Fans have seen it time and time again: the Avengers roster changed out, allowing new members in, while others take a step back. With that in mind, it’s easy and tempting to take a moment and theorize about who could join the team next. There are plenty of options in the Marvel universe.
That’s why this list is here to talk about who could theoretically step up to lead the Avengers one day. Since that is actually quite a broad spectrum, it will only talk about the heroes who have already been on a similar team: the Young Avengers.
Noh-Varr, aka Marvel Boy, is perhaps a slightly surprising hero. He’s Kree, though admittedly an alternate universe version of the alien race, and thus there are some changes about his physiology. That being said, he’s worked with many a classic Marvel team in his short time in the universe.
He’s been paired with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the West Coast Avengers, the Young Avengers (obviously), as well as many other teams (some less prestigious than others).
9 David Alleyne
David Allyne may be a young hero, but he’s already taken up many names over the years. But right now he’s known as Prodigy and with good reason. He’s a mutant, though technically he has since lost his powers.
Prodigy has worked with the Young Avengers, the Champions, the New Mutants, the New X-Men, and so many more organizations. It’s actually a little difficult to keep up with. Clearly he’s adaptable, and with his intelligence, he would make a keen leader.
8 Cassandra Lang
Cassandra Lang, also known as Cassie and Stinger, is the daughter of a famous Marvel hero, Ant-Man (Scott Lang, in case that bit wasn’t obvious). But she’s worked hard to make a name for herself.
She once worked alongside her father, but she has also teamed up with the Young Avengers, the Secret Avengers, the Mighty Avengers, and many other hero groups. After all, she’s determined to save the day. Plus, being an Avenger is in her blood.
7 William Kaplan
William Kaplan, aka Billy, aka Wiccan is a character with a complex origin and history, causing him to be related to several different Marvel heroes. He’s also gone by the name Warlock Boy. As the name might hint at, Billy has plenty of powers to work with.
Like the famous Scarlet Witch, he can warp realities. Specifically, his talents lean towards electrokinesis, teleportation, healing, and more. He’s been involved with the New Avengers, A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics), Young Avengers, and Secret Avengers. He’s also engaged to the one and only Theodore Altman.
6 America Chavez
America Chavez, better known as simply Ms. America, is as stubborn as she is tough. She hails from a Utopian parallel, and yet she is here to fight and save the day. She’s got a variety of abilities to help her along, from enhanced speed and strength to flight. Most notable is her ability to punch star-shaped portals, creating paths of interdimensional travel.
Despite the fact that she can work well on her own, America has been part of many a Marvel team. Including the Ultimates, the West Coast Avenger (her best friend was in charge, after all), Young Avengers, A-Force, and more.
5 Thomas Shepherd
Thomas Shepherd, aka Speed, is a character whose design might look familiar to you, and through a series of very complicated events, he’s related to more than one famous Marvel hero. He’s worked with both the Young Avengers and the Secret Avengers, and he admittedly has quite a varied story to tell.
Speed is a mutant, and as such he’s capable of superhuman speed, stamina, agility, and much more (as you might expect). Those are abilities you tend to find in a fearsome leader.
4 Theodore Altman
Theodore Altman is a man of many names. Theodore, Teddy, Teen-Hulk, Hulkling, Prince Dorrek VIII, and so it goes on. Teddy is half Kree and half Skrull, which puts him in a bit of a complicated position, to say the least.
Teddy has worked with several variations of the Avengers, including the New Avengers, the Young Avengers, and the Secret Avengers. He’s strong and confident, being exactly the type of hero you want to have your back, for he will never let you down.
3 Elijah Bradley
Elijah Bradley, aka Patriot, is a hero by any name. He once even lead the Young Avengers, a fact that should speak volumes about his leadership capabilities. That is only one of the reasons he is in the top three for potential leaders.
Patriot, like many a hero from Marvel, was born without powers. But he succeeded in getting his hands on some Super-Soldier Serum thanks to a blood transfusion (not the only time that has happened), and thus history was created. He has all of the abilities that come alongside the serum, as well as the skills that come with years of training.
2 Nathaniel Richards
Nathanial Richards, aka Iron Lad, is another hero who once led the Young Avengers. Because of that, it’s plausible to think he probably has what it takes to step up and lead the Avengers. One day, at least. Iron Lad is a bit of a tortured soul, courtesy of the future that hangs over his head, but the fact that the has had to face that head-on just makes us all the more confident in his abilities.
His armor gives him countless abilities, from battle capabilities to flight, time travel, and so much more. He’s his own walking hero and support system all in one.
1 Kate Bishop
Kate Bishop is arguably the top contender for future Avenger leader. She’s a natural leader, having been in charge of both the Young Avengers and the West Coast Avengers (a faction she brought back to life through her own stubbornness).
Kate is brilliant and talented, with years of training under her belt, as well as a natural tendency to draw people towards her. These traits combined really do make her a natural leader, and she can keep up with all of the chaos that comes with running a team of superheroes.
If the Avengers are in need of a new leader, they could look to the Young Avengers. A lot of them seem poised to lead the team one day.