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The MarvelUniverse's [[ComicBook/TheAvengers all-star superhero team]], rebranded for the new millennium.

After ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'', Tony Stark disbanded the Avengers. [[TimeSkip Six months later]], a prison riot at the Raft proved that the world needed an Avengers team, so Comicbook/CaptainAmerica recruited the other heroes who helped stop the riot - Comicbook/IronMan, Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}, [[Comicbook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]], and [[Comicbook/{{SpiderWoman}} Spider-Woman]] - to form the New Avengers. As the first few arcs went on, the team was joined by Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/TheSentry and Ronin (a disguised Echo, sent by Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} in his place). Following ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' through to the end of ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', the team was forced underground, but with the beginning of the Heroic Age they were free to operate openly.

Following ''Dark Reign'', the team was officially sanctioned by S.H.I.E.L.D., and was one of two public teams of Avengers active in the MarvelUniverse. They were led by Luke Cage and based in Avengers Mansion.

In other media, the team (consisting of Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Comicbook/WarMachine, Iron Fist, Wolverine, and the Thing) appeared in a self-titled episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. Most of the members also are playable heroes in the Website/{{Facebook}} game ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance''.

Not to be confused with the British TV show ''The New Avengers'', which was a DarkerAndEdgier {{Revival}} of ''Series/TheAvengers''.

!Tropes used in ''New Avengers'' Volumes 1 & 2 include:
* ADayInTheSpotlight: During ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', each issue focused on an individual member of the team who didn't have their own series, with Captain America and Iron Man also getting issues due to scheduling conflicts with their own series.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Any place they use as a headquarters typically has a hard time. Avengers Mansion has probably had it worst.
* [[AlmightyJanitor Almighty Nanny]]: SquirrelGirl. Although [[SquirrelGirl she]] is [[HyperCompetentSidekick demonstrably more capable]] than anyone else on the team, she sometimes has trouble [[RefugeInAudacity being taken seriously]], and everyone agrees that she's really the only one [[NiceGuy of an appropriate mindset]] to take care of a baby.
* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: During ''SecretInvasion'', both this title and ''Mighty Avengers'' didn't feature the titular Avengers, but instead revealed backstory for several of the Skrull replacements. Justified, in that both teams were trapped in the Savage Land for a large portion of the story, and the story was originally going to be a BatFamilyCrossover taking place in the two Avengers titles before ExecutiveMeddling decided to make the story a CrisisCrossover limited series instead.
** One storyline focuses on Nick Fury gathering his own version of the Avengers in the fifties, which has nothing to do with the present-day segments.
* ArchEnemy: TheHood, the DarkAvengers
* TheAtoner: Daredevil, due to the events of ''ComicBook/{{Shadowland}}'', and Comicbook/DoctorStrange to some extent.
* AvengersAssemble: [[CaptainObvious Duh]]. Not so much after CaptainAmerica and IronMan both left the team.
--> '''Luke Cage:''' Avengers! WHUP HIS ASS!
--> '''Spider-Man:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Uh, is that the catchphrase now?]]
--> '''Wolverine:''' It is now.
* BackForTheFinale: Wolverine, after being unavailable for the last few arcs due to events in X-Men.
* BadassInDistress: The first things the second line-up do are [[spoiler:try to retrieve Captain America's body from S.H.I.E.L.D. after learning that he may still be alive]], before flying to Japan to save Echo from being [[BrainwashedAndCrazy forced into the Hand]].
* BadassLongcoat: Doctor Strange.
* BigBrotherMentor: Iron Man and Spider-Man shared this sort of relationship, [[spoiler:until ''ComicBook/CivilWar'']].
* BigNo: Happens during the ComicBook/FearItself crossover, when Squirrel Girl sets her squirrels on a Nazi.
* BookEnds: Vol. 2 #16 (The final ''ComicBook/FearItself'' tie-in) opened with Hawkeye questioning what makes someone "Avengers material" and several Avengers arguing that certain people don't belong on the team; the issue ends with the same Avengers pointing out that applying AlternateCharacterInterpretation means that same person ''is'' very much the type of person who should be an Avenger.
** In a wider sense, Vol. 2 started and ended with arcs heavily based around magic, possession, Doctor Strange, and the title of Sorcerer Supreme.
* BrickJoke: In the first issue of Vol. 2, Iron Fist gave Luke Cage a dollar to purchase Avengers Mansion from Tony Stark. When Luke leaves the team in the final issue of the volume, he sells it back to Stark for ''5'' dollars and Iron Fist complains that it was his money in the first place, whilst Stark notes that he sold the mansion to Cage for a fifth of that.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Victoria Hand [[DroppedABridgeOnHer gets a bridge dropped on her]] in the last story of vol 2.]]
* CasualDangerDialog: Naturally, [[YouFightLikeACow Spider-Man]] is the chief offender, but they all have their moments.
---> '''Iron Fist''' ''(mid-battle)'': Awww... is this one of those 'witty banter' teams?
