The Avengers are a fictional team of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The team made its debut in The Avengers #1 (cover-dated Sept. 1963), created by writer -editor Stan Lee and artist /co-plotter Jack Kirby. The Avengers is Lee and Kirby's renovation of a previous superhero team, All-Winners Squad, who appeared in comic books series published by Marvel Comics ' predecessor Timely Comics.
Labeled " Earth 's Mightiest Heroes", the Avengers originally consisted of Ant - Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp. Ant - Man had become Giant - Man by issue #2. The original CaptainAmerica was discovered trapped in ice in issue #4, and joined the group after they revived him. A rotating roster became a hallmark of the series, although one theme remained consistent: the Avengers fight "the foes no single superhero can withstand." The team, famous for its battle cry of " Avengers Assemble!", has featured humans, mutants, Inhumans, androids, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former villains.
The team has appeared in a wide variety of media outside of comic books, including a number of different animated television series and direct-to- video films. The 2012 live-action feature film The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, set numerous records during its box office run, including one of the biggest opening debuts in North America, with a weekend gross of $207.4 million.
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