The Mighty Avengers
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|The Mighty Avengers|
The Mighty Avengers #1 (May 2007)
Cover art by Frank Cho
|Publication date||May 2007 – April 2010|
|Main character(s)||Current Members
|Writer(s)||Brian Michael Bendis
|Creator(s)||Brian Michael Bendis
The Mighty Avengers is a comic book series that was published by Marvel Comics. Originally written by Brian Michael Bendis, also the writer of New Avengers, the title first featured an officially sanctioned Avengers team of registered superheroes, residing in New York as part of the Fifty State Initiative, as opposed to the unlicensed team featured in The New Avengers. This first incarnation of the team is led by Iron Man and Ms. Marvel, with the second lineup featuring Hank Pym as the leader, and the third led by Luke Cage and Monica Rambeau.
The team first appears in The Mighty Avengers #1 (May 2007), written by Brian Michael Bendis and pencilled and inked by Frank Cho. The roster, led by Ms. Marvel, also consisted of Ares, Black Widow, Iron Man, Sentry, Wasp and Wonder Man. In the wake of the superhero "Civil War", Iron Man recruits Ms. Marvel as leader of the revamped team. Together they select the first roster.
The Mighty Avengers was originally intended to run parallel with New Avengers, with characters and events crossing over and being viewed from both perspectives. However, artist Cho fell behind schedule, and left the book after six issues and an additional cover. Successor Mark Bagley drew the series from issues #7-11 (early March - late May 2008).
The team was relaunched in September 2013 under the creative team of Al Ewing and Greg Land. The new team is more street-level, and is led by Luke Cage. The team contains new versions of Ronin, White Tiger and Power Man, plus Blue Marvel, the Superior Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Spectrum, the Falcon and the new hero Spider Hero.
Fictional team biography
Following the federally sanctioned creation of this iteration of the Avengers, Iron Man (Tony Stark) is discredited and publicly vilified after his inability to anticipate or prevent a secret infiltration and invasion of Earth by the shape-shifting alien Skrull race, and by the Skrull disabling of his StarkTech technology, which had a virtual monopoly on worldwide defense.
Following the Skrulls' eventual defeat and the subsequent dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., the officially sanctioned team of Avengers, now led by Norman Osborn under the H.A.M.M.E.R. banner, is spun off into the pages of Dark Avengers.
In response, Henry Pym, in his latest superhero persona as the new Wasp, leads an Avengers team outside the U.S. and H.A.M.M.E.R.'s jurisdiction. With the apparent help of the Scarlet Witch—actually, a disguised Loki, the Norse trickster god—he summons the Vision and Stature of the Young Avengers, U.S. Agent, Jocasta, Hercules, Amadeus Cho, and Iron Man.
Claiming to be the only authentic team of Avengers due to being the only team operating under that name to have a founding member on the roster, the team operates from an interdimensional headquarters. It is granted official recognition outside the U.S. by the international organization G.R.A.M.P.A., and combats supervillains and other entities including Chthon, and the Unspoken.
During the events of Infinity, a new team of Mighty Avengers are formed during Thanos' invasion of Earth. With the main Avengers branch off in space, the defense of New York falls to a group of former Avengers and the remnants of Luke Cage's recently disbanded Heroes for Hire squad. They are given the name "Mighty Avengers" after a Twitter hashtag used to describe the group.
During the Inhumanity storyline, Luke Cage keeps the Mighty Avengers together and made the remodeled Gem Theater as their base. The Mighty Avengers now have the purpose of helping those in need. During this time, the Spider Hero becomes the new Ronin.
Initiative Team (2007–2008)
The Mighty Avengers were founded by Ms. Marvel and Iron Man, as New York's team under the Fifty State Initiative.
