The Avengers: the alliance of the world's finest. 

The Avengers are more popular today than ever before, thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the proliferation of Avengers comic books. This team of superheroes is Marvel’s most prestigious license in which almost every main superhero, sidekick, and villains made at least an appearance. With legendary sagas like Civil War and Infinity Wars, the Avengers have transcended their status of “Marvel’s Justice League” to become a whole microcosm of their own, with their struggles and their successes. The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Loki, Thor, these are the ones who started this legend in the first Avengers stories back in the 1960s.

The origins.

The Avengers is the renovation of one of Timely Comics’ (Marvel’s predecessor) projects called the “All-Winners Squad”, a team of superheroes which already featured Captain America and the Human Torch. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, the Avengers were a recreation of this concept of a team of superheroes which could handle threats that no single superhero could fight alone. In its first installment, the Avengers team was composed of Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp. By the 4th episode, they were joined by the newly freed from the ice Captain America, which was still considered by the rest of the team as one of the original members. Their first adventures had the team fight Loki and his megalomaniac schemes, making of Loki the first villain to be defeated by the Avengers.

The concept of having a team of superheroes made sense in many ways. The first one was the main rule of the Avengers, which was to fight “the foes no single superhero can withstand”. Some Marvel villains, like Thanos, Ultron or Baron Zemo were created to be too powerful to be fought single-handedly, and the cooperation between superheroes obviously led to friendship, rivalry, and betrayal among the Avengers. Also, the Avengers allowed for already settled superheroes like Iron Man and Thor to have their own adventures in their comic books while also evolving inside the Avengers comics. But this proved to be problematic, as Thor for example already had his own issues in his stories and also had to deal with enemies in the Avengers, which led Lee and Kirby to introduce new superheroes, like Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch or Black Widow, which would solely evolve inside the Avengers.

Avengers Assemble!

The Avengers have fought many battles and saved the Earth dozens of times in their 5 decades-long careers. Among many others, the most notorious members of the cast are Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, the Wasp, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Miss Marvel, Doctor Strange and Moon Knight.

The 2012 Avengers movie settled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe modified the original cast of the Avengers while also staying true to the 1960s formula. To comply with their technical limitations, Ant-Man and the Wasp are replaced by Hawkeye and Black Widow, who were introduced respectively in Thor and Iron Man 2. Introducing the Ant-Man universe would have required a whole movie which was made later in 2015. The 2012 Avengers team are up against Loki, just like the 1960s comics, but his scheme involves a new alien threat, Thanos, one of Marvel’s most notorious and powerful villains that is now the main enemy in the new Avengers movie Infinity Wars.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, an unbelievable success.

Through incredibly clever planning, the MCU managed the almost impossible task to create a strong, credible universe through many movies and to gather all these heroes into the Avengers, just like the decades of comic books did. Today, the MCU is the highest earning saga of all time, even stronger than Star Wars, and its fans are millions. Infinity Wars will with no doubt break many records when it is released on April 25th, 2018. To celebrate this massive movie, check out our Avengers products here on Nutees!

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