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A whole new parallel reality to that of Earth-616. The lives of many well-known characters have changed, similar to the Ultimate reality. In this reality, superhumans, good and evil alike, are surfacing all across the globe. However, who was supposed to police the world against the evil superhumans. In response, the United Nations Security Council sanctioned, through Operation: Vanguard, a superhuman group to be formed as a special branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. This team could be called in by nations to suppress superhuman threats. This superhuman group would remain mostly autonomous from working under the normal S.H.I.E.L.D. chain of command, and the group would report directly to the five permanent members of the Security Council, as well as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. To initiate this new directive, the council allowed the U.S. government to offer the first positions in this new elite group to the superheroes recently surfacing throughout the U.S. The founding team would include Captain America, Iron-Man, Thor, Giant-Man, Wasp, Warbird, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, and Black Pantheress. Captain America would be appointed as the leader of the group due to his legendary, heroic deeds during WWII, causing him to be well-known throughout much of the modern world. Antonio Stark would offer one of his mansions to act as the base of operations for this elite squad. Under the recommendation of Wasp, the group would come to unofficially call themselves the "Avengers", which eventually caught on in the press.

Avengers Founding Members

Later Avengers Members

Villains

Affiliates

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