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Published October 11, 2023

Every Avengers Headquarters (So Far)

As the Avengers settle into their new base of operations in 'Avengers' #6, revisit every major headquarters the team has used since they debuted.

The Avengers' adventures have taken them around the world, across the universe, and into the Multiverse, but Earth's Mightiest Heroes still need somewhere to hang up their costumes at the end of the day. Whether they've set up shop in Avengers Mansion, Stark Tower, or other lesser-known locales, the Avengers have always made their headquarters a second home. With a mix of places to train, study, and live, the Avengers' primary bases have everything they need to become Earth's mightiest defenders. 

As the Avengers establish their new headquarters in AVENGERS (2023) #6 by Jed MacKay, Ivan Fiorelli, Federico Blee, and VC's Cory Petit, let's take a closer look at all of the Avengers' main headquarters so far.

AVENGERS MANSION

Located at 890 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Avengers Mansion is the team's oldest headquarters. Although the mansion initially belonged to the Stark family, Iron Man donated it to the team, and it served as the group's base starting in AVENGERS (1963) #2 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Avengers Mansion was primarily maintained by Edwin Jarvis, the longtime Stark family butler who went on to become an indispensable Avengers ally. With three above-ground stories and three underground levels, Avengers Mansion included living quarters for any team member who wanted to stay there, as well as various training facilities and equipment rooms. 

Avengers Mansion has been destroyed on several notable occasions. In AVENGERS (1963) #277 by Roger Stern and John Buscema, for instance, Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil left most of the mansion in ruins. When the Scarlet Witch had a breakdown in AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, Avengers Mansion was leveled by an exploding Jack of Hearts and the Vision, who crashed a Quinjet into the building, in AVENGERS (1998) #500 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch

Luke Cage's New Avengers and the Avengers Unity Division eventually operated out of the repaired Avengers Mansion. The building was then destroyed again by the Black Order in AVENGERS (2016) #676 by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, Jim Zub, and Pepe Larraz. Since Avengers Mansion has been repaired, the building has served as both a themed hotel for the public and an emergency gathering spot for heroes.

AVENGERS AUXILIARY HEADQUARTERS

Early in the Avengers' existence, Iron Man turned an underground warehouse into the Avengers Auxiliary Headquarters. Located inside a bombproof vault in Queens, this Spartan facility contains a hangar, medical bay, and kitchen. 

The Avengers used their emergency base for the first time in AVENGERS (1964) #13 by Stan Lee and Don Heck when Count Nefaria turned the team into fugitives. Although it went unused for quite some time after that, the Avengers Auxiliary Headquarters served as the team's base during the "No Surrender" crisis in AVENGERS (2016) #677 by Mark WaidJim ZubAl Ewing, and Pepe Larraz. After the Black Order destroyed Avengers Mansion, a cosmic entity called the Voyager teleported the team to this backup facility, and they used it for the duration of the event.

HYDROBASE/AVENGERS ISLAND

Located roughly 9 miles off the coast of New York, the Hydrobase, AKA Avengers Island began as a floating ocean research station operated by the villainous Doctor Hydro in SUB-MARINER (1968) #61 by Bill Everett, Steve Gerber, and Win Mortimer. The heroic Stingray eventually took over the Hydrobase and invited the Avengers to park their larger vehicles there. 

After the Masters of Evil destroyed Avengers Mansion, the Avengers made the island their full-time base of operations in AVENGERS (1963) #278 by Roger Stern and John Buscema. Eventually, the Hydrobase was destroyed in an attack by Doctor Doom, but it was later rebuilt as part of the underwater city Hydropolis. After Sunspot purchased A.I.M., he moved Avengers Island to the Pacific Ocean, where his New Avengers team used it as a base.

AVENGERS COMPOUND

For most of their existence, the West Coast Avengers operated out of the Avengers Compound, a sprawling beachfront estate in Southern California. Originally owned by actors Sylvia Powell and Moira Brandon, the Avengers Compound debuted in AVENGERS (1963) #246 by Roger Stern and Al Milgrom. Under the supervision and planning of Goliath (Bill Foster), the facility was retrofitted as a headquarters for the newly formed West Coast Avengers, complete with aircraft hangars, research labs, and living quarters for the team. 

However, the Avengers Compound was heavily damaged in numerous attacks, and the Vision even cited the base's destruction as one of the reasons he disbanded the West Coast Avengers. After it was repaired, the Avengers Compound also served as the second site for Avengers Academy, where veteran Avengers trained teenage heroes.

STARK TOWER/AVENGERS TOWER

Located in Manhattan's Columbus Circle, Stark Tower served as the headquarters for the New Avengers starting in NEW AVENGERS (2004) #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. Although Tony Stark originally intended to live on the top three floors of the building, he donated those floors to the team, and Spider-Man even moved into the building with Aunt May and Mary Jane. When the Sentry joined the New Avengers, his Watchtower also manifested on top of the building. 

After CIVIL WAR (2006), Stark Tower became the main base of operations for Iron Man and his Mighty Avengers squad. Since Stark used S.H.I.E.L.D. funds to repair the damage to the building from WORLD WAR HULK, the tower became the property of S.H.I.E.L.D. When Norman Osborn used his H.A.M.M.E.R. directorship to seize control of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s resources, he and the Dark Avengers took over the building.  

