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The Mighty Avengers is a comic book focused in The Avengers. Despite the Nonindicative Name (the group did not call itself that way, but just "The Avengers"), it was not the only team claiming to be the Avengers at the time.The comic book began in the aftermath of Civil War, and it was composed of the Avengers that supported the Registration act. They fought against Ultron, an army of Venoms, and Dr. Doom. This team was disbanded after the Secret Invasion and the beginning of the Dark Reign. The New Avengers were around as well, running away from the law.The second team was led by Henry Pym. The New Avengers were still on the loose and the new government sponsored Avengers were the Dark Avengers, Pym's team had an international approach instead.The third team to use that name formed during Infinity, and is lead by Luke Cage and it includes Spectrum (Monica Rambeau), White Tiger (Ava Ayala), Power Man (Victor Alvarez), The Falcon, She-Hulk, The Superior Spider-Man and the mysterious new Ronin. During Axis it was rebooted and rebranded into Captain America and the Mighty Avengers.
Tropes used by the first team (2007-2008) include
Amicable Exes: Wasp and Hank Pym are not this, after several years of getting along just fine.
Art Shift: The scenes of Dr. Doom in the middle ages with Morgan Lefay were intended to resemble paintings. The scenes set in the time-travel to The Silver Age of Comic Books resemble the coloration by points used at that time.
Artistic License – Law / Artistic License – Military: The Avengers invade Latveria and arrest Doctor Doom, using SHIELD resources and personel, on the basis that a weapon he made infected people with symbiotes, which is admittedly illegal, and it is Doctor Doom, but they still launch an attack on an entire nation just to capture one man.
Because I Said So: Ms. Marvel, leader of the Avengers, does not want Spider-Woman in the team, or at least have a vote. But no. Spider-Woman is incorporated into the Avengers because Tony Stark, head honcho of SHIELD, says so.
Came Back Wrong: Averted. When Tony Stark wakes up in the hospital, and told him that Ultron had temporarily turned him into a woman, the first thing he did was to raise the sheet and check below. They told him that everything's fine, that it's still there.
Civvie Spandex: Wonder Mans' initial outfit is just plain-clothes, until Wasp insists he wear an actual outfit.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Nick Fury outright tortures his Caterpillars to get them combat ready. Quake mentions he did the same to her.
Gender Bender: Ultron "hacked" Tony Stark's body, and used it as his own body... and turned it into a female body in the process. The body of the Wasp, to be precise. So, for the same price we have: a male human turned into a female cyborg, a male robot in a female body, and a female woman (the wasp) having to fight against a naked woman that looks exactly like her.
How J.T. James is convinced to join Fury's outfit.
Parental Neglect: Ares isn't exactly the world's greatest dad, and he even admits it. Of course, his dad Zeus was worse.
Properly Paranoid: After learning about the Skrull infiltration, Tony Stark checked all the people around with his armor: Ms. Marvel, Wonder Man, the Wasp, Spider-Woman, Black Widow, Jarvis, Ares, the Sentry... he was dead sure that someone among them was a Skrull, capable to elude detection, just as the armor confirmed everyone's identity. The Skrulls were Spider-Woman and Jarvis.
Sex with the Ex: Wasp thinks Hank is looking for this when he isn't. He's not even Hank, he's a Skrull.
Shout-Out: Iron Man convinces Doctor Doom not to kill him and the Sentry by using Planet of the Apes as an example of what could happen if they stay. Doom reluctantly agrees.
Skewed Priorities: As the world's weather goes nuts and giant monsters are rampaging around New York, Wasp complains about her hair, and the fact that they're destroying her favorite stores, and when Ultron begins its plans to kill all life on Earth, she complains about the damage her reputation is going to suffer.
Take That: Wonder Man is introduced trying to get a part somewhere on TV, but the only things on offer are trashy reality TV shows. Ms. Marvel chimes in with her opinion that "TV sucks anyway".
The Worf Effect: Wonder Man spends most of his time on the team getting sent flying.
Tropes used by the second team (2009-2010) include
And the Adventure Continues: By the time of the last adventure, the team has disbanded. Still, they all met by their own means at Asgard during the Siege, and Pym led the to the battle for a last time...
The first lineup was a reference to the First Avengers Team. Iron Man, Hulk and Pym, are included. Pym does not become a giant for fights anymore, but Stature fills that role. The Wasp is dead, but we have Jocasta, a robot with her mind. Captain America is dead, but we have his Guy Gardner version. Thor has his own problems, but we have another god, Hércules. And even a teenager sidekicker, Amadeus Cho. And Jarvis, who shall never be absent from the Avengers. And the team was united by Loki
A Chinesse super hero group met the Inhuman exiled king, ordered him to surrender... and he killed them all in a single stroke. The USAgent mentioned that he pulled "an Alpha Flight" on them. Alpha Flight was defeated in a similar way by Xorn, a pair of years before.
