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Essential Series Vol 1 Avengers 3
Published
March, 2001


Appearing in "Magneto Walks the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #47.

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Synopsis for "Magneto Walks the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #47.

On the Stranger's home world, Magneto and the Toad plot their escape as their captor, the Stranger, has lately become disinterested in them and preoccupied with other concerns. Magneto's abilities enable him to sense radio waves emanating from Earth.

The Avengers are stunned when Captain America announces that he's resigning. He curtly tells the Avengers he's leaving to live his own life and wants nothing more to do with any of them. Even as he stalks away, Cap regrets his words and worries about how his now ex-teammates will think of him, but he can't tell them the real reason for his departure.

Hercules returns to Greece after discovering a possible way to get back to Olympus. He sets out to traverse the dimensional barriers.

In England, scientist Dane Whitman reflects on his private shame: his uncle was the supervillian known as the Black Knight, a member of the original Masters of Evil. The Black Knight died after falling from his winged horse after a confrontation with Iron-Man; he died in Dane's arms after confessing to his criminal deeds. Dane hopes to make amends for his uncle's misdeeds somehow.

But Dane's traitorous assistant Norris accidentally sabotages his most recent experiment, enabling Magneto and Toad to escape back to Earth from Labworld. After subduing Dane and killing Norris, Magneto plans to revive the Masters of Evil. Although he decides to ignore Mastermind for the time being, he sends a coded message to Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. The twins travel to Whitman castle and fall into Magneto's trap. The twins refuse to rejoin the Brotherhood, but Magneto is confident he can persuade them. Magneto, Toad depart with their captives.

Afterwards, Dane is appalled at the unwitting aid he and Norris provided to Magneto. Hoping to make things right, Dane dons the armor and sword of the Black Knight and mounts his winged horse. The new, heroic Black Knight flies off to warn the Avengers about Magneto's capture of the twins.

Appearing in "The Black Knight Lives Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #48.

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Synopsis for "The Black Knight Lives Again!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #48.

Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are held captive by Magneto, but Quicksilver manages to send a distress signal. Hercules continues to search deserted Olympus for clues. Hawkeye, Goliath and the Wasp receive the distress call. Meanwhile, deciding to use his uncle's inventions for good, Dane Whitman becomes the new Black Knight. He goes to the Avengers to help them, but mistaking him for evil, they attack. Dane becomes angry when they do not believe him, so he flies off on his own.

Appearing in "Mine Is the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #49.

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Synopsis for "Mine Is the Power!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #49.

Hercules is attacked by Typhon, the cause of Olympus' desertion. Meanwhile, Quicksilver pretends to ally himself with Magneto, they travel to the U.N. and demand that the mutants of the world should be given a nation of their own. The Avengers attack and the Scarlet Witch accidentally gets shot, driving Quicksilver into a frenzy and making him join with Magneto for real. They then leave. Meanwhile, back in Olympus, Hercules is beaten and sent to another world by Typhon.

Appearing in "To Tame a Titan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #50.

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Synopsis for "To Tame a Titan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #50.

The story opens as the Wasp is intervening in a furious shouting match between Hawkeye and Goliath. Recent events, particularly the disastrous standoff with Magneto at the United Nations, have reduced the Avengers’ active membership to three members and Goliath has seemingly lost the ability to grow larger. The Wasp suggests they search for Hercules, as he has been MIA but never officially resigned from the team as Captain America, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch all have. They take off in a quinjet following his trail to Greece. Each of the three disheartened Avengers secretly wonders if the team should simply disband.

Meanwhile, the Titan known as Typhon has taken control of Olympus and banished Hercules to a limbo dimension. In this netherworld, Hercules finds his father Zeus and the other members of the ancient Greek pantheon, who have all having exiled there as well. (Zeus remarks on Hercules’s clean-shaven appearance with distaste.) Having only enough power to return one of them to Earth, Zeus sends Hercules whom he believes can vanquish Typhon.

Having grown restless ruling over an abandoned Olympus, Typhon has descended to the Mediterranean Sea below where he encounters U.S. naval ships. He attacks them to demonstrate his might and sinks a submarine. The Avengers arrive and oppose him but are seriously outmatched. At one point, Goliath is cornered and unable to grow. He is forced to shrink to Ant-Man size to narrowly elude the Titan’s blows.

Hercules arrives on the scene and combats Typhon one one one, ultimately defeating him. Hercules’s victory enables the Olympians to return from their exile. Typhon is dispatched to Tartarus (the lower depths of the Olympian underworld) while a once banished Hercules is welcomed back to Olympus. Hercules therefore resigns from the Avengers as well. Yet back in his immortal home, he thinks to himself of the pride and respect he has for his fellow Avengers.

