A young man named Nathaniel Richards wearing armor came from the future, fleeing Kang the Conqueror, his future self. He arrived at Avengers Mansion, but it was abandoned in light of the Scarlet Witch's mental breakdown and subsequent damage caused. He headed to Stark Industries, and he was able to access the A.I. of Vision and uploaded it into the armor.
He formed a team with Eli Bradley, Billy Kaplan, and Teddy Altman. They took every mission available, such as rescuing people during a fire. After their first mission was recounted in the Daily Bugle, Jessica Jones was sent to investigate the heroes who had been nicknamed Iron Kid, Lieutenant America, Teen-Hulk, and Thor Jr.. Captain America and Iron Man also investigated.
Cassie Lang was interested in following her father's legacy, and her powers accidentally triggered during an argument with the others. Kate Bishop accompanied the heroes after helping them fight off kidnappers at her sister's wedding.
The Young Avengers prepared for Kang's arrival. Captain America, Iron Man, and Jessica Jones tried to dissuade them and had them locked in the Mansion while they awaited Kang. Kang was able to convince Cap and the others to assist him in this effort, showing them visions of an apocalyptic future he claimed would occur if Iron Lad was not forced to become another version of Kang. Kate had memorized the access codes, though, and was able to let them out as well as find items for them to prepare to battle Kang.
Iron Lad was separated from his armor due to Kang's cybernetic control, but with the Vision's A.I. it continued to fight him on its own. Kang left, but not before Iron Lad stabbed him with the Swordman's Sword.
The Vision was able to reform himself from Iron Lad's armor. Changes in the timestream forced Iron Lad to return to his future and become Kang, so he bade the others farewell and thanked them for at least trying to help.
Captain America was impressed with their effort but said that without parental permission he and Iron Man could not train them. Their equipment was also confiscated.
Kate was able to locate a new base and provided new costumes and equipment. With Captain America and Iron Man both taking interest in the kids' futures, the relationship between the Young Avengers and the New Avengers was up in the air. Also, the Vision, which formed from Iron Lad's armor was a blank slate, with no past experiences or history, and was, in essence, a child. The Young Avengers used their abilities to protect those that could not protect themselves and fought against evil at every turn.
The Young Avengers had to decide how much to tell their parents after the members decided to continue acting publicly. None of their parents found out. During a fight with Mister Hyde, Wiccan discovered Eli abusing MGH, a drug that gave people powers for short periods to appear to have superpowers. Eli confessed that he deceived the Vision, who meant to recruit his missing uncle Josiah, to join the team. Overwhelmed with emotion, he quit the team.
Jessica Jones interviewed the Young Avengers about their pasts at the insistence of Kat Farrell. Cassie Lang had a troubled home life, especially after her father died. She and her mother constantly fought and she hated her mom's new boyfriend. Had the Young Avengers not formed, Cassie planned to join the Runaways. Teddy Altman abused his shapeshifting powers to hang out with a more popular kid. He realized that he had gone too far when his "friend" tried to force him to steal artifacts from the destroyed Avengers Mansion. Billy Kaplan had a problem with being accepted. He met the Scarlet Witch, who explained that being different was not bad. Because Kate Bishop was assaulted in a park, she began combat training. Eli Bradley took the Mutant Growth Hormone because he felt powerless against some thugs, and wanted to prove that his grandfather truly was the first Captain America.
Kl'rt the Super-Skrull tried to take Teddy to Tarnax IV, the Skrull homeworld. Kl'rt revealed that Mrs. Altman was not Teddy's mother and killed her. In the aftermath, Kl'rt kidnapped Teddy. The Vision offered to locate more "Young Avengers" using his prior incarnation's contingency plan. The Young Avengers broke Thomas Shepherd out of a superhuman prison and recruited him. Tommy could move at superhuman speed and accelerate matter, destabilizing it enough to cause an explosion. The Super-Skrull told Teddy of his true origin as the son of the Kree hero Captain Marvel, and the Skrull princess Anelle. He claimed that Tommy and Billy were lost twin sons of the Scarlet Witch and Vision. Billy believed him, but Tommy did not. Kree and Skrull combat forces arrived and fought each other and the Young Avengers until Teddy, realizing his importance to both sides, called for a ceasefire. The Avengers intervened and a Kree warrior fired at Captain America. Patriot intervened and was gravely wounded. Hulkling and Kl'rt ended the fighting by secretly shapeshifting into each others' forms. Captain America and Kl'rt, disguised as Hulkling, brokered shared custody between the races.
