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Overview

Flag of Argentina

Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic, is a federal republic located in southeastern South America. It is bordered by Chile to the west, Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, and Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its capital and largest city is Buenos Aires.[2]

Pre-20th Century

Spanish forces expanding from Chile colonized the territory of Argentina in 1553.[1]

Argentina became an independent territory in 1819. However, successive social and economic problems created difficulties for Argentines in the years that followed. For years, criminals have used Argentina as a destination and stopover for criminal activities, including arms dealing, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, prostitution, slave labor and smuggling. As a result, Argentina has also had local problems of drug abuse.[1]

20th Century

In 1941, control of the underwater nation of Atlantis was briefly usurped by an individual named Daka, who was the uncle of the previous king named Namor. Daka entered in an alliance with the race of Seal People and the German Nazis to stage an invasion of North and South America. Their first target was Argentina. However, the Sub-Mariner led an army of Atlantean resistance fighters in thwarting this invasion. Daka and his conspirators were then turned over to the Argentinian authorities[3].

Argentina was also the home of insane botany expert Kamentin who conducted his experiments in a remote village located in the Andes Mountains. By 1942 he had created massive man-eating plants, which he used to terrorize the region until he was slain by the hero known as Vision[4]. In 1946, the formula for a Sun Ray developed by a former Nazi scientist was smuggled to Buenos Aires and was sought after by former Nazis and organized crime gangs alike. On top of back stabbing each other to obtain control of the formula, these opposing forces were ultimately thwarted by the super hero Miss America[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]. Argentina was threatened later that year when the villain Future Man and crime boss Madame Death teamed up together to unleash a slow motion ray from Argentina, causing destruction across South America. Their device was destroyed by the hero known as Whizzer[15].

In 1953 Paulette was sent on a mission to Argentina to find Nazi scientist Johann Weimer and bring him to the V Battalion so they could use his skills for them. Weimer was murdered by one of the Everlasting, a group of gods who had frequent run-ins with the V Battalion. Paulette's ultimate fate remains unrevealed.[16]

In the 1960's; Erik Lehnsherr after World War II spent his time hunting and killing former Nazi officers in Argentina with his magnetic power. Logan and Victor Creed go their to recruit him on a mission to stop the US government abducting young mutants.[17]

Modern Age

Allegedly, a family within Argentina has passed down the title and powers of the "Black Tarantula" from father to son for over 700 years. In the 21st century, the current individual to inerit the title, Carlos LaMuerto, used the powers to run a crime ring initially based out of Argentina.[18]

Argentina had a Communist government that was opposed by the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance. Later, Argentina was under military rule from 1976 to 1982. During this period, the government came into conflict, and later war, with the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands. This caused the Argentine government to be dismissed. Argentina also had territorial claim disputes with Brazil, Chile, the United States of America and Uruguay.[1]

Gabriel Sepulveda lived and worked in Argentina. He was employed as a construction worker who discovered an underground passageway. Sepulveda snuck into the passageway after his superiors had told him to ignore it. Inside the underground cavern, he discovered a suit of Vibranium armor of Subterranean origin, connected to a strange machine. After donning the armor, he was attacked by a group of creatures. He fought his way to the surface. Sepulveda decided to use the armor as the hero "Defensor".[19][1] During the first Contest of Champions, Defensor was teleported away from the group of paramilitary fanatics he had been fighting. He was selected by the Grandmaster to serve on his team in a game against Death.[20] Defensor was a nationally-active hero until he was murdered by Zeitgeist (and later German hero Blitzkrieg, of the Germany superteam Schutz Heiliggruppe, with whom Argentina had cooperated repeatedly; Blitkrieg had travelled to Buenos Aires to investigate the crime).[1]

The world's weather seems to go berserk, and the Avengers are dispatched to the main trouble spots: the Beast to Buenos Aires, which is beset by snowstorms;. Each of the Avengers is contested by one of a group of hoverdisc-riding armored adversaries called the Weathermen who wield the powers of the natural elements.[21][1]

Genis-Vell traveled to Sky-Island which was floating over the Andes Mountains in Argentina.[22]

