The follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters this summer with Cap vs Stark in CIVIL WAR! (Not to be confused with the American Civil War from – you know, history…) In the comics, the conflict was sparked by the Superhuman Registration Act, Tony Stark was for it, Steve Rogers was against it and the rest of the Avengers took sides.
The following is a rundown of all the Marvel heroes taking sides in coming conflict…
First Appearance: The Avengers #1 (1963)
Initial Roster: Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and The Wasp!
Other Notable Members: Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, The Vision, Black Panther, Spider-man, Wolverine, War Machine, The Falcon, Doctor Strange, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Namor, etc
Villains: Loki, Ultron, Thanos, Kang the Conqueror, Graviton, Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil!
Must Read Stories: Civil War, Avengers Disassembled, World War Hulk, Avengers vs X-Men, The Kree / Skrull War, The Infinity Gauntlet, Dark Reign, Siege, Uncanny Avengers, and The Ultimates (1 + 2 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch)
First Appearance: Captain America comics #1 (1941)
Secret Identity: Steve Rogers
Power Set: Enhanced strength, agility and endurance.
Origin: During World War II, Rogers enlisted in the United States Army and was recruited into a top-secret super-soldier program in the fight against the Hitler, the Nazis and Hydra.
Allies: Bucky, The Falcon, The Avengers, Nick Fury, SHIELD
Villains: The Red Skull, Hydra, Hitler, The Winter Soldier, Cross-Bones, Baron Zemo, Nuke, Zola, Baron Strucker, Dr. Faustus and… Batroc the Leaper?!
Must Read Stories: Man Out of Time, The Death of Captain America, Winter Soldier, Marvel Knights, Operation: Rebirth, The Secret Empire, and Captain America: White
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)
Secret Identity: Tony Stark
Power Set: Genius, billionaire, philanthropist and inventor with a high-tech custom-made suit of armor, powered by an arc-reactor.
Origin: CEO of Stark Industries and arms industrialist Tony Stark was captured by terrorists and forced to create a weapon at gun point, however Stark instead manages to create a suit of armor to facilitate his escape. The encounter leads Tony to have a change of heart and dedicate his life to selflessly protecting the rest of the world with his technology and ingenuity.
Allies: The Avengers, SHIELD, War Machine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, Jarvis
Villains: Iron Monger, The Mandarin, Whiplash, MODOK, The Black Widow, Hawkeye, Ultron, Crimson Dynamo, Madame Masque, AIM, Aldrich Killian, The Titanium Man, and Fin-Fang-Foom!
Must Read Stories: Extremis, Demon in a Bottle, the Five Nightmares, Enter the Mandarin, Doomquest, Armor Wars, Director of SHIELD, and The Iron Monger Saga
THE WINTER SOLDIER (Team Cap)
First Appearance: Captain America #1 (1941) / Captain America #1 (2005)
Secret Identity: Bucky Barnes
Power Set: Highly trained soldier turned expert assassin with a cybernetic arm gifting him with superhuman strength and reflexes. One of the world’s best marksmen.
Origin: The former side-kick of Captain America, during WWII, Bucky was captured by the Soviets and brain washed into remorseless killing machine. One of his arms was replaced with a high-tech prosthetic, making him even deadlier adversary. Cap was eventually able to get through to his old friend. In Rogers’s absence, Bucky served as the new Captain America for a time.
THE BLACK WIDOW (Team Iron Man)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)
Secret Identity: Natasha Romanoff
Power Set: Super-spy, martial arts master, weapons expert, Olympic-level gymnast, expert tactician, psychological manipulator, multiple aliases, immune to most infections / diseases / poisons, and enhanced healing and anti-aging due to biological manipulation.
She is also equipped with numerous gadgets in the field, including: two wrist-mounted gauntlets with tranq-darts and tazers, grappling hooks, gas pellets, various weapons, etc
Origin: A former KGB operative, the Russian double-agent defected to SHIELD and joined forces with Nick Fury in the fight against Hydra and other nefarious organizations.
Allies: SHIELD, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, The Avengers, Daredevil, Colossus
Villains: Hydra, AIM, The Hand, Vindiktor, Ammo, Bengal, Sophia, Dead-Ringer, Ebon Flame, Cassandra, Fatale, Firefox, Iron Maiden, Kestrel, Omega Red, Rose, Ronin, The Crimson Dynamo
HAWKEYE (Team Cap)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57 (1964)
Secret Identity: Clint Barton
Power Set: Best archer in the world, armed with a variety of trick-arrows.
