Dark Avengers Fan Art Imagines a Possible MCU Team Up Movie

Hints for the Dark Avengers/Thunderbolts have appeared in several key MCU projects, with one artist taking a potential look at the team.

With the possibility of the Dark Avengers appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner rather than later, a creator has curated the potential roster into an epic piece of fan art. After introducing their cornerstone heroes and villains in phases one and two, the MCU has slowly begun to fill its expansive world with lesser-known characters, anti-heroes and conflicting antagonists such as Baron Zemo and Taskmaster in phases 3 and 4. With the fates of certain characters changed by pivotal events like the Snap, Marvel is counting on a new generation to headline the MCU.

Earth’s mightiest heroes have suffered losses in the form of Captain America, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), and others. While characters like Sam Wilson have been stepped up to fill some of those iconic roles within the MCU, the Avengers are far from being the team they once were, and dark creatures will always want to exploit that. The Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine may be one such figure. She first appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldierprime the American agent (John Walker) to lead a changing world, then convince Yelena Belova to hunt Hawkeye.

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Fontaine’s actions hint at the possible formation of the Dark Avengers, a group of villains who assume the identities of authentic Avengers when the actual team is missing from action. Digital Artist artoftimetravel envisions what this team could look like in the MCU with an incredible concept design. The artwork shows the American agent leading the attack, alongside Belova, Taskmask (Antonia Dreykov), Baron Zemo, Deadpool, Ghost and Abomination, with Fontaine and Thunderbolt Ross looming above us. Check out the fan art below:



Sadly, despite Ross’ inclusion on the team, actor William Hurt passed away earlier this year, so he would have to be recast if Marvel decided to include the Secretary of State in the group. But Ross’s place here raises an interesting theory: the team may end up not as the Dark Avengers, but as the Thunderbolts. The roster in general is more like the Thunderbolts, a group of reformed heroes in the comics who mostly use their actual names (except for the first iteration).

The fan art is a hodgepodge of Thunderbolts members from different points in Marvel Comics history, but the presence of Walker means the Dark Avengers is the possible end goal. He is an official member of both teams in the comics and depending on Fontaine’s motivations, he can either lead a super squad with good intentions or succumb to his dark ambitions. In addition, Fontaine’s recruiting of Yelena and Abomination’s roles in: Shang-Chi and the coming She-Hulk hint at the Thunderbolts. The Dark Avengers would probably appeal to more MCU fans, but if the studio wants brand awareness, they may need to introduce more new characters soon to fill out a sensible roster.


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Source: artoftimetravel

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