You’ve probably seen them in the recent box office adaptations, but there’s more to the superhero squad known as the Avengers than what you see on the silver screen. In case you don’t know much about them team, here’s some info that will get you up to speed.
The History of the Avengers
The Avengers are a group of some of the greatest superheroes from the Marvel Comics Universe. In fact, they are often called “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” Their mission is to safeguard Earth from threats are just too great for any single superhero or the conventional army to tackle. Unlike the other superhero group known as the Fantastic Four, the Avengers don’t have a permanent roster; their members constantly shift around and are replaced for various reasons, making it a very fluid organization.
Their first appearance was in September of 1963 in the comic book The Avengers #1.
The original lineup consisted of Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Hulk and the Wasp.
The formation of the Avengers was initially to combat the god-like being Loki from the magical realm of Asgard. Desiring to wreak vengeance on his half-brother Thor, Loki essentially tricked the Hulk into trying to destroy him.
However Rick Jones, the Hulk’s sidekick, got Ant-Man, the Wasp, and Iron Man together in an effort to thwart Loki’s plan. The new team assembled (their call is “Avengers Assemble”” and they were able defeat Loki and save both Thor and the Hulk. After their victory, Ant-Man felt that the group should stay together a little longer. They agreed and the Wasp suggested that they take up the name “the Avengers,” mostly because he thought it sounded cool.
The original team did indeed disband and was replaced with the likes of Captain America, Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Black Panther, Quicksilver, Hercules, Vision and many others over the years. Spider-man and Wolverine have also made appearances with the group.
The main headquarters of the Avengers is New York City in a building donated by Tony Stark, i.e. Iron Man. The original building was later refitted and named Avengers Mansion. Stark also equipped the group with the most state-of-the-art weapons and equipment that could be provided. The mansion had a fulltime butler, Edwin Jarvis, who sort of became an unofficial member of the team for taking care of them at home.
Eventually, the Avengers also established a base of operations in Los Angeles. This group went under the name “Avengers West Coast.”
Though the comic book series in recent decades has been of mixed success, the feature films, both the Avengers series as well as those of solo characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, have given new life to the franchise. After Star Wars, the Avengers and the other Marvel superheroes affiliated with them are arguably the most popular in the world.
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