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Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part I"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part I"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1.

The Young Avengers are on the move once again, taking on the terrorist group called the Sons of the Serpent. The latter's goals are said to be maintaining racial and moral purity, goals which includes complete racism, anti-homosexuality and anti-uppity women, even quoting the Bible to justify murder. Hulkling, offended by such sentiments, gave one of the terrorists a bigger insult: a kiss on the cheek.

Enraged, the terrorist blasts Hulkling in the chest, though Hulkling's tough skin protected him. The Avengers then arrive to quell the dispute. One of the terrorists threatened to set off the nuke strapped to his back. Seeing that his boyfriend is in danger, Wiccan warned the terrorist to let him go. As the terrorist pushed the detonator, there was a big white flash, not due to the nuke, but it is revealed to be caused by Wiccan, hovering in the air with immense power, as all the Sons collapse.

When they return to Young Avengers HQ, Wiccan is told by the Avengers that he had rendered the Sons comatose. Uncertain of Wiccan's abilities, he is told to stay with them, for they don't want another Scarlet Witch on their hands. The Avengers explained that the trauma of the Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff losing her twin boys, caused her to go insane, killing Hawkeye, the original Vision and Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. When she was taken to Genosha to recover, she was persuaded by Quicksilver to create a world where mutants reign supreme. But the events of the House of M instead compelled her to strip nearly all of mutantkind of their powers.

After being shocked by these revelations, Wiccan concludes that if he has the power to do something like that, then it must be that he and Speed are truly the Scarlet Witch's sons. Furthermore, he doesn't believe that she was truly responsible for any of these events. Disappointed that the heroes he idolized would be so distrustful of their former teammate, he storms out on the Avengers. His fellow Young Avengers chase after him, trying to reason with him. He doesn't listen to them and heads home.

But when he walks into his apartment, he finds that Captain America has beaten him to it, having told his parents all about the whole affair. Therefore, Wiccan has no choice but to live with the Avengers until they can determine how powerful he is. But rather than hailing a cab, Wiccan simply uses his magic to fly them to Avengers Tower. En route, Wiccan tries reasserting his theory again, thinking that perhaps Immortus or Chthon were behind his possible mother's madness, to which Captain America denies, for Doctor Strange might've sensed it.

Then out of nowhere, Hulkling blocked their path, stating that wherever Wiccan goes, he would go too, which Captain America agreed. The two are set up a two-bed room in Avengers Tower, which looks more like a prison cell, until Wiccan changes it into a luxury lounge like room.

Just as Hulkling was slowly convincing Wiccan to submit to the Avengers' tests, their friends have decided to break them out. They are willing to stick by Wiccan's side, even if he loses control of his powers. But Wiccan wants to break back in Avengers Tower, for he would have nothing else to do but run. However, Stature suggested that he could do one thing: find the Scarlet Witch.

Her belief is that if the Scarlet Witch knew that her kids were alive, then perhaps she may be able to reverse everything, including give mutants back their powers and restore her father back to life. She reasons that if the Scarlet Witch was able to bring back Wonder Man and Clint Barton, then she could bring her father back. Then suddenly, Magneto appears, agreeing with her sentiments, and is eager to meet his grandsons.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part II"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part II"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #2.

Magneto has arrived out of nowhere and snatches up Wiccan and Speed in a magnetic sphere, stating that he will help them find their mother, the Scarlet Witch. The Young Avengers react quickly to stop him. But the Master of Magnetism reasons that if his twin grandsons wish to meet their mother, then they shouldn't interfere, especially if the two are the only links to his daughter. Patriot voices his opposition, declaring that they are allying with a genocidal terrorist (Magneto corrects former). Magneto admits that what happened to Wanda Maximoff is his fault and his alone and his responsibility to correct it.

