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"The Avengers. It's what we call ourselves, sorta like a team. "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" type thing... Let's do a head count. Your brother—the demi-god. A super soldier—a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend. A man with breath-taking anger management issues. A couple of master assassins, and you, big fella, you've managed to piss off every single one of them... Because if we can't protect the Earth, you can be damn well sure we'll avenge it."
Tony Stark to Loki, The Avengers

Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.

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The Avengers

Appearances: The Avengers | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War | Avengers: Infinity War | Captain Marvel note  | Avengers: Endgame | Loki note  | What If...?

Current Members: Bruce Banner / Hulk, Clint Barton / Hawkeye, James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine, Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Sam Wilson / Falcon / Captain America III, Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Former Members: Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, The Vision, Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Tony Stark / Iron Man, Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Thor Odinson, Rocket Raccoon, Nebula, Steve Rogers / Captain America I

A team of powerful superheroes assembled with the purpose to protect the world from inner or extraterrestrial threats. They were first assembled by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. when Loki invaded Earth with his Chitauri army to conquer the planet. Following the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark worked to fill the void left by the organization's collapse and support the Avengers through Stark Industries. New members joined the team in Age of Ultron, Infinity War and Endgame.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: The Avengers in this universe are formed by S.H.I.E.L.D. instead of starting on their own like in the original comics. This itself is more in line with the Ultimate Marvel version of the team, The Ultimates.
  • The Alliance: They become this for the end fight in Endgame, joining up what remains of the original roster and its expansion with The Remnant of Asgard, the military of Wakanda, the Ravagers, Doctor Strange’s sorcerous allies, and The Guardians Of The Galaxy, all united by one purpose: kickin’ the ass of Thanos and his armies
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Happens to all their three bases:
    • In The Avengers (2012), where the team originate as a S.H.I.E.L.D. subsidiary and as such claim the Helicarrier as their base, it gets infiltrated by Loki as a Trojan prisoner, and then a possessed Barton who infiltrates, destroys and damages the Helicarrier, killing many agents including Coulson in the ensuing attack.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers operate out of Stark Tower which comes to be called Avengers Tower in the middle of New York City. Ultron, Tony and Bruce's AI "suit of armor" goes rogue and attacks the team, escaping, significantly damaging their base and sending them on the run. At the end, the Avengers move to a new factory-like compound outside the city, still in New York State, with their experiences with Ultron and later Sokovia making them aware of the risk of having a military target in the middle of a populated area.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, an alternate version of Thanos from another timeline returns to the 2023 present of the Avengers with his full force. His attack and subsequent battle thoroughly destroys the Avengers compound, leaving nothing but a blasted heath and a smoky crater.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Thanos. They're his biggest threat to his plan to kill off half the universe.
  • Badass Crew: A team of the greatest heroes on the planet. The Avengers have managed to stop a full-scale alien invasion of Earth, defeated a Hydra stronghold (which is stated to not be their first), and prevented the crazed robot Ultron from destroying all life on Earth despite Ultron's robot army.
  • Bash Brothers:
    • Captain America, a man of nobility, kindness, and courage, is a human whom Thor has come to regard as an equal; most tellingly when he offers his hand to help him up during the Battle of Manhattan.
    • Iron Man and Captain America, after earning each other's respect through fighting side by side. Steve represents the idealism and nobility that Tony has since lost, but deep down still respects and wishes to have again.
    • In The Avengers, Widow clearly has had this dynamic with Hawkeye for however long they've worked together, as shown in the movie's final battle and the footage from a previous mission.
    • Captain America and Black Widow, as seen as the end of The Avengers and cemented through The Winter Soldier; they work really well together against the bad guys.
    • In the final act of Age of Ultron, Thor becomes this with fellow Avenger Vision, partly thanks to the fact that the other hero is worthy to lift Mjölnir. Considering their personalities, it also qualifies as an Odd Friendship.
    • In Civil War, Steve teams up with Bucky, repeating their fighting dynamic from the first movie. As a team, they manage to just barely defeat Iron Man in a two-on-one battle, though it costs Bucky his metal arm and earns both men a decent beating before they finally stop him.
    • A major element of Thor: Ragnarok is Thor developing into this with the Hulk.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: By the end of Age of Ultron, over half the founders have either left the planet (Hulk, Thor), or retired (Iron Man, Hawkeye), with only Natasha and Steve staying to head up a new team. It actually gets worse at the end of Civil War, as not only are Thor and Hulk still missing, Clint, Steve and the majority of the New Avengers are now fugitives from the law, Natasha is on the run and has disappeared to parts unknown, and Rhodey has been left paralyzed and busy re-learning how to walk, leaving Tony and Vision as the only Avengers still standing. That's not even getting into how the events of Civil War have affected the personal relationships of the various members of both teams. Endgame takes this even further. By the end, all of the original members except Hulk and Thor are either dead or retired.