A new "Black Tarantula"; Carlos LaMuerto operated as crimelord in Argentina. He met his Brazilian wife, Marina Caches, while attending an American graduate school. They had a child, Fabian LaMuerto. Upon discovering her husband’s illegal activities, Marina filed for divorce and fled with her son.. Discovering his ex-wife to be in the New York area, the Black Tarantula launched a campaign primarily to locate his son while establishing a foothold in the lucrative New York underworld market in the absence of the Kingpin of Crime. He dispatched his powerful agent, El Uno, with a gang of his men to violently introduce himself to his competition, the Rose. Humiliated by El Uno, the Rose’s assassin Delilah killed El Uno and returned his severed head to the Black Tarantula. [23] From Argentina Black Tarantula dispatched Madam Qwa and the True Believers, a Korean cult of ninjas who defected from the Hand to harass the Rose by killing a former colleague, Daily Bugle editor Joe Robertson, while framing the Rose. With opposition from the Hand ninjas, Spider-Man, and Elektra, the Black Tarantula's agents failed to kill Robertson.[24] He eventually left the Argentina to deal with matters himself The Black Tarantula went to New York to personally attend to matters. [18]

Buenos Aires was almost destroyed by Nate Grey, who was controlled by the Red Queen.[25]

X-Force battled Corben in Buenos Aires.[26]

Saint Anna was the illegitimate daughter of a Argentinian priest and a young Irish missionary who were helping the poor in the country. When her mother fell pregnant she fled back to Ireland.[27] A mutant hero born in Ireland, Saint Anna joined X-Force and was eventually killed while saving young child Paco Perez from forced experimentation by the American government.[1] Perez, having somehow obtained Saint Anna's memories, was sent to live with Saint Anna's father.

Thor Odinson took down General Alerico Ramirez and his entire army as part of the Avengers global peace keeping effort.[28]

Deadpool and Cable went on a mission to Tierra del Fuego.[29]

Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, Beast and Archangel succeed in recruiting Doctor Nemesis for their science team, tasked with reversing the effects of M-Day.[30]

The Mighty Avengers battled the Nazi criminal Swarm on the streets of Buenos Aires.[31]

In Argentina, Lord Deathstrike, using his technology and weaponry assassinates, or somehow manages to kill his target, while not alarming the Chinese guards. After which Lord Deathstrike receives and image of his next target: Mystique.[32]

In Argentina, a ragged Maya Hansen escaped from a sewage drain and grabs a cellphone from a woman nearby. She manages to send a pre-recorded message before an Extremis-enhanced A.I.M. goon arrives and fries her. They kidknapped her to recreated extremis.[33]

Lobo Blanco ("White Wolf" in Spanish) an Argentinean criminal contacts tricked Black Widow into accepting a contract to free him from a prison in Resistencia, alleging he was innocent for the crimes he was imprisoned for. After escaping the prison and crossing the jungle, Angelo and Black Widow met Vicente, one of Angelo's friends. Vicente called Angelo "Lobo Blanco," and Black Widow realized who Angelo really was. When they escaped in a helicopter, Black Widow threw herself and Lobo Blanco off the vehicle to a river. Before emerging from the river, Black Widow stabbed Lobo Blanco and left him to be eaten by crocodiles.[34]

Jorma was an ex-wrestler who build a secret oil rig ten miles off the coast of Argentina, believing in every man's oil to right, as well as that global warming was not real. The activation of his rig would've caused an earthquake, and the death of many people, however, Hawkeye and Deadpool stopped him.[35][36]

Marc Spector's psychologist helped him confront all the terrible missions he has been on one being at the Tri-Border Area.[37]

Inter-dimensional portals opened across the globe one was located in Buenos Aires.[38]

Aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier above Buenos Aires Songbird is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. for being a traitor.[39]

Alternate Realities

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

Tyrone Cash was living in Argentina when Nick Fury found him, having killed all of the local drug lords, taking their fortunes, mansions and wives as his own. He sent War Machine to recruit Cash, but he would not go without a fight. Even with extra firepower War Machine couldn't take Cash by force, so he had to blackmail the man into calming down. He told Cash that he wasn't there to arrest him as long as he stayed away from American soil, but his family would find out he was still alive if he didn't join Fury's re-activated Project: Avenger.[40]

Counter-Earth

On Counter-Earth; Grim Reaper was a mercenary that worked along side Hawkeye and Hellcat on a mission in Argentina before the two joined Counter-Earth's version of the Avengers. It has been implied that Hawkeye and the Grim Reaper had close ties, but what those were as well as the nature of their mission in Argentina remain unrevealed. The Grim Reaper was also later reported to be dead, however the facts surrounding his death are also unrevealed.[41]

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