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Black Panther and Captain Marvel: Tony Stark and Steve Rogers Reinvented?
On the continuation of the MCU, and how the Avengers roster may be led by Black Panther and Captain Marvel after Avengers 4.
There is a possibility that the Black Panther and Captain Marvel may end up becoming the replacements for the lead staples of the Stark-Rogers dynamic once Marvel’s Phase Three ends with Avengers 4. Keep in mind, this is just speculation. But as with all speculation, it comes from observation and a little deductive reasoning. There are more than a few parallels that Black Panther and Captain Marvel share with their counterparts. It is partly because of these shared parallels that I continue to say that there is a GOOD chance that Carol Danvers and T’Challa are poised to be the next leaders of the Avengers and of the MCU.
Tony Stark’s father Howard was a wealthy inventor in the 1940s, who stumbled upon an alien artifact (which we know now to be the Tessaract from the first Avengers movie) while in his search for a missing Steve Rogers; T’Challa’s father was King T’Chaka, royal king of a country that houses the most valuable element with energy absorption properties that can be made into a malleable metal that is virtually indestructible. Arc technology soon becomes one of the world’s most famous innovations and in turn, changes the landscape of politics, entertainment, science, and weapon development as Tony Stark continues to make headlines as both superhero and gatekeeper to the Arc technology. Vibranium, already a hot commodity in the MCU, also begins to change and shape the global landscape as T'Challa is also gatekeeper and superhero to the vibranium element. Both he and Tony decide to change the direction of how their extremely popular and valuable resources will be used, and both decide that they themselves have a greater responsibility to the world as “leaders” of on these respective environments.
Then you have Captain America's story: the skinny young American named Steve Rogers who struggled to join the military during the 1940s, and after doing so, volunteered for the U.S. government’s super soldier program that would later transform him into the first American superhuman on Earth in the Marvel universe. In regards to origin stories, Carol Danvers's story is only slightly different. A young U.S. Air Force pilot who eventually joins NASA as a security director, Danvers ends up getting involved in an accident with alien technology, changing her into a half-Kree superhuman with super-strength, invulnerability, flight and the ability to shoot energy bursts from her hands.
Ironically, Stark and Danvers are more similar in personality; as are T'Challa and Rogers.
T'Challa and Rogers both share that quiet commanding presence and humility; as they also share their open-mindedness and unwavering conviction to who they are as men. Stark and Danvers are both smart-ass and stubborn — two vibrant and charismatic people who always seem always concerned with what direction the world is taking. It's almost like Marvel asked itself a question: what if Stark had been the combat-ready soldier and Rogers had been the flashy billionaire? And they replied ... with Captain Marvel and Black Panther.