21. Spider-Woman - 149 points
The Avengers helped save Jessica Drew's life once. Maybe that's why she accepted Wolverine's offer to join the team after she returned from Skrull captivity to learn that their Queen Veranke had posed as her and joined the Avengers during her imprisonment. Despite the fact that Veranke had almost destroyed them, the Avengers accepted Jessica. And she, never having many friends, needed a place where she belonged. Of course she also accepted Agent Brand's offer to join SWORD, but that's neither her nor there. Later, after the fall of Norman Osborn's dark reign, Steve Rogers himself asked to to join his new team of Avengers.
Here's why Spider-Woman is one of lilyinblue's favorite Avengers:
Spider-Woman currently appears in Avengers.[/QUOTE]
Originally Posted by lilyinblue
20. Black Widow - 152 points (1 first place vote)
Natasha Romanoff is a former Russian spy who defected to the U.S and joined the Avengers. They were a trusting lot back then...especially Hawkeye, with whom she was romantically involved.
She also became an Agent of SHIELD, and had a relationship with Daredevil. Later she joined the Champions of Los Angeles, where she briefly dated Hercules.
She later rejoined the Avengers and actually led the team to their deaths against Onslaught. One of the few survivors, she failed to re-fill the team's roster and disbanded the group.
She supported the Superhuman Registration Act and became a member of Iron Man's Avengers team and later found herself assuming temporary command of SHIELD. After the Superhero Civil War, she teamed with Falcon and her former lover, Bucky Barnes, who became the new Captain America, and later posed as Yelena Belova to infilrate Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts. And most recently she was recruited by Steve Rogers to serve on his secret Avengers team.
Here's why Black Widow is Beamish's favorite Avenger:
Black Widow currently appears in Secret Avengers.
Originally Posted by Beamish
Last edited by mattbib; 11-25-2011 at 01:01 PM.
19. Quicksilver - 155 points (1 first place vote)
Pietro Maximoff has always been a bit dodgy. Not evil, but his daddy issues and arrogance have definitely led him to make some poor decisions over the years. The one constant in his life has been his love for his sister, which led them to join the Avengers after abandoning Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. His nature often led him to quarrel with his other teammates, and even leave them once when his sister was injured. But it was after he himself was injured that Pietro met the Inhuman Crystal, who nursed him back to health. The two fell in love and were eventually married and relocated to Attilan on the moon and had a daughter, Luna.
But happiness didn't last long. Magneto soon revealed that he was Pietro and Wanda's father, and then Pietro learned that Crystal had had an affair. And ultimately, Quicksilver was corrupted by Maximus the Mad and he turned on the Avengers.
But he was eventually captured and cured by teh Inhumans, and joined the West Coast Avengers for a time and later X-Factor, but left that team too after learning that Crystal had developed a relationship with Black Knight. But after aiding the High Evolutionary and augmenting his powers with Isotope E, he rejoined the Avengers until they died facing Onslaught, and then he briefly worked with the Heroes for Hire.
It was Quicksilver who convinced his sister to warp reality to create teh House of M. When the truth was revealed, Magneto killed Quicksilver, but he along with the rest of reality was restored by the Scarlet Witch, who also depowered most of the mutant population, including Quicksilver.
Desperate to regain his powers, Quicksilver exposed himself to the Terrigen Mist and gained new time-jumping powers. Shortly after Crystal had their marriage annulled and then the crystals were removed, leaving him powerless once more, but inexplicably regained them again and set out to redeem himself as a hero.
Coming full-circle, he joined Hank Pym's Avengers and blamed Skrulls for his earlier crimes, losing the respect of his daughter. He was among those who aided in Hercules' assault on the Olympus Group and later aided in the defense of Asgard.
Most recently he joined the teaching staff of Avengers Academy to teach young students how to become heroes.
Here's why Quicksilver is among SlightlyMad's favorite Avengers:
Quicksilver currently appears in Avengers Academy.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
18. Hercules - 174 points (3 first place vote)
Hercules has been an Avenger a looong time, severing several stints with the team. But he's probably best known for being nearly beaten to death by the Masters of Evil. He recovered, though, and rejoined again later aiding against the Collector and during Operation: Galactic Storm. Hercules was off-world during Onslaught, and was despondent upon learning of the Avengers' deaths so he joined the new Heroes for Hire group, but eventually reunited with the returned Avengers to face Morgan Le Fay.
