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The Avengers Defenders War is a 1973 crossover between The Avengers and The Defenders.

The Enchantress turned the Black Knight into a stone statue, and the Defenders (Dr. Strange, Hulk, Namor, Silver Surfer, Valkyrie and Hawkeye, who had just left the Avengers) sought to help him. Dr. Strange communicated with the Knight's soul, but Dormammu and Loki (who was blind at the moment) changed his message, so that he appeared to send the Defenders to gather the pieces of a Dismantled MacGuffin known as the Evil Eye. Dormammu wanted the Evil Eye in order to merge Earth with his own Dark Dimension. Loki, fearing that Dormammu might do the same to Asgard, warned the Avengers to stop the Defenders. The Avengers at the time were composed of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Black Panther, Mantis and the Swordsman.

After a number of clashes over the pieces of the Eye, Captain America and Namor realized that their groups had been manipulated into fighting each other, but it was late: Dormammu took the united pieces of the Evil Eye, and began to merge Earth into his own dimension. But he was betrayed by Loki and defeated by the Scarlet Witch, ending the war.


The Avengers Defenders War contains examples of:

  • Alternate History: After the defeat of Dormammu, the Defenders returned to their original goal of undoing the spell that turned the Black Knight to stone. They were sent to a comic book version of the Crusades.
  • Appease the Volcano God: The unconscious Scarlet Witch was about to be a human sacrifice for the erupting volcano, when the crazy natives put her on the way of the lava stream.
  • Argentina Is Nazi-Land: The Valkyrie and the Swordsman fought in a castle of a runaway Nazi.
  • Conflict Ball: The story needs that the Defenders and the Avengers do not talk very much about the reasons of their fight, because otherwise there would be no fights, and that's what readers want. But when Namor and Captain America did just that (with the other fights already fought), reason prevailed.
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  • Continuity Nod: Namor's reference to his previous "fight" with Captain America. It was actually a single panel, Captain America attacked Namor from the back, and Namor effortlessly tossed him aside without even bothering to check to had attacked him.
  • Covers Always Lie
    • Defenders 9. Contrary to the cover, Hawkeye mentioned being a Defender, but no Defender came to his rescue: he fought Iron Man alone.
    • Defenders 10: "The incredible Hulk vs. the mighty Thor — in a battle to the finish!" Not to the finish: the battle ended when Avengers and Defenders mended their differences.
    • Avengers 117: A good description of the fight that took place inside the comic... but with the roles of Namor and Captain America reversed.
  • Creator Provincialism: Ejem. There is no jungle in Sucre, Bolivia. Sucre is located in a dry altiplano.
  • Did You Just Scam Cthulhu?: Not a common sight. The Trickster has been tricked, and even forced to the indignity of asking his despised brother Thor for help.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Evil Eye.
  • Enemy Mine: Avengers and Defenders against Loki and Dormammu, and then Loki with them against Dormammu (also, when he asked for help).
  • Exact Words: Dormammu had once attempted to conquer Earth, but he was defeated by Dr. Strange, who forced him to swear an oath that he would never return to Earth's dimension again. Thus he wanted the Evil Eye... if he moved Earth to his own dimension, he could conquer it without breaking his oath.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Dr. Strange erased the knowledge of the existence of the Defenders from Nick Fury's mind but let the Avengers keep theirs.
    • During the fight, Dormammu turned Thor and Iron Man into Don Blake and Tony Stark. Afterwards, Dr. Strange erased from everyone else the memory of their secret identities.
  • MacGuffin Delivery Service: Dormammu sends the Defenders (and the Avengers) to find the scattered pieces of the Evil Eye so that he can assemble it and use it himself.
  • MacGuffin Melee: The Vision and the Silver Surfer were both running to claim a piece of the Evil Eye. The Vision was closer... but saw the unconscious Scarlet Witch about to be killed by a lava stream and left the fight to save her, allowing the Silver Surfer to take the prize.
  • Never My Fault: Loki helped Dormammu, but once he realized the potential problems with that, he warned the Avengers to stop the Defenders. What did he tell them, exactly? That the Defenders were trying to take over the world — not that he had loosed something which had gotten out of hand (in Dormammu) or that he had made a mistake. Never a mistake. Oh no.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: As Captain America and Namor trespassed in Japan to find a piece of the Evil Eye, the Japanese hero Sunfire took it for the government of Japan. Yes, an Obstructive Bureaucrat who can fire sunbolts... but an Obstructive Bureaucrat nonetheless.
  • Revision: The Evil Eye was a MacGuffin item created during Jack Kirby's run on the Fantastic Four, which exploded like an atomic bomb. This story says that it was not actually destroyed but divided into six parts that fell in different parts of the world.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Prester John somehow knows the time travel thing involving the Diabolic Eye, even when he wasn't a time traveler himself.
  • Secretly Dying: The Swordsman, because of the injuries he had received. When Namor and Captain America gather all the Avengers and Defenders, he seems to be fine; but as it was revealed in the Avengers comic book immediately after, he was concealing his wounds, to prove himself worthy of being an Avenger.
  • Something We Forgot: After the discussion of Namor and Captain America, Avengers and Defenders returned from their varied locations in the world, to clarify what had happened... and they suddenly realized that they forgot about Thor and Hulk.
  • Stable Time Loop: Averted. The Human Torch met Prester John, an immortal who owned the Evil Eye. He stole it to open the dome that closed Attilan, but it exploded half the way. It was divided in several pieces, and during this crossover the pieces were located and used to recreate the original thing. And then the Defender were displaced to the past, along with the Evil Eye, and they gave it to Prester John... some years before he got it in the first place (so he has two now?)
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Loki wanted to save Asgard and protect Odin because he felt only he had the right to overthrow Odin.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: Loki was blind during this adventure. He joined forces with Dormammu, hoping to be cured from his blindness, and he was... but he didn't like the way it happened
  • Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: Vision vs. Silver Surfer! Dr. Strange vs. Black Panther and Mantis! Swordsman vs. Valkery! Hawkeye vs. Iron Man! Captain America vs. Namor! Hulk vs. Thor!
  • Unreliable Narrator: Loki's description of the Defenders.

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