  • The Cape: World-renowned heroes with bright color-schemes and public personas that save people and stop cataclysmic villains. Their reputations took a big hit after Age of Ultron and Civil War, but they are still idolized by most people. After Endgame, it's safe to say they are now recognized throughout the known universe as the pinnacle of heroism and self-sacrifice.
  • Chromatic Arrangement: In the merch. The Phase I heroes are Iron Man (red), Captain America (blue), Hulk (green), and Thor (yellow). If the rest need Color-Coded Characters, Black Widow is black, and Hawkeye is purple.
  • Combination Attack: Ever since the their first movie together, the Avengers have occasionally combined their respective techniques to perform powerful attacks. Notable examples include:
    • Iron Man firing a beam at Captain America's shield, reflecting the beam into a couple of Mooks approaching from behind Iron Man.
    • Thor hammering Cap's shield to create a powerful shockwave. While the first time was accidental, further uses have shown the two becoming proficient enough to direct said shockwave in a particular direction.
    • Thor flinging Mjölnir at Cap's shield midflight in order to make it into a devastating rebounding projectile.
    • Thor, Iron Man and Vision combining their lightning and energy beam at the same point in order to melt Ultron's Vibranium body.
    • Iron Man and War Machine flying in unison to deliver a synchronized uppercut to Ant-Man.
    • Iron Man absorbing lightning from Thor to overcharge his armor then fire a concentrated repulsor beam at Thanos.
    • Hulk has combined with other Avengers in more unconventional ways, his sheer physical strength allowing him to tear through enemy armor while other Avengers like Iron Man and Thor can now deal a finishing blow.
    • As two humans trained in close-quarters combat, Captain America and Black Widow have become particularly proficient in fighting in combination to overwhelm foes that would best them individually, sometimes even giving each other the shield or other weapons mid-fight to throw off their opponent.
    • Ant-Man riding on one of Hawkeye's arrows for him to reach a distance as well as for a sneak attack.
  • Composite Character: Composite Team in the case of the Avengers. Much like the classic 616 version, the founding lineup of the Avengers is comprised of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk but their costumes and the fact that they are a strike team founded by S.H.I.E.L.D. is taken directly from The Ultimates of Earth-1610.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every member of the team can be sarcastic.
  • Destructive Saviour: The team is accused of causing too much collateral damage during their missions by the international community in Civil War.
  • The Dreaded: A heroic example. By the end of the first movie, the Avengers have made a name for themselves as earth's mightiest heroes. As Fury puts it, the whole world knows it. Every world.
  • Dream Team: The whole point of the Initiative. The earliest candidates S.H.I.E.L.D. considered were a genius engineer in Powered Armor, the world's greatest marksman and a super-spy. Then Captain America was found in the ice, they got the Hulk on board, and the Norse God of Thunder turned out to be real and willing to help.
  • The Fellowship Has Ended: By the end of the Infinity Saga, the Avengers as an organization are no more. With Iron Man and Black Widow dead, Captain America and Hawkeye retired, and the rest of the active heroes associated with the Avengers having gone their separate ways, their presence as Earth's Mightiest Heroes has come to an end.
  • The Fettered: A rare case of both this and The Unfettered. The Avengers are willing to pay any price to undo Thanos's victory...except trade lives or commit immoral deeds. Even after their refusal to do so contributed to Thanos wiping out half the universe, they still refuse to sacrifice their friends to undo his victory.
    Captain America: We don't trade lives.
  • Foil:
    • The team as a whole are this to their galactic counterparts, the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Avengers are a respected group of well known people coming together to protect the Earth. The Guardians are a group of petty thieves and criminals who are forced into adventures much bigger than themselves and are antiheroes more than anything.
      • The ironic aspect is that the Guardians are a far more cohesive group by comparison whereas the Avengers are highly conflicted (splintering, breaking apart and cracking up after two major campaigns), even though they're actually a very tight-knit group of friends in their own right. The Guardians aren't plagued or bothered about being Destructive Savior, and where the Avengers are accused of often creating their villains, the Guardians are often created by their villains, and tend to bond over how they choose to be heroes in spite of the purpose nature and circumstance intended for them.
  • Five-Man Band: For the bulk of The Avengers movie, there are only five Avengers because Hawkeye is brainwashed. They fit the archetype well until the final battle.
    • Captain America — The Leader. Commands the team out in the field, formulating plans and strategies.
    • Iron Man — The Lancer. Serves as a direct foil to The Leader and Ideal Hero Captain America, and an obnoxious Ace that always has a plan different to Steve's. He's also listed as the official Number Two (to Cap) of the team. In Civil War he becomes at odds with Cap and leads his own rival faction.
    • Thor — The Big Guy. A Physical God and a Boisterous Bruiser who is a contender for the strongest Avenger and tends to use his brawn over his brains.
    • Bruce Banner — The Smart Guy. His scientific expertise is the main reason why he was recruited onto the team. The Hulk for the most serves as his combat Super Mode.
    • Black Widow — The Chick. Next to Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner (most of the time), she's the most levelheaded and put together of the team, and is constantly trying to encourage them to work together. She becomes this further in Age of Ultron as is responsible for using empathy and friendship to manage The Hulk.
    • Hawkeye — Sixth Ranger. He's the final person the Avengers recruit to fight back the alien invasion and gives them the key piece to push back Thanos's army.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • Tony/Iron Man and Bruce/Hulk are both the Cynics, who are suspicious and distrustful of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the beginning. On Tony's end, his lone wolf personality and resistance to being part of a team make him difficult to work with, and for Bruce, he is very reluctant to participate in the fight for fear of hurting others, and is, by his own admission, "always angry".
