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Appearing in 1st story
- Ganke Lee
- Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green)
- Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette)
- Starling (Tiana Toomes)
- Mass Master (Jack Power)
- Energizer (Katie Power)
- Cloud 9 (Abigail Boylen)
- Riri Williams (Mentioned)
- Falcon (Joaquín Torres) (Mentioned)
- Sam Wilson (Mentioned)
- D-Man (Dennis Dunphy) (Mentioned)
- Locust (Fernanda Rodriguez) (Mentioned)
- Snowguard (Amka Aliyak) (Mentioned)
- Senator Geoffrey Patrick (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- Biokinetic Polymer Suit (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
- Nova Helmet
- Wasp's Suit and Bio-Synthetic Wings
- Vulture's Wings
Synopsis for 1st story
As Miles Morales (Spider-Man) heads to Brooklyn Visions Academy he sees all the other teens reading about and discussing it. He's greeted by his friend Ganke Lee and a girl Jamilah, who tells them that the Champions are about to make an official statement. A teacher tells another student off for wearing a hoodie with the Champions' C-logo.
Miles and Ganke slip into a room where a student is using her phone to display the Champs broadcast on a big screen. The message is from Ms. Marvel who sums up the situation but says the Champions will continue to fight the good fight - to stand up for the underdogs and for the environment, doing stuff that the adult heroes are too busy fighting each other to bother with. Miles tells Ganke, who knows about his secret id, that she didn't consult the rest of the team on this.
Jamilah bursts in and denounces the Champs as liars. She saw what they did to the Coles school when Viv Vision exploded and wrecked the place. And she's starting a local Chapter of the CRADLE Junior League here. A fight starts between her and a Champs supporter Kaylee and they both get suspended for a day. But Jamilah's club is a success.
That evening Spider-Man is out web-slinging when he sees a purse-snatching in progress. He webs up the culprit and returns the purse, but it turns out to be a police sting operation. They try to arrest him but he web-slings away. As he leaves he hears them complaining that if they don't arrest enough teen vigilantes then C.R.A.D.L.E. will take over. Spider-Man contemplates retiring from the super-scene.
But for the moment he has a meeting of Champions and other teens to attend in a disused warehouse. Access security at the warehouse is provided by N.A.T.A.L.I.E., the AI of Ironheart/Riri Williams although she herself can't be there.
Inside he finds the main Bombshell, Brawn, Dust, Nova (Sam Alexander), Patriot (Shaun Lucas), Pinpoint, Power Man (Victor Alvarez) and Wasp (Nadia Van Dyne) of the Champions. There's also Cloud 9, Moon Girl, Squirrel Girl and Starling plus Energizer and Mass Master of Power Pack.
Riri has also provided a projection drone which allows Ms. Marvel to join them remotely. We see her in her mask and the scarf of her costume sitting up in her hospital bed. They only see her head due to secrecy. Brawn and Moon Girl complain about Ms. Marvel issuing her communiqué without consulting them. Pinpoint points out that they have no base since C.R.A.D.L.E. impounded the Champions Mobile Bunker. Starling also blames the missing Viv Vision, but Dust blames their leader Ms. Marvel for the debacle. Patriot asks how they're supposed to fund their activities? Cloud 9 reminds them they can each still be heroes if they find an approved mentor. Bombshell adds that Falcon (Joaquin Torres) has already signed up with Falcon (Sam Wilson).
Then Starling takes over the meeting. She says the mentor program won't work for most of them. Ms. Marvel is right, they should ignore the law. But the Champions are a lost cause. They haven't even rescued Locust and Snowguard. Nova takes exception to this and Miles has to split up a fight. Kamala tries to regain control by saying that adults don't know what's best for teens. But now Spider-Man disagrees with her. He's seen that lots of youngsters don't trust the Champions either, and they have to deal with that.
Then C.R.A.D.L.E. troops break in and break up the meeting to arrest them all. Starling fights back but Justice of C.R.A.D.L.E. freezes her in midair with his telekinesis. He tells them he's here to stop them making a mistake like he did. Spider-Man tells Pinpoint to teleport them all out, but Qureshi Gupta freezes because his portal was a partial cause of the explosion that 'killed' Viv. However N.A.T.A.L.I.E. contacts Spider-Ma to point out a vulnerable crack in a wall, and tells him there's a subway access tunnel on the other side. He gets Bombshell to blast a big hole and they start herding teens through it.
Kamala cuts off her transmission so she can't be traced, devastated that someone must have sold the team out. Bombshell, Nova, Spider-Man and Wasp have lagged behind to hold off the troops while everyone else escapes. CRADLE grab Bombshell and trap Wasp in a jar. The girls urge the boys to flee while they can. They won't do it but Pinpoint drags them through a portal. Apparently C.R.A.D.L.E. got some more too, but we see that Cloud 9, Dust, Energizer, Moon Girl, Patriot, Power Man, Squirrel Girl and Starling got out.
Outside the troops comment that they were alerted to the meeting by an untraceable message whose syntax indicated the source was a synthezoid. They assume it was Vision whose daughter Viv died. But we see Viv Vision watching the proceedings
THE CHAMPIONS RETURN IN TROUBLED TIMES!
• A law is passed that goes against everything Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider–Man founded the Champions for…But the world still needs heroes, even if the world doesn’t want them right now.
• After Ms. Marvel makes an unexpected and emotional announcement that her team won’t go down without a fight, a group of teen vigilantes gathers to plan their next move. But the C.R.A.D.L.E. task force is hot on their trail, and there’s a spy in their midst…
• Eve L. Ewing (IRONHEART, OUTLAWED) and Simone Di Meo (IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE and VENOM: ACTS OF EVIL) team up for a dramatic new era of Champions that will define Marvel’s teen heroes for years to come!
- A trailer was released by Marvel on YouTube to promote this series:
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