During the Onslaught even, a group of heroes seemingly sacrificed their lives in order to try and stop the menace. Among the heroes were members of the Avengers, Earth's mightiest heroes. Of the members who sacrificed their lives were Captain America, Iron Man of Earth-96020, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Namor, Wasp (then mutated into a butterfly like form), Giant-Man, Vision, Hawkeye, Crystal and Thor. They would sacrifice their lives along with the Fantastic Four, Bruce Banner (then separated from the Hulk) and (forcibly) Dr. Doom. They would not truly die however, as Franklin Richards son of Reed and Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four would shunt them all off to a pocket dimension with a duplicate of Earth (later dubbed Counter-Earth where they relived new "reborn" lives based on the ones that they previously lived.
Before the Avengers
Of all the Avengers "reborn", both Captain America and Namor would live similar adventures during World War II, clashing with foes such as Red Skull and Baron Zemo. Following the war, Captain America would be "deactivated" seemingly over disagreements over President Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and Namor would return to rule over Atlantis. Cap would spend the passing decades being reprogrammed by SHIELD to participate in various US backed conflicts and spending time in between either in suspended animation or living assumed lives. The full truth about this time is unknown thanks in part by supposed misinformation provided by a Life Model Decoy posing as Nick Fury, and Fury himself. Namor would never join the Avengers on Counter-Earth, however would encounter the group on two occasions following their formation.
Future Avengers Tony Stark and Henry Pym would be members of the Knights of the Atomic Round Table with fellow Metro College students Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, Victor von Doom and Connor "Rebel" O'Reilly.
A precursor to the Avengers was a group of super-powered and/or technologically advanced mercenaries. Among their numbers tapped were Hawkeye, the Grim Reaper and Hellcat. The end result of their last mission together before the official forming of the Avengers took place in Argentina. The end result of that mission and what Hawkeye, Grim Reaper and Hellcat were doing for SHIELD remains unrevealed. It was later revealed that the Grim Reaper had died, if he died during this mission remains unrevealed.
Of all the Avengers who sacrificed themselves during the Onslaught incident, only the Falcon and Crystal would not be active members in the Counter-Earth reality. Falcon would become a pilot in the USAF, and Crystal would live among Counter-Earth's version of the Inhumans.
Earth's Mightiest Heroes: RebornOn this new world, the Avengers would be formed in a vastly different way than their formation on Earth-616. In this world, the spy agency known as SHIELD would form the Avengers in order to answer threats from a insurgence of super-powered beings that were appearing on the planet. The group would be provided technology from Stark Industries, then owned by emotionless business man Tony Stark. Stark would later be "reborn" into his role of Iron Man, and join the group the Avengers at a later date, however their entire operation was co-funded and had technology provided by Stark himself.
Following Captain America's reactivation by Abraham Wilson and his involvement in defeating the Red Skull and Master Man's plot to launch a nuclear strike on America, a LMD of Nick Fury (posing as the real Fury who was replaced by a covert and racist government organization) would peg Captain America to join the Avengers. Although Cap was assisted by his new partner Bucky and Samuel "Falcon" Wilson (empowered by Cap's own Super-Soldier serum), neither would join the Avengers, both ending up working for SHIELD instead.
Along with Captain America, the first official roster of the Counter-Earth Avengers included: the Scarlet Witch, who lived in Salem Center with her adoptive mother and mystical teacher Agatha Harkness; the mysterious Swordsman, Hellcat, Hawkeye, and Henry Pym's android creation the Vision. Joining the Avengers as support staff would be Pym himself, his girlfriend Janet van Dyne and Pym's lab assistant the self upgrading robot named Ultron. They would also be monitored by government agents Henry Gyrich and Sellars.
Their gathering would attract the attention of Loki, a being created on Counter-Earth that believed himself to be the Loki of Earth-616. Knowing of the Avengers "reborn" status, Loki would attempt send the group to revive his brother Thor (who also was a Franklin Richards created construct) when his frozen body was discovered in Norway by archeologist Donald Blake. Freeing Thor from his icy tomb, the Avengers would be forced to battle him when Loki would trick Thor into attacking them. However, Thor would eventually remember his brothers trickster ways and the Scarlet Witch would use her hex powers to banish Loki away, sending him to see an alliance with the Enchantress. Thor would then join the Avengers, however his barbarian ways would constantly come to odds to the Avenger's more noble ways.
