Still not sure how "Cosmic Pervert" somehow fits the mold better than self-sacrificing heroes who've taken on beings far stronger then they are and have walked away victors.
What makes Starfox a potentially useful member to the Avengers are not his connections to more powerful beings, but the genetics that link him to them. You don't expect the son a highfather such as Odin to be a wimp, do you? And who is Hercules daddy? (That sounded dirtier then I intended.) What about his brothers?
And, are you serious when you say that Starfox gets NO flack for being an Avenger????
Well, I can only speak for myself, but as for the list you mentioned:
I never said anything about Spider-Man. I have nothing per say against his membership, and will always defend that he is one of the heroes who most deserve it. However, personally, I do think that being a member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes goes against the hard-luck hero spirit of his adventures and, also, I'd rather have him as an occasional ally than as a full time member. I find him more intresting as a solo hero.
Echo is supposed to be a sort of deaf, female Taskmaster, if I'm not mistaken, but she really never showed much when she was a member of the team, nothing that Black Widow or Mantis, or Mockingbird couldn't have done better, and they do bring more to the team.
Silver Claw is, IMHO, too young and inexperienced to be an Avenger. I prefer the Avengers to be well-trained, experienced adults. Don't like kids on the team. (Never warmed up to Justice or Firestar either, even though I LOVED them in New Warriors.)
Have nothing against Luke Cage, Power Man, Hero for Hire, just don't like the Bendis Duke Chain version of him that we've been stuck with for the last decade. Cage is strong, resistant and an able fighter (we'll have to agree to disagree on the capable leader part). But, in a team of over 50 members how many do we have that can do all he can do and more? If given the choice between the Thing and Cage, why wouldn't I go with Ben, when he's actually stronger. Or Wonder Man, who aside from being stronger can also fly? Sure, many Avengers mimic others powers, but sometimes ofer something else to the team. Cage is a pure brick, and the only uniqueness he brings to it is the smaller scale of his world and adventures. Honestly, there are characters that work better outside of a team setting, or in a team setting with a different scale than the Avengers. I believe Cage is one of those. Which doesn't mean that he can't be intresting occasionally interacting with the team or sharing a few adventures with them. However, when going up against the end of the world, pleanty of others would show up on my list first, including Starfox.
Eros just wants to party his way thru the galaxy.
The guy is just as much into adventuring as he is partying. He sticks with the Avengers because of the adventure potential and they have members like She Hulk and Tigra running around.
His world view makes more sense to me than Thor's.
We don’t get to see all the steps involved in actually becoming an Avenger anymore.
In the past, any active member could nominate an applicant for membership(as long as they were 18 or over). Iron Man nominated Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Hawkeye (paying it forward) nominated Justice and Firestar. Captain America nominated Quasar. Wasp nominated She Hulk.
The nominee has to get voted on by the majority of the active membership to get in.
Even after that, they are only a probationary member pending various U.S. Government background checks and what not. The probationer is on the active roster but without security clearance. It’s possible to wash out of probation. Rage did (he stole a Quinjet to help out the New Warriors).
If the member is appointed to serve on the Avengers by the U.S. Government, they go straight in without a majority vote or a probationary period (like U.S. Agent in the West Coast Avengers). If you are one of Cap’s buddies you probably aren’t gonna have to do probation either (see Quasar, D-Man).
Red Hulk did work for SHIELD/Gov’t before joining the Avengers, so he has a somewhat plausible in.
I’d guess that the original Young Avengers all became probationary members at the end of Children’s Crusade.
The graduating class of Avengers Academy, are most likely a level below that.
It's a pet peeve of mine.
In the Year 2525
After coming back from death, Cap has been phoning it in. People were pestering him to get into the Avengers so it went like this :
Ms. Marvel : Hey Cap, you know Noh-Varr, that alien guy that tried to take over the Earth, took over the Cube and served on Osborne's Avengers?
Cap : Yeah?
Ms. Marvel : Can he join the Avengers? We totally have chemistry.
Cap : What? Thats..
Iron Man : If we're suggesting new members, lets get Red Hulk in. I know he worked for an evil organisation, murdered people and took over the USA, but come on, chicks dig teams with Hulks on them.
Cap : There's no...
Luke Cage : Lets get Storm in here. Black Panther is never around and I'm tired of being the only black Avenger, every time we fight a monster from the beyond I keep worrying that I'm going to die first.
Cap : But that's...
Spider-Man : Hey, can my Aunt May join? I figure sticking her here is the next best thing to putting her in a home, and if there's a spot for Red Hulk, there's totally a spot for Aunt May.
Cap : Thats it! I died for this crap once, I'm not gonna bother with you people any more. Invite whoever you want, hell, invite Red Skull, its not like we have our fill of evil scumbags that suddenly want to join.
Hawkeye : Can we invite Songbird?
Cap : NO. Red Skull is one thing, but that Songbird used to be a criminal. I don't trust her on this team.
I still find it weird that people have issues with X-Men joining the Avengers. Former members of the Brotherhood of evil mutants are somehow okay, but X-Men shouldn't be allowed in? I don't get it.
If someone is willing to put their life on the line, to fight the good fight, what does it matter how "powerful" they are? If there was a choice between Luke Cage and Ben Grimm, why not chose both? They're both good people. Better to have two strong fighters than just one.
It's kind of like the whole "You have to have ONE unique power" rule of the Legion of Superheroes. I get that it was done to add a diverse powerbase, but it seems a little limiting when you accept someone like Matter Eater Lad, but turn away a powerhouse like Wildfire.