The Avengers need a new leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sam Wilson's Captain America should take command of the team in Avengers 5
The Avengers need someone new to lead them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), should be the one to do it in Avengers 5. The most powerful heroes on Earth first met at the UCM in 2012 with Iron Man initially established as the team leader. As time passed, the burden of leading him was divided between Iron Man and Captain America. However, Avengers: Endgame left the UCM in a position where Iron Man is dead, Captain America is old and retired, and the Avengers may not even exist.
However, sometime in the future of UCM, the Avengers will meet again with a roster of new members. Phase 4 is set to elevate the status of some of the heroes we know, and set them apart from others as well as introducing some who should have bigger roles in the future. With so many heroes up for grabs to be a part of the Avengers, it will be fascinating to see which of them becomes the team leader when they re-form. That being said, Captain America of Sam is the best choice to be the new leader of the Avengers.
UCM has yet to show what Sam's life is like after Steve Rogers passed him Captain America's mantle and shield, but he's still well positioned to take over the Avengers. For starters, Sam has already been chosen by Steve as the man wearing Captain America's shield, so he could also be seen as the right choice to take his place as the leader of the Avengers. Sam has a lot of combat experience and can provide tactical plans in the same way as Steve. He may not have super strength like Steve, but the combination of his flight suit and shield gives Falcon a different advantage in a fight, and Sam can make the right but tough decisions when the time comes.
Another reason why Falcon should lead the Avengers is that he is the greatest hero in the UCM who has the time and ability to do so. Sam's story at the UCM could evolve surprisingly in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, but he will continue to be a hero fighting for justice first of all at the end of the day. Many of the other popular options for leading the Avengers cannot say the same. Captain Marvel divides time between Earth and space, Thor is in space, Black Panther has a nation to rule, and Doctor Strange is more focused on protecting Earth from magical threats. Also, these heroes could see their futures at UCM linked with different teams, as Captain Marvel could lead the latter while Black Panther and Doctor Strange form the Illuminati.
In conclusion, Falcon has the skills, respect, and time to lead the Avengers in the future of UCM, and would allow him to continue to follow in the footsteps of Captain America by Steve Rogers. There are also real-world factors that Marvel Studios elevated Anthony Mackie from a supporting role to a lead role, and he's still young enough to be at the forefront of Avengers battles for years to come. It may not be the most eye-catching or strongest pick from Marvel's vast lineup of superheroes, but Sam Wilson's leading Captain America of Avengers 5 is the natural evolution of his arc and will highlight how different the next team will be even if there are any similarities in it.
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