Avengers Mansion

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Avengers Mansion
Avengers Mansion.jpg
The New Avengers moving into Avengers Mansion.
New Avengers vol. 2, #1 (August 2010). Art by Stuart Immonen.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers (vol.1) #2 (November 1963)
In story information
Type House
Notable people Iron Man
Avengers
New Avengers
Uncanny Avengers
Notable locations New York City
The Henry Clay Frick House on 5th Avenue was the inspiration to the Avengers Mansion

Avengers Mansion is a location in Marvel Comics. It has traditionally been the base of the Avengers. The enormous, city block-sized building is located at 890 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City.

Creative origin[edit]

According to Stan Lee, who co-created the Avengers:[1][2]

There was a mansion called the Frick Museum that I used to walk past. I sort of modeled it after that. Beautiful, big, so impressive building, right on Fifth Avenue.

In real life, 890 Fifth Avenue is 1 East 70th Street, the location of the Henry Clay Frick House which houses the Frick Collection. The building is, like Avengers Mansion, a city block-sized mansion.

Fictional history and layout[edit]

When occupied, the mansion was originally the Stark family manor, until their only son, Tony Stark, inherited their fortune and soon took on the guise of Iron Man. He donated the mansion to the Avengers and had it financed through the charitable Maria Stark Foundation. It was primarily looked after by the Stark family butler, Edwin Jarvis, who not only took care of the mansion but also catered to the needs of the Avengers team. It served as a place to plan and strategize and a home for Avengers members when they needed it.

It had three above-ground floors and three basement floors. The first three floors were open to the public and had twelve rooms to house Avengers who wished to reside in the mansion, as well as Jarvis's quarters. A portion of the mansion's third floor served as a hangar for the Avengers' quinjets, their primary mode of transportation.

The three floors below ground were restricted from the public and had modified rooms for the Avengers' needs. Such rooms below ground were: Howard Stark's "Arsenal" chamber, the Avengers gym, Hawkeye's test-shooting room, the training room (much like the X-Mansion's Danger Room), the cryogenic storage area, a vault to contain Jack of Hearts's power, and the ultra-secure assembly room.

The Fantastic Four took up temporary residence at Avengers Mansion after their headquarters (the original Baxter Building) was destroyed.[3]

The mansion has been destroyed twice. The first time was in Avengers: Under Siege when a huge grouping of Masters of Evil, led by Baron Helmut Zemo, attacked the Avengers and destroyed the Mansion and beat Hercules into a coma among other things before being repulsed.

In the immediate aftermath, the Avengers would relocate to a floating platform called Hydro-Base,[4] while the former Mansion site became known as "Avengers Park", and was unused. Hydro-Base was later destroyed as well.[5]

The Mansion would be featured in a Damage Control story. The reconstruction firm was hired to refit and rebuild the mansion, a task they accomplished easily. Unfortunately they did not manage to move it as easily and it fell into one of New York's rivers.

Later, the Avengers built a new headquarters on the site of the Mansion and resided there until it was destroyed by the Gatherers, a team of alternate universe Avengers. Ute, a Watcher enslaved by the villain Proctor, brought an alternate reality version of the original Avengers Mansion to the site as a dying gift.

This replacement Mansion would survive various assaults until, in the "Avengers Disassembled" storyline, the Scarlet Witch was responsible for its destruction by bringing an undead version of Jack of Hearts that exploded, also killing Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man, and in Avengers Finale (January 2005), Stark decided that with his dwindling assets, he could no longer afford to maintain the building and it was abandoned in its derelict state, left as a memorial to the Avengers who had died. Stark, using his considerable political and social influence, had the grounds declared a landmark by the city of New York. Since then, the Young Avengers have restored much of the statuary on the grounds of the mansion. The Avengers have relocated to Stark Tower, although it is unknown how permanent this move will be, especially in light of the events of Marvel's Civil War storyline, which causes the virtual splitting of the New Avengers down the line between those who were pro-registration and those who were against it.

Even after its destruction, the mansion remains a hub of superhuman activity. The Young Avengers were attacked by, and later defeated, Kang the Conqueror there. They later restored the many statues in the mansion's grounds, adopting the mansion as their meeting place.

During the highest tensions of the Civil War incident, Iron Man and Captain America meet at the ruins in order to talk things out. They tour the grounds and even find abandoned framed photographs of old allies.

Former Avenger Clint Barton has made his way on to the grounds several times since then, most recently following Captain America's death. He meets with Tony Stark to discuss the implications of Steve Rogers' assassination.

