With so many of the characters popping up in the current Phase 4 of the Marvel Universe, the anticipatory excitement for what Phase 5 will hold, has reached a fever pitch, much of it surrounding the development of the Young Avengers. Entertainment Weekly asked Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige about the team recently to which he responded:
As a comic fan, anything in the comics is always our inspiration and our guide point. How those things come together and in what shape, it’s always subverting expectations, it’s always half the fun as meeting them. But, yes, you can certainly see that Phase 4 is introducing all sorts of new types of characters with the potential being endless. Now, all of us at Marvel Studios feel like Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man 1, as new actors and new performers come in and we tell them they’re part of a bigger universe. They just now have to do the work required to build their audience. I’m happy to say everybody that’s here, certainly where I’m sitting now, is doing amazing work and [I] can’t wait to show them the world.
The Young Avengers were originally introduced as part of a twelve-issue comic book series that dropped back in 2005. The team features young characters with connections to established Marvel heroes like Captain America and Hawkeye. In time, the group became a hit with fans and has seen different iterations over the years.
Kevin Feige certainly didn’t spill any beans while chatting with EW, but he did acknowledge the potential for new kinds of characters. Crucial members of the Young Avengers team are being introduced over the course of Phase 4. Two of them: Tommy and Billy Maximoff were key players in WandaVision.
We know that Disney+’s Hawkeye will introduce Clint Barton’s protege, Kate Bishop, an aspiring archer.
Meanwhile, Disney+’s Ironheart will mark the debut of prodigy Riri Williams, who builds her own version of the Iron Man armor. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will also include teen hero America Chavez. And Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will give us more of Scott Lang’s daughter, Cassie, who (in the comics) takes on the mantle of Stature.
On Wednesday, CG Magazine claimed a source revealed that Marvel’s Young Avengers has begun its casting process, giving fans faces to put to the already popular comic book characters. Among the list of characters are Nathaniel Richards (Iron Lad), Kate Bishop (Hawkeye), Cassie Lang (Stature), Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel) and Eli Bradley (Patriot).
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“The tip originally came in naming Alex A.J. Gardner as the actor playing Iron Lad, a hero who wears neurokinetic armour that responds to his thoughts. The armor grants him superhuman strength, flight energy and blast projection among several other abilities. Iron Lad is the founder of the Young Avengers, making the casting of this role pivotal in the success of the movie. Gardner has a relatively small resume in terms of action, with only three roles listed on his IMDB page.”
Hailee Steinfeld has already been cast as Hawkeye. Steinfeld is already cast as Kate Bishop. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, introduced Eli Bradley — Patriot last week. Bradley is the grandson of Isaiah Bradley.The character is played by Elijah Richardson who has previously dawned small roles on Law & Order: SVU and Mr. Robot before joining the Marvel family.
According to the rumors, Kathryn Newton (Pokémon Detective Pikachu 2019) will portray Cassie Lang aka Stature, and Iman Vellani aka Ms. Marvel, who’s title film has already been announced on IMDB. Marvel already announced that it has officially begun development.