Returning to New York, the three remaining Avengers realize that there will still be menaces to confront and that the Avengers must remain active, even if it is only the three of them.

Appearing in "In the Clutches of... the Collector!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #51.

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Synopsis for "In the Clutches of... the Collector!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #51.

As the story opens, Goliath is strapped into a high-voltage electrical harness in an attempt to jumpstart his size changing ability. But not only does the effort fail, the harness overloads and threatens to kill him. Hawkeye tries shutting the grid down, but the circuits have been fried. The Wasp flies into the machinery and unplugs some connections, saving him in the nick of time.

Some time later and elsewhere, the Avengers’ former opponent the Collector aims to add the entire roster of the Avengers to his menagerie of “pets.” He turns his attention to the three currently active members, who are gathering at Janet’s residence. Hawkeye and Goliath have arrived just as Jan is diving into her new A-shaped swimming pool. As she climbs out, she notices a comb on the floor and picks it up. Suddenly, she is flung into the air. The “comb” was a trap designed to retrieve her and she cannot let go. Both Goliath and Hawkeye grab hold of her, hoping to stop her from being carried away but they too are lifted into the air. The three heroes are carried far above the Earth to the spaceship of the Collector.

As soon as they are brought onboard, the Avengers are shocked to discover that not only are they prisoners of the Collector... but Thor is with him, apparently willingly! The heroes are then shocked into unconsciousness by a “Venusian Retriever-Anemone”. They awaken in adjoining prison chambers to see the Collector, stroking a “Jupiterian Sauro-Beast” like a cat, and accompanied by Thor. The Collector recounts to his prisoners how he came across an unwary Thor (who was not among the Avengers who encountered the Collector previously and hence was unaware of his devious nature). He tricked Thor into drinking a draught of a drug that placed him under his control.

Desiring a “perfect” collection of Avengers, the alien antiquarian attempts to restore Goliath’s size-changing abilities as well. He subjects him to a procedure similar to what Pym attempted earlier, but upping the amplitude by having Thor create a major storm as a source of power. The attempt seems to fail though. Disappointed, the Collector returns Goliath to his prison cell.

The Collector then turns his attention towards gathering up the other Avengers not yet in his possession. Using a video screen, he spies on Captain America who is in the midst of a battle in Africa (alongside the Wakandan superhero the Black Panther) and the Collector chooses to wait before gathering him up. Likewise, he sees that the Hulk is currently crossing the Bifrost rainbow bridge into Asgard and is thus out of his reach for the moment. Instead, he focuses his attention on Iron-Man and dispatches Thor to retrieve him.

Thor accosts Iron-Man in midair, attacking him. Iron-Man is caught off-guard but does his best to fight back.

Onboard the Collector’s ship, Goliath is surprised to discover that Wasp has escaped from her holding cell. She explains that the Jupiterian Sauro-Beast is actually a form of insect life susceptible to her control and she instructed it to free her. Wasp then frees Goliath and Hawkeye and they take on the Collector, who siccs his giant robot, Chumley the Savage, on them. Hawkeye shoots an explosive arrow at its control panel but this only causes it to run wild. It grabs the Collector, who is now unable to control it. He teleports himself away, abandoning his ship, his menagerie, and the three Avengers. They fear they are outmatched, but Goliath feels an odd sensation. He begins growing -- the Collector’s experiment worked after all just with a delayed effect! Goliath grows to 25 feet high, taller than ever before, and tackles the Chumley.

Elsewhere, Thor has overwhelmed Iron-Man with a massive current of lightning bolts that shuts down his armor and incapacitates him. However, as soon as the Collector has fled his ship, he also loses control of the thunder god. Taking the unconscious Iron-Man along with him, Thor returns to the ship to rescue his friends. He arrives just in the nick of time as the damage the giant robot is destroying it. Thor carries all three current Avengers and Iron-Man back to Earth before the ship explodes.

Back at Avengers Mansion, Iron-Man tests out Goliath’s size-changing abilities and deems that not only are they permanently restored, they’ve been expanded (literally) by the Collector’s shock treatment. Just then, the Avengers receive a transmission from Captain America. He apologizes for leaving the team in such an abrupt manner as he did and nominates a new team member to take his place: the Black Panther. Although T’Challa is concerned the team might not want him, Hawkeye radios back that if Cap vouches for him, it’s good enough for them.

Appearing in "Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #52.

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Synopsis for "Death Calls for the Arch-Heroes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #52.