After the Skrull invasion, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s replacement agency H.A.M.M.E.R. kept an eye on the mansion in case the Young Avengers, still wanted for refusing to be registered, showed up. The young group did anyway, using the building as a central point for many meetings.[6]

Following the Siege of Asgard and at the start of the Heroic Age, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark sold the mansion to Luke Cage for a dollar allowing him freedom to recruit his own Avengers team and operate from the mansion while the other Avengers team operate from the Infinite Avengers Mansion and Avengers Tower.[7] After an extended period, the New Avengers dissolve, and Cage sells the mansion back to Stark.[8]

After yet another roster reshuffling, the mansion is refitted as the headquarters for the new Avengers Unity Squad which is funded by Janet Van Dyne. A computerized A.I. system called J.A.R.V.I.S. is installed to replace Edwin Jarvis (who still lives in Avengers Tower with the main team).[9]

Surrounding grounds[edit]

The Mansion was surrounded by a wall twelve feet high and one foot thick, as well as an array of high-tech security defenses. A main feature of the defenses were large, restrictive coils. These were sometimes backed up by energy beams that shot out from the ground. Nonetheless, those defenses were often breached by the supervillains faced by the Avengers. Shortly after the Avengers moved into the Mansion, Iron Man and Thor moved the Mansion 35 feet away from the street, increasing the size of the front lawn and giving the Avengers more privacy.

When Tony Stark was the United States' Secretary of Defense, the mansion's security systems were backed up by government forces.

The mansion's grounds featured an array of statues of past and present Avengers, constructed out of adamantium. The statues were destroyed in a battle with the Asgardian God, Loki.[10] One of the trees on the grounds used to hold a miniature lab belonging to Hank Pym.

Avengers support crew[edit]

  • Antony "Rider" Ovens[11] - Member of the Teen Brigade. He answered the call from Rick Jones while he was imprisoned by Corruptor.
  • Arnold "Arnie" Roth[12] - A publicist. He died upon succumbing to his cancer.
  • Buddy Sampson[15] - Member of the Teen Brigade. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Carlos Alvarez[16] - The Avengers Compound pool man. He is currently deceased.
  • Charles "Charlie" Wallace[17] - Member of the Teen Brigade. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Daniella Tomaz[19] - The Avengers Compound Nurse. Her current whereabouts are unknown
  • Devi Bannerjee[22] - The U.N. liaison to the Avengers. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Duane Jerome Freeman[23] - A federal security liaison to the Avengers. Duane is also a member of the Triune Understanding. He was killed during Kang the Conqueror's destruction of Washington.[24]
  • Edwin Jarvis[25] - Butler and chief of staff. He was the former butler of the Stark Family. He was replaced by a Skrull during the Secret Invasion.[26] He is currently serving with the New Avengers.
  • Emerson Bale[28] - A lawyer. His current status and whereabouts are unknown.
  • Emma Hegyes[29] - The Avengers Compound Cook. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Fabian Stankowicz[30] - Machinesmith. He would later become known as the Mechanaut creating robotic Avengers after the events of the Onslaught battle. He was defeated by Jarvis.[31]
  • Florence "Candy" Stephens[11] - Member of the Teen Brigade. She answered the call from Rick Jones while he was imprisoned by Corruptor.
  • Franz Anton[33] - A one-time biochemical consultant. His current whereabouts and status are unknown.
  • Genji Odashu[12] - A pilot and formerly the operator of the Shogun Warrior Combatra. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Major Gordon Kenneth Carlson[35] - A one-time physician. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Grant "Specs" McIntosh[11] - Member of the Teen Brigade. He answered the call from Rick Jones while he was imprisoned by Corruptor.
  • Halliwell DePinna[volume & issue needed] - An architect. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Hector Sandrose[36] - Avengers Compound communications chief. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Dr. Hjarmal Knute Svenson[40] - A one-time surgeon. His current status is unknown.
  • Inger Sullivan[12] - A lawyer. His current status is unknown.
  • James Campbell[42] - A European monitor station caretaker. He is currently deceased.
  • James Murch[43] - A federal security liaison. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Janice Imperato[45] - Maria Stark Foundation accountant. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Jeryn Hogarth[28] - A lawyer. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Joachin Mendez[46] - Avengers Compound chief groundskeeper. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Jorge Latham[48] - Avengers Compound mechanic. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Juan Mercado[49] - Avengers Compound communications member. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • K.C. Ritter (Sam Casey)[50] - Member of the Teen Brigade. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Lauren Timm[52] - Governess to William and Thomas Maximoff. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • M’Daka[14] - A mechanic. His current whereabouts are unknown
  • Maxwell Caton[45] - Maria Stark Foundation chief accountant. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Michael Costello[54] - A lawyer. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Michael O’Brien[55] - A security chief. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Mikhail "Mike" Armstrong[50] - Member of the Teen Brigade. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Peggy Carter[49] - A communications chief and aunt of Sharon Carter. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Ramon Trigo[58] - Avengers Compound groundskeeper. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Raymond Sikorski[59] - National Security Council liaison.
  • Roberto Carlos[29] - Avengers Compound butler. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Roberto Gonzago[16] - Avengers Compound gardener. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Rosalita "Lita" Torres[60] - Avengers Compound maid. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Roy Sanford[19] - A physician. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Talia Kruma[12] - A physicist. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Theodore "Ted" Sinclair[61] - Teen Brigade member. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Timothy "Wheels" Wakelin[11] - Member of the Teen Brigade. He answered the call from Rick Jones while he was imprisoned by Corruptor.
  • Thomas "Tom" Smith[62] - Teen Brigade member. He turned bitter and tried to kill Rick Jones. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • William "Willie" Maximillian[63] - Teen Brigade member. His current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Yolanda Russo[64] - Avengers Compound groundskeeper. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Infinite Avengers Mansion[edit]