The Avengers would next come under siege from the 30th century time traveler Kang the Conquerer who had come to the Avengers time to best the Earth's mightiest heroes as an act of love toward his lover Mantis. During the opening attack Kang would capture the Avengers, taking Captain America's shield, Thor's hammer, Hawkeye's bow and arrows, Swordsman's sword, and the Vision as trophies. Thor's connection to his hammer would ultimately lead to the Avengers getting freed, and defeating Kang, forcing him to retreat. In the aftermath of the battle, the Vision would be heavily damaged and, unknown to the Avengers, Agatha Harkness and her familiar Ebony would be incapacitated and replaced by Loki and the Enchantress.
Captain America and Thor would then be dispatched by SHIELD to assist the newly form Fantastic Four in battling Namor, who had been manipulated by Warlord Krang into attacking the surface world. Namor would stop his attack due to his previous partnership with Captain America and the gathered heroes would foil Krang's plot. During this time, Hydra would target Stark Industries, their attack leading up to both Stark being injured and dawning a suit of Prometheum Armor to become Iron Man, and Bruce Banner being bombarded with gamma radiation turning him into the super-powerful Hulk. In their initial clash, the Hulk would escape prompting a manhunt for the creature initiated by SHIELD.
The Hulk, searching for Bruce Banner (unaware that he himself was really Banner) would be tricked by Loki into attacking Avengers Island, clashing with Captain America, Swordsman, Hellcat, and Hawkeye. Meanwhile, Ultron would assist Hank Pym (dawning a suit of "Ant-Man" armor allowing him to shrink down to size) in attempting to repair the Vision, and the Enchantress (posing as Agatha Harkness) would enthrall the Scarlet Witch into joining her. The battle with the Hulk would fair poorly, with Hawkeye and Swordsman being seriously injured and Hellcat and Captain America incapacitated until Thor would arrive to battle the monster. The resulting clash between the Hulk and Thor would lead to Thor's defeat at the gamma spawned monsters hands and the gamma core on Avengers Island being breached, threatening to destroy the entire eastern United States.
The Hulk would revert back to his Bruce Banner identity and flee the scene, prompting him to seek the assistance of his old college friend Reed Richards at the Baxter Building. The aftermath of the battle would also attract the attention of Iron Man who would force his way past SHIELD (using fail safes in their Stark provided equipment to forcing them to allow his cooperation). With Hellcat, Hawkeye, and Swordsman evacuated Captain America and Thor would join the Fantastic Four, Banner and Iron Man in trying to repair the breach, until suddenly Banner would transform into the Hulk once more. Calming the Hulk, the heroes would help convince them to repair the damage. In the aftermath of the battle, the Hulk would escape and Avengers Island would be a ruined mess. The group would accept Iron Man (and Stark financial backing) to break free from SHIELD as an group independent from the government.
Age of Loki
With Avengers Island destroyed, Iron Man would have the Avenger's move into a new mansion headquarters. In collecting all the Stark owned technology from SHIELD given to the Avengers, Iron Man is denied being given the Vision's inert body as it was built by Pym while he was working for SHIELD. As Pym would continue his attempt to repair the Vision (now abandoned by Ultron), the Avengers would set up in their new base while Captain America would visit the injured Swordsman. Seeking to prevent Loki's plot, Agatha Harkness would transfer her essence from the tree Loki trapped her in, into the body of her familiar Eboy. The Avengers would then have to deal with the springing of Loki's master plan in a series of attacks. The first coming in the form of the Masters of Evil, a group consisting of the Enchantress, Executioner, Wonder Man, Ultron, and the Scarlet Witch.