The Black Panther travels to the Avengers HQ, passes through the security systems and finds the Avengers dead. He is then caught by the bodies by SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell and arrested. It is shown that the Avengers were attacked by the Grim Reaper, and put in a special type of coma, that only he can undo. He wishes revenge for the death of his brother: Wonder Man. The Panther breaks free of the police and returns to the Avengers HQ to find the Reaper. They fight and the Black Panther steals the Reaper's coma weapon. He rushes to the hospital, battling policemen, and revives the Avengers. He is then cleared of any charges and joins the team.

Appearing in "In Battle Joined!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #53.

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Synopsis for "In Battle Joined!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #53.

Cyclops has just defeated Quicksilver in battle within Magneto's fortress when the Avengers arrive. Apparently unaware that their former comrade has rejoined Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Avengers attack Cyclops. As he flees, Cyclops wonders what happened when he sent the Angel back to New York to seek the Avengers' aid.

A flashback to several hours earlier depicts the Angel arriving at Avengers Mansion where he is cornered by its security system. After being freed by the Avengers, Angel informed them how Magneto had the X-Men prisoner and that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch had rejoined the Brotherhood. Agreeing to help Angel free the X-Men, the Avengers returned to the island with him aboard one of their aircrafts. Along the way, the Wasp spotted a spy recorder hidden in Angel's wing, making them believe that Angel must have been in league with Magneto and prompting Goliath to restrain the protesting mutant. This was the situation when the Avengers arrived and encountered Cyclops.

As it turns out, Magneto had the Toad plant the device on the Angel and allowed him to escape so that he might bring his other foes, the Avengers, to his base. He hopes to trick them into a battle against the X-Men. While explaining this, Magneto is both physically and verbally abusive toward his loyal minion. The Scarlet Witch sees Magneto slapping him and silently wishes she still had her hex powers so that she could defend him. She dares not reveal that she's lost her abilities as she fears Magneto's reaction if and when he finds out.

Meanwhile, the Avengers are searching the island for Cyclops when Goliath and Hawkeye briefly get into fisticuffs. The Wasp and Black Panther break up the scuffle and get them to focus on their true enemy: Magneto. But spying on the Avengers via a closed-circuit camera, Magneto is pleased to see that his enemies' tempers are already strained. He hopes to use their own internal strife to his advantage. Magneto then uses a special device to amplify his powers and direct them into mentally dominating the X-Men.

Cyclops has found the rest of the imprisoned X-Men and freed them. But just then, they are overwhelmed by Magneto's mind-control device that turns them into rampaging killing machines. They encounter and immediately attack the Avengers. A battle ensues in which the X-Men seem to be triumphing. But the Black Panther realizes that he and his team-mates are unconsciously holding back against the X-Men (whom they know to be heroes) while their opponents are not. The Avengers stop pulling their punches and quickly subdue the X-Men, all of whom are performing sloppily in battle as Magneto's "rage" machine has caused them to forget their meticulous Danger Room training.

As Magneto and his allies watch the events unfold, they are startled by the appearance of the Angel. He reveals that the Avengers had caught onto the ruse concerning the bug. They had put on a ruse of their own, pretending to turn on the Angel so that Magneto would be caught off-guard. Goliath tied up the Angel, but made sure the knots were loose enough for him to easily escape while the Wasp approached him in miniature size, so as not to be seen by the cameras, and she whispered the team's plan into his ear. Even Goliath and Hawkeye's quarrel was a ruse to confuse the master of magnetism.

Magneto holds the Avengers at bay and then once more lashes out at Toad, slapping him as he curtly orders him to activate the base's defense system. The Toad, however, has had enough of Magneto's abusive behavior. He sets the defense system to self-destruct the entire island flees the base along with the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

Magneto tries to board their escape craft, but his magnetic abilities cannot affect the ship. The Toad reminds him that Magneto, in his hubris, built a non-metallic ship just to prove he could still control it. Magneto desperately grabs hold of the ship as it rises, but Toad steps on his hand, causing him to fall back into the base as the ship flies off.

The Avengers take the X-Men onboard their own ship and escape just as the base explodes, seemingly killing Magneto in the process.

Appearing in "...And Deliver Us From--The Masters of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #54.

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Synopsis for "...And Deliver Us From--The Masters of Evil!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #54.

Jarvis betrays the Avengers, to the new Masters of Evil, by explaining the layout of the HQ and traps. The Black Knight tries to warn the Avengers but is captured in a trap. However, his horse Aragorn escapes to complete the message. The Avengers do not receive the message in time, and they are attacked and captured by the Masters of Evil. The Crimson Cowl they were taking orders from turns out to be a robot, and the true Crimson Cowl is Edwin Jarvis himself!

