6. Ms. Marvel - 351 points (5 first place votes)
Carol Danvers was one of the Air Force's best. A special operative, a trained spy, and even head of security for NASA. It was at NASA that she befriended Captain Marvel and her genetic structure was accidentally altered making her a half-Kree superhuman. With her new powers she became Ms. Marvel, one of New York's premiere superheroes.
Ms. Marvel was soon invited to join the Avengers and quickly established herself as a valuable member. But she left the team following a bizarre unwanted pregnancy caused by "Marcus", who claimed to be the son of Immortus. Marcus had manipulated Carol into believing that she loved him and he took her with him to Limbo. Carol was able to return home, where she angrily confronted the Avengers for falling for Marcus' lies and manipulation of her.
Her time with the Avengers at an end, she relocated to San Francisco where she ended up losing her powers and persona to Rogue. Rescued by Spider-Woman, many of her memories were restored by Professor X, but he could not return the emotional bonds linked to those memories. Carol became an ally of the X-Men and was soon kidnapped by the Brood and subjected to an evolutionary ray that triggered the latent potential of her augmented genes, transforming her into teh cosmic-powered Binary. As Binary, she left earth and joined the Starjammers.
Eventually, she returned home and exhausted her powers to save the sun. She rejoined the Avengers as Warbird and recuperated. During this time she overcame emotional emptiness, alcoholism, and her reduced power levels. Warbird eventually left the Avengers to work for the US Department of Homeland Security. But she rejoined them just in time for the Scarlet Witch's breakdown when the team was disassembled.
In the altered House of M realty, Ms. Marvel was the most popular hero on Earth, despite not being a mutant. Remembering this after reality was returned to normal, Carol attempted to become the best hero she could be.
Ms. Marvel sided with the pro-registration side during the superhero Civil War, and Iron Man made her the leader of his Avengers team. She began a relationship with Wonder Man and she also convinced Iron Man to let her have a SHIELD mini-carrier and be in charge of her own unit, Operation: Lightning Storm.
In the aftermath of the Skrull Invasion, during Norman Osborn's dark reign, the Avengers all left (and were replaced by villains) and SHIELD was disbanded, leaving Carol without a job. So she joined Luke Cage's Avengers. Following the Siege of Asgard, Ms. Marvel remained a member of Cage's Avengers, and continues to be one of their most powerful assets.
Here's why Ms. Marvel is lilyinblue's favorite Avenger:
She's also one of SlightlyMad's favorites:
Originally Posted by lilyinblue
Ms. Marvel currently appears in New Avengers.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
5. Scarlet Witch - 367 points (8 first place votes)
Wanda Maximoff doesn't come across as the type of person to suppress her feelings, but with the grief and rage she's been subjected to it's no wonder.
The Scarlet Witch joined join the Avengers after abandoning Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. There, she met and fell in love with the synthezoid Vision and the pair eventually married. Frustrated by her fluctuating power levels, she was tutuored by Agatha Harkness and gained greater control over her hexes. Vision and Scarlet Witch eventually took a leave of absence from the Avengers and, courtesy of Wanda's powers, conceived twin boys they named Thomas and William. And they lived happily ever after.
Wanda endured numerous traumatic events. She had been possessed by the demon Chthon. Vision was dismantled and rebuilt as an emotionless machine. Wonder Man refused to let his brain patterns be used to fix Vision because he was secretly in love with her. She was possessed by That Which Endures. Her children were revealed to be missing shards of Mephisto's soul and were absorbed back into him. Agatha Harkeness temporarily erased Wanda's memories of her children. She was captured and mind-controlled as a bride of Set. Vision abandoned her and rejoined the East Coast Avengers. Magneto sought to recruit her into a new Brotherhood. And it turned out that Immortus was behind all of this so that he could use her, a nexus being, as a power source (or so he said at the time; really he wanted to stop her from having any kids). Additionally, Mockingbird was killed under her leadership and the team was dissolved. She became the leader of Force Works, only to have Wonder Man die on their first mission. And the team suffered further manipulation by Immortus. Eventually she returned to the East Coast Avengers herself.
As Wanda attempted to reconcile with Vision, she sought out help from Doctor Doom to see if he could help her restore her children to life. To do so, they summon a mysterious cosmic entity which merges with Scarlet Witch and resurrects her children into new bodies. However, the entity opted to hide the children from Wanda as it hid within her body. This entity boosted her magical powers to the point that she could rewrite reality itself, allowing her to resurrect Wonder Man. Agatha Harkness mis-identified this as the ability to channel chaos magic.