At a hospital, Eli's grandfather donated his blood to Eli. Captain America again told the Young Avengers to stop what they're doing. Kate blamed their trouble on the Avengers for not training them. The Young Avengers repaired the statues of fallen Avengers at Avengers Mansion. Eli now had superpowers as a result of the blood transfusion. Kate received Hawkeye's Bow and quiver from Captain America and she took the mantle of Hawkeye". Tommy arrived in costume and calling himself Speed.
In Superhero Civil War, members of Young Avengers were captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. for not complying with the Superhuman Registration Act. Captain America and the Falcon helped them escape. Once in Captain America's secret base, the Young Avengers joined the resistance movement called the Secret Avengers. The team followed Captain America into a trap set by Iron Man. Wiccan, along with Cloak, was knocked out via tranquilizers while the rest of the Young Avengers joined the fight against Iron Man and the pro-registration heroes. Stature left the resistance after Goliath was killed by a clone of Thor and the Secret Avengers were forced to retreat from battle, leaving Wiccan behind. However, shortly afterward, Stature registered and began superhero training. The remainder of the team remained with Captain America. Stature was with Iron Man and the rest of the "pro-reg" group during the final battle between registered and rebel heroes.
During the Secret Invasion, the Young Avengers were the only team in New York City to respond to the Skrull troops' first attack. Hulkling and Wiccan were the first to fall before the Initiative arrived to help. Despite the added support, the rest of the Young Avengers were defeated and Vision got his head blown off. Because of his royalty, Hulkling was the main target of the Skrulls. Before his execution, Xavin of the Runaways (also a Skrull) saved his life.
Dark Reign and Siege
After the Secret Invasion transpired, all the Young Avengers remained under low profile during Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, who introduced his own version of the Young Avengers and send them to battle only to fall against the original Young Avengers. Meanwhile, Stature and Vision both joined the Mighty Avengers.
During the Siege of Asgard, the Young Avengers joined the battlefield alongside all the heroes available. Stature and Vision assisted the Mighty Avengers, Patriot and Hawkeye assisted the New Avengers, Speed acted at rescue/evac, and Wiccan and Hulkling fended off the Wrecking Crew.
The Children's Crusade
After Wiccan's powers overloaded and the Avengers decided to keep him under observation, Hulkling and the other Young Avengers broke Wiccan out of holding and began the search for the Scarlet Witch. Accompanied by Magneto and Quicksilver, the team traveled to Transia and then to Latveria before discovering a depowered and amnesiac Wanda engaged to Doctor Doom. The rediscovery of Wanda did not go unnoticed though, as the Avengers soon arrived on the scene. A battle with Doom's Doombot army soon broken out and was only stopped by the arrival of Iron Lad.
Iron Lad took the Young Avengers and Wanda into the timestream in an attempt to regroup and restore Wanda's memories. The group arrived at the Avengers Mansion, shortly before the Scarlet Witch originally killed some of her fellow Avengers. Cassie used this opportunity to save her father's life. This trip was successful in restoring all of Wanda's powers and memories. Returning to the present Avengers Mansion, Wanda and the Young Avengers were met by Beast, Jessica Jones, and Hawkeye.
With Wanda's memories restored, she desired to make amends for M-Day, but was unsure how. To determine if she could repower any mutants, a volunteer needed: Rictor from X-Factor Investigations. Wanda was successful in restoring his powers, but the celebration was cut short by the arrival of both the Avengers and the X-Men.
With tensions high, a brawl broke out between the Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Factor, and X-Men over the custody and fate of the Scarlet Witch, forcing Wanda to put everyone asleep in an attempt to quell the fighting. Next, with the Young Avengers, Wanda returned to Doom in Latveria to regain her reality-warping powers. However, during the ritual to restore her powers, Patriot intervened and Doom betrayed them stealing the power for himself.
Armed with the reality-warping powers, Doom returned to New York City to offer the Avengers and X-Men a choice: join him or perish. During the ensuing battle, Doom's powers were overloaded and depleted. Unfortunately, Stature gave her life to defeat Doom.
Iron Lad proposed saving Stature by traveling into the timestream, but Vision refused, resulting in his destruction at the hands of Iron Lad. Although Wiccan warned of the danger of becoming Kang the Conqueror, Iron Lad left with the intent of alerting the timestream to suit his will and promising he would be much better than Kang.
In the aftermath of the battle, the Young Avengers disbanded and remained low profile during the major events that transpired over the next several months (the Spider-Island infestation, the X-Men's Schism and the resurrection of the Human Torch). Wiccan stayed in a severe state of depression until Hulkling cheered him up by proposing. However, their moment of joy was interrupted by Ms. Marvel who called them to the Avengers Mansion. After a few words from Captain America, all the remaining Young Avengers (Hawkeye, Hulkling, Speed and Wiccan) were officially inducted as full-fledged Avengers, and a memorial to Stature and Vision was unveiled.
