The Avengers
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They are Earth's mightiest heroes, formed to fight the foes no single hero could withstand. The Avengers are the most prestigious and powerful super-hero team in the world, an ever-shifting assemblage of super-beings, adventurers and crime-fighters devoted to protecting the planet from menaces beyond the scope of conventional authorities. The group began with the random teaming of Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man (Hank Pym), Wasp and Hulk, who joined forces to thwart the Asgardian menace Loki in response to a call for help from Hulk's teen sidekick, Rick Jones. Pym suggested the heroes remain together as a team, and his partner Wasp suggested they call themselves "something colorful and dramatic, like…the Avengers." The name stuck, and a legend was born.

Current Avengers Teams:
The Avengers (Heroic Age)
New Avengers
Secret Avengers
Young Avengers
Avengers Academy

Various Incarnations of the Avengers:
The Avengers (Founding Members)
The Avengers
The Avengers West Coast
Force Works
The New Avengers (Post-Disassembled)
The Mighty Avengers (Post-Civil War)
The Mighty Avengers (Post-Secret Invasion)
The New Avengers (Post-Civil War)
Dark Avengers