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MCU: Are the Original Avengers Done Assembling?

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The MCU is a very different place in the post-Endgame world, featuring a score of new characters and projects that audiences have gotten to enjoy and love. It’s been a full decade since the original Avengers assembled in their attempt to stop Loki from taking over the Earth. While we didn’t always know it, the MCU knew exactly where it was going and what it was leading up to. After Tony Stark, Captain America, and all the remaining heroes united to defeat Thanos and save the universe, audiences were concerned about what the MCU would look like in a world without Iron Man, Captain America, or Black Widow. Some also wondered how they could possibly top a villain as evil, relatable, and undeterred as Thanos.

Luckily, the MCU hasn’t skipped a beat, and the stakes are higher than ever. Countless new threats are arriving, and a surplus of additional heroes are making their way into the fold to help stop them. But with so much ‘new’ happening in the franchise, fans haven’t forgotten that there are still a few original heroes remaining, like Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye. That being said, despite the longevity these heroes have had in the franchise, is it possible that their ‘team-up’ days are behind them? Everything the MCU is leading up to suggests that might very well be the case.

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The next Marvel movie set to hit theaters is the fourth installment in the Thor franchise, making it the first of its kind in the MCU since no other hero has gotten four stand-alone films. Despite this being Thor’s fourth outing, reports and recent trailers have confirmed that Jane Foster will be in the movie, and she’ll be taking up the mantle of Mighty Thor. The hero will have all the same abilities and powers that Thor has.

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Thor has made it clear in his last few appearances that he’s lost most of the people close to him. He’s sick of fighting and seeks to find exactly where he fits in the universe. With the addition of Jane Foster as Mighty Thor combined with a Thor currently going through an identity crisis, it certainly sounds like an attempt to replace a weathered hero with a fresh new one.

One of the most recent MCU projects that debuted back at the end of 2021 was the Hawkeye series which aired on Disney+. It featured the titular character on a holiday adventure through New York City. Hawkeye is one of the original Avengers who hasn’t gotten as much credit as he’s due. Allowing him to receive his own series was a move that was much appreciated by the fans.

During the show, Hawkeye encounters a young girl named Kate Bishop, who happens to have witnessed Hawkeye during the Battle of New York back in 2012 and has strived to be a master archer just like him. Throughout the series, Hawkeye and Kate eventually team up to stop the bad guy (which turns out to be a huge MCU reveal with the addition of Kingpin). Kate proves that she’s just as good an archer as Hawkeye is. With the theme of the series showing how much Hawkeye missed his family and wanted to spend more time with them, it sure sounds like another replacement situation with a fresh new hero.

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