Appearing in "Mayhem Over Manhattan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #55.

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Synopsis for "Mayhem Over Manhattan!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #55.

The Avengers are held captive, and it is shown that the Crimson Cowl isn't the Edwin Jarvis at all, but the robot Ultron-5. Jarvis is supposedly killed, but he escapes and finds the Black Knight, who helps him. The Black Knight then attacks the Masters of Evil and frees the Avengers. Together they defeat the Masters. Although Ultron and Whirlwind escape, the rest are imprisoned. The Avengers decide to give Jarvis a second chance.

Appearing in "Death Be Not Proud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #56.

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Synopsis for "Death Be Not Proud!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #56.

The Avengers meet Captain America in an old castle. Inside they find Doctor Doom's Time Machine. The Wasp stays behind to operate it and the rest of the Avengers go back in time to Bucky's death in order to see if he actually survives. They appear in the past in spirit forms, unable to do anything but watch.

They see Baron Zemo with a humanoid he created. Captain America and Bucky smash through the window and attack. They are beaten and strapped to a bomb.

Meanwhile the Wasp falls asleep in the future, causing the Avengers to appear in a solid form in the past. They battle Zemo and the Humanoids for a while, and Captain America severs the bonds holding the past Captain America and Bucky. The Wasp then awakes and the Avengers turn into spirit form again.

The old Captain America and Bucky try and stop the V2 from launching, but just as Captain America remembers, he slips and Bucky dies destroying it. They then return to the future.

Appearing in "Behold... The Vision!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #57.

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Synopsis for "Behold... The Vision!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #57.

The Vision enters the Avengers HQ and approaches the Wasp, but he falls and collapses. Goliath rushes in, wondering what happened, and finds the Vision in a crumpled heap on the floor. Meanwhile, Hawkeye visits Natasha to find she has decided to become the Black Widow again. He receives a call to return to the mansion. Black Panther foils a robbery and is also called. While examining the Vision, he bursts back into life and attacks the Avengers again. He calms down and informs the Avengers that he has been sent by Ultron-5 to destroy them. He leads the Avengers back to Ultron's hideout into a trap, but the Vision himself challenges Ultron and wins, saving the Avengers.

Appearing in "Even An Android Can Cry"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #58.

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Synopsis for "Even An Android Can Cry"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #58.

The Vision wishes to become an Avenger, so Captain America, Thor and Iron Man all attack him to test his power. He passes the test and they make him one. Vision remembers he was created by Ultron to kill the Avengers. They go to Goliath's lab and Goliath remembers how he created Ultron, but was attacked by it and made to forget the entire incident. They also notice that Wonder Man's memory tape is also missing and they realize that the Vision is made up of Wonder Man's memory and brain patterns.

Appearing in "The Name is... Yellowjacket!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #59.

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Synopsis for "The Name is... Yellowjacket!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #59.

A new costumed hero named Yellowjacket has just appeared in New York City, busting up a bunch of crooks from stealing fur coats. His exploits around town gain him media attention, getting positive front-page news in the Daily Bugle due to owner J. Jonah Jameson's approval of said hero.

Meanwhile, the Avengers are giving Black Panther a training session while waiting for Wasp and Goliath to arrive for their morning meeting. When the Wasp shows, but no sign of Goliath, the group dismisses his absence and decide to fill him in when he arrives. The four Avengers present are preoccupied with thoughts of their own: The Wasp dwells on Goliath's devotion to science at the neglect of their relationship; Black Panther's thoughts dwell on the future role of his nation of Wakanda on the world stage; Vision's thoughts are of the fear humanity feels towards him; and Hawkeye's thoughts are about the Black Widow, who has resumed her costume guise to partake in another S.H.I.E.L.D. secret mission.

While the meeting continues, the group are interrupted by the arrival of Yellowjacket, who has broken into the mansion in an attempt to get Avengers membership. When they question Yellowjacket on his foreknowledge that Goliath won't show up for the meeting, he tells them that he killed Goliath, causing the Wasp to faint.

Yellowjacket then tells them that he had broken into Goliath's lab and attacked him as he was busy mulling over his experiments and his relationship with the Wasp. During the fight, Goliath's home is trashed and Yellowjacket gains the upper hand in combat, able to overpower Goliath and blast him with shrinking gas. Shrunken down to ant size, Goliath is left to the mercies of a common house spider. Yellowjacket concludes his tale by saying the last time he saw Goliath he was stuck on the spider's web.

