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Formed as a black ops strike team led by Steve Rogers to covertly deal with threats that can't be handled by the core Avengers.
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Quote1 Run the mission. Don't get seen. Save the world. Quote2

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The Original Roster of the black ops Secret Avengers.

Formation & Heroic Age

When Steve Rogers took over Norman Osborn's role as top cop, he chose not to continue H.A.M.M.E.R. nor to reestablish S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead, he decided to put the world's security into the hands of a few Avengers sub-teams. One of these teams became the Secret Avengers, and he took direct leadership of it with Sharon Carter assisting him with tactical operations. The purpose of this team was to covertly clean up the messes left by the Osborn administration. To this end, Steve personally recruited a team that would allow him to carry out surgical strikes in any given circumstance. This included experienced covert operators like Black Widow, Sharon Carter, Moon Knight and Ant-Man; a scientist in Beast; a one man army in War Machine; a powerful magical warrior called the Valkyrie in Brunnhilde, and the cosmos' top cop Nova.[1]

Steve's first go on a mission with the team to a mining facility of Roxxon Energy Corporation established on Mars. Some reports said than the Roxxon have acquired the Serpent Crown. So Rogers decide to go on Mars with Black Widow and Valkyrie to find the artifact, and Beast later discovered than it was not the real Serpent Crown, but an object similar to. Rogers had also dispatched Nova to investigate on Mars and found more information, but he lost communication with him. The rest of the team go to Mars to found him and discovered him controlled by the entity of the artifact who was similar to the Serpent Crown. With the help of a man named Archon, who was charged to protect the world against the entity, they liberated Nova

Then, the Secret Avengers was confronted to Archon who wanted to killed Nova for be sure he will not be possessed by the artifact again. Nova left the team after Archon decide to leave him alive. They was also confronted to the Shadow Council, and for beat him, they have to deal with a Nick Fury imposter working for the Shadow Council. The real Fury confirms that the imposter was an advanced Life Model Decoy modified by Jake Fury. He was going to destroy the LMD, but the Life Model Decoy was rescued by the Shadow Council and was named Max. Operatives in the "Shadow Council" are Aloysius Thorndrake and hero John Steele.

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Venom joins the team.


The planet named K'ai entered the solar system and was on a collision course with Earth. The Secret Avengers wanted Hulk to join them in a mission to intercept the planet as he was the only person on Earth who knew the planet and its culture. Hulk accepted it initially but when Skaar warned him against it, he refused to help the Avengers. The Secret Avengers asked Rick Jones if he would join the team who also turned him down. When the Secret Avengers left, the Hulk learned from Skaar that he has another son, Hiro-Kala, who is the king of K'ai leading this "attack" on Earth.

Hulk began a rampage in Cape Canaveral, trashing the spacecraft and equipment that was being prepared to intercept K'ai. The Secret Avengers arrived on the scene to battle the Hulk. After the team managed to subdue the behemoth, things only got worse when She-Hulk, Red She-Hulk, Skaar, A-Bomb and Korg arrived to aid Hulk in battle with the Avengers.

As a last ditch resort, Captain America threatened to have Black Widow and Moon Knight blast Hulk and his allies with a weapon that Iron Man had made as a last-ditch effort to counter future Hulk problems after World War Hulk, that would transport them all to the Negative Zone. The Hulk reverted to Bruce Banner and again refused Captain America's offer to join him in this mission, and instead he and his allies took control of the mission and left to deal with K'ai and Hiro-Kala by themselves.

New members

After Steve Rogers became Captain America again, the roster changed drastically. The marksman Hawkeye was the new leader, along with the addition of the inter-dimensional hero Captain Britain, the symbiotic soldier Venom and the original android Human Torch. Meanwhile, Moon Knight, War Machine, Agent 13 and Shang-Chi left the team. Also Giant-Man helped to build the team's new base, the space station known as the Lighthouse. In a mission against the Descendants (a group of robots formed by the Father), |Ant-Man seemingly died when saving a young boy, recently discovered to be a Descendant. In the end of the mission Human Torch was heavily damaged, but Ant-Man reappeared.

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The Team during Avengers vs. X-Men event.

Avengers vs. X-Men

When the Phoenix Force was determined to be heading to Earth, a team of Avengers was assembled with Beast, Captain Britain, Valkyrie, Protector, War Machine, Vision, Ms. Marvel and Thor to go on a mission with the intent of stopping it before it reached the planet.[2]

In the end, the Avengers couldn't destroy the Phoenix, but prevent it from destroying Hala, the homeworld of the Kree with the help of the, revived using energy of the Phoenix Force, Captain Marvel.

The Rise of the Descendants

After preventing the Shadow Council form using a three-part crown to fully unleash the mind-controlling Abyss, the Secret Avengers were attacked by the Descendants, who wanted to recover the Descendant child the heroes rescued, with the help of Ant-Man, revealed to be a Life Model Decoy working for Father. Meanwhile, Hawkeye, Beast and Captain Universe traveled to another universe to retrieve the Orb of Necromancy, the object Father used to create the Descendants.

The Descendants, with the addition of the Human Torch, reprogrammed to serve them, launched a massive attack on the main cities of the world, starting an invasion to take it and launched a nano-mist, which slowly started turning every human into a Descendant.

The Secret Avengers fought them, and the Human Torch, who Captain Britain made come into his senses, managed to destroy the Orb of Necromancy, which killed every single one of the Descendants of the High-Breed and eliminated the nano-mist from any human. Before dying, the Father told Captain Britain he still felt the presence of another Descendant who didn't die.

In the aftermath, the Secret Avengers reunited with Captain America to tell him what happened. Later, Hawkeye decided to disassemble the black ops unit.


Equipment: None known.
Transportation: Quincarrier
Weapons: Each teammates' arsenal


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