After the events of Secret Invasion, a seemingly-changed Norman Osborn became a hero by killing the Skrull Queen on national television. He was put in charge of the Superhuman Defense Initiative. After dismantling S.H.I.E.L.D., Norman makes himself Director of a newly-secret organization known as H.A.M.M.E.R., essentially the new S.H.I.E.L.D. of Norman Osborn, decided that there was a need to make some new Avengers. Norman started recruiting internally from one of the most deadly and one of the most dangerous villains that were imprisoned at the Raft since the days of Civil War, in order to form the new Dark Avengers. Bullseye became the team's version of Hawkeye, Ragnarok became its Thor, Ares and the return of the once-legendary Sentry went along with Osborn and when Ms. Marvel was asked to join, she refused.
Moonstone then became the new Ms. Marvel, Wolverine's son Daken took his father's role, Venom was given some kind of medicine to have him appear normal instead of a hulk-like monster to become Spider-Man and Noh-Varr took on the role of Captain Marvel instead of Marvel Boy, as an act of honoring his father's memory as a Kree military captain. Finally, Osborn needed some kind of symbol to replace Captain America and Iron Man altogether, making himself the alter ego of the Iron Patriot. Osborn, with the help of the Ghost, hacked into Iron Man's vault to gain access to all of the Iron Man armors to create himself the Iron Patriot armor. A public press conference was later held at the reopened Avengers Tower where Norman unveiled this newest incarnation of the Avengers. Unbeknownst to everyone in the public, these team was formed by Osborn for achieving his self-ambitious visions and his mad quest for power.
During the Dark Avengers' first official assemblies by H.A.M.M.E.R., they were called by the government to deal with different threats, including the likes of other notorious villains, from the aggressive and bloodthirsty mysterious mutates from the Savage Land to the powerful interdimensional warlock from an alternate reality known as Mysterium, along with intentionally framing most heroes as dangerous criminals and fugitives of the country, so only he and his enforcers would be left to "protect" the innocent ones from other evil forces.
The idea of the Dark Avenger's replacement role over the Avengers was thankfully and eventually prevented by the new reformed and secret incarnation of the Avengers even before it was meant to happen, dismantling H.A.M.M.E.R. and reabsorbing its faction back to S.H.I.E.L.D. once again, returning Jeffrey Mace's position as secret co-directors along with Phil Coulson, which extremely enrages a now-fugitive Osborn and causes him and his Dark Avengers to rely on his back-up plan, the Siege of Asgard.
Siege of Asgard
After knowing that he had Thor Odinson's D.N.A. and several memories from his genetic template's past, the Dark Avenger Ragnarok manages to remember, track, and even find the location of the portal leading to the realm Asgard due to the Cabal's orders. Noh-Varr, however came to realized Osborn's insane personality and his worst intentions, causing for the anti-hero to secretly betray the Dark Avengers and warn the heroes about his teammates next scheme, even knowing the risks that it would possibly get him arrested in the end for joining the team in the first place. He, alongside the Dark Avengers and the Cabal led by the two-faced Iron Patriot, finally extracted their plan to breach, assault and invade Asgard before the Avengers and the other heroes could arrive at the scene even stop their evil scheme at invading the great Asgardian haven.
As his diabolical forces extremely battle with the Asgardians with the imbued cosmic power of their former villain Mysterium, the Olympian Ares eventually sees the error in Norman's ways and turns against him. He orders Sentry to attack Ares and he brutally paralyzes Ares during their brief stand-off. To help the gods, the Avengers along with some of the other heroes came arriving to attack Norman and the Dark Avengers to prevent the ultimate destruction of the city of the deities. As the Avengers was close into beating Osborn's forces, he begins to lose all his sanity and manipulated the Sentry to destroy half the portion of the Asgardian city, transforming him into the Void as the heroes look on in horror as they have to fight the awakened monster.
Although the latter's rage had recklessly wreaked havoc across the realm of the gods, the monstrous entity and were still defeated in the very finale, only to cost of several casualties, including Loki himself, along with the half of the city's destruction at the hands of Osborn. In the aftermath of Siege, a ravenously insane Osborn was imprisoned within the Raft, with Sofen, Bullseye, and Gargan being imprisoned in several other maximum prisons throughout the United States, with the exception of Noh-Varr, who was honored by the authorities and his allies for helping them defeat his own evil team. Meanwhile, Daken was able to escape capture from the authorities, hiding somewhere in the Savage Land, and was having a period of introspection for his actions helping Osborn in the first place, all just to get his vengeance against his father Wolverine, which still failed nonetheless. Ares' fate left unrevealed, though it was later confirmed that he was taken by his Olympian subordinates back to Olympus, both treating his paralysis and punishing him for rebelling the High Olympian Council in the first place.
Despite the Dark Avengers' lifetime legacy being remembered as the unexpectedly sinister and twisted version of their heroic origin counterpart and the infamous "World's Scariest Heroes," a little bit of redemption was restored to the dark team when the universal assault of the Mad Titan Thanos had reached Earth during his quest for the powerful Infinity Stones, which would eventually lead to the great conflict event known as Infinity War. In this one last reunion, Daken was actually the one who was inspired by his father's continuous actions and believed his warning, leading to him reforming the dark heroic league, only this time he would lead them to battle the larger threat that is Thanos.
During the climactic events nearing to the end of the Titanian's Infinity Quest, Daken infiltrated into several maximum security prison facilities where the previous members were currently imprisoned, with Daken intentionally excluding Norman Osborn from his list, believing that the "monster" would never change his ravenous ways even if he'd help them. In Daken's brief mission, he reluctantly convinced his teammates to regroup the team, but at the catch of not being able to use their abilities to harm any civilians. However, the members were convinced when Daken had told that they would be get to killing a group of extraterrestrial forces, referring to Thanos and his incoming forces, to which they gleefully agreed to comply with him.
During the great battle of Wakanda against the forces of Thanos, the Dark Avengers fought alongside the joint forces of Earth's mightiest defenders, the Ultimates. While the forces on Wakanda was successful in killing Thanos' minions, the forces of Thor fighting on Asgard were still defeated. Thanos arrived and overpowered the heroes on Wakanda with ease before destroying the android Vision in order to receive the Mind Stone, thus completing Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos still managed to eradicate half of the universe's population with his cosmic snap, triumphing over the defenders of the universe. Most of the Dark Avengers were among the victims, unexpectedly leaving only Bullseye to survive the aftermath.
However, the alliance of the surviving heroes, antiheroes (including Bullseye), and several redeemed villains battled Thanos, aided by the Cosmic Entities. In the process, he overlooked his adoptive daughter Nebula who was able to wrest the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos' hand. Her first act was to undo all that has occurred, which inadvertently freed the heroes and the cosmic entities and resurrected most of those who have once withered away into ash by the Titan's snap of changing reality. The battle resumed, and in the end it was Adam Warlock who finally possessed the Gauntlet, ending the cosmic conflict for the Infinity Gauntlet, for now.
In the wake of every heroes' victory against the Mad Titan, the Dark Avengers have subsequently dismantled by itself since they have no other reason of reforming at all and they couldn't risk being detected by the public, though most of its members were still able to evade returning to custody, either starting a new life or continuing their diabolical ways as criminals.
- Each teammates' arsenal
- Various advanced technology equipment
- Mysterium Force (formerly; mostly merged with the Dark Avengers)
- H.A.M.M.E.R. issue communications equipment
- H.A.M.M.E.R. Helicarrier
- H.A.M.M.E.R. Quinjet
- Each teammates' arsenal
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