Enraged by this tale the Avengers attack, but Yellowjacket is able to fight them off long enough to grab the Wasp and escape. He takes the Wasp to his hideout, a miniature base that is up in a tree. There, Yellowjacket boasts how they will never find Goliath, and forces Wasp to kiss him. He stops himself and decides that maybe he should let the Wasp go.

Later as the Avengers are searching the city for the Wasp, the team spots her and Yellowjacket as they are exiting city hall. Yellowjacket is attacked, but the Wasp stops them, telling the group that they shouldn't fight Yellowjacket because they're going to be married.

Appearing in "... Till Death Do Us Part!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #60.

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Synopsis for "... Till Death Do Us Part!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #60.

Captain America is shocked to receive an invitation to the wedding of the Wasp and Yellowjacket. When he arrives at Avengers mansion and asks the other Avengers what happened they tell him of their encounter with Yellowjacket and how he supposedly killed Goliath. Just then Jan and Yellowjacket arrive, and Hawkeye almost starts a fight with the mysterious new-comer but is stopped by Captain America.

Meanwhile, Jarvis admits the priest and the caterers into the mansion for the wedding reception, however the caterers turn out to be the Circus of Crime, who have come to crash the wedding to get revenge on Thor for defeating them during their last caper.

While Crystal and the Invisible Girl prepare the Wasp's wedding gown, all the guests arrive and the reception starts. Soon Yellowjacket and Wasp are married. This disgusts Hawkeye who is appalled that the Wasp would marry somebody who killed her long time love. Storming into the kitchen he stumbles upon the Circus of Crime who easily take him down and tie him up with Jarvis.

As the Wasp is cutting her cake, Princess Python's snake attacks, and the Avengers attempt to fight it off her, just then the circus of crime attacks. The Avengers manage to hold their own until the Ringmaster trains a gun on Yellowjacket and threatens to kill the Wasp. Losing his temper, Yellowjacket grows to giant size, tearing his costume and revealing that he was Goliath the whole time.

Goliath frees the Wasp, the Avengers make short work of the Circus of Crime and Hawkeye cuts himself loose.

As the police are taking the Circus of Crime into custody, Goliath tells them that he was the victim of chemically induced schizophrenia when he was accidentally doused in an experimental formula he was working on. It caused him to develop the Yellowjacket persona and fabricate the story of Goliath's death.


Appearing in "Some Say the World Will End in Fire... Some Say In Ice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #61.

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Synopsis for "Some Say the World Will End in Fire... Some Say In Ice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #61.

This story continues where Doctor Strange #178 left off.

Black Panther is recharging Vision with a solar energy device, and explaining to Hawkeye how the Vision gets his power from solar energy filtered through the gem on his forehead. Suddenly, Black Panther detects a strange presence in the room and the group are greeted by the astral form of Dr. Strange. Strange informs them that he needs their assistance to stop a planet threatening menace. The group follows the astral form of Strange to a graveyard where his body is waiting.

Rejoined with his physical form, Dr. Strange leads them to the unconscious body of the Black Knight. Strange explains that he and the Black Knight had just returned from the realm of Tiboro and were blanking the minds of the Sons of Satannish when one of their number, named Marduk, attempted to blast Strange with the Crystal of Conquest. Black Knight jumped in the way of the blast and Strange struck down Marduk and asks him how the Crystal is the only hope of preventing an impending cataclysm set in motion by the cult.

Agreeing to help Strange, the Avengers take the Black Knight and return to their mansion where with the aid of the Avenger's medical facilities, Dr. Strange performs surgery on the Black Knight and saves his life. Just then, the Vision enters the room and tells everyone stories of volcanic eruptions in the antarctic and the Black Panther is receiving distress calls from his native Wakanda informing him his hidden land is starting to freeze over. The Avengers resolve to split into two teams and to address both problems, and keep the entities causing them busy while Strange uses the Crystal of Conquest to reverse the damage being done.

Black Panther and vision travel to Wakanda where they find Ymir the frost giant on a rampage, they attempt to stop the creature by crashing a Quinjet into it, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Black Knight and Hawkeye travel to the South Pole where they find Surtur the fire demon. They attempt to attack the creature, but their attacks are rebuffed.

Back in Wakanda, Vision and Black Panther try all they can to stop Ymir from destroying the village of Wakanda, while Strange prepares to make his incantation stop the two creatures from causing the end of the world. Just when things appear to be at their bleakest, Strange completes his spell as the two beings are about to strike. Ymir, Vision, and Black Panther are all transported to the South Pole. There, Ymir appears in front of Surtur just as both are about to strike, their blows cancel each other out causing both monsters to vanish causing a massive explosion. Dr. Strange appears and tells the Avengers they had succeeded.