---> '''Spider-Man:''' Yeah.
---> '''Iron Fist:''' I hate banter.
---> '''Luke Cage:''' You're ''doing'' banter.
* ChekhovsGunman: Ronin. Despite being on all of the early covers, the character didn't appear until the midway point of the original line-up's run (and then immediately [[PutOnABus went to Japan to spy on the Hand]]), before becoming part of the team properly after ''Civil War''.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Echo, after ''SecretInvasion''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Spider-Man asking if anyone knew where she'd gone; and again with her reappearance when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones were looking for a Nanny, as she angrily asks if Cage even remembers that she used to be on the team.
* CostumeCopycat: Spider-Man [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the Dark Avengers use of costumes previously worn by ''actual'' heroes.
* DeepSleep: After witnessing Brother Voodoo repel Agamotto's invasion (with [[HeroicSacrifice tragic results]]), Doctor Strange wakes up in the next issue and is told he's been asleep for fifteen hours.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Daredevil has enhanced senses, including a "radar sense" that shows him the world around him.
** Echo is a deaf woman who posses [[PhotographicMemory "photographic reflexes"]] that allow her to mimic the feats of those around her.
* DoubleAgent: Victoria Hand, with the requisite "whose side is she really on?" questions. The period between the end of ''Dark Reign'' and ''Avengers vs. X-Men'' plays this for all it's worth.
* TheDreaded: Elektra, as far as Japan is concerned. [[spoiler:Or not, since it's her Skrull replacement.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The entirety of Alpha Flight is apparently killed, off-panel no less, by The Collective / Michael Pointer / [[spoiler:Xorn]]. This was eventually undone.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: [[spoiler:Mockingbird, once she receives a dosage of the Infinity Formula.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: TheSentry grabs Carnage and flies him out into space and tears the symbiote in two. The second arc established the Sentry's character to a fuller extent, but this established that he was ''not'' going to be a low-level hero.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Spider-Man and Jessica Jones, complete with the embarrassing revelations that ''she'' had a crush on ''him''; and that Peter ''didn't even realise'' that Jessica Jones, superhero and former Bugle co-worker, went to the same school as him as he only knew her as "Coma Girl".
* EvilerThanThou: The Hood's first appearance is him shooting the Owl.
* FakeKillScare
* FantasticVoyagePlot: In one story arc, Hank Pym and Doctor Strange enter Luke Cage's body to remove an explosive device from his heart.
* FastballSpecial: With Wolverine on the team, one of the heavy hitters will occasionally perform the traditional variant.
** Spider-Man and Iron Fist used a variant in a battle with Ragnarok, with Iron Fist as the projectile.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: When everyone's scared about who might be a Skrull, Doctor Strange casts a spell to make sure everyone is who they say they are, and if they're lying it hurts them. The only one to react negatively is Spider-Woman, who spends several panels having difficulty standing up. [[FailedASpotCheck Which no-one notices.]]
* GroinAttack: The Hood to Wolverine. With bullets.
** Luke Cage to Elektra[[spoiler:'s Skrull replacement.]]
* HandicappedBadass: Echo, a deaf woman with photographic memory; Daredevil, a blind man with "Radar Sense".
* HeroDoesPublicService: Between adventures with cosmic level threats, the Avengers take time to stand on street corners in bad neighborhoods to help make people feel more secure and let small-time crooks know they're not below them.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Luke Cage and Iron Fist, naturally. Spider-Man mocks this by asking Luke if Danny is available for dating.
* HeyThatsMyLine:
** Spider-Man invokes this in regards to Luke Cage.
-->'''Spider-Man''': I'm telling you. This is fishy. Fishy fishy.
-->'''Luke Cage''': My spider-sense is tingling too.
-->'''Spider-Man''': That's copyrighted.
** Hilariously invoked by the Thing when the New Avengers make a DynamicEntry into the New DarkAvengers base.
-->'''Thing''': Guess what time it is!
-->'''Spider-Man''': Really, you'll ''never'' guess!
-->'''Ms. Marvel''' Is it ''clobberin[='=]'' time?
-->'''Spider-Man''': Oh man, you guessed it right off the bat! ''First try!''
-->'''Thing''': Guys, you called me all the way out here. The ''least'' you could do is let me do my own catchphrase!
* HiddenDepths: Spider-Man's status as TheSmartGuy, but ''only'' after the changes due to the ''OneMoreDay'' ResetButton took effect.
** In an early story, Iron Man chides Peter for not using his brain as much as he could.
* HiddenInPlainSight: When the team were hiding out at the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange cast a spell on the building that it made it appear as if it had been long been deserted. He even went so far as to use a codeword which also hid any inhabitants that used it. Subverted, as Iron Man suspected the team were doing this, but couldn't find a magic user (or at least, a magic user willing to work with S.H.I.E.L.D.) able to overcome Strange's spell.
