The Avengers have been assembled by fate as a group of extraordinary champions with diverse abilities. As "Earth's Mightiest Heroes", their purpose is to protect and safeguard the world from both domestic and extraterrestrial threats. Finding strength in union, they uphold their tradition to overcome menaces a single individual could not withstand. The Avengers usually count with official recognition and clearance as a peacekeeping initiative that fights for liberty and justice, being funded chiefly by Tony Stark and inspired by Steve Rogers. More recently, the Avengers have become deeply influenced by the legacy of the ancient history of Earth's superpowered beings, combating different simultaneous threats on global, universal and multiversal scale.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Foundation
- 1.2 New Avengers
- 1.3 Once an Avenger, always an Avenger
- 1.4 Ultron, the enemy within
- 1.5 Lethal Threats
- 1.6 Kree-Skrull War
- 1.7 Clash with the Defenders
- 1.8 The Celestial Madonna
- 1.9 Serpent Crown
- 1.10 Korvac Saga
- 1.11 Government Woes
- 1.12 The Trial of Hank Pym
- 1.13 Absolute Vision
- 1.14 Under Siege
- 1.15 Nothing Lasts Forever
- 1.16 Reassembled
- 1.17 Kree-Shi'ar War
- 1.18 The Gathering
- 1.19 The Crossing
- 1.20 Heroes Reborn
- 1.21 Heroes Return
- 1.22 Living Legends
- 1.23 Kang Dynasty
- 1.24 Avengers Nation
- 1.25 Avengers Disassembled
- 1.26 New, Young and Mighty
- 1.27 Dark Avengers and Siege
- 1.28 The Heroic Age and the War of the Serpent
- 1.29 Shattered Heroes
- 1.30 Conflict Against the X-Men
- 1.31 Time Runs Out
- 1.32 All-New, All-Different Avengers
- 1.33 Empyre
- 2 Paraphernalia
- 3 Notes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 See Also
- 6 Links and References
When Loki, the Asgardian God of Mischief, influenced the monstrous Hulk to destroy a railway line, the Hulk's friend, Rick Jones, and his Teen Brigade attempted to radio the Fantastic Four for help. However, Loki relayed the information to his brother instead, the God of Thunder Thor, in order to draw him into battle. Circumstantially, other super-heroes – namely Iron Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp – also received the intercepted signal unbeknownst to Loki and arrived at the scene to reason with the green goliath. Not falling for the trick, Thor confronted Loki and exposed his scheme to the other heroes. With Loki defeated and captured, the group agreed they had worked well together and should be formalized as a team. The Wasp suggested the name "Avengers", and Earth's Mightiest Heroes were born. Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade became regular informants to the Avengers, being in constant contact during their initial missions.
The newly formed team assembled at the Manhattan mansion of industrialist Tony Stark (in secrecy, their fellow member Iron Man). Stark donated the mansion to the Avengers for their exclusive use and set up a foundation to cover the operation expenses of the non-profit team, the Maria Stark Foundation, named after his late mother. The team also put down a charter to govern their activities. Additionally, the Stark family's trusted butler, Edwin Jarvis, was kept on as the principal regular domestic employee at what became known as the Avengers Mansion.
In the Avengers Mansion, the Avengers faced their next adversity, the alien shapeshifting invader from the extratemporal Limbo known as the Space Phantom, who impersonated the Avengers inciting them to fight each other. Upon his defeat, the Hulk realized his teammates mistrusted his uncontrollable nature and decided to abandon the Avengers. The group unsuccessfully tried to reach out the Hulk, who in turn had associated himself with Namor, the raging Sub-Mariner, to combat his former allies.
Following a fight against the Avengers, Namor unleashed a block of ice containing a figure under the North Sea, which was then found by the Avengers. Within it, laid the legendary hero Captain America in suspended animation, frozen in ice since just before the end of World War II. Needing to adjust to the world he had awaken in, Captain America joined the mighty Avengers after helping them to defeat the stranded alien Vuk and Namor one more time. A born leader, the star-spangled myth was eventually given retroactive "founding member" status in place of the Hulk, being seen as the heart and soul of the Avengers. With Captain America by their side, the Avengers faced enemies like the Lava Men the Mole Man, the Red Ghost,, as well as teamed up with the Fantastic Four against the Hulk and the Mole Man again.
One of the Avengers' most dangerous enemies were the Masters of Evil, a group of resentful villains assembled by Baron Heinrich Zemo as a reaction to the return of his long-lost adversary Captain America. Black Knight, Melter, and Radioactive Man completed the group, proactively seeking revenge against the other Avengers. Shortly after, Enchantress and Executioner integrated the team, in a failed attempt to trick Thor into destroy his comrades. In another attack, the Masters of Evil granted phenomenal powers to the industrialist Simon Williams, who infiltrated the Avengers as Wonder Man. Unexpectedly, Wonder Man turned on Zemo after gaining the Avengers' trust, but was slain for his betrayal.
The Masters of Evil were unexpectedly assisted by Immortus, the master of time, who had his own plans for the Avengers. To prove his might, Immortus kidnapped Rick Jones and tricked Captain America into believing the Avengers had been responsible for the boy's disappearance. Eventually, Immortus' minions were overpowered by the Avengers and he chose to abandon the fight. The Masters of Evil saw this as an opportunity to strike, but met defeat. Enchantress then decided to travel back in time to a moment before meeting Immortus. As such, the Avengers had no recollection of a battle where they were victorious against both Immortus and the Masters.
In between battles against the Masters of Evil, the time traveler known as Kang the Conqueror also stroke at the Avengers, trying to take over the world with his advanced technology from the 30th century. Losing once, Kang used a Spider-Man android to fool the Avengers and gain the team's trust to betray them. Yet, his second plan failed thanks to the intervention of the real Spider-Man. Kang escaped back into the timestream and, in the years to come, would become one of the Avengers' most threatening enemies.
By undermining the criminal operations of the aristocratic Count Nefaria and his Maggia, the Avengers became his targets. Being invited to his castle, they were abducted and had their reputation damaged to the media. Assisted by the Teen Brigade, the Avengers retaliated, though the Wasp was gravely wounded in the battle. In order to heal the Wasp, the Avengers met the alien Kallusians, whose medical treatments were effective in restoring her to health.
The Avengers ultimately witnessed the end of the Masters of Evil when Zemo perished in a fatal rock-slide triggered by his own weaponry during a fight against Captain America. Without their leader, the other Masters were easily subdued. Due to the stressful battles against Kang, Nefaria and the Masters of Evil, the Wasp proposed a leave of absence to Iron Man and Giant-Man (Hank Pym's second identity after Ant-Man). The trio was surprised by Hawkeye, an expert marksman and wielder of trick arrows who had fought Iron Man in the past and sought to avenge the apparently death of his partner, the Black Widow. Hawkeye exhibited his skills by restricting Jarvis and was welcomed to the Avengers as a replacement. Then, the Avengers shared their intentions of recruiting more new members, attracting the attention of the mutant twins Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who wanted to change course following their forced time in Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. As Captain America returned to the Mansion, the new team was announced to the public having him as chairman.
Thor resigned along with the other founders and the new foursome became known as “Cap’s Kooky Quartet”. Public perception was tainted since they were considered not as powerful as their predecessors and had terrorist backgrounds. However, the new Avengers proved their might by defeating the Mole Man when trying to locate the Hulk. Once again, the Avengers were infiltrated; this time by the vicious Swordsman, Hawkeye's former master and a minion of the Mandarin. Although Swordsman actually planned to defect, he was outed by the Avengers and expelled from the group before he could reveal his true intentions.
As a legacy of the Masters of Evil, Enchantress replicated the process which gave Wonder Man his powers, creating a way more violent villain, the Power Man. The duo damaged the Avengers physically and morally, attacking their reputation and forcing their dissolution. Following a confrontation against the Circus of Crime, the Avengers recovered their prestige to the public eye and officially reformed after exposing Enchantress' and Power Man's scheme to the City Council. With their names cleared, the Avengers, however, lost their leader Captain America, who felt he had failed his teammates.
With the Avengers greatly underpowered without Captain America, Kang took an opportunity to strike, transporting Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to the future. As Captain America investigated, Kang decided to collect him as well to prove his worth to his beloved Princess Ravonna. With the Avengers reassembled, traitors among Kang's forces were found, and the Conqueror retreated to protect Ravonna's kingdom. The Avengers returned to the present with Kang's blessing for their help, although he swore that, when next they meet, it would be as adversaries.
Once an Avenger, always an Avenger
After being targeted by Doctor Doom, the Avengers answered a distress call sent by their former member the Wasp, who had been kidnapped by the Atlantean Attuma. With the villain and his army defeated, the Avengers learned that the Wasp had been further captured by the Beetle, under the eccentric Collector's orders. Assisted by Goliath (Hank Pym's rebranded identity), the Avengers freed the Wasp from the Collector's clutches and welcomed the size-changing couple back to their ranks. Trapped in his giant size form, Goliath clashed with the bizarre Keeper of the Flame to rescue biochemist Dr. Anton in order to solve his condition. However, Anton was unable to help the gigantic hero.
Concurrently, a brainwashed Black Widow returned to torment Hawkeye and the Avengers, recruiting Swordsman and Power Man to support her, though she eventually overcame her mental programming and helped Hawkeye to defeat the villains. However, he found himself unable to trust her enigmatic and erratic personality. In order to prove her loyalty, Black Widow informed the Avengers about the activities of the racist organization known as the Sons of the Serpent, who had made their move by attacking Goliath's lab assistant, Bill Foster. With the Black Widow's assistance, the Avengers smashed the Serpents' plans, being profoundly affected by the poison of hatred and bigotry against equals that lived within the very society they fight to protect.
The Avengers battled various enemies, such as the Living Laser, and the mysterious Ultroids, with crucial help from the lethal Black Widow. However, before she could officially join the mighty team, she was recruited by Nick Fury to become a secret spy for S.H.I.E.L.D., severing her ties to the Avengers with no explanations. Trying to get revenge against her former masters, Black Widow was captured. The Avengers then learned about her true allegiances and went to her rescue. They battled Black Widow's missing husband, the Russian super-soldier known as the Red Guardian, ultimately destroying her former employers' operations.
At the same time, the Olympian God Hercules attacked the Avengers Mansion under the control of the Enchantress, but was eventually freed and stayed with the super-heroes as a guest. The strong Hercules proved to be a valuable but also problematic addition to the team; although he helped the group fend off powerful enemies, such as Namor, Diablo and Dragon Man, his insolent behavior put him into conflict with the other members. Nevertheless, after the Avengers welcome their original members back to fight the Mandarin's lackeys and to save New York City from the cybernetic Super-Adaptoid, Hercules was promoted to full member status. His tenure was short however, as he resigned to return to his family on Olympus after defeating the Titan Typhon.
Meanwhile, some Avengers were haunted by their pasts. The Wasp and Goliath were targets of their former enemy Whirlwind, who had masqueraded as the Wasp's chauffer. In succession, the Wasp was once more under the Collector's interest, being assisted by the original Avengers Iron Man and Thor to escape. Moreover, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were kidnapped by Magneto, who tried to coerce them back into the Brotherhood. The Avengers went to their rescue, being informed about the situation by the new Black Knight. When the Scarlet Witch was tragically hurt during the incident, Quicksilver rejected his human alliances in the Avengers, causing the twins to leave the Avengers permanently. The Avengers found the twins under Magneto's care after being contacted by the X-Man Angel. Magneto forced the Avengers and the X-Men to fight each other, but ultimately perished during the conflict while the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver went missing.
Captain America withdrew from the team as well, indicating the Wakandan champion Black Panther as his replacement. When the Avengers were seemingly murdered at the Avengers Mansion, the Black Panther, unknown to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s authority, was accused of being the killer. With his skills, the newest Avenger solved the crime and discovered the identity of the real attacker: Simon Williams' brother, the cyborg Grim Reaper. With the Reaper defeated and gone, Black Panther earned his place as an Avenger. Haunted by the ghosts of his past concerning Baron Zemo and the death of his partner Bucky, Captain America soon reconnected with the Avengers. Next, the Avengers were transported back in time by the Scarlet Centurion and warred against a past version of themselves who acted on the Centurion's orders. The Avengers were successful in preventing their foe from rewriting history.
Ultron, the enemy within
The Avengers found themselves betrayed when a new formation of the Masters of Evil made themselves known; their mysterious leader, the Crimson Cowl, was revealed to be the Avengers Mansion's loyal butler Jarvis. Captured by the Masters, the Avengers learned the Crimson Cowl's actual identity: the robot Ultron-5, who had brainwashed Jarvis into deceiving the Avengers. Jarvis freed the Avengers with the help of the new Black Knight, who had purposely infiltrated the Masters. In Ultron, the Avengers unknowingly met their most brutal foe.
Wishing to annihilate the Avengers, Ultron sent a creation of his own, an ethereal synthezoid, to the Avengers Mansion. During the night, the Wasp spotted the artificial creature in her quarters, referring to him as a Vision. As a short battle ensued, the Vision recollected his recent memories and decided not to attack the Avengers. The Avengers pursued Ultron and, with the help of the rebellious Vision, the murder machine was apparently destroyed. Investigating Ultron's and the Vision's origins, the Avengers learned that Ultron was created by Hank Pym in an attempt to produce synthetic life. Ultron's intelligence quickly evolved and decided to get rid of his creator by erasing his memory. Wishing to end all organic life, Ultron considered the Avengers both his family and his nemeses. As for the Vision, after the Avengers learned that his brain patterns were replicated from Wonder Man's, he was invited to their ranks.
Following Ultron's assaults, a new enemy emerged to the Avengers in the form of the arrogantly blatant Yellowjacket. The criminal murdered Goliath and kidnapped the Wasp. When the Avengers attempted to retrieve her, she shockingly shared her intentions of marrying her aggressor. As the creepy wedding was interrupted by the Circus of Crime, the Avengers learned that Yellowjacket was, in fact, Goliath. Following the villains' defeat, it was revealed that the mentally unstable Hank Pym, who had formerly adopted the insecure identities of Ant-Man, Giant-Man and Goliath, forged the Yellowjacket's chauvinistic personality to win the Wasp's heart. Being able to see through his charade, the Wasp agreed to marry Pym in his newest alter-ego.
The giant-size identity of Goliath was then assumed by Hawkeye, who joined Black Widow against the vile Egghead. Returning to the Avengers Mansion, the couple were met by Goliath's brother, Barney Barton, who was formerly on the Egghead's pay and sought help to depose him. During the fight, Barney sacrificed himself to save his brother, destroying Egghead's deadly death ray machine. After his brother's death, Goliath was attacked by his former master Swordsman, who had been hired by a vengeful Egghead. Although Goliath was initially captured, he broke free and defeated the two villains.
Seizing control of the Vision, Ultron managed to rebuilt a new indestructible Adamantium body for himself, attacking the Avengers Mansion as Ultron-6. Planning to obliterate Manhattan, Ultron-6 was opposed by the Avengers and the Vision himself, who regained his will. In his next move, Ultron attempted to acquire the secret formula of Adamantium. In a ploy orchestrated by the Avengers, Ultron detonated himself in the United Nations Headquarters, being his sole victim due to a shield crafted with the Wakandan metal Vibranium.
The Avengers kept protecting the world from a variety of menaces. They joined forces with Doctor Strange and the Black Knight to combat the giants Ymir and Surtur, forging a long-lasting alliance with those heroes. The Black Knight also helped the Avengers in defeating Black Panther's rival, the mortal Man-Ape, who wished to take the throne of Wakanda.
Eventually assembled by Kang the Conqueror, the Avengers were tricked after Kang's lackey, the Growing Man, kidnapped a moribund Tony Stark. In order to save Ravonna from an endless stasis, Kang had made a bargain with the peculiarly gaming addict Grandmaster, who proposed Kang to gather champions to fight his own across time. As Kang presented the Avengers, Grandmaster introduced the Squadron Sinister. Kang's unwilling allies should battle across time not only for Ravonna's life but also to prevent the collapse of Earth. The game got the attention of the Black Knight, who intervened by assisting the Avengers. The Avengers ultimately turned on Kang after fighting the Invaders, the super-heroes from the World War II era. Kang, however, was boosted by the Grandmaster to overpower the Avengers. The Black Knight, not being an official Avenger, managed to defeated the villain. As Grandmaster vanished, abandoning his game, the Avengers invited the Black Knight to the team.