After the Sentry's death, the Watchtower faded away from the top of Stark Tower, just before Stark regained control over the building. Although Asgard briefly placed Heimdall's observatory on Stark Tower, the Thing—while possessed by the evil Asgardian spirit Angrir—destroyed the structure during FEAR ITSELF (2011) in AVENGERS (2010) #14 by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr. Using funds from Asgard, Iron Man had Stark Tower rebuilt in the same location, but was ultimately forced to sell the building.

SANCTUM SANCTORUM

The longtime home and headquarters of Doctor Strange, the Sanctum Sanctorum also served as a base for the unsanctioned New Avengers in the wake of CIVIL WAR. Located at 177A Bleecker Street in New York's Greenwich Village, the Sanctum debuted alongside Doctor Strange in a STRANGE TALES (1951) #110 story by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Since Doctor Strange felt he had not done enough to help his fellow heroes during CIVIL WAR, he opened his home to the New Avengers in NEW AVENGERS (2004) #28 by Brian Michael Bendis and Leinil Francis Yu. The Sanctum Sanctorum was hidden by a spell that disguised it as a construction site, allowing the New Avengers to stay there safely until they were reabsorbed into the central Avengers team.

INFINITE AVENGERS MANSION

Shortly after Hank Pym was freed from Skrull custody in SECRET INVASION (2008), he took over a new team known as the Mighty Avengers. To house his new squad, Pym created the Infinite Avengers Mansion in Underspace, the dimension beneath the sub-atomic Microverse, in MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #27 by Dan SlottChristos Gage, and Khoi Pham

With almost a million floors, the Infinite Mansion was primarily maintained by Jocasta, an android Avenger who inhabited several bodies throughout the sprawling complex. The Infinite Mansion contained teleportation access points to various locations around the world, and it also served as the first training ground for the students of Avengers Academy. Despite its size, the Infinite Mansion was destroyed by a possessed Absorbing Man and Titania during FEAR ITSELF in AVENGERS ACADEMY (2010) #19 by Christos Gage and Tom Raney.

AVENGERS HANGAR

When Iron Man joined the Guardians of the Galaxy, his prolonged absence from Earth erased most of his wealth—and his funding for the Avengers. So when Stark and a few other veteran heroes teamed up with younger heroes like Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) to form a new Avengers team, they established a headquarters called Avengers Hangar on an abandoned Stark Industries airfield in New Jersey in ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS (2015) #4 by Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar

Although the facility only had space for one Quinjet, Avengers Hangar featured some advanced computers that Iron Man salvaged from Stark Tower. However, the team was forced to leave Avengers Hangar when Stark lost the deed to the airfield.

BAXTER BUILDING

Before it was briefly an Avengers base, the Baxter Building served as the longtime headquarters of the Fantastic Four, starting in FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #3 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. After SECRET WARS (2015), the Fantastic Four split up as half the team set out to rebuild the Multiverse. 

While the Baxter Building was vacant, Spider-Man (Peter Parker) used the financial resources of Parker Industries to buy the building and made it the company's New York headquarters. When the Avengers lost Avengers Hangar, Spider-Man joined the team and moved the group's headquarters to the Baxter Building in AVENGERS (2016) #1 by Mark Waid and Mike Del Mundo. However, the Avengers were forced to move again when Parker Industries collapsed and Spider-Man lost control of the building.

AVENGERS MOUNTAIN

After the Avengers defeated the Final Host of the Dark Celestials, the Celestials gave the heroes the gigantic body of an ancient Celestial called the Progenitor in AVENGERS (2018) #8 by Jason Aaron and David Marquez. With help from Wakandan engineers, the Avengers modified the Celestial's body to be their new headquarters: Avengers Mountain. 

Located in the Arctic Circle, this base included living quarters, labs, training facilities, and a time machine built around the Celestial's unique anatomy. During A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY (2022), Iron Man and several other scientists reanimated the Progenitor, but the Celestial rebelled and tried to pass judgment on the world. The Progenitor eventually realized it was not a worthy judge and returned to being Avengers Mountain. 

A Deathlok unit ultimately took over the Progenitor's body and reconfigured it into a giant Deathlok unit. After joining the Avengers in a Multiversal battle against Mephisto, this Celestial-size Deathlok unit became the base for Avenger Prime, a heroic version of Loki.

IMPOSSIBLE CITY

Shortly after Captain Marvel and Iron Man recruited a new Avengers team, they received a dire warning from an ailing Kang about the Tribulation Events, a group of massively destructive cataclysms. Just as the Avengers started to believe Kang, a group of world-killing villains known as the Ashen Combine arrived on Earth and attacked, setting the first Tribulation Event into motion. The Avengers split up to deal with the Combine's attacks around the world while Captain America (Sam Wilson) and Black Panther broke into the Impossible City, the massive ship that the Combine used to travel to Earth. 

After boarding the ship as it orbited the Earth, the heroes realized the Impossible City was a sentient being who had been forced into serving the Ashen Combine. The Impossible City once belonged to another group of heroes who held the Combine as prisoners, but the villains escaped, conquered it, erased its memory, and restrained it to keep it from fighting back.

With some well-placed explosives, Black Panther broke the bonds that held the Impossible City under the Combine's control. After the Avengers defeated the villains, the grateful Impossible City wanted to join the Avengers, and they accepted the base as their new orbital headquarters.

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