List of Avengers: The Initiative characters

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Avengers: The Initiative was a comic book series from Marvel Comics than ran from April 2007 to June 2010. The series focused on the training facility located at Camp Hammond in Stamford, Connecticut, where pro-registration heroes were trained for the Fifty State Initiative. Following is a list of characters who were featured in the series.

Camp Hammond staff[edit]

Main article: Camp Hammond (comics)
Name First Shown Notes
Henry Peter Gyrich Avengers: The Initiative #1 (June 2007) Administrator; Secretary of Superhuman Armed Forces.[1] Forced to depart his position by Iron Man in Avengers: The Initiative #12.[2]
Baron Von Blitzschlag Head Scientist.[3]
War Machine Camp Director;[1] Field Commander.[4] Resigned his position in Avengers: The Initiative #16.[5]
Yellowjacket Chief Administrator.[1] Revealed to be a Skrull impostor,[6] and killed in Avengers: The Initiative #19.[7]
Gauntlet Drill Instructor.[1] Became Camp Director in Avengers: The Initiative #20.[8] Left to join the Avengers Resistance.[9]
She-Hulk Instructor.[1] Removed from her instructor position and as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent after a falling out with Tony Stark.[10]
Justice Youth Counselor.[11] Left to lead Counter Force.[12]
Triathlon Instructor-In-Training.[13] Assigned to the Hawaii Initiative team Point Men, as the new 3-D Man.[2] Left to work with the Skrull Kill Krew.[5]
Tigra Instructor.[1] Assigned to the Arkansas Initiative team.[14] Left to join the Avengers Resistance.[9]
Nighthawk Instructor.[1] Assigned to the New Jersey Initiative team, the Defenders.[15]
Hellcat Avengers: The Initiative #3 (Aug. 2007) Instructor: First aid.[16] Assigned to the Alaska Initiative team.[14]
Black Widow Instructor: Marksmanship.[16]
Stingray Instructor: Swimming.[16] Assigned to the Hawaii Initiative team Point Men.[14]
Thing Instructor: Tactics.[16]
Beast Consultant.[16]
Danielle Moonstar Consultant.[16]
Taskmaster Avengers: The Initiative #8 (Feb. 2008) Drill Instructor,[17] and Shadow Initiative field leader.[8] Originally replaced Gauntlet when he was in a coma.
Trauma Avengers: The Initiative #12 (June 2008) Counselor.[2]
Physique Infirmary department head.[2]

Other guest instructors and staff included: Ares, Ms. Marvel, and Wonder Man as part of the Mighty Avengers.[3] Batroc the Leaper previously worked out of the Virginia training facility, and was set to be moved to Camp Hammond as a Martial arts instructor.[3] He later returned to his life of crime as a mercenary.[18] Gargoyle served as an Initiative instructor before retiring.[14]

Camp Hammond recruits[edit]

There were an undetermined number of recruits at Camp Hammond before it closed; according to Henry Peter Gyrich and War Machine, there are over sixty super humans at Camp Hammond including staff.[5] Recruits shown to be located at the camp include:

