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The Avengers were formed by Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man, and The Hulk (Captain America did not join until issue #4, although he is considered an honorary founding member). The team's constantly changing roster has brought many of the Marvel Universe heroes onboard, although the Avenger's original goal remains consistent: the Avengers fight the foes no single superhero can withstand thus their famous battle cry, "Avengers Assemble!" The team has included non-powered humans, mutants, androids, robots, gods, aliens, supernatural beings, and even former super-villains.
Avengers # 4, as re-imagined by Alex Ross.
The Avengers Movie hits the screen on May 4, 2012. The Avengers in the film are portrayed by actors Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Chris Evans (Captain America)
Avengers at war: The Marvel Civil War splits Captain America from Iron Man
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Original Avengers Lineup
Iron Man (Anthony "Tony" Stark) - Billionare genius who developed an armored suit/weapons platform
Thor (Dr. Donald Blake) -Asgardian god of thunder
Ant Man (Henry Pym) -Biochemist who developed a size-changing formula and technology to communicate with insects. Also known as Giant-Man and Yellowjacket.
Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) -Heiress and socialite. Associate (later girlfriend and wife) of Henry Pym. Use of Pym's size-changing discovery enables Wasp to change sizes as well.
The Hulk (Dr. Bruce Banner) -Physist whose Gamma Bomb bathed him in Gamma radiation, turning the genius Banner into the simple-minded green-skinned brute known as the Hulk.
Later Avengers Members and Issue they Joined the Avengers (all issues are Volume #1 unless otherwise indicated.
Captain America (Steve Rogers)-Avengers #4
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)-Avengers #16
Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff)-Avengers #16
Hawkeye (Clint Barton)-Avengers #16
Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne) -Avengers #20. Expelled same issue, rejoins in #114
Black Panther (T'Challa)-Avengers #52
Vision (Victor Shade)-Avengers #58
Black Knight (Dane Whitman)-Avengers #71
Significant Issues Affecting The Avengers (all issues Volume #1, unless otherwise indicated)
Avengers # 1, 1963 --Founding of The Avengers
Avengers # 2, 1963 --Hulk leaves the Avengers; Ant-Man becomes Giant-Man
Avengers # 4, 1964 --Captain America joins the Avengers, is given "founding member" status.
Avengers # 16, 1965 --Iron Man, Thor, Wasp, Giant-Man leave Avengers. Captain America leads new team with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye; known as "Cap's Kooky Quartet"
New Avengers #1, 2005 --Formation of the New Avengers
Source:Marvel Universe Iron Man (Anthony Stark)--Official Marvel Universe Webpage.