* HistoryRepeats: Implied to be happening during the ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen tie-in, in regards to Hope Summers and Fongji.
* HomeBase
** Stark[=/=]Avengers Tower until ''ComicBook/CivilWar''.
** Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum until he left the team.
** "Avengers Apartment" until ''SecretInvasion'', which they use for all of two issues.
** Bucky's Safehouse until ''ComicBook/{{Siege}}''.
** Avengers Mansion since the end of ''ComicBook/DarkReign''.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Daredevil pulls this when Captain America first approaches him to be part of the first line-up. He tries to pull it again when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones ask him to join the team following ''ComicBook/FearItself'', but they point out it doesn't really work, since he'd be an Avenger and they'd have his back.
** Doctor Strange tries a similar argument after Daniel Drumm swears vengeance on him, which sets up one of Luke Cage's better lines. "Okay. Raise your hand if any of you [the gathered members of the New Avengers] have ever had the bad guy threaten all holy hell on you before he died, went to jail, disappeared, vanished, or just in general felt like lipping off." Every hand in the room goes up.
** On the other hand, Jessica Jones walked away from the team because her daughter's life was threatened by Norman Osborn.
* KillerRabbit: Squirrel Girl can summon an army of squirrels to kill you.
* LegacyCharacter:
** Subverted - After [[spoiler:the death of [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]]]], Luke Cage states that they ''are'' Avengers, because Captain America said they were.
** Played straight, however, in Clint Barton assuming the Ronin name after [[spoiler:Captain America's death]] and keeping it until the start of the Heroic Age; and Bucky joined the team during his tenure as Captain America.
** Discussed by Iron Fist and Doctor Strange following ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', with the two of of them bearing mantles (Sorcerer Supreme and the Iron Fist) that had been previously passed down to them, and they will later pass on in their lives. Capped off with this:
-->'''Iron Fist''': "Well, whoever they are, I hate them."
-->'''Doctor Strange''': "As do I."
* LoopholeAbuse: In the initial arc, Maria Hill informs Captain America that he can't just form a new team of Avengers because he feels like it. Cap then tells her that she can check his S.H.I.E.L.D. file and verify for herself that he was previously given "Full Champion License" during Nick Fury's tenure as S.H.I.E.L.D. director; which means that he has the authority to assemble any team he sees fit to go on any mission he sees fit and they don't need S.H.I.E.L.D. permission to put the Avengers back together. Never mind that S.H.I.E.L.D. never had any authority over the Avengers anyway.
** When Brother Voodoo challenges Agamotto one-on-one, he uses a spell that gathers the collective strength and fighting ability of the New Avengers into a single person.
* MaleGaze: Luke Cage makes several remarks about Suspiria when he sees her, even when his wife is standing right next to him.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Spider-Woman is really the Skrull Queen Veranke until after ''SecretInvasion'']].
** Victoria Hand looks like one at first, but it's ultimately averted, as she follows Steve Rogers' orders now.
* NeverLiveItDown: In-universe, The Sentry throwing the Void into the sun.
** Similarily, Spider-Man reminds everyone that Victoria Hand was Norman Osborn's right hand during ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' at every opportunity.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The Hood was granted the Norn Stones by Loki after his connection with Dormammus was severed. After [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/{{Siege}} Loki took them back]]]], he sought out Count Nefaria to try and invoke this again, but [[spoiler:the New Avengers tracked him down and arrested him before he could get new powers again]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: The Collective arc ends with a plane that has Magneto onboard exploding, with all hands lost. Everyone treats it like it's a serious possibility Magneto is actually, totally dead for reals. He showed up in an X-Men comic a few months later.
* NeverMyFault: It's kinda Jericho Drum's fault [[spoiler:his brother dies, yet he still blames the Avengers for it.]]
* NoSell: ComicBook/SpiderMan is immune to telepathy while asleep, as one S.H.I.E.L.D. psychic finds out a few seconds too late.
* NukeEm: The American government's plan to deal with the Collective is to nuke what's left of Genosha while the Avengers are on it. Maria Hill refuses to do it.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Jeryn Hogarth, Daniel Rand's lawyer, manages to run circles around Iron Man, and seriously pisses off Ms. Marvel in the process. However, given this is after Civil War, and Iron Man's trying to arrest his former friends, it's brilliant to behold.
* OffWithHisHead: In the flashback to Fury's Avengers, Sabretooth does this to a Red Skull.
* OneOfTheBoys: Within the team dynamic, Mockingbird tends to be this. She's not part of the [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Romantic Three Girl Friendship]] between Carol and the two [[SpiderWoman Jess]][[JessicaJones icas]], and instead whenever she's getting chummy with a teammember, it's with one of the boys. She also has the most tomboyish personality, probably helped by her tomboyish name.