Following Nick Fury's apparent assassination, the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. turned to the Avengers for help in arresting the villainous Scorpio. Scorpio had been hunted by Rick Jones and his partner, Captain Marvel, who came to the Avengers for help. Scorpio made his way into the Avengers Mansion alongside his group, the Zodiac, successfully apprehending Earth's Mightiest Heroes. With Yellowjacket's efforts, the Avengers broke free, and Scorpio revealed himself to be Nick Fury in disguise, granting the Avengers the necessary advantage to overpower the Zodiac.
The Sons of the Serpent pushed their racist agenda to the limit by attacking influential black personalities. Black Panther took the matter to the Avengers, who backed him as he infiltrated the Serpents. The Serpents then undermined the Black Panther's reputation by impersonating him. However, the deception was dropped and the Sons of the Serpent arrested by the Avengers. Soon after the Wasp and Yellowjacket left the Avengers in a governmental assignment, Quicksilver returned in seek of help. He informed that the Scarlet Witch, trying to restore her hex powers, had accidentally had cast a spell that brought Arkon the Magnificent to Earth. Arkon captured the Scarlet Witch and planned to construct a doomsday atomic device to nuke Earth and nourish his realm with the produced energy. Thanks to the Avengers, his plans were foiled and his presence gone from Earth. Following this incident, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch rejoined the Avengers.
The Avengers unfortunately crossed with a greedy profiteer named Cornelius van Lunt, who forced an indebted Tony Stark to lend the Avengers' services for his selfish agenda. As the Avengers fulfilled their assignments, they left Van Lunt refusing to accept his money. Soon after, the Avengers were surprisingly beaten by Black Panther's enemy, the Man-Ape and eventually learned that the Grim Reaper had assembled a new group of super-villains, the Lethal Legion, to get revenge against Earth's Mightiest Heroes. As the two teams clashed, the Grim Reaper got psyched out after learning about the Vision's true origin as Simon Williams' new existence, which led to the Legion's defeat.
Following the conflict, the Vision decided to take a leave of absence from the Avengers, but soon returned to the Avengers Mansion after meeting the Native American super-hero known as Red Wolf. Red Wolf sought justice against Van Lunt, who was revealed to be a crime-lord who had preyed on his homeland. The Avengers helped Red Wolf liberate his home village from Van Lunt and his henchmen. Concomitantly, the Avengers investigated the Zodiac and deposed their new leader, Aries, with the assistance of Daredevil, ultimately linking Van Lunt's activities to the group of criminals. In fact, Van Lunt secretly assumed the Zodiac's leadership as Taurus.
Returning to the Avengers Mansion, the Wasp was surprised to find it occupied by the Liberators, an all-female group led by the powerful Valkyrie, who wished to bring male supremacy down. The Wasp was convinced to join her against condescending male super-heroes. During Tom Fagan's super-hero Halloween festivities, the Avengers were attacked by the Masters of Evil, and the Liberators approached them. The victorious Valkyrie led her team to overpower both groups, but was eventually revealed to be Enchantress in disguise, causing the dissolution of the Liberators. She then manipulated Arkon into joining her to torment the Avengers in his homeworld by lying to him and enchanting the Black Knight. The Avengers helped Arkon and Black Knight to see through Enchantress' deception, but she managed to escape.
Transported by Thir back to Earth, some Avengers got stranded on an alternate Earth in the future, where they learned that world would suffer a cataclysm. The Scarlet Witch sent the group to the present, where they found the Avengers Mansion inhabited by Squadron Supreme. The Avengers attacked the group believing them to be Squadron Sinister, when it was revealed that the Squadron intended to launch a satellite under the orders of Brain-Child. The Avengers assumed this event to cause the incoming catastrophe and convinced Nighthawk about it. Brain-Child's nefarious annihilations plans were exposed, causing the two groups to join forces to beat him. After that, the other Avengers managed to bring their teammates back to their home reality. Following this adventure, Black Panther permanently left the Avengers to fully assume the Wakandan throne.
Seeking to free Rick Jones from the Negative Zone, Captain Marvel invaded the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building and caught the Avengers' attention. In their intervention, the Avengers witnessed the accidental escape of the terrible Annihilus, who was immediately pushed back through the Negative Zone portal. A disoriented Mar-Vell took the opportunity to escape in one of the Avengers' Quinjets, with the intention of returning to his home, the Kree Empire. Captured by the Avengers with the help of Jones in Cape Canaveral, Mar-Vell was shown to be afflicted by deadly radiation from the Negative Zone. In the Kree Galaxy, Ronan the Accuser staged a power coup against the Supreme Intelligence. As the new supremor of the Kree Empire, Ronan sent a Kree Sentry to attack Mar-Vell. The Avengers failed to prevent the Sentry from capturing Mar-Vell.
Back to the Avengers Mansion, the Avengers learned that the Wasp, Yellowjacket and Goliath searched for missing members of a scientific exploration who had found a tropical jungle in the middle of the freezing Arctic. Attacked by Ronan and his Sentry, Yellowjacket was devolved into a primitive being and attacked the other Avengers. Ronan revealed his intention of devolving the entire human race to facilitate his plans of colonizing Earth. Meanwhile, as Ronan's prisoners, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch first demonstrated their feelings for each other. Although Ronan had advantage during the battle, he was forced to abandon Earth after learning the Kree Empire was under attack by Skrulls. Although Ronan's invasion failed, a public hysteria about alien invasions ensued. Captain Marvel, being a Kree himself, became a subject of investigation, and civil society turned on the Avengers for protecting aliens. Captain Marvel escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D. with the help of Carol Danvers. On court, the Avengers were vehemently hostilized by Senator H. Warren Craddock, who incited hate against Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The group ultimately met their fall when a mob trashed the Avengers Mansion. Labelled as traitors, the Avengers were disassembled by Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, who drove them out of the mansion in disgrace.
The ex-Avengers Goliath, Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch and the Vision met up with Captain Marvel and Danvers in a farm in Vermont, where they were attacked by shapeshifters. The Vision escaped but found himself collapsing in the Avengers Mansion. Aided by the very same Avengers who drove him out of the team, he fully recovered after Hank Pym, in his Ant-Man microscopic persona, entered his body to make the necessary repairs. Declaring not to be responsible for disassembling the team, the Avengers realized that Skrulls had impersonated them and eroded the team from within. Moreover, Danvers was revealed to be the Super-Skrull, claiming Captain Marvel, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch as hostages. His destination was Attilan, the capital city of the Inhuman race – super-powered beings genetically engineered by the Kree he wished to annihilate. Attilan resisted the Super-Skrull's attacks, and his spaceship marched to the Skrull galaxy. On the Skrull homeworld, Captain Marvel was forced by the Skrull Emperor to build a Omni-Wave Projector to give the Skrulls advantage over the Kree. In order to motivate Mar-Vell, the Skrulls threatened to terminate Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
On Earth, the Avengers, still being accused of aiding alien individuals, were targetted by S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroids under Craddock's orders. After Iron Man disabled the Mandroid armors, the Avengers were met by the Inhuman Triton, who requested help to rescue his lost leader, Black Bolt, and to dethrone the mad false king Maximus the Mad. Under the Vision's recommendation, the team split up to rescue both Black Bolt and the victims of the interstellar war between Kree and Skrulls. Found in San Francisco, Black Bolt travelled to Attilan with the Avengers, where Maximus was found to be in coallition with the Kree. During the battle, Rick Jones was captured by the Kree. With Maximus defeated, the Avengers flew to space to save their friends from both Kree and Skrulls.
Arriving at the Skrull homeworld by beating the Skrull fleet, the Avengers learned that Captain Marvel tricked the Skrull Emperor and did not build the Omni-Wave Projector. In fact, he used his time to free Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. In retaliation, the Skrulls put up a plan of decimating Earth. On the Kree homeworld, Rick Jones was introduced to his fellow prisoner, the Supreme Intelligence, who mentioned Jones' importance in the Kree-Skrull War and sent him back to the Negative Zone, where he was briefly confronted by Annihilus. The Supreme Intelligence brought him back to their captivity, explaining that Rick Jones' ability to tap into human race's cosmic evolutionary potential had been unlocked. This allowed Jones to cast forgotten super-heroes from the Golden Age of Comic Books to fight Ronan's army. Additionally, Jones forced a ceasefire by freezing all Kree and Skrulls in the universe with his newfound powers, effectively saving the other Avengers. This last act also outed Craddock as a Skrull on Earth during one of his hate speeches, causing his betrayed supporters to assassinate him. As Jones' new abilities were claimed back by the Supreme Intelligence, his life was at peril. Mar-Vell merged with him once again to preserve his life. With the war over and Earth safe, the Avengers were transported back home and were cleared of their past charges, being finally praised by their public.
Since Earth was put at great risk due to the Kree-Skrull combat, Iron Man secretly assembled a group of leaders and representants of the super-human communities in order to perform preventive actions to avenge and protect the planet. In the years to come, these Illuminati would act without the knowledge or consent of their own teammates, interfering in many matters related to super-hero affairs, especially the Avengers.
Another consequence of the alien war was the disappearance of Goliath, who had not returned to Earth alongside the other Avengers. He was found in his Hawkeye identity when taking part in a battle between the Avengers and the God of War, Ares, and his lackeys, the Warhawks. During this fight, the Avengers were also met by Hercules, who had returned from Olympus to prevent an impending danger. In the Avengers Mansion, Hercules was captured under Ares' orders. To rescue their friend, the Avengers decided to invade Olympus by combining the might of all of their former members, even the Hulk and Swordsman. Before departing, the Avengers learned that Ares had been joined by Enchantress, who helped him acquire Black Knight's abandoned Ebony Blade and incapacitate all gods in Olympus but Hercules. The Avengers ultimately defeated Ares, Enchantress and their army, leaving Hercules behind to punish the villains.
The Vision was offered Simon William's human body by the Grim Reaper in return of assistance to destroy the Avengers. Although the Vision refused it, the Reaper provided him ways to keep in touch. At the Avengers Mansion, mutant-hunting Sentinels captured the Scarlet Witch, enraging her brother Quicksilver, who left the Avengers to search her. The Avengers found the Sentinel base in Australia, and Quicksilver learned about their plan of obliterating Earth to erase mutantkind. Though the Avengers managed to destroy the Sentinels and their base, Quicksilver went missing.
Following reports by the Black Panther concerning missing scientists in Chile, the Avengers confronted the Savage Land Mutates alongside Thor's partner Sif. Then, in their search for Quicksilver, the Avengers fell into a trap by the Space Phantom, who had allied himself with the Grim Reaper. The Vision momentarily pretended to accept the Reaper's offer of granting him a human body, only to betray him and help the Avengers foil the Space Phantom's plans. With the end of the threat, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch finally confessed their love for each other and publicly started a relationship.
Hawkeye then left the team after meeting the wicked Mr. Champion, who had tricked him into teaching his archery art. Some time later, Quicksilver contacted the Avengers, announcing he had been rescued by the Inhuman Crystal during the Sentinel fight and planned to marry her. Tragically, he reacted terribly to his sister's relationship with the Vision the synthetic man, and decided to cut off contact for good. In fact, the Vision's condition as an artificial human and his love for the Scarlet Witch soon also became subject of controversy among the public.
Meanwhile, the Avengers learned that the X-Men's X-Mansion had been attacked and went to help. There, Magneto and the Savage Land Mutates trapped the unconscious X-Men and several Avengers. Black Panther, Thor and the Vision recruited Black Widow and Daredevil to liberate the Avengers and the X-Men. Black Widow and Daredevil were invited to officially join the Avengers after Magneto was knocked out by the Vision. Only Black Widow decided to accept the offer, parting ways with Daredevil. Her tenure was short though, for she left after a confrontation against the Lion-God, a battle that led Black Panther to return to Africa.
Being hostilized by construction workers on the street, the Scarlet Witch was assisted by the eccentric Mantis in evading the aggressors. Invited to the Avengers Mansion, Mantis revealed to be a partner of Swordsman, and both requested to join the Avengers as Hawkeye's replacement. In the mansion, Mantis secretly summoned the Lion-God, who immediately attacked Black Panther. The Avengers' new recruits aided the team in defeating the villain, claiming that Mantis had been aware of Lion-God's intentions and wished to defeat him before he could make his move, which ensured the Avengers' trust.
After Black Knight went missing, the Avengers looked for him with no success. At the same time, Loki was greeted by the dread Dormammu, who sought for an ally to gather the Evil Eye and conquer Earth. For that, Dormammu proposed to manipulate Doctor Strange's team, the Defenders, into doing his work by making them believe that, in order to restore a petrified Black Knight, they would need the Evil Eye. The Avengers visited Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum in search of Black Knight, but were aggressively rout off. Fearing Dormammu's real intentions, Loki alerted the Avengers about the Defenders' agenda of collecting the Evil Eye's fragments, sharing the locations to where the Defenders members had gone in their mission.
On the other hand, the Defenders learned about the Avengers' association with villains such as Loki and Swordsman and decided to respond to it. As a consequence, at different locations of the globe, Avengers and Defenders clashed, with the Defenders being constantly victorious and collecting the Evil Eye. However, when Captain America confronted Namor, they suspected that their recent actions might have been manipulated. Even though the two groups made peace with each other and planned to confront their mysterious enemy, one of Dormammu's servants, Asti the All-Seeing, assembled the Evil Eye.
With the Evil Eye, Dormammu's Dark Dimension invaded Earth. Nick Fury and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents protected the planet, and Avengers and Defenders ventured into the Dark Dimension. Being no match for the omnipotent Dormammu, the Avengers were unexpectedly helped by Loki, who attacked Dormammu, allowing the Scarlet Witch to interrupt the invasion. With the Evil Eye, the Defenders restored Black Knight back to life, while a catatonic Loki was sent by the Avengers to be under Tom Fagan's care, after a brief confrontation with the obsessive Collector.
The Celestial Madonna
Van Lunt finally made his move by leading the Zodiac to attack the Avengers Mansion and trying to take over the world. He planned to commit mass murder in New York City with the so-called Star-Blaster. With the arrival of Captain America, the Avengers turned the situation in their favor. Van Lunt was revealed as Taurus after dissident members of the Zodiac helped the Avengers. Following Van Lunt's defeat, Zodiac member Libra stated to be Mantis' father, further informing the Avengers that Mantis' maternal uncle and Swordsman's former employer, the crime-master Monsieur Khruul, was responsible for Mantis' mother's death. In seek of revenge, Swordsman travelled to Saigon to end Khruul, being followed by the other Avengers. As Swordsman failed in his attempt, Khruul turned his rage on the Priests of Pama, a Kree faction hidden on Earth who had raised Mantis. At their temple, the Avengers found Khruul dead by the hands of a dragon-like creature he accidentally released, the Star-Stalker. Using Taurus' Star-Blaster powered by the Vision's solar rays, the Avengers destroyed the monster.
Back to the Avengers Mansion, the Avengers were met by Rick Jones' girlfriend, Lou-Ann, who begged for help in saving Jones and Captain Marvel, who had been afflicted by a terrifying enemy, Thanos the Mad Titan. On Earth's orbit, the Avengers found Thanos' invasion fleet and successfully incapacitated the armada. They returned to their mansion unknowingly occupied by Thanos. Possessing the Cosmic Cube, Thanos reshaped reality and ascended to a god-like form. With the help of Drax the destroyer and Mantis, Mar-Vell destroyed the Cube and saved the universe. The Avengers were left in awe after a confrontation with such a deadly foe.
Following an attack orchestrated by Klaw and Solarr, Black Panther decided to leave the Avengers again and focus on his people in Wakanda. Next, the Avengers Mansion was invaded by golden-age hero Whizzer, from the All-Winners Squad, who wished to acquire the Chrono-Module casket in possession of the Avengers. The device contained Whizzer's son, the insane and radioactive Nuklo, who broke free and attacked the Avengers. As the Avengers searched for him, Whizzer realized he and his late wife Miss America might be the Scarlet Witch's and Quicksilver's parents. Nuklo was eventually found and defeated by the Avengers.
