As for what I see people saying: There seem to be a few comments that the Avengers are dorky with their rules and membership regulations. i am not sure if most readers know this, but that was never a big part of many stories. Sure, there were some stories that used parts of the Avengers Charter as part of the plot, but never as THE plot (well, maybe Casey's first Earth's Mightiest Heroes mini). It's because the Avengers were a team that had close ties to the government or the UN, they had to have some rules and standards to meet. They were the team that the people looked to when the world needs saving, you don't want just anyone doing that... you want to make sure they are credible heroes, and are up to the task. Sure other heroes/teams have done the same thing numerous times... but for the Avengers, it's their jobs. They choose to be heroes, but it's their job to be Avengers.
As for them creating their own threats, any group has the same problems. The X-Men are always trying to rehabilitate their foes, and it rarely works; Bishop turned against them; Xavier mishandling of Danger or Vulcan. I am sure it happens just as much with any group.
Why the Avengers are seen as the best of the best and the X-Men and Spider-Man are hated and feared... that is just a concept that goes back to the inception of the MU and is too ingrained to be removed now. It doesn't make sense that the X-Men would be treated the way they are, but if you change that, then you get away from who they are and what the team represents.
I disagree that the Avengers have boring villains. Ultron, Kang/Immortus, Zemo and the Masters of Evil, Grim Reaper. These are some great villains and they have had many great stories revolve around them. The X-Men have a decent rogue's gallery too, but too many of them have flip-flopped from good to evil so many times, it takes away their credibility often. Spider-Man does have a great rogue's gallery though, I'll give you that.
And the worst offender is Cap. America, and that even in good runs- I love Busiek's Avengers, but even there it seems like every other issue you had someone proclaiming to the world how good, noble and worthy he is, even Thor- "Thou art the best thing to happen to Midgard since sliced bread, oh worthy one."
Also, since most of their villains have the same goals- destruction and/or taking over the world- that are always destined to fail, then it's harder to root for them, because it never feels they can lose; for all the troubles his run had, Bendis successfuly adressed this. And that's also why the destruction of the Avengers mansion by Zemo worked so well- the villains were fighting for a more symbolic victory, and achieved it, and there the stakes felt real.
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The Avengers aren't boring at all. They're a highly complex group of individuals who've on occassion have had some major disagreements. I love the dynamic that they have and how they play off of each other. And as far as their villains go, hardly boring at all.
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And there have been many great Avengers stories over the years so I don't buy the Avengers being boring at all. Some people just don't like them but I guess that can't be helped. Also, the Avengers are not the beloved, entitled heroe people think they are.
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To me Bendis made the avengers more interesting or as much as he could so avengers fans should thank him
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I thought the Avengers were boring until Bendis because their characters were so hokey and they seemed so...silver age.
I don't think they've ever been innately boring. There are characters within the roster I've never been able to muster interest in. There have been storylines that were less interesting than others. As a whole though, I've can't say I've ever found "The Avengers" boring.
The X-men, on the other hand....
Blah Blah Vision+Wanda=4Evah Blah Blah
Ultron- AGH! Can't believe I forgot about him >_<
Kang- I refuse to acknowledge this hot mess
Morgan Le Fay- Point
Masters of Evil- Point
Zodiac- The group or character?
Grim Reaper- Good Point! The first Avengers story I ever read had him. Too bad he's not a big player now.
Nebula- Was she more MU? I only read her in the Infinity Gaunlet and saw that as more of a MU event than Avengers.
Skrulls- I always saw thm more as foes of the Fantastic Four
Immortus- See my Kang answer
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When was the last time graviton or the master of evil done anything
As a Spider-Man fan, I never got how he was the second stringer and the Avengers were "The Jocks." It seemed kind of elitist to me.
Now, mind you, I get what they were going for- to make the Avengers seem like "larger than life" and give them a "majestic" quality. But I think it had the opposite effect- it made the Avengers look like jerks.
I think something that held the Avengers back is that they rarely engaged in adventures that warranted their "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" status. Too often, I felt, the Avengers there merely fending OFF attacks by bad guys rather than going out and meeting larger than life, end of the world threats. And this was something that bogged the Avengers down from their very first story- too often times the bad guys would just decide the Avengers were too much of a threat and go after them, rather than the Avengers seeking the bad guys out.