As the Avengers are busy battling this group, Loki -- having found a connection between the energies of the gamma core on Avenger's island and the Avengers foes -- would absorb the bodies of Kang and Mantis. The Avengers would make short work of the first group of the Masters, destroying Ultron and knocking out the Executioner and Wonder Man, however the Scarlet Witch and Enchantress would escape. Ant-Man would find trouble while attempting to repair Ultron, and Agatha Harkness in Ebony's body would be struck down by Loki before she could warn the Avengers. Convincing Nick Fury to let him interrogate Baron Zemo, and MODOK he would arrive to find them missing, unaware that Loki had absorbed them into his body as well. Cap would briefly be away from the team, breaking away from his own association with the government. As the other Avengers clean up their headquarters they would be attacked by more members of the Masters: The Black Knight, Radioactive Man, Whirlwind, Klaw and the Melter. While the Avengers are busy with this new threat, the Executioner and Wonder Man would be absorbed by Loki.
In the ensuing battle, these new Masters of Evil are easily defeated, and when Thor attempts to slay them, he is ordered to stand down by Captain America. No longer tolerating the Avengers passive stance on their foes, the violent Thor would depart from the group, prompting Loki to send the Enchantress to manipulate him into joining their cause. Captain America would go to visit Swordsman in the hospital to find him missing (another victim absorbed by Loki), while Iron Man would be asked to go to the SHIELD helicarrier by Janet van Dyne to check on Hank, they would arrive just in time to save him from the Vision, who's body had grown critical forcing Iron Man to toss it out of the helicarrier to explode. Loki would arrive at the Mansion, absorbing the latest batch of defeated villains and offer both Hellcat and Hawkeye places in his army, transferring Hellcat's essence into Scarlet Witch's body. Realizing the gamma core on Avengers Island had been reactivated, Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man and Janet (now the Wasp) to find that it is spawning new villains for them to fight including the Super Adaptoid, and seemingly resurrected Grim Reaper and Living Laser. Blasting the gamma core with his repulsor rays would seemingly stop this process, and create an unexpected side effect: The arrival of the truth Thor from Earth-616. Thor would have a vague recollection of his previous life with the Avengers and would be welcomed into the group.
After learning from Reed Richards that the gamma core, for unexplained reasons now has a rip in the fabric of time, the remaining Avengers would return to headquarters to be briefed by the SHIELD LMD about some unknown entity that is absorbing all their old foes. They are then attacked by the Counter-Earth Thor, Hawkeye, Enchantress and the Scarlet Witch/Hellcat. This all proved to be a large distraction for Loki to access the gamma core himself and link his power to it gaining phenomenal power which he would then attempt to use to take over the Counter-Earth dimension.
With Loki's ascension to supreme power, the Counter-Earth Thor and Enchantress would attempt to join their benefactor only to be betrayed. Realizing that they were played for fools they would join with the Avengers in coming up with a plan to try and stop Loki's plot. Hellcat, unable to turn on Loki would have her fusion to the Scarlet Witch betrayed by the now conscious Agatha Harkness/Ebony. Ultimately this revelation and lack of remorse would lead to Hellcat's destruction and Wanda's freedom. The Enchantress would then restore Agatha back to normal. They would all pool their resources together in stopping Loki. With the Enchantress, Agatha and Scarlet Witch combining their magics that would transform the Counter-Earth Thor into a gigantic version of Odin to distract Loki and make him drain his powers. When his powers are drained, a combination of Iron Man's technical know-how and the true Thor's hammer would block Loki's power source, leading to his ultimate demise. At the end of the battle, both Loki and the Counter-Earth Thor would seemingly perish.
While Captain America would go off to crush the Sons of the Serpent freeing the real Nick Fury in the process, Iron Man would finally crush the Hydra organization, revealing their benefactor to be Dr. Doom, the Avengers would reunite to be witness to a Viking funeral for the Counter-Earth Thor.