Then suddenly, the Avengers turn up and attack Magneto; Wolverine, in particular, is mad that Magneto didn't heed his warning not to approach the Young Avengers. Wiccan tries reasoning with them all that finding the Scarlet Witch would make things right. Seeing as the Avengers are refusing to listen to reason, Wiccan teleports his team and Magneto to Wundagore, Transia. The dismayed Avengers then start arguing about how to track them and what to do. Wolverine particularly sees this as an opportunity to find the Scarlet Witch and put her out of her misery.

In Transia, Patriot voices his frustration towards Wiccan for making them fugitives. Admitting that he's sorry, Wiccan offers to send them all home, believing that the search should be his alone. Hawkeye chimes in that they're a team. Wiccan then changes their attire so they could be a little less conspicuous. As they walk, Patriot discusses with Hawkeye about the right-and-wrongs with their recent adventures. Stature and the Vision, on the other hand, are about what to do if the Scarlet Witch brings back the former's father.

Their search first brings them to the grave of Magda, Magneto's former wife. He goes on to explain the origins of his children and their involvement in his Brotherhood of Mutants. To narrow the search, grandfather and grandsons join hands, as Wiccan tries to pick up where the Scarlet Witch is. No sooner than he sensed her, did Speed races into the nearby village, only to run into Quicksilver, who is not happy with his father being here. As Wiccan tries to explain that they came of their own free will, Quicksilver grabs him and races through the village. Speed catches up to him and challenges him to a race.

Quicksilver agrees to one, only for a promontory to shoot out of nowhere, lifted by Magneto at a far distance. As Speed's bragging and requests for another race are ignored, Wiccan tries convincing his uncle that Magneto is really trying to make up for his past. Quicksilver admits that the last time he allowed himself to believe that, his father tried to kill him. He grabs some stakes and starts throwing them at his father. One of them impales a woman who looks just like Wanda. But it is actually a Doombot, implying that the Scarlet Witch has been Doctor Doom's prisoner the whole time.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part III"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #3.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part III"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #3.

A Doombit has been found to be impersonating Wanda Maximoff. Quicksilver is skeptical that it was Doctor Doom who place the machine in Wundagore, but Magneto concurs, for Doom's powerful magic could be the reason why they can't locate Wanda. Magneto proposes that himself, Quicksilver and the Young Avengers work together to storm Castle Doom, but Quicksilver and Patriot object to going into a trap and starting a war respectively. Wiccan volunteers to use his magic to get and out of the castle for simple recon.

As the night goes on, the searchers decide to turn it. However, Wiccan slips away to enact his spell to transport himself to Latveria, with Quicksilver unexpectedly running up to join him. But the other Young Avengers discover them before they can leave. Hulkling warns Quicksilver that if he even thinks that he can sneak off with Wiccan, then he'll rip his legs off

Meanwhile, the Avengers have brought in Wonder Man to help in their search for Wanda. Their reasoning is that they can use his ionic energy to locate he. But when Wonder Man asks what they are going to do when they find Wanda, Wolverine's immediately answer is to finally kill her, and Wiccan too. He further goads Wonder Man, citing how she chose the Vision over him. Wonder Man responds by punching him down a level.

After a brief talk with Captain America, Wolverine leaves. After he's gone, Wonder Man states that he will not rejoin the Avengers, especially if they continue to blame her for their mistakes.

In the middle of the night, Wiccan decides to head to Latveria alone. When he is discovered by the Doombots, he briefly disguises himself as his own mother, to have them show him to her room. Once his disguise peels off, he is jumped by Wanda herself. When she demands to know what he is doing, Wiccan, unable to come up with the words to say that he's her son, he instead says that he here to rescue her. Unfortunately, he learns that Wanda is going to be married tomorrow. And her betrothed is in fact Doom himself, who enters on cue.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part IV"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part IV"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #4.