|Character||Real Name||Joined in||Notes|
|Iron Man||Anthony Edward Stark||Mighty Avengers #1 (May 2007)||Removed from being director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Secret Invasion #8.|
|Ms. Marvel||Carol Susan Jane Danvers||Became member of the New Avengers.|
|Wonder Man||Simon Williams||Resigned in Secret Invasion #8.|
|The Wasp||Janet van Dyne
(a.k.a. Janet Pym)
|Died in Secret Invasion #8. Later revealed that she was actually shunted to the Microverse|
|Black Widow||Natalia Alianovna Romanova
(a.k.a. Natasha Romanoff)
|Resigned in Secret Invasion #8.|
|Sentry||Robert Reynolds||Became member of the Dark Avengers. Presumed deceased as of Siege #4.|
(a.k.a. John Aaron)
|Became member of the Dark Avengers. Presumed killed in Siege #2.|
(posing as Jessica Drew)
|Mighty Avengers #7 (November 2007)||A double agent with the New Avengers. Revealed to be a Skrull in Secret Invasion #3 (May 2008). Died in Secret Invasion #8.|
International Team (2009–2010)
|Character||Real Name||Joined in||Notes|
|The Wasp||Dr. Henry Jonathan "Hank" Pym||Mighty Avengers #21 (March 2009)||Chosen by the "Scarlet Witch", who was actually Loki. Challenged for leadership by Iron Man, but assumed full leadership after defeating Chthon.|
|Hercules||Heracles||Presumed killed in the Assault on New Olympus. Returned in Chaos War #1 (Oct. 2010).|
|Amadeus Cho||Amadeus Cho|
|U.S. Agent||John Frank Walker,
Jack Daniels (alias)
|Mighty Avengers #22||Former member of Omega Flight, chosen in the place of an incapacitated Captain America. Removed by Norman Osborn in Mighty Avengers #33.|
|Stature||Cassandra Lang||Concurrent members of the Young Avengers.|
|Vision II||Jonas (alias)|
|Quicksilver||Pietro Django Maximoff||Mighty Avengers #24||Joined the team after helping them defeat Titan.|
(posing as Scarlet Witch)
|Mighty Avengers #21
|Joined and assembled the Mighty Avengers in Mighty Avengers #21 (March 2009). Revealed in Mighty Avengers #29 (November 2009).|
Infinity recruits (2013-present)
During the Infinity event a new team was assembled. "The Mighty Avengers" volunteer organization is based out of the old Gem Theatre in Times Square, offering their services as non-profit heroes for free or a charitable contribution.
It was announced on July 25th, 2014 at the San Diego Comic Con that the book will be relaunched under the new title of Captain America and the Mighty Avengers in November 2014 as part of "Avengers NOW!"
|Character||Real name||Joined in||Notes|
|Luke Cage||Lucas Cage (born Carl Lucas)||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #1||Founder and business director.|
|Spectrum||Monica Rambeau||Field leader, former member of Nextwave|
|Superior Spider-Man||Otto Octavius's mind in Peter Parker's body||Self-declared member, also member-on-probation of the main Avengers team. He leaves the team in Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #5.|
|Ronin||Eric Brooks (aka Blade)||First appeared as "Spider Hero." His identity was leaked in an earlier draft of a script. His identity was officially revealed in Mighty Avengers #9.|
|Blue Marvel||Adam Brashear||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #2|
|Power Man||Victor Alvarez||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #3||Former students at Avengers Academy, former members of the Heroes for Hire.|
|White Tiger||Ava Ayala|
|Falcon||Samuel "Sam" Wilson||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #4||Current member of the main Avengers team.|
|She-Hulk||Jennifer Walters||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #6||Legal counsel for the Mighty Avengers and current member of the Future Foundation.|
The first issue of Mighty Avengers was the second highest selling comic for that month based on Diamond Publisher's indexes.
IGN reviewer Richard George said Brian Michael Bendis' writing for The Mighty Avengers #1 "manages to move through the roster selection, convey their basic information and personality, marshal them against a huge threat and leave us with a solid cliffhanger". George also praised Frank Cho's artwork, saying, "The artist not only delivers with some excellent action sequences, he does a great job with the increasingly standard widescreen format that many are adopting."
|Issue||Qty||icv2 Top 300 Ranking|
|Vol. 1: The Ultron Initiative||Mighty Avengers #1-6||2008||978-0785123682|
|Vol. 2: Venom Bomb||Mighty Avengers #7-11||2008||978-0785123699|
|Vol. 3: Secret Invasion (Book 1)||Mighty Avengers #12-15||2009||978-0785130109|
|Vol. 4: Secret Invasion (Book 2)||Mighty Avengers #16-20||2009||978-0785136507|
|Earth's Mightiest||Mighty Avengers #21-26||2009||978-0785137467|
|The Unspoken||Mighty Avengers #27-31||2010||978-0785137474|
|Siege||Mighty Avengers #32-36||2010||978-0785148005|
|Mighty Avengers Vol. 1: No Single Hero||Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #1-5||March 2014||978-0785188742|
|Mighty Avengers Assemble||The Mighty Avengers #1-11||March 11, 2009||978-0785137580|
|Mighty Avengers: Secret Invasion||The Mighty Avengers #12-20||March 24, 2010||978-0785142614|
|Mighty Avengers: Dark Reign||The Mighty Avengers #21-36||August 17, 2011||978-0785156697|
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- Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009)
- The Mighty Avengers #21 (March 2009)
- The Mighty Avengers #27 (Sept. 2009)
- Mighty Avengers (vol. 2) #1-3
- Mighty Avengers #4.INH
- Avengers vol. 4, #32
- Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 5
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