The Earth would soon be threatened by Galactus and his Heralds. This would prompt SHIELD to collect the Fantastic Four, Avengers, Black Panther and Namor to combat the threat. SHIELD would send out different teams to the locations where Galactus' heralds have gone to plant terraformers that would allow Galactus to consume the Earth. Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hawkeye would join Namor in traveling to Monster Island to stop Plasma from planting her terraformer. Although their attempt was interfered with by the Mole Man, the heroes would succeed in destroying Plasma and the terraformer, but at the expense of Namor's life. The heroes would also help the Fantastic Four clash with Terrax, a battle which would find Thor slain. Ultimately the heroes would fail and Galactus would succeed in consuming the Earth. Dr. Doom however would survive by traveling back in time 24 hours before the carnage in the hopes of preventing the Earth's destruction.
For some unexplained reason, every time Doom traveled back in time, events would happen radically different, and he would fail in stopping Galactus two more times, however with each failure he'd gain more knowledge that would help defeat Galactus eventually.
In his second attempt, he would confront the Avengers and SHIELD directly, only to teleport away when they refused to trust him. Fury would send the group out to various locations to battle Galactus' heralds. Scarlet Witch and the Vision (his memory circuits preserved by Pym and installed in a new body) would join the Hulk in stopping Fire Lord in Antarctica. They would succeed but the Hulk would be gravely injured in the encounter. Captain America, Wasp, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Thor would clash with Terrax in Tokyo. There, Hawkeye and Wasp would perish before Thor would kill Terrax and destroy the Terraformer. Not wishing for Galactus to succeed the heroes would return to Avengers Mansion where the dying Bruce Banner would recommend breaching the gamma core and increasing the space-time rift to destroy Galactus, they would succeed in doing so, although Doom would travel back in time once more to try and stop Galactus and save the Earth.
In his third attempt, Doom would work with SHIELD directly, and gather Iron Man and the newly formed Hulkbusters team to join the battle, the Fantastic Four would die in battle shortly after. While Doom, Bruce Banner, Ant-Man and Iron Man would work on an "ultimate nullifier" weapon to use against Galactus, the others would go and battle the heralds. Thor and She-Hulk would battle Terrax in Attilan; Captain America, Namor, Doc Samson and Hawkeye battle Firelord on Monster Island; Vision, Scarlet Witch and Wasp would battle Plasma in Antarctica. The outcome of the battle would not be known, as Dr. Doom would travel back in time one last time after Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Hulk would fail at stopping Galactus with their device.
In his final attempt, Dr. Doom would target Cap's side kick Bucky due to the fact that she was a "chronal anomaly" getting into a clash with Captain America. This would prompt Doom to convince the hero to help him in stopping Galactus. Getting the combined efforts of both the Avengers and the Hulkbusters, they would save the Fantastic Four from death at the hands of the heralds of Galactus. Holing up at Avengers mansion, the gathering of heroes would wait on the sidelines as Mr. Fantastic, Bruce Banner, Ant-Man, Dr. Doom, and Iron Man come up with a new ultimate nullifier that would absorb and rechannel Galactus' powers in the hopes of overloading him. When Bucky is gravely injured by Galactus, it would convince his most loyal herald the Silver Surfer to betray his master and sacrifice his life to kill Galactus, saving the Earth.
World War III
When Dr. Doom attempted to create a Negative Zone Portal of his own, he would cause a catastrophic event that would merge Counter-Earth with that of an alternate universe of a distant cosmos (By that cosmos' designation it would be classified as Earth-50) to create the alternate universe Earth-13. In this universe the heroes of Counter-Earth and this distant cosmos would coexist. The Avengers and Fantastic Four would work together with the Wild C.A.T.s, Wetworks, and other heroes in turning back an invasion of both the Skrulls and the Daemonites. Ultimately the Negative Zone portal would be destroyed by Rick Jones separating the two universes and restoring the status-quo on both worlds leaving none with any recollection of what happened.
The Return Home
A year after the Avengers were reborn, the Celestials would send their agent Ashema to force Franklin Richards to choose between on Earth, showing him his work on Counter-Earth and revealing to him that his parents and their friends are alive an well. During this period, Thor would help the Thing in a battle against the Hulk in New York. Then aiding in defending New York from another Hulk attack and defend people from the geographical upheaval caused by the Celestials impending destruction of Counter-Earth.
