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Marvel Officially Releases First "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Trailer, Poster

2 days ago
By Steve Sunu

Following an earlier leak, Marvel has released the official, high-quality version of the initial "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer and a poster.

Norton Opens Up About Hulk Departure

2 days ago
By Steve Sunu

During an interview for "Birdman," "The Incredible Hulk" actor Edward Norton expanded on why he didn’t return to the role.

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Marvel Introduces Hearing-Impaired Hero Sapheara

3 days ago
By Kevin Melrose

PREVIEW: Aaron & Dauterman Send "Thor" on a Frost Giant Hunt

3 days ago
By CBR News Team

CBR TV: Russell Dauterman is Worthy of the New "Thor"

Mon, October 20th
By Albert Ching

Axel-In-Charge - 10/17

Fri, October 17th
By Axel Alonso

EXCLUSIVE: Francavilla's "New Avengers" Variant Declares 'I Am Groot!'

Fri, October 17th
By Stephen Gerding

Marvel's New "Armor Wars" Teaser Features Iron Man's Galactus-buster Armor

Fri, October 17th
By Stephen Gerding

PREVIEW: Taylor, Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1

Thu, October 16th
By CBR News Team

PREVIEW: Remender & Immonen's "All-New Captain America" #1

Wed, October 15th
By CBR News Team

Downey Joins "Captain America 3," Marvel to Kick Off Cinematic "Civil War"

Mon, October 13th
By Kiel Phegley

NYCC: Marvel Announces New "Secret Wars" By Hickman & Ribic in 2015

Thu, October 9th
By Albert Ching

Jeremy Renner Would Be 'Game' For a Hawkeye Solo Movie After All

Thu, October 9th
By Kevin Melrose

ALL AXIS PASS: Remender On Wolverine's Death, Character Changes & More

Wed, October 8th
By Dave Richards

EXCL PREVIEW: Ewing & Ross' "Captain America & the Mighty Avengers" #1

Wed, October 8th
By CBR News Team

Robert Downey Jr. Confirms "Iron Man 4"

Tue, October 7th
By Steve Sunu

Robert Downey Jr. Talks "Iron Man 4," Suggests Mel Gibson as Director

Fri, October 3rd
By Kevin Melrose

POLL: Who Is Your All-Time Favorite "Thor" Writer?

Thu, October 2nd
By Brian Cronin

Working Iron Man Gauntlet Fires Actual Missiles

Thu, October 2nd
By Kevin Melrose

EXCL PREVIEW: Remender & Kubert's "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #1

Thu, October 2nd
By CBR News Team

Biography

The Avengers

Marvel Comics' flagship superhero team The Avengers was created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in the spring of 1963 and published later that year in "The Avengers" #1. At that time, it was a novel idea for a group of heroes to team up; comics were almost exclusively populated with titles focusing on a single hero or at most a pair, usually in a hero and sidekick role. With "The Avengers," Marvel architects Lee & Kirby brought together the comic company's top heroes of the time under a single banner. Labeled "Earth's Mightiest Heroes," the group consisted of established characters Ant-Man, Wasp, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk. Although considered a founding member, Captain America didn't appear until three issues later, quickly becoming the group's lynchpin and most popular member.

"The Avengers" title proved quite popular on comics racks, quickly becoming one of Marvel's top sellers alongside "Amazing Spider-Man," which also debuted in 1963. As time went on, the roster of the team proved fluid, starting with several members resigning and Captain America recruiting former villains and newer heroes into the mix. While there's almost always at least one founding member in the team at all times, the tradition of an ever-rotating roster has been fertile fodder for storylines, including the ever popular recruitment drives. Over seventy-five characters have claimed membership in the Avengers team in its 45-plus year history, ranging from skilled humans, mutants, aliens, robots and even a few gods.

A new issue of "The Avengers" has been published virtually every month since September 1963, with the series proving popular enough to warrant numerous spin-off series. As of August 2010, there are four Avengers titles including the flagship, with additional limited series and even some alternate universe versions in the Ultimate and Marvel Adventures lines. Although "The Avengers" has been Marvel's de facto flagship title since its inception in the early 1960s, it was usurped as sales leader for years by Marvel's other big team book, "Uncanny X-men." The mutants' sales domination continued up until five years ago when writer Brian Michael Bendis took over the book.

In 2004, Bendis and artist David Finch were enlisted by Marvel to take the title and the team in a new direction. With the four issue story-arc titled "Avengers: Disassembled," the Avengers team as it stood was effectively broken up after the deaths of several key members and the long-running title was cacelled. From those ashes, Marvel launched a new book titled "New Avengers" which saw classic Avengers members partnered with newer heroes not traditionally associated with the brand such as Spider-Man and Wolverine. Writer Brian Bendis was already on his way to becoming one of Marvel's top writers, and his work on "New Avengers" cemented him as Marvel's resident big thinker. Popular crossovers and event limited series such as "Civil War," "Secret Invasion" and "Siege" only bolstered the team's renewed success, putting the team once again front-and-center on the comic shelves and the sales charts.

At the same time The Avengers were once again finding their footing, Marvel's movie business was kicking into high gear. After experiencing moderate success with the "Blade" movies and the first "Hulk" movie, Marvel invested its own money into the 2008 film "Iron Man," which ultimately proved so successful it led to the greenlighting of a stream of films centered on Marvel's key heroes – all of which were founding Avengers. A second Iron Man film followed in 2010, with films for Thor and Captain America planned in 2011 and a keystone "Avengers" movie promised in 2012 from fan-favorite director Joss Whedon.

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