In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plenty of heroes get their own solo movies, only to come together to battle “Avengers level” threats as a team every few years. Those threats range from Loki opening a portal in the sky above New York to Thanos wanting to get rid of half of humanity. Some seemingly lower level threats in the MCU, however, like the recent attacks on Wakanda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, could have benefited from some “Avengers level” help.
Plenty of the big, destructive battles in the MCU don’t happen with the entire Avengers roster in action. Some threats that could destroy the planet don’t even seem to gain the attention of the Avengers. There are plenty of times when more than one or two Avengers could have helped to bring an end to conflict more quickly in other MCU properties.
SHIELD Falls (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Working for Hydra after periodically being placed in something akin to suspended animation, the Winter Soldier has a more overt presence in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While he’s called a “legend” and seen as a conspiracy theory among spies who work for various governments, the public get a good look at him as he helps Hydra bring down SHIELD.
During the movie, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff don’t know who they can trust, so they rely on contacts within SHIELD, like Maria Hill and their new friend Sam Wilson, to help them go up against compromised agents. It might have been smarter for them to go to allies in the Avengers, like Tony Stark or Bruce Banner, who didn’t have a tie to SHIELD. It was unlikely that either of them would have been embedded in Hydra, and would have given them nearly a full roster of Avengers. It also might have given the public more confidence in the Avengers instead of simply seeing Steve, Natasha, and Sam in plain clothes running away from a supersoldier on the news.
A Celestial Begins Awakening (Eternals)
The events of Eternals are very largely removed from the main events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the audience sees, the Eternals live mostly isolated lives, and are one of the most powerful teams in the MCU, but don’t take the same heroic risks as the Avengers. Their one big risk – which splits their family nearly right down the middle – is to stop a Celestial from being birthed from Earth’s core.
While this does take place over a relatively short amount of time, none of them seek out the Avengers for assistance nor even make their presence known to any of the heroes on the planet. While the Eternals are incredibly powerful and can pull power from the same source, they might have been better off with a little assistance from Valkyrie or Thor if they paid a visit to New Asgard. Of course, New Asgard did have their hands full, possibly at a similar point in the MCU’s timeline.
Shadow Monsters Invade New Asgard (Thor: Love And Thunder)
At this point in the MCU’s timeline, the Avengers lost Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton from their ranks to either death or retirement. There are, however, plenty of other heroes granted membership to the Avengers or who have allied with them at different points that could have helped New Asgard with threats.
When monsters made from shadows invade New Asgard and take the children, Thor, Jane Foster, and Valkyrie work together to save them, but they don’t, as far as the audience knows, reach out to Hulk or Captain Marvel, or even the Guardians of the Galaxy, who they have recently worked with in Avengers: Endgame, to deal with a threat in outer space. It would have made sense for any of those Avengers members to offer assistance.
The Battle For Ta Lo (Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings)
Shang-Chi isn’t invited to even speak with the Avengers until after the events of his origin movie unfold. That being said, he knows the Avengers exist. The early part of Avengers: Endgame also demonstrates that members of the Avengers are monitoring strange activity around the world – and even the galaxy.
It’s strange that Wong doesn’t track Shang-Chi and Katy down until they’ve already battled the Ten Rings at Ta Lo. If Wong was able to sense the rings in use before that, Wong and potentially other Avengers should have been in contact with Shang-Chi or found a way to oppose Wen Wu before that. This is especially since Wong knew of Xialing’s illegal cage-fighting operation with enhanced individuals.
Namor Attacks Wakanda (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)
The Avengers are very much allies of the nation of Wakanda. The country provided a safe haven for Steve Rogers, Wanda Maximoff, and more when they were on the run from the government after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and King T’Challa was an Avenger as the Black Panther. The battles against Thanos and his forces primarily took place in Wakanda during the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
It’s odd then that Ramonda and Shuri only reach out to a government agent for assistance instead of the superpowered allies they have when Namor decides to target them when they refuse to become his allies. At the very least, they should have been able to contact Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes who lived there temporarily.
Ego’s Plan Targets Earth (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
When Ego is revealed as Peter Quill’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he also reveals a pretty nefarious plan. He spent years planting “seedlings” of himself into other planets across the galaxy so that he could make the planets extensions of himself with the help of one of his Celestial children.
It was revealed that several planets are shown with a slime-like substance flowing over the surface and destroying buildings and vegetation. One of the planets shown is Earth, and it’s exactly the kind of threat Avengers would respond to. Of course, the battle between Peter and his father is relatively quick, and once Ego is defeated, the terra-forming process is halted, so it’s possible an Avenger or two investigated off-screen and didn’t have any ideas about what actually happened.
The Defenders Unite To Stop The Hand (The Defenders)
Whether the Netflix Marvel series are part of the MCU is up in the air. While official channels will say no, characters from those shows, played by the same actors (like Charlie Cox’s Daredevil), are part of the MCU and getting their own Disney Plus shows. That seems to indicate that there is the chance that their appearances in the MCU are possible continuations of those original shows.
The various characters united to form the Defenders and put a stop to the Hand as they sought to destroy a whole area of New York in the name of harvesting dragon bones for functional immortality. The entire operation was very secretive, but with Tony Stark having homes and offices in New York, and the Avengers compound being in New York, it’s a little odd that he and the Avengers didn’t get wind of it at the time.
Peter Parker Opens The Multiverse (Spider-Man: No Way Home)
When Spider-Man’s identity is exposed by Mysterio, Peter Parker goes to the one person he thinks can help him – Doctor Strange. That’s a fair request for assistance since Doctor Strange is the only magical person Peter is in contact with in New York, and at the time, most of the Avengers have gone their separate ways.
When strange events start happening all over New York though, including new villains appearing out of nowhere, it’s puzzling that neither Doctor Strange nor Wong think to reach out to anyone else for assistance. They don’t necessarily need magical help to contain the villains when Peter goes against their wishes and releases them.
Scarlet Witch Takes Over An Entire Town (WandaVision)
Wanda Maximoff being able to put an entire town under her control is pretty terrifying in WandaVision. It’s also incredibly heartbreaking because Wanda is completely alone in her grief and creates an entire fantasy world with the perfect family to deal with it. She does this because not a single other Avenger checks on one of their youngest members to see how she’s coping with the loss of her teammates and Vision.
Wanda is a member of Captain America’s team in Captain America: Civil War, and then spends years on the run with those allies before Thanos takes Vision from her in Infinity War. She’s then blipped out of existence for five years, and comes back, only to find that Vision hasn’t been brought back with her. Wanda goes from being on the run to losing someone she loves to being abandoned by her team while trying to retrieve Vision’s body. She lashes out in a way that only someone as powerful as she can manifest such actions – and no one checks in on her except for SWORD agents. Her teammates might have been better able to empathize with her.
Scarlet Witch Opens The Multiverse (Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness)
Wanda could really use a lot of Avenger intervention. When Doctor Strange visits her, he discovers that Wanda’s the very MCU villain he’s looking for in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. He also only has Wong by his side for any assistance in the movie and the sorcerers training under Wong at Kamar-taj.
Outside of the Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange, the rest of the Avengers don’t have a knack for magic, but he still could have used some help or at least a few fighters to offer up distractions. It begs the question of just how fractured the remaining Avengers are after the losses they suffered in Avengers: Endgame.
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