In Avengers (1965) #16, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil. Originally, the villain team consists of Melter, Black Knight, Executioner, Enchantress and Baron Zemo. Apparently, Baron Zemo dies and is buried by Cap’ and Rick Jones. To end, Thor transports Melter, Black Knight and the Avengers to another dimension. There, Melter and Black Knight are captured. However, the Asgardians Enchantress and Executioner escape. At the next Avengers meeting, Thor is MIA.
In addition, Wasp decides to leave because of the team’s dangers. When Iron Man and Giant Man debate disbanding the Avengers, Hawkeye infiltrates the mansion. To this end, he wants membership. Soon, the Avengers announce they are accepting new members. After Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver submit their request by letter, they are accepted. Before the media, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is announced though questions remain about their level of power.
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*Power Man’s first appearance.
ENCHANTRESS AND POWER MAN DEFEAT THE AVENGERS
In Avengers (1965) #21, Erik Josten is in the Amazon jungle. There, the former Baron Zemo agent is digging through rubble for the entrance through his lab. Since he is a wanted criminal in Europe, he hopes to repeat the experiment that created the super-powered Wonder Man. In this way, he hopes to change his fate. As fate would have it, the mischievous Enchantress views Erik in a vision and departs to his aid. There, she appears to him in the lab. Mischievously, she promises to work the machine for him.
When he gains super strength, Enchantress seduces the newly-christened Power Man to destroy the Avengers. Soon enough, Enchantress creates illusions around the city of the Avengers destroying property. When Cap’ learns of their plot, he fights Power Man. But he is no match for the super strong enemy. Afterwards, each Avenger is defeated except for Scarlet Witch. In humiliation, the Avengers are caught for trespassing and soon disband.
AFTER CLEARING THEIR NAMES, CAP’ LEAVES THE AVENGERS
After disbanding, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join a circus. But it turns out to be the Circus of Crime. Deceptively, they pose as a normal circus and call the police. In addition, they claim the Avengers attempted to rob them. Panickingly, the Avengers flee.
Meanwhile, Captain America poses as a publicity man. Successfully, he records Power Man on tape admitting his crime. Finally, the Avengers band together and defeat Power Man and Enchantress. With the tape, the Avengers clear their names. However, Cap’ leaves the Avengers at the end of the issue.
Despite their acknowledgements, the meeting highlights the differences among the various factions. For his part, Iron Man favors forming a delegation of superheroes to serve a united front against future threats. However, his idea is opposed by every other attendee, especially Namor. In some sense, Iron Man proves prescient as this move could have averted the major crisis to befall the Marvel Universe: Civil War. Though, the Illuminati forms.
IRON MAN’S FUTURISM COULD HAVE PREVENTED CIVIL WAR
Forward in time, after House of M, the Illuminati convenes. Due toHouse of M, Professor X is absent. During the meeting, Iron Man informs them of important news. Recently, the U.S. government is planning on passing the Superhero Registration Act. As a result of House of M, 198 and Secret War, this is a likely development. Really, Tony explains how his mind and Reed’s work. As an inventor, industrialist and businessman, Tony is a futurist.
Hence, he is able to predict social trends and what people need. Correctly, he predicts what theNew Warriors would later do in their quest for fame. Consequently, he advises the Illuminati to get onboard. However, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and King Namor forcefully refuse. Only Mister Fantastic agrees. Though Tony’s views are extreme, they highlight the fact he was correct: Early on, the heroes of Earth should have formed a delegation. In the end, the Illuminati were a missed opportunity.
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THE DIFFERENT TEAMS AT THE END OF HOUSE OF M
At the end of the story, Scarlet Witch uttered the spell “no more mutants.” Only 198 mutants remain on Earth. At Xavier’s Institute, Emma Frost finds out that many mutants are powerless. In the issue, the X-Men find a depowered Magneto in Genosha. About Wanda, here whereabouts are unknown.
At Avengers Tower, the memories of the New Avengers have been restored. In shock, Doctor Strange feels he has failed his duty to protect Earth. For his part, Spider-Man demands that Strange erase their memories of House of M. To which Doctor Strange declines. Unfortunately, the New Avengers face Hawkeye‘s apparent death.
House of M. Marvel Comics.
TIMES WHEN IRON MAN WAS CORRECT
In Avengers Disassembled: Chaos, the Avengers are attacked by a mysterious force. First, there is the resurrected Jack-Of-Hearts who attacks Avengers Mansion. Then Tony is inexplicably drunk without having a drink.
This leads to a violent outburst at the U.N. Then, Vision attacks the Avengers. Finally, She-Hulk brutally rips Vision apart. Correctly, Iron Man realizes that the attacks are connected. Though the Avengers disagree.