Appearing in "The Monarch and the Man-Ape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #62.

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Synopsis for "The Monarch and the Man-Ape!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #62.

Picking up where last issue left off, we find the Avengers, Hawkeye, Vision, Black Panther and their associate the Black Knight stranded in the Antarctic. Black Panther summons a vessel and flies his friends with him to Wakanda. There, they are greeted by an army of Wakandan troops who attack the other Avengers with guns until Black Panther stops them. When asking them who authorized them to carry such weapons, they tell the Panther that it was his chosen stand in -- M'Baku -- who made the order.

Angered, Black Panther calls M'Baku to answer to him. Having dinner, M'Baku explains that he ordered the troops to carry weapons because he had heard reports that Klaw was back in Wakanda. During their meal, Black Panther, and his comrades are knocked out because M'Baku had drugged their meals in hopes of taking over the nation of Wakanda.

Waking up from his drugging, the Black Panther finds himself in costume, faced with M'Baku who is dressed in the garb of a white gorilla -- such an outfit being forbidden in Wakanda. Calling himself the Man-Ape, M'Baku explains that he will kill T'Challa and take over the kingdom and have everyone worship the white gorilla instead of the panther god.

A battle wages on through the village of Wakanda, taking them to the atomic fire pits that power the small nation. There the Man-Ape almost falls into the pit, but Black Panther grabs him and as he is pulling up his foe, the Man-Ape attacks and knocks him out.

Later, the Panther regains consciousness to find himself strapped to an alter beneath the statue of the Panther god. Man-Ape then attempts to knock the statue onto the Black Panther in an effort to kill him and destroy the idol. Meanwhile, the other Avengers come too and break out of their prison cell thanks to Vision's density powers enabling him to smash the walls. While outside, the Man-Ape's plan backfires, as his efforts to knock down the statue cause it to crumble and fall on top of him while the Avengers free T'Challa from his restraints.

With T'Challa free, and the Man-Ape apparently deceased, the battle is declared over.

Appearing in "And In This Corner... Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #63.

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Synopsis for "And In This Corner... Goliath!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #63.

Returning home to Avengers Mansion from Wakanda, the Avengers must make an emergency landing when Black Panther's ship malfunctions. During the scramble to prevent the ship from crashing, Hawkeye's bow breaks. Inside their mansion, they find that Yellowjacket and the Wasp have returned from their honeymoon. Henry Pym explains that he's abandoning the Goliath identity because he has determined that his constant growing beyond his normal height caused his bout of schizophrenia.

Before Yellowjacket has a chance to destroy his most recent size changing formula, the Avengers are contacted by Nick Fury who informs them that during her most recent mission for SHIELD, Black Widow has disappeared. Hawkeye is later contacted in secret by Black Widow who informs him that she's being held captive somewhere. Judging from the noise, Hawkeye deduces that she's being held on Coney Island. Without a bow, Hawkeye decides to take Pym's growth serum and abandoned Goliath costume to take on the identity of the new Goliath.

As Goliath rushes to her rescue, he is being watched by her kidnappers: Egghead, Puppet Master, and the Mad Thinker who are plotting to hold the world hostage with a powerful space station of their own design. They send out a giant robot, holding Black Widow as it's captive, to keep Goliath busy while they make their escape. Goliath destroys the robot and saves Natasha, and the two leave Coney Island to inform the Avengers of the villains plans.

Appearing in "Like a Death Ray in the Sky!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #64.

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Synopsis for "Like a Death Ray in the Sky!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #64.

After testing his new orbital death ray, Egghead makes his demands to the United States. Hearing this over the radio, the Avengers plan their next course of action as Black Widow and Goliath return to the mansion. Suddenly they are visited by Barney Barton, Goliath's brother, who is in charge of various rackets and was once in the employ of Egghead. Telling the Avengers that he knows the coordinates where Egghead's base is and offers to aid the Avengers in destroying it.

When one of Egghead's robots attacks Avengers mansion, the Avengers quickly dispatch it before heading after Egghead, taking Barney Barton with them as well. Taking a specially commissioned rocket to the space station. Boarding it, their invasion is repelled by more of Egghead's robots. Egghead himself effects the battle by manipulating dolls of the Avengers commissioned for him by the Puppet Master.

Unaffected by Egghead's device, Barney sacrifices his life to destroy the machine and stops Egghead, however, manages to escape.

Appearing in "Mightier Than the Sword?"

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Avengers #65.

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Synopsis for "Mightier Than the Sword?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #65.

Egghead hires the Swordsman to break into Avengers mansion to get revenge on his old foe Giant-Man, enticing him into going by revealing the young Clint Barton who he trained long ago eventually grew to become the Avenger known as Hawkeye.