* PlayingBothSides[=/=]ReverseMole:
** Jessica Drew[=/=]Spider Woman was revealed to be recruited by HYDRA to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as TheMole in exchange for her powers being restored, except Nick Fury had her feeding HYDRA limited intel whilst S.H.I.E.L.D. analysed the HYDRA cell and planned to use the intel to take them down; when the Captain America recruited her to the New Avengers, HYDRA amended her role to also spy on the Avengers. When the team found out about her role as a double agent, it was decided to do the same thing she was doing for S.H.I.E.L.D. and have her feed HYDRA limited intel. [[spoiler:And ''then'' it turns out that she was replaced by [[SecretInvasion Veranke]] during the proceedure to restore her powers, and she was playing the New Avengers, HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of the Skrull's plans to take Earth.]]
** [[spoiler:Victoria Hand, formerly Norman Osborn's right hand during ''ComicBook/DarkReign'', serves as the team's S.H.I.E.L.D liasion at [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]]'s request, but provides info on the team to Osborn's new H.A.M.M.E.R organisation. However, this is ''also'' at Rogers's request, as she provides info on H.A.M.M.E.R to him, with the New Avengers' distrust of her providing the ideal cover]].
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Ms. Marvel doesn't recognise a quote from Film/{{Ghostbusters}}, much to Spider-Man and the Thing's consternation.
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=]TrueCompanions: The team has a "family" vibe, complete with nearly-[[OnceAnEpisode once-a-book]] scenes of them sitting around a table eating and talking.
* PutOnABus: Wolverine, for the last few arcs of the first volume, due to his being on Utopia with the rest of the X-Men. Notable, as he was still considered a member of the team during this time - Everyone else who left the title wasn't.
** Echo, who was written out and eventually joined the cast of ''MoonKnight''. [[StuffedIntoTheFridge And then died]].
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: By vol. 2 under Luke Cage, the team consists of anyone he has managed to recruit, yielding a mismatched bag of heroes, some of whom are on their second (or third, or fourth) chance. Wong called them a "second-rate pile of Avengers" and Kyle Richmond, aka Nighthawk, said "clearly you guys are ComicBook/TheDefenders."
* RidingIntoTheSunset: [[spoiler:Luke Cage and Jessica Jones at the end of Volume 2, electing to call time on their tenure with the Avengers following [[ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen the latest events with the Phoenix]] in order to raise daughter Danielle.]]
* RunningGag: Whenever the Avengers are getting their asses handed to them, Spider-Man suggesting that Senty [[NeverLiveItDown throws whatever is kicking the team's ass into the sun]].
--> '''TheSentry:''' I don't throw ''everything'' into the sun...
* SignificantGreenEyedRedhead: Hope Summers and Fongji, both of whom wield the power of the Phoenix. Fongji takes this even further by being an Iron Fist as well. They even look very similar.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Most of the original line-up of the New Avengers had fought in the ComicBook/SecretWar (also by Bendis). Too bad [[VictoryGuidedAmnesia they don't remember the details]].
* SweetPollyOliver: Echo as Ronin. A bit of FridgeBrilliance with this, since given the [[CaptainEthnic VERY Japanese]] nature of the identity, nobody would ever suspect that Ronin was actually a Latina woman from America, not a male from Japan.
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Luke and Jessica trying to find a superpowered nanny for their daughter. Some candidates are horrible, some are offended, and some take the opportunity to get in a few zings at the team. But the [[SquirrelGirl last one]] is perfect.
* TimeSkip: The comic book began with a six month time skip from the events of ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Wolverine, of the NecessarilyEvil kind. IronMan notes to CaptainAmerica that, aside from strengthening human[=/=]mutant relations, this would be an important reason to have Logan around - He'd be able (and willing) to do [[ThouShallNotKill things that none of the other team members would]] (though Wolvie's considerably more mellow these days).
-->'''Wolverine''': [''to Brother Voodoo''] Bub, I can do what needs to be done in a way you can't.
-->'''The Thing''': I think that's a compliment, by the way.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Wong, who spends a lot of his appearances in vol 2 insulting and swearing at everyone.
* TraumaCongaLine: This series has been ''hard'' on Doctor Strange. The final flare-up of dark magic which led him to give up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme; the quest for his successor with a Dormammu-empowered Hood at his heels; and finally the abrupt [[DiabolusExMachina invasion of Agamotto]] into their dimension, which the new Sorcerer Supreme, Brother Voodoo, repelled at the cost of the Eye of Agamotto and his own life -- all happened in issues of ''New Avengers''.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Echo, who is of mixed Latina and Native American descent.
* UnstoppableForceMeetsImmovableObject: "I've always wondered what would happened if I [[BuffySpeak Iron ]][[DoubleEntendre Fisted]] a Hulk..."[[note]][[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Let's just say the object moves.]][[/note]]
* VillainsOutShopping: When the team is running from the Hand, they wind up at Silver Samurai's house, where he's watching Lindsay Lohan movies.