Name First Shown Notes
Cloud 9 Avengers: The Initiative #1 (June 2007) Assigned to the Montana Initiative team, Freedom Force.[2]
Hardball Assigned to the Nevada Initiative team, the Heavy Hitters.[2] Left to join HYDRA.[19] Subsequently rejoined
Komodo Assigned to the Arizona Initiative team, the Desert Stars.[2] Joined the Shadow Initiative in Avengers: The Initiative #20.[8]
Trauma Became a counselor following graduation.[2]
Armory Her Tactigon was confiscated and she was sent out of the Initiative after accidentally killing Michael Van Patrick.[1]
MVP (Michael Van Patrick) Accidentally killed by Armory.[1]
Thor Girl Assigned to the Georgia Initiative team.[2] Revealed to be a Skrull impostor.[20]
Bengal Assigned to the Shadow Initiative.[21]
Ultra Girl Director of the Junior Guardsmen. Left to join Counter Force.[12] Returned and assigned to the Georgia Initiative team.[2] Rejoined the New Warriors in Avengers: The Initiative #23.[22]
Rage Left to join Counter Force.[12]
Slapstick Left to join Counter Force.[12]
Debrii Avengers: The Initiative #6 (Nov. 2007) Left to join Counter Force.[12]
Ant-Man Avengers: The Initiative #8 (Feb. 2008) Assigned to the Thunderbolts.[8]
Crusader Revealed to be a Skrull, and shot through the head by 3-D Man.[7]
Dragon Lord Killed by KIA.[23]
Proton (Geldoff) Killed by Skrulls after being taken prisoner.[24]
Geiger Assigned to the New Mexico Initiative team.[14]
Red Nine Assigned to the Georgia Initiative team.[14]
Melee Trained to be an instructor following graduation.[14]
Diamondback Recruited by Norman Osborn after the closing of Camp Hammond.[9]
Prodigy Avengers: The Initiative #13 (July 2008)[25] Assigned to the Nevada Initiative team, the Heavy Hitters by Norman Osborn.[9]
Sunstreak Assigned to the Oregon Initiative team, The Force of Nature by Norman Osborn.[26]
Annex Assigned to the New Mexico Initiative team.[14]
Batwing Assigned to the Shadow Initiative.[14]
Gorilla Girl Left in Avengers: The Initiative #21.[14]
Butterball Not being cut out for the military applications of The Initiative, was sent home with a registration ID card.[27]

Other Initiative trainees[edit]

Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. staff[edit]

Main article: Camp H.A.M.M.E.R.
Name First Shown Notes
Norman Osborn Avengers: The Initiative #23 Chief Administrator;[22] Instructor: Public Relations.[26]
Taskmaster Avengers: The Initiative #24 Camp Director;[30] Senior Instructor.[26]
The Hood Avengers: The Initiative #25 Chief Operating Officer.[9]
Trauma Counselor.[9]

Other staff included Ares and Ms. Marvel (Moonstone) as part of the Dark Avengers.[9] Baron Von Blitzschlag and Physique also retained the positions they had at Camp Hammond under Osborn's administration.[31]

Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. recruits[edit]

Recruits shown to be part of Norman Osborn's Initiative include:

Name First Shown Notes
Griffin Avengers: The Initiative #25 (Aug. 2009)
Living Laser
Razor Fist
Scorcher
Penance Former member of Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts.
Diamondback Assigned to the Delaware initiative team.[26] Double agent with the Avengers Resistance.[32]
Aqueduct Avengers: The Initiative #26 (Sept. 2009) Assigned to the Oregon Initiative team.[26]
Skybreaker
Terraformer
Ironclad Assigned to the North Carolina Initiative team.[26]
Vapor
Vector
X-Ray
Asylum Assigned to the Maryland Initiative team.[26]
Coronary
Impulse
Mathemanic
Pretty Persuasions
Asp Assigned to the Delaware initiative team.[26]
Black Mamba
Quicksand
Skein
Outback Avengers: The Initiative #28 (Nov. 2009) Assigned to the Nevada Initiative team, the Heavy Hitters.[33]

Other Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. trainees[edit]

Shadow Initiative[edit]

Main article: Shadow Initiative

The Shadow Initiative was created as a covert ops team, designed to handle unofficial field assignments.[21] After Norman Osborn took over the Initiative and shut down Camp Hammond, the team was reorganized into a first strike team, containing heroes that were considered expendable.[30]

