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Information-silk Official Team Name
Young Avengers
Information-silk Team Aliases
Young Guns, Wannabes, the Successors, Avenger Sidekicks, Avenger Babies
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Information-silk Identity
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Information-silk Universe
Information-silk Base of Operations
Mobile; formerly Bishop Publishing, New York City, New York;
formerly Ruins of Avengers Mansion, New York City, New York
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Origin
Information-silk Origin
After the Avengers disbanded,[9] a timetraveling Iron Lad came to the present, initiates Avengers Fail-Safe Program and brings together young superheroes to stop up Kang the Conqueror and save the world.
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First appearance

History

Quote1 We don't just act like Avengers anymore...we are Avengers. Quote2
-- Wiccan

Origins

A young man wearing armor came from the future fleeing Kang the Conqueror. He arrived at Avengers Mansion, but it is abandoned in light of the Scarlet Witch's mental breakdown. He headed to Stark Industries. Nathaniel Richards was able to access the A.I. of Vision and uploaded it into the armor.

The A.I. explained that it contained the Avengers Fail-Safe Program listing young heroes related to the Avengers.[1][2]

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Young Avengers

He formed a team with Eli Bradley, Billy Kaplan, and Teddy Altman. They took every mission available, such as rescuing people during a fire. After their first mission was recounted in the Daily Bugle, Jessica Jones was sent to investigate the heroes who had been nicknamed Iron Kid, Lieutenant America, Teen-Hulk, and Thor Jr.. Captain America and Iron Man also investigated.[3]

Cassie Lang was interested in following her father's legacy, and her powers accidentally triggered during an argument with the others. Kate Bishop accompanied the heroes after helping them fight off kidnappers at her sister's wedding.[4]

The Young Avengers prepared for Kang's arrival. Captain America, Iron Man, and Jessica Jones tried to dissuade them, and had them locked in the Mansion while they awaited Kang. Kang was able to convince Cap and the others to assist him in this effort, showing them visions of an apocalyptic future he claimed would occur if Iron Lad was not forced to become another version of Kang. Kate had memorized the access codes, though, and was able to let them out as well as find items for them to prepare to battle Kang.

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The Young Avengers

Iron Lad was separated from his armor due to Kang's cybernetic control, but with the Vision's A.I. it continued to fight him on its own. Kang left, but not before Iron Lad stabbed him with the Swordman's Sword.

The Vision was able to reform himself from Iron Lad's armor. Time changes forced Iron Lad to return to his future and become Kang, so he bade the others farewell and thanked them for at least trying to help.

Captain America was impressed with their effort, but said that without parental permission he and Iron Man could not train them. Their equipment was also confiscated.

Kate was able to locate a new base and provided new costumes and equipment. With Captain America and Iron Man both taking in interest in the kids' futures, the relationship between the Young Avengers and the New Avengers was up in the air. Also the Vision which formed from Iron Lad's armor was a blank slate, with no past experiences or history, and was in essences a child. The Young Avengers used their abilities to protect those that could not protect themselves and fought against evil at every turn.[5]

William Kaplan (Earth-616) and Elijah Bradley (Earth-616) with Mutant Growth Hormone

Wiccan discovers Patriot using MGH

Secret Identities

The Young Avengers had to decide how much to tell their parents after the members decided to continue acting publicly. None of their parents found out. During a fight with Mister Hyde[6] Wiccan discovered Eli abusing MGH, a drug that gave people powers for short periods of time in order to appear to have superpowers. Eli confessed that he deceived the Vision who meant to recruit his missing uncle Josiah in order to join the team. Overwhelmed with emotion, he quit the team.[7]

Jessica Jones interviewed the Young Avengers about their pasts at the insistence of Kat Farrell. Cassie Lang had a troubled home life, especially after her father died. She and her mother constantly fought and she hated her mom's new boyfriend. Had the Young Avengers not formed, Cassie planned to join the Runaways. Teddy Altman abused his shapeshifting powers to hang out with a more popular kid. He realized that he had gone too far when his "friend" tried to force him to steal artifacts from the destroyed Avengers Mansion. Billy Kaplan had a problem with being accepted. He met the Scarlet Witch, who explained that being different was not bad. Because Kate Bishop was assaulted in a park, she began combat training. Eli Bradley took the Mutant Growth Hormone because he felt powerless against some thugs and wanted to prove that his grandfather truly was the first Captain America.[8][9]

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The Super-Skrull capturing Hulkling

