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Avengers Assemble
After the weekly Avengers: No Surrender event, Marvel relaunched The Avengers into their eighth volume, a Comic Book Run written by Jason Aaron. This run returns to a Magnificent Seven-style team, featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk and Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes). Arcs feature a rotating, temporary eighth member; for example; the first arc stars Doctor Strange, while the third focuses on Blade.

Among the storylines in this title are a secret early incarnation of the Avengers at the dawn of human history, a vampire civil war, a new Squadron Supreme under the command of the United States of America, and the return of the Phoenix. Across the many stories, however, lies the threat of Mephisto, who seems to be pulling the strings against many of the threats the team encounters.

Notable Storylines created during this run include:



  • Alliance of Alternates: In the Moon Knight arc, every Mephisto that Spector kills is replaced by another one, implicitly from a parallel universe based on their thematic clothing and appearance.
  • Alien Sky: Once Moon Knight helps Khonshu conquer the world and rewrite it entirely to its own ends, the Earth has multiple alien moons clustered together on top its native one.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The first story arc is resolved when the Avengers initiate a Uni-Mind to combine all their disparate strengths and fend off the Dark Celestials.
  • Amazon Chaser: Jennifer's new appearance is quite brutish, starkly contrasted to her previous appearance and closer to her cousin. Even so, Ulik and other trolls finds her incredibly attractive, especially while she's beating them into the ground.
  • But Now I Must Go: After telling Thor that she's his mother and having him accept, Firehair tells him that she has to go as the Phoenix has selected a new avatar but she hopes that they will have more chances to see each other in the future.
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  • Bystander Syndrome: The leader of the Squadron Supreme admits that they can defeat the War of the Realms with no problem, but he's only concerned about protecting the US from it. And the rest of the world? Someone else's problem.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Jennifer is rather controversially characterized as having long running resentment of being objectified by friend and foe alike constantly. This is a major contrast to her confidence and joy at the freedom and beauty that She-Hulk granted her. She's somewhat happy that now she gets to "be ugly".
  • Character Exaggeration: In an issue where the inner monologues of the Avengers are on display, Thor is shown to be exceedingly insecure about being worthy of Mjolnir and constantly worrying if he can pick it up again whenever he sets it down. It's ambiguous if this is toned down later or we're just not aware of his inner monologue anymore.
  • The Corruption: The Horde have become more proactive in their war against the Celestials and started acting as a sort of infection to usurp control of their bodies and minds, turning them into Dark Celestials.
  • Cosmic Horror Reveal: Earth's potential for superhumanity is revealed to be due to a Celestial dying on the planet in its earliest days, from an infection by the Horde, its cosmically radioactive body fluids leaking out into the plant's very foundation. The celestial equivalent of its lover sought revenge, only to be infected itself, the Horde now having learned how to puppet its body without killing it. To one day combat this, the Celestials deliberately cultivated Earth's potential as a kind of petri dish for a cure to the Horde infection. The Eternals were engineered to steward this development until its completion, teaching the superpowered populace how to combine their strength in a Uni-Mind.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Namor is heavily implied to have given one to Echo during their match in the Phoenix tournament.
  • Deal with the Devil: Agent Coulson seems to have struck one with Mephisto to both resurrect himself and give him control over the new Squadron Supreme.
  • Dream Team: Except for Ghost Rider and She-Hulk, all core members are leading stars of MCU blockbusters.
  • Enemy Civil War: Dracula will no longer be the lord of vampires, which causes other vampires rush to take the throne.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Phil Coulson is alive again, but he's a villain now.
  • Giant Corpse World: The new base of operations for the team, called Avengers Mountain, is the body of the first Celestial on Earth that died from Horde infection, erected as a gift from the Celestials to the world, a symbol of life's wonder and a warning of what'll happen if anyone tries to snuff it out. The remains have a lot of useful properties that can be applied to their needs.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: In the opening arc the Eternals are revealed to have all gone insane and killed each other after learning their true purpose intended by the Celestials. They all got better eventually.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Mephisto claims to have been behind several misfortunes of the Avengers over the years.
  • In Name Only: The "Heroes Reborn" arc bears no resemblance or relation to the 90s story arc of the same name; instead, it features a Marvel Universe where the Avengers never formed and the Squadron Supreme are Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Phoenix force returns to Earth, takes a number of potential hosts and pits them against each other in a tournament, each one enhanced by a portion of its power.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Phoenix Force, in the form of Lady Phoenix from One Million BC (either that, or the spirit of the actual Lady Phoenix) tells Thor "I've come to tell you everything. My son."
  • Power Parasite: Moon Knight returns with Ankh charms enchanted Khonshu to steal the various supernatural powers of the Avengers. With this he effortlessly curb stomps the team, the only hiccup being T'Challa, whose power can't be taken but must be relinquished willingly.
  • Race Lift: Much like in Supreme Power, the new Nighthawk is African-American.
  • Replacement Flat Character: Hulk could not be used here because he was being used in Immortal Hulk, a comic with an horror theme and complex plots that do not fit the tone of this run. She-Hulk is used as a replacement, but not the way readers know her, instead as a musclebound brute and Hulk Speak even calling herself Hulk now.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Inverted; In issue 46, Gorilla Man betrays the Avengers to the Winter Guard under the promise that they'll kill him afterwards. While Ursa Major, who was secretly allied with the Avengers, is executed before their departure by Red Widow, she only sarcastically pretends to shoot Hale, leaving him crestfallen at betraying everyone for nothing. Hale is only alive because if anyone killed him, they'd take on his curse.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: During "Heroes Reborn", Blade and Echo are the only ones to remember the Marvel Universe that was.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The Phoenix arc has a tournament between several heroes and villains, and the winner would get the full power of the Phoenix. However, Phoenix ended it all before the final fights concluded and hand-picked instead Echo, who had already been defeated
  • Show, Don't Tell: Aaron wants you to know what a huge threat the Final Host. He does this primarily by telling you so again and again and again.
  • Sixth Ranger: A selling point was that there would be an eighth member slot, rotating out on an arc-by-arc basis:
    • The first arc guest stars Doctor Strange, as he is with T'Challa as they're investigating a Celestial corpse in South Africa.
    • The third features Blade coordinating the Avengers' efforts against the vampire civil war.
  • Take That, Audience!: The fandom complaints about Jane Foster's Thor (also by Aaron) are voiced in-universe by Ulik. The literal King of the Trolls. Subtle.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Blade, the Black Widow and She-Hulk all get upgrades for Aaron's run. Blade has a baby version of Man-Thing called Boy-Thing. This lets him teleport and with some outside help, he was also able to get a wooden pistol that shoots bullets capable of injuring something as invulnerable as the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Black Widow took part in the battle for the Star-Brand and she gets herself a missile and energy weapon focused variant of the War Machine armor, the War Widow. She-Hulk has a few more extra gamma ray powers, including releasing it in a surrounding blast and breathing out a stream of it.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: The new Phoenix avatar is Echo. She actually lost her bout against Namor, but it turns out the Phoenix Force didn't care about who's the strongest or who won their match. The Phoenix Force wanted someone who's emotionally compatible with it and it also found Maya's martial mimicking ability interesting.
  • Tournament Arc: The Phoenix Force orchestrates one to determine who will be its new host.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Jennifer goes through a drastic change in her gamma mutation from touching the corpse of a Celestial, apparently intentional in their inscrutable wisdom to empower her against stronger threats.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: All over the place. Story arcs usually open with someone antagonizing the Avengers only to later reveal that they're fighting as preparation against a worse threat soon to reveal itself.

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