Name Joined in Notes
Bengal Avengers: The Initiative #5 (Oct. 2007) Also part of Osborn's new Shadow Initiative.[26] Quit in Avengers: The Initiative #34.[35]
Constrictor Also an instructor at Camp Hammond.[27]
Mutant Zero Revealed to be Typhoid Mary.[8] Not known by other cadets outside the Shadow Initiative.
Scarlet Spider (Michael) Left to join Counter Force.[12] Killed by Ragnarok.[36]
Scarlet Spider (Van)[37] Killed by KIA.[12]
Scarlet Spider (Patrick) Left to join Counter Force.[12]
Trauma Became a counselor at Camp Hammond.[2]
Taskmaster Avengers: The Initiative #20 (Feb. 2009) Shadow Initiative field leader.[8]
Komodo Also part of Osborn's new Shadow Initiative.[26] Left to join the Avengers Resistance.[31]
Batwing Avengers: The Initiative #21 (Mar. 2009) Also part of Osborn's new Shadow Initiative.[26] Quit in Avengers: The Initiative #34.[35]
Butterball Avengers: The Initiative #26 (Sept. 2009) Quit in Avengers: The Initiative #34.[35]
Badd Axe
Ringer II
Barracuda Former member of Heavy Mettle.
Riot II
Stronghold
Warbow Former member of Heavy Mettle. Killed during the Siege of Asgard.
Blackwing II Former member of Heavy Mettle. Killed during the assault on Prison 42.[38]
Firearms Killed during the assault on Prison 42.[38]
Slaughter Boy
Johnny Guitar Avengers: The Initiative #27 (Oct. 2009) Killed during the assault on Prison 42.[38]
Doctor Sax Expelled due to injury.[38]

Avengers Resistance[edit]

After Camp Hammond was shut down,[22] Tigra and Gauntlet joined the New Warriors who had left the Initiative, and formed the Avengers Resistance, with the specific purpose of exposing the criminal deeds of Norman Osborn.[9] Following Norman Osborne's arrest in the aftermath of the Siege of Asgard, the team disbanded.

Character Joined in Notes
Justice Avengers: The Initiative #10 (Apr. 2008)
Night Thrasher
Rage
Scarlet Spider (Michael) Killed by Ragnarok.[36]
Scarlet Spider (Patrick)
Slapstick
Ultra Girl
Debrii Quit the team in Avengers: The Initiative #28.[33]
Tigra Avengers: The Initiative #25 (Aug. 2009)
Gauntlet
Komodo Avengers: The Initiative #29 (Dec. 2009) Joined after having her powers removed by Taskmaster.[31]
Diamondback Avengers: The Initiative #30 (Jan. 2010) Double agent with Norman Osborn's Initiative.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Avengers: The Initiative #1
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Avengers: The Initiative #12
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Anthony Flamini & Ronald Byrd (w). Civil War Battle Damage Report one-shot (March 2007), Marvel Comics
  4. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol. IV (May 2008)
  5. ^ a b c Avengers: The Initiative #16
  6. ^ Secret Invasion #1
  7. ^ a b c Avengers: The Initiative #19
  8. ^ a b c d e f Avengers: The Initiative #20
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Avengers: The Initiative #25
  10. ^ She-Hulk vol. 4 #18
  11. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #2
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h Avengers: The Initiative #10
  13. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #4
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Avengers: The Initiative #21
  15. ^ a b The Last Defenders #1
  16. ^ a b c d e f Avengers: The Initiative #3
  17. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #8
  18. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #43
  19. ^ Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
  20. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #18
  21. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #5
  22. ^ a b c Avengers: The Initiative #23
  23. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #9
  24. ^ Secret Invasion #3
  25. ^ "Initiative Initiation: The New Class" Marvel.com
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Avengers: The Initiative #26
  27. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #13
  28. ^ Mark Millar (w), Steve McNiven (p), Dexter Vines (i). Civil War 7 (), Marvel Comics
  29. ^ a b She Hulk vol. 4 #21
  30. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #24
  31. ^ a b c Avengers: The Initiative #29
  32. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #30
  33. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #28
  34. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #31
  35. ^ a b c Avengers: The Initiative #34
  36. ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #22
  37. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #11
  38. ^ a b c d Avengers: The Initiative #27