Alpha Flight -Canada's best known (only?) real
super-team, featuring Sasquatch, Northstar, Snowbird, Guardian,
and Puck. Wolverine has a history with this team. Northstar is
best known, by the way, as one of the first openly gay superheroes
in Marvel (or any) Comics.
Avengers--Earth's Mightiest Heroes, came together one day
to face down a threat greater than any one hero could manage. The
original team consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, the Wasp, and,
incredibly, the Hulk. Captain America joined the team in issue #
4, and the rest is history...comicshistory, that is!
Champions-The Champions were made up of former members
of other teams. Hercules and Black Widow from the Avengers, Angel
and Iceman from the X-Men, and the Ghost Rider, (former member of
Defenders-Marvel put this team together as "non-team" of
"outsiders" who do not normally play well with others. The
Defenders originally consisted of the Hulk, Dr. Strange, and
Namor, the Sub-Mariner. The Silver Surfer later joined the
Defenders. The Defenders often battled mystic and supernatural
threats. Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat are other notable
members who later associated with the Defenders. Some of the best
moments in Defenders comics came with the continual bickering and
battling between Hulk and Namor.
Four -Marvel's legendary First Family: Mr. Fantastic, the
Invisible Woman, the Thing, and the Human Torch defend the world,
while still behaving like a slightly dysfunctional (that is,
Heroes for Hire-Founded by Luke Cage (Power Man), and
Daniel Rand (Iron Fist), Heroes for Hire was a bit different for a
super-group in that they offered a full line of professional
investigation and protection services for paying customers. As
heroes, of course, they also did a lot of pro bono (free)
The Howling Commandoes- These World War Two soldiers
were led by Captain
America in the movie, but in reality (i.e. the comics), they
were led by Sgt. Nick Fury, who, for several good movie continuity
reasons, could not have commanded this group in the recent movie.
As we know, Sgt. Fury became Colonel Fury in the modern age, and
went on to lead S.H.I.E.L.D.
Invaders-Speaking of World War Two, the Invaders were a
group of super-heroes ret-conned into existence in the 1960s by
Marvel, based on a "real" 1940s superhero team called the
All-Winners Squad. Both teams featured Captain
America, the original Human Torch, and Namor, the Sub-Mariner,
along with the sidekicks Bucky and Toro.
Runaways-Great concept: A bunch of teen-agers discover
their boring old parents are really super-villains, run away from
home, and discover the wonders and perils of being nascent
superheroes while on the lam. Oh, and they can't get any respect
from the adult heroes like Captain America and
Thunderbolts-One of the best story ideas of the 1990s,
in this writer's humble opinion: While most of the world's real
heroes are missing (long story), a new super-group, calling
themselves the Thunderbolts, fortuitously appears to save innocent
people from the big, bad super-villains who are now preying on
them. The surprise ending to their first comic, shows the new
"heroes" as some of the vilest and most troublesome villains in
Marvel history, including Baron Zemo, Moonstone, Power Man (NOT
the "Power Man" Luke Cage), the Beetle, Screaming Mimi, and
the Fixer. In reality, the Thunderbolts were the latest iteration
of Zemo's Masters of Evil, the arch super-villain who regularly
made life difficult for the Avengers.
The X-Men--Originally billed as
Marvel's strangest heroes, this team of mutants began as a group
of five super-powered teens and grew to include dozens of
well-known team members, including Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel,
Iceman, Beast, Professor X, Wolverine, Colussus, Nightcrawler,
Storm, and many more.