A team of heroes from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe unites in a fan-made poster for A-Force. The characters are diverse, but they share one notable trait: They're all women.
Recent comments by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and from several of the actresses involved in the MCU, have led to speculation about a film featuring a cast of female superheroes. Although there has been no confirmation of such a project in development, the potential has been set up within the franchise's continuity, and fans are clearly excited by the idea.
The poster uses the most popular theory for the basis of a female team, naming it the A-Force after the unit of the Avengers that assembled in Marvel comics in 2015, as a part of the publisher's "Secret Wars" event. It features nine characters, many of whom were in Avengers: Infinity War, but at the center is Brie Larson's Carol Danvers, who will make her debut as the titular Captain Marvel next year.
From what we know about the character so far, she's a force to be reckoned with. The ending of Infinity War even teased her introduction, with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) signals Captain Marvel for help as Thanos achieves his goal of bringing balance to the universe. Emphasizing her power, the fan poster appears to cast her as the team leader, or at least central to A-Force.
Some fans, however, would argue the spotlight should belong to Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson), who has been a part of the MCU since 2010's Iron Man 2, and was the sole female Avenger on the original team of six. As a natural leader and experienced fighter, Natasha might be the best choice as captain for any squad, but she also has a standalone movie on the way, so putting her in a supporting role would be one way to avoid redundancy.
Also shown in the poster are The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
At the moment, fans can only make guesses about how and why these characters would come together, what kind of threat they would face, and (perhaps most importantly), how many of them will actually survive Avengers 4 to meet and work with each other. But seeing all of these powerful heroes posed together is exciting enough on its own, and there's room to hope that more is coming on this theme.