Family Matters

Kl'rt the Super-Skrull tried to take Teddy to Tarnax IV, the Skrull homeworld. Kl'rt revealed that Mrs. Altman was not Teddy's mother and killed her. In the aftermath, Kl'rt kidnapped Teddy. The Vision offered to locate more "Young Avengers" using his prior incarnation's contingency plan. The Young Avengers broke Thomas Shepherd out of a superhuman prison and recruited him. Tommy could move at and accelerate matter, destabilizing it enough to cause an explosion. The Super-Skrull told Teddy of his true origin as the son of the Kree hero Captain Marvel and the Skrull princess Anelle. He claimed that Tommy and Billy were lost twin sons of the Scarlet Witch and Vision. Billy believed him, but Tommy did not. Kree and Skrull combat forces arrived and fought each other and the Young Avengers until Teddy, realizing his importance to both sides, called for a ceasefire. The Avengers intervened and a Kree warrior fired at Captain America. Patriot intervened and was gravely wounded. Hulkling and Kl'rt ended the fighting by secretly shapeshifting into each others' forms. Captain America and Kl'rt, disguised as Hulkling, brokered a shared custody between the races.[10]

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Isaiah providing a blood transfusion for Eli

At a hospital, Eli's grandfather donated his blood to Eli. Captain America again told the Young Avengers to stop what they're doing. Kate blamed their trouble on the Avengers for not training them. The Young Avengers repaired the statues of fallen Avengers at Avengers Mansion. Eli now had superpowers as a result of the blood transfusion. Kate received Hawkeye's Bow and quiver from Captain America, and she took the mantle of Hawkeye". Tommy arrived in costume and calling himself Speed.[11]

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The Young Avengers being arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. for not complying with the Superhuman Registration Act

Civil War

In Superhero Civil War, members of Young Avengers were captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. for not complying with the Superhuman Registration Act. Captain America and the Falcon helped them escape. Once in Captain America's secret base, the Young Avengers joined the resistance movement called the Secret Avengers.[12] The team followed Captain America into a trap set by Iron Man. Wiccan, along with Cloak, was knocked out via tranquilizers while the rest of the Young Avengers joined the fight against Iron Man and the pro-registration heroes. Stature left the resistance after Goliath was killed by a clone of Thor and the Secret Avengers were forced to retreat from battle, leaving Wiccan behind. However, shortly afterward, Stature registered and began superhero training. The remainder of the team remained with Captain America. Stature was with Iron Man and the rest of the "pro-reg" group during the final battle between registered and rebel heroes.

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The Young Avengers teaming up with the Runaways

Secret Invasion

During the Secret Invasion, the Young Avengers were the only team in New York City to respond to the Skrull troops first attack. Hulkling and Wiccan were the first to fall before the Initiative arrived to help. Despite the added support, the rest of the Young Avengers were defeated and Vision got his head blown off. Because of his royalty, Hulkling was a main target of the Skrulls. Before his execution, Xavin of the Runaways (also a Skrull) saved his life.[13]

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The Young Avengers during the Siege of Asgard

Dark Reign and Siege

After the Secret Invasion transpired, all the Young Avengers remained under low profile during Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, who introduced his own version of the Young Avengers and send them to battle only to fall against the original Young Avengers.[14] Meanwhile, Stature and Vision both joined the Mighty Avengers.[15]

During the Siege of Asgard, the Young Avengers joined the battlefield alongside all the heroes available. Stature and Vision assisted the Mighty Avengers, Patriot and Hawkeye assisted the New Avengers, Speed acted at rescue/evac, and Wiccan and Hulkling fended off the Wrecking Crew.[16]

The Children's Crusade

After Wiccan's powers overloaded and the Avengers decided to keep him under observation, Hulkling and the other Young Avnegers broke Wiccan out of holding and began the search for the Scarlet Witch. Accompanied by Magneto and Quicksilver, the team traveled to Transia and then to Latveria before discovering a depowered and amnesiac Wanda engaged to Doctor Doom. The rediscovery of Wanda did not go unnoticed though, as the Avengers soon arrived on the scene. A battle with Doom's Doombot army soon broken out and was only stopped by the arrival of Iron Lad.[17]

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Iron Lad escaping with the Young Avengers and Wanda Maximoff in the timestream

Iron Lad took the Young Avengers and Wanda into the timestream in an attempt to regroup and restore Wanda's memories. The group arrived at the Avengers Mansion, shortly before the Scarlet Witch originally killed some of her fellow Avengers. Cassie used this opportunity to save her father's life. This trip was successful in restoring all of Wanda's powers and memories. Returning to the present Avengers Mansion, Wanda and the Young Avengers were met by Beast, Jessica Jones, and Hawkeye.
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Scarlet Witch regaining her memories

