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Comic Book: Mighty Avengers
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.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of Ares' favourite weapons is his massive axe.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: The Secret Invasion tie-in issues focus on the Skrulls infiltration efforts, along with Nick Fury gathering the Secret Warriors.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Don't hurt Lindy Lee, or the Sentry will kill you.
  • 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.
  • Composite Character: When discussing the line-up of the Avengers team, Tony Stark agreed that they needed "a Thor" (that is, a mighty god), and "a Wolverine" (that is, an Ax-Crazy Token Evil Teammate). They chose Ares, who is both things.
  • Continuity Nod: While looking through a database on Symbiotes, Iron Man notices Wolverine's had an encounter with one.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Nick Fury, who spent years gathering information on individuals with super-powers that only he knew about. It comes in handy with an impending Skrull invasion.
    • He also warns Maria Hill to be this as well.
  • Defiant to the End: Yo-Yo Rodriguez, thinking she's about to be killed by Viper, tells her she's fat. Turns out it's just Nick Fury testing her.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Really, Ultron, what did you expect would happen when you killed Lindy Lee?
  • 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.
  • Heart Symbol: For Ares, when the Black Widow takes the Helm
  • Jerk Ass Gods: Ares is a loud-mouthed, obnoxious sexist ass. He is also Crazy Awesome.
  • Legacy Character: Some of Nick Fury's Caterpillars, like Sebastian Druid, are the children of other Marvel characters. Others, like Daisy Johnson, are the children of super-villains.
  • Mildly Military: SHIELD is an intelligence / law-enforcement agency run by a man with little to no experience with either, save the time he was the American Secretary of Defense.
  • The Mole: Jarvis and Spider-Woman
  • Monochrome Casting: Every member of the team is Caucasian. Except the Skrull Queen, but she's disguised herself as a white woman.
  • More Dakka: Black Widow's role on the team.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The new Avengers team defeats Ultron, sure, but it manages to download itself into space, where it will eventually meet the Phalanx, and take over the Kree Empire.
  • Nuke 'em: Ultron's plan B is to kill everything on Earth with nukes.
  • Only in It for the Money: How Iron Man convinces Ares to join the team.
    • 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".
  • Training from Hell: Black Widow's idea of training recruits is to beat them into the ground. Then she hits them some more. Iron Man thinks it's her means of venting anger at being Re Assigned To Antarctica.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: The Black Widow's reaction when she realized that, in the absence of Tony Stark and Maria Hill, she was in change of SHIELD's hellicarrier.
  • Unstoppable Rage: The Sentry, in regards to Ultron when it kills Lindy Lee (briefly).
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hank Pym has this to say to Tony after Secret Invasion, and Janet's death.
  • 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...
  • Call Back
    • 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).
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Loki, the God of cheats and lies, does not like very much to be defeated by a Puny Human. But Pym is not a mere human, he's the Scientist Supreme.
  • 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.
  • Legacy Character
    • Henry Pym with his new identity, the Wasp.
    • Amadeus Cho never became "Ant Man", or engaged in size changing, but he got the Ant Man helmet.
  • Missed the Call: Captain America (Bucky) could not be used for the team because he was killed during the initial crisis. So, the role was given to the closest thing available: the USAgent.
  • 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.
  • Portal Network: The new Avengers mansion, located in another dimension, has Portal doors to anywhere in Earth.
  • 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.
  • Speak of the Devil: The Inhuman king who must not be named... not even in flashbacks.
  • 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".
  • Teen Genius: Amadeus Cho.
  • Un-Person: The ancient king of Attilan. He has been completely erased from Inhuman history, and his very name is strictly forbidden.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Loki. What else needs to be said? It's Loki
  • 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.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Max Brashear has become this to his father.
  • Ascended Extra: Adam Brashear, the Blue Marvel, had previously appeared in one miniseries and two back-up stories before this series.
    • The Bear, who previously appeared in a flashback arc of Iron Man, turns out to be an important part of the Four Who Rule's plan.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Luke Cage, though Monica functions as the field leader.
  • Bash Brothers: Power Man (Victor Alvarez) and White Tiger (Ava Ayala) have become this and their powers compliment each others.
  • Berserk Button: Don't point a giant robot at Jessica Jones' baby.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Of all the ridiculous creatures sent to capture Blade, the Were-Roosters are the ones that succeed. Blade lampshades this.
  • Big Bad: For Ronin, it's the Deathwalkers, also known as the Four Who Rule.
    • And now they're the entire team's Big Bad.
  • Boss Subtitles
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Superior Spider-Man has "Minions, robots, and minion-driven robots".
  • 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.
  • Cheap Costume: Ronin starts out using a "Spider Hero" costume.
  • Comic Book Death: The last time The Bear appeared, she was blown up and apparently killed. Since she's a Were-Bear created by The Four Who Rule, she got better.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Despite the fact that he's supposed to be laying low, Ronin insists on wearing his foul-smelling trenchcoat everywhere.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • 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.