Sometime after their induction into the Avengers, the Young Avengers again decided to disband due largely to Wiccan's urging. Teddy and Tommy moved in with the Kaplans, but Tommy moved out a short time later. Kate began working with Clint Barton, while Teddy used his shapeshifting power to take on the identity of other superheroes to continue his heroics in secret.
When Billy learned about the secret superhero acts of Teddy, they had a fight that ended with Billy searching the Multiverse for a reality where Teddy's mom wasn't dead and transport her to their reality. Wiccan was unaware he had been being manipulated by Loki, the responsible for the following events, in an attempt to control Billy, knowing he was destined to become the omnipotent Demiurge. Instead of taking Teddy's mom, Wiccan accidentally took an interdimensional parasite called Mother.
Billy and Teddy were saved from Mother's grasp by Loki, and they were soon joined by other young heroes, Miss America, Noh-Varr, and Kate. At this point, Mother had taken control of numerous adults and had used her powers to revive the deceased parents of these young heroes. When they were cornered in Central Park by their resurrected parents and an army of mind-controlled adults only they could see, Loki convinced Wiccan to lend him his power for ten minutes to save them all with his better skill at magic than Wiccan. As soon as Loki acquired Billy's powers, he disappeared, abandoning the group.
While he intended to leave them to die, Loki had an internal conversation with his late child self, and was convinced to return to the team and empower them. After defeating Mother's army and escaping, the parasite faded away. Loki explained they couldn't go back to any place their parents were or had died (in the case of any deceased parent brought back by Mother) or Mother would return, as her powers were distance-based. The young heroes decided to stay together and travel through the universe.
In the next three months, Billy was trained by Loki to be prepared to fight Mother, with the ulterior motive of gaining his trust. The Young Avengers were joined by Prodigy, who informed them Speed was kidnapped by a strange entity dressed as Patriot. The Young Avengers chased the entity through the Multiverse, who brought them to Mother's Dimension. They escaped, but accidentally left Prodigy and Hulking behind. Using numerous evil alternate version of themselves as a distraction, the Young Avengers distracted Mother and save Hulking and Prodigy. Back to Earth-616, Hulking left the team to figure out if he really loved Wiccan or if his feelings were merely a consequence of Billy unwittingly using his reality-warping powers to influence their romance, an unshakable discomfort Loki planted in Teddy's mind.
Teddy sought for help with Leah, who tricked him into returning to New York City, allowing Mother to come back to Earth-616, and threaten to unleash the evil versions of the Young Avengers to the world. Since Billy was still too weak to end the spell which brought Mother, Loki suggested that he would be able to do it if his body were older, thus making Wiccan age him into a young adult. Unfortunately, Loki claimed that his powers didn't remain. The trickster revealed he had a second plan, to turn Wiccan temporarily into the Demiurge, his form with all of his potential unleashed. After Prodigy called all the teenager heroes available to fight Mother, the team headed out to confront her.
During the battle, it was revealed Leah and her Young Avengers was a physical manifestation of Loki's guilt and the missing powers which he subconsciously gave up due to his guilt over killing his younger self. Loki finally confessed his crimes, the murder of his younger self and the manipulations the Young Avengers had been victims of. His confession made Leah and her Young Avengers disappear, thus Loki regained his powers and freed Teddy. Hulkling comforted Billy, and reconciliation with him. Their reunion allowed Billy to become the Demiurge and destroy Mother. The team returned to Central Park where they were met by Billy's parents, but before he could introduce them, they realized Loki was gone, having fled the scene wracked with guilt over his actions.
Celebrating Mother's defeat, the Young Avengers threw a New Years' party, along with many young heroes that had come to their rescue. During the part, Prodigy was confronted by the entity who had kidnapped Speed, and after he discovered the entity's true nature, the entity returned Speed, who joined the Young Avengers in the party until it ended.
When the team departed the place using one of Miss America's portals, Loki, from behind, took a photo of the moment.
Eventually, Eli and his mother returned to New York, and his friends welcomed them back with a celebratory dinner. His former teammates were encouraged Eli to become Patriot again. As they were talking, the villain Terminus, attacked in a fit of rage. Jumping in, the Young Avengers reassembled again.