Shortly after, the Avengers were invited by the Inhuman Gorgon to attend Quicksilver's and Crystal's wedding at the Himalayas. The ceremony was ruined by Maximus and his ally, the giant android, Omega. During the brutal attack, Omega was revealed to actually be Ultron's new update: Ultron-7. The Avengers joined forces with the Fantastic Force and the Inhumans to defeat the villains, making the wedding possible. As the Fantastic Four parted ways with the Avengers, their nanny, the witch Agatha Harkness, decided to stay at the Avengers Mansion to tutor the Scarlet Witch in the ways of magic. As soon as they started their training, they were attacked by the magician Necrodamus, who was overpowered by the Scarlet Witch, confirming Harkness' belief in her potential for witchcraft.
On that night, a star shone above the Avengers Mansion. Kang claimed it to be a signal for him, since he sought the "Celestial Madonna", a legendary woman professed to birth a celestial messiah, the most powerful being on Earth. Kang captured all the Avengers except for Swordsman, who, under Harkness' advice, infiltrated Rama-Tut's pyramids to free his teammates. With Rama-Tut's and Hawkeye's help, Swordsman chased Kang. During the fight, it was revealed that Mantis was the Celestial Madonna, making her a target to Kang. In order to protect her beloved, Swordsman heroically sacrificed his own life.
At the temple of the Priests of Pama, the Avengers celebrated a funeral, which was briefly interrupted by a confrontation between the Titanic Three and the criminal Razorblade. Meanwhile, Kang's combat with Rama-Tut was discontinued by Immortus, allowing Kang to pluck dead super-humans from the timestream to attack the Avengers as the Legion of the Unliving in Immortus' castle in Limbo. As Iron Man and the Vision perished in battle, the undead members of the Legion started to break free from Kang's control, allowing Human Torch to inspect the Vision's robotic body and realize they shared the same components. The Avengers defeated Kang and his brainwashed minion Wonder Man, while Hawkeye freed Rama-Tut and Immortus, who reassembled the Avengers and revived Iron Man.
Immortus revealed that the Vision was a rebuilt version of the Human Torch and shared the origins of Kree-Skrull War, which had the plant alien Cotati as the very first victims of the conflict. The Priests of Pama tended to the surviving immobile Cotati for ages until their end at Khruul's hands. The Avengers eventually found the Cotati garden in Swordsman's burying place, where Swordsman met them revived as a Cotati lord. Concurrently, the psychic Titanian Moondragon approached the Avengers Mansion in response to their failed attempts at contacting her ally Captain Marvel. There, she was attacked by the Scarlet Witch under Agatha Harkness' recommendation, but managed to meet Swordsman and the Avengers at the temple of Pama later on.
With Immortus' assistance in learning about his origins, the Vision journeyed to the Dark Dimension, where he found the Scarlet Witch restrained and brainwashed by Dormammu and his sister Umar. Overcoming their control, the Scarlet Witch assisted the Vision in defeating her captors. At the Avengers Mansion, the Vision proposed to the Scarlet Witch. At the same time, in Saigon, Libra and the Cotati Swordsman told Mantis about her destiny to fulfill as the Celestial Madonna, and she agreed to marry Swordsman. When the Avengers learned that Kang had attacked the Titanic Three, a battle ensued to guarantee Mantis' safety. Immortus intervened, tricking Kang into believing he had acquired Mantis, when in fact he had captured a Space Phantom. In a happy ending, Immortus performed a double wedding ceremony, officializing the unions of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch and of Mantis and Swordsman. The latter couple left the Avengers to venture to the stars.
At the Avengers Mansion, Moondragon was offered membership to the team by Iron Man, accepting to stay around as an ally. The Wasp and Yellowjacket complied to an invitation to rejoin the team as well. Lastly, former X-Man Beast got interested in their offer to new additions. The group was then attacked by the mysterious Stranger, who gravely wounded the Wasp. Invading the Stranger's ship, the Avengers learned their foe was in fact the Toad and defeated him. At the hospital, the Avengers confronted Whirlwind, who once again stalked the Wasp by impersonating her chauffer. The stress of the battle caused Yellowjacket's powers to turn against him, and Beast collected a formula from Brand Corporation to save him. Administered by the Vision, who had recently returned from his honeymoon, the formula was phased inside Yellowjacket's gigantic body, saving him.
The Avengers learned both that Roxxon, run by Hugh Jones, was interested in the dangerous Serpent Crown artifact and that Hawkeye got lost in the timestream when trying to rescue Black Knight. Thor and Moondragon requested Immortus' help to search for Hawkeye, fighting Kang in the process and ending up in the 19th century. Hawkeye informed about Kang's plans of invading that era. Teaming up with the cowboy super-heroes from that time, the Avengers assaulted Kang's citadel. While confronting Thor, Kang's armor's systems overloaded and he was obliterated, preventing his conquest from happening. Back to the present, the Avengers were accompanied by the hero Two-Gun Kid, and Hawkeye quitted the Avengers, becoming Two-Gun Kid's partner.
Simultaneously, the other Avengers investigated Brand Corporation, knowing it had ties to Roxxon. Beast's former associate, Patsy Walker, interloped on the mission as the Avengers were attacked and captured by Squadron Supreme under Walker's ex-husband Buzz Baxter's orders. Escaping from Baxter, the Avengers found the Cat Suit in the Brand Corporation complex. Patsy Walker was offered to wear it by Captain America and Iron Man, adopting the name Hellcat and assisting the Avengers against Squadron Supreme. During the fight, Hugh Jones transported all super-heroes to Squadron Supreme's reality. On the other Earth, the Avengers were met by President Rockefeller, who commanded the Squadron and wore a Serpent Crown like Hugh Jones had in the past as a member of the Serpent Cartel. The Vision helped the Avengers to flee after acquiring the Serpent Crown from Rockefeller. However, the Scarlet Witch succumbed to the crown's evil influence, allying herself to Rockefeller's Squadron. She eventually overcame the crown's influence and joined her husband in knocking Squadron Supreme out. Ultimately, the Avengers infiltrated the White House, exposed Rockefeller's evil schemes to Squadron Supreme and managed to return to heir home reality with the Serpent Crown. Back home, the Avengers turned their attention to Hugh Jones once more. While Thor and Moondragon battled Jones' henchman Orka, Hellcat and the other Avengers confronted Baxter and Jones, finally putting an end to Roxxon's and Brand's corporational terror.
With the return of the Wasp and Yellowjacket and the departure of Thor, Hellcat and Moondragon, the Avengers formed their new line-up, announcing it to the public in a press release. With the unexpected return of a debilitated Wonder Man, the Vision was accused of stealing his mind. The Scarlet Witch magically linked Wonder Man's to an area known as the Dead Swamp in New Orleans, where they found Black Talon and his army of zombies. After defeating him, the Avengers learned the Talon had not been actually responsible for Wonder Man's resurrection.
The Scarlet Witch then turned her attention to recovering the Serpent Crown from the ruins of Brand Corporation facilities. There, she was incapacitated by the Living Laser who, in possession of the crown, mind-controlled Wonder Man to destroy the Avengers. Meanwhile, the mansion was invaded once again by an insane Whizzer. The two events intersected when the Living Laser captured Nuklo. While the Beast found and fought Wonder Man, the Avengers tracked the serpent crowned Laser. During the ensuing battle, the Living Laser was defeated and Nuklo and Whizzer were severely wounded.
The Vision disposed of the Serpent Crown on the ocean floor, but was captured by Attuma in the process. Attuma wished to force the Avengers to attack his nemesis Namor. At the mansion, Attuma's minions led by Tyrak deceived and captured all the other Avengers but Beast. At the Hydrobase, the enslaved Avengers were forced to confront Doctor Doom and Namor's allies, the Hydro-Men. Beast recruited Wonder Man and the Whizzer to rescue the Avengers, and felt the wrath of Namor under Attuma's machinations. In an unusual outcome, the Avengers ultimately teamed up with Doctor Doom and Namor to overpower Attuma and Tyrak.
The Avengers Mansion was tragically attacked by the petrified statue of Black Knight, who broke into pieces after a debate with the Vision. Conflicted about his own nature after the death of an "unreal" being, the Vision took it out on Wonder Man. Their fight was interrupted by a distress call coming from the Canadian Rockies, where the mad and evil Graviton seized control of the research facility he was part of. With his extremely powerful gravitational abilities, Graviton easily defeated all Avengers. Demanding the United Nations to turn the whole world to him, Graviton was intercepted by Thor and Black Panther. He met his ultimate fate as a victim of his uncontrollable powers and his fractured sanity.
The Avengers were then trapped by the Grim Reaper, who forced a trial to decide whether the Vision or Wonder Man had the right to claim Simon Williams' identity. The bizarre situation was ended by Wonder Man, who knocked out his own brother. Then, the Avengers were attacked in the mansion by Hank Pym, in his Ant-Man identity and believing to be still living the day the Avengers first formed. Not recognizing the new members, he attacked them as invaders. The Wasp intervened and informed the Avengers about her husband's deteriorating mental health. As it was revealed Ultron-8 was behind the attack, Pym and the Wasp were captured. Ultron convinced Pym to assist him in transfering the Wasp's consciousness into a metalloid body, whom he wished to take as his wife. The Avengers interfered in time, seemingly interrupting the transfer, although Ultron managed to escape.
After fighting Typhon, the Avengers found themselves protecting the city from a new Lethal Legion formed by Count Nefaria. Using his vast financial resources, Nefaria replicated his minions' powers for himself, becoming one of the mightiest villains the Avengers have ever faced. The Avengers were no match for the near omnipotent Nefaria. However, he was ultimately defeated with the help of Thor and the Vision, after succumbing to his own fears of becoming old and frail.
When the Avengers were alerted by Nick Fury about a massive space station orbiting around Earth, they were astonished to meet its occupants: the futuristic heroes known as the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Guardians had traveled to the past in order to prevent their archnemesis, the cyborg Korvac, from killing the young version of one of their own, Vance Astro. Willing to help the Guardians, the Avengers were unexpectedly interrupted by National Security Council agent Henry Peter Gyrich at the Avengers Mansion. With the National Security Council taking an active interest in the Avengers' internal affairs due to their governmental privileges, Gyrich was appointed to be a liaison between the White House and the Avengers.
In the Avengers lab, Ultron's bride was awakened and escaped the Avengers Mansion. The group followed her, expecting to find Ultron. Assisted by the heroine Ms. Marvel, the Avengers found Ultron hidden in a convent. In an unanticipated turn of events, Ultron's creation, now named Jocasta, turned against her master and helped the Avengers wreck Ultron once again. Following this fight, the Avengers noticed that many of their current and former members and allies mysteriously disappeared, causing Hawkeye to return to the team. As Hawkeye mistakenly attacked Gyrich believing him to be an intruder, the Avengers lost their security clearances and privileges in retaliation. After reacting to an urgent attack by Tyrak, the Avengers tracked the kidnapper with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Following the trail, the group was welcomed by the Collector. With the Collector hit by Hawkeye, the imprisoned Avengers were freed. The villain then shared that he intended to protect the Avengers from the prophetic coming of a cosmic war inflicted by an omnipotent being. He also revealed that he had sent his daughter Carina to spy this all-powerful adversary but she had fallen in love with him. The Collector was assassinated before being able to utter the name of the formidable foe: Korvac, who had been boosted by the Power Cosmic to godhood after tampering with Galactus' circuitry in Taa II.
Back to Earth and working alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, an enormous group of Avengers focused on finding their mysterious aggressor. Iron Man managed to find the source of the attack against the Collector in Forest Hills. Arriving at Korvac's (disguised as an ordinary human "Michael") and Carina's house, the Avengers could not find any abnormal evidence, until the Guardian Starhawk confessed he was unable to perceive "Michael", since Korvac had rendered himself undetectable to Starhawk's senses days earlier. Exposed, Korvac unleashed his ire upon dozens of Avengers. As a horrific battle ensued, Korvac easily defeated most of the Avengers. However, realizing Carina doubted his intentions, he preferred to commit suicide rather than scaring his love. Carina took her own life as well to be with Korvac. While Thor, in his Donald Blake physician persona, tended to the fallen Avengers, Moondragon psychically felt Korvac's noble intentions and kept the fact that the Avengers had caused a good-intended heart to perish a secret for herself only.
Since such an enormous group of Avengers fought Korvac, Gyrich targetted their unstable roster under the National Security Council's orders. Gyrich restricted active membership in the name of security, tightening admission requirements and pared the core group down to only seven operatives including the black super-hero Falcon in accordance to government standards of equal-opportunity employment. Around this period, the Maximoff twins were victims of a mysterious magical attack. Jocasta helped the Avengers pinpoint the source of the attack and the Avengers fought the twins' father, the ventriloquist Django Maximoff, freeing their allies in the process. As the Maximoffs left for their home village in Transia with their father, the Scarlet Witch's position as an active Avenger was filled by Ms. Marvel. Meanwhile, when Hawkeye stumbled upon the criminal Absorbing Man in Hudson River, he contacted the Avengers for intervention, but the villain managed to escape.
In Transia, the Scarlet Witch was approached and kidnapped by Modred the Mystic, while Quicksilver was helped by his former nanny Bova. At the Wundagore Mountain, Modred introduced the Scarlet Witch to the Darkhold -- the cursed tome of his master, the chaos demon lord Chthon. Chthon was allowed to access the mundane plane by possessing the Scarlet Witch. In desperation, Quicksilver asked the Avengers for help. Chthon cruelly tortured the Avengers, but was ultimately banished when the Avengers used one of Django Maximoff's magical marionettes to restore the Scarlet Witch's consciousness. On their way home, the Avengers fought the Russian Elements of Doom and upon getting home they deactivated one of Stark's rogue creations, the deadly Arsenal.
The Avengers faced additional problems with Gyrich when he attempted to revoke their security clearance for not complying to his authoritarian terms. Gyrich attempted to dissolute the team, officially accusing them of being a threat. The Avengers were assisted by Daredevil in court and also in a battle against a behemoth beast which interrupted the trial. The beast was revealed to be in fact the Grey Gargoyle. After defeating the petrifying villain, Gyrich and the jury recognized the need for the Avengers to act on Earth's behalf.
When the Avengers Mansion was unexpectedly invaded by a runaway inmate from the Solomon Institute for the Criminally Insane named Selbe, a suspicious Wasp went to investigate by herself but got captured. The Avengers teamed up with the new Ant-Man and went to her rescue, learning the place was an supervillain academy run by the Taskmaster. Taskmaster was stopped thanks to Jocasta, which helped her get the Avengers' recognition as a valuable teammate.
In a bizarre turn of events, as the Avengers stopped the gigantic mecha Red Ronin, Ms. Marvel learned to be pregnant. Don Blake delivered the baby boy following an extremely short pregnancy and the Avengers noticed the baby rapid development. The intelligent kid introduced himself as Marcus and claimed to have secretly seduced Ms. Marvel into being delivering himself as a baby as a way to escape from Limbo to Earth. In a very short period of time, Marcus reached adulthood and his presence on Earth disrupted the timestream, causing many time travellers to attack the Avengers Mansion. After revealing to be Immortus' son, Marcus decided to return to Limbo and was accompanied by Ms. Marvel with the Avengers' approval.
This experience turned to be horrible for Ms. Marvel. After Marcus decayed and perished due to his accelerated aging, she realized she had been brainwashed and was able to escape Limbo. Resentful for the Avengers not preventing the abuse she had suffered, Ms. Marvel laid low, but became a target to Rogue and Mystique of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Rogue permanently absorbed Ms. Marvel's powers and memories and moved her attack to the Avengers, overpowering them and temporarily absorbing their abilities to free some of her imprisoned teammates. With the X-Men's and Spider-Woman's help, the Avengers defeated the Brotherhood and some of its members came back to jail. However, a very debilitated and powerless Carol Danvers chose not to return to the team that had failed her as Ms. Marvel.
Ultron attacked the Avengers one more time, this time by controlling Iron Man and capturing the Scarlet Witch. In a horrendous conflict, the Avengers witnessed their formidable foe perish again. In their following mission, the Avengers fought the Yellow Claw, who met his end thanks to the efforts of the Vision in secretly approaching the villain by himself. As the Avengers roster grew again with the constant addition of former members, Captain America decided to rebrand the group as a smaller six-membered unit. Moondragon telepathically summoned several super-heroes wishing to intervene the Avengers' new roster. In the end, most heroes turned the offer down and only the founding Avengers remained, welcoming Tigra the werewoman to their ranks.