    • Steve/Captain America is the Optimist, being The Cape and the most heroic of the group. At one point, he actually questions whether his straightforward idealism still holds water in the present day, but Coulson reassures him that the world needs this idealism now more than ever.
    • Natasha/Black Widow is the Realist, trying to get the team to work together, trying to redeem herself from her dark past, and willing to do what needs to be done to accomplish the team's goals.
    • Thor is the Conflicted, who wants to save the Earth just as much as the other Avengers do, but also struggles with the fact that their enemy is his younger brother, whom he still loves despite Loki's crimes, and as a result holds back against him in their fights. Clint/Hawkeye is also an example for the earlier parts of the film, due to being Mind Raped by Loki brainwashing him and forcing him to work against his friends, leaving him horrified and traumatized when he snaps out of it.
    • Hawkeye is more like the Apathetic by the end of the film, being the Avenger who got the least screentime and focus overall due to being an 11th-Hour Ranger thanks to being brainwashed for much of the movie.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Fury admits that while the Initiative was more idealistic than the "Phase Two" weapons, it was also even riskier, and existed specifically for situations no ordinary person could handle.
  • Hero of Another Story: When they're not a team, they are all The Hero of their own missions, and main characters of their own solo movies (with the exception of Hawkeye, who got a TV series instead).
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The Avengers have achieved this status as of the events of Civil War as the overwhelming amount of collateral damage from their various fights has caused the UN, and a significant amount of the public, to view them as little more than vigilantes, thus necessitating the Super Registration Act that makes up the plot of said movie. By the end of the film, their reputations have been effectively destroyed, with most of their members now wanted by the law.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Downplayed. See True Companions below.
  • Leitmotif: The Avengers Theme, the latter half of which is the more famous victory fanfare for the group.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • In The Avengers (2012), the first time Thor meets the other Avengers he gets into a bit of a tussle with Iron Man and Captain America over custody of Loki.
    • In the same film, Banner has been repressing Hulk for a bit too long and when Hulk gets released, he absolutely wrecks the Helicarrier. Thor is the only one who can match him in strength.
    • In Captain America: Civil War amps this up to Good Versus Good, with the Iron Man's pro-reg heroes going up against Cap's anti-reg heroes. Later it boils down to just Cap and Bucky vs Iron Man.
    • In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor ends up on Sakaar and is forced to take part of the Grandmaster's gladiator tournament. His opponent turns out to be Hulk, allowing the two of them to have a rematch.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The original team finally came together out of a shared sense of loss at Agent Coulson's death, with everyone promising to avenge his death, and anyone else killed during Loki's invasion of Earth.
    • Post-Snap, the team's name becomes even more meaningful, as they and The Alliance that forms at the end are driven to resurrect and avenge the 50% of all living things that Thanos killed.
    • Captain Marvel (2019) shows that the Avengers Initiative was named after Carol Danvers, whose callsign was "Avenger" during her tenure in the Air Force. Nick Fury picked the name in order to pay tribute to his close friend and inspiration to create the Initiative in the first place.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Nick Fury didn't just randomly pick the Avenger name. "Avenger" was Carol Danvers' call-sign while she was in the Air Force. Meeting her was also what inspired him to seek out special individuals who could defend the Earth from Superhuman threats.
  • One-Man Army: The non-superpowered members are still among the most dangerous people on the planet. Just six of them were able to hold off an entire alien invasion long enough for Natasha to shut down the portal, with only the Chitauri's sheer numbers posing a threat.
    • In The First Avenger, Col. Phillips doesn't believe one man can turn the tide of war. He is proven wrong. In The Winter Soldier, after getting trapped in an elevator filled with HYDRA soldiers (one of whom later gives fellow soldier Sam a hard time), Steve defeats them all without too much difficulty.
    • Iron Man shows this off once per movie:
      • In the first movie, he breaks out of a Ten Rings hideout and slaughters the garrison with his first suit by using flamethrowers. Later, he flies out to the same group and dispatches a couple dozen terrorists, some missile artillery, and a SPAAG with a combination all by himself.
      • In the second movie, he and War Machine slice through a couple squads of Hammer Drones like they're made of plastic.
      • In The Avengers, he goes right through the Chitauri like a chainsaw through tapioca. He kills a total of 100 Chitauri troops, blows up several of their speeder-chariot-things and even takes down a Leviathan with some mini-missiles.
      • In the second Avengers movie, he joins his teammates in curb-stomping a HYDRA base (complete with machine gun bunkers and light tanks) and hundreds of Ultron's Mecha-Mooks.
      • In his third solo he takes out two gunships with an incomplete prototype suit which was not ready for battle, takes out two Extremis soldiers with some acrobatics, improvised weapons l, a flashbang and a single shot repulsor, then again half a dozen mooks with some improvised weapons, then another half dozen with a single repulsor glove and machine guns, then becomes a literal army by summoning every one of his suit ever, each able to take out several Extremis soldiers.
      • In the third Avengers movie, he doesn't fight a large horde of enemies this time, but is one of the only two people in the entire movie who manages to make Thanos bleed, the other being Thor.