The Infinite Avengers Mansion was created by Hank Pym in the pocket dimension where Thor sent Janet Van Dyne's body at the end of Secret Invasion. It was the headquarters of Hank Pym's Mighty Avengers and was home to the Avengers Academy.

In other media[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hermann, Molly (2004-08-15). "Marvel Superheroes Guide To New York City" (in English). 11:48-13:12 minutes in. Discovery Channel. http://vimeo.com/50060114. Retrieved 2013-11-10. "There was a mansion called the Frick Museum that I used to walk past. I sort of modeled it after that. Beautiful, big, so impressive building, right on Fifth Avenue."
  2. ^ Sanderson, Peter (2007). The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City. New York: Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1416531418. 
  3. ^ Fantastic Four #282 (Sept. 1985).
  4. ^ "Avengers" #278 (April 1987)
  5. ^ "Avengers" #311 (Dec. 1989)
  6. ^ The Mighty Avengers #21-30
  7. ^ New Avengers (vol. 2) #1
  8. ^ New Avengers (vol. 2) #34
  9. ^ Uncanny Avengers #5
  10. ^ Avengers #400
  11. ^ a b c d Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #260
  12. ^ a b c d e f Avengers #300
  13. ^ Avengers #32
  14. ^ a b c Avengers #311
  15. ^ Marvel: Heroes & Legends '97
  16. ^ a b Avengers West Coast #89
  17. ^ Incredible Hulk #6
  18. ^ Avengers West Coast #77
  19. ^ a b Avengers West Coast #63
  20. ^ The Avengers #46
  21. ^ Marvel Feature #9
  22. ^ Avengers #329
  23. ^ Avengers vol. 3 #4
  24. ^ Avengers vol. 3 #49
  25. ^ Tales of Suspense #59
  26. ^ Secret Invasion #1
  27. ^ West Coast Avengers #45
  28. ^ a b Avengers #190
  29. ^ a b West Coast Avengers #46
  30. ^ Captain America #354
  31. ^ Avengers Annual '99 (July 1999)
  32. ^ a b c Avengers Annual #19
  33. ^ Avengers #30
  34. ^ Avengers vol. 3 #61
  35. ^ Avengers #29
  36. ^ US Agent #1
  37. ^ West Coast Avengers #43
  38. ^ Avengers #165
  39. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #1
  40. ^ Avengers #14
  41. ^ New Warriors #72
  42. ^ Avengers #378
  43. ^ Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1
  44. ^ Avengers #17
  45. ^ a b Avengers #56
  46. ^ West Coast Avengers #12
  47. ^ Captain America #358
  48. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #1
  49. ^ a b Avengers #302
  50. ^ a b Captain Marvel #51
  51. ^ Captain America #353
  52. ^ Avengers West Coast #47
  53. ^ Avengers #343
  54. ^ Avengers #270
  55. ^ Avengers #301
  56. ^ Avengers #227
  57. ^ Avengers #314
  58. ^ Avengers West Coast #58
  59. ^ Avengers #235
  60. ^ Solo Avengers #12
  61. ^ Avengers #13
  62. ^ Avengers #6
  63. ^ a b Avengers #1
  64. ^ West Coast Avengers #40
  65. ^ Captain America #409

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