The Avengers are to Marvel as the Justice League is to DC.
In place of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, the Avengers' big three consists of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor.
And, just like the Justice League, given enough time and fan/creator support, every denizen of the universe will eventually get at least a cup of coffee in the show.
Over time, some characters became so closely identified with the team that they were nearly impossible to seperate. Characters like Hawkeye, the Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Ms. Marvel and the Vision served as the core of the team, rounding it out around the big three.
The part of the Avengers' team dynamic that always intrigued me was the third level characters chosen to fill out the roster. Today I want to take a look at some of my favorites among this group of Avengers.
Hank McCoy left the X-Men, quaffed a biochemical potion of his own design and hit mutant puberty. He went from being a guy with big feet to a guy covered in blue fur. He also apparently exuded some serious phermones as evidenced by the trail of trim he left in his wake. He also brought a scientific and social perspective that differed from that of Tony Stark. In the late 70s and early 80s, the Beast was a tremendous addition to the Avengers and he's one of my all-time favorites.
No, I'm not a furry. Greer Nelson began her comic career as a heroine named The Cat. Later on, after undergoing a Cat People ritual, she became a bikini clad tiger babe, the perfect Russ Meyer heroine. She brought a streetwise mindset to the traditionally powerhouse team. After the Molecule Man took out the Big Three (see above), Tigra got him to give himself up by being nice to him. In another issue, she took down an 80s lothario who was interested in her because he collected unique conquests. Hey, it was the 80s. It made sense then.
Jennifer Walters gained the powers and colors of the Hulk after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner. This one-note origin led to a short-lived solo series. After that didn't work, She-Hulk found her way onto the Avengers and found her way. She is the prototypical smart, sassy modern woman...in a purple and white leotard.
In the early 80s, Marvel killed off Captain Marvel. Shortly after that, the powers that be realized that in doing so they had offed their galactic level hero. What did they do? They gave Marvel's power bands to a security guard. Prior to being named Protector of the Universe, Quasar worked as the head of security at Project: Pegasus and adventured with The Thing. Oh yeah, he also grew a killer mullet.
They say you develop your kinks early. To this day I have a thing for chicks with a belt riding low on their hips. For that you can thank Black Widow. Introduced in the 60s as a Soviet spy (before all the Avengers were spies), Black Widow turned her back on her puppet masters and joined the Avengers. Along the way, she spent some time on the arms of Daredevil and Hawkeye. The character, played by Scarlett Johannson, was featured in Iron Man 2
and will be part of the team in the upcoming Avengers
Every team needs royalty. The Black Panther brought that to the Avengers. The King of the fictional African country of Wakandan, the Black Panther has evolved from a one note cat-themed character to a version of Bat-Man. He's thoughtful and knows how to take care of everyone, friend or enemy. It must be working because in recent years he married the X-Men's Storm.
The fanboys over at Newsarama recently posted a pretty cool list of the cameos they want to see in the upcoming movie. Here is that list.
And in case you missed it, the NEW
trailer for the Avengers movie hit the internet earlier today.
Here it is in all of its HD glory.