But since then Hercules has often been written as a comedic character, and often as a drunk. But his loyalties have always remained true. During the Superhero Civil War he sided with Captain America, and was instrumental in defeating the Thor clone.
He eventually teamed with Amadeus Cho, and later formed the God Squad to neutralize the Skrull gods during their invasion of Earth. The duo eventually joined Hank Pym's Avengers, but quit when Pym pushed for Loki to join the team.
Since then he teamed with the Avengers to stop Hera from remaking the universe, but was seemingly killed in the process. Cho helped him return, as he wasn't really dead, and Hercules next deeated the Chaos King but was reduced to a mortal in the proess. Since then Hercules has relocated to Brooklyn but it's only a matter of time before he regains his godhood and fights alongside the Avengers once again.
Here's why Hercules is jackolover's favorite Avenger:
Hercules most recently appeared in Herc.
Originally Posted by jackolover
Last edited by mattbib; 05-17-2012 at 08:29 AM.
17. Black Knight - 175 points (2 first place vote)
Dane Whitman began working with the Avengers almost immediately after assuming the Black Knight mantle from his uncle. Soon he inherited his family's castle in England and was given the Ebony Blade by the ghost of his ancestor, Sir Percy of Scandia. After helping the Avengers defeat Kang, the Black Knight was made an official Avenger.
The Black Knight later fought alongside the Defenders against the Enchantress, but was turned to stone while his spirit was trasnported into the body of his 12th Century ancestor, Eobar Garrington, to fight in the Crusades. He was eventually returned to the present by Merlyn to help Captain Britain defeat Mordred and Necromon and save Camelot. But once that was done he was returned to the 12th Century. In the past, he protected the mystical island of Avalon from the demonic Fomor, until Garrington's body was eventually destroyed during a battle involving the time travelling Avengers. Whitman's spirit returned to his original body, which became flesh and blood again.
Dane served several tours of duty with the Avengers. Eventually the curse of the Ebony Blade became too dangerous, and Dane eventually abandoned it choosing to use a lightsabre instead.
While an Avenger, Dane was involved in various relationships as time went on. For a time, he was enamored of the Wasp. He was later in a love triangle with Crystal and Sersi, but renounced his feelings for Crystal as she and Quicksilver attempted to reconcile. He agreed to become Sersi's 'Gann Josin', and after Proctor was finally defeated Dane went into self-imposed exile with Sersi.
The two ended up in the Ultraverse and Dane even briefly led the Ultraforce. They eventually returned and, their 'Gann Josin' apparently broken, went their separate ways. Dane joined Luke Cage's Heroes for Hire shortly after his return until that team disbanded.
Recently returned to England, the Black Knight joined MI-13, began a relationship with Faiza Hussain, and eventually recovered the original Ebony Blade from Wakanda.
Here's why the Black Knight is bkdane's favorite Avenger:
The Black Knight most recently appeared in Age of Heroes.
Originally Posted by bkdane
Last edited by mattbib; 05-17-2012 at 08:31 AM.
16. Beast - 176 points (1 first place vote)
Is it me or is Beast a completely different person when he's hanging out with the Avengers?
Yes, yes, he'll always be an X-Man first. He was with them at the start, after all. But he had already moved on from the X-Men when he turned himself blue and furry. And it was with the Avengers that he found his place in the world, along with a new best friend in Wonder Man. In fact...he served with the Avengers for quite some time...until it was revealed that Moondragon had been manipulating the Avengers.
After that he joined the Defenders with his old teammates Angel and Iceman and, after that team was all but destroyed, he joined his original teammates in X-Factor and they all went on to rejoin the X-Men.
And Beast was happy...not. His time with the X-Men was wrought with failure, betrayals, divided loyalties, and questionable actions (not to mention an evil alternate version of himself!). While he did help to cure the Legacy Virus, he had no success in undoing the Scarlet Witch's decimation of mutant kind, even with the founding of the X-Club. Beast grew increasingly dissatisfied with Cyclops' leadership and methods and left the X-Men.