Devolution Device: The Xerogen Crystals, which turn human beings into Alpha-Primitives (savage subhumans, servants of the Inhumans).
Fighting a Shadow: Stature's first reaction was to attack the Scarlet Witch, the woman that murdered her father. It was useless, it was just an astral projection.
Forceful Kiss: Ronin realized that the Scarlet Witch was an impostor by stealing a kiss from her, her lips are not the same. He's lucky that, at least, Loki was a woman at that point.
"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: An interesting twist. Quicksilver was attacked by the USAgent, a chauvinist Up to Eleven, who had been turned into a savage subhuman. He told him something that got to him through the devolution process: that, if they did not attack the giant man, "the reds will win!"
Karmic Jackpot: Henry Pym created flesh arms and legs for Jocasta, so she can feel things like humans do. Jocasta got very angry with Pym later, and gave him a megaton punch... with her flesh arms. If she was still with the mechanical arms, she would have broken his head.
Mundane Utility: The Avengers use the infinite mansion and their portals to fight evil anywhere on Earth. Jarvis uses it to buy the most refined food from each country.
Not So Stoic: The Vision is pure logic, he saw a "wave" that turns people into stone, and he simply intrigued by the phenomenon. It takes much more than that to get an emotional response or a Big "NO!" from him. Something like the return of the Scarlet Witch, perhaps? Yep. That will do it.
Refusal of the Call: Hulk and Iron Man were summoned into the team, but left it once Mordred was defeated.
Refused by the Call: Loki never intended Stature to join the group (she considers her a Tag Along Kid for the Vision), much less Quicksilver (who invited himself). Both ones have very strong feelings towards the Scarlet Witch: Quicksilver wants to recover his sister, and Stature wants to kill the murderer of her father.
Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Do not tell the Scientist Supreme that he can't do anything against magic. Magic is simply science that has not been mastered yet... and he has no problem into mastering an unknown science for the first time. He can even capture Loki, using science.
Superhero Sobriquets: Henry Pym was appointed "Scientist Supreme" by Eternity; just as Dr. Strange is the "Sorcerer Supreme".
Words Do Not Make The Magic: Inverted. Words do make the magic, and the powerful Mordred was defeated simply by disrupting his hability to talk. No magic words = no enchantments. Just by losing that hability, a global threat is reduced to a helpless school bully.
Tropes Used by the third team(2013-).
Amoral Attorney: Kenneth and Kevin Crask are this. The captions even call Kevin a 'slimeball'. Kenneth is perfectly willing to threaten a man he just saved from prison. And later, he kills him.
Brick Joke: A very quick one. In issue 4 Falcon complains that everyone assumes he goes everywhere with Captain America. A short conversation later and Power Man appears, and on seeing Falcon asks where Captain America is.
The Bus Came Back: Dave Griffen, Luke Cage's best friend from his solo series, returns after not showing up in a comic in years.
In issue 4, Falcon mentions that Spidey's been stealing food from the other Avengers and spitting in it, as seen over in Avengers.
Power Man mentions the fight against Mother, and the fact that Monica doesn't know what he's talking about. Later on in the issue, we see him reading texts from Loki, who's in the middle of robbing a casino in his own series.
Monica Rambeau's time in Nextwave is acknowledged, but apparently the Beyond Corporation never existed. And yet she still has nightmares about the baby M.O.D.O.K. She also uses the skull-mark expletive from that series.
Death Faked for You: Apparently Adam Brashear faked his death some time before 1972, for his own reasons.
Due to the Dead: Averted, according to Ulana the Watcher, they don't bury their dead, because as far as they're concerned the corpse is another item inhabiting the universe, and to dispose of it would count as interference.
The Original Sin tie-in investigates what it was that happened. The Four Who Rule were trying to bring about the end of the world. Blade, Kaluu, Dr. Brashear and Luke Cage's father wound up working together to foil it.
In issue 10, a caption has this to say of New York: "It's a helluva town." A reference to Out on the Town.
Shooting Superman: Monica shrugs off Barbara McDevitt's time-manipulating abilities, so the lady tries to shoot her. Monica can turn intangible.
Standard '50s Father: Blue Marvel's reaction to aforementioned Austin Powers reference? Remarking that he finds those movies vulgar, followed by annoyed muttering from Doctor Positron, who happens to be his son.
Tranquil Fury: Jessica Jones is furious about Luke setting up another Avengers franchise, and potentially putting their baby in danger. She says this while chatting amicably with Adam Brashear, and moving furniture about.
The Tunguska Event: An act of magic gone very wrong. It also happened to create The Bear in the process.
Violent Glaswegian: Cairn of the Four Who Rule has a strong Scotish accent, and is also the biggest and most physically violent of the lot.
You Are Too Late: Blade escapes his shackles and confronts the Four, the Mighty Avengers arrive on the scene... and the Four reveal they already drank Blade's blood, and don't need him. They're moving on to the next stage of their plan.