In AvX, Tony is correct twice. The first time, he correctly designs a Phoenix-Killer Armor. Powerfully, he detonates it on the moon. Though the Phoenix is destroyed, it splits into the Phoenix Five.
Later, Iron Man correctly deduces the reason for the Phoenix Force’s return to Earth. The Phoenix Force and Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. Indeed, the Phoenix returned because of Scarlet Witch’s “no more mutants.”
CIVIL WAR II
In Civil War II, Tony comes into blows with Carol Danvers. During an invasion by a Celestial Destructor, the Ultimates used information from an Inhuman. Namely, Ulysses provided information to save the day. When Captain Marvel wanted Ulysses to join the Ultimates, Iron Man opposed the decision.
Correctly, he questioned Ulysses’ mysterious powers, whether the future can be changed and the morality of pre-emptive strikes. Though conflict soon followed with several tragedies. Such as the deaths of War Machine and Hulk. After, there was a final battle between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Apparently, Tony died. In the end, jumping between futures, Ulysses vanished to meet Eternity.
Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel.
‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #1-12.
THE PHOENIX FORCE IS COMING TO EARTH, SEEKING HOPE SUMMERS
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, the Avengers come into world-wide conflict with the X-Men. To begin, Nova crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. Critically injured, he states “it’s coming” before falling into a coma. Later, at a White House, Captain America and Iron Man brief the President on recent events. Briefly, Iron Man has analyzed the energy signature on Nova’s uniform. Sinisterly, it points to the Phoenix coming to Earth. Importantly, it is locking for a host in order to potentially lay waste to Earth.
Suddenly, Tony’s programs signal a Phoenix flare on Earth. Soon, Captain America meets Wolverine at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Despite his resistance, Cap recruits Wolverine. Indeed, he intends to convince Scott Summers to stop the Phoenix threat. Previously, Cyclops and Hope Summers are training for the Phoenix’s arrival. As Cyclops pushes Hope to her limits, the young mutant manifests the Phoenix Force. Later, Captain America comes to Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. Meanwhile, Hope is locked safely in a room with the Lights. When neither side has the upper hand, Wolverine and Spider-Man seek out Hope. There, they find Hope having dealt with the Lights. However, before Wolverine can gut her, Hope blasts him and Spider-Man. Then, she makes her escape.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #3, Wolverine comes to an hour later. Quickly, he realizes Cyclops’ surrender is a ruse. In fact, Magik has created the illusion that she is Doctor Strange transporting herself. Before he can act, the X-Men teleport to Long Beach to hunt down Hope. At Avengers Tower, Marvel Girl tells Wolverine they have traced Hope’s energy signature to five different locations.
Soon, Captain America divides the Avengers into five teams sent to the five locations: Wundagore Mountain, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, Latveria and Savage Land. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #4, Hope recruits Wolverine on a mission to the moon. There, she hopes to bond with the Phoenix. On site, Wolverine betrays Hope and gives her location to the Avengers.
At the same time, Emma Frost intercepts Cap’s transmission. Soon, the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Blue Area of the moon. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the X-Men battle the Avengers. In an explosive battle, Hope rejects the Phoenix. At the same time, Iron Man’s Phoenix-Killer Armor detonates the Phoenix splitting it. As the smoke disappears, the Phoenix Five rise from the ashes. Mysteriously, they depart with Hope.
REBUILDING THE WORLD, THE PHOENIX FIVE TAKE AVENGERS PRISONERS
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, the Phoenix Five begin world-building. Cyclops rebuilds Utopia, Magik ends war, Emma Frost destroys the Sentinels, Colossus destroys nuclear misssiles and King Namor removes nuclear submarines. Certainly, the Phoenix Five seem unstoppable. However, Captain America and the Avengers question their new-found omnipotence. Seeing the Phoenix Five as a threat, they commandeer a tactical mission to retrieve Hope Summers.
When Utopia is under attack, Scott’s adoptive granddaughter changes sides with the Avengers. Decisively, it turns the battle and shatters Cyclops’ humanity. On the Blue Area of the moon, Scott consults with Jean Grey created out of moon dust. From there, he decides to rid the world of the Avengers. Earlier, Scarlet Witch had a grim vision where the Phoenix Five annihilated the Avengers. Soon, that vision may come to pass.
WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE PHOENIX, CYCLOPS IS DEFEATED BY HOPE SUMMERS AND SCARLET WITCH
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, occurs the final battle. Finally, Cyclops has attained the full power of the Phoenix while the other Phoenix Four have been depowered. In a titanic battle, Cyclops is omnipresent on Earth across time and space. Earlier, Tony reveals that the reason the Phoenix has been defeated by Scarlet Witch. Really, the Phoenix and Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. In fact, when Wanda said “no more mutants”, Phoenix said “more mutants.”1
During the battle, Hope and Scarlet Witch go toe-to-toe with Cyclops. In a final Iron Fist punch, Hope fells Cyclops. With Cyclops defeated, Hope claims the Phoenix. Sensing the urgency, Wanda helps her extinguish the Phoenix flame. At the same time, the Phoenix is used to recreate the mutant population on Earth. In the end, though homo superior survives, it is at great cost. Indeed, Professor X is dead, Cyclops is in custody, and the X-Men are divided among themselves. Visiting Scott in prison, Cap acknowledges his responsibility. Over the years, he did not work sufficiently for mutants’ civil rights and plans to set up the Uncanny Avengers.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp.
Loki, Rock Trolls.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
IN ORIGIN STORIES
KANG THE CONQUEROR CORRECTLY DISCOVERS THE AVENGERS WERE FORMED TO STOP HULK
In the 41st century, Kang the Conqueror plots in order to become master of all time. However, one obstacle remains in his conquest: the Avengers! In order to finally defeat his foe, Kang peers through time with his tempovision. Finally, he has a plan. Quickly, he hurtles through in a spheroid to World War I. However, he is trapped in a time-storm. Since it might damage his craft, he returns to the 41st century. In order to find someone strong enough to survive the time-storm, Kang locates Hulk in the 20th century. Then, bringing him to his time, Kang tells Hulk his plan.
Slyly, the Green Goliath must travel to World War I. Specifically, his mission is to stop the Phantom Eagle from destroying a cannon of the Axis Powers. What Kang, however, does not say is that, the cannon will destroy a town where Hulk’s ancestors lived. Indeed, Kang correctly determined that the Avengers were formed to stop
IN 1963, LOKI MANIPULATES HULK IN ORDER TO FIGHT THOR
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the Avengers make their spectacular debut. To begin, Loki is imprisoned on the Isle of Silence on Odin’s order. Sinisterly, the God of Evil blames Thor. In his latest scheme, he plans to bring Thor to the Isle to get his revenge. Using thought projection, Loki travels to Earth and after long hours, he located the incredible Hulk. Mentally, he creates an illusion before Hulk’s sight of dynamite on the train tracks. Misjudging his super strength, Hulk leaps and destroys the train tracks.
In order to save an incoming train, Hulk stands on a boulder and supports the damaged tracks. Though the train passes safely, Hulk is once again a wanted man. Finding out about recent reports, the Teen Brigade contacts the Fantastic Four. Unbeknownst to them, Loki intercepts their radio wave, sending it to Dr. Blake’s office. Hearing the signal, Dr. Blake strikes the ground with his cane and transforms into Thor.
Meanwhile, other super heroes intercept the radio waves. Soon, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and Wasp join the Teen Brigade at their headquarters. During the meeting, Thor spots Hulk outside.
Springing into action, Thor hurls his hammer at Hulk. Incredibly, it passes through Hulk. Seeing it is a mental image, Thor realizes he has been duped by Loki. On the rainbow bridge, the God of Thunder travels to Asgard.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the future Avengers assemble at the Teen Brigade headquarters. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
FEAT: DURING HIS FIGHT AGAINST LOKI, THOR DEFEATS A ROCK TROLL
IRON MAN, ANT-MAN AND WASP HUNT DOWN HULK AT A CIRCUS
Since the heroes are hunting him down, Hulk disguises as Mechano the robot-man and works at a circus. Unfortunately, his incredible feats of strength draw the attention of Ant-Man’s army of ants. Pym suspects he is Hulk. Quickly, he heads to the location with Wasp and Iron Man. Within moments, the heroes arrive at the circus.
There, Ant-Man and the Wasp engage Hulk in battle. Soon, they manage to get Hulk out of his disguise. When Wasp is held within Hulk’s giant hands, Iron Man intervenes. Incredibly, a duel follows that takes both fighters across states. In Detroit, Hulk and Iron Man are locked in battle. Finally, Iron Man manages to imprison Hulk in a steel grapple. At that moment, Thor arrives.
In ‘Avengers’ (1963) #1, the up-and-coming Avengers assemble to bring down the Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
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AFTER LOKI IS VANQUISHED, THE AVENGERS FORM FOR THE FIRST TIME
In the last pages, Thor reveals Loki to be the mastermind of the hunt. Wickedly, he used Hulk to gaud Thor into a combat on the Isle of Silence. When Hulk attempts to fight Loki, the God of Mischief turns radioactive.
