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The Sequel Series to Mark Waid's All-New, All-Different Avengers, picking up right where the end of Civil War II and the first scene of Champions (2016) left off: Nova, Spider-Man (Miles Morales) and Ms. Marvel have all quit the Avengers and the team itself is strained folloing Civil War II. Joining the remaining members of the team (Captain America, Thor, The Vision) are The Wasp (Nadia Pym), Hercules and The Amazing Spider-Man. And just in time too, as the Avengers find themselves embroiled in "Kang War" due to The Vision stealing the infant Kang from his crib.

Concurrently with this series are a series of ".1" issues following Cap's Kooky Quartet and going more in depth into how three super criminals went from being hated by the public to being loved and trusted by it and is said to have some connection to the current run. Both series are part of Marvel NOW! (2016).


Following the Marvel Legacy relaunch the series was renumbered to #672 and crossed over with the concurrent run of Champions in an arc called "Worlds Collide" to stop the High Evolutionary from causing Earth's destruction.

This series, along with New Avengers (2015) and Uncanny Avengers, lead into the weekly Avengers: No Surrender event, which was co-written by Mark Waid, used the same numbering as this series, and featured members of this iteration of the team.


Avengers (2016) contains examples of:

  • The Atoner: Peter clearly regrets his actions during Civil War II and in order to make up for them has made the Avengers a new HQ and says it was Spider-Man's idea.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The various versions of Kang.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The heroes are saved from being erased by existence by a Good Counterpart of Kang pulling them into Limbo.
  • Body Horror: In Worlds Collide, High Evolutionary plans to give Sam actual wings... just like the ones his former sidekick the other Falcon has.
  • Breather Episode: Issue #11, which is the first issue after Secret Empire and the first before their crossover with the Champions.
  • Combination Attack: Captain America pulls one of these off on the fly, throwing his shield to Herc and having Herc hold it while Thor strikes it with her hammer counting on Herc to hold it steady. He does and the resulting strike creates a sonic boom that defeats the monster they were fighting.
  • Comics Merger: After issue 674, it merges with Uncanny Avengers and U.S.Avengers to form the new weekly book Avengers: No Surrender, which continues the numbering at #675.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Sam mentions how most of the team left when recruiting Hercules.
    • Herc mentions trying to improve himself and his reputation, a nod to his series, and is clearly touched by Sam asking him to join the Avengers, a nod to how he wasn't called to help with the Celestial during Civil War II unlike everyone else.
    • Nadia doesn't trust Spidey, a nod to how her surrogate mom didn't in the original Avengers comics.
    • Wasp speaks very much how she did in the Stan Lee stories in issue .1.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cap's Kooky Quartet end up on the wrong end of one courtesy of the Frightful Four.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Spider-Man naturally. Thor also gets in on this.
  • Did Not Think This Through: Thanks to the events of Secret Empire, Peter destroyed Parker Industries... and left the Avengers without a base. Since this team doesn't know Peter and Spider-Man are one and the same, poor Pete has to deal with their anger and has to hold his tongue.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Issue 9. It really should've been a Mighty Thor issue, as she's the only Avenger who appears.
  • Downer Ending: Issue 1 ends with the entire team being slowly erased from existence.
    • Issue .1 ends with Cap's Kooky Quartet thoroughly thrashed and Wasp regretting leaving the team.
  • Enemy Mine: Kang and Scarlet Centurion team up due to having similar goals.
  • Four Is Death: The original Frightful Four show up.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Doom is set to assist the team sometime in the future, whether it sticks or not remains to be seen.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Vision's kidnapping of an infant Kang towards the end of the previous volume is a major plot point here.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: There will be a fight between the Avengers and the Champions, easily showing that there is still some heavy tension between the former members of the ANAD Avengers.
  • Irrational Hatred: The first issue shows Nadia has an extreme dislike for Spider-Man, even though prior to then they've never met. It takes a few issues but Spidey wins over Nadia... only for her to just start hating Peter.
  • More Dakka: Hercules opens the series firing a machine gun at a monster.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Despite his open armed welcome, poor Spidey is constantly crapped on by the other Avengers. It probably doesn't help that Peter's never worked with most of these Avengers and the people who used the names of his teammates don't know him as intimately as they did.
  • Offhand Backhand: When Kang tries to age Hercules to impotence if not death, Herc slaps him away while boasting that he'll be alive to see the sun grow cold, so taking away "centuries" of his life is meaningless.
  • Off-Model: For some reason, both Mike del Mundo and Phil Noto draw Nadia with longer hair instead of the bob and bangs she wears in her solo title and All-New, All-Different Avengers.
  • Put on a Bus: Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) all quit the team prior to the first issue.
    • Iron Man however is in a coma from the aftermath of Civil War.
  • Rags to Riches: Setting wise. The team goes from the dingy Stark Hanger to the ritzy well-prepped upper floors of the Baxter Building.
    • What convinces Hawkeye to stay as an Avenger after nearly quitting on impulse, as he's gone from being a fugitive and before that a carny, to having a butler who can bring him lobster on command.
  • Reality Ensues: All over issue .1:
    • Cap's Kooky Quartet is not seen favorably by the public due to being former super villains, especially Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch due to being former mutant terrorists.
    • Cap dosen't react well to the rest of the team leaving on short notice and has trouble managing his new team of complete strangers.
    • Finally the team is easily thrashed by the Frightful Four due to a combination of inexperience working together and a distinct lack of power compared to the previous lineup (Wanda having not taken the levels of badass she took in later years).
  • Sequel Series: Picks up where All-New All-Different Avengers left off and continues the plot threads from there that are left out of Champions. Also counts as a slight example to Hercules (2015) due to including Hercules and continuing his quest to redeem himself.
  • Series Fauxnale: Issue #11 is technically the last of its volume, but this version of team (still written by Waid) continues through to the legacy numbering of Avengers.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: After being saved by Hercules, Nadia is tasked with returning baby Kang to its proper place in history.
  • Sixth Ranger: Hercules and Spider-Man join the already established team: Herc due to helping the team out with an ice monster and gelling with them instantly and Spidey due to both setting up the team's new HQ and jumping in to help against Kang without hesitation.
    • It's heavily implied Cap's Kooky Quartet is getting one who didn't survive.
  • Something Completely Different: Issue 10, which features the Hydra Avengers instead of the regular team. Vision is the only one in both lineups.
  • Spanner in the Works: Hercules is this towards Kang's Ret-Gone attack on the Avengers - Sybil believes that Kang either didn't think he was worth killing or he had absolutely no idea when Herc was born.
  • Teeth Clenched Team Work: Nadia really doesn't like Spider-Man. Just like the first Wasp didn't at first back in the original 1963 series.
    • The whole team and Doom, going both ways. According to an interview with Mark Waid, Doom sees working with the team akin to working with a pack of uncooperative sled dogs.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Scarlet Centurion who hasn't been seen in some time.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Sam lays into The Vision for hiding his kidnapping from the rest of the team and never intending to tell them, putting them all in jeopardy.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Averted at the end of issue 1: Kang and Scarlet Centurion go into the time stream and, now free of paradoxes, destroy all of the Avengers before they were born, causing them to unravel in the present.


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