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There Was an Idea

The Avengers Initiative was the brainchild of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. He first approached Tony Stark with the idea, following Tony’s defeat of Obadiah Stane and his subsequent public announcement that he was Iron Man. Fury kept his eye on several potential members, as Bruce Banner struggled with life as the Hulk, the Asgardian Thor appeared on Earth, and Steve Rogers, AKA World War II hero Captain America, was discovered alive decades after his apparent death. In the meantime, some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most skilled members, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), and Hawkeye (Clint Barton), were making a name for themselves and impressing Fury.

Once the Asgardian trickster god Loki arrived on Earth and absconded with the massively powerful object known as the Tesseract—possessing Hawkeye and turning him into his brainwashed pawn in the process—Fury found it necessary to finally bring together his potential super team, calling in Romanoff, Banner, Rogers and Stark. Captain America and Iron Man, assisted by Black Widow, were able to capture Loki, but during their flight back to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor arrived, attempting to bring his brother back to Asgard to face justice. A fight ensued between Thor and Iron Man, but Captain America broke it up, and the group all returned with their prisoner, Loki, to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

Thor, Iron Man, Captain America

While Stark and Banner found some common ground through their love of science, the would-be team were at odds as they discussed their next course of action, and arguments escalated in the wake of discovering that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been using the Tesseract to recreate dangerous HYDRA weapons.

Loki revealed that it was his plan to be captured all along and triggered Banner to turn into the Hulk. While engaging in a fight with Thor, Hulk nearly destroyed the Helicarrier, before crashing down to Earth. Escaping in the chaos, Loki then ejected Thor from the Helicarrier in his own enclosed cell and retrieved his scepter, killing Phil Coulson with it. Black Widow fought Hawkeye, who had arrived to help Loki, managing to bring her friend back to his true self in the process. Loki continued on to New York where, with the help of the brainwashed Dr. Erik Selvig, he opened a portal into space, unleashing a devastating Chitauri army.

Motivated by the tragic death of Phil Coulson, Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, and Hawkeye all headed to New York to fight Loki and his invading Chitauri forces, and were soon joined again by Thor and Hulk, with the six heroes truly assembling as the Avengers for the first time.

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Team Spirit

While brought together thanks to a long-term plan by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, the Avengers operate independently upon their formation, working with S.H.I.E.L.D., but not answering to them or any other government agency. In the wake of the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by HYDRA, the Avengers arguably become even more independent, as Tony Stark continues to provide them with their equipment, resources, and staff. The team also relocates from Avengers Tower (originally Stark Tower) in Manhattan to a Stark-owned facility in upstate New York.

Following devastation wrought by the Super Villain Ultron, the Avengers add more members to its roster, including Sam Wilson AKA Falcon, Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch, the android Vision, and James Rhodes AKA War Machine.

War Machine, Vision, Scarlet Witch

The Sokovia Accords call for the Avengers to begin answering to the United Nations, who would have a say in what missions they undertake and which parts of the world they could operate in. Under Iron Man’s leadership, some of the Avengers briefly operate under these guidelines, as they seek to halt the dissenting Captain America’s rogue actions, along with the Avengers who fight with him. With Iron Man and Captain America’s conflict escalating and left unresolved, the Avengers effectively break up—though Stark, War Machine (James Rhodes) and Vision still operate out of Avengers headquarters, there is no longer an ongoing team.

The reunion of many Avengers during Thanos’ attack on Earth, including Steve Rogers, finds the team operating on their own again and against the wishes of the government, as Rhodes disobeys direct orders from Thaddeus Ross to arrest fugitives Rogers, Wanda Maximoff, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson.

Earth's Meanest Foes

The Avengers’ first-ever adversary is the Asgardian god of mischief, Loki, who attempts to rule the Earth, aided by an invading Chitauri army. Loki was, in fact, working at the behest of the Mad Titan, Thanos, who would formulate new plans in the wake of Loki’s defeat.