* WhamEpisode: Issue 31 - [[spoiler:TheReveal that the Skrulls were covertly replacing high powered figures on Earth [[SecretInvasion in preparation of an invasion]].]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The first time Earth has no Sorcerer Supreme, it's an immediate crisis that must be dealt with at once. The second time, it appears that two years of real time can pass without any particular badness occurring.
** When Iron Fist is abducted by [[spoiler:Agamotto]] pretending to be the Ancient One, he hears two voices, one that speaks in green and one in yellow. While the yellow one turns out to be [[spoiler:Agamotto]] the other one remains unrevealed.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Nick Fury warns against immortality, calling it "a ticket to every friend's funeral", when discussing whether to [[spoiler:give Mockingbird the Infinity Formula.]]
* WolverinePublicity: There are three characters who were in the book since the very first arc - Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Guess which one's the CreatorsPet and which two this trope applies to.

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[[caption-width-right:280:''Everything Dies'']]

-> ''"Goddess, oh goddess. Save me from what this world demands. Save me from [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica righteous]] [[ComicBook/IronMan men]]. Save me from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour thinkers]]. Save me from [[ComicBook/DoctorStrange summoners]]. Save me from [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Midnight Kings]]... And the [[ComicBook/{{Namor}} devil himself]]. Oh goddess, save me... [[DirtyWork Save me from what we are about to do]].''"
-->-- '''ComicBook/BlackPanther'''

After the events of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', the title was relaunched as part of the MarvelNOW initiative. The new team is based on the previously established version of ComicBook/TheIlluminati this time brought together by ComicBook/BlackPanther along with Iron Man, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Mr. Fantastic, Comicbook/DoctorStrange, [[TheInhumans Black Bolt]], Beast of the X-Men, and Captain America as additional members.

!Tropes used in ''New Avengers'' Volumes 3 include:
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: The Great Society is alternate Earth's super team that is based on JusticeLeagueOfAmerica or possibly the original Marvel Alternate Company Equivalent, ComicBook/SquadronSupreme.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Sun God during his clash with the Hulk.
-->'''Hulk: (while pounding)''' [[CatchPhrase HULK IS STRONGEST ONE THERE IS!]]
-->'''Sun God: (catches his next strike)''' Maybe in your universe, Monster...
-->'''Hulk: (surprised)''' Rrr?
-->'''Sun God: (blasting him unconscious)''' [[BadassBoast But not in THIS one!]]
* AnotherStoryForAnotherTime: Tony gives this explanation to Reed when discussing what he was doing in space during the time skip between issues [[spoiler:while remembering meeting the Watcher on the moon]].
* ApocalypseHow: Every incursion means that ApocalypseHow/ClassX (planetary destruction) is the ''least'' horrific thing that could happen. An incursion that goes on to its fatal result means ApocalypseHow/ClassX5 (multiversal destruction) will happen, and the whole system seems to be marching with horrible inevitability toward ApocalypseHow/ClassZ (the end of everything).
* ArcWords: "Everything dies."
** Mirrored by Sun-God's speech. "Everything lives."
* BackFromTheDead:[[spoiler:Corvus Glaive]]
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Dr. Doom]] gets one when the Mapmakers' minions invade [[spoiler:his home in Latveria]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Dr. Doom]]:''' FOOLS! The very worst of men know better... '''Gods''' know better. Who is behind such folly?
* BadDreams
** How we see that Captain America distantly remembers [[spoiler:being mind-wiped]].
** [[TheUnapologetic Black Swan]] weeps and cries for help in her sleep, showing that she still has a heart.
* BiggerBad: Rabum Alal, the Great Destroyer, who caused the first Incursion just by existing. He hasn't yet appeared, but everything that happens in the story is his fault.
* BilingualBonus: Black Swan peppers her speech with Sumerian. Most of it is translated, but not all.
* CanonImmigrant: The alternate version of Terrax from one of the Counter-Earths, who is defeated and imprisoned into Earth-616 by the Illuminati.
** Another alternate Earth has the Mutant city of Tian, which appeared in Hickman-penned issues of ComicBook/TheUltimates. The version shown here was far more successful, up until the Incursions started.
* CastFromHitPoints: Most of the initial plans the Illuminati have in issue 4 [[spoiler:for taking out another world in a incursion event]] have this drawback.
* ChekhovsGun: The fact that the Time Gem [[spoiler:survives when its fellow Gems shatter]] becomes important over in ComicBook/{{Avengers}}.
* CommLinks: Each of the members has a device hidden within his palm to confirm their identities and for short communications with one another in times of crisis.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Captain America for not wanting to destroy other Earths. The Illuminati eventually come around to thinking he was right, [[spoiler:save Namor]].
* CrossThrough: Hickman currently writes both ''Avengers'' and ''New Avengers'', and definitely has plans for them interacting. For example, he said that the themes for the comics is that ''Avengers'' is about life, and ''New Avengers'', death. Also, in the first issue of ''Avengers'', Cap has a dream based on the discussions with the Illuminati. The end of that comic's first arc seems to imply that Cap and Iron Man will eventually butt heads [[spoiler: since Iron Man is on both teams and gave the order to mind-wipe Cap in the first place.]] It's also implied that the events of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' are connected to the Incursions.
