Your in the middle of Film Lingo’s Avengers Day ! While there are more fanboys than anyone could count, they’re are still some who just don’t know. So to help you catch up before May 4th, here’s a guide to help.
The Avengers may not have been the beginning to the Marvel Universe, but this series sure helped propel these characters to a whole new level. As you can see from the picture above, Marvel’s Avengers span from hero’s like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, and Wolverine. But where and when did it all begin? and who exactly is a part of the Avengers? Lets find out….
The Avenger started in the comic book world in the year of 1963, in Avengers #1 to instant success, which wasn’t a surprise as the two creators were writer Stan Lee ( the guy that cameos in all the marvel movies) and legendary artist and co-writer Jack Kirby, who together had created most of the original characters that appeared in the first Avengers series. With the phrase like ” Earths Mightiest Heroes”, they were all but calling out their DC rivals ( who came before them by the way), which was risky, but worked in the end. The original series lasted for many years going until issue #402 which was over 30 years after the first issue in 1996! That was complemented by many spin-offs, sister series and much more. Since then Marvel has tried four different times all to different levels of success, but one thing is for sure the Avengers are not going anywhere any time soon.
The Original Team:
The “Founding members” of the Avengers team are both well know to today’s audiences (with 3 being in the upcoming film), and others that are not as well known, except of course by fanboys. The founding team consisted of the following:
Iron-Man– Tony Stark’s first appearance was in the comic book, Tales of Suspense, issue #39 in 1963, when it was time to create The Avengers, He was chosen as the clear leader from the beginning and has stated in that position in almost every issue, save a couple here and there.
Thor- Thor is the God of thunder and with his almightily powers and hammer he was a great fit for the original team. His first appearance in the comic world was in the Journey into Mystery # 83, he is also one of the few characters to appear in every incarnation of The Avengers series.
Ant-Man- with possibly the teams biggest cult following in the fanboy community Ant-man was narrowly cut from the upcoming movies line up ( chose Hawkeye instead). His power is being able to shrink to small sizes and is a super smart biologist with many weapons right on his belt to help out in any situation. His first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #27 in 1962.
Wasp- As the only female in the original team, she was undoubtably strong and smart, and a great addition to the team. Wasp’s first appearance was in the comic Tales to Astonish #44 in 1963. She was also the perfect companion to Ant-man as they could both shrink to incredibly small sizes, due to Ant-man’s experiments.
Hulk- As a strong power all his own The Hulk was a no brainer to be apart of the founding team, AKA Bruce Banner was another science experiment gone wrong making him not only Large and Strong, but also green with an amazing anger problem. He has an alter-ego Red Hulk ( who was rumored to have been the villain in the early stages of the Avengers movie), and his first appearance was in issue #1 of The Incredible Hulk in 1962.
Thats great, but what about the movie?
So that may have been the beginning, but now lets fast forward to 2012, where The Avengers is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer, and one of the best reviewed movies of the year. Now I’ll fill you in on what you need to know before you go see the film this weekend.
The Avengers takes place after a 5 movie: Iron-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron-Man 2, Thor, and Captain America. All which served there purpose in preparing you for the ultimate team up this summer. The Avengers is directed by Joss Whedon,and stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evens, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Tom Huddleston, Jeremy Renner, and Sam Jackson as Nick Fury.
Here are the other characters and plot points you might want to know:
Captian America- Just missing out as a founding member of the Avengers by only three issues, he was discovered and un-frozen in issue #4 of the original Avengers series. He was genetically manipulated during WWII to become extremely strong and with his shield, unstoppable, and represent America and freedom.
The Cosmic Cube- Introduced in the film Captain America, the cosmic cube hold unspoken power in the control of the villain Red Skull, but he is soon sent packing. In the Avengers Villain Loki takes the Cosmic Cube for himself to control the human race.
Loki- The God of Misfit and Thor’s half brother, he is the semi villain of that film, which being propelled into another relm in the end of that movie. He is now on earth, and see humans as weak and that they need an ultimate leader, and see the Cosmic Cube has the right weapon to help take over. He was also one other first villains to take on the Avengers in the original comic books as well, but first appeared in Venus #6 all the way back in 1949.
Nick Fury- You’ve seen him in almost every Avengers lead-up ( Sans Hulk) and is the gun touting leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, who along with his two agents, Agent Coulson and Agent Maria Hill, (try) control the Heroes from destroying one another, and more importantly help try and take down Loki.His first appearance as the leader for S.H.I.E.L.D in the Marvel Universe was in issue #135 of Strange Tales.
Black Window and Hawk-eye- each has starred in along side a hero in one film, Black Widow in Iron-Man 2, and Hawk-eye in a short cameo in Thor. They are now both in more prominent roles as S.H.I.E.L.D informants and agents that will fight along side the other heroes. Black Widow is a ass kicking, gun touting agent who first appeared Tales of Suspense #53, while the bad ass archer Hawk-eye was first seen in the Avengers series in Avengers Vol. 1 #16.