Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Kate Bishop in Hawkeye, said during a press conference hosted by Comicbook.com in December that Bishop’s role won’t end with the series. When asked if her character would appear in a future Young Avengers film, she looked eager to say but was nonverbally told (by the Feige Death Stare) not to explicitly disclose anything after looking directly back at Kevin Feige for permission. Instead Steinfeld responded, “I mean, listen, this feels so crazy to me right now just sitting here with this group of people. I’m so grateful to be a part of this show in this universe and it’s only the beginning. This shows not even out so I’m looking forward to that day.”
Although there hasn’t been any confirmation from Marvel Studios, it’s clear as day to Marvel fans that the cogs are working to assemble the Young Avengers. Four members of the Young Avengers have already been introduced to us — Kate Bishop in Hawkeye, Billy Maximoff/Wiccan and Tommy Maximoff/Speed in WandaVision, Kid Loki in Loki, and Elijah Bradley/Patriot in Falcon and The Winter Solider. Coincidence? There’s no such thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With the debut of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in Ms. Marvel and The Marvels, America Chavez/Miss America in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Riri Williams/Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Cassie Lang/Stature (later known as Stinger) in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, there will come a point in time where the plans to form this group of young superheroes will be glaringly obvious.
Who are the Young Avengers?
The Young Avengers are just that — young Avengers. A new generation of superheroes that consist of children of former Avengers and members who took on the mantle of former Avengers.
In the comics, the first incarnation of the Young Avengers formed in the wake of Avengers: Disassembled, the story in which Wanda Maximoff suffered a nervous breakdown and killed several Avengers, including Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Scott Lang/Ant-Man, and the original Vision. The original team, composed of Eli Bradley/Patriot, Billy Kaplan/Wiccan (who first went by the codename Asgardian), Teddy Altman/Hulkling, Cassie Lang/Stature, early recruits Kate Bishop/Hawkeye and Tommy Shepherd/Speed, and finally the mysterious Iron Lad, all take inspiration from classic Avengers characters.
Staying in typical MCU fashion, we will probably see a different (but slightly similar) origin story. While there’s no telling what the Scarlet Witch is capable of at this point in the MCU, she has undergone some serious trauma that has led her to do some very questionable things. We could get a better idea of where her headspace is at in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — lending a helping hand in understanding how, why, and most importantly, when the Young Avengers will come together.
In related news, check out the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) trailer.
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