* CycleOfRevenge: The Cold War between Wakanda and Atlantis [[spoiler: which after the first arc escalates into full war with attacks from both camps]]. Even after [[spoiler: Namor with T'Challa]] tried to broker a peace in secret, T'Challa's sister and current Queen Shuri has Wakanda launch a brutal attack on Atlantis just before the Comicbook/{{Infinity}} tie in starts. Namor after being confronted in the rubble of his city by Proxima Midnight and her forces surrenders and when questioned about the location of the last Infinity Gem tells her it is in Wakanda.
* DespairEventHorizon:
** Issue 21 Dr. Strange in a berserk frenzy kills [[spoiler: the Great Society, save Sun God who is mortally weakened]], the Illuminati prepare to destroy the Great Society's world but none are willing to do it. T'Challa steps forth once again [[spoiler: but even with the urging of his ancestors and father can't bring himself to do it, causing the spirits of his ancestors to [[BarredFromTheAfterlife banish him from ever joining them in the afterlife for kings of Wakanda]]. In the end Namor does the unthinkable that none of the rest were willing to do.]] When the ''next'' incursion begins, none of them have any will to fight it.
* DirtyBusiness: Incursions force people to choose to destroy another Earth to spare their own. The first few are resolved for the Illuminati by others, but Black Swan repeatedly warns them that they won't be able to keep their hands clean forever.
* DisasterDominoes: One universe's early destruction has set off a chain of universes collapsing into each other, threatening to destroy the entire multiverse.
* DownTheRabbitHole: The series begins with a group of Wakandan teens and ComicBook/BlackPanther discovering an incursion -- an area where two colliding universes overlap.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim / BackForTheDead: During "Time Runs Out", [[spoiler: Namor and the Cabal violently murder the cast of SupremePower]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The first issue ends with one [[spoiler:and two more occur before the end of the first six issues.]]
* EnemyMine: Namor and T'Challa. Since the events of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', they rule kingdoms that are at war with each other. As soon as he calls the team in, T'Challa takes some time out to inform Namor that when the current crisis is over, he plans to kill him.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Black Swan disapproves of the Mapmakers.
* EvilAlbino: Black Swan aka Yabbat Ummon Tarru. [[spoiler:Her color scheme is inverted (black skin, white costume) when the Avengers discover that she is Rabum Alal's servant and she stops pretending to be on their side.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Black Swan is a servant of Rabum Alal, the entity responsible for the whole incursion mess]]. All of [[spoiler: her]] talk about how destroying Earths is a necessary evil was bullcrap. [[spoiler: She just wants to feed more universes to her master.]]
* EvilCounterpart: As of New Avengers #23, [[spoiler:Namor]] has reformed The Cabal, consisting of [[spoiler:himself, Black Swan, Terrax the Truly Enlightened, Maximus, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and ''Thanos'']] to take action against the Incursions.
* EvilerThanThou \ GoneHorriblyRight: [[spoiler: The Cabal. Namor gathered bunch of extremely powerful madmen to do what Illuminati turned out incapable of doing - destroy alternate Earths before they destroy Earth-616. He didn't count on them enjoying their job a little bit ''too'' much. He is NecessaryEvil, while they delight in slaughtering each Earth's defenders before killing everyone else]].
* EvilVersusEvil: According to the Black Priests, Rabum Alal and the Ivory Kings are fighting one another.
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: The heroes ''really'' don't want to play it straight, since they're aware that, even if the other world isn't theirs, it still means murdering every single person on it.
** A few issues actually have the Illuminati watching different alternate worlds meet their end at the hands of nearly invincible threats they themselves have been fortunate to not yet challenge directly yet.
** [[spoiler: Played straight when Namor finally destroys the Great Society's planet]].
* {{Expy}}: The Great Society is very clearly the Justice League. The only exception would be Sun God, who is basically Hyperion... Who is himself a {{Superman}} Expy to begin with. Sun God even has a degree of Ho Yay with the {{Batman}} analogue, whose name is ''Wayne''. Not subtle.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Namor]] has now fully undergone one, by starting a new [[spoiler: world-destroying]] Cabal.
** Or maybe not. As a post-time skip issue reveals, [[spoiler:he's sickened by what they do.]]
* FlashForward: A few scenes in the first arc depict some of the struggles the Illuminati would face in trying to stop the Incursions.
** As of the "Time Runs Out" story arc, both ''Avengers'' and ''New Avengers'' have officially undergone an eight month TimeSkip.
* {{Foil}}: The Great Society are a good version of the Illuminati. They also tried the Infinity Gauntlet trick, but kept their member who did it. Also, they are ''all'' opposed to destroying other worlds. Black Panther even calls them "righteous men", because they are just so ''good''.
* ForTheEvulz: Everything the Cabal does.