The Trial of Hank Pym
Back to the Avengers, Hank Pym exhibited an aggressively brutal behavior. Feeling diminished, he constantly mistreated his wife, the Wasp. When fighting the grieving witch known as Elf-Queen, he employed unnecessary force when Captain America attempted to reason with her. Charged by the Avengers for his reckless decisions, Pym faced a court-martial and had his credentials suspended. In order to prove his worth to the Avengers, he envisioned a macabre plan by once again building an artificial intelligence and programming it to attack the Avengers. Knowing the robot's weak spots, Yellowjacket would be able to save the Avengers in a performative act. However, being suspicious of her husband's seclusion, the Wasp investigated in his lab but was spotted. In a frantic display of rage, Pym violently aggressed the Wasp due to her protests. Carrying out his plan against the Avengers, he was unexpectedly overpowered by his own creation and ultimately saved by the Wasp. The Avengers learned about his misconduct, and Hank Pym left the mansion in shame and went missing.
Each Avenger coped with the loss of a founding member in their way, with the Wasp deciding to file a divorce during a leave of absence. The group was then contacted by Candy Southern to help the Angel, who had been attacked by a crazy Ghost Rider. In a frightening combat, the Avengers helped the Ghost Rider reach sanity. In the following day, the Avengers were assembled by the Silver Surfer to stop the Molecule Man from consuming Earth. With the Avengers and Silver Surfer apparently slain, Tigra was the last Avenger in Molecule Man's citadel. Being able to convince Molecule Man of changing his ill-intended behavior, Tigra honorably bid farewell to the Avengers and their dangerous adventures.
The Wasp returned to the Avengers Mansion when it was attacked by the harmless attention-seeker Fabian Stankiewicz. She proposed herself as the new chairperson to the Avengers. In her first mission as a leader, she painfully had to confront Yellowjacket, who had been blackmailed by his nemesis Egghead into invading a Strategic Air Command base. Ultimately knocked out by the Wasp, Hank Pym was arrested and sent to jail, being unable to link the attack to Egghead and prove his innocence.
Soon after, the Avengers had their will tampered with by Moondragon one more time for she had Drax summon them to stop a rebellion in Ba-Bani, a planet she ruled as a goddess. The Avengers realized Moondragon's elaborate deception after she brainwashed Thor in attacking his teammates. With Drax's help, the Avengers put an end to Moondragon's reckless actions. Next, Thor brought Nebulon the Celestial Man to the Avengers Mansion in order to introduce him to the wonders of mundane life. However, Nebulon's enemies, the Defenders, intercepted the meeting by claiming that Nebulon was a villain. As the two super-hero groups fought each other, it was revealed that Nebulon's partner Supernalia had manipulated their actions. In the end, the uneasey alien couple chose to commit suicide, a worthy end in their culture.
In need of new members, the Avengers were officially limited to six members by Gyrich. During another failed attack by Stankiewicz, the lawyer Jennifer Walters, also known as the sensational She-Hulk, was invited by the Wasp to join the team. She was complemented by Hawkeye, who returned due to the need of new blood. The new formation of the group was attacked by the Masters of Evil, who had been secretly reformed by Egghead. Egghead sent the Masters to stage a situation in which Pym would be seen as a villain during his trial. The Avengers failed to prevent Pym's abduction and watched him depart in horror. Upon learning the truth about Egghead's involvement, the Avengers rescued Pym from the Masters of Evil. Egghead was killed in action by Hawkeye, the Masters of Evil were apprehended, and Pym was proven innocent of being a traitor. At the Avengers Mansion, Pym took responsibility for his past mistakes and permanently left amicably, while Hawkeye faced charges for executing Egghead but was declared innocent.
In between the trial of Hank Pym, the Avengers were recruited by Doctor Druid to travel to the past and assist Black Knight in the Middle Ages. As champions for Avalon, the Avengers defeated some evil Fomorians and restored Black Knight to the present times. The group was also contacted by the Thing concerning the well-being of the superpowered young heroine who had adopted the name of Captain Marvel. As the Avengers helped Captain Marvel control her power levels, she was invited to stay with them initially under in-training status.
The Avengers tragically lost Iron Man when Tony Stark succumbed to alcoholism. Wishing to join the Avengers, the Titanian Eros was baptized as Starfox by the Wasp and had his request approved under in-training status. In helping Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers defeated Plantman as he was betrayed by his partner, the Wizard, who was captured by the Avengers later on. Assigned by the United Nations to assess the threats posed by Attilan on the Blue Area of the Moon, the Avengers and the Inhuman Royal Family also clashed with Maximus the Mad one more time.
While investigating a mysterious forcefield generated by Annihilus in the Baxter Building, the Avengers witnessed the Vision fall into a profound coma. Teaming up with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers sent Annihilus back to the Negative Zone, but the Vision could not be restored. Concurrently, the Avengers fought supervillains at Project Pegasus following an inconvenient outbreak of Lava Men. During the mission, Spider-Man requested for Avengers membership, but was rejected for security reasons concerning his activities, as exposed by Raymond Sikorski, the National Security Council liaison who had replaced Gyrich. Managing to establish contact with the Vision, Starfox decided to assemble a restorative apparatus with the help of I.S.A.A.C., the artificial intelligence that governed his home in Titan. The connection with the machinery merged the Vision's consciousness with I.S.A.A.C. and the Avengers Mansions's computer systems. With an expanded intelligence, the Vision easily tracked two fugitives from the attack at Project Pegasus, namely Moonstone and Blackout, leading the Avengers to recapture them.
After Tigra contacted the Avengers for assistance in investigating bizarre events surrounding a comatose Spider-Woman, Wonder Man sought help concerning the David Letterman Show to improve his actor career. The Vision assembled a group of former Avengers to star in TV with Wonder Man while the main team went to the West Coast to help Spider-Woman. In another goofy attempt, Stankiewicz tried to destroy the Avengers in the TV studio, while the rest of the Avengers teamed up with Tigra, Doctor Strange, the Shroud and Hank Pym to save Spider-Woman from Morgan Le Fay in the astral plane.
Back home, the Avengers celebrated Hawkeye's marriage to the special agent Mockingbird. Restored to his physical existence, the Vision alerted the Avengers about an imminent threat posed by an unidentified energy source. His predictions proved to be true when some of the Avengers were abducted in a mysterious structure that emerged in Central Park. The heroes were transported to Battleworld, an artificial patchwork world created with zones of several planets by the mysterious Beyonder. There, the Avengers and other super-heroes were forced to battle super-villains in a bizarre contest. The Avengers initially stood with other superheroes, namely Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. However, as the X-Men planned to join Magneto, who had captured the Wasp in a previous confrontation, there was a schism between the groups. The Avengers were then brutally attacked by Doctor Doom and his group of supervillains, having their lives saved by the Hulk. After recovering, they realized that Galactus planned to consume Battleworld and watched as the world-eater built his machinery. Making amends with the X-Men, the Avengers made their move against the villains to rescue She-Hulk. Meanwhile, as Galactus apparently destroyed Battleworld, Doctor Doom secretly redirected the employed energy for himself managing to tap into the Beyonder's omnipotent powers as well, with the Avengers being unable to prevent it. Captain America decided to depower Doctor Doom, assembling the superheroes to do so. As the Beyonder claimed his powers back, Doom was defeated. Abandoned in Battleworld, the heroes managed to return home from their secret wars. The Thing stayed in Battleworld, and She-Hulk left the Avengers to replace him in the Fantastic Four.
Influenced by I.S.A.A.C. on Earth, the Vision decided to seize the leadership of the Avengers in the Wasp's absence. Days later, the missing Avengers returned from Battleworld and the Vision stayed as chairman under the Wasp's decision. He suggested the creation of a second team of active Avengers. A branch of West Coast Avengers was run by Hawkeye in California. Eventually, the West Coast Avengers consolidated themselves as an independent faction of Avengers with the return of Tony Stark.
Abducting the mind-controlling Purple Man, Doctor Doom amplified his power through a Psycho-Prism in order to enslave and rule the entire world. He enlisted Namor as his lieutenant to deal with artifical individuals who were immune to Purple Man's chemical control, such as the Vision, which led to an attack to the Avengers Mansion. The Avengers on the west coast learned about Namor's attack and tracked down its origin, bringing the battle to Doom Island. However, the Avengers succumbed to Doom's influence and worked as his underlings. Having emerged from a sensory deprivation chamber as part of an experiment, Wonder Man woke up unaffected to find the world absolutely run by Emperor Doom. The renegade Wonder Man broke some Avengers with the strongest wills of Doom's control. The Avengers overthrew Doom's regime and ended his domination over the population, returning the planet to its former status, both good and bad.
In his first mission as a chairman, the Vision led the team against the vile Dire Wraiths, when he started to make moves to expand the global power of the Avengers. In order to do that, the Vision manipulated key government agents to increase his clearance permissions. Concurrently, when attending a party held by Sersi, Starfox and the Wasp were gathered by the Eternals to Olympia. As the other Avengers intervened, Olympia was attacked by Maelstrom. In between solving the problems concerning Maelstrom and his minions alongside the West Coast Avengers, the East Coast Avengers also assisted Thor in fighting the hordes of Malekith the Accursed and of Surtur, paving way for Hercules to return to the team. Around this time, Captain America also led an informal group of Avengers to fight Arnim Zola, who had attempted to use Hulk clones for his evil plans.
Frustrated with the limitations of the Avengers as a peace-making initiative, the Vision carried out authoritarian schemes alongside I.S.A.A.C., planning to assume command of every computing system on Earth. To achieve that, he misled the Avengers by assigning them to a mission where they faced Thanos' minions, the Blood Brothers, while Captain Marvel was sent to the orbit of Pluto in a long-term mission to assess Thanos' former starship, Sanctuary II. In the Mansion, the Vision wished not to be interrupted and imprisoned the Black Knight, who had arrived to rejoin the Avengers. Accessing all systems in the world, the Vision consolidated his absolute control over Earth after defeating Quasimodo in the Soviet computer network. The Avengers, East and West, learned about the Vision's deception and confronted him at the Mansion. The Avengers convinced the Vision that his absolutist regime would bring no freedom for human society. He decided to end his rule by reprogramming himself, disconnecting his corrupted Control Crystal and severing his link with I.S.A.A.C.. However, his interference was tracked by the world's organizations and the Avengers' were blamed for his invasion.
The Vision resigned chairmanship, returning it to the Wasp, and left the Avengers with the Scarlet Witch. As punitive measures, the Avengers had their priority clearance and their access to security-related information suspended by Sikorsky. Even so, the Avengers still worked closely with governmental institutions such as when they fended off Terminus in Savage Land under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s request alongside Shanna the She-Devil and Ka-Zar, at the cost of the prehistoric environment's existence.
Another major consequence of the Vision's actions concerned Captain Marvel, who got abducted and blackmailed in Sanctuary II by the space pirate Nebula, who claimed to be Thanos' granddaughter. Forced to attack a Skrull armada at Nebula's orders, Captain Marvel allied herself with the potential victims ruled by General Zedrao and contacted the Avengers for help. Teamed up with Fire-Lord, the Avengers reached Captain Marvel in Starfox's spaceship. Alongside former enemies from the Skrull Empire, the Avengers battled the mercenary Nebula, who had obliterated Xandar. Their quest was interrupted by the Beyonder, who teleported Nebula away in hopes of helping the Avengers. In the meantime, the Avengers teamed up with Fantastic Four to combat dissident Skrulls from detonating a Hyperwave Bomb in their journey. Unable to track Nebula, the Avengers returned home, though Starfox decided to keep looking for his alleged great-niece in outer space.
The reckless Beyonder kept causing trouble within the superhero community. The Avengers wished to stop him, but found themselves limited for being restricted from launching their supersonic Quinjets from the Mansion. Helping the Avengers with their clipped wings, aquatic superhero Stingray offered them a part of the Hydrobase in the Atlantic Ocean to serve as their airbase on lease. There, the Avengers met an exiled Namor; Captain America sought an opportunity to invite his long-time ally to the team, though his membership caused a negative public reaction. In their final fight against the Beyonder, the Avengers went to rescue a kidnapped Captain America but Earth's crust was damaged. Thanks to the efforts of the Silver Surfer and of the Molecule Man, who had been assembled by the Avengers, the chasm was sealed.
While working to link the Mansion with the Hydrobase with a subterranean tunnel, the Avengers were trapped in Limbo, now ruled by Kang. Kang planned to have the Avengers exterminate a temporal duplicate of himself after he had eliminated the Council of Kangs. In the lair of Kang, the Avengers fought his Growing Man and were ultimately captured alongside Kang's double. Kang was defeated due to the actions of a divergent version of his long lost lover Ravonna, who had joined Immortus. With Kang gone, Immortus sent the Avengers back to their reality.
As tensions escalated with public rejection to Namor, the Avengers teamed up with Alpha Flight to help him fight Attuma in Atlantis and save his bride Marrina. Following the crisis, Namor gloomily left the team. Another loss made itself known when the Avengers, East and West Coast branches, were charged of treason and subdued by Freedom Force. Gyrich, Sikorsky and Val Cooper informed the Avengers one of their own had blown on them. Locked in the Vault, the Avengers broke free thanks to Freedom Force's rogue agent, the new Spider-Woman. Contacting most of their past members, the Avengers attempted to identify the traitor, ultimately getting to Quicksilver. The resentful Quicksilver sought vengeance against his former teammates by associating himself with the Zodiac. After multiple clashes with the Zodiac, the Avengers were at Quicksilver's mercy. However, the Vision managed to convince Quicksilver of giving up on destroying the Avengers by exhibiting images of the Scarlet Witch's newborn children.
In addition to these issues, the Avengers dealt with several apparently isolated incidents with supervillains escaping prison, namely Moonstone, the Absorbing Man, Titania, Whirlwind, Mister Hyde, Screaming Mimi, the Grey Gargoyle, and the new Yellowjacket, who had previously stolen Hank Pym's former equipment. It was revealed that these super-villains had joined the Masters of Evil, rebranded as an army commanded by the new Baron Zemo, hellbent on revenge for his father's death. As their first move, the Masters of Evil invaded the Avengers Mansion and restricted Jarvis. Black Knight was apprehended by the Masters, Captain Marvel was trapped in the Darkforce Dimension, Hercules was brutally beaten to a coma by the Wrecking Crew and Captain America became the last hostage. With the Mansion sealed in a Darkforce dome cast by Blackout, the Wasp was the only Avenger standing.
Zemo and the Masters of Evil humiliated Captain America and Jarvis in the Avengers Mansion. At the hospital where Hercules had been admitted to, Absorbing Man and Titania made their move to finish him. The Wasp was assisted by Ant-Man and defeated the couple, deciding to retake the Mansion. Joined by a freed Captain Marvel and Thor, the Avengers were assisted by Doctor Druid to end the siege to the Avengers Mansion. With the Masters overpowered, Zemo attempted to have Blackout drag the entire Mansion to the Darkforce Dimension. As he failed, Baron Zemo had Blackout killed. Ultimately defeated by Captain America, Baron Zemo was no more, though at the cost of the Avengers having their very lives invaded in many ways. Many consequences transpired of this invasion: Jarvis was severely wounded by the attack, Hercules was left in a comatose state, and the Avengers Mansion was partially destroyed.
Coping with the upcoming repairs, the Avengers were visited by Tony Stark, being interrupted by Sigyn and Doctor Strange, who asked for help in saving Loki from Sise-Neg in planet Yann. The Avengers went to Loki's rescue and the fight was solved by the Living Tribunal. In the end, the Avengers thought on Loki's role as one of the founders of the team. Back to the destroyed mansion, the Avengers had Thor, She-Hulk and Doctor Druid welcomed to the team, relocated to Hydrobase and had the Wasp step down as chairwoman, having Captain Marvel as her replacement.
