U.S. Agent Suggests Incoming West Coast Avengers
Happy Monday, Marvel Blog True Believers! Did you get a chance to see the fourth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “The Whole World is Watching,” released for streaming on Disney+ on Friday, April 9th, 2021?
While there were plenty of shocking revelations for the future of Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), here at Marvel Blog, we’re especially interested in what those might mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Earlier, David Mumpower speculated that the Dark Avengers could join the MCU, but we have one more suggestion – between The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision, some of the key players are aligning for one of our favorite teams in the Mighty Marvel Multiverse: the West Coast Avengers!
U.S. Agent Ahoy
One of the main reasons we can’t shake the thought of the West Coast Avengers is the way the Disney+ series, created and written by Malcolm Spellman and directed by Kari Skogland, perfectly captures the personality of John Walker, as portrayed on-screen by Wyatt Russell.
Here at Marvel Blog, we’ve previously explored how Walker was first introduced in the comics.
However, as his history in the 616 goes on, he ends up arriving at the West Coast Avengers compound in West Coast Avengers #44 by John Byrne, Mike Machlan, Bill Oakley, and Paul Becton. In fact, he arrives in one of those titular final-page reveals that we love so much here at Marvel Blog!
Then, in West Coast Avengers #45 by Byrne, Machlan, Oakley, and Becton, it’s revealed that Walker was assigned to the California-based team by the United States government… and as such, he is unwilling to take “no” for an answer!
Later in this issue, Walker confronts the newly reformed Vision… in other words, an incarnation of the character who is very close to the version we saw fly away to parts unknown in the final episode of WandaVision, “The Series Finale.”
And finally, it is because of Walker’s presence on the team that Wanda Maximoff is able to hone her non-magical fighting skills in the 1994 Scarlet Witch miniseries (which Marvel Blog discussed in-depth here).
However, it’s hard to imagine the MCU’s version of John Walker teaching Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch ANYTHING…
With a roster that also includes characters like Hawkeye and Hank Pym – both of whom have already appeared in the MCU, played by Jeremy Renner and Michael Douglas, respectively – this speculative spin-off is somewhat more likely than you might think!
Fun fact: also on the West Coast Avengers’ team is Bobbi Morse (A.K.A. Mockingbird), who was played by Adrianne Palicki on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Future of the West Coast Avengers!
While you didn’t hear this top-secret information from us, there’s a more recent version of the West Coast Avengers that debuted in West Coast Avengers #1 (2018) by Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and Joe Caramagna, with a roster that includes the better Hawkeye (Kate Bishop, soon to be played on-screen by Hailee Steinfeld) and America (soon to be played on-screen by Xochitl Gomez). Not to mention a villain with a truly big head (hint hint).
What do you think the odds are that we’ll get to see the West Coast Avengers on-screen, Marvel Blog True Believers? We’re waiting to hear from you in the comment section!