He joined SWORD, and returned to the X-Men for Nightcrawler's funeral and to help defeat Bastion and to give Scott some more crap, but departed once and for all when asked by Steve Rogers to serve on his secret Avengers. And most recently, after the separation of the X-Men, Beast joined Wolverine in Westchester to open "The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning"
Beast currently appears in Secret Avengers and Wolverine and the X-Men.
15. Luke Cage - 197 points (1 first place vote)
Luke Cage is a man of the people.
After gaining superhuman powers while in prison for a crime he didn't commit, he's devoted his time to helping others, sometimes for a profit. His career has led him to work alongside many other superheroes. He's a long-time parter of Iron Fist, he's been a member of the Fantastic Four and the Defenders, he briefly worked with the greatest detective in the Marvel Universe, Dakota North, and became a founding member of the new Avengers formed after the Raft breakout.
Cage has since married Jessica Jones (who has also become an Avenger) and had a daughter. Cage went on to lead the team after Captain America's assassination, and kep the team going on its own terms while underground. After the Seige of Asgard, Cage was appointed head of the Thunderbolts by Steve Rogers and was also given the freedom to organize a new Avengers team based out of Avengers Mansion.
Here's why Luke Cage is Just Is's favorite Avenger:
Luke Cage currently appears in New Avengers and Thunderbolts.
Originally Posted by Just Is
14. Black Panther - 203 points (9 first place votes)
King T'Challa of Wakanda initially met many of the worlds' superhuman heroes as a means to gauge their abilities, but eventually became allies and friends with many of them. In addition to long stints as an Avenger, the Black Panther has also served as a member of the Fantastic Four and Fantastic Force.
While the Panther's loyalty has never been in question, his ideoligies and interests as a monarch have sometimes put him at odds with his teammates.
Recently, the T'Challa has married his childhood love, Ororo of the X-Men, and has passed the Black Panther mantle to his sister, Shuri. While it has been some time since T'Challa has served with the Avengers, it's only a matter of time until he and his queen join them once again.
The Black Panther is Umbra's favorite Avenger:
And here's what RolandJP has to say:
Originally Posted by Umbra
The Black Panther currently appears in Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive.
Originally Posted by RolandJP
13. Wonder Man - 210 points (4 first place votes)
Simon Williams did some time for embezzling beefore being recruited by Baron Zemo and turned into Wonder Man. Wonder Man joined the Avengers with the intent of betraying them so that Zemo's Masters of Evil could destroy them, but Wonder Man saved them...at the cost of his own life.
Iron Man, always thinking (where's that roll eyes emoticon?) copied Wonder Man's brain patterns, but those were eventually stolen by Ultron and used to create the Vision.
Wonder Man was eventually restored to life, though, and joined the Avengers. During his membership he became great friends with the Beast and became an actor and eventually a founding member of the West Coast Avengers. It was there that, after the Vision was dismantled, he admitted he had feelings for the Scarlet Witch. But the West Coast team was dismantled, and he joined Force Works and was seemingly killed again, only to be resurrected months later by the Scarlet Witch, with whom he became romantically involved until they broke it off during Kang's invasion of Earth.
Wonder Man was the face of superhero registration, but was caught embezzling funds from his own charity and was blackmailed into working for SHIELD. He became romantically involved with Ms. Marvel and joined her and Iron Man's Avengers until that team was dissolved and replaced by Norman Osborn's Avengers.
Wonder Man began publicly lamenting his tiem with teh Avengers, speaking out against their use of violence to uphold justice. He then aided teh Lethal Legion, in order to protect innocents, and ended up in prison until Steve Rogers bailed him out. He refused Rogers' invitation to rejoin the Avengers, stating he was against the reformation, threatened the team, and eventually attacked them. Iron Man and Captain America again later attempted to convince him to rejoin, but he again refused, though Iron Man discovered that Wonder Man's body was leakign ionic energy, which might have lead to Wonder Man's change of attitude and behavior.
Most recently Wonder Man has organized the Revengers, a team of superhuman heroes (and some former Avengers) and led them on an attack against the Avengers.
Here's why Wonder Man is SJNeal's favorite Avenger:
Wonder Man most recently appeared in New Avengers Annual #1 (2011).