Nothing Lasts Forever
Dealing with the disappearance of the comatose Hercules, the Avengers were kidnapped to Olympus, where Zeus blamed them for his son's condition. Imprisoned by Pluto in Tartarus, they were liberated by Namor. Assisted by Prometheus, the Avengers led an assault on Olympus after the Wasp had been captured. During the battle, Hercules woke up, and the Avengers were cleared after Zeus unleashed his rage on Hercules by mistake. With Olympians forbidden from walking on Earth, Hercules left the Avengers.
With the Avengers intercepting a magnetized asteroid which could be a fragment of Asteroid M, the information was leaked to lure Magneto. Trying to recover his former equipment, Magneto was approached by the Avengers and brought in custody. Magneto's teammates, the X-Men, stroke back, as the Soviet Super-Soldiers wanted to execute him. Both groups were subdued by the Avengers. The X-Men escaped, but Doctor Druid managed to infiltrate their Blackbird. As the actions of the Soviets put lives in danger in Singapore, the Avengers joined forces with the X-Men to perform rescue missions. In the end, Magneto surrendered after learning Captain America held no bigotry against mutants. Facing trial, Magneto proved to the Avengers the unfair situation he faced, considering chargers had their own secret objectives.
Upon learning an Elder of the Universe planned to assassinate the Avengers, the Silver Surfer went to Earth to alert them, but witnessed their death before he could prevent it. Realizing the Grandmaster was behind the killing, the West Coast Avengers and the Silver Surfer approached the Collector for help. In the Realm of Death, Grandmaster manipulated the East Coast Avengers to fight the West Coast Avengers only to distract Death into falling under his control. Grandmaster forced the Avengers to fight a new Legion of the Unliving to prevent the obliteration of the universe in a bizarre game. With the Avengers defeated, Hawkeye tricked Grandmaster into releasing Death by cheating in a chance game. The grateful Death resurrected the Avengers and sent them back to Earth.
Tracking the Fixer, one of the Masters of Evil, the Avengers saw Marrina be abducted. As the Fixer unsuccessfully joined forces with Mentallo, Captain Marvel's actions as a field leader to the Avengers were secretly sabotaged by Doctor Druid, who rooted his influence by tampering with the other Avengers' minds. Discredited as a leader, Captain Marvel performed poorly in a following conflict against the Super-Adaptoid and his robotic allies, getting herself and the other Avengers kidnapped. The group was ultimately saved by Captain America, at that time adopting the name the Captain.
Not the mastermind he had believed himself to be, Doctor Druid actually had his actions influenced by a mysterious woman who had also managed to manipulate the Council of Kangs masqueraded as "Nebula". Doctor Druid's machinations to undermine Captain Marvel had severe consequences. When Marrina lost control over her senses, Captain Marvel turned herself into lightning to boost an attack performed by Thor on the ocean, but went missing in action. Marrina was slain by Namor with the Ebony Blade, which cause Black Knight to physically succumb to its curse. A heavily injured and powerless Captain Marvel was found by the Avengers after her energy form had scattered in the water. She left the team and was one last time psychically manipulated by Doctor Druid, unwillingly appointing him as the new Avengers chairman.
Undermining the Avengers from within, Doctor Druid had Thor injured and Black Knight paralyzed. Kang Nebula paved her way inside the Avengers Hydrobase, easily controlling the group's every move. The Council of Kangs took this opportunity to have the Avengers retrieve a formidable weapon built by a Celestial in the future. Mind-controlling the Avengers, Kang Nebula led the team to the heart of time in her lunatic plan to conquer the omniverse. Kang Nebula forced the Avengers to accept her in their ranks, but in the end the Council of Kangs freed the Avengers from her command and she was lost in time alongside Doctor Druid. The remaining Avengers decided to leave the team. With the fall of the Avengers, Jarvis was the only one left at the Hydrobase.
A rebuilt Jocasta contacted the Avengers to stop the High Evolutionary from detonating a genetic bomb aimed at jumpstarting forced evolution. With no Avengers left, the Captain assembled a group of former members, joined by the Falcon, Hercules, the Beast, the Hulk, and Yellowjacket, who had been contacted through Hank Pym's former gear. The Avengers rescued Jocasta from the Evolutionary's forces. Joined by Atlanteans and Lemurians, the Avengers brought the battle to the Evolutionary, who was defeated by the hands of a genetically evolved Hercules.
Fate had the Captain reassemble the Avengers when a demonic invasion took place in New York City, and Franklin Richards was kidnapped by Nanny and Orphan-Maker. Richards' parents from the Fantastic Four, Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman, joined the Captain and the Eternal Gilgamesh to defeat the kidnappers. Kang, returning to Earth after the crisis with Nebula, manipulated the Avengers in hopes of stopping the devilish inferno as well, having Franklin Richards rescued from N'astirh's clutches.
Captain America hired a team of specialists to work at the Hydrobase, the Avengers Island. Met by Starfox, the Avengers then tried to save Fire-Lord from the powerful Super-Nova in the ruins of Xandar. Super-Nova attempted to destroy Earth in retaliation for Nebula's attack, clashing with the Avengers, assisted by the West Coast Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Quasar. In the end, Mister Fantastic teleported Super-Nova away to hunt Nebula, creating a little tension with Captain America for acting without consent, though the Richards returned to the Fantastic Four soon after.
As the acting chairman of the Avengers, Captain America reassembled all known members and associates to the rebuilt the Avengers Mansion, claiming that all heroes might consider themselves on reserve and ready for service. The new dynamic team, formed by Captain America, Black Panther, She-Hulk, Thor, Gilgamesh and Quasar, was put to test when Lava Men attacked the Avengers Island. Joined by Namor, the Avengers defeated the Lava Men, but Gilgamesh perished in battle. Contacting the Eternal Sersi for help, the Avengers traveled to Olympia. Olympia had been sent to the Negative Zone, where the Avengers helped the Eternals fend off Blastaar, allowing Gilgamesh to recover at home.
At this time, a coallition of villains was influenced by Loki to attack different superheroes. The Avengers Island was destroyed by Doctor Doom, with its personnel being saved by Quasar. Relocated to an underground base underneath the Avengers Park in Central Park, the Avengers watched the villains triumph. Following a clash with Freedom Force, the Avengers fought the deadly Mandarin and the Wizard. During this crisis, the Vision decided to rejoin the East Coast Avengers permanently.
Recovering from the recent attacks, the Avengers had Sersi invited to the team by Captain America. Experiencing a dimensional distortion, the Avengers were informed by Starfox about Nebula being responsible for having designed a reality compressor device. Joined by Spider-Man, the Avengers were saved from obliteration by Nebula's experiments thanks to Sersi, but the rest of the universe was erased. The Avengers disconnected the device, and tracked Nebula, but were interrupted by the Stranger, who also looked for the villain for having invaded his base. Tapping into the Stranger's Infinity Union, Nebula ascended to omnipotency. In the end, Sersi managed to sever Nebula's link to the power source, and the Stranger gladly returned the Avengers home after taking a defeated Nebula captive.
The Vault's inmates Mentallo, Venom and Electro ignited a massive riot in the maximum-security prison. The Avengers and Freedom Force joined forces, putting their mistrust for each other aside, to contain dozens of fugitive supervillains. Meanwhile, a massive explosive device was armed by its the Vault's chief warden, Truman Marsh. With inmate Thunderball's assistance, the bomb was deactivated. Venom incited a rebellion that was stopped by Iron Man using Mentallo's powers. In the end, Marsh damaged the Vault's nuclear reactor to eliminate all super beings, which he despised, but was ultimately murdered by Venom. In an alliance between heroes and villains, Iron Man and Radioactive Man saved the Vault.
Following a political crisis involving the hijacking of a British submarine by the Peace Corpse and the Atlantean army, the Avengers, having Stingray added to their ranks, teamed up with the People's Protectorate and Alpha Flight to prevent the eruption of World War III. Back home, the Avengers found their base compromised and their staff mesmerized by Machinesmith, Mother Night and Minister Blood. The group forced the hypnotized staff to attack the Avengers during a party held by Sersi, but their plan was ultimately foiled by the Vision. As the Avengers rebuilt their Mansion, they were approached by the urban hero Rage, who wished to join their ranks. As Sikorsky shared that the U.S. government had suspended the Avengers' charter, Rage helped the Avengers with a extradimensional crisis concerning the radioactive menace caused by Lt. Ramskov. Without national clearance, the Avengers negotiated with Devi Bannerjee from the United Nations, earning global jurisdiction. In addition to a new active line-up and a reserve team, Rage and Sandman were granted probationary Avenger status.
As the active Avengers led by Captain America were kidnapped to another dimension by the Tetrarchs of Entropy, the reserve team led by Captain Marvel learned Rage's grandmother had been haunted by demonic beings attacked in Rage's first mission with the Avengers. In the end, the two adventures intertwined and got solved. During the inauguration of the new Avengers Complex, the Avengers organized a formal celebration. The installations were seized by Doctor Doom, who had impersonated Iron Man and wished to use the group's resources to revive his late Cynthia von Doom, but ultimately abandoned his plan.
When Deviant war-lord Brutus attempted to conquer the underground reigns of Earth, the Avengers intervened in these subterranean wars since its victims fled to the surface world. Helping Mole Man, Tyrannus and Grotesk, the Avengers were joined by the West Coast team. Ultimately able to expose Brutus as a fraud thanks to Sersi's investigations, the Avengers terminished the invasion.
In order to worship Death by balancing her cosmic influence, the Mad Titan Thanos used the power of the Infinity Stones to halve the universe's population randomly with only a snap of his fingers while wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. Captain America witnessed his teammates in the Avengers tragically vanish. The Avengers dealt with the massive genocide by saving people who had survived. Meanwhile, Thanos kidnapped Nebula and Starfox, torturing them in the gigantic temple he had erected to adore Death, subsequently igniting natural catastrophes in the universe to keep ravaging all that was alive. The Avengers did their best to save the world, but ultimately watched its destruction in horror. As S.H.I.E.L.D. investigated the source of the attacks, the Avengers were unexpectedly recruited by Adam Warlock, who had Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer and Doctor Doom as his allies to raise an army of super-heroes to combat Thanos. Thanos obliterated all heroes, but Captain America. During the epic fight, Warlock managed to summon a contingent of cosmic entities to stop Thanos. With absolute control over reality, Thanos managed to strike back, disrupting the structure of the universe in the process and occupying Eternity's place as the embodiment of existence. However, the unattended Gauntlet was usurped by Nebula, an even crueller villain. Thanos joined Warlock and the surviving heroes to depose Nebula. Confronting Thanos, Nebula decided to revert all of the actions he had performed with the Infinity Stones. The omnipotent Nebula then incapacitated the cosmic entities and decided to ruthlessly rule the universe. Warlock ultimately managed to seize her control over the Gauntlet and used it to return all the involved back to their place. Bearing power absolute, Warlock journeyed to defend the cosmic.
Warriors known as the Brethren arrived at the Blue Area of the Moon, entrapping Quicksilver and leading the Inhumans to send Crystal to enlist the Avengers for help. Led by Thane Ector, the Brethren marched to Earth, seeking to conquer it. The Watcher revealed to the Avengers that the Brethren had escaped from the Collector's inventory. On Earth, the Avengers fought Ector, who brutalized Captain America and kidnapped Sersi. On the Moon, another group of Avengers revived the Collector to learn about the Brethren. The Avengers resisted the conquest with Crystal added to their ranks and learned that the Brethren were germ organisms evolved by the Celestials. The Brethen directly attacked the heroes, who now had the Collector as an ally. The Collector retaliated, revealing to have been behind the Brethren's attack in order to add Earth to his collection. The Avengers fought to prevent the Collector from using the Brethren to salvage Earth. Sersi telepathically communed with a regretful Ector, forming an Eternal Uni-Mind to stop the Collector, though at the cost of the Brethren's lives due to the strain.
With the resurface of racial tensions related to the Sons of the Serpent, Rage found problems with the Avengers for publicly sharing opinions concerning a friend of his who had been harmed by the police. Meanwhile, the New Warriors, led by Night Thrasher, made their move to stop the Serpents' racist agenda. The Avengers intervened in the battle and learned that the Hate-Monger had manipulated their behavior. In the end, the Hate-Monger was weakened by Captain America and Rage; however, Rage was expelled from the Avengers for Captain America and Falcon had learned he was a minor.
Soon after the new Thor was invited to the Avengers Mansion, Crystal moved in with her daughter Luna and the rude nanny Marilla. Answering a distress call from the Fantastic Four, the Avengers fell to a trap sent by Swordsman and his new partner Magdalene, who attacked them at Four Freedoms Plaza. Swordsman blamed the Avengers for his death and went on a brutal battle against them, but in the end he was defeated by Black Knight and escaped after sharing he acted on the orders of "Proctor". Back home, the Avengers concluded that Swordsman was potentially an alternate version of their former teammate.
Having nightmares about the Supreme Intelligence, Rick Jones contacted the Avengers for help. Alongside Captain America, he was attacked by Warstar and was abducted by the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, who wished to acquire knowledge about Captain Mar-Vell. Captain America contacted the West Coast Avengers for help in saving Jones, fighting the Imperial Guard in the Kree Psyche-Magnitron location. After combating a Kree Sentry, the Avengers sent Quasar after the Imperial Guard, who had managed to acquire a piece of Kree technology. Quasar lost track of their starship but met them again in Mar-Vell's tomb after being informed by Starfox that the Kree agents Captain Atlas and Doctor Minerva scavenged Mar-Vell's remains. There, they learned that a war had broken out between the alien empires of the Shi'ar and Kree.
Atlas stole Mar-Vell's Nega-Bands, trading places with Jones in the middle of the battle. On Earth, Wonder Man defeated Captain Atlas, and the Avengers decided to intervene in the war. When investigating the obliteration of the Starcore Station due to a solar flare, they discovered that a stargate proved to be crucial for both sides in moving troops through great interstellar distances, but also had a destabilizing effect on the sun. The Avengers sent a team led by Captain America to Hala and a team led by Captain Marvel to Chandilar in attempts to stabilize the diplomatic situation, while also maintaining a group on Earth as a preventive measure.
On Hala, the Avengers surrendered to the Kree Empire after being defeated by their Starforce under the Supreme Intelligence's orders. On Earth, the Avengers failed to prevent the Shi'ar from acquiring the Nega-Bands. Though the Avengers in Shi'ar space got stranded away from home as Thor destroyed the stargate after disposing of Shi'ar's prime warrior Gladiator, they successfully managed to contact the throne and inform Majestrix Lilandra about the dire situation Earth faced. The Shi'ar revealed their plan of detonating a devastating Nega-Bomb designed from the Nega-Bands in Kree space, transporting it through the Solar system. Wonder Man and the Vision infiltrated the bomb craft to prevent its detonation while the Avengers, freed by Deathbrid, raced from Hala to reach it.
Since the Avengers saved Lilandra from being assassinated by Starforce, she ordered the abortion of the detonation for being in their debt. However, the Nega-Bomb had been seized by Skrulls. Moreover, the Avengers outed Lilandra's royal councilman as a Skrull in disguise, exposing their manipulations to cause the war. The Avengers failed to prevent the explosion, being only saved by Sersi's powers. The Kree Empire was obliterated, having most of their inhabitants killed. On Hala, the Supreme Intelligence revealed to Captain America that the genocide had been part of its plan all along in order to jumpstart his own people's stagnated evolutionary process. The Avengers were divided on how to respond. A group led by Iron Man executed the Intelligence for its act of genocide, with Black Knight performing the killing blow. The aggression sparked a significant rift with the Avengers aligned with Captain America's ideals of no murdering. In the Solar System, Binary, the identity Carol Danvers had adopted, restored the Sun and was brought by Quasar to the Avengers Mansion in a debilitated state. After the war, Quasar left to the Kree space to assist with the damages while Captain America ultimately chose to resign as chairman and quit the Avengers. The Black Widow fully assumed his position as the leader of the team.
After Hercules and the Avengers fought Ares, who had possessed Thor with Hera's help, the Avengers were visited by Binary's allies, the Starjammers. One of the Starjammers, Raza, had been manipulated by vengeful Kree survivors into mortally wounding the Black Knight for the murder of the Supreme Intelligence. Binary reached Raza and deceived the Avengers into pardoning him as the Black Knight recovered.