Breaking into Avengers mansion and confronting the Avengers, the Swordsman learns that Hawkeye is now calling himself Goliath. Goliath stops the other Avengers from getting involved in his personal battle against the Swordsman, and the two fight one on one. The Swordsman defeats Goliath and captures him, figuring that Barton could have been the Goliath that Egghead always fought (Egghead is not aware at this point that Henry Pym had become Yellowjacket.) Delivering Goliath to Egghead, Egghead refuses to pay the Swordsman because he brought him the wrong man. While the two fight it out, Goliath regains consciousness and easily defeats the two crooks.

Appearing in "Betrayal!"

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Avengers #66.

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Synopsis for "Betrayal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #66.

The Avengers (joined by their long-absent members Iron Man and Thor) are invited to attempt to destroy a cylinder of Adamantium created by scientist Myron MacLain aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier. While discussing the potential use of the metal, the Vision soon finds his mind being taken over and he disappears.

Shortly afterwards, as the Avengers return home, Iron Man is suddenly trapped in the training room, and while the other Avengers are occupied getting him out, the Vision travels to the helicarrier and steals the cylinder of Adamantium.

When the Avengers find out they begin to speculate why Vision would betray them, just as the Vision returns and attacks the Wasp. The Avengers gang up and attack the Vision, until the Vision tells them that, for reasons beyond his control, he'd used the Adamantium to rebuild his creator: Ultron.

Appearing in "We Stand at Armageddon!"

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Avengers #67.

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Synopsis for "We Stand at Armageddon!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #67.

Continuing from last issue, Ultron-6 has just been resurrected by the Vision inside Avengers Mansion, the resulting attack causes an explosion. Even with the combined efforts of Thor, Iron Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Black Panther, the Wasp and Vision (who is now free from Ultron's influence), the robot manages to defeat Earth's mightiest heroes and makes a quick escape, to plot the total destruction of mankind. Seeking to make up for betraying the Avengers, the Vision follows Ultron back to his base to learn the robots plot: It's attempting to destroy New York City in a giant nuclear explosion. Soon, the Vision is joined by the Avengers who take the sidelines while the Vision battles his creator. However the battle is lost because of the untimely intervention of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (who are tracking the Adamantium which Ultron's body is constructed of) arrive and stun the Vision, allowing Ultron to escape, leaving the Avengers to deal with the device set to destroy the whole city.

Appearing in "...And We Battle for the Earth!"

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Avengers #68.

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Synopsis for "...And We Battle for the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #68.

Continuing from last issue, Ultron is about to trigger a device that would atomize New York City, but at the crucial moment when the robot throws the switch, nothing happens. The Avengers attack, with the Vision informing Ultron that he destroyed the devices mechanisms preventing Ultron from detonating the explosion.

After Ultron makes his escape, the Avengers learn of Vision's manipulation at Ultron's hands, and use a mind probe to try and find any knowledge Vision might have regarding any weaknesses the new Adamantium-bodied Ultron may have. They learn that the only way to defeat Ultron's is to use a molecular rearranger device on his indestructible body.

Formulating a plan, they contact Dr. MacLain at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to get the device and contact the Black Panther (who is in Wakanda helping his people fight off invaders) to get a chunk of Vibranium.

Meanwhile, Ultron plots to kidnap Dr. MacLain in order to force him to build an army of robots to help in his conquest of Earth. Modifying his body into "The Ultimate Ultron", the robot attacks MacLain as he addresses the United Nations. This leads to yet another counter-attack by the Avengers, when Ultron attempts to absorb the knowledge of MacLain, the procedure goes wrong and Ultron begins to go insane and sets himself to self-destruct. However, the Avengers save the day by trapping him in a dome of Vibranium to contain the explosion. Later, "MacLain" is revealed to be Henry Pym in disguise who used self-hypnosis to convince everyone he was MacLain and when Ultron attempted to steal "MacLain's" knowledge, all he absorbed was the phrase "Thou Shalt Not Kill."

Appearing in "...And Time, the Rushing River..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #2.

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Synopsis for "...And Time, the Rushing River..."

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers Annual #2.

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Returning from their adventure back in time to World War 2 (In Avengers #56 Cap felt the need to use Dr. Doom's time machine to go back in time to ensure that his partner Bucky had died during their final battle against Baron Zemo) the Avengers find that their Aerocar is missing. Walking back to their headquarters they find that the place looks oddly different, yet familiar and set with defenses that they had changed years ago. Entering the briefing room they come face to face with the original Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, and the Hulk. Although both parties are confused a battle erupts when Goliath tries to unmask Giant-Man and is shocked to find it isn't an impostor -- it's really him. The original Avengers manage to force the "new" members into retreat, and they seek refuge in a nearby subway tunnel to try and figure out what's going on. They deduce that perhaps their accidental tampering of history during World War II had caused a time paradox that has caused their current predicament.