Equipment: Avengers Fail-Safe Program, Pym Particles
Transportation: Noh-Varr's Kree Ship, Wiccan's teleportation; formerly Quinjet
Weapons: Captain America's Shield, Hawkeye's Battle Staves, Hawkeye's Bow, Hawkeye's Sword, Mockingbird's Battle Staves, Patriot's Shield, Swordman's Sword, Wiccan's Staff, Kree Composite Soul Bow, Nega-Bands
- In the last issue of the Fallen Son series, when the funeral of Captain America took place at Washington, D.C., all of the Young Avengers were present, wearing their outfits, and were even mentioned by name by the Falcon, while delivering the ceremonial speech. This suggested another amnesty was offered to Hawkeye and Patriot (and maybe Speed as well, although he was never accounted for during the story), who had stayed in the resistance after the end of the Civil War, alongside the New Avengers.
- In She-Hulk Vol 2 #21 it was revealed that the Hulkling and Wiccan that appeared to have joined the Initiative were actually a pair of interdimensional travelers known as "Alphas" whereas the actual Hulkling and Wiccan were shocked at the discovery that they had registered (the canonicity of this story, which was largely humorous, is unclear). Their current registration status, along with that of Hawkeye, Patriot, and Speed remains murky.
- It seems that the Young X-Man Anole is somewhat infatuated with the Young Avengers. He seems to know a lot about them and even threaten to join them. This maybe because as a gay teen superhero, Anole feelings a sense of comradery with Hulkling and Wiccan.
- The first Young Avengers powers, costumes, and codenames were inspired by classic Avengers members:
- Iron Lad is based by Iron Man (and in effect War Machine). However, Vision, who replaced Iron Lad, is inspired partially by Iron Man and primarily by the original Vision.
- Patriot is the grandson of the black Captain America, and bears a resemblance to the classic Captain America, Bucky and Luke Cage.
- Hulkling is the son of Captain Marvel, a Kree, and the Skrull princess Anelle. He bears a resemblance to the green and muscular Hulk, but lacks his "anger issues".
- Wiccan is patterned after both Thor and The Scarlet Witch.
- Stature is the daughter of Ant-Man, wears his old costume, and has his powers. Her powers are also similar to those of Giant-Man, Wasp, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Atlas and the new Ant-Man.
- Hawkeye is based on a combination of original Hawkeye and Mockingbird and uses weapons similar on Hawkeye's Bow, Mockingbird's Battle Staves and Swordman's Sword. Her ability to learn quickly and master weapons have been compared to the villain Taskmaster.
- Juvenile delinquent Speed is based on the reformed supervillain Quicksilver.
- Some classic Avengers members that have yet to receive a Young Avenger counterpart include: Beast, Black Panther, Black Widow, Falcon, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man and Wolverine.
- The new Young Avengers members were as well more or less inspired from Avengers members:
- Noh-Varr is a member of the Kree race and, so it could have an inspiration in Captain Marvel, having been first an enemy then an ally of Earth, being inspired by him and having even wielded that code-name.
- Miss America is the "patriotic character," regarding her code-name and costume, that matching with Captain America and having the capacity of flying and having super-human strength she shares powers with some female Avengers members like Jessica Jones or Ms. Marvel
- Loki has less correlation, but still is an Asgardian, so he could be a Thor counterpart, being a sorcerer he shares powers with Doctor Strange.
- 12 Young Avengers (Earth-616) Members
- 138 Appearances of Young Avengers (Earth-616)
- 16 Minor Appearances of Young Avengers (Earth-616)
- 42 Media Young Avengers (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 212 Images that include Young Avengers (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Young Avengers (Earth-616)
Links and References
- Young Avengers #1-12
- Young Avengers Special #1
- New Avengers #18
- Civil War #1-6
- Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4
- Young Avengers Presents #1-6
- Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3
- Mighty Avengers #28-31
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1-5
- Siege: Young Avengers #1
- I Am An Avenger #1: "Homecoming" & I Am An Avenger #5: "Rain Stops Play"
- Uncanny X-Men #526
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1-9
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #1-15
- Original Sins #1-5: "Hidden in Plain Sight"
- Civil War II: Choosing Sides #3
- Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #3
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1
- Young Avengers Presents #3
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #9
- Siege: Young Avengers #1
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #1
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #7
- Avengers Disassembled
- House of M
- Young Avengers #3
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade - Young Avengers #1
- Young Avengers #1
- Young Avengers #1-2
- Young Avengers #6
- Young Avengers #8
- Young Avengers #7-8
- Young Avengers Special #1
- Truth: Red, White & Black #1-7
- Young Avengers #9-12
- Young Avengers #12
- Civil War #2
- Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3
- Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1-5
- Mighty Avengers #28-31
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #1-4
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #5-6
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7
- Avengers: The Children's Crusade #8
- Hawkeye Vol 4 #2
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #2
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #3
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #4
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #5
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #8
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #9
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #10
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #11
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #12
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #13
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #14
- Young Avengers Vol 2 #15
- Marvel Comics #1000
- New X-Men Vol 2 #34
- Young X-Men #7