Back On The Street1 of 12
But while Marvel is bringing out new team concepts, there are also plenty of Marvel superteams that haven't been seen in a while - and are due for a comeback.
X-Factor2 of 12
X-Factor started as a team that reunited the original five X-Men. And while later incarnations saw the group as government operatives, private investigators, and even a corporation, perhaps the key to bringing back the venerable brand is to go back to the roots, and make it a haven for a more classic X-Men line-up, or at least a title free of current mutant politics.
With "Dawn of X" relaunching several dormant X-teams just around the corner - many with brand new concepts behind the titles - the time is just about right for a whole new take on the ever changing (but always quirky) X-Men side-team.
Ultimates3 of 12
The concept of The Ultimates might have a bit of baggage - the name got its start as an alternate reality offshoot of the Avengers taken to their most moral extremes - but the most recent concept that ported the team to the core Marvel Universe is ready for a reintroduction.
Comprised of the greatest minds and most cosmically powerful heroes of the Marvel Universe, The Ultimates solve problems on a grand scale no one else can match.
Now that the Avengers, FF, and X-Men are all getting their houses in order, Ultimates could serve as a place for them to come together - a more altruistic version of the secretive Illuminati.
Heroes For Hire4 of 12
Would you look at that? Iron Fist and Luke - the classic Heroes For Hire - don't have separate or joint ongoing series right now.
Need we say more about why and how the classic Marvel concept could return?
Defenders5 of 12
OK, OK - The Defenders have often been billed as a "non-team", but that's poe-tay-toe, poe-tah-toe. They're close enough to a superteam to have a classic roster and a well known name.
And its that classic roster we'd love to see. Marvel tested out the concept of The Defenders not long ago with its "The Best Defense" one-shots, but give us Namor, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Doctor Strange in a team-up title again, solving Marvel's weirdest problems.
That these heroes all have bizarrely different status quos right now only makes the timing better for the always-awkward Defenders to reunite.
New Warriors6 of 12
While the original New Warriors were fan favorites, recent attempts to use the name – basically ever since they were all killed in the original Civil War - have been less than successful.
But this is another opportunity for Marvel to band together some of its off-beat heroes under a recognized IP, something that the publisher has been keen to do in recent years.
And, unlike Young Avengers, there’s nothing that says the New Warriors inherently have to be teenagers. Hell, Justice and Firestar haven’t been up to much lately. Get them back together to form a new team – especially now that original New Warrior Richard Rider has returned – and they might even have legs.
Generation X7 of 12
A new era of the X-Men is about to be upon is in the upcoming "Dawn of X" relaunch - so what better time to bring back a mutant group dedicated to defying possibility and defining what the next generation of mutant heroes will be like?
Of course we mean Generation X. And yeah, we know some of the core team members will appear in the impending New Mutants relaunch - but that's all the more reason we've got hope there's a reinvention worthy of the nifty 90s mutant staples waiting in the next phase of "Dawn of X."
And we have to point out, original Gen X artist Chris Bachalo is still doing kick ass work for Marvel...
Avengers Academy8 of 12
The Avengers Academy was a good idea that never lived up to its full potential.
After shepherding numerous young heroes – originally those who could easily have swung to a life of crime – many of the team’s members were transported to Arcade’s Murderworld, with some of them not surviving. The ones that weren’t trapped in Murderworld haven’t really been seen since the end of that series.
With Marvel's current teen team title Champions coming to an end, maybe the time is right to revisit this concept, and let Earth's Mightiest Heroes take some real responsibility for the successors.
S.W.O.R.D.9 of 12
With the outer space equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. potentially being teased in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, now's the time to bring back S.W.O.R.D., Earth's first line of defense against extra terrestrial threats.
With ties to Nick Fury, Captain Marvel, and more, we'd like to see Agent Abigail Brand back in action as Marvel's most enigmatic sci-fi secret agent, working alongside - who else - Alpha Flight (like a Russian Nesting Doll of returning superteams).
Put them on secret space missions and bring in some kooky Marvel lore, and you've got yourself a S.W.O.R.D. stew going.
Young Avengers10 of 12
The Young Avengers have always been a team of teen heroes who have used the Avengers name in spite of their adult counterparts and often without their blessing. With Champions soon ending, the door might be open for a new take on that concept – perhaps with some of the classic members back in tow.
America, Kate Bishop, Patriot, Noh-Varr, Wiccan and Hulkling – almost all of them and more have been inactive for some time. With the MCU circling the concept, it’s time for Marvel to bring the Young Avengers back.
Thunderbolts11 of 12
Since their introduction in the late 90s, The Thunderbolts have been staples of Marvel's team line-up, though their concept has evolved (sometimes significantly) over the years.
And that's mostly by necessity - it would be hard to replicate the power of the original team's reveal as supervillains masquerading as heroes in a bid for world domination.
The reformation of many of the original Thunderbolts into actual heroes formed the crux of the team for most of its history thereafter, where it served as a black-ops team comprised of supervillains working to be "rehabilitated."
A straight-up villainous version of the team will debut under the team's original leader Baron Zemo in an upcoming arc of The Punisher - but we're ready for the return of the concept in earnest.
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