After Captain America discovers that HYDRA had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. to its very core, the Avengers reassembled to help hunt down and neutralize remaining HYDRA factions, bringing them into conflict with Wolfgang von Strucker and two enhanced subjects, Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, AKA Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Motivated by feelings of vengeance towards Tony Stark, the Maximoff twins would fight the Avengers before ultimately siding with the heroes. </p>

The result of a botched attempt by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to create a peacekeeping entity, the robot known as Ultron would attempt to eliminate humanity, creating an army of sentries to face the Avengers. Ultron’s attack on the country of Sokovia, and the deaths caused as the Avengers battled to stop him, would lead Helmut Zemo to seek to destroy the Avengers from within.

Captain America and Thanos

With Thanos deciding to get personally involved in his quest to eliminate half of all life in the universe, the Avengers would face the Titan himself and his closest allies, the Children of Thanos, and the massive army he had brought to Earth to take the last of the Infinity Stones.

Avenging Allies

Nick Fury originally brings the Avengers together and the team forms a close relationship with the S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, along with agents Phil Coulson and Maria Hill—with Coulson’s death proving instrumental in uniting the initially squabbling heroes together.

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Geneticist Dr. Helen Cho provides the Avengers with support, and though it was under the sway of Ultron and Scarlet Witch (before the latter switched sides), Cho was instrumental in helping create the future Avenger known as Vision. Thor’s friend Dr. Erik Selvig was used by Loki to help him, but ultimately assists the Avengers, including helping set up their second headquarters in upstate New York. While never officially joining the Avengers before his untimely death, Quicksilver fights alongside the team against Ultron in Sokovia.

After the destruction of Sokovia and a deadly mishap in Lagos, the Avengers become split over the Sokovia Accords. Though not officially working as an Avenger at this point, Captain America is helped not only by fellow Avengers Hawkeye, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch, but also by Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Bucky Barnes. In the meantime, Iron Man, still officially sanctioned, is assisted by teammates Vision, War Machine, and Black Widow, as well as Wakanda’s Prince T’Challa, the Black Panther, and Spider-Man (Peter Parker).

Spider-Man, Iron Man, Drax, Mantis and Star-Lord

Many former members of the Avengers reunite to battle Thanos’ army, and are joined by Barnes, T’Challa, Okoye, M’Baku, Shuri, and the united forces of Wakanda. While ostensibly operating on his own, and not with the Avengers, Tony Stark, while traveling into space to face Thanos, declares the accompanying Spider-Man now an Avenger, while joining forces with Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy members Star-Lord, Mantis, and Drax. Two other Guardians, Groot and Rocket, also come to the aid of the Avengers members in Wakanda.

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As the Avengers valiantly fought against the Chitauri, Fury assured the World Security Council that the new team could handle the situation in New York, but the Council wanted to nuke New York to prevent the potential spread of an invasion. They launched a missile, which was re-directed by Iron Man into the wormhole opened by Loki. The bomb detonated in outer space, destroying the Chitauri hive mind, while Stark passed out and began to plummet to Earth, only to be saved by the Hulk. After their victory, and with Loki taken into custody, the Avengers enjoyed some shawarma together. Soon after, Loki was taken back to Asgard by Thor to stand trial for his crimes, and the team went their separate ways—though Stark was motivated to begin turning his tower in Manhattan into Avengers Tower, which could function as the team’s headquarters.

Sometime later, Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated from the start, and to its very core, by HYDRA, leading them to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. completely alongside Nick Fury and Maria Hill. In the wake of this, Fury would go into hiding—presumed dead by the world—while Hill would go to work for Stark.

The Avengers, with Avengers Tower as their base of operations, reunited, with the team going on missions to track down and neutralize remaining HYDRA factions. HYDRA leader Wolfgang von Strucker had by this point gained possession of Loki’s scepter and used it to turn siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff into super powered operatives known as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The Avengers raided his facility and took back the scepter, while the Maximoff twins escaped.

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Back at Avengers Tower, Stark and Banner, hoping to create a preemptive defense system that would make the Avengers obsolete, used the scepter’s power and a program they’d been developing - only to inadvertently create a homicidal robot, Ultron, who was hellbent on destroying all life on Earth. Following his emergence from Avengers Tower, Ultron then recruited the Maximoff siblings, who blamed Tony Stark for the death of their parents, after they were killed by a missile Stark created, to sow discord among the Avengers.