Wiccan defends himself against Doctor Doom. Though he voices his belief that Wanda Maximoff was kidnapped, though Doom states that she's here of her own free will, which Wiccan refuses to believe. While holding up a magical shield, he tries telling Wanda of who she really is and who her sons are, but Doom knocks him unconscious before he could do so. Doom convinces Wanda that when they get married tomorrow, they get prepared for what comes next.

Outside Castle Doom, the Young Avengers, Magneto and Quicksilver try thinking of a way storm the castle. The answer is right before them, as various ships arrive in Latveria. The Avengers and Wonder Man have arrived too.

Inside the Castle, Doom enacts a healing spell on Wiccan. He explains to the young boy that somehow, Wanda is repressing her memory and her powers. She also came to him on behalf of her people and amazingly, they fell in love. He then offers Wiccan asylum and protection from the Avengers, or stay as his prisoner; he also adds that his spell has relieved Wiccan of his powers.

Magneto uses his powers to cause the various aircrafts to tumble about in the air. The Young Avengers and Quicksilver take advantage of this to try to storm the castle, only to be confronted by the Avengers.

Wiccan tries chanting to get his powers back, Wanda, fit into her wedding dress, enters his room. She admits that everything seems perfect, until he showed up and made her curious about her old identity. Wiccan agrees to tell her as long as she shows him the way out. Along the way, he explains about her life as the Scarlet Witch, married to the Vision and thought she had twin sons, until their souls were claimed by Master Pandemonium on behalf of Mephisto, resulting in her mental breakdown, thus leading to the formation of the Young Avengers.

But before he could get to the part where he and Speed are identical twins, Wiccan opens the door to find the Avengers, Young Avengers and Doom fighting. Wolverine then pounces on Wanda, intent on making sure that she never causes any more chaos again. But before he could, he is blasted by Iron Lad, who claims that the future depends on Wiccan's survival.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part V"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part V"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5.

As the battle in Latveria rages on, Iron Lad has returned to assist the Young Avengers. He gathers his teammates and tells them that he has found Wiccan and the Scarlet Witch. Speed contradicts that claim, having been searching all around the city.

At the moment, Doctor Doom is attempting to kill Wiccan, believing that he had escaped, contact his allies and kidnap Wanda. Wanda explains that he didn't do any of that and she was more interested in what she believes may be her true identity. More over, she is concerned as to why he is afraid of the truth.

Magneto then pounces on Doom, giving the opening for Wiccan and Wanda to escape and meet up with the Young Avengers. As their pursuers bear down on them, Iron Lad escapes with his friends into the timestream. Doom then voices his concern that as of now, Wanda could potentially alter the timestream, past or future.

In transit in the timestream, Stature requests Iron Lad to bring them back to the day when Jack of Hearts exploded so that they can undo all the mistakes. Patriot says that even if she saves her father, then she'll only create a paradox or divergent timeline where there's two of her. Iron Lad assures them that they won't be changing the past, for he has developed paradox inhibiting technology.

They arrive at Avengers Mansion, in the past. While they help Wanda look around in an effort to regain her memory, Iron Lad, Vision and Stature talk. Iron Lad informs Vision that his other iteration is still married to the Scarlet Witch.

Stature then becomes distracted by the sight of her father, Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. Despite Iron Lad's assurances that he can't see them, he is proven wrong, as Stature runs up to her father. Unfortuantely, undead Jack of Hearts has arrived. As the Young Avengers hurry Ant-Man away, Jack tries pleading with Wanda to not make him do this.

The Young Avengers then return to the present with Wanda and Ant-Man before Jack exploded. Iron Lad is more confused as to how they returned when his power levels haven't recharged. The answer is Wanda, who now remembers who she is.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part VI"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part VI"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6.

Wanda Maximoff remembers her life as the Scarlet Witch and has regained her powers. Conjuring up Kree ships and Ultron robots, she begins to explain how she blamed the Avengers for the deaths of her twin sons, so she started that events of Avengers Disassembled to send all their sins back at them. Hawkeye, Jessica Jones and Beast then turn, shocked that history may be repeating itself. Jones comments that the Young Avengers found Wanda where no one else could.