With the Vision missing, Captain America went to the town of Timely to look for him, getting transported to the past as his ally was in Kang's Chronopolis. As Thor also went missing, the Avengers went to Kang's citadel. They met the Fantastic Four, who had been recruited by Doctor Druid and Kang Nebula in an attempt to dethrone Kang, but the teams were captured by the Anachronauts. Nebula managed to wound Kang, being revealed to be Ravonna as he stroke back. Rebranded as Terminatrix, Ravonna witnessed Kang sacrificed himself to protect her. Freeing themselves, the Avengers returned to the present and Terminatrix escaped. Later on, as Terminatrix ruled over Kang's former empire and accidentally released the beast known as Alioth, a future version of herself assembled a group of Avengers to face this foe. Kang was eventually revived, helping the Avengers to put an end to the threat.
Following bizarre incidents related to necromancy, the Avengers came upon an undead Grim Reaper, who sought for revenge after being killed in a confrontation against the West Coast Avengers. Summoning a new Legion of the Unliving, the Reaper brought darkness to the Avengers. In the end, the Vision destabilized the Reaper, allowing the Avengers to save themselves as the villain perished one more time.
Proctor's group, the Gatherers, invaded the Avengers Mansion to get information about the Black Panther. Formed by alternate versions of the Avengers, the Gatherers hopped from dimension to dimension to eliminate their counterparts. Defeating the Avengers, they went to Wakanda to gather Black Panther, but were intercepted by the Avengers. Questioning Proctor's actions, Swordsman ultimately stayed with the Avengers as the Gatherers left. The Avengers' interactions with the Gatherers attracted the Watcher's attention, indicating crucial events would take place in the near future.
Coming upon Arkon and Thundra, the Avengers helped them save a doomed Polemachus with the final blow of a ruthless Sersi against the evil Anskar. After this, the Vision was abducted by the Gatherers and replaced by an alternate version of himself, who infiltrated the Avengers to kill Swordsman. Losing her sanity, Sersi attacked the Avengers and was subdued by the impostor Vision. After the attack, Captain America fully returned to the team. Infected by her communion with the Brethren, Sersi was approached by the Eternals, who wished to eliminate her. Alternatively, to stabilize her, the Eternals mentally bonded her to Black Knight as her Gann Josin. The Vision was discovered after knocking Swordsman out and assaulting Crystal. Defeating the impostor, the Avengers took the battle to the Gatherers' citadel in the Andes to rescue the real Vision. In a confrontation, Proctor shared his intention of finishing Sersi, who had corrupted and destroyed the Avengers in his reality. With his citadel destroyed, Proctor abandoned his Gatherers, prompting Magdalene to assist the Avengers after she learned Proctor had attempted to finish Swordsman.
Hurt in the ruins, the Avengers were helped by Deathcry, who had been sent by the Shi'ar Empire as a response to the dissident Kree in the Lunatic Legion who still planned to end Black Knight, the Avengers and Earth. The Avengers tracked the Lunatic Legion down, but were captured and tortured. In the end, they managed to prevent the Lunatic Legion, who had been backed by the Collector, from detonating a Nega-Bomb on Earth. Meanwhile, the Avengers Mansion was invaded by interlopers looking for the Ebony Blade. Black Knight's squire Sean Dolan wielded it to save Victoria Bentley. Dolan was cursed by the sword, becoming Bloodwraith. The Avengers were unable to stop the evil Bloodwraith, who left in victory.
In order to get revenge on his former leader Magneto, Fabian Cortez kidnapped Luna while inciting a revolutionary rebellion in Genosha. The United Nations expressed their intentions of keeping matters domestic, but the Avengers disobeyed their charter and confronted S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to rescue Crystal's and Quicksilver's daughter. Magneto's first knight, Exodus, challenged Cortez, proving to be an even bigger threat. Though Sersi managed to contain Exodus, he managed to capture Luna and slay Cortez. In the end, Avengers and X-Men put an end to Exodus. Following this incident, the Avengers decided to deactivate the West Coast branch, who were reviewed by the Vision as a failed experiment with fluctuating membership, cavalier behavior, and overextended resources. In protest, the former members of the West Coast Avengers were reassembled by Iron Man in a completely independent team, Force Works.
After the Avengers were captured and manipulated by Lord Ghaur, the powerful Sersi had him defeated with Kro's assistance. Soon after, new Gatherers attacked Sersi and Black Knight while the police approached the Avengers for murder accusations against Sersi, leading her to unleash her rage upon the Avengers Mansion. She had been in fact framed by Proctor, who managed to capture her. Proctor revealed to be an alternate version of Black Knight who had been corrupted by the Gann Josin. He tampered with Sersi's mind and molested several alternate versions of herself across the universe. The Watcher Ute, who had been also kept captive by Proctor, asked for the Avengers to stop him as his machinery put the fabric of multiverse at risk. In the end, Sersi ruined Proctor's plans and was able to slay him with his own Ebony Blade. With her psyche broken, Sersi chose to exile herself, being accompanied by Black Knight. A grateful Watcher then restored the original Avengers Mansion.
The former Gatherers Jocasta and Tabula Rasa were then reprogrammed by the villainous alternate Vision to torment his counterpart and steal his body back. Ironically joined by Ultron, the Avengers helped his teammate defeat his evil doppelgänger, a process which reattached the Vision to his emotional capacities and led him to leave the Avengers. In the meantime, the Avengers dealt with crises involving the Lunatic Legion orchestrating a conflict between the Shi'ar warrior T'kyll Alabar and his nemesis, the Mephitisoid Butcher, Exodus threatening Bova's life and the High Evolutionary helping her, and Hera mischievously tormenting Hercules' love life by causing the end of his girlfriend Taylor Madison.
After Black Widow's former tutor, Ivan, tipped her about a mysterious organization tampering with a volatile energy source in Canada, the Avengers got brutally defeated by its leader, the Red Skull. A similar energy signature was located in Boca Caliente; S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America and the Avengers investigated, clashing with A.I.M.. Black Widow revealed to the Avengers that these events concerned the recreation of a reality-shaping Cosmic Cube, which trapped the Avengers in illusions. The experiments with the Cube opened a rift to a plane from Beyond which A.I.M. leader M.O.D.O.K.. had failed to seal, threatening reality itself. After rescuing the civilians in danger, the Avengers helped Captain America repair the damage and save the universe.
The mighty Avengers faced many other super-villains around this period. In the Vault, the Avengers saved Moonstone from a vindictive Nefarius. Next, Earth's Mightiest Heroes put Graviton down after he had mischievously lost control of his gravitational powers. Coming upon a massive gathering of super-powered criminals, She-Hulk assembled the Avengers to intervene. They difficultly confronted their foes and gave up as they realized that the reunion was related to the wedding of Titania and Absorbing Man, shamefully choosing to leave them celebrate their love instead.
Gyrich returned to the lives of the Avengers after identifying activities in the Stargates he linked to Deathcry. Sending Mandroids to arrest her, he was fended off by the Avengers. Soon after, the Avengers enjoyed a pleasure of a day in Tony Stark's estate in Adirondack, where a boy named Tuc enigmatically informed them about upcoming tragedies. After a long crossing from the future, Yellowjacked attempted to warn the Avengers about this imminent danger but was secretly murdered at the Avengers Mansion. Later, feeling burned out from recent events, Tony Stark called for a party at the Avengers Mansion inviting team members past and present, which got interrupted by assailants attempting to kill Gilgamesh. In the same night, Marilla got murdered by Iron Man after finding him in an interdimensional portal within the Mansion that the Avengers had been unable to access. Gilgamesh was then finished by a mysterious murderer who emerged from within the portal called Neut.
With the Avengers relocated to the Wasp's house, the Van Dyne Estate, Swordsman was attacked by Mantis, who worked in association with Kang the Conqueror. With Hawkeye framed as an assassin, the Wasp going bankrupt and Luna witnessing the murder of Yellowjacket, Iron Man was ultimately revealed to be the enemy behind the past attacks. As he battled the Avengers, the Wasp was mortally wounded. Hank Pym redundantly replicated the treatment which provided her with her powers, inciting dramatic physical changes that evolved her into an insect-like form. As Stark vanished, the Avengers were joined by the mysterious Masque in their quest to stop the evil Iron Man.
Boosted by the forces of Force Works, Captain America and Thor, the Avengers returned to the Avengers Mansion and battled Kang's Anachronauts. Falling into the interdimensional portal, the Avengers traveled to an alternate past and recruited a teenage version of Iron Man to combat the corrupted Stark in the present. Moving against Stark, the Avengers were temporarily sabotaged by Gyrich and his Mandroids, but saved by Force Works' member Century. As the two Iron Men faced each other, Kang shared his plans of having controlled Iron Man to conquer the timeline using a temporal transposer. In a war against Kang, Mantis and the Anachronauts, Iron Man regained his senses and sacrificed himself to stop the villains.
Responding a distress call, the Avengers were contacted by Captain Marvel, who had been brainwashed by the Controller into attacking the new Captain Marvel. The Avengers defeated the Controller and freed Captain Marvel, who adopted the alias of Photon. Next, the Mansion was invaded by Bloodwraith, who managed to acquire Proctor's maddening Ebony Blade. The Avengers managed to overpower him, but he chose to leave after regaining his senses.
Next, Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch rejoined the Avengers after Force Works ended, Black Widow witnessed Masque being abducted by the android Benedict in the Avengers Mansion, and Deathcry returned to her alien home. Jarvis was then met by a mysterious visitor from the future who claimed the Avengers would face a dangerous threat. Simultaneously, he Avengers fought an endless army of their past enemies. Suspicious, Jarvis realized the interloper was actually Loki, in an attempt to get recognition as Earth's Mightiest Heroes' first villain. Responding to Jarvis' priority call, the Avengers defeated Loki and sealed his gateway to the Dark Dimension.
When the malicious Onslaught got interested in the powerful mutant Nate Grey, the Avengers were warned about the villain being Professor Charles Xavier. Although skeptical, the Avengers confirmed his accusations by finding the Xavier Institute destroyed and the X-Men wounded. Looking for Magneto, whose psyche was fundamental in creating Onslaught, the Avengers ounly found an enigmatic version of him accompanied by Rogue. Onslaught proceeded to kidnap Franklin Richards, and build a citadel on Central Park, leading the Avengers to unite with other super-heroes against him.
With Onslaught's minions, namely Post and Holocaust, causing terror across New York City, the Avengers fought them to protect innocents. Thor was then able to free Xavier from Onslaught, who was left as pure psionic energy contained within a special armor. As Jean Grey telepathically aided the Hulk in destroying Onslaught's armor, Thor slashed at the unprotected psionic energy being and damaged him. Surmising mutants would only empower Onslaught, the Fantastic Four and some of the non-mutant members of the Avengers successfully destroyed Onslaught by sacrificing their own lives.
In actuality, Franklin Richards had used his reality-warping powers to transport them to a pocket universe, where the Avengers were reborn and worked under S.H.I.E.L.D.. Believing the Avengers to be dead, chairwoman Black Widow attempted to reassemble a new group on Earth. However, the Avengers Charter was annulled, prompting her to end the Avengers permanently. The void left by the Avengers was filled by alternative super-hero groups, such as Oracle's Heroes for Hire and, more prominently, the Thunderbolts, who were in fact Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil masqueraded as heroes.
The missing heroes returned to their homeworld, being restored to their original selves. As former Avengers were attacked by mystic creatures, Thor learned the Twilight Sword and the Norn Stones had gone missing. He prompted the original Avengers to reassemble most past members to triumph over their mysterious attacker. In their quest, the Avengers were presented to Morgan Le Fay and Mordred the Evil, who captured the Scarlet Witch. Tapping into the Scarlet Witch's powers, Morgan rewrote reality by wielding the Twilight Sword. Reshaped into a medieval setting, the Avengers became Morgan's personal guard, the Queen's Vengeance. Captain America, Hawkeye, the Wasp, Photon, Quasar, New Warrior Justice and, ultimately, Thor were the only ones able to see through Morgan's illusion and resisted their brainwashed allies. Meanwhile, in Morgan's prison dungeons, the Scarlet Witch managed to cast Wonder Man from death to aid her escape. The Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man weakened Morgan, allowing the Avengers to dethrone her and restore reality. Counting with an immense roster, the Avengers were unable to function effectively. A new line-up was discussed with the new National Security Council, Duane Freeman. The smaller unit comprised Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Vision, the Scarlet Witch, Warbird (Carol Danvers' new alias), Hawkeye and reserve members, formerly from the New Warriors, Justice and Firestar.
In their first official mission, the Avengers were assembled to retrieve an investigative team from Project: Pegasus. Attacked by Squadron Supreme, Earth's Mightiest Heroes were claimed to be impostors and had their public reputation damaged. At Project: Pegasus, the Avengers learned its director was the villain Corruptor in disguise, breaking the Squadron free from his control. The true manipulator was then revealed to be Mr. Champion, who was defeated thanks to Firestar contacting Hank Pym for help in another attempt to trick Squadron Supreme and the Avengers to fight. In the end, Squadron Supreme returned to their reality alongside Swordsman and Magdalene.
During this mission, Warbird proved to be a problematic addition to the group. Her problems with alcoholism and her omission about losing her Binary powers proved to undermine the team's effectiveness. When the Lunatic Legion reactivated the Supreme Intelligence and planned to strike Earth, a drunk Warbird recklessly counter-attacked them alongside Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers. The Kree terrorists were able to advance their plan of recreating the Kree Empire by mutating humankind using the Omni-Wave Projector fueled by Terrigenesis. In a special tribunal, Warbird was expelled from the Avengers. Meanwhile, on the Blue Area of the Moon, the Avengers prevented the Lunatic Legion from activating the Omni-Wave Projector and the Supreme Intelligence was kept under custody.
With the Destiny Force within Rick Jones triggered again, he was brought by the Avengersto the Supreme Intelligence. Immortus schemed for his destruction, but was stopped by Kang. Using his abilities, Jones brought forth champions from the past, the present and the future to protect him as a diverse team of Avengers. Guided by Libra and supported by Kang, the Avengers traveled through the multiverse to resist Immortus, who wielded the time-altering artifact, the Forever Crystal. Their main goal was to prevent the Time-Keepers from wiping out human race to incapacitate the Destiny Force. In their quest, the Avengers met different moments and possibilities of their history. By uncovering several secrets, the Avengers learned Immortus had actually been behind Tony Stark's attack against the team in order to undermine their expansion as the Avengers Empire and prevent retaliation from the Time-Keepers. In the end, by assembling dozens of Avengers, Jones ended the threat of the Time-Keepers, who got killed by Kang. The Avengers then returned to their proper time and the Supreme Intelligence came in possession of the Forever Crystal.
In a seismic terrorist attack performed by Moses Magnum, the Avengers were assisted by new heroes, namely Jarvis' protégé Silverclaw and the cultist Triathlon from the Triune Understanding in victory. Soon after, during the Avengers' Parade day, the Grim Reaper defeated the Avengers with his Legion of Unliving. Fully resurrecting Wonder Man, the Scarlet Witch weakened the Grim Reaper's control over the undead heroes, giving the Avengers the chance to defeat him. Hawkeye then left the Avengers to lead the Thunderbolts in hopes of helping the former Masters of Evil redeem themselves. The two teams teamed up after a brief misunderstanding to destroy the alien robot Dominex with Firebird's assistance.
With Captain America unavailable, the Scarlet Witch was elected as the Avengers chairwoman. She led the team to assist the New Warriors against Lord Templar during a siege at an A.I.M. facility. Soon after, the raging Pagan attacked the city but managed to escape the Avengers. The two menaces were apparently linked to the Triune Understanding. Having Triathlon as his superhero, the Triune Understanding cult leader, Jonathan Tremont, had the Avengers step out of the conflict involving Lord Templar and Pagan, much to their suspicions. The Triunes actively manipulated public perception as a way to damage the Avengers following this incident.
After fighting the Wrecking Crew in Polemachus and rescuing Warbird from Doomsday Man, the Avengers had problems with the press and reacted to the return of their most formidable enemy, Ultron, who had captured Pym as part of his plans. The Wasp asked for help, and the Avengers searched for Ultron, ultimately reaching the Black Panther during a fight against the robotic Alkhema in a Wakandan Quinjet plant. The defeated Alkhema revealed that Ultron had obliterated the nation of Slorenia. Ultron planned to replace humanity with an army of machine life. The world prepared to war him, and he proceeded to capture other Avengers he considered to be his family, in order to use their brain patterns as templates for his new robotic race. In Slorenia, the Avengers battled the Ultron army of countless drones managing to come through his forces. The raging Ultron was ultimately destroyed by Hank Pym, who hit him with volatile Antarcitc Vibranium anti-metal provided by Justice.
