The Avengers may have initially come together because of Loki's machinations and a transmission from Rick Jones, but they have remained stalwart defenders of life at home and across the cosmos ever since. However, they are not the only game in town; back in the 1970s, when Doctor Strange needed help, he turned to Hulk, Silver Surfer, and Namor. Before long, they decided to work together when it seemed necessary—but without all of the team meetings and whatnot that the Avengers made their official business, hence their nickname becoming Marvel’s premiere Non-Team!
Thanks to very different ideologies and more than a few strained relationships between members, the Defenders and Avengers have mixed it more than a few times. Below, we look at some of the more interesting team-ups (and dust-ups) between the groups!
The Titans Three
Before the Defenders even officially took that name, one of their adventures brought them into direct conflict with the Avengers. In SUB-MARINER (1968) #34-#35, Namor asked Hulk and Silver Surfer to help him save the world. But since their mission looked like a rampage to the outside world, the Avengers were called in. Thus, Thor, Iron Man, and Goliath showed up before the six of them got into it because the Jade Giant attacked before Namor could explain the situation. Eventually, though, they got it all sorted out and the world was saved, but not before laying the groundwork for a longstanding grudge between the teams.