Then, it’s up to Ant-Man and Wasp to save the day. Silently commanding his army of ants, Ant-Man orders a trap door beneath Loki’s feet. Amazingly, Loki is imprisoned in a lead-lined tank. For a few minutes, Loki will remain radioactive until Thor returns him to Asgard. In the end, the Avengers form in order to be an unbeatable team.
DOCTOR DOOM HAS AN UNCONVENTIONAL PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, turns conventional morality on its head and takes over the world. Doctor Doom has long dreamed to rule the world and has used the political and the technological means at his disposal in order to bring about this end. The Prologue begins with Doctor Doom kidnapping the Purple Man for a nefarious purpose.
We are then introduced to Namor walking the streets of Manhattan. The winged Atlantean comments on humanity’s pettiness and its conflicts with Atlantis and the sea world. He is noticed by a police officer who calls reinforcements. Finally, Namor arrives at the location of his rendez-vous, a restaurant.
Namor enters the restaurant. He is asked by one of the attendants whether he has a reservation but he says “No.”1 At that moment, Namor’s coat is destroyed by a power blast. Angered, Namor asks who attacks him and finds Doom motioning at a table to welcome him. Namor sits at the table and vociferates to hear about Doom’s proposition to free Atlantis from “the tyranny of surface-dwellers forever!”1 Doctor Doom draws Namor’s attention to the fact no one has paid attention to them nor Doom’s power blast. He unveils a technological marvel called a psycho-prism.
It was created from a strand of the Purple Man’s hair and Doom is using it to control the will of the people at the restaurant. He informs Namor that he plans to use a giant psycho-prism under construction to subjugate the will of the entire Earth! When he rules the world, he plans to establish Namor as ruler of the sea. Namor is among the strong-willed and three other mechanicals that can resist the effects of the psycho-prism. Before they part, Namor is tasked with implanting adhesive refractory discs to make those individuals susceptible to the Prism’s influence.
CAN DOOM MAKE IT WORK? DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS THE AVENGERS AND THE WORLD, BECOMING EMPEROR
Doctor Doom constructs his giant psycho-prism with Purple Man inside. Namor goes on his missions, and implants the discs on Vision, Machine Man and Ultron. During his visit at Avengers Mansion, Vision is able to send a recording of Namor’s visit to the West Coast Avengers. They realize Doom’s plan and realize the East Coast Avengers are compromised. Mockingbird is able to trace the attack to Doom Island in the Caribbean. Quickly, they board the Avengers Quinjet and depart for their destination.
The West Coast Avengers arrive on Doom Island and soon, skirmishes begin. They are attacked by turrets then hundreds of robots. The battle is fierce. Suddenly, forming two separate lines on each side, the robots pave the way for the Avengers to enter the base. Surprised, they go in and find Doom! His construction is complete and he is about to launch the psycho-prism. Unfortunately, Hawkeye does not draw his arrow on time. The psycho-prism is launched. Doctor Doom has finally conquered the Avengers who depart without resistance.
WONDER MAN WAKES UP FROM HIS FLOATATION MEDIUM, ALONE AND OPPOSES EMPEROR DOOM’S REIGN
A month later, Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device. He speaks to Tony and finds out the latter is re-designing the Stark space shuttle as Emperor Doom’s private transport. Heading to another compound, Wonder Man finds Captain America and Wasp directing re-designs. Heading to Tigra’s quarters, he finds a warm welcome. As Tigra heads out, he sees a parade in New York on the television monitor for Doctor Doom. Wonder Man frantically warns Wasp and Captain America that Doctor Doom has taken over New York City. The Avengers have to stop him!
Captain America phones the White House on the hotline. Speaking to Emperor Doom, he is ordered to take down the enemy. Wonder Man fights the Avengers and realizes he has become an outlaw. Taking Hawkeye‘s sky-cycle, he escapes the Avengers base. However, Wasp damages the sky-cycle and Wonder Man ends up tumbling down the streets. People watching the news, recognize the outlaw and take him down. However, Wonder Man escapes in the underground system. Finding a make-up van, Wonder Man adopts a disguise. Weeks later, after an encounter with a blind woman in the woods, he decides to oppose Emperor Doom and his subversion of conventional morality.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
SHOWDOWN: WONDER MAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA
Wonder Man has uncovered the truth about Emperor Doom’s subjugation of the Avengers. He decides to oppose Emperor Doom. But he needs help.
He visits the one man who might have a will strong enough to overcome the power of the psycho-prism. Wonder Man must fight Captain America in order to free him and the Avengers!