However, Beast admits that he found Wanda first and had tea; Hawkeye confesses to sleeping with her. Everyone then becomes shocked at the reappearance of Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man. Wiccan then explains to the newly arrived heroes that the Wanda they met in Transia was actually a Doombot.

Everyone notices that Wanda has lined up the Kree ships and Ultrons to attack her. They intervene, as Wiccan, with Stature's help (who reveals to her father about having stolen Pym particles from him), to get through to Wanda. He tells her that the Vision is back and that he and Speed are the reincarnations of her sons. Wanda apologizes for not recognizing him and stops. Speed is hesitant to reconcile with her, given that she did cause M-Day and murdered her friends.

Hawkeye calls the other Avengers, informing them of Wanda's rediscovery; Quicksilver is jittery to speak with his sister. When Iron Man hears about Scott, he orders Hawkeye to ensure that no one leaves the grounds of Avengers Mansion.

Speed fears that when the Avengers arrive, they will kill Wanda to prevent her from causing anymore damage. Hawkeye defends that murder is not the way of the Avengers. Wiccan counters how Wolverine is intent on murdering Wanda. However, Beast suggests that if Wanda depowered most of the world's mutants, then she could undo it, but only for volunteers. Jones calls in X-Factors so they could locate all the former mutants who've been in contact with them.

X-Factor is hesitant to help, given the last bit of "help" Quicksilver tried to provide with Terrigen crystals that temporarily restored powers to mutants until they couldn't take the strain and exploded. X-Factor turns to leave, but Wanda stops them, insisting that she's only wanting to reverse what she had done. Madrox counters that once everyone hears that she's alive and caused M-Day, every mutant will be out for blood on her. Rictor volunteers to be a guinea pig, believing that he must have his powers back. Wanda succeeds in giving Rictor back his powers, evidenced by the entire building shaking.

Madrox congratulates Wanda to repowering Wanda, but adds that there are a million more former mutants to help. Strong Guy then takes notice that the X-Men have arrived. Wanda decides to go out and help them grant more mutants.

Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part VII"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part VII"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7.



Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Part VIII"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #8.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Part VIII"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #8.



Appearing in "The Children's Crusade - Finale"

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Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9.

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Synopsis for "The Children's Crusade - Finale"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9.

Scott Lang cradles his daughter Cassie's body as everyone mourns for her. Iron Lad, however, insists he can bring her back by taking her to the future to resuscitate her. However, Vision refuses him, stating that he should let the dead rest. Iron Lad grows angry and lashes out at Vision, calling him nothing but a machine with his brain patterns and that Cassie only loved him because he was just a copy. He then destroys the Vision, though he could be repaired. He says he will take Cassie but even Cap refuses him. Iron Lad retorts that he's one to talk for how he chased Wiccan and the Scarlet Witch. Wiccan insists that's not the case but Iron Lad reasons that the Avengers are afraid of him. He then opens a time portal to save Cassie. Wiccan warns him that by taking this path, he will become Kang the Conqueror. Iron Lad says he'll be better and disappears.

Colossus and Spider-Man after they could try and pursue Iron Lad. However, the Scarlet Witch insists that everyone focus on her, to which Wiccan and Speed add that they too should be included. Magneto insists that they should blame Doom. Cyclops states that even if Doom was telling the truth, that the Scarlet Witch was being controlled, that doesn't change the fact that she destroyed mutant-kind. However, he agrees that executing her would not solve anything and instead lets her live so she can atone for her crimes. As the X-Men depart, Rogue tells Wanda that he'll come around, they all will.

Cap attempts to reinvite the Scarlet Witch back into the Avengers but she refuses. However, Madrox tells her that she will rejoin the team when the next crisis comes along. Wanda says that she will be too busy redeeming herself. She then embraces Wonder Man, who tells her that she should not rejoin the Avengers before leaving. Magneto and Quicksilver insists she come with them but she tells them that she needs some time along. She then consoles her sons and Scott.