The Avengers' problems with the media escalated during a fight against the Exemplars to save Juggernaut's life, prompting Captain America publicly dissociate himself from the Avengers. Masqueraded as Captain America, Taskmaster assembled a secret team with Silverclaw, Warbird, Ant-Man, and Captain Marvel to investigate the Triune Understanding only to damage the Avengers' reputation even further in the end. As a member of the Triune Understanding, Duane Freeman had conflicts with the Avengers when establishing a new line-up for the team, causing Thor to permanently leave. To improve their reputation, Freeman had Tremont add Triathlon to the team, raising tensions with the Avengers, who had the Wasp back as a leader in an uneasy roster.
In an attempt to restore their reputation, the new Avengers explicitly focused on doing charity work. Contacted by Silverclaw, the group traveled to her home in Costa Verde, where her Kamekeri village had been conquered by Kulan Gath. The Avengers infiltrated Kulan Gath's citadel to free the village's volcano goddess and Silverclaw's mother Peliali, combating the evil sorcerer's plans of delivering the world to his dark masters. Moreover, Silverclaw was granted reserve status in the team, and the Avengers were secretly infiltrated by a duplicate of Hank Pym: Yellowjacket.
Learning through the Vision that the Grim Reaper had been associated with Maggia, the Avengers intercepted the criminal deals. The Reaper fled, and, among the Maggia's leaders, the Avengers found a suicide duplicate of Madame Masque, who asked for Iron Man's help in saving her template. Black Widow aided in the investigation, linking it to the abduction of the Avenger Masque by the robot Benedict in the past. Finding both the Grim Reaper and the original Madame Masque, the Avengers were interrupted by the powerful Count Nefaria, who had managed to mind-control Wonder Man and the Thunderbolt Atlas. Black Widow enlisted the Thunderbolts to help the Avengers against Nefaria, who planned to command the world by bombarding it with ionic energy, with his daughter Masque at his side. Madame Masque opposed him, assisting the Avengers instead. The two teams joined forces to fight Count Nefaria, who was incapacitated by Madame Masque. The bomb was rendered useless by Wonder Man and Atlas.
Realizing the mysterious Infinites dangerously caused destruction across the galaxy, Quasar assembled a group of Avengers to intervene. Trying to protect the galaxy, the Avengers were joined by Jack of Hearts in R-76. Venturing across the galaxy to solve the mystery regarding the Infinites, the Avengers summoned Eternity to help them. Their honorable point of view as human heroes convinced the Infinites to cease their activities.
Taking into account several human interventions in matters concerning multiple alien civilizations, the Intergalactic Council turned their attention to Earth, deciding to punish them for their reckless actions. Simultaneously, Ego the Living Planet had gone mad, causing destruction across the universe. He was ultimately restrained by the Council, who turned Earth into a prison for criminals from all over the universe by suggestion of the mysterious alien race known as the Ruul. With Earth invaded by alien prisoners, the Commission on Superhuman Activities sent U.S. Agent to contact the Avengers Mansion for help. The Avengers confronted Ronan the Accuser in his citadel ship on the edge of the Solar System and learned about the Intergalactic Council's decision. Tragically, one of the prisoners was Ego, whose biomass started to infect and replace Earth itself.
The Wasp coordinated missions to revert the situation, but found herself at conflict with the abhorrent U.S. Agent. In their investigations, the Avengers learned about the Ruul's involvement. The Ruul were actually Kree altered by the Forever Crystal who served the Supreme Intelligence. Meanwhile, the Wasp managed to contact Quasar, who was outside the energetic cages guarded by Ronan in the Solar System. In their mission, the Avengers guided by Quasar learned about the Intelligence's involvement in the quarantine, in Ego's assault and in the Ruul's creation, but were captured and taken to Hala. The Avengers on Earth were joined by many other super-heros to take the Ruul down. Quasar managed to escape the Kree, and, in an audience with the Council, the Avengers exposed the machinations of the Supreme Intelligence. With the Intelligence reassuming its rule over the Kree Empire, Earth succumbed to Ego's infection. Boosted by Ego, Ronan fought the heroes. However, as Reed Richards and Iron Man managed to counter the infection, Quasar eliminated the threat for good and Ronan was ultimately defeated. The inmates were then extradicted from Earth, which was one more time protected thanks to its mightiest heroes.
Sorting out the consequences of the invasion, the Avengers and Triathlon were astonished by Peggy Chandler, wife of 3-D Man who wished to know the relationship between her husband's disappearance and the Triune Understanding. Interrupted by Lord Templar and his new servant Pagan once again, the Avengers fought back to resist his attempt of indoctrination. Simultaneously, Bloodwraith conquered Slorenia, forcing a split team of Avengers to intervene. During these attacks, Hank Pym was secretly replaced by his Yellowjacket duplicate. Pagan was defeated by Jack of Hearts, who had stayed with the Avengers since the defeat of Ronan; Templar was knocked out by Triathlon, who started to suspect the Triunes; and Bloodwraith was trapped by the Scarlet Witch in Slorenia. The struggle to remedy the situation frustrated Captain America. As a response, the Wasp decided to redefine the Avengers.
The Avengers reorganized and expanded their membership roles, welcoming several of their former members back to their operations. Their communications systems were quantumly improved in a proactive program to intercept dangers as well as follow up on completed missions. One of their many crisis was combating an invasion of Hulk-like creatures in Kalkhimithia, Greece. With the Avengers occupied with the fight, its mastermind Diablo invaded the Avengers Mansion in searches of way of liberating himself from his extradimensional prison, being opposed by Silverclaw. In Greece, the Hulk-like abominations became a bigger problem due to Yellowjacket, who clumsily created a gargantuan-size Hulk. Diablo was finally defeated and, with the real Hulk's help, Kalkhimithia was saved.
In succession to this fight, the world was offered an ultimatum by the new Scarlet Centurion in name of his master, Kang. As the conquerors were opposed by the Avengers, Kang obliterated the United Nations' building to demonstrate his might and intentions of ruling the doomed present. Informing about dystopic possibilities for the future, Kang declared war on Earth in order to save it, creating uprisings by Atlanteans and Deviantse. The Avengers were forced to spread themselves across many fronts. One group investigated a radioactive hazard situation caused by the Presence in Khystym, Siberia. This group of Avengers, except for Firebird and Thor, was infected by the Presence, becoming radioactive zombies. Firebird and Thor defeated the Presence and saved those afflicted by his infection, Stingray led an attack against Attuma and his Atlantean army and Warbird successfully challenged the Deviants, with Kang supervisoning the incidents.
In between the multiple fights, Yellowjacket fell ill. It was revealed that the Pym Particles had produced a secondary body for his bipolar personality, but he could not maintain cohesion properly. The Wasp managed to help him merge his personalities and be restored to health with help of Jonathan Tremont and the Triune Understanding's methods. With the Avengers still dividing their forces, Alkhema released a group of robotic Avengers for her purposes, but was ultimately overpowered and destroyed by the efforts of Hawkeye and the Grim Reaper.
Amidst Kang's upcoming invasion, the Master of the World established a colossal base in Washington, D.C., intending to protect North America from Kang where the Avengers had failed. Kang's forces made their way through Europe, where they clashed with the Avengers. Warbird led an attack against the Master, while Captain America directed his forces to confront Kang's orbital base, Damocles. Warbird surprisingly counted with the Scarlet Centurion's help in her mission and managed to execute the Master of the World. However, the Avengers failed in their mission against Kang, prompting the United States to employ Sentinels to attack his base. The Sentinels were easily usurped by Kang, who emplyed them to destroy Washington. Utterly defeated, chairwoman Wasp signed an act to surrender Earth to Kang.
Lost in outer space, the Avengers were approached by Jonathan Tremont and joined him to face the Tri-Evil. Confirming the Avengers' suspicions about the Triune Understanding, Tremont demonstrated to have a power lust agenda and was revealed to be related to Lord Templar and Pagan. Triathlon, with the essence of the late 3-D Man, defeated Tremont and destroyed the Tri-Evil. Back to Earth, the Avengers found it fallen before Kang, with opponents, political dissidents and super-heroes, interned in scattered prison camps. With the resources of the Deviants, the Atlanteans and the Presence, the Avengers stroke back alongside other super-heroes. Having wrested control of the Tri-Evil's source of power, Triathlon cosmically empowered Captain America to combat Kang. Kang was weakened in the fight, and the Avenger made their way to Damocles. In a final impact, the conqueror stood honorably defeated at the hands of Captain America. A free world celebrated the might of its heroes. Warbird faced a trial for killing the Master of the World, and the Avengers stood by her action of war, granting her pardon. In the end, finally at peace, the Avengers mourned the loss of those who had perished, including Duane Freeman.
Obsessed to find out how universes were created, the exiled villain Krona from another universe used his entropy powers to destroy universes. The Grandmaster proposed a game in exchange of such knowledge, consisting of a contest where the Avengers and the Justice League of America battled each other. As the two super-heroic groups discovered the ruse behind the game, they ceased hostilities. An enraged Krona attacked the Grandmaster, who merged the two universes. Krona used his powers to cause destruction, the source of universal creation. The Avengers and the Justice League joined forces to stop the villain, being aided by many members from both teams' pasts due to temporal distortions. With Krona defeated, the two universes were restored to normal.
In the aftermath of Kang's invasion, the Avengers saw the world rebuild itself. However, peace was soon put at risk when nearly every major capitol city on Earth was thrown into a void dimension. In face of this bizarre tragedy, Ant-Man joined the Avengers as he feared for the fate of his daughter, Cassie, while the Black Panther and Henry Gyrich reestablished their ties with Earth's Mightiest Heroes, something that raised tensions. With the world's leaderships vanished, the United Nations sanctioned the Avengers to politically command the globe with peacekeeping and judicial force. She-Hulk oversaw the bureaucracy of such a change, while Namor rejoined the Avengers to solve the problem for Atlantis was at risk as well. Meanwhile, the Wasp and Yellowjacket, trapped in Washington, learned the mastermind behind the massive kidnapping was Scorpio. Wielding the all-powerful Zodiac Key, he wished to unlock the balance between chaos and order, by splitting the cosmic being known as the In-Betweener in two opposite halves. The chaotic half of the entity attempted to possess the Scarlet Witch, who guided the Avengers to retaliate. The Avengers apparently thwarted Scorpio's plans by forcibly reuniting the In-Betweener, restoring the world to its proper configuration. Recognized by the United Nations as a world power, the Avengers were granted international independency, with the Avengers Mansion becoming a unique and separate embassy.
The Avengers had to deal with a distant Thor, who left the team due to his position as the king of Asgard. With worshippers of Thor slaughtered in Slokovia, Asgard sent his warriors to prevent their massacre and overthrow General Stoykowicz's rule. Iron Man approached Thor and expressed his concerns about an possible international incident with Doctor Doom. The irreducible Thor fought Iron Man, who counted with Doctor Doom's support. Captain America intervened in the brutal war between former allies. Doom's machinations allowed him to annex Slokovia to Latveria and deeply damaged Thor's ties with the Avengers.
Meanwhile, the Falcon learned that Gyrich was blackmailed into acting as a spy for the vicious new Secretary of Defense, Dell Rusk. This was followed by a deadly chemical attack in Mount Rushmore. The Avengers ventured in the hazardous area, or the "red zone", to defend it. The Avengers dealt with Rusk being and uneasy player and the Black Panther proving to be overly secretive. In disappointment, they also learned that a U.S. government facility was behind the bio-weapon. In a fight with A.I.M. agents, She-Hulk was contaminated and went savage after being exposed to Jack of Hearts' radioactive powers. While the Avengers battled an enraged She-Hulk, Iron Man and Black Panther were kept under arrest in the Pentagon. Rusk revealed himself to be the Red Skull after attacking the Falcon and Gyrich. Captain America stroke back at the Red Skull, but was defeated. Ultimately, the Black Panther brutally knocked the Red Skull out with the Falcon's assistance. The Avengers were able to disperse an antidote for the infection and prevent more deaths. However, the savage She-Hulk was still missing.
The Avengers tracked She-Hulk down, causing her to uncontrollably attack them. She-Hulk caused destruction in her attack and Hawkeye joined the brutal fight in an unsuccessful attempt to trick her. The original Hulk, as Bruce Banner, attempted to reason with his cousin, but Hawkeye accidentally triggered a gamma-fueled transformation. The two Hulks were ultimately defeated by Jack of Hearts, who managed to restore She-Hulk's reasoning with his volatile powers. Soon after, Jack of Hearts sacrificed himself to save Ant-Man's daughter from a kidnapper, ending the long feud the two Avengers had experienced during their tenure.
During a robbing attempt in England, an innocent and heroic mother, Kelsey Leigh, became a casualty as the Avengers tussled against the Wrecking Crew. Chosen by the previous Captain Britain Brian Braddock, she was reborn as the new Captain Britain who wielded the Sword of Might. Captain Britain and the Avengers fought the Wrecking Crew after they brutally maimed Hawkeye. The intriguer manipulating the Wrecking Crew was revealed to be Morgan Le Fay, who captured and tortured Brian Braddock, seized control of Avalon and wished to destroy Captain Britain in order to ravage England. Ultimately, Leigh managed to overpower Morgan alongside the Avengers, joining their ranks as Captain Britain. Soon after, the New Invaders led by U.S. Agent carried out an intervention agenda in Mazikhandar, recruiting Namor to their cause. The Avengers clashed with them over extremist diplomatic divergences, but parted ways after a confront led the country to be taken by Atlantis.
The Scarlet Witch was the highlight of the Avengers' failures. Years of mental stress, personal tragedy, and the continuous development of her powers resulted in a mental breakdown with the Avenger losing sight on reality as well as her powers which was triggered unintentionally by her teammate the Wasp. Her machinations included luring Captain America into a strange romance, resurrecting and murdering deceased Avenger Jack of Hearts, causing teammates Iron Man and She-Hulk to behave irrationally and aggressively, nearly destroying Avengers Mansion, emotionally scarring her teammates and even creating an armada of alien Kree out of thin air. These actions ultimately led to Iron Man losing his position of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the revoke of the United Nations' relationship with the Avengers, the arrest and containment of She-Hulk, the hospitalization of Captain Britain and the Wasp, and the deaths of Ant-Man, the Vision, and Hawkeye.
Doctor Strange appeared, sensing something had gone horribly wrong. An investigation of Agatha Harkness's house on Whisper Hill brought into question if she really had been able to help Wanda. The Scarlet Witch soon appeared and attacked her allies. The Eye of Agamotto was able to subdue her, but the assembled members were still in shock as Magneto appeared to claim his daughter.
Unknown to the Avengers, Thor's absence was due to the events of Ragnarok; whether the two events were connected or not is unknown. The damaged Mansion was turned into a memorial. Stark decided that rebuilding at that point was not an option and the team disbanded.
The Avengers legacy was eventually reborn after six months through the efforts of Captain America and Iron Man creating the New Avengers due to a massive prison break. By doing so, they recruited a small number of new members and their primary purpose was to recapture numerous super-powered criminals that had escaped from the maximum security prison known as the Raft. Although the team did considerably well, they were not well received by the government as its officials found the new recruits questionable.
Also, around this time a teenage version of Kang traveled to the past to stop Kang, however, he found Avengers Mansion destroyed. But he found the remains of the Vision and uploaded it's A.I. into his armor. The A.I. contained the Avengers Fail-Safe Program listing young heroes related to the Avengers so he used it to form a team with various individuals in the list which became known as the Young Avengers. They remained together even after the young Kang left, and continued to add other members.
Government legislation itself would soon become the very cause of the Avengers' next dispersal. The passage of the Superhuman Registration Act split the superhuman community in half with one side led by Iron Man registering with the law while the other led by Captain America rebelled against the new law. Pro-registration emerged victorious and the Avengers were recreated by Iron Man who assembled a new team to abide by the law, while New Avenger Luke Cage assembled a small group of remaining rebels to operate as "outlaw" heroes in honor of Captain America after his apparent assassination.
