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Avengers Members

Group Avengers
Not even all of the Avengers

While the current movie team has had a relatively simple history, the comic book version of this classic squad has had more lineup changes than King Crimson. Today we’re going to take a look at all the characters that have joined and left the group since its inception.

The Sixties

The heroes that started the team in September of 1963 are some of the most famous: Iron Man, Thor, Henry Pym (the original Ant-Man), Wasp (Who would eventually become Ant-Man’s wife), and Hulk, of course with Nick Fury. Captain America was found encased in ice in March of the following year, and given retroactive founder status thanks to his real-life age. Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch joined in May of the next year, followed by Swordsman in September . . . who was expelled in the same issue, to be later readmitted in 1973. Hercules joined in October of 1967, Black Panther joined in May – and Vision in November – of 1968. Black Knight joined at the tail end, December of 1969.

The Seventies

The seventies’ first addition was the current-member Black Widow in 5/1973. Mantis joined in 9/75, Beast, Moondragon, and Hellcat joined in 9/76. The last three were all on probationary status for a varied number of months. Two-Gun Kid joined in 8/78, Ms. Marvel, now Captain Marvel, joined in 5/79, and Falcon joined in 6/79.

The Eighties

During the eighties, things became more complicated. Wonder man, probationary since ’77, joined officially in 4/80. Tigra joined in 9/81, and She-Hulk in 7/82. Captain Marvel joined in 5/83, Starfox in 5/84, Namor in 12/85, and Doctor Druid in 4/87. From 84-87, Hawkeye left the Avengers and began the West Coast Avengers, recruiting Mockingbird and War Machine in 9/84, Thing (from the Fantastic Four) in 6/86, Moon Knight in 6/87, who would leave quickly, and Firebird in West Coast Avengers Annual #2. After the Marvel universe event Inferno, Demolition Man, Forgotten One, Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman, U.S. Agent, Quasar, and Human Torch before the decade would be over.

The Nineties

The complications increase in the nineties. In the first year heroes Sersi and Stingray join. Spider-Man, Sandman, Rage, Machine Man, Living Lightning, Spider-Woman, Crystal, Thunderstrike, and Darkhawk are made UN Charter recruits, though some would not last. After the Heroes Return event, Justice joins the Avengers in May of ’98.

The Aughts

Triathlon and Silverclaw join in 2000, Jack of Hearts in 2001, Ant-Man (Scott Lang, the character we’ll see in the upcoming movie) joined in 2002, and Captain Britain joined in 2004. The New Avengers, thanks to a massive super-villain breakout, is formed of Luke Cage, a.k.a. Power Man, Wolverine, Sentry, and Echo. The Civil War, which pitted hero against hero, had the New Avengers become an anti-registration group, and had the following members join the original Avengers: Ares, Amadeus Cho, Jocasta, Stature, and Vision. Only Amadeus Cho and Stature survived, though Stature was resurrected.

The New Tens

After the events of Dark Reign and Siege, Captain America (James Barnes) and Spider-Woman joined in May of 2010, while Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, Nova, and Ant-Man (a third, Eric O’Grady) joined the Secret Avenger at the same time. Power Woman joined the New Avenger in June of 2010, Flux joined the Avengers in September of 2010, Protector (a.k.a. Marvel Boy) joined in December of 2010, while Doctor Strange joined the new Avengers at the same time. Red Hulk joined the Avengers in June of 2011. After the Fear Itself event, the teams were shifted by Captain America. Daredevil, Storm, Quake, Captain Britain (a different one), and Venom joined the Avengers and the Secret Avengers.

In 2012 the Marvel event Avengers vs. X-Men took place, and following that the teams were again shifted, along with a number of new additions. Havok, younger brother of Scott “Cyclops” Summers, joined in October of 2012. In December, Cannonball, Sunspot, Manifold, Shang-Chi, Captain Universe, Smasher, and Hyperion joined. In January of ’13, Rogue joined. In February, Sunfire. In July, Doombot and Victor Mancha. In the Infinity storyline (which might find itself drawling parallels to the upcoming Infinity War movies), Abyss, Ex Nihilo, Nightmask, and Star Brand joined in October of ’13. Alexis the Protector joined about the same time, as well as: Ronin, Blue Marvel, Power Man, and White Tiger. Finally, Kaluu joined in November of ’14, Doctor Voodoo in December, and Sabretooth in January of this year.

And you told us all that because:

I could write more. I could write forever. Marvel’s history is long, complicated, and difficult. There are side-teams, spinoffs, betrayals, evil teams, and more deaths and resurrections than most soap operas. Hopefully you’ve stayed though until now, because there is a point to all this: Even for me, someone who spent a long time reading comic books as a kid, the Avengers are too dense. Marvel in particular is too dense. Have you ever seen a timeline of the X-Men? There are just too many characters to have anything be meaningful. At the end of Age of Ultron, the Avengers’ B-team is just short of assembled: Scarlet Witch, War Machine/Iron Patriot, Falcon, Vision, all of which you can find in the list above. While these characters were at least partially set-up, how can we be sure that Marvel won’t continue to add new characters without giving them the time they need to become something the viewers can connect to?