Originally Posted by SJNeal
12. Monica Rambeau - 224 points (5 first place votes)
So here she is, MY favorite Avenger!
Monica Rambeau was a good guy from the start. As Captain Marvel she decided to user her powers to fight crime almost immediately after gaining them, and sought out the Avengers to help train her. She became fast friends with Captain America and the Wasp and was soon made a full member. Her comrades learned early on that she was a level-headed powerhouse. She learned of the original Captain Marvel, and kept her name in honor of him. But she also learned early on that she wasn't unbeatable, namely when Blackout trapped her in the Darkforce dimension.
After Wasp stepped down, Monica was elected team chairman. But her leadership was undermined by Doctor Druid, who was under the influence of Terminatrix (posing as Kang Nebula) and she ultimately lost her powers and had to retire from the team.
Fortunately her powers came back and she returned to super-heroing but also split her time with her own charter business. She did stay connected to the Avengers as a reservist helping in times of need, and even led a reserve substitute roster during the team's first United Nations-backed reorganization and again during the Kree-Shi'ar War.
Monica eventually gave up the Captain Marvel title to Genis-Vell, the original's biological son, and took on the Photon title. Monica also discovered that her mother was intercepting her Avengers calls as a way to keep her out of harm's way. Monica later led a force of Avengers against the Infinites.
Then Genis-Vell changed his name to Photon and Monica took on a name she liked better: Pulsar.
Monica later led the Nextwave team and then supported Captain America's anti-registration forces during the superhero Civil War. Monica continues to superhero, alongside her old friend in the Avengers and her new friends Black Cat, Hellcat, Firestar.
Here's why Monica Rambeau is Dermie's favorite Avenger:
Monica is also Bolebeau's favorite:
Originally Posted by Dermie
Monica Rambeau most recently regularly appeared in Marvel Divas and Heralds.
Originally Posted by Bolebeau
11. Spider-Man - 226 points (3 first place votes)
Spider-Man, Spider-Man does whatever a spider can...
A few posts will complain that Spider-Man is a loner and shouldn't be on a team like the Avengers. Well, they're wrong and clearly in the minority.
Spider-Man has been teaming up with other heroes since the beginning. He tried to join the Fantastic Four early. And, hell, he had an ongoing series that featured him teaming up with other heroes for thirteen years. He's worked with almost every superhero in the Marvel Universe at one point or another.
He sought out membership with the Avengers too, but they rejected him at first. After helping the team defeat Nebula they mutually agreed that the Avengers' level of threats might be out of Spider-Man's league, but he was inducted as a provisional member.
When the Avengers returned from Counter-Earth, where they had been saved by Franklin Richards after their sacrifice to stop Onslaught, Spider-Man was contacted by them but chose to dissolve his ties with the Avengers due to the personal struggles he was facing.
Later still, after a breakout at the Raft Security Prison, Spider-Man joined the new Avengers team. May, Peter, and Mary Jane moved into Avengers Tower after an enemy destroyed both Peter's and May's places. He initially sided with the pro-registration heroes during the superhero Civil War, but switched allegiances. Spider-Man was one of the few heroes who did not accept the general amnesty after Steve Rogers arrest, continuing to work with the underground Avengers. During Norman Osborn's dark reign Spider-Man revealed his secret identity to his Avengers teammates, and soon the Fantastic Four, in order to keep their trust.
After the return of Steve Rogers, Spider-Man was given a continued place in the Avengers and he was also invited to join the Future Foundation.
Here's why Spider-Man is among SlightlyMad's favorite Avengers:
Spider-Man currently appears in The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avenging Spider-Man and New Avengers.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
10. She-Hulk - 240 points (7 first place votes)
Much like Spider-Man, She-Hulk has gotten around the Marvel Universe (in more ways than one). She joined the Avengers just before one of the team's most beloved periods only to be whisked away to Battle World by the Beyonder. Upon returning to Earth she joined the Fantastic Four, taking the Thing's place until his eventual return. She-Hulk re-joined the Avengers just after the Masters of Evil's siege of Avengers mansion and she remained on the team until it dissolved following Terminatix's manipulation of the team.