Ultron created the perfect body for himself with the Mind Stone—previously hidden inside Loki’s scepter—embedded in his forehead. Ultron was thwarted from uploading his consciousness into the body thanks to Wanda, who realized, just in time, his intention to kill every human being on the planet. Instead, with the Avengers retrieving the body themselves, Thor helped bring it to life inhabited not by Ultron, but by the reconceptualization of Tony’s AI, JARVIS. Thus, Vision was born, proving to the skeptical Avengers that his intentions were pure when he was the first one among them, save Thor himself, who was fully capable of lifting Thor’s hammer.

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Back in Sokovia, Ultron caused the country’s capital city to fly up into the sky, intending to create a global extinction event by sending the city smashing back to the ground. With Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver fighting by their side, the Avengers arrived, taking down hordes of Ultron drones, while attempting to get as many civilians to safety as they could—eventually aided by War Machine and Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and other former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents whose Helicarrier was invaluable in getting Sokovians off the floating city. The majority of Sokovians were rescued, even as the Avengers were forced to blow up the city in order to save the Earth. Ultron, in the meantime, was stopped completely, as all of his sentries were destroyed, with Vision taking out the final robot before it could escape.

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The aftermath of this battle created a lot of changes to the Avengers roster. Although he might have joined, Pietro was killed in the battle protecting Hawkeye. Hulk decided to fly off in the Avengers’ Quinjet after helping in the fight, rather than rejoin the team. Thor returned to the cosmos to investigate the unsettling number of events involving Infinity Stones, while Tony Stark decided to take a step back from the team.

Now working out of a new headquarters owned by Stark in upstate New York, Captain America and Black Widow formed a second incarnation of the Avengers, comprised of the two of them and new recruits Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and War Machine.

During a mission in Lagos to stop Crossbones (Brock Rumlow), Scarlet Witch, acting to save Captain America when Rumlow set off an explosive device intended to kill both himself and Cap, used her powers to send the explosive hurtling into the air—accidently killing several Wakandan humanitarian workers when the explosion hit the building they were in. Wracked with guilt over this event and others, Tony, working with Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, backed the introduction of the Sokovia Accords. Agreed upon by the United Nations, the Accords’ purpose was to create oversight when it comes to the actions of the Avengers, meaning a UN panel would be able to control what missions they took and what parts of the world they traveled to. 

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The Accords caused a major rift between Tony and Steve Rogers, who strongly opposed them. Both recruited heroes to their sides after Rogers old friend, Bucky Barnes, was framed for the bombing of the Accords ratification summit, which resulted in the death of Wakanda’s king, T’Chaka. The situation escalated, as Rogers was actively helping a wanted criminal avoid the authorities, made worse by Barnes’ past as the brainwashed HYDRA assassin called the Winter Soldier, whose body count was infamous long before the UN summit was bombed.

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Standing with Stark to bring in Rogers, Barnes, and their allies were Rhodes, Vision, and Romanoff, while Wakanda’s Prince T’Challa, the Black Panther, and Spider-Man (Peter Parker), were also recruited to help. Rogers and Barnes were joined in their fight by fellow Avengers Falcon, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, along with Ant-Man. (Scott Lang) The two teams had a ferocious fight at an airport in Berlin, which culminated in Rogers and Barnes’ escaping thanks to an assist by Romanoff, who switched sides, while Rhodes was badly injured by a miscalculated shot from his teammate, Vision.

 

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Rogers and Barnes learned the true culprit behind the bombing was Sokovian intelligence officer Helmut Zemo, tracking him to a HYDRA base in Siberia. Stark also learned Zemo was responsible, and briefly teamed with Rogers and Barnes to bring him in—only for Zemo to reveal to Stark that Bucky, while brainwashed and operating on HYDRA’s orders, had killed Tony’s parents. Having learned both the shocking circumstances of his parents’ death, and that Rogers had already known this, but kept the truth from him, Tony was unable to contain his rage. Iron Man engaged in a vicious fight with Captain America and Bucky, ending with Iron Man’s defeat and Captain America and Bucky’s escape, while Black Panther stopped Zemo from killing himself and took him into custody.