    • Thor:
      • He slaughtered dozens of Frost Giants single-handedly and accused them of not trying hard enough. And when stripped of his powers and turned to human, he goes through half dozen S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like wet paper before taking out a Giant Mook.
      • In Age of Ultron he takes on more robots than all the others combined. Ultron has to deal with him personally.
      • In Infinity War, he pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment and shows up on the battlefield in Wakanda with his new weapon, Stormbreaker, and takes out the majority of the Outrider army in one attack, single-handedly turning the tide of the battle in favor of the Avengers. He later deals more damage to Thanos than everyone else combined, severely wounding him.
    • True to form, the only real challenges that the Hulk has had in terms of strength in the MCU as of Civil War have been Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor (which Banner helped design), Thor as per their comic rivalry, and (especially) Thanos.
    • Black Widow. Tons of guards blocking the way to Vanko? No problem. Tied to a chair, surrounded by mobsters. No problem. Extra-dimensional aliens invading New York? Slightly more tiring, but still no problem. Honestly, if it takes The Incredible Hulk to put you on the defensive you qualify as this, and her ability to escape from said beast with only a twisted ankle simply drives it home.
    • It's shown in Age of Ultron that even when Hawkeye runs out of arrows, he's not afraid to toss the bow at an enemy and just use his bare hands to fight against an army of Killer Robots.
      • Cemented in Avengers: Endgame as he leads a one-man war against Earth's criminal underworld, including the Yakuza and Mexican drug cartels. What's more, he's winning.
  • The Protagonist: Of the MCU, as the movies are about their adventures, but Iron Man and Captain America, along with the original 6, get special attention among the others.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: As aptly described in The Avengers:
    Loki: How desperate are you, that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?
    Nick Fury: How desperate am I? You steal a force you can't hope to control, you talk of peace, and you kill 'cuz it's fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Both Captain America and Iron Man, who both hold the highest command in the Avengers and act as each a A Father to His Men towards the superheroes under their command. In Civil War, despite their differing opinions over the Accords, they show Both Sides Have a Point as while Stark is correct that a super-powered group should not got around unchecked otherwise it would result in Nice Job Breaking It, Hero mistakes, while Rogers is correct it could be a violation of civil rights in general, but both men wish to resolve in a peaceful compromise and only engaged in the titular civil war when their hands are forced. Near the climax, when Tony realizes Steve is telling the truth about Zemo pulling the strings, he tries to bail out the anti-Accords Avengers to help Steve and Bucky only to be refused by Secretary Ross, so he decides to head out to meet with them himself and propose a truce to stop Zemo. Unfortunately, however, Zemo had one more card to play...
  • Super Team: The first such instance in the MCU, led by Earth's first publicly-recognized "superhero".
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Put simply, some of them don't always get along. Tony and Steve have strong ideological differences, Hulk and Thor are the only people who can punch each other out all the live long day, Wanda initially hates Tony for building the weapons that killed her parents, the list goes on. The Avengers, Age of Ultron and Civil War all have extended scenes of them fighting each other and they have spent more time doing that then fighting bad guys. Eventually their unstable dynamic leads to them splitting apart — but not before gaining each other's respect and becoming Fire-Forged Friends.
  • The Unfettered: An rare, extremely selfless, noble, and heroic version of this trope occurs during Endgame, where, thanks to Thanos’s own The Unfettered perspective letting him gain all the Stone and slaughter have the universe during Infinity War, the Avengers become willing to pay any price and risk the time stream for a chance to undo The Snap. Even Spider-Man gets in on it, activating Instant Kill during the final battle.“Whatever it takes.”
    • This element of Endgame was planted by Dr. Strange’s own willingness to do whatever was necessary, as he foresaw the only way to save the most lives was to allow Thanos to complete the Gauntlet and do The Snap, which triggered the events and character growth that lead to the forging of the second Gauntlet.
  • True Companions: In the end, when all is said and done, they are this at their core. Even then, the original six Avengers stand out more than everyone else. Best shown in Avengers: Endgame.
    Tony Stark: Do we know if she had any family?
    Steve Rogers: Yeah. Us.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React:
    • Barring very few moments, all the Avengers, are purely reactive heroes. And when they do try to act, things tend to go horribly wrong, like in Age of Ultron where Tony wants to create countermeasures for the Chitauri's return while Steve argues that trying to end wars pre-emptively always backfires. And, come Infinity War even though they prepare and react as best they could against the onslaught of Thanos, they still ultimately fail in preventing the assembly of the Infinity Gauntlet — losing about half their roster in the process. In Endgame, Tony bitterly laments this:
    Tony Stark: Guess what, Cap? We lost...But that's what we do, right? Our best work after the fact? We're the Avengers? Not the Prevengers, right?
    • Surprisingly inverted in Endgame where they perform the first move in building a time machine to gather the Infinity Stones from the past and undo the Decimation. Then, Thanos from 2014 learns about their time-heist and reacts to it by coming to 2023 to take the Gauntlet and Kill 'Em All.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: A team of heroes who'll always fight as one for their planet while nonchalantly mocking each other. As shown in Age of Ultron:
    Bruce: [after Hawkeye gets injured] How's he doing?
    Tony: Well, unfortunately, he's still Barton.
    Bruce: That's terrible.