She-Hulk later returned to the Avengers again, but repeated exposure to the presence of her teammate Jack of Hearts led to her losing control of her changes, which (along manipulations of crazy Wanda) resulted in her tearing the Vision in half. She left the team and hasn't been back since.
Here's why She-Hulk is yvahed's favorite Avenger:
Ravin' Ray also picked She-Hulk as his #1:
Originally Posted by yvahed
And so did comicfan298:
Originally Posted by Ravin' Ray
And here's what SlightlyMad had to say:
Originally Posted by comicfan298
She-Hulk most recently appeared in Incredible Hulks and Fear Itself: Fearsome Four.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
9. Vision - 278 points (2 first place votes)
Much like Wonder Man, on whose brain patterns he was based, Vision was built to destroy the Avengers.
Created by Ultron and named by the Wasp, the Avengers convinced the Vision to turn against Ultron and he joined the team. Vision soon became romantically involved with and married the Scarlet Witch and had twin sons. Vision eventually became the team's chairman but, having become unbalanced by recent events, attempted to take control of the world's computers. The Avengers restored his normal self, but rogue government agents, manipulated by Immortus, had the Vision dismantled.
Hank Pym was able to rebuild him, but Vision lost all color and personality...and Wonder Man woudln't let his brain patters be used again. Vision and Scarlet Witch's twins were revealed to be fragments of Mephisto and were absorbed back into the demon, which drove Wanda insane and the two separated.
Vision adopted brain patterns from deceased scientist Alex Lipton and Wonder Man's brain patterns gradually reemerged and melded with Lipton's. He briefly dated Carol Danvers and Mantis before attempting to reconcile with the Scarlet Witch. But Wanda was again insane over the loss of her twins and she caused a series of catastrophic events that included the Vision crashing a Quinjet into Avengers Mansion and him being literally torn apart by She-Hulk.
But soon a teenage version of Kang arrived in the present and fused his armor with Vision's operating system and program files to become Iron Lad. Iron Lad was able to access the Vision's plans to assemble the Young Avengers. When Iron Lad was forced to remove his armor to stop Kang from tracking him, the Vision's operating system caused the armor to become a sentient being.
When Iron Lad left the time period, he left the armor behind with the Vision's operating system activated. The new Vision opted to stay with the Young Avengers and developed feelings for Stature. He adopted the name "Jonas" and joined Hank Pym's Avengers along with Stature until that team disbanded following the Siege of Asgard.
During the Chaos War, the Vision joined with other resurrected Avengers in their fight against Grim Reaper and Nekra, but the vision blew himself up in order to defeat them.
Recently, Tony Stark was able to rebuild the Vision who has once again joined the Avengers.
Here's why Vision is Chris N's favorite Avenger:
He's also among Marvell2100's favorites:
Originally Posted by Chris N
And here's what SlightlyMad had to say:
Originally Posted by marvell2100
The Visions currently appear in Avengers and in Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
8. Giant-Man - 316 points (8 first place votes)
Ant-Man, Hank Pym was a founding member of the Avengers along with his partner, the Wasp. As Hank developed applications for his Pym particles, and as his own insecurites grew, he developed the ability to grow and changed his superhero identity to Giant-Man, Goliath, and later to Yellowjacket (though that last one was during one of Pym's greatest periods of mental instability). Pym also began a romance with Wasp and the two eventually married (albeit when Pym wasn't in his right mind).
Pym's self-doubts led him to make several bad mistakes, including the creation of Ultron. He also found himself repeated under the control or manipulation of others, which contributed towards his breakdowns. It was during one of these that Pym struck his wife and found himself expelled from the Avengers, and later incarcerated and under trial. While Pym was eventually cleared of all charges, and despite his mental problems, Pym has never lived down nor forgiven himself for hitting his wife and has struggled to redeem himself ever since.
He joined up with the West Coast Avengers without a superhero identity, had a short relationship with Tigra, and even contemplated suicide until an intervention by Firebird convinced him to go on. Hank eventually resumed his romantic relationship with his ex-wife.
As Giant-Man, he eventually rejoined the Avengers' East Coast team until sacrificing himself, along with numerous other heroes, to stop Onslaught, but rejoined the team when the heroes returned. During this period Hank hit a milestone when he finally put his part in the creation of Ultron behind him.