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Shortly after, Rogers would break his friends and allies Maximoff, Barton, Lang, and Wilson out of confinement in the prison called the Raft. While Lang and Barton, not willing to be away from their families, would accept deals and go under house arrest, Rogers, Maximoff, and Wilson would go on the run as fugitives. They were joined by Romanoff, now also wanted for her betrayal of Stark’s team in Berlin.

Stark, Vision, and Rhodes—learning to use a device from Stark in order to walk again following his injury—still occupied Avengers headquarters. Although there was no longer an ongoing Avengers team in operation, Stark offered Parker Avengers membership, which the young man declined. Rogers, in the meantime, sent Stark a note about how sorry he was about what had occurred, along with a phone that could be used to reach him in an emergency.

As time went on, Vision and Scarlet Witch began secretly seeing each other, exploring a potential romance. In New York, Bruce Banner returned to Earth after years off-planet, warning the sorcerers Doctor Strange and Wong about the impending threat of Thanos, after he witnessed the massacre of the Asgardian refugees.

Hulk, Doctor Strange and Iron Man

Tony Stark was brought to Strange’s sanctum, learning more about Thanos’ plan to assemble all six Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe. When Thanos’ agents came for the Time Stone that Strange possessed, Strange was taken onboard their ship, with Iron Man and Spider-Man, who had come to help, both stowing away on the ship. Freeing Strange from captivity, Iron Man declared Spider-Man was now officially an Avenger, as the trio traveled to Thanos’ long dead home planet of Titan, where they encountered Guardians of the Galaxy members Star-Lord, Mantis, and Drax.

On Earth, Banner used Stark’s phone, dropped during the confrontation over the Time Stone, to contact Rogers. Thanks to Banner’s warning, Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson arrived to help Maximoff and Vision in Scotland, who were also under attack by two of the Children of Thanos, who sought Vision’s Mind Stone. Fending them off, the former Avengers traveled back to the team’s old headquarters, where they reunited with Rhodes and Banner. Thaddeus Ross ordered Rhodes to arrest the returning

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Knowing the Mind Stone needed to be destroyed to keep it from Thanos, a plan was devised to safely remove it from Vision first, which required the technological expertise of Wakanda. With T’Challa agreeing to help, Rogers’ expanded group traveled to Wakanda and readied to fight alongside T’Challa himself, Barnes, and the mighty forces of the country, as Thanos sent an army to retrieve the Mind Stone. A massive battle broke out, with the Avengers receiving crucial aid by the timely arrival of Thor, who also finally returned to Earth, having crafted a powerful new weapon, the axe called Stormbreaker, to take down Thanos. Thor and his Guardians of the Galaxy friends Groot and Rocket helped turn the tide, with Thanos’ forces beginning to crumble.

On Titan, Iron Man and his allies attempted to not only stop Thanos himself from personally acquiring the Time Stone, but also wrest his Infinity Gauntlet, which he was using to harness all of the stones, from his hand. Unfortunately, even with Thanos’ vengeful daughter, Nebula, joining their fight, this plan would fail. When Thanos nearly killed Iron Man, Doctor Strange offered up the Time Stone in exchange for Stark’s life. Thanos accepted, and traveled back to Earth.

Scarlet Witch, Thanos and Vision

On Earth, none of the heroes could stop Thanos as he made his way towards Vision, who still had the Mind Stone inside his head, with the surgery to remove it having been interrupted by the fighting. Vision, having accepted that his sacrifice was necessary, asked Scarlet Witch to destroy the stone, and him with it, and she tearfully did so… only for Thanos to use the Time Stone to bring Vision back just long enough to tear the stone out of his head, brutally killing Vision, but affording the Titan all six Infinity Stones. Thor managed to throw his axe into Thanos’ chest, but it was too late—Thanos told Thor he should have aimed for his head, before snapping his fingers and wiping out half of the life in the universe.

Thor and Thanos

Many began to instantly disintegrate on the Wakandan battlefield, including Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, and Groot. On Titan, the same fate befell Mantis, Drax, Star-Lord, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man, leaving Iron Man and Nebula alone on the dead planet. Back on Earth, the horrified and stunned Captain America, War Machine, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, Thor, and Rocket gathered, trying to comprehend what had just occurred.