Hello! I haven't posted in a bit, so I'd thought I might share some ideas with you. I don't know about you guys, but I am SO HAPPY that the Young Avengers are getting their own ongoing again next month. Thank God for Marvel NOW. And to be honest, I'm pretty happy with the cast. I appreciate that Gillen is respecting Heinberg's work by not trying to force Patriot back onto the team. I'm very interested in what he's going to do with the team, and how the inclusion of Noh Varr and Loki will affect the dynamic. Mostly I think it's going to be awesome! But what I'm really looking forward to is when Gillen eventually expands the team to include more members. So, because I'm too impatient to wait for Gillen's run to start, I thought I'd speculate a bit on who he's likely to add/who I would like him to add. Here goes:
1. Shuri, the second Black Panther. The original concept of the YA was that they were all connected somehow to classic Avengers, and you don't get much more classic than BP. Shuri is a proven hero, having taken over as the Black Panther for her brother. She proved herself worthy to the Panther god, and I think she would bring an interesting perspective to the team after everything she went through in Wakanda.
2. Spider-Girl. One of the newer young heroes, relatively speaking. I think we've all accepted the fact that Spider Man is a permanent fixture in the Avengers for the time being, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Not only would Anya be a good member because of her connection to the various Spider-people who have been Avengers, I think she would bring a youthfulness that the team could use.
3. X-23. Unfortunately, thanks to Bendis and Hugh Jackman, we can't seem to get the Avengers without Wolverine these days. The only good thing about that is that it makes X-23 eligible for the Young Avengers. I may not like Wolverine, but I really like X-23, and I always thought she fit better here than in Avengers Academy. I know she's stuck in Avengers Arena right now, but if she survives I would like to see her work her over to the YA. I definitely think she would cause some tension, and that's always fun.
4. Power Man. A character introduced in Shadowland, but who really hasn't been seen since Fear Itself. His connections to both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, his powers, and his personality would all make him an interesting addition. He already showed that he doesn't have any respect for Luke or Danny, so I'd love to see how he would interact with Noh-Varr. Plus he's a powerhouse. And besides that, he's an interesting character who deserves to go somewhere, and I think this would be a good place for him.
5. Phobos, son of the Mighty Avengers powerhouse Ares. I love both Alexander and his dad, and I think it's a shame they're both dead. Alexander was a great addition to Secret Warriors, and I think he'd be a good addition to Young Avengers as well. And sure, the YA already has Loki, but they have different powers; and besides, the real Avengers had Thor and Hercules as members as the same time, so why can't the Young Avengers have two gods?
6. Kevin Masterson, the second Thunderstrike. Since Wiccan left the Asgardian identity behind and learned more about his magic abilities, he has turned from the Young Avenger's Thor into the Young Avenger's Scarlet Witch, leaving a hole for a new "Thor". I've seen a lot of people suggesting Thor Girl, but because his father Eric was an Avenger, even being Thor for a time, based on the Young Avenger's concept, I think Kevin has a better claim to the team. Also, like X-23, I think Kevin would do better here than he was doing as a background character in Avengers Academy. Plus, his attitude problems would definitely cause some tension in the team, especially if you put him in the same room with Power Man.
So, that's who I'd like to see Gillen bring in on his Young Avengers run. Obviously he probably won't add that many new characters anytime soon, and some of them he probably can't use. But hopefully this is the start of a long run for the Young Avengers, and eventually, we can get to see all these characters come and go. So what do you guys think? Anybody I didn't mention that you'd like to see get brought in?