Faces: The Avengers




After a long hiatus, the Faces is back and we will feature The Avengers to celebrate the upcoming 2012 movie that will premiere on May 4 (The Philippines will be able to watch it in an earlier date on April 25).

The Avengers originally debuted on September of 1963 on its very own comic book. The original roster consists of  Iron Man (Tony Stark), Ant-Man (Dr. Henry Pym), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Thor, and the Hulk (Bruce Banner). Captain America (Steve Rogers) joined the team after he was discovered  trapped in an ice on Avengers #4. Through the years the Avengers had featured different characters, from gods, robots, humans, aliens, mutants and even former super villains.

The current roster now consists of: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Maria Hill, Protector (Noh-Varr), Quake (Daisy Johnson), Red Hulk (General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross), Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Storm (Ororo Iqadi T’Challa) and Vision (Victor Shade).

They also spanned different teams of Avengers, let’s take a look at the different faces of the Avengers.




West Coast Avengers

When Vision was the chairman of the Avengers he petitioned the U.S. government to approve the establishment of a second team of active Avengers to be based on the West Coast. Getting official clearance, the Vision appointed Hawkeye to be the new team’s chairman and sent him to Los Angeles, California, to set up a base of operations. The Avengers opened the second headquarters at Avengers Compound, manned by both Avengers veterans and new recruits. The western roster was led first and longest by Hawkeye, but the expansion team gradually deteriorated under later leaders and was shut down after major losses of resources and personnel.

Founding Members: Hawkeye (Leader), Mockingbird, War Machine, Wonder Man, Tigra

Members: Darkhawk, Firebird, Human Torch (original), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Living Lightning, Machine Man, Mantis (“phantom”), Moon Knight, Henry Pym, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman II, Thing, USAgent, Vision

Team Status: Defunct




 Great Lakes Avengers

A group of heroes independently formed their own branch of Avengers, as Great Lakes Avengers. Later known as the Lightning Rods (after the Thunderbolts during Heroes Reborn), they eventually switched their name back. In the GLA Misassembled miniseries, the team was contacted by the Maria Stark Foundation and forced to change their name. They chose the Great Lakes X-Men. After winning a poker supported by the Thing, they changed their name again to the Great Lakes Champions. Since the Civil War, the team has been known as the Great Lakes Initiative.

Members: Mister Immortal (Leader), Big Bertha, Doorman, Flatman, Dinah Soar, Grasshopper, Squirrel Girl, Monkey Joe

Team Status: Defunct




Mighty Avengers

The Mighty Avengers were formed in the wake of the Superhero Civil War as the New York unit of the 50-State Initiative. They were selected by Tony Stark, then Director of SHIELD, from members of his Pro-Registration Superhero Unit to form “the perfect team of Avengers.” Stark’s aim was that, though the Initiative was meant to cover each state, the Mighty Avengers would serve the world. Though he was an active team member, Stark’s obligations both as Iron Man and as Director of SHIELD meant he was already strained as it was. For this reason, he appointed longtime Avenger and former super-agent Ms. Marvel to act as field commander.

Members: Ms. Marvel (Leader), Wasp, Hercules, Jocasta, Stature, The Vision, USAgent, Quicksilver, Iron Man, The Hulk, Ares, Black Widow, Sentry, The Wasp, Wonder Man, Spider-Woman, Scarlet Witch

Team Status: Defunct




Secret Avengers

(note: There were two versions of the Secret Avengers; the Civil War and  the Black Ops Unit)

Civil War Arc – The Secret Avengers were founded by Captain America in response to the Superhuman Registration Act, set up precisely for those who wanted to fight against Iron Man’s initiative for superhuman registration.

Members: Captain America (Leader), Asp, Battlestar, Black Crow, Black Mamba, Black Panther, Cable, Captain America, Cloak, Coldblood, Dagger, Debrii, Diamondback, Falcon, Firebird, Gladiatrix, Goliath, Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Hercules, Hulkling, Jane Foster, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Justice, Lectronn, Lightbright, Living Lightning, Living Mummy, Machine Man, Network, Nighthawk, Night Nurse, Patriot, Prodigy, Punisher, Monica Rambeau, Shroud, Silhouette, Solo, Speed, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Stature, Stingray, Storm, Tigra, Timeslip, Triathlon, Typeface, Ultra Girl, Vision, Wiccan

Team Status: defunct


Post Dark Reign and Siege Arc – When Steve Rogers took over Norman Osborn’s role as top cop, he chose not to continue H.A.M.M.E.R. or to reestablish S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead, he decided to put the world’s security into the hands of a few Avenger teams. One of these teams became the Secret Avengers, and he took direct leadership of it with Sharon Carter assisting him with tactical operations. The purpose of this team was to covertly clean up the messes left by the Osborn administration. To this end, Steve personally recruited a team that would allow him to carry out surgical strikes in any given circumstance.

