Earth’s Mightiest Heroes triumphed over their most fearsome foe yet in Avengers: Endgame. But of course, that victory came at great personal cost. Time will tell whether the Avengers re-assemble or if another superhero team will rise to fill their place. In the meantime, a new Marvel Cinematic Universe rumor indicates a pair of Avengers could team up within the MCU.
Marvel doesn’t have an ‘Avengers’ movie scheduled for Phase 4
Notably, Phase 4 of the MCU is the first without an Avengers film on the schedule. Given the stakes of Avengers: Endgame, it makes sense for the franchise to reset a bit. After all, even if fans get another Avengers adventure, the team will be drastically different. In fact, a big part of Phase 4 is setting up new heroes to replace the original six-person line-up.
The most notable holdover is Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, who will headline a fourth solo movie in 2022. But if the MCU is really intent on having surviving original heroes like Thor, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) pass the torch, Phase 4 should involve more interaction among the original Avengers and the next generation.
But a pair of popular heroes could be about to form a partnership
According to Inside the Magic, Tom Holland — who plays Peter Parker aka Spider-Man in the MCU — is anxious to share the screen with Hemsworth. Thor and Spider-Man both appeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame but shared no significant screen time. However, Holland and Hemsworth also both starred in 2015’s In the Heart of the Sea.
Connecting Spidey and Thor is tricky, especially considering Thor exists firmly on the cosmic side of the MCU. Avengers: Endgame even saw him hitching a ride with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Meanwhile, Spider-Man will likely be on the run after the mid-credits scene from Spider-Man: Far From Home. A team-up isn’t impossible but much more likely in a team-up.
Tom Holland and Chris Hemsworth face uncertain MCU futures
But if Marvel Studios has any interest in a Hemsworth-Holland team-up, the clock might be ticking. Hemsworth will headline director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. But that movie will also introduce Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster as Mighty Thor. So Hemsworth’s time in the franchise could be winding down.
Likewise, Holland’s Spider-Man nearly didn’t return to the MCU at all. He’s back for Marvel Studios’ untitled Spider-Man 3 and, presumably, a cameo or two in Sony spin-offs like Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage or Morbius. Beyond that, there’s no telling how long his Spidey will be an active participant in the MCU.
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