Giant-Man played a key role in the Destiny War and was eventually able to resolve his past problems and adopted his Yellowjacket costume once again, concluding that, since it was as Yellowjacket he faced his worst problems, it will be as Yellowjacket that he attempts to see if he has overcome them.
After the Avengers disassembled, Pym took a leave of absence and he and Wasp left to rekindle their relationship, but it failed and he was replaced by an alien Skrull, but the real Pym was ultimately found with other "replaced" heroes in a Skrull vessel. After the Wasp was killed in the final battle, Pym took on a new superhero persona as the Wasp in tribute to his former wife. Pym rejoined the Avengers and was eventually convinced to lead the team. The team eventually dissolved, though, and after Norman Osborn's dark reign Pym created the Avengers Academy and soon returned to his Gian-Man identity.
Here's why Giant-Man is Beadle's favorite Avenger:
He's also among SlightlyMad's favorites:
Originally Posted by Beadle
Giant-Man currently appears in Avengers Academy and will soon be appearing in Secret Avengers.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
7. Wasp - 340 points (3 first place votes)
Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, was a founding member of the Avengers along with her partner, Ant-Man. Wasp fell in love with Hank, but he rejected her at first since he'd already lost one wife. Wasp would openly muse about her unrequited feelings and would purposely try to make Hank jealous. But eventually Pym gave in and began a romance with Wasp and the two eventually married (albeit Janet apparently took advantage of a situation where Pym was in his Yellowjacket persona and not in his right mind to do so).
Despite the flighty show she put on, Wasp never lacked confidence or bravery and was always in the thick of battles. And although she and Hank took occasional leaves of absences the two have almost always remained members, either active or reserve.
Wasp was eventually elected team chairman, but as Hank suffered further mental problems their marriage became rocky, making him susceptible to brainwashing and manipulation. In one case, Ultron brainwashed Hank and he kidnapped Wasp and used her brain patterns to create Jocasta. Hank eventually had a complete breakdown and became overbearing and verbally abusive and ultimately struck Jan once. He concocted a plan to make himself look good in front of his teammates but the plan backfired and Pym was exposed, disgraced, and expelled from the Avengers, and the couple separated. Jan divorced Pym soon after, and then became Avengers chairman. With the Avengers, she arrested Yellowjacket.
Wasp remained with the team despite these hardships, and even began dating other men, including Tony Stark and Paladin. Wasp was chairman during one of the Avengers most trying times, the siege of Avengers Mansion by Baron Zemo's Masters of Evil. After seeing the team through that affair Wasp eventually stepped down as chairman and left the Avengers.
But Wasp soon joined the West Coast Avengers and resumed her romantic relationship with Hank. The two eventually returned to the East Coast team. Hank eventually proposed, but Jan turned him down, saying she wouldn't marry him again. She had a brief fling with Hawkeye but continued to work on her relationship with Hank.
It was a comment made by Wasp that set off the Scarlet Witch's mental breakdown and resulted in the disassembling of the Avengers. During these events Jan was knocked into a coma by She-Hulk. Hank watched over her as she lay in the hospital, and when she recovered, they reconciled. The two retired from the Avengers in order to pursue a new life together in Oxford. But their reconciliation failed, and Hank was replaced by a Skrull imposter.
Wasp supported the pro-registration side during the superhero Civil War, but was very upset about the loss of Bill Foster. She became the host of a pro-registration reality show called America's Newest Superhero. She was also recruited onto Iron Man's Avengers team as part of the Fifty State Initiative. During a battle against alien symbiotes, the Skrull-Hank gave Jan a refined growth formula that allowed her to grow without side effects.
During the final battle against the Skrull invasion, the true purpose of the serum that the Skrull Hank gave her was revealed: the "new" particles were turning her into a bio-bomb. About to explode, Thor killed her to protect humans and to put her out of her misery, vowing to avenge her. After her death, Hank Pym resolved to take up his fallen ex-wife's mantle and became the Wasp (until he became Giant-Man again).
Here's why Wasp is Hero Girl's favorite Avenger:
She's also Talisman's favorite:
Originally Posted by Hero Girl
Wasp most recently appeared in Mighty Avengers and Secret Invasion.
Originally Posted by Talisman