    • While Adam Brashear talks with Ulana, we see several alternate universes from What If?, along with Scot Lang yelling at Uatu.
    • The reason Spitfire isn't with Blade is because she's keeping an eye on the Black Knight, who according to Avengers: World is having some issues,
  • Continuity Porn: There is a lot of it, Al Ewing knows a lot about Marvel history. He has brought back several characters and locations that hadn't shown up in years. Like the Krask brothers.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Jason Quantell, head of Cortex Incorporated, is this from the word 'go'.
  • 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.
  • Dynamic Entry: Adam Brashear used to be good at making these.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The first Big Bad the team faces off against is Shuma-Gorath.
  • Foreshadowing: Several to who Ronin actually is. A big one is when Monica mentions fighting vampires in New Orleans.
  • Fusion Dance: The Four Who Rule merge into one being, controlling the fifth element of the earth, Deathwalker Prime, who controls spirit.
    • The Mighty Avengers do this as well to defeat them becoming "Avenger Prime".
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Something happened in 1972, involving the Blue Marvel and Luke Cage's father.
    • 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.
  • Green Lantern Ring: Monica can turn her body into all kinds of energy, except the kind they make up on Star Trek.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Because of Axis, The Plunderer and his minions decide to become Robin Hood-esque thieves. It doesn't work out for them.
  • Human Sacrifice: How the Four Who Rule got their immortality, by sacrificing everyone in their kingdoms.
  • Hypocritical Humor: James Lucas scolds his son for swearing, and then when Luke confronts him about what he got up to in the seventies, he starts swearing himself.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: James Lucas admits that the world of monsters and superbeings isn't for him. It's why he avoided his son for so long.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How the Were-Roosters subdue Blade.
  • It's All About Me: Superior Spider-Man doesn't want the Mighty Avengers around because they 'get in his way'. So he shows up at their door with an army of Mooks and demand they work for him.
  • It's Personal: Gideon Mace killed Ava's family. She wants him dead.
    • Kaluu was drawn into the conflict with the Four Who Rule because they stole his people's grave goods.
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Blade's original bright yellow outfit returns in the Original Sin flashbacks.
  • Jerk Ass: Superior Spider-Man is this, through and through.
    • Kaluu.
  • Kick the Dog: Spider-Man threatens to have Danielle Cage sent into childcare.
    • While beating up Power Man, the Tiger God feels the need to tell him Aya doesn't love him.
  • Large Ham: The Plunderer.
  • Lemony Narrator: The captions, pretty much all the time.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Drained of several pints of blood and surrounded by unfriendly were-scorpions, Blade admits he was holding back. Violence ensues
  • Light 'em Up: Adam Brashear is capable of generating light. Comes in handy against the undead.
  • Macguffin: The Lost Talisman of Kamar-Taj. The Deathwalkers want it, and Blade has it.
  • My Greatest Failure: Adam Brashear, the Blue Marvel, is unable to save his son from the Neutral Zone
  • Non-Human Undead: Ninja Were-Snakes.
    Caption: Yes. Ninja Were-Snakes.
    • Followed by Were-Slugs, Bugs, Rhinos, Octopi, Honey-Badgers, and Roosters, all to capture Blade.
    Caption: "Don't say we never give you anything."
    • Oh, and the Were-Lampreys.
    • The Bear turns out to be... a Were-Bear.
  • Omni Disciplinary Scientist: Adam Brashear, the Blue Marvel.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Jason Quantell never stops smiling.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "Hello, boys. Let the mediation begin."
  • The Promise: Blade promised to return to Spitfire, and England, alive. It's what motivates his escape attempt from the Deathwalkers.
  • The Reveal: Ronin is Blade.
    • Doctor Positron is Adam's other son. Though it's not as if he's going to any lengths to hide it.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Kaluu, in his own words, spent most of Infinity trying to flee to a 'less doomed plane of existence'.
  • Shout-Out: Spider-Man has an army. Luke Cage has a lawyer.
    • Doctor Positron welcomes the superheroes to his underground lair, despite the fact that they aren't underground. He explicitly labels the Austin Powers movies as his favourite films.
    • 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.
  • Super Speed: Monica can move at the speed of light. It comes in handy against a foe who can slow down time.
  • Targeted Human Sacrifice: Blade, by the Four Who Rule.
  • Tempting Fate: Monica claims that nothing W.A.S.P.E have can hurt her. Seconds later, they do just that. Lampshaded by the captions.
    Caption: "Just jinxed it."
  • There Can Only Be One: The Four Who Rule acknowledge this, that ultimately only one of them could rule. They've got a solution for that. It still doesn't work.
  • Token Evil Team Mate: The Superior Spider-Man, seeing as how he is really Otto Octavius. He's not actually part of the team, but he wants to be in charge.
    • Also when the Tiger God takes over Ava.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Falcon and Luke Cage, after Axis causes their personalities to be inverted.
  • 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.

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