Avengers Initiative

The following heroes were the original six Avengers:

See their character pages. Thor was a founding member but left his place in the Avengers and as King of Asgard to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in further adventures.

New Avengers


New Avengers

Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil War

Black Widow: How do we look?
Captain America: Well, we're not the '27 Yankees.
Black Widow: We've got some hitters.
Captain America: They're good, but they're not a team.
Black Widow: Let's beat them into shape.

A new superhero team assembled under the leadership of Captain America and Black Widow to replace the original Avengers.

    Age of Ultron Recruits 

    Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver 

Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver
"You didn't see that coming?"

Species: Enhanced human

Citizenship: Sokovian

Affiliation(s): HYDRA, Avengers

Portrayed By: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gabriel Gurevich (young, WandaVision Episode 8)

Voiced By: Arturo Castañeda (Latin-American Spanish dub), Adrián Viador (European Spanish dub), Fuminori Komatsu (Japanese dub), Jean-Christophe Dollé (European French dub), Kevin Houle (Canadian French dub), Gustavo Pereira (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Captain America: The Winter Soldier note  | Avengers: Age of Ultron | WandaVision note 

"I don't see the big picture. I have a little picture. I take it out and look at it every day."

Wanda's twin brother, who also underwent Wolfgang von Strucker's experiment, which gave him superhuman speed. He joins his sister in helping bring about Ultron's vision of a new order without the Avengers. After learning of Ultron's real intentions, he defects alongside his sister and they join the Avengers in order to save their planet — along with what remains of their home. However, he ends up sacrificing his life to save Hawkeye.

For tropes applying to "The Visitor", see the MCU: Citizens - Westview page.

