First Class: A look into Marvel’s Newest Recruits

WARNING! THIS ARTICLE IS IN FACT FULL OF SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR! LEAVE NOW OR LEAVE SPOILED. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Within this last weekend, we got a pretty good look at some of the newer characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today we will take a good look at these characters, who they are, and who they could turn out to be.

Scarlet Witch

Full Name: Wanda Maximoff

First arrival in MCU: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Power(s): various telekinetic, telepathic, and energy manipulating abilities

Scarlet Witch isn’t exactly a new character, but she’s one that we really learn more about in Civil War. This movie follows the death of Wanda’s brother Pietro and her joining the Avengers. Wanda spends a good portion of this movie hoping the public will accept her for who she is. The Lagos incident brought out many feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. She just wants to be seen as a good person, but no matter how she tries she is always being antagonized.  When Wanda finally escapes from her house arrest you see her decide that she doesn’t need the approval of others to believe in herself. In this scene, Vision tries to convince Wanda to stay back by saying “If you do this, they will never stop being afraid of you. But without wavering, she says “I can’t control their fear, only my own.” We see her discover that she doesn’t need everyone to like her, she just needs to do what’s right.

Another thing we see is Scarlet Witch and Vision spending a lot of time together. Even people who don’t really know what this means can see the spark. In the comics, she and Vision do eventually marry, even though Vision technically isn’t even human or any type of living, breathing creature. While I would love to see Scarlet Vision (Wandision? Visda?) become a reality, I’m not sure that’s the kind of thing Disney wants to be promoting. Maybe I’m being pessimistic, but it seems to me that this romantic subtext will likely stay subtext.

Now what will her future hold? Wanda just had a kind of epiphany and will be able to stop worrying so much about how she’s viewed by the public. I mean, she’ll still try very hard to not blow up buildings in largely populated cities, but she’s gonna stop listening to the peanut gallery and focus on doing her job.

Vision

Full Name: Vision, formerly J.A.R.V.I.S.

First appearance in MCU: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Power(s): flight, energy blasts

Speaking of romantic subtext, out next subject is none other than Vision. Vision put simply is JARVIS on steroids. In Age of Ultron, Vision was created to fight with Ultron but because of his JARVIS base codes and general awesomeness he joined the side of the Avengers. Vision is brought to life by the Mind Gem, which is one of the six Infinity Gems created at the beginning of time. In Civil War, we see Vision acting kind of … human. Vision is supposed to be this uber-logical entity, and yet here he is acting like some flawed human being. First he’s cozying up to Wanda, then he’s accidentally shooting Rhodey. It’s madness! And he doesn’t know why it’s happening either. Him talking to Tony about him getting distracted proved that. Vision is changing, and I’m ready to see what happens to him next.

Ant-Man

Full Name : Scott Lang

First Appearance in MCU: Ant-Man

Power(s): Just a regular schmuck minus the suit, but with it he can shrink to the size of an ant or grow to the size of a giant

Now on to a less dramatic character, Ant-Man. We don’t see him change all that much but boy is he fun to have around. We finally see him get big and the whole King Kong thing was cool. Scott Lang is a smart guy with a kid, a record, and Judy Greer as an ex-wife. In Ant-Man Scott gets an offer to become a superhero from Hank Pym, and he takes it. He’s just the definiton of comic relief, he’s always a fun guy who can make a moment. I just hope Ant-Man and the Wasp leaves me as delighted as I am now.

Black Panther

Full Name: T’Challa, King of Wakanda

First appearance in MCU: Captain America: Civil War

Power(s): body wise he’s nothing super human, but he’s fit as hell which allows him to got the things he does in the Black Panther suit

Black Panther is amazing. T’Challa was amazing. T’Challa is definitely a character to watch, because he is gonna be doing some great things. In Civil war, we see his whole revenge arch and it’s just so interesting. His story is so perfectly intertwined with that of the Winter Soldier, but he still felt separate from the main storyline. He was just tangled in their web. His handling of Zemo was perfect and with him keeping Bucky, T’Challa’s gonna start a pretty interesting life. One that I am ready to watch.

Spiderman

Full Name: Peter Parker

First appearance in MCU: Captain America: Civil War

Power(s): Sticky hands, super strength, stamina, web slinging

Marvel’s shining achievement. This iteration of Spiderman is great. We didn’t get the background, but we all got the jist. This Spidey is so inspiring, him talking about how him not using his abilities for good would make the bad things his fault. This kid really has it together. I am ready for Homecoming, I can honestly say. And I’m sure he is too.

Conclusion

So, the Avengers are shaping up quite well (she says knowing the Avengers have kind of split up). Well, whether they’re together or not I can’t wait to see all these guys together again. The movie formerly known as Infinity War Part One is gonna be fun, I’ll tell you that.

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