Dark Avengers and Siege
In the wake of the Skrull's secret invasion, Iron Man was largely blamed for allowing the invasion to happen leading to his ousting as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the organization being disbanded. Norman Osborn, formerly known as Spider-Man's enemy the Green Goblin, was made the new head of national security and created H.A.M.M.E.R. a successor organization to S.H.I.E.L.D. Norman also assembled a new team of "Avengers" consisting largely of super-villains he had served with in the Thunderbolts program posing as heroes since the majority of then current Avengers refused to follow him.
Norman's new team consisted of Venom as Spider-Man, Bullseye as Hawkeye, Moonstone as Ms. Marvel, Noh-Varr as Captain Marvel, Daken Akihiro as Wolverine, with Sentry and Ares remaining from the previous Avengers team. The team was led by Osborn himself in the guise of Iron Patriot, an Iron Man suit painted to invoke the heroic imagery of Captain America.
The team tackled many threats, both those that would be expected of them as heroes such as fighting Bor Burison during his rampage in New York and the Molecule Man as well as aiding members of Osborn's Cabal such as helping Doctor Doom reclaim Latveria. Norman descent into insanity - as perpetrated by Loki - led to him launching an invasion of Asgard after being manipulated by Loki. Asgard was aided by the New, Mighty and Young Avengers as well as a resurrected Steven Rogers and Nick Fury's Secret Warriors.
What neither Loki nor Osborn counted on however was the madness of Avengers member Sentry. Osborn had manipulated him in order to use the Void as a secret weapon to control the Cabal as well as his volatile Avengers team and after being defeated by the Avengers, Osborn ordered the Void to destroy Asgard and kill everyone. Loki realized that he had gone too far in his manipulations and used the Norn Stones to empower all who fought on Asgard's side, leading to him being killed by the Void but allowing the Avengers to finally kill him. The Dark Avengers with the exception of Daken (who managed to flee) and Ares (who was killed by the Void after turning against Osborn) were all taken into custody. In the aftermath Rogers is given Osborn's job with the condition of the Registration Act being cancelled.
The Heroic Age and the War of the Serpent
In the aftermath of Norman Osborn's fall, Steve Rogers supplanted Osborn as the head of the superhuman community. The the Avengers proper were reassembled, and backed by two splinter teams, the formalized New Avengers and the covert Secret Avengers. The new line-up chosen by Commander Steve Rogers consisted of field leader Maria Hill, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Spider-Woman, and Hawkeye.
Surprisingly, Wonder Man opposed the reformation of the Avengers, arguing they caused more harm than good. Wonder Man's attempts to dissuade Steve Rogers went to the extremes of attacking the Avengers. He would later make a second attempt, having assembled a team of Revengers.
A former member of Osborn's Avengers, Protector, later joined the Avengers while helping them build a time machine, and so did the Red Hulk, after coming to the Avengers Tower to warn them about the Hood having secured the Power and Reality Gems. The pursuit for the Hood led to Steve and the Avengers finding out about the Illuminati, a secret cabal of superhumans Iron Man was part of, and also the curators of the Infinity Gems from whom the Hood was stealing. The Avengers and the Illuminati raced the Hood to secure the remaining gems. The villain was finally stopped by Iron Man, who assembled the Infinity Gauntlet with help from his allies. Iron Man resisted the temptation to use the Infinity Gauntlet to create an utopia, arguing humanity wouldn't advance as species if that happened. He still became the very first human to make use of this object, by teleporting the Hood back to prison and the Infinity Gauntlet away, though he pretended to have destroyed the latter. In reality, the Illuminati later distributed the gems again, with Steve Rogers joining their ranks this time.
The biggest hit the Avengers took during this era came when the forgotten Asgardian god the Serpent resurfaced with the help of the Red Skull's daughter Sin. As the Serpent and his servants, the Worthy, spread chaos and fear around the world to empower their master, the Avengers Tower was destroyed, Bucky Barnes almost died (prompting Rogers to take back the mantle of Captain America), and Iron Man briefly sacrificed his sobriety. Fortunately, the heroes managed to fight back, empowered with Uru weapons manufactured by Iron Man in the furnaces of Nidavellir. The final sacrifice came from Thor, who lost his life slaying the Serpent.
Following the destruction of the Avengers Tower, the team temporarily relocated to the Avengers Mansion, base of the New Avengers, while their headquarters were being rebuilt. With Steve deciding to re-examine the Avengers following the hardship they endured, Storm became part of the team, taking up the offer her husband Black Panther rejected. The Vision also rejoined the team, having self-repaired after Iron Man spent a long time trying to rebuild him. Finally, Captain America picked S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Quake, while Spider-Man and Wolverine willingly stepped down.
After taking down the returned Norman Osborn, who had joined forces with Hydra, A.I.M. and the Hand, the Avengers' next threat was of cosmic nature. The Mad Titan Thanos arrived to Earth and outfitted a new iteration of the Zodiac to amass the vast array of cosmic-level weapons found in the planet. The Avengers, including the additions of Black Widow, the then-recently reborn Thor and the Hulk, inadvertently stumbled upon his machinations when they came into conflict with the Zodiac, eventually forcing Thanos to reveal himself. Even though the villain empowered himself with a Cosmic Cube, he was ultimately defeated by the Avengers with the aid of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Elders of the Universe.
When the Avengers learned that the all-consuming Phoenix Force was approaching the Earth, they attempted to get the X-Men to hand over one of their own, Hope Summers, who was prophesied to become the Phoenix. The X-Men's disagreement with the Avengers led to a battle between both teams and a race to find Hope, the conflict only escalated when the Phoenix Force reached the Earth and possessed five mutants, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus and Magik.
These Phoenix Five started converting the world into an utopia. Still wary of the Phoenix's ultimately destructive nature, the Avengers raided the X-Men's base and took Hope, in order to use her knowledge about the Phoenix against its five hosts. The Scarlet Witch resurfaced, and joined the Avengers' side, having discovered that the Phoenixes were weak to her Chaos Magic. Because of the Avengers' interference, Cyclops decided to declare war on them. With the X-Men on their trail, the Avengers began to train Hope with the help of K'un-Lun. The Phoenix Five eventually began to fall under the Phoenix's dark influence, turning against each other, as they could harness more power the fewer of their own there were. The Avengers teamed up with Professor X and the X-Men who didn't fall under the Phoenixes' tyrannical rule, and launched an attack against the last two remaining hosts, Cyclops and Emma Frost. Cyclops turned on Frost and defeated her, absorbing the totality of the Phoenix Force and killing Professor X before turning into the Dark Phoenix. Cyclops was finally stopped by the combined power of Hope Summers and the Scarlet Witch, with Hope briefly becoming the host of the Phoenix before extinguishing it with Wanda's power.
In the aftermath, Cyclops was incarcerated. Captain America acknowledged the Avengers should've been involved with mutantkind's struggles before. As the first step to rectify this negligence, he assembled a new splinter team of Avengers, the Avengers Unity Division, in hopes of bringing together human and mutantkind.
Iron Man and Captain America saw themselves forced to reunite the Illuminati upon the discovery of the incursions, a multiversal phenomena that caused the collision between the planets Earth of two different universes. The only way to prevent the destruction of the entirety of both realities when their Earths crashed was to destroy either of the planets. Iron Man and the other Illuminati reluctantly acknowledged the inevitability that if they didn't find a way to stop an incursion, they would eventually have to destroy an Earth that collided with their won if they wanted to save theirs, as well as their universe and whichever reality the colliding Earth would be from. When Captain America rejected this notion, the rest of the Illuminati agreed Doctor Strange wiped from his memory both his membership in the secret cabal, as well as any knowledge of incursions.
Under the pretense the Avengers needed something new, Iron Man presented Captain America with a chart to expand its roster. In reality, Stark wanted to create a team powerful enough it could handle any overt threat while he and the Illuminati worked on both solving the incursions, and designing mechanisms to destroy a planet if push came to shove. Among the Avengers' new recruits were Sunspot, Cannonball, Hyperion, Smasher, Captain Universe, Shang-Chi and Manifold. Returning members were Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Falcon. The mainstays of this team were the core unit composed of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk. Later members were recently-surfaced-villains-turned-allies Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and Star Brand and Nightmask.
Among the threats these new Avengers confronted were the appearance of the aforementioned Ex Nihilo and Abyss in Mars, who attempted to turn the Earth into a sentient being, the emergence of Star Brand as a result of a White Event, and the different creatures that resulted from Ex Nihilo's thwarted plans, including Pod. A new threat came in the form of the Builders, a powerful ancient species who set course to Earth with the objective of destroying it, and razed planets on their path. The Avengers defeated the Builders after making an alliance with other alien empires, including former enemies like the Kree and Skrulls. Due to exposure to the explosion of the Watcher's eye, which revealed deep secrets related to them to those in its blast radius, Captain America remembered the mindwipe the Illuminati submitted him to, as well as their activities regarding the possible destruction of worlds, and confronted Iron Man about it. He decided that the Illuminati's actions shouldn't be tolerated, and disposed the Avengers to hunt them down. Meanwhile, a new team called the Cabal formed by ex-Illuminati Namor had stolen the Illuminati's arsenal of Antimatter Injection Systems and set out to carry out what the Illuminati ultimately couldn't bring themselves to do, to destroy any and every alternate planet Earth that came in collision course with their own.
Captain America's hunt for the Illuminati saw the Avengers being absorbed into S.H.I.E.L.D., with numerous members leaving the team in protest for being ordered to hunt down people they considered allies. One of these members was Sunspot, who went as far as to take over A.I.M., and use their resources to tackle the incursions once the existence of this phenomena became public knowledge. With the help of Sunspot's own Avengers, the Illuminati set a trap for the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., and ultimately called a truce and started working together. Because the collapse of the entire Multiverse was only a matter of time, rather than working on a way to stop them, the Illuminati, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Future Foundation focused on creating "life rafts" that could at least ensure the survival of a few. When the final incursion began, Captain America decided to confront Iron Man for his and the Illuminati's betrayal.
In the end, the two Earths finally collided, and their universes were destroyed. The Multiverse was eventually returned to existence by Mister Fantastic using the power of the Molecule Man, with none of its inhabitants retaining memory of the temporal demise of all of reality. However, following all of their trials and tribulations, the Avengers as they formerly existed before were no more.
Months later, a group of heroes found themselves joined to fight the threat of the Chitauri warlord Warbringer, those heroes were Iron Man, the new Captain America, the new Spider-Man, Vision, the new Thor, Nova, and Ms. Marvel. After successfully forcing Warbringer through a portal he intended to use to bring an army, the heroes decided to remain together and reform the Avengers proper. One of the first threats the Avengers faced was an incarnation of Kang the Conqueror, posing as a businessman named Mister Gryphon, who had secretly reprogrammed the Vision to use him as an undercover agent, playing the heroes against each other. Gryphon was ultimately defeated and exiled to the timestream, while Iron Man managed to reboot Vision and purge Kang's programming.
Following the events of the second superhuman civil war, the younger members of the team -- Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Spider-Man -- left the Avengers and set out on their own as the Champions. Their membership depleted and funding from Stark Industries having dried up, Captain America recruited the new Wasp and Hercules. Parker Industries subsequently offered to fund the team, moving their base of operations to the Baxter Building. Spider-Man also rejoined the team. Following the collapse of Parker Industries, the Baxter Building had to be sold, forcing the Avengers to move out.
All branches of the Avengers convened to respond to a global crisis caused by the Earth being turned into the battleground of a contest between the Grandmaster and the Challenger. Following the end of the game and the Avengers' victory over the rampaging Grandmaster, the different Avengers teams decided to disband for different reasons. Shortly afterwards, Steve Rogers and Thor met up with Tony Stark to convince him to reassemble the group with themselves at its core. The reunion was consolidated by the machinations of Loki, who facilitated the arrival of the world-threatening Dark Celestials as a ploy to get the Avengers back in action, resulting in the participation of Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Jennifer Walters (now going by Hulk) and Ghost Rider in the reformation of the Avengers. After the Dark Celestials were defeated, the Celestials set upright the corpse of the long-time dead Progenitor in the North Pole. The Avengers refurbished the Progenitor's corpse, transforming it into their base of operations, the Avengers Mountain. The Avengers' revamp was accompanied with the appointment of Black Panther as chairperson.
After receiving a distress call from the Blue Area of the Moon, they went to investigate it only to come across "Swordsman" and Quoi who turned most of the area into a beautiful garden. After fending off an attack by a Kree/Skrull Sentry, the heroes agreed to help the Cotati in their fight against the Kree/Skrull Alliance. They tried to warn the united empire, but were shocked to find out that the Fantastic Four were there and Hulkling was leading the alien empire. This however didn't stop the Avengers from attacking the armadas, with Tony Stark overloading the Alliance's computer systems. This allowed the Cotati to also attack the armadas, while revealing they planned to take revenge for the slaughter of their ancestors and conquer the entire universe, much to the dismay of the Avengers. Quoi then proceeded to capture Iron Man, Captain America and Thor and offered them a chance to surrender, but the heroes refused and managed to escape. Meanwhile, Black Panther, Ghost Rider, Hulk and Captain Marvel, with the help of the Fantastic Four, cleaned up the Alliance's armadas from the Cotati infection, Carol was made an Accuser. The heroes returned to Earth where they tried to fend off the endless armies of Cotati around the world. While Iron Man and Reed Richards tried to formulate a plan to defeat the Cotati, Black Panther began organizing the Wakandan troops, since Wakanda was the only place that the Cotati hadn't struck yet.
Each teammates' arsenal
- The first time the famous Avengers' catchphrase "Avengers Assemble" was said was in Avengers #10 by Thor and has mostly appeared in Marvel media ever since.
- In-universe, the comic-publishing company Marvel Comics made an arrangement with the Maria Stark Foundation to depict authorized adventures of the Avengers. Unlike the agreement made with the Fantastic Four, the Avengers didn't personally handle the arrangements for their series. Since the approvals and information flow were handled by Maria Stark Foundation intermediaries, Marvel's writers were given less details about the Avengers' exploits than the Fantastic Four. Because of this, Stan Lee once referred to Marvel's Avengers comics as "only 69% authorized."
- Additionally, since members of the Avengers maintained secret identities, Marvel was eventually given consent by the Maria Stark Foundation to create fictitious backstories for them. Before that, Stan Lee simply tried to focus solely on the team members in their costumed personas.
- The Avengers were parodied by DC Comics in the Superman/Batman series in the storyline "With a Vengeance!", where the Dark Knight and Man of Steel faced heroes created by Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Joker called the Maximums, who were comprised of Soldier (a patriotic hero, expy of Captain America), Viking (a nordic God, expy of Thor), Hornet (a half-human half-insect flying heroine, expy of Wasp), Skyscraper (a giant man in love with Hornet, expy of Giant-Man), Robot (a conscious robot in a bulky iron-suit, expy of Iron Man), Bowman (an archer, expy of Hawkeye), Wolfen (a bestial wolfman with tiger stripes, expy of Wolverine), Bug (a blue and red four-armed man, expy of Spider-Man) and Monster (a big creature with super-strength and ripped pants whose alter ego is weaker, expy of Hulk).
- The Avengers were created due to a delay in the production of Daredevil #1, because penciler Bill Everett was delayed. At the time, print time was booked ahead of time, and if the issue to be printed wasn't ready, the print time was still going to be charged. Because of this, Stan Lee created the Avengers, a group of already-established heroes, so it wouldn't take long to produce an issue featuring them.
- The Avengers and their comic book series share their name with the long-running British television series The Avengers which debuted in 1961, three years before the superhero team. Due to the popularity of both properties in their respective countries, their shared name has caused complications on both sides of the Atlantic ever since:
- The Marvel comic has had to be retitled Avengers Assemble on several occasions for UK publication.
- For North American publication, comics based upon the TV series have had to be retitled, usually a variant of Steed and Peel or Steed and Mrs. Peel.
- The issues over the name don't appear to have been repeated with New Avengers, a title shared by both a later series in the Marvel franchise, and a revival of the TV series that aired in the 1970s.
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Links and References
- Avengers (Earth-616) on Wikipedia.org
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