  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Practically every iteration of Quicksilver was born with his powers due to being a mutant. This Quicksilver received his powers as a result of experimentation with the Mind Stone.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Like his sister, he’s a mutant in the comics, but he’s a human experiment in the cinematic continuity.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While unlike the Ultimate Marvel, X-Men: Evolution, and Wolverine and the X-Men (2009) and in Pietro's case, his The Super Hero Squad Show counterparts, he and Wanda do make a Heel–Face Turn note , much like those incarnations with Magneto, they were willing allies of HYDRA and Ultron here, as opposed to the originals being forced to work for Magneto.
  • Adapted Out: Like Wanda, the fact that Fox owned the rights to the X-Men film franchise prior to 2019 means that his background is changed from having Magneto as his father to being the subject of experimentation.
  • Anti-Villain: At first, he antagonizes the Avengers because Tony Stark created the shells that bombed their home. Later, after he and Wanda realize Ultron's true motives, they join up with the Avengers.
  • Arrow Catch: He's more than fast enough to catch arrows, as Hawkeye finds out the hard way. He's also fast enough to catch Mjölnir in flight, although catching it isn't the hard part.
  • Badass Beard: Unlike the comics and X-Men Film Series, this version of Quicksilver sports a beard—and he can knock down several members of the Avengers.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In all their shared scenes, it's clear that he's protective of his sister. He is also the older twin of the two here (in the comics, Wanda is traditionally the older twin).
  • Bookends: He's introduced and shown in his last scene in the same way: running into Clint and saying "You didn't see that coming?"
  • Brother–Sister Team: He and Wanda have been the primary person in each others' lives since the death of their parents, and this shows in their dynamic on and off the battlefield.
  • Butt-Monkey: Pietro is usually injured or taken out in amusing ways, such as trying to grab Mjölnir and going sailing in the other direction.
  • Catchphrase: "You didn't see that coming?" Hawkeye borrows it at one point.
  • Civvie Spandex: Wears at least three blueish outfits throughout the movie: a blue track suit with white arrows on its side, a dark blue vest over a light blue T-shirt with black track pants, and his main promotional costume: a grey and blue undershirt with blue track pants. The last outfit in paticular looks a bit like he's closet cosplaying his comic outfit. Justified, since the Twins are poor street urchins who steal whatever clothes they can find to form outfits. Also, they don't join the Avengers until halfway into the movie, when the team would be busy dealing with Ultron.
  • Co-Dragons: He and his sister serve as co-conspirators for Ultron.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never referred to as "Quicksilver" in the film. Hawkeye calling him a "quick little bastard" is the closest it gets.
  • Disarm, Disassemble, Destroy: He uses his superspeed to snatch a pistol from Arms Dealer Ulysses Klaue and instantly unload and disassemble it, lining the parts and rounds neatly up on the table next to him. Klaue is surprised, but quickly regains his cool.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He first appears in The Stinger of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but doesn't play an important role until Age of Ultron.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: He goes completely unmentioned beyond Age of Ultron, aside from Hawkeye indirectly alluding to Pietro in Civil War by suggesting he owed someone a debt. Finally subverted by the events of WandaVision, in which Wanda brings up the fact that she's a twin and that her brother didn't make it... And is disturbed as soon as "Geraldine" mentions that Ultron killed him. Given her reaction, it's less he's been forgotten and more bringing him up around Wanda is too much of a raw nerve.
  • Fragile Speedster: He has Super Speed, but limited endurance: prolonged running takes a visible toll on him, and he needs to catch his breath at times. He's also not fast enough to stop bullets, unfortunately.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: When he isn't destroying drones by running through them, he's punching them.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: He runs right into combat with nothing but his fists, while his sister's telekinetic and telepathic powers don't require her to get close to anyone.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: The light-haired, Hot-Blooded to Wanda's Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After he and Wanda find out Ultron's real plan, they quickly jump ship.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He pulls one in the final battle, blocking a shower of bullets from an Ultron-controlled Quinjet to protect Hawkeye. This was done because Clint himself was performing a Heroic Sacrifice by attempting to shield a little boy from the Quinjet's fire.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Like his sister, he lets his hatred of Tony Stark (and by extension the Avengers) lead him to trusting Hydra, and Ultron.
  • Invulnerable Knuckles: He rips through Ultron units with ease using only his bare hands. It's a Required Secondary Power for a speedster.
  • Ironic Echo: His first and last lines to Clint, with the last being much Harsher in Hindsight.
    Pietro: You didn't see that coming?
  • Lovable Rogue: In a deleted scene, it's revealed that Pietro actively steals from the rich to provide for the poorer people of Sokovia.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's quite handsome and muscular. There is even a glimpse of his abs when he changes clothes for the final battle.
  • Multiple Gunshot Death: He dies protecting Hawkeye and a little boy from an onslaught of bullets, resulting in this. However, he survives for a few seconds before collapsing dead.
  • Mystical White Hair: It's not remarked on in the film, but flashbacks of him as a child show him with dark brown hair, indicating his hair color is a side effect of the experiments with the scepter.
  • No Indoor Voice: As a kid. Agatha actually lampshaded this.
    Pietro: IN ENGLISH, PAPA!
    Agatha: He's loud, isn't he?
    (later in the flashback)
    Pietro: WANDA!
    Agatha: I mean, we're right here.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: As Cap remarks when he learns of their origins, he and Wanda are just like he was, in that they volunteered to be experimented on so that they could gain superpowers with which to protect their country.
  • Not Wearing Tights: He never wears a proper costume, though the running gear he dons in the final battle has the same color scheme as his costume from the comics as a Mythology Gag.
  • Posthumous Character: Played with. Although Pietro dies in the movie he's introduced in and is seldom mentioned afterwards, his death hits the Avengers pretty hard, especially with Clint and Wanda. The former decides to give his newborn baby "Pietro" as his middle name, whereas the latter seldom mentions him due to the trauma his death caused her.
  • Power Incontinence: His introductory scene shows what happens when Super Speed meets a small, enclosed cell. Not a great combo.
  • Pre Mortem Catch Phrase: Says "You didn't see that coming?" right before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Race Lift: The Maximoff twins have usually been portrayed as Romani in the comics (either as the children of Magneto and his Romani wife Magda, children of the Romani Django and Marya Maximoff, or children of the Romani Natalya Maximoff), and of Jewish ancestry during the period when they were considered Magneto's children. In the MCU they are portrayed as white Eastern Europeans. note 
  • Redemption Equals Death: Pulls a Heel–Face Turn before the final battle and dies Taking the Bullet for Hawkeye and a kid the latter rescued.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With his twin, Wanda. Despite their color scheme, Pietro was the more impulsive of the two, with a tendency to leap before thinking. Justified, as he is a speedster who can get away with just about anything.
  • Required Secondary Powers: To go with his Super Speed, he is strong enough to plow into (or through) his enemies without pulping himself on impact. He also has reflexes quick enough to avoid running into things.
  • Sacrificial Lion: He's the first Avenger to actually die... And, come Infinity War and Endgame, isn't the only one to.
  • Smug Super: He can move too fast to be seen, and doesn't hesitate to rub it in people's faces. ("You didn't see that coming?") He also mocks Hawkeye, three times, about being an old man.
  • Sole Survivor: In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. List mentions that he and Wanda were the only test subjects of Strucker who survived his experiments.
  • Super Speed: His ability, which he first demonstrates in his cell, is to move too fast to be seen.
  • Tempting Fate: In a deleted scene, Wanda reprimands him for stealing too much and says that if he keeps it up, he'll get shot. Seeing as he now has Super Speed, Pietro's only response is to scoff and roll his eyes. Take one guess how he dies later on.
  • Toyless Toyline Character: Very little merchandise was made for the character.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in his first full appearance. It makes his Heroic Sacrifice all the more surprising.
  • You Killed My Father: The only reason he and Wanda willingly joined Hydra — and then Ultron — was because they lost their parents to an explosion caused by one of Stark's weapons.