When Spider-Man and the Hulk that was left on Earth-616 were accidentally transported to Counter-Earth, the Hulk would clash with the Counter-Earth Hulk, bringing Captain America, Hawkeye, Vision, the Thing and the Human Torch to contain the battle. While this is happening, Reed Richards would have Iron Man fly into the Negative Zone with a core sample from the Earth to learn that Franklin Richard's story about their Earth is true prompting the heroes to all agree to work with Ashema, Franklin and Dr. Doom in saving Counter-Earth.
Realizing that all those Franklin Richards brought to Counter-Earth would have to return to their home world, they would say their farewells to their friends and allies. Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Wasp, Black Panther, Namor, and Falcon would all leave Counter-Earth along with the Fantastic Four, and Dr. Doom. As Ashema sacrificed her freedom to save Counter-Earth from destruction, Dr. Doom would attempt to kidnap Franklin Richards to exploit the boys powers, however he would be saved by Thor, leaving Doom to be lost between dimensions. The heroes would then succeed in breaching the barrier back to their true home, having all their past memories restored.
Upon the heroes return to Earth-616, the Avengers would re-establish themselves on that earth, as the group had been disbanded since the Onslaught incident. Of the Avengers who were shunted to Counter-Earth, Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, and the Scarlet Witch would remain part of the active roster with everyone else going on reserve status. Upon their return form Counter-Earth, Iron Man would be restored as an adult, retaining memories of his Earth-616, Earth-96020, and Counter-Earth counterparts. The Wasp would also be restored to her human form, retaining her original powers prior to her mutation previous to the Onslaught incident. Any enhancement that Falcom received from his exposure to the Counter-Earth variant of the Super-Soldier serum appear to have also been reversed.
On Counter-Earth, the Avengers would leave behind a legacy and bring new champions to defend that world from continuing chaos. Rebel O'Reilly would obtain a suit of Iron Man's Promethian Armor and join a rebellion against Master Man's dominance of the west coast. Stark's Iron Man technology would also be co-opted by SHIELD and used for their Iron Men army.
Swordsman would contract cancer, going insane and becoming the masked mercenary Deadpool. However before his descent into madness he would encourage Henry Pym's former janitor Ernest Sanger to start a group of heroes to replace those lost. They would become the Remnants, Ernest would wear Pym's Ant-Man armor, calling himself Mant. They would fail in stopping Deadpool from unleashing a nuclear explosion that wear tear a hole in the fabric of time and space.
Lastly, following the events of M-Day, Onslaught would be reborn and seek to terrorize Franklin Richards anew. In order to escape Onslaught, Franklin would create another pocket dimension that would be an exact duplicate of Counter-Earth prior to the heroes departure. On this world, Franklin would create another team of Avengers based on the ones formed on Counter Earth.
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Links and References
- ↑ Onslaught: The Marvel Universe
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #3
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #3
- ↑ Captain America #7
- ↑ Captain America #12
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol.2 #5
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #7
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #10
- ↑ The Stark of Earth-96020 would be merged with his Earth-616 counterpart, who at the time was time displaced/deceased when he was reborn
- ↑ Iron Man #5
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #11
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #3
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #1
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #2
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #3
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #3
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 #1
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 #2
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #4
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #5
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #6
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #6
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 #6
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #6
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #7
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #8
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #7
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #8
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #10
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #10
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #11
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #8
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #9
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #10
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #11
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 7
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 8
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 9
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 10
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 11
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #12
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #11
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol. 2 #12
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 2 #12
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 2 #12
- ↑ Captain America Vol. 2 #12
- ↑ Fantastic Four Vol 2 #13, Avengers Vol 2 #13, Iron Man Vol 2 #13, Captain America Vol 2 #13
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: The Return #1
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: The Return #2
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: The Return #3
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: The Return #4
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 3 #1
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 3 #4
- ↑ Iron Man Vol. 3 #1
- ↑ Avengers Vol. 3 #1
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: Rebel #1
- ↑ Doom: The Emperor Returns #1
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: Remnants #1
- ↑ Heroes Reborn: Young Allies #1
- ↑ Onslaught Reborn #1