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Formed as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s own Avengers black ops unit.



After a mysterious traveler from the future who launched an attack on a battalion of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents was killed, acting director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill decided to activate the "Avengers Initiative", in order to form the agency's own Avengers unit. Daisy Johnson, at this time director of S.H.I.E.L.D. awaiting approval, also supported that step. The first recruits were two former members of the original black ops unit named the Secret Avengers, Hawkeye and Black Widow, along Nick Fury Jr., Phil Coulson and Maria Hill. Due to the sensitive nature of their missions, every member (except Fury) would have memory implants, making them forget everything they did for the period of the operation by hearing a codeword, making them believe they were doing hobby activities during their time in the mission. Their first operation was to foil a plan of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda from using teleportation knowledge given by Andras Bertesy to execute a terrorist attack to the United States. The Secret Avengers followed the terrorist group to Budapest, were they got the coordinates of the attack from one of their members. After Hawkeye was left to be rescued by Black Widow as part of the mission, Fury settled a trap to the Al-Qaeda member who was going to perform the attack, by waiting him in the Oval Office and kill him.[1]

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Original roster

Against A.I.M. under Andrew Forson

In their second mission, the team rescued Taskmaster from Bagalia, in order to use him to infiltrate in A.I.M.'s new High Council.[2]

After A.I.M. stole an Iron Patriot Armor during the confusion in a conflict they incited against S.H.I.E.L.D. at a weapons expo,[3] the Secret Avengers, with the addition of Hulk, were given the task to kill Andrew Forson.[4]

Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. Intel came to the conclusion the Iron Patriot androids could be reasoned with, and agent Phil Coulson asked Colonel James Rhodes to talk to them, as he had experience and military training. Using holographic communication, S.H.I.E.L.D. hacked into A.I.M.'s network and allowed Rhodes to talk to the suits, who recognised him as "the Pilot", along Tony Stark being "the Maker". Rhodey managed to make the Iron Patriot army understand their actions of abruptly attacking tactical points of enemies of the US was unacceptable.[5]

After the Secret Avengers sent to kill Forson seemingly succeeded in their mission, Quake was suspended indefinitely for breaking the protocols, as Forson was the leader of a U.N. member nation, and Maria Hill was put in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. once more, and the agents who took part in the assassination, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye, were held for interrogation.[6]

In the aftermath of the mission, Mockingbird was taken prisoner by A.I.M. and brainwashed. Taskmasker tried to help Mockingbird escape, but was knocked out by A.I.M. agent Anton Trask.[7] The rest of the Secret Avengers attempted to rescue her, and after she disappearing during her rescue attempt, the team suffered a change of roster. Unknown to the team, Mockingbird went under the radar along with Daisy Johnson and Bucky Barnes.[8]

A Great Culling Is Coming

Meanwhile, M.O.D.O.K. had defected from A.I.M. to S.H.I.E.L.D. He brought with himself knowledge about A.I.M. and Maria Hill agreed to let him work for her in exchange for his intel.[9]

After the A.I.M. Island episode, Hill abondoned the idea of memory implants. Spider-Woman was added to the team roster, while Iron Patriot quitted. Hawkeye also left the team, however he came back very fast when A.I.M. goons chased him into a spa where Black Widow and Spider-Woman were relaxing.

When Coulson and Nick Fury Jr. were attacked by the Fury while attempting to repair a satellite, the other three team members raced into space and rescued them. Meanwhile, an assassin entered S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier "Iliad" and attempted to kill Maria Hill, while stating: "A great culling is coming." However, M.O.D.O.K. rescued her.[10]

The Fury fell from space onto earth and reappered at the chinese Kowloon Walled City. Nick Fury Jr. and Hawkeye retrieved it from there[11] and S.H.I.E.L.D. soon found out that the Fury was pregnant.[12]

After his fall from space, Phil Coulson seemed to suffer from PTSD. He single-handedly took a week off and traveled to Venezuela, in order to find out about the "culling" that was about to come. Hill asked Nick Fury to go through Coulsons stuff in order to find out what he planned. When Fury opened Coulsons locker, an acid was ejected out of it and blinded him.[13]

Maria Hill soon discovered that everything that had happened recently was orchestrated by M.O.D.O.K., who seeked to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. from within and then replace Hill as head of the spy organization. What Hill didn't know was that M.O.D.O.K. had already stopped his plan after falling in love with her.[14]

Spider-Woman was able to decipher the language of the Fury with the help of a sentinel bomb named Vladimir, and it was revealed to repeat the same sentence over and over again: "The great culling is here."[15] An A.I.M. team infiltrated the helicarrier and took Maria Hill hostage, while Spider-Woman was able to fight them off Nick Fury's sickbed. M.O.D.O.K. abandonded the helicarrier and flew to South America, where he met Phil Coulson and Hawkeye and told them that there had been a misinterpretation: Not a culling was coming, but a calling.[16]


Equipment: S.H.I.E.L.D. equipment
Transportation: S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
Weapons: Each teammates' arsenal


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