Members: Hawkeye (Leader), Agent 13, Ant-Man, Beast, Black Widow, Captain Britain, Giant-Man, Hawkeye, Human Torch, Valkyrie, Venom, War Machine

Team Status: Active




New Avengers

Following a reign of destruction by an insane Scarlet Witch, the Avengers disband. Six months later, with the Fantastic Four and the X-Men unable to act, the supervillain Electro shuts down power at the Raft, a “maximum-maximum security” prison for super-powered criminals, allowing for a mass breakout. Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), an agent for the international law-enforcement agency S.H.I.E.L.D., is at the Raft with attorney Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and “hero for hire” Luke Cage. They are joined by Captain America, Spider-Man, and Iron Man, and assisted by a mentally unbalanced Sentry, who was also imprisoned at the Raft. The riot is quelled, although 42 inmates escape. Captain America declares fate has brought this group together, just as it had the original Avengers. All but Daredevil accept the offer to reform the Avengers as a result.

Members: Luke Cage (Leader), Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Victoria Hand, Iron Fist, Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird, Spider-Man, Thing, Wolverine

Team Status: Active




Dark Avengers

In the aftermath of the Skrull Invasion, Norman Osborn became head of the Fifty-State Initiative, The Thunderbolts Initiative and S.H.I.E.L.D.. He disbanded all three with different results. S.H.I.E.L.D. reformed into H.A.M.M.E.R. with Osborn as its Director, the Thunderbolts became a secret black-ops team for him and his Cabal and the Fifty State Initiative ended after its founder, Tony Stark, was blamed for the Invasion and became a hunted and wanted fugitive.

Osborn’s first action as Director of H.A.M.M.E.R. was recruiting former S.H.I.E.L.D. business affair operative Victoria Hand as his Deputy Director, while relieving Maria Hill from active duty. Now also in charge of the government sponsored Avengers, Osborn began recruiting new members in his favor due to the resignation of most of the original team.

New Dark Avengers – When Norman Osborn was broken out of prison and took control of a new H.A.M.M.E.R., with HYDRA, AIM and the Hand following him, he assembled a new team of Avengers

Current Members: Norman Osborn, Spider-Man (Ai Apaec), Trickshot, Scarlet Witch (Toxic Doxie), Ms. Marvel (Superia), Wolverine (Gorgon), Ragnarok

Former Members: Ares, Hawkeye (Bullseye), Captain Marvel (Noh-Varr), Ms. Marvel (Moonstone), The Sentry, Spider-Man (Venom), Wolverine (Daken), Skaar

Team Status: Active



Young Avengers

Following the events of “Avengers Disassembled” storyline. The four founding members of the team were gathered together as a result of the Vision’s plan for the reformation of the Avengers in the event the team disbanded. In the series, newspapers refer to the young heroes as “super-powered fanboys” and label them the “Young Avengers,” a name the team members initially disliked but which stuck nonetheless.

Members: Hawkeye (Katherine Bishop) (Leader), Hulkling, Speed, Wiccan

Team Status: Active




Avengers Academy

As the head of H.A.M.M.E.R., Norman Osborn recruited young people with powers in order to make them the next generation of superheroes under his control. Some he pushed and tortured in order to develop their powers. Once Norman was out out power, the Avengers went through his files and found the most dangerous, those who has failed their psych profiles, and who had the power to destroy city blocks. The Avengers determined to train these kids to prevent them from becoming dangerous supervillains. They formed the Avengers Academy, similar to the Initiative program, where veterans teach youngsters to be heroes.

Members (Instructors): Giant Man (Leader), Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Tigra

Students: Batwing, Boulder, Finesse, Hazmat, Hollow, Lightspeed, Mettle, Power Man, Reptil, Ricochet, Juston Seyfert, She-Hulk, Spider-Girl, Striker, Thunderstrike, Turbo, White Tiger, Wiz Kid, X-23

Team Status: Active





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