Origin: Former super-villain turned Avenger.
Allies: The Avengers, Black Widow, Wolverine, Mockingbird
Villains: Taskmaster, Bullseye, Trick-Shot, Batroc, Baron Zemo, AIM, Crossfire, Viper, and the Tracksuit Bros?
SCARLET WITCH (Team Cap)
First Appearance: X-Men #4 (1963)
Secret Identity: Wanda Maximoff
Power Set: Telekinesis, telepathy, mind-control, reality warping, and quantum probability manipulation.
Origin: The daughter of Magneto and twin sister of Quicksilver, Wanda Maximoff’s mutant abilities defy logical explanation. Together with her brother, Pietro, Wanda leaves the Brotherhood and joins The Avengers.
Allies: The Avengers, The X-Men, Quicksilver, Vision
Villains: The Brotherhood, Dr. Doom
THE VISION (Team Iron Man)
First Appearance: The Avengers #57 (1968)
Secret Identity: N/A
Power Set: A super-intelligent and powerful synthetic humanoid with the ability to fly and phase through solid objects, in addition to energy blasts and interfacing with computers.
Origin: An android created by Ultron to destroy the Avengers, but instead joined them.
Allies: The Avengers, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man
Villains: Ultron, Anti-Vision
WAR MACHINE (Team Iron Man)
First Appearance: Iron Man #118 (1979)
Secret Identity: Col. Rhodes
Power Set: Military background, utilizes a weaponized version of Iron Man’s armor.
Origin: A combat pilot and close friend of Tony Stark’s, Rhodey took his place as Iron Man when Tony had a bought with alcoholism, eventually upgrading the armor and taking on a new identity.
Allies: Iron Man, The Avengers, SHIELD
THE FALCON (Team Cap)
First Appearance: Captain America #117 (1969)
Secret Identity: Sam Wilson
Power Set: Flight, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, telepathic link with birds.
Origin: A Harlem crime fighter who gained his powers and abilities from the Cosmic Cube and Wakandan tech. He teamed up with Captain America and joined the Avengers, later taking over as the new Cap.
Allies: Captain America, SHIELD, Nick Fury, The Avengers
ANT-MAN (Team Cap)
First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (1962)
Secret Identity: Dr. Hank Pym / Scott Lang
Power Set: The Ant-Man suit enables it’s wearer to shrink one’s size while retaining the same mass and inertia.
Origin: Scott Lang, a common-thief-turned-hero donned Pym’s Ant-Man suit to save his daughter.
Allies: The Avengers, The Wasp
Villains: Ultron, Yellow Jacket, Taskmaster, a can of Raid…
BLACK PANTHER (Team Iron Man?)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (1966)
Secret Identity: T’Challa
Power Set: Superhuman strength, agility and heightened senses. Acrobatic prowess, martial artist, and strategist. Utilizes a Vibranium-weave suit with a cloaking device.
Origin: Heir to the Wakandan dynasty, T’Challa donned the identity of Black Panther when his father, T’Chaka was murdered by the villainous Klaw, a mercenary after his country’s supply of Vibranium.
Allies: The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Namor, Daredevil, Storm
Villains: Klaw, White Wolf, Batroc, and Kill-monger
Must Read Stories: Who is the Black Panther?, The Client
SPIDER-MAN (Team Iron Man?)
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)
Secret Identity: Peter Parker
Power Set: Can do whatever a spider can. (Has enhanced strength / agility, a sixth sense, an over-the-top sense of humor, one stylish crime-fighting get-up, and wrist-mounted web-shooters)
Origin: Bit by a radioactive / genetically altered spider while on a High School field trip. Parker became a hero after the loss of his Uncle Ben at the hands of a mugger, because ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’.
Allies: The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, The X-Men, SHIELD, Wolverine, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Doctor Strange, Deadpool, Spider-Woman, Ultimate Spider-man, Silk, Spider-Gwen, etc
Villains: The Green Goblin / Norman Osborn, Doc Ock, Venom, The Kingpin, Electro, Rhino, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Shocker, Mysterio, Dr. Doom, etc
Must Read Stories: The Amazing Spider-man Classic (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko), Ultimate Spider-man (by Brian Michael Bendis), Spider-men, Spider-verse, Tangled Web, The Sinister Six, Down Among the Dead Men, Doctor Octopus: Year One, Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut, Marvel Team-Up, The Death of Gwen Stacy, Negative Exposure, Kraven’s Last Hunt, Parallel Lives, and Spider-man: BLUE
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