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Is It Conventional Morality To Take Over The World In Order To Bring Peace?
The graphic novel questions conventional morality. In the end, the Avengers come out on top. But this is due to Doctor Doom’s hubris. As the Avengers and a freed Namor prepare to free Purple Man, Doctor Doom has the finger on the button to trigger nerve gas canisters. However, conflicted over the blandness of world management as opposed to his thirst for conquest and glory, Doctor Doom relents. Ultimately, Doctor Doom was more excited at the battle lust for conquest over the daily meetings of managing the world.
At the same time, his plan succeeded and he was an efficient ruler as he brought peace and ended poverty on Earth. As the graphic novel ends, the Avengers are uneasy about ending Emperor Doom’s reign over the Earth because of its benefits. It is certain that Emperor Doom’s reign brought some good, but with questionable means that turned conventional morality on its head. We can say it is not right, to do evil that some good may come out of it. But, is this the price of freedom?
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
IN ‘INFINITY’, THANOS PREPARES THE ALIEN INVASION OF EARTH
In ‘Infinity’ (2013) #1, Thanos and his army set out to conquer Earth in an alien invasion. The Builders, the universe’s oldest race, have destroyed planets they deem unfit for life. They have destroyed Earth-13761 and are headed for Earth-616. Learning of the threat from Captain Universe, the Avengers leave Earth to face the Builders. In the Avengers’ absence, Thanos and his army send Outrider in order to gather intel about Earth.
Outrider searches through Avengers Tower and Jean Grey’s School for Higher Learning. Outrider arrives at Attilan and attempts to read through Black Bolt’s memory only to wake him up. Badly beaten, it notifies Thanos that the Avengers have left Earth and is given the reward-death. Thanos and his army prepare to invade Earth.
THANOS’ TRUE QUEST
In ‘Infinity’ (2013) #2, Thanos’ army invades Earth though there is some resistance. During the alien invasion, the Black Order confronts the Illuminati for intel about the Infinity Gems.
The Illuminati are a secret organization on Earth that shared information and strategy to solve crises. Their members were: Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Black Panther, Professor X, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and Namor.
Black Panther managed to force Black Dwarf to withdraw, while Doctor Strange was embarked in a mental fight against Ebony Maw. Beast and the X-Men fought Corvus Glaive and Supergiant. Proxima Midnight confronted Namor in the ruins of an Atlantis where its inhabitants were annihilated by an attack from Wakanda, part of a conflict caused by Namor’s attack on Wakanda during the conflict between the Avengers and the X-Men. However, the Black Order left their different locations as soon as they discovered the Illuminati didn’t have the Infinity Gems.
Black Bolt was visited by Corvus Glaive to demand a tribute to Thanos: the head of Inhuman youngsters between ages 16 and 22 or face the annihilation of Earth’s inhabitants. He is given one day to decide.
Black Bolt used the Inhuman Codex to discover that the tribute was a cover for Thanos’ true quest for the alien invasion: to kill his Inhuman descendant son whose identity and location are unknown to him.
In ‘Infinity’ (2013) #3, Thanos faces Black Bolt in combat. During the battle, the Inhuman city of Attilan is destroyed. However, Black Bolt managed to activate the Terrigen Mists which are mutagenic vapors arising from the Terrigen Crystals that cause Terrigenesis by activating latent genes in Inhuman descendants and develop super powers.
As the heroes continued the fight against Thanos’ alien invasion, the Illuminati set out to locate Thanos’ son, Thane at multiple locations on Earth. In ‘Infinity (2013) #5’ Thane undergoes Terrigenesis. Ebony Maw locates him in the Inhuman city of Orollan in Greenland. Ebony Maw poses as an ally and offers Thane a containment armor then imprisons him in a containment field. He alerts Thanos.
THANOS TAKES ON THE AVENGERS
In ‘Infinity’ (2013) #5, the Avengers have liberated worlds from the Builders’ control. However, they learn from the Galactic Council that Earth has fallen to Thanos‘ alien invasion. They head for Earth. The Avengers soon locate Thanos and the Black Order in the Inhuman city of Orollan. In ‘Infinity’ (2014) #6, the battle begins. Thanos takes on the Avengers with the help of the Black Order.
During the battle, Captain America is injured by Proxima Midnight’s spear. The ricochets from Captain America’s shield injure Corvus Glaive who gets reduced to ashes by Hyperion’s atomic vision. Thanos takes down Captain Marvel with a punch, and Thor with a cosmic blast. Then, Ebony Maw double crosses him as Thane imprisons Thanos in a cube of “living death” ending the alien invasion and proving that only the strong survive.