* FutureMeScaresMe: After the destruction of the Great Society's world, Beast goes to meet his teenaged self for some advice and maybe consolation. Instead he gets called out by his younger self for bringing the Original Five X-Men to a world that's about to be destroyed, and for becoming so morally misguided that he would be a partner in destroying an inhabited planet.
* GodzillaThreshold: The events of the first issue, being unable to save the teens with him and watching a world be destroyed, cause Black Panther to assemble the Illuminati.
** When the [[spoiler: Infinity Gauntlet breaks]], the Illuminati realize they must be willing to at least consider [[spoiler: destroying entire worlds to save the rest.]] The lone dissenter to this is expelled.
** [[spoiler:They ultimately realize they could not condemn billions to death no matter the stakes, when confronted with an alternate {{Galactus}} that was willing to do what they had spent the entire issue planning on doing and destroy the alternate Earth that would collide with theirs to save the rest of his universe. However, they did let him have his world when it was clear there was no time left to save it and later did the same with a Builder from an alternate dimension.]]
* TheHeart: Captain America.[[spoiler: His determination to stay this in the face of universal destruction is why they kick him out.]]
* HopeSpot: Issue 3; [[spoiler:The group reassembles the Infinity Gauntlet]] in order to push an oncoming universe's Earths away from their own. With Cap wielding it the plan appears to work... [[spoiler:but the Infinity Gems are destroyed, leaving the Illuminati without their greatest weapon and no way to stop future Incursions.]]
* HumiliationConga: Nothing goes right for T'Challa. So far, he's seen [[spoiler:the brightest young minds of Wakanda die]], had to work with the man who nearly destroyed his country twice for petty revenge, seen his country invaded by nihilistic aliens, being exiled from his nation's capital city, and [[spoiler:being banned from seeing his ancestors in whatever afterlife he ends up in due to his inaction at a critical moment which ultimately leads to Namor's exile along with Wakanda becoming the center point of the Cabal's territory due to them taking over the Illuminati base.]]
** Technically, since the start of this volume nothing has really gone well for any of the members of the Illuminati both in the New Avengers book and for those that appear in other books [[spoiler: this is even before Namor forms the Cabal and Captain America remembers what happened and begins to hunt them down with the Avengers.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Black Swan's justification for her actions.
** Something of a recurring theme as most of the members of Illuminati when questioned by others who don't know their true purpose (or are just finding out) of their actions by others go on to echo.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Men]]: The Black Priests. The combined powers of Black Bolt, Magneto, Professor Xavier and Captain Marvel of an alternate universe don't slow them down.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Namor in Issue 21, regarding [[spoiler:destroying Earth-42900001]], explaining his actions as the only plan they had actually come up with in a very limited amount of time:
-->'''Namor:''' These lines you won't cross... These things you won't do... They ''[[WhatTheHellHero shame]]'' you. How dare any of you put yourself--your damned morals--above the lives of every living thing? The truth is, [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering you people]] aren't worth that... [[BeneathTheMask And neither am I.]]
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: The biggest problem for the heroes is that they have no idea why the incursions are happening, or how to stop them without resorting to destroying the other earth. Luckily, Black Swan has some answers.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The Illuminati do this to [[spoiler:Captain America when it becomes obvious that [[HonorBeforeReason he won't consider crossing the line of destroying an alternate Earth to save the universe]].]]
* LastOfHerKind: Black Swan is apparently the last of her order. However, since the Illuminati only have her word for it, this might not be the case.
** Captain Britain, meanwhile, is the last of the Captain Britain corps left after the time skip.
* LastStand: [[spoiler:Shuri, versus Proxima Midnight, in order to make sure T'Challa escapes from a trap.]]
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: The Mapmakers use Incurisons to loot other Earths. And then kill every living thing on them.
* NecessarilyEvil: Major theme of the series.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Illuminati bring the Infinity Gems out of hiding in the hope that the Infinity Gauntlet can resolve incursions without the need to destroy the other Earth. [[spoiler:It works... once... and then breaks, but not before alerting Galactus, the Watcher, and Thanos to its presence.]]
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: [[spoiler:Dr. Doom]] invites Reed Richards and Tony Stark to his home for dinner in order to get information from them on the Incursions.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain:The Mapmakers [[spoiler:who are revealed to be a group of [[SuperMode high powered and upgraded]] Super-Adaptoids in a arc of the concurrent volume of ComicBook/TheAvengers]], if you don't clear out their minions quick enough before the location of an Incursion is sent to them, they come to insure the destruction of all life on the planet themselves and it only takes a handful of them to do it.
** [[spoiler:Maximus]],who seemed to have turned over a new leaf to help [[spoiler: Black Bolt]] only to wide up later on joining [[spoiler:The Cabal]].
* OhCrap: When the [[spoiler:Infinity Gems]] break.