Later Additions

    Infinity War Recruits 

    Endgame Recruits 

Superhero Allies

The following heroes are allies of the Avengers:See their character pages.

Other Allies

Only characters not described elsewhere are listed below. For other allies of the Avengers, see Main Character Index.

    Dr. Erik Selvig 

Dr. Erik Selvig
"There is nothing more reassuring than realizing that the world is crazier than you are."

Species: Human

Citizenship: Norwegian-American

Affiliation(s): Culver University, University of London, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Portrayed By: Stellan Skarsgård

Voiced By: Salvador Delgado (Latin-American Spanish dub); Salvador Vives [Thor, The Avengers], Joaquín Gómez [Thor: The Dark World-onwards] (European Spanish dub); Yoshiyuki Kaneko (Japanese dub), Jacques Frantz (European French dub), Denis Mercier (Canadian French dub), Luiz Carlos Persy (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Thor | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Spider-Man: Far From Home note 

"It's not a bad thing finding out that you don't have all the answers. You start asking the right questions."

An astrophysicist and college professor working with Jane Foster on studying wormhole anomalies. He suspects Thor of being crazy because he recognizes all of his stories from childhood, but in the end helped him out — specifically creating a fake identity for him as "Donald Blake." Was brainwashed by Loki in The Avengers, and is shown to be still affected by the experience in The Dark World.

