"You got chocolate in my peanut butter!" "You got peanut butter in my chocolate!"
Part of Marvel Comics' Marvel NOW initiative, Uncanny Avengers is a team book set in the Marvel Universe that features a mix of characters from two of Marvel's biggest franchises; The Avengers and the X-Men.Launched in the wake of the Avengers vs. X-Mencrossover, the book follows the efforts of Captain America to assemble a team of both humans and X-Men in order to help improve the public perception of Mutants. In addition to Captain America, the team features Wolverine, Thor, Havok, The Wasp, Rogue, Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, and Sunfire.The title is written by Rick Remender, and featured art from John Cassaday in its first arc. John Cassaday was replaced by Daniel Acuna starting with the second arc.
Author Filibuster: Havok in issue #5 and Wanda in issue #9 most prominently about the existence of a mutant culture and intersectionality, but Remender has been using his characters to quote lines he's said himself in interviews since issue one of this book.
Bad Future: One is teased in the fourth issue, apparently caused by Red Skull merging with Onslaught.
The Apocalypse Twins themselves come from one where Red Skull revealed events from the Dark Angel Saga that led to mutant concentration camps.
The Bad Guy Wins: The Twins blow-up the earth and get Planet X, however it gets undone by issues 20 & 21.
Big Bad: Red Skull. Virtually everyone hates this man including the Unity Squad, the Apocalypse Twins, and the X-Men (Magneto and Cyclops group included), and he's the cause of all the problems in the series so far, either directly or indirectly. It's surprising that none of them have put off their differences long enough to work together and take him down...
Big Bad Ensemble: As of issue 21, Kang has predictably betrayed Earth's heroes in a bid to take Exitar's power and become conqueror of the universe.
Broken Aesop: This is the first real attempt at a team book that has the Avengers forming an alliance with the X-Men in the name of promoting diversity and tolerance for the mutant condition — and in some eyes, it's fallen flat on its ass. Issue #5 has Havok give a speech that could be taken to say, "I want to be seen as more than just 'that mutant'"; however, given the wording, many have taken it as saying, "Merely adopting a cultural identifier such as 'mutant' is a divisive gesture that separates us from others." It's not helped by Issue #9, which features such greatest hits as "Members of the majority don't understand why minority puts so much stock in cultural identity" and "Being born with a certain condition isn't a real cultural identity."
Compelling Voice: The Red Skull's henchman Honest John is an incredibly powerful variant of this. Not only can he make people do the things he says, but to make extra sure his victims don't rebel he also appears to them in the form they're most likely to trust (thus, he looks different to every person).
A House Divided: Even when not actively fighting against each other, former X-Men side with their own while the Avengers do the same, hiding secrets from one another and such that are important.
We Are Struggling Together: There's a reason why X-Men and Avengers don't usually work together in long-term collaborations and it's shown here. Even though Havok is classified as the team leader, Captain America calls the shots most of the time and leaves him as little more than a figure head. When it comes to threats they handle things differently as well, with Wolverine doing what needs to be done, including executing them, while the Avengers don't condone it and Wasp flat-out refusing to work with him.
Somewhat subverted. While Wolverine is more traditionally associated with the X-Men, he has been an Avenger for a very long time. Captain America's stance on Wolverine's killing seems to vary wildly from moment to moment based on the needs of the story, a fact that he even somewhat acknowledges when he admits he didn't react properly. Thor also tends to side with the X-Men over his fellow Avengers, with Havok doing the opposite.
Freudian Excuse: All of the S-Men's lives were ruined by mutants in some way; one of them watched as his entire village was massacred by the Acolytes, for instance.
Godzilla Threshold: Thor decides to team up with Kang and his team of hand-picked heroes to undo the damage the Apocalypse Twins have done by traveling back in time. Havok, Wasp, and Beast do so as well.
After being freed from Red Skull's influence in Issue #4, a lot of people have this reaction since they were being used as a part of his Final Solution on the mutants.
Wolverine gets one when he finds out that his killing of Daken had been videotaped and will be spread around. This increases anti-mutant hysteria as mutants become depicted as killers of their own children and so a bad future begins...
Never Trust a Trailer: The solicitation for issue # 13 promised that the Sentry would kill an Avenger, a scene that appears nowhere in the actual comic.
Thor enchanting that Axe to kill Apocalypse came back to bite the world when the Twins used it to gather the Life and Death Seeds, dooming the earth to be destroyed.
Wanda summoning all the mutants on Earth. [She thought she was betraying them, but the twins planned accordingly and she did exactly what they needed her to do.
Politically Incorrect Villain: The Red Skull, naturally. Though he's focusing on mutants, he still makes it clear he's an all around racist and sexist bigot.
Poor Communication Kills: At the climax of the "Ragnarok Now" arc, Rogue kills Scarlet Witch for betraying the Avengers, without realizing that Wanda had only feigned defection, and was actually planning to take down the Apocalypse Twins herself. Not that it mattered since things went Just as Planned by them.
Villain Team-Up and Composite Character: In an overlapping example, all of the antagonists combine elements of Avengers and X-Men villains, such as the Red Skull with Xavier's telepathy becoming a new Onslaught or Kang raising the twin heirs of Apocalypse, who in turn create a team that's a cross between X-Men and Avengers Legions of Doom the Horsemen of Apocalypse (Apocalypse's henchmen) and the Legion of the Unliving (occasional Kang/Immortus henchmen).
Well-Intentioned Extremist: The twins' ultimate goal is to separate the mutants from humans to stop from the Bad Future caused by Red Skull. Which they intended to enforce by setting the Earth up to be destroyed after they got all the mutants on the Ark. Really it could be seen as simple revenge against Kang, as there is no longer an Earth for them to destroy.
West Coast Team: Sort of. The team still operates in New York, but they're stationed in Avengers Mansion rather than Stark Tower, where the main Avengers team resides.
Wolverine Publicity: In addition to this book, Captain America is in three other Avengers titles, while Thor is in two. Trope Namer Wolverine is also a member of another Avengers team as well as the X-Men. All three of them also have solo books.
World Sundering: The twins' ultimate goal, to create a world for mutants to stop their persecution. And then destroy the earth.
You Are Too Late: Happens twice in the same comic. The cavalry in the form of Rogue and Sunfire charge in to stop Wonderman and Scarlet Witch from casting a spell that'll bring a mutant army, but Daken and Grim Reaper end up skunking them. When Rogue finally gets close enough to gut Wanda, it's too little and late to stop the spell from finishing. Then Wolverine charges in, he manages to save Sunfire from Daken but he's too late to stop Rogue killing Wanda and too late to stop the Grim Reaper from killing Rogue in return. Big Damn Heroes failure.