Avengers (comics) in other media

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Adaptations of the Avengers in other media
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance The Avengers #1 (September 1963)
Print publications
Films and television
Film(s) Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Avengers Assemble (2013)
Video game(s) Captain America and the Avengers (1991)
Avengers in Galactic Storm (1995)

The Avengers are a fictional superhero team created by Marvel Comics that appear in comic books and various forms of media.



Screen capture from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode, "Breakout" (2010).
  • Adaptations of Avengers stories appeared in the The Marvel Super Heroes (1966), primarily in the "Captain America" and "The Incredible Hulk" segments. The series ran in syndication five days a week, with "Captain America" featured on Monday's episode; "The Incredible Hulk" on Tuesday; "Iron Man" on Wednesday; "Thor" on Thursday, and the "Sub-Mariner" on Friday.
  • The team also made appearances in the 1981 Spider-Man series.
  • The Fantastic Four animated series featured non-speaking cameos by The Avengers. In the season two episode "To Battle the Living Planet" the Avengers assist the Fantastic Four in rescuing earthquake victims. The Avengers appear once more in "Doomsday" briefly fighting Dr. Doom. Aside from these, both Thor and The Hulk make guest appearances in episodes in speaking parts.
  • In the X-Men animated series, an alternate version of The Avengers appeared in the episode "One Man's Worth". In a timeline in which Charles Xavier was murdered before founding the X-Men, Captain America is the leader of The Avengers, a taskforce of superhuman mutant hunters fighting a war against the Mutant Resistance led by Magneto.
  • The Marvel Animation division and the outside studio Film Roman produced an Avengers animated TV series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, which began broadcast in 2010.[9] The show debuted on Disney XD in Fall 2010 starting with a 20 part micro-series.[10] The series features a team based on the roster for the original Avengers, composed of Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp, with Captain America, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Vision, and Spider-Man later joining the ranks.[11]
  • Marvel announced The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes would not be renewed for a third season, but cancelled for a new series Avengers Assemble!. The roster consists of Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Falcon. Spider-Man temporarily joined the Avengers, but soon rejoined his S.H.I.E.L.D team.
  • A Japanese anime series, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, began airing in Japan in Spring 2014. Produced by Toei Animation, the story revolves around a group of youths that can use special discs to transform into the Avengers, who were sealed in the discs by Loki. Avengers confirmed to appear include Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, and the Wasp.[12] Over the course of the series, other Avengers such as Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, and Black Panther also appear in guest-starring roles.


Screenshot from the 2012 Marvel Studios film, The Avengers.


  • Marvel Animation has produced two animated films based upon the Ultimate incarnations of the Avengers; Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2.
  • Children of the Avengers are featured in the animated film; Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

Live action[edit]

Marvel Studios released the live-action film Marvel's The Avengers on May 4, 2012.[14][15] Joss Whedon wrote and directed the film.[16] It is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Cast team members include Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man,[17] Chris Evans as Captain America,[18] Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk,[19] Chris Hemsworth as Thor,[20] Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow,[21] Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye,[22] and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.[23]

A sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron,[24] written and directed by Joss Whedon, is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015.[25] The film will feature all the Avengers returning from the first film,[26] and introduce new team meambers Scarlet Witch, portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen,[27] Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.[28] and Vision played by Paul Bettany.

Video and computer games[edit]

The Avengers feature in the arcade and console game Captain America and the Avengers (1991); Avengers in Galactic Storm (1995); Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006), its sequel Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009), and Avengers: Battle for Earth (2012).

The team is also featured heavily in the social network game Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012) and the mobile app game Avengers Initiative (2012).

Live performance[edit]

The Avengers appears as the main characters in the live-action stage show Marvel Universe: LIVE!. The line-up in the show features Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, the Falcon and Captain Marvel.[29]

See also[edit]


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    Cox, Greg (1999). X-Men and the Avengers: Gamma Quest Book 2: Search and Rescue. Berkley Books. ISBN 9780425169896. 
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