By the movie’s climax, there were 12 heroes: Captain America, Iron man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, War Machine, and Falcon. That’s not even counting villains or non-heroic personnel. Who will we see in the next Avengers? Spider-Man? Doctor Strange? Black Panther? The entire cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy? It’s impossible to have a story when there are two dozen characters to deal with, and I hope Marvel realizes that.

The movie Avengers
The movie Avengers (Ant-Man was a founding member, you recall!)

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Top Superhero Video Games

Superhero video games
Which Superhero game is the best?

Comic books and video games go hand-in-hand. Both existed in our culture together as prime engagements for kids, and it was inevitable that they would eventually meet. Today, we’re going to list five of the best superhero video games. To make things easier for us, we’ve narrowed the selection down to comic book characters, not just characters in video games that could be described as superheroes.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

While not traditional heroes, these masked creatures were originally comic book characters, and fit the superhero bill otherwise. With up to four players and an insanely fun combat system that was all the rage the time it was released, this simple arcade game provided an unlimited supply of fun.

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom (2/3)

Fans are split on which game is better, but both the second and third game is this 2D fighting series hit sweet spots. Roster depth on both sides, each character with a unique style and move set, a difficult system to master, and great graphical details.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Using the same idea as such classics like Gauntlet, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance adds Marvel characters (Over 140!) to the mix, and the end result is an engaging brawler with a bevy of unlockable items and secrets to find.

X-Men Arcade

Get five friends together and pick your mutant, things are about to get wild. Simple controls (attack, jump, and mutant ability) plus a huge range of characters to both play as and battle help this old title stack up. Plus, how many other games let six people play at once?

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham City, and its similar predecessor Arkham Asylum, did something no other video had yet accomplished: Make a Batman game where you are as stealthy, strong, and smart as the dark knight himself. Plenty of video games made him strong, others made him smart or stealthy, but all three was an unheard-of event. Rocksteady studios changed all that, and also gave us the greatest superhero video game of all time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. Did we leave any off? Which one was your favorite?

Superhero Cross-over Events

One of the most exciting things that can happen in a comic book series is a cross-over with other books. Whether it’s a simple fight like Superman vs. Batman or a cataclysmic event that changes the history of the series, these collections never fail to impress. We’ve collected some of the most famous cross-over storylines with brief introductions to them all.

House of M
House of M

#5: House of M (Marvel)

The Scarlet Witch, daughter of Magneto and ultra-powerful world-warper, begins to lose her mind. The world is changed by her abilities, but none of the heroes remember except for Wolverine. When the world finally returns to normal, the number of mutants – again thanks to Scarlet Witch’s powers – drops from millions to a few hundred. This series eventually leads to our number three.

#4: 52 (DC)

Published at the astounding pace of once a week, this series deals with the DC universe after the retirement and disappearance of the big three: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. It takes us through a year of this version of the DC world, following the lives and challenges of the DC B team, including the Elongated Man, Batgirl, and Booster Gold, culminating in the World War III event.

#3: Avengers vs. X-Men (Marvel)

While mixed critically, this event received great commercial success, and is the culmination of a long group of events, including “House of M” above. A long battle between two sides of the Marvel universe, this series worked to reverse the events of House of M, and help move several groups into the larger Marvel continuity!

#2: Civil War (Marvel)

After the U.S. passes a Superhero Registration Act to move superheroes to act under government employment, the superhero community is split down the middle: Iron Man leads the side in support of the act, Captain America champions the side against the Act, and several, including Spider-Man, are caught in the middle.

Crisis on Infinite Earths
Crisis on Infinite Earths

#1: Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)

Perhaps the ultimate crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is the dividing point between what is now known as the two halves of the continuity (those being “pre-crisis” and “post-crisis”). It depicts the concept of the multiverse in the DC universe, merges these worlds, and helps to smooth out the numerous and confusing storylines that were present in the DC universe, since many of those storylines – from different comic books – tell differing stories about shared characters.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this small explanation of some of the different cross-over stories, and we hope you’ll come back for more cool superhero information soon!

Bonus: Archie meets the Punisher

Archie Meets The Punisher
You thought we were joking

X-Men: Days of Future Past!

Fast-forward through the initial escalating war against mutants and enter into its aftermath: mutants have been pushed to the point of extinction. The X-Men are scattered, picked off, and without much hope. Professor Xavier recruits Wolverine (in the comics, it’s Kitty Pride) to go back in time and to reason with the professor’s younger self and stop Senator Kelly from being assassinated – which was the initial catalyst with the humans declaring war on mutants. There could be more complex subplots afoot, but for now this is what is shown in the initial trailers.

days of future past x-men
Younger Professor X, Days of Future Past

In the previous installment, we see Eric (Magneto) abandon Charles and two camps emerge within the mutants: Eric’s group, and Charles’s group. In this installment, however, Younger Magneto and Mystique make their appearances Charles, and it seems like the stakes are higher than before for Charles and Eric to work together when the rift between them couldn’t be bigger.

The big question in Days of Future Past is this: will they be able to collaborate and save mutant-kind?

Check out our selection of costumes for this round of X-Men and see which one you can become!

Days of Future Past Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6acRHWnfZAE

And, for a more in-depth look comparing the movie to the comic books, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkVHAPxhyzM