Shuri would also be a welcome teammate; should could offer Wakandan technology that would only help improve Hope and Pepper’s gear for the other. Members like Okoye and Wanda Maximoff, Scarlet Witch, would be just as amazing, but Okoye would never leave her people unless she willingly stepped down as the leader of the Dora Milaje. With all of the trauma Wanda has gone through, though, she may want to take a step back from saving the world.
As far as the comic book squad goes, with Natalie Portman just being announced as The Mighty Thor at San Diego Comic Con this year, it would be really nice if she made an appearance in the movie. Since Marvel’s Inhumans is no longer on the air, Serinda Swan, who played the Queen of the Inhumans, Medusa, is perfectly free to join the MCU. Nico Minoru, played by the brilliant Lyrica Okano on Marvel’s Runaways, would be the perfect opportunity to merge a Marvel original with the movie franchise. Other comic book members like Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk, Alison Blaire, Dazzler and Singularity would round out the powerhouse group of heroes.
Read about other member choices on the next page:
Possible Choices For Other Members
With some of the members being unofficially confirmed for Marvel’s various projects like Brie Larson in Captain Marvel, Lyrica Okano in Marvel’s Runaways, and Natalie Portman as The Mighty Thor for Thor: Love and Thunder, it’s clear Marvel is inadvertently heading in that direction right under the fans’ noses. How they would come into contact with each other or how they would know each other is a mystery, but why they would assemble would be the same reason why the Avengers formed: to keep the world safe from other worldly threats. There are tons of other great choices for the remaining members, below are some likely but unconfirmed candidates.
She-Hulk definitely has a legacy to live up to, seeing as she’s Bruce Banner’s cousin. Genius clearly runs in the family, but Jennifer Walters decided to go down the legal route instead. She got her powers thanks to her cousin, as well via the transfusion to save her life. Savage initially when she transformed, she managed to regain her intelligence back and become a revered member of the team. Viola Davis certainly has the roster to prove she’d be a worthy candidate for She-Hulk, with roles like Annalise Keating, Amanda Waller and Veronica in Widows, there’s no doubt she’d nail the character.
Having already dipped her toe into the Marvel pool by voicing Janet Van Dyne in Marvel Avengers Academy, Alexandra Daddario would be a contender to dawn the famous green skin. Her previous experience as Demi-God Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson would definitely come in handy when it comes to fisticuffs and face to face combat. With mainly being known for Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez seems like a left field choice. However, with roles like Gloria in Miss Bala, Anya Thorensen in Annihilation, Andrea Fleytas in Deepwater Horizon, and being an avid boxer in real life, she has the capacity to take on this superhero.
Not much is known about this member of the A-Force, but from the comics, it is pretty clear she is the youngest member of the team. Singularity is a sentient being within exists a pocket dimension. With powers like teleportation, telepathic tracking, flight and time travel, she was able to use her powers to help fight enemies , mortals couldn’t handle on their own, the most notable one being Antimatter.
With dramatic roles in Mary Shelly, Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Elle Fanning would be a good candidate for bringing that sense of naïveté of a child. Mckenna Grace has been seen in almost everything, from playing young Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel, young Emma Swan in Once Upon A Time and Mary Adler in Gifted alongside Captain America himself, Chris Evans. She could for sure amp up the curiosity of the character with the amount of experience she’s has. Most know for her roles on Everything Sucks! as Kate Messner and Betty Nelson on Grey’s Anatomy, Peyton Kennedy is a newcomer to the scene. Her personality as an actor would fit the innocence of Singularity amazingly.
The Mutant tie-in to the group, Dazzler, otherwise known as Alison Blaire might be the most outgoing member of the group. With powers consisting of: light projection, sound conversion, super hearing, immunity to light and sound and resurrection, she would be A-Force’s secret weapon. Notably known for her role as Emma Swan in Once Upon A Time, Jennifer Morrison would be a good candidate for Dazzler because like Emma Swan, Alison is a little bit reluctant when having to start from the beginning. However both characters also share the same level of optimism.
After proving herself during the musical episode of Once Upon a Time, Jennifer definitely has the singing chops that would bring the singer to life. Someone else who is a good singer that would bring the character to life is Emma Stone. Having played noted Marvel character Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with no hint of Spider-Gwen being brought to the MCU, she would be more than free to take up the reigns. With Arrow and her run and Mia Smoak coming to a close, Kat McNamara, who is most notably known for Clary Fray on Shadowhunters, she would capture the resilience and perseverance Dazzler brings to the team.
The idea has been planted for a unification of the A-Force through many of Marvel’s projects with members of the team sprinkled in here and there. How the team would possibly be brought together would be a complete mystery. A possibility could be that Carol ends up monitoring the status of all the heroes on the planet with help from Alpha Flight. Some blips could come up on her radar of the already known Medusa, Nico Minoru, and Jane Foster .
For Medusa, Carol could possibly find her in New Attilan, following the events of Marvel’s Inhumans, helping new Inhumans get used to their powers, maybe with surprise assistance by SHIELD member and fellow Inhuman, Daisy Johnson, aka Quake. With the introduction of Morgan Le Fay in Season 3 of Marvel’s Runaways, Carol could see Nico and her friends could use the assistance, and in return offers her a spot on the team. The last we saw of Jane Foster was in a flashback during Avengers: Endgame when Rocket and Thor went back to 2013 to extract the Reality Stone from her. Her fate is completely after the snap that brought everyone back. For all the fans know, she could’ve survived the snap, and was figuring out a way to bring the others back all along, and that’s why Carol would want to recruit her. These four could then search the world to reach out to the others.
With no definite plan right now for an A-Force movie, the seeds have definitely been planted with multiple characters showing up in different parts of the universe. The ball is in Marvel’s court whether or not these powerhouse ladies join forces together.