The entity inside Wanda slowly dominated Wanda's mind and drove her to confront Agatha Harkness to find her resurrected but missing children. Murdering Harkness for being unwilling to help her, Wanda launched a campaign of terror against the Avengers for their failure to save her children. In the end, Vision was destroyed and Hawkeye killed (Scott Lang was presumed to be killed too, but was saved by Wanda's future self, who arranged for him to be teleported to the future seconds before dying) before Doctor Strange and the Avengers defeated her. However, Magneto arrived and forced the Avengers to turn his daughter over to him.
Quicksilver, realizing the Avengers and the X-Men were considering killing his sister, convinced Wanda to recreate the world into one where everyone had their heart's desire fulfilled. Although the reality warp succeeded, several heroes regained their memories and gathered Earth's heroes to stop the "House of M". When the heroes and Magneto discovered what Quicksilver did, Magneto murders his son only for Wanda to resurrect him and denounce her father. As a result, Wanda decimated the mutant population and she retired to Wundagore to live a normal life away from everyone. Her final act though was to resurrect Hawkeye, who began a frantic search for Wanda as the mysterious entity within Wanda claimed her body for itself, plunging Wanda into an amnesiac state. Hawkeye ultimately found Wanda but opted to keep her true identity a secret from her. Beast later found her too, seeking her help to deal with the aftermath of Decimation, but she had no memory of him.
Wiccan eventually found the Scarlet Witch, apparently devoid of her powers, amnesiac and engaged to be married to Doctor Doom. With Wolverine and the Avengers behind them in pursuit, Iron Lad rescued the team and Wanda, teleporting them into the past where Wanda slowly regained her memories and rescued Ant-Man. Wanda acknowledged Wiccan and Speed as her children as she recruits them to undo the damage she caused to the mutant community. Wanting to undo the damage she caused, she started by restoring Rictor's powers. The truth behind her enhanced powers and loss of control was revealed, as was Doom's real plan: to transfer the entity that had possessed Wanda into his own body to gain her god-like powers for himself.
Here's why Scarlet Witch is Valeria Kementari's favorite Avenger:
Scarlet Witch currently appears in Avengers: The Children's Crusade.
Originally Posted by Valeria Kementari
4. Iron Man - 542 points (9 first place votes)
Billionaire. Playboy. Inventor. Physicist. Engineer. Genius. Alcoholic. Futurist. Iron Man.
Tony Stark is many things, but the greatest effect he's had on the world has been as a founding member of the Avengers. He's provided the team's headquarters and funding. He helped recover Captain America from frozen oblivion. He's provided technology to SHIELD and many heroes.
But he's had his share of problems and questionable decisions, though these have often had positive outcomes. A recovering alcoholic, he's relapsed several times, but this led to his friend James Rhodes to becoming Iron Man and later War Machine. It was Iron Man who gathered the superheo Illuminati, and while they inadvertently instigated some threats, they've protected humanity from plenty of others. He's lost multiple corporations and fortunes, but always rebounds with new ventures. His technology was stolen and provided to villains. He's been shot. Manipulated by women and masters of time. Killed and been killed.
Stark served as the Secretary of Defense of the United States, but he resigned in light of incidents that cast him in a bad light. He acquired the Extremis armor. He championed the Superhero Registration Act so that he and the heroes would have some influence over its enactment. He became the head of SHIELD.
He's served lengthy stints with the Avengers, including the West Coast team, the new Avengers formed after the original had been disassembled, the Fifty States Initiative team, Hank Pym's Avengers, and most recently he reconciled with Steve Rogers and Thor and was assigned to the primary Avengers team.
But he's also clashed with the team he helped found. After aggressively destroying armors that used his technology, he became a fugitive and was confronted by Captain America. He created Force Works after the West Coast team was disbanded by the Avengers. He was manipulated into betraying and killing teammates. His pro-SHRA stance was opposed by many heroes and resulted in the superhero civil war which, arguably, led to Captain America's assassination.
But through it all he's almost always been, and always will be, an Avenger.
Here's why Iron Man is marvell2100's favorite Avenger:
He's also SlightyMad's number one pick:
Originally Posted by marvell2100
Iron Man currently appears in Avengers and Invincible Iron Man.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad
3. Thor - 587 points (12 first place votes)
Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.
It's no secret that Thor puts the mighty in "Mighty Avengers". Thor was a founding member of the group and has served many stints with the team. Despite his responsibilities to Asgard, Thor has always made Earth a priority. In the Avengers he found mortal comrades worthy of his respect.
However, Thor has often acted outside of established protocol of Earth's nations, sometimes causing problems for the Avengers. When he attempted to overthrow the government of Slokovia, for example, the Avengers opposed him. But he always makes right and his Avengers teammates stand by him again, even if it's against Asgard's end times.
