WARNING: The following contains spoilers for West Coast Avengers #7, from Kelly Thompson, Daniele Di Niculo, Triona Farrell and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
The Young Avengers took the Marvel Universe by storm when they debuted in 2005. Set in between the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline and the beginning of New Avengers, these young teens, inspired by the symbol the Avengers stood for, became the next generation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Over the years, though, they've gone through intense personal journeys, with the first squad splitting up and different incarnations coming to life, but there's just something about the original group that stands out as truly special. One of these members, Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop knows this, and as she leads her own roster of teens in West Coast Avengers, it's seems pretty clear Marvel is sowing seeds to reunite the gang.
Kate's California-based Avengers team is basically a version of Young Avengers, whether she'd like to admit it or not. She's dealing with the same coming-of-age drama thanks to her proximity to her boyfriend Fuse, Quentin Quire, Gwenpool, Miss America and another former Young Avenger (and her ex) Noh-Varr. With so many different personalities, this is to be expected, but as Kate reveals, stress is something she could do without as she tries to protect Los Angeles from the new Masters of Evil.
Sure, Clint Barton is helping, but Kate keeps looking back to the old days, even wishing in front of her new squad that she had some of her old friends back. It makes sense, because her team is so inexperienced and seem out of their depth. With Madam Masque leading the new villainous society, which includes scientific genius M.O.D.O.K., the lethal Lady Bullseye, the Eel, Graviton, Satana and Kate own parents, the young Hawkeye could surely make use of the magical powers of Wiccan, the shapeshifting of Hulkling, Speed's, well, speed, the sisterhood of Cassie Lang's Stature, and the leadership skills of Eli Bradely's Patriot.
In short, the original iteration of the team is prime for a return, and available for recruitment. Hulkling recently helped Wiccan avoid his own demonic destiny as the Demiurge, Cassie was resurrected after Secret Empire and began crimefighting again with her father in the Astonishing Ant-Man, and Patriot's retirement to is something that can be easily undone.
We know the original gang has gone off in different directions, but all signs are pointing to them reuniting, especially if there's a Skrull invasion quietly occurring in Los Angeles. Kate will need all the help she can get, as she can't leave it up to Noh-Varr to run point on this one. There's no better time than now to reintroduce the original Young Avengers.