The Avengers 5 hasn’t yet been officially confirmed by Marvel, but the MCU’s Phase 4 movies and shows are already setting it up in a variety of ways.
Marvel is yet to publicly announce that The Avengers 5 is going forward, but Step 4 of the MCU is still setting things up.
While Spider-Man: Far From Home was theoretically the climax for both Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga, it was Avengers: Endgame, which was genuinely the conclusion of the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its largest franchise and squad.
Having brought the Avengers together back in 2012 in what was then an unparalleled superhero team-up movie, the band has risen in size, lost members, and it will never be the same again.
With the death of Iron Man and Black Widow in Endgame, and the choice of Captain America to live with Peggy Carter in the past (or at least in the past), the Avengers have been irrevocably altered.
And still, it’s all but inevitable that The Avengers 5 will be rendered at some point, and a new iteration of the team will be put together. It’s too profitable a name, and there’s still going to be greater risks to face.
There’s no Avengers 5 on the MCU Phase 4 slate, but the movies and shows are obviously made with at least one view on the future of the series, like the new personalities and story points that might feed into the next team-up movie.
Thor was the only Marvel Big Three member left with a real MCU future after Avengers: Endgame.
Whereas Iron Man is dead and Cap is in the past, Thor is set up for further adventures, or with the Guardians of the Galaxy (as the last teased), back in New Asgard, or elsewhere in the world.
Although part of the story is going to be revealed in Thor: Love & Thunder, that’s not going to be the end of his trip, Chris Hemsworth’s going to come back after the movie. And it makes sense: while Thor has been around the MCU since 2011 and will become the first character to have four solo movies, it seems in several respects that his new story and characterization didn’t really begin until Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor 4, then, will schedule the title character ‘s return to the Avengers fold. Thor is on a journey of self-discovery right now, and this involves learning from his previous failures.
His ego was his former weakness, with the God of Thunder believing himself to be infallible, and that he should do on his own what he truly wanted a squad to achieve (see also his quest for the Infinity Stones and his inability to destroy Thanos).
Thor’s working for the Guardians-and pretending to be their leader-is simply a short-term substitute so he can get back where he can know he actually belongs: with the Avengers.
Thor’s awakening should mean that he wants teamwork and those around him, but also that he can actually be the leader he’s been unable to do before.
Since Iron Man and Captain America have already lead the Avengers in the past, so it’s only fair that Thor will finally be granted the chance as soon as he develops into a position that should happen in Phase 4.