** Black Swan's reaction on seeing a blue-lit Incursion.
** In issue #8, when Tony and Reed see [[spoiler:Thanos' invading army]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Who or whatever Rabum Alal is, its goal is the destruction of everything that lives.
** According to Doctor Strange, post TimeSkip, this is what the Ivory Kings want as well.
* PreMortemOneLiner[=/=]YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The Black Swan to [[spoiler: an Alternate reality version of [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Manifold]],]] after he protests that she told him he would live.
-->'''Black Swan''': I said ''nothing'' of forever.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler: Shuri]], who responds to Namor's destruction of [[spoiler: Wakanda]] with an equally devastating attack [[spoiler: on Atlantis.]]
* ThePromise: Black Panther promises to execute Namor for what he did to Wakanda once the problem they are dealing with is over.
* PsychoRangers / EvilCounterpart / LegionOfDoom: [[spoiler: After Namor is expelled from the group, he reforms the Cabal, partnering with Thanos, Black Swan and other villains in their sway to destroy worlds in order to end Incursion events]].
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Black Swan has incursion detectors in her eyes that cause them to glow red when "Rabum Alal" approaches.
* RedSkyTakeWarning: Within the pocket zones created by the incursion events. [[spoiler:Except when they are ''[[AlienInvasion blue]]'']]
* {{ReTool}} / AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: The title is completely different from the previous volumes in both tone and content.
* SacrificialPlanet: Black Panther witnesses Black Swan destroying a planet. The realization that this planet was another ''Earth'' is what drives him to call the Illuminati.
* SecretKeeper: The Illuminati obviously don't tell people about their members or existence.
** T'Challa's warriors didn't tell Shuri about Namor's presence. After ComicBook/{{Infinity}}, they get fed up and tell her.
* SeriousBusiness: Doom insists that every child in Latveria has a Good Night's Sleep, apparently.
* ShootTheDog: The Illuminati turn on [[spoiler: Captain America]] and expel him from their number. From the look of things, this is only the first dog they will have to shoot.
** An alternate version of Galactus eats his universe's version of Earth in order to save that universe.
** As it turns out, this is what [[spoiler:The Black Priests have been doing all along.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Black Swan. Justified since it is either a title or the name of any member of the 'order' of Black Swans to which she belongs.
* SssssnakeTalk: The Black Priests.
* TheTeam
** TheLeader: Black Panther, who assembles the Illuminati.
** TheLancer: Tony Stark, who is pretty much Second in Command, and Namor who serves as T'Challa's {{Foil}} due to their mutual hate.
** TheBigGuy: Black Bolt, Namor and [[spoiler: Hulk"]].
** TheSmartGuy: All the scientists (Black Panther, Reed, Tony and Beast) and Doctor Strange, who is the lone representative of the mystic perspective.
** TokenEvilTeammate: Namor, who doesn't regret his crimes against Wakanda one bit, is only in it to save his own race and is the most cynical of all the members. Not to mention he almost finds joy in finding ways to be a complete dick to everyone else.
*** Maximus is a straighter example of this, being a literal madman.
** TheHeart: Captain America, who strictly refuses to even consider blowing up other Earths and [[WhatTheHellHero calls the others out on that]]. [[spoiler: This is what gets him kicked out.]]
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler: Bruce Banner]] after putting all the pieces together.
*** ''Time Runs Out'' adds Captain Britain, Hank Pym and Amadeus Cho.
* ThenLetMeBeEvil:[[spoiler:Namor]] decides to just attack, upon realizing that the Great Society had no plan, nor any more experience then the Illuminati in stopping Incursions and that trying to talk to them about [[spoiler: giving up their own world was not going to work.]]
* WaitHere: Black Panther tells this to Wakandan teens in issue 1. [[TooDumbToLive They don't listen]].
* WatchingTroyBurn: During the ''Comicbook/{{Infinity}}'' tie-in arc, [[spoiler:Namor]] is left doing so in the remains of [[spoiler: Atlantis after Wakanda's attack and just before Comicbook/{{Thanos}}' forces arrival. ]]
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: Namor despite knowing exactly what they are, releases and joins some of the most evil and powerful beings in Marvel to destroy the other Earths. The Cabal do go around doing this, but they're always make sure to commit a host of atrocities on top of that, which horrifies Namor. When Namor objects, the Cabal knows he's the least powerful amongst them and they tell him where he can stick it. When he approaches his some-time ally Dr. Doom for help, Doom calls him out on this and refuses - saying that Doom is no one's 2nd choice]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Black Swan, though she insists she only does [[IDidWhatIHadToDo what is necessary]].
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: [[spoiler:Tony]] right before he and the rest of the [[spoiler: Illuminati wipe Steve's mind. ]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: In issue 6 Black Swan approves when she learns that the Illuminati has successfully reverse-engineered and replicated her detonation device. Beast makes it clear that they were desperate and want to avoid using them. Later after Black Panther reluctantly [[spoiler: destroys a dead Earth, Black Swan commends him much to his dismay.]]
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