Meanwhile, the original Avengers are paid a visit by the Scarlet Centurion, apparently somebody whom they owe a great debt too. The Centurion informs the Avengers that the five super powered beings that had shown up were the ones he said were the evil beings he foretold would come one day. He instructs the original Avengers to stay at Avengers Mansion to await further orders.

Back in the subway tunnel, Goliath considers the possibility that a device called a Herodotron might still exist. In their own timeline, Goliath helped construct this device, which would record all historical data. Figuring they have nothing to lose in checking, they go to the building on Long Island which housed the Herodotron in their own time. They break into the facility and find that it does indeed exist in this alternate reality. They decide to wire Captain America into the device because he has the will power to handle all the incoming information.

Searching through the recorded history, Captain America finds the truth: Back during the early days of the Avengers, following their battle with the Space Phantom (Back in Avengers #2) before the Hulk could leave the group they are visited by the Scarlet Centurion. The Centurion offers them knowledge of the future so that the group may conquer famine, plague, and pestilence from the world and bring on a golden era of peace. The Avengers decide to hear out the Centurion who tells them that the world's problems are the result of so many super-powered beings running loose.

The Avengers then go on a mission to capture all the super-beings, starting with the Fantastic Four, then Spider-Man, the X-Men, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange. They prevent SHIELD from ever forming by capturing its founding members, and defeat Daredevil. With all the world's heroes captured, the Avengers then take down every super-villain in the world. Not even the combined efforts of Dr. Doom, Electro, the Mandarin, and Dr. Octopus can stop the Avengers. After all the super-powered beings on Earth were defeated by the Avengers, they then declare control of the world and order the stop of all atomic tests and scientific inquiry in an attempt to halt the advent of new super-beings.

Stopping the history playback, Cap informs his fellow Avengers that their counterparts in this new timeline have turned the world into a dictatorship under their complete control. The group decides that the only way they can stop this reality's Avengers is by correcting the divergence they made in time. They decide the best thing to do is to recollect Dr. Doom's time machine, which they learn has been disassembled and all its parts have been spread out around the city. The Avengers split into groups to find each part.

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Hawkeye and Black Panther travel to the construction site of a new office building to locate the first piece of the time machine. There they get into a battle with the Hulk and Iron Man. Hawkeye easily defeats Iron Man with acid arrows (in this reality, there was no Hawkeye for Iron Man to battle and come up with defenses to Hawkeye's arrows) and while Black Panther has the Hulk distracted, somehow one of Hawkeye's sonic arrows causes the Hulk to change back into Bruce Banner. Hawkeye and Black Panther recover the first part of Doom's time machine.

Next Captain America battles Thor by himself. Cap ends up defeating Thor by separating him from his hammer longer than 60 seconds and knocking out Thor's mortal guise of Donald Blake. Cap secures his part of Doom's time machine.

Goliath and Wasp square off against their own original Avengers counterparts at the docks. Goliath defeats Giant-Man underwater due to Goliath's stronger lung capacity, and the Wasp uses her counterpart's anger against her. With their opponents defeated, Goliath and Wasp capture the final piece of Doom's time machine.

The Avengers bring Doom's time machine and their opponents back to Doom's stateside castle in order to repair the device and return history back to normal. In reassembling the time machine the Scarlet Centurion appears and reveals that the whole ordeal, beginning with implanting the idea that Bucky may have lived in Cap's mind, was orchestrated by the Centurion to take over this era. His reasoning was that if he pitted the time-displaced Avengers against a version of the original team that had never met any of them, he'd be able to swiftly dispose of the Avengers for good.

While the other Avengers distract the Centurion, Goliath shrinks down to Ant-Man size and activates the time machine, sending the Centurion into the far future, and the Avengers back to their own version of history.

The Watcher appears and explains to the leader that the Scarlet Centurion was formerly known as the time traveler Rama Tut, and after his meeting with Dr. Doom became the Centurion. Having defeated the Centurion, the Avengers sent him to the year 4,000 where he would become Kang the Conquerer.

The Avengers rematerialize in Doom's castle in their own era, with no memory of the events that transpired. When Jan mentions she dozed off at the controls while the Avengers were back in time during World War 2, the group dismisses it and returns home.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Mighty Avengers: Most Wanted Files #1; Olympians' entry



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