During one of Thor's "deaths", his one-time friends created a cybernetic clone of the god to aid the pro-registration side during the superhero civil war. Unfortunately this creation, eventually called Ragnarok, killed Bill Foster.
Thor returned and for the second time brought Asgard to Earth. Thor eventually forgave his friends and rejoined the Avengers. He was forced to kill the Wasp in order to stop the Skrulls from using her as a biological weapon. Thor defended Asgard during Norman Osborn's siege, but the kingdom was destroyed by the Sentry, but Thor was able to defeat with Loki's aid, with Loki apparently paying with his life.
Most recently Thor was killed again while defeating teh Serpent, however this led to the birth of Tanarus, the new God of Thunder.
Here's why Thor is Zagreus' favorite Avenger:
Thor is also The Mean Bean's number one pick:
Originally Posted by Zagreus
And here's what marvell2100 had to say:
Originally Posted by The Mean Bean
Thor most recently appeared in in Avengers, Journey into Mystery, and The Mighty Thor.
Originally Posted by marvell2100
2. Hawkeye - 685 points (15 first place votes)
Hawkeye is like the cockiest Avenger ever. He literally conned his way onto the team. From the start, he clashed with his fellow Avengers, questioned Captain America's leadership, and hit on Quicksilver's sister.
But next to Captain America he probably best personifies what it means to be an Avenger. He grew to respect his teammates and went on to become one of the Avengers most loyal and adaptable members. He's been the deciding factor in many battles, and single-handedly defeated the Collector. His lack of powers has never held him back, though he has on a few occasions taken on the Goliath identity using Pym Particles.
He has left the team on occasion, sometimes on his own and sometimes because he was forced to. On one of these hiatuses he met, fell in love with, and married Mockingbird, who would eventually also become an Avenger. He's worked with the Defenders, established (under Vision's direction) and led the West Coast Avengers, helped train the upstart Great Lakes Avengers, and even led the Thunderbolts.
But then in recent years he's had his share of tragedies. His brother and mentor were seemingly killed. He separated from his wife, who later died battling Mephisto. He sacrificed himself in the battle against Onslaught. He was killed again in battle during the Scarlet Witch's madness, but ultimately resurrected. He found out his wife had actually been replaced by a Skrull. And had his identity usurped by Norman Osborn and Bullseye.
Since then, he served as the leader of the underground Avengers, helped rescue the time-displaced Captain America, and defended Asgard during Osborn's siege
After the Siege, Hawkeye rejoined the Avengers, serving on both the primary team and Luke Cage's team with Mockingbird, with whom he's attempted to reconcile. He has aided Mockingbird's anti-terrorist organization, the WCA, and has learned that his brother is actually alive.
Most recently, he has accepted a teaching spot at the Avengers Academy, which has reopened at the former headquarters of the West Coast Avengers.
Here's why Hawkeye is Sheldon's favorite Avenger:
Hawkeye is also BartonisHawkeye88's number one pick:
Originally Posted by Sheldon
And Hawkeye is also highwayguy's favorite:
Originally Posted by BartonisHawkeye88
Hawkeye currently appears in Avengers, Avengers Academy, and Avengers: Solo.
Originally Posted by highwayguy
1. Captain America - 845 points (34 first place votes)
When Captain America throws his mighty shield
All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.Captain America is the Avengers' Avenger. He's the mainstay. The one that commands the respect of men, mutants, machines, monsters, monarchs and gods. When he's not around, the Avengers aren't quite as great or effective as they are with him. And they know it.
If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due,
Then the red and white and the blue’ll come through
When Captain America throws his mighty shield.
Since World War II he's inspired patriots. While he's not an original founder, he's been given official founder's status. He's been an Agent of SHIELD. Numerous heroes have followed in his footsteps: Bucky, Rick Jones, Nomad, Falcon, US Agent, Jack Flagg, Free Spirit, Patriot, Battlestar, Justice, Diamondback, Rikki Barnes and numerous others.
When he was assassinated, the world mourned. When he returned, the world rejoiced. Hell, he was made head of security for the whole frickin' country.
And while he's faced challenges and obstacles and tragedies, he remains the personification of the ideals on which America was founded. He never gives up. He fights for every man, woman and child. He stands for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.
This year he finished #2 on Comics Should Be Good's Top Marvel Character's poll.
Simply put, not only is he the greatest Avenger of all time, he's the greatest superhero in the Marvel, and quite possibly any other, Universe.
Here's why Captain America is one of SlightylMad's favorite Avengers:
Captain America currently appears in Avengers, Captain America, and Captain America & Bucky.
Originally Posted by SlightlyMad