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
Novel(s)
Films and television
Film(s) Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Television
show(s)
The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
Avengers Assemble (2013)
Games
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. Aside from comics, the Avengers appear in various forms of media such as in novels, television shows, movies, videogames and stage shows.

Novels[edit]

Television[edit]

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 Doctor 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 Avengers: United They Stand was an animated series consisting of thirteen episodes. It originally aired from October 30, 1999 to February 26, 2000, and was produced by Avi Arad and distributed by 20th Century Fox Television. This series featured a team composed of Ant-Man (leader); the Wasp; Wonder Man; Tigra; Hawkeye and the Scarlet Witch. The Falcon and the Vision were added to the roster in the opening episodes. Captain America and Iron Man only make one appearance while Thor only appears in the opening titles and would have appeared in the proposed season two.
  • 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.[10] The show debuted on Disney XD in Fall 2010 starting with a 20 part micro-series.[11] The series features a team based on the roster for the original Avengers, composed of Ant-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp, with Captain America, the Black Panther, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, the Vision, and Spider-Man later joining the ranks.[12]
  • A group of heroes assembled in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures season finale, "The Makluan Invasion", appears to be a variation of the Avengers team. It consistes of Iron Man, War Machine, Rescue, Hawkeye, General Nick Fury, the Black Widow, the Hulk, and the Black Panther.
  • 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, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, the Black Widow, and the Falcon. During the show's second season, the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man joined the team. The same iteration of the team guest-starred in the two-part Season 3 premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man, where Spider-Man briefly joined the Avengers.
  • A Japanese anime series, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, began airing in Japan in Spring 2014. Produced by Toei Animation,[13] the story revolves around a group of youths that can use special discs to summons 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.[14] Over the course of the series, other Avengers such as Hawkeye, the Black Widow, the Falcon, and the Black Panther also appear in guest-starring roles.

Film[edit]

Animated[edit]

  • Marvel Animation has produced two animated films based upon the Ultimate incarnations of the Avengers; Ultimate Avengers and Ultimate Avengers 2.
  • The children of the Avengers are featured in the animated film; Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. Aged versions of Tony Stark and the Vision appear as well.
  • The team appears in the anime film Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, with a line-up consisting of the Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, War Machine, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and Captain Marvel.[15]
  • The team appears in the animated movie Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! In the film, the Avengers consist of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain Marvel and Reptil.[16]

Live action[edit]

Screenshot from the 2012 Marvel Studios film, The Avengers.

The Avengers are a common narrative plot thread in the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning as early as Iron Man wherein the "Avengers Initiative" was introduced.

Video and computer games[edit]

The Avengers are featured 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).

A first person Avengers action game was planned by THQ Studio Australia to coincide with the release of the first live-action movie in 2012. The game would have featured Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and Thor as the main characters, with Black Widow, Hawkeye, War Machine, and Ms. Marvel appearing as unlockable characters. The story, loosely based on Secret Invasion rather than the movie, was penned by veteran comic writer Brian Michael Bendis. Though a fair amount of progress was made on the game, it was ultimately cancelled after THQ Studio Australia was closed down.[38][39]

Live performance[edit]

The Avengers appear 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, the Black Widow, the Falcon, and Captain Marvel.[40][41]

Manga[edit]

On November 3, 2014, Marvel announced a special one-shot manga featuring a crossover between the Avengers and the cast of Attack on Titan. It featured the Avengers facing off against the Female Titan after the Titans attacked the Marvel Universe.[42]

Web comics[edit]

In 2014, Marvel launched a web manhwa for South Korean audiences titled Avengers: Electric Rain. Written and illustrated by Yeong-Hoon Goh, the series sees the Avengers teaming up with a new Korean heroine named White Fox.[43]

See also[edit]

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