  • Agent Scully: Never believed any of the supernatural aspects of Thor because they sounded too much like the stories he heard as a child. Repeatedly points this out to Jane. His expression when he sees Thor reclaim his powers has to be seen to be believed.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, his status of being dead or alive was left unclear, and he is listed among those missing in Avengers: Endgame. However, a tie-in novel explains that he was spared by Thanos, and his "missing" status is like Scott Lang's in that it's for reasons other than being killed by Thanos' snap.
  • Bad Liar: In Thor, when he explained about "Dr. Donald Blake" to Coulson, you can tell that Son of Coul easily sees through all his lies.
  • Big Damn Heroes: At the end of Dark World, saves Thor and Jane from being crushed by Malekith's ship by using the tech he invented to open a portal above them. As an added bonus, he ends up teleporting it right on top of Malekith, finishing him off for good. Not bad for a guy who had to be busted out of a psychiatric hospital earlier that day.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Loki somehow influences his actions in the stinger of Thor, then gives him the full Chitauri scepter treatment in The Avengers. When he "wakes up", he's very unhappy.
  • Canon Foreigner: He didn't exist in the comics prior to being introduced in the first Thor film.
  • Canon Immigrant: He was incorporated into the comics in Avengers Standoff.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Double Subverted. He can definitely hold his liquor, but getting into a drinking contest against Thor himself, the God of Boisterous Bruisers, even when the latter is Brought Down to Badass? You lose that one.
    Thor: We drank, we fought. He made his ancestors proud!
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He became cooky and silly in Dark World due to his experiences in The Avengers.
  • Cool Old Guy: As shown by his behavior when at the bar with Thor.
  • Evil Genius: Of Loki's group in The Avengers, though not by choice.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Was doing this when under Loki's control, making his scepter the key to closing the Chitauri portal, as he explains to Black Widow after being broken out by Iron Man.
  • For Science!: Gains this sort of glee after Loki mind-controls him.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Becomes unhinged in The Dark World as a result of being brainwashed by Loki, which had the specific effect of dumping a massive amount of knowledge on him. On a more mundane level, the undoing of it (getting thrown 30 feet by a small explosion and hitting his head really hard) on a man likely in his sixties probably helped make it worse.
  • Hourglass Plot: In both The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, his experience with cosmic happenings has taken him far away from his rationalist origins.
  • Irony: Started as a rationalist, down-to-earth scientist skeptical about mythical resonances to cosmic events, then he eventually becomes a Cloud Cuckoo Lander with his reputation in tatters (though it seems to have recovered by Age of Ultron - getting his sanity back probably helped). He has a speech about it in Thor: The Dark World after which he becomes functional again.
  • Last-Name Basis: Gets referred to as Selvig more than Erik.
  • Mentor Archetype: To Jane, and later to Thor in Thor as he guides both of them in different ways.
  • Naked Nutter: Left unhinged as a result of Loki's brainwashing, he ends up getting arrested - on camera - at Stonehenge after stripping down naked and loudly haranguing tourists.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In The Dark World he runs around Stonehenge without a scrap of clothing.
  • Papa Wolf: Has shades of this towards Jane such as telling Thor not to hurt her. He's also this to Darcy.
  • Put on a Bus: Doesn't appear in Thor: Ragnarok, despite prominent roles in the first two films. The same applies to all of the human cast of the Thor movies, with Jane just getting a quick mention.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: When mind-controlled by Loki to work on the Chitauri portal.
  • Sanity Slippage: In The Dark World due to the effects of Loki messing with his mind.
  • Sanity Strengthening: He's back to his old self by the time of Age of Ultron.
  • The Smart Guy: Recruited by Fury to be a big thinker for S.H.I.E.L.D. and Loki took advantage of this by poaching him for his own team.

    Dr. Helen Cho 

Dr. Helen Cho
"Unlike you, I don't have a lot of time for parties... Will Thor be there?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: South Korean

Affiliation(s): U-GIN, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Portrayed By: Claudia Kim

Voiced By: Xóchitl Ugarte (Latin-American Spanish dub), Laura Pastor (European Spanish dub), Kanako Sakuragi (Japanese dub), Anne Tilloy (European French dub), Lise Martin (Canadian French dub), Adriana Torres (Brazilian Portuguese dub)

Appearances: Avengers: Age of Ultron

"This is the next thing, Tony. Your clunky metal suits are going to be left in the dust."

A world-renowned South Korean geneticist and friend of Tony Stark who aids the Avengers.

  • Ascended Extra: Helen Cho is an extremely minor character in the comics, and was introduced as a Posthumous Character to boot. The idea of making her a famous scientist and ally of the Avengers was created exclusively for the film.
  • Asian and Nerdy: She's a South Korean Hot Scientist.
  • Brainwashed: Ultron uses Loki's scepter and hypnotizes her into creating a synthetic body he can upload himself into, using a new fusion material composed of vibranium and her synthetic tissue. Wanda uses her powers to snap Dr. Cho out of her trance when she finds out Ultron's true plans.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She hasn't appeared since Age of Ultron.
  • Composite Character: Her intelligence seems to come from Amadeus Cho, her son in the comics, and her lab work with Banner suggests a hint of Kate Waynesboro. She also takes Professor Horton's role as the Vision's creator.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at Tony for spending the majority of his time partying and not on his work. She even makes a quip at Ultron!
  • Locking Macgyver In The Store Cupboard: Helen is seriously wounded by Ultron when the latter breaks into her lab, leading some viewers to think that she died. However, she is briefly spotted with the Avengers at the movie's end, which may seem like an Unexplained Recovery, until you realize she was right in the middle of her lab with tissue regeneration equipment.
  • The Medic: Helen serves as an in-house physician of sorts at Avengers Tower, with the help of her biology and genetics research.
  • Not So Above It All: When Tony asks her if she's attending the evening party, she snarks that unlike him she has priorities and doesn't spend all of her time partying... Until she asks if Thor is attending, which made her reconsider.
  • Remember the New Guy?: She's a close friend of Tony and Bruce, but has never been seen or mentioned in any of the prior films.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Despite her comic counterpart being a Posthumous Character, Helen survives the movie and goes on to help found the new Avengers compound.
  • Uncertain Doom: Unlike everyone else on Earth affected by Thanos's snap, it is unknown whether or not Helen survived the snap or if she was dusted off-screen like Shuri was.


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