The Young Avengers then discuss restoring the Vision, even though it'd be impossible with 30th century tech. Kate tells them all that even though the Vision is backed up on hard drive, they shouldn't bring him back just to tell him Cassie's dead. She only hopes that they are at peace wherever they are. Speed then asks whether the Young Avengers will continue. However, Patriot decides it's over, for they nearly got all the mutants re-powered. He announces his decision to return home to his mother in Scottsdale. Kate agrees to leave too, considering all the mistakes she's made. Wiccan also agrees with the Avengers' assessment that he's a danger. With Speed unwilling to go solo hero, Hulkling encourages him to try and live a normal live.

For months, the Young Avengers sit on the sidelines as major events go by, such as Spider-Island, Avengers vs. X-Men, and the return of the Human Torch. Soon enough, Hulkling asks Wiccan if they're going to continue being ex-heroes and refuses to leave his side. They then share a kiss, before Ms. Marvel interrupts, as the Young Avengers (excluding Patriot) are summoned to Avengers Mansion. Cap acknowledges their accomplishments, such as finding the Scarlet Witch, defeating Doc Doom and somehow diffuse their conflict with the X-Men. He then shows them outside, where statues of Cassie and Vision have been erected alongside Scott's, and he tells them that they all will be known as Avengers.

Appearing in 10th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1.

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Synopsis for 10th story

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1.

Somewhere in the future, on the planet Moord, Iron Lad is battling his future self, Kang the Conqueror, vowing that he plans to undo every one of his conquests and every trace of his existence throughout time. Kang smugly states that every moment he spends in the timestream brings him closer to become him. Just before Iron Lad can land the killing blow, he is stopped by older versions of the Young Avengers; interestingly, Cassie Land/Stinger, has become Kang's lover, as he is Iron Lad, while the Vision has let go of his emotions.

However, Iron Lad notices that Wiccan is missing. He asks his friends where the Avengers are. Kang answers that the Avengers are hunting them throughout the timestream and won't stop until they're dead. Kang explains that years ago, they attempted to save the Scarlet Witch led to war with the Avengers, forcing them to escape through time itself, which resulted in the genocide of the Badoon. Iron Lad disagrees with their callousness and states that this isn't the reason they became Young Avengers.

In a flashback somewhere in the past, Iron Lad's newly assembled Young Avengers are battling holographic versions of the Sinister Six underneath Avengers Mansion. However, most of the team is more interested in going out and actually fighting villains than training. Iron Lad freezes upon seeing Kang, but Hulkling realizes that it's actually Mysterio. Seeing that he need to better prepared for Kang, Iron Lad tells his team to take the night off but everyone insists he come with them.

Unfortunately, the night didn't turn out to be so normal. They spot Electro and battle him. Iron Lad manages to use his armor's abilities to absorb and regenerate energy to overpower Electro. But when they assumed he was defeated, Electro gets back up, takes them by surprise and escapes. Though Iron Lad insists they go after Electro, the other notice a building on fire and race to the rescue. Subsequently, the Daily Bugle was unaware of their fight with Electro and the newly dubbed Young Avengers were put on the front page.

Back to the future, Iron Lad insists that protecting the innocents is why they became Young Avengers. Kang adds that allowing Electro to escape caused the breakout at the Raft prison. Iron Lad defends that event brought the Avengers back together. Kang cynically adds that included the belief that they should eliminate anyone in the way, including Wiccan. When he went to Latveria to save the Witch, the Avengers killed them both, forcing Kang to save his team.

Refusing to let that happen, Iron Lad time travels to save Wiccan. Unbeknownst to him, Wiccan is alive and has become the new Sorcerer Supreme. In fact, Kang lied to him and had set events in motion that will transformer Iron Lad into Kang and destroy the Avengers forever.

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