With Wanda's memories restored, she desired to make amends for M-Day, but was unsure how. To determine if she could repower any mutants, a volunteer was needs: Rictor from X-Factor Investigations. Wanda was successful in restoring his powers, but the celebration was cut short by the arrival of both the Avengers and the X-Men.[18]

With tensions high, a brawl broke out between the Avengers, Young Avengers, X-Factor and X-Men over the custody and fate of the Scarlet Witch, forcing Wanda to put everyone asleep in an attempt to quell the fighting. Next with the Young Avengers, Wanda returned to Doom in Latveria to regain her reality warping powers. However, during the ritual to restore her powers, Patriot intervened and Doom betrayed them stealing the power for himself.[19]

End of Children's Crusade

The Young Avengers, Avengers, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man mourning the deaths of Stature and Vision

Armed with the reality warping powers, Doom returned to New York City to offer the Avengers and X-Men a choice: join him or perish. During the ensuing battle, Doom's powers were overloaded and depleted. Unfortunately, Stature gave her life to defeat Doom.[20]

Iron Lad proposed saving Stature by traveling into the timestream, but Vision refused, resulting in his destruction at the hands of Iron Lad. Although Wiccan warned of the danger of becoming Kang the Conqueror, Iron Lad left with the intent of alerting the timestream to suit his will and promising he would be much better than Kang.[21]

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The Young Avengers officially inducted as full-fledged Avengers

In the aftermath of the battle, the Young Avengers disbanded and remained low profile during the major events that transpired over the next several months (the Spider-Island infestation, the X-Men's Schism and the resurrection of the Human Torch). Wiccan stayed in a severe state of depression until Hulkling cheered him up by proposing. However, their moment of joy was interrupted by Ms. Marvel who called them to the Avengers Mansion. After a few words from Captain America, all the remaining Young Avengers (Hawkeye, Hulkling, Speed and Wiccan) were officially inducted as full fledged Avengers, and a memorial to Stature and Vision was unveiled.[21]

Marvel NOW!

Sometime after their induction into the Avengers, the Young Avengers again decided to disband due largely to Wiccan's urging. Teddy and Tommy moved in with the Kaplans, but Tommy moved out a short time later.[22] Kate began working with Clint Barton,[23] while Teddy used his shapeshifting power to take on the identity of other superheroes to continue his heroics in secret.[22]

When Billy learned about the secret superhero acts of Teddy, they had a fight which ended with Billy searching the multiverse for a reality where Teddy's mom wasn't dead and transport her to their reality. Instead he took an interdimensional parasite who impersonated her. She killed Billy's parents and replaced them. Meanwhile, Loki (who was aware of Billy's mistake) went to his home to stop him from taking the parasite to the Earth by killing him. Before he could do anything America Chavez appeared to stop Loki.[22]

The following morning Teddy and Billy realized about the parasite and tried to warn the Avengers. However, they just returned the two boys home where the parasite trapped them in separate blank rooms without a way to escape. Loki appeared to save Billy and later Teddy and teleported them to a diner where he explained the situation to the two boys. After that they decided to go to Asgardia to ask for some help. Before they could arrive, the parasite (impersonating Laufey) appeared and attacked the boys[24]. They were saved again by Miss America, but then America's mothers impersonated by the parasite appeared. Loki then teleported the kids to MJ's. After explaining the situation to everyone, he tried to convince Billy to let him borrow his power for ten minutes. Unfortunately, the parents impersonated by the parasite appeared and possessed all the people in the club to fight and trap the teens.[25]

Outside the club Katie and Noh-Varr (who spent the last night together just before repelling a Skrull attack on Earth [22]) saw the boys trapped and rescued them. While they retreated, Noh-Varr's parents appeared and possessed everyone in the club. Loki managed to acquire Billy's powers for ten minutes and disappeared, abandoning the group.[26]

While he intended to leave them to die, Loki had an internal conversation with his child self, and is convinced to return to the team. Once there, he saved Wiccan from killing himself to end the spell. The team defeated the creature, but Wiccan's spell remained intact. As long as they are near their parents or the location of their parent's deaths, they would be in danger. Having no other choice, the team decided to leave New York.[27]

In the next three months, Billy was trained by Loki to be prepared to fight Mother. The Young Avengers were joined by Prodigy, who informed them Speed was kidnapped by a strange entity dressed as Patriot.[28] The Young Avengers chased the entity through the multiverse, who brought them to Mother's Dimension. They escaped, but accidentally left Prodigy and Hulking behind.[29] Using numerous evil alternate version of themselves as a distraction, the Young Avengers distracted Mother and save Hulking and Prodigy. Back to Earth-616, Hulking left the team.[30]

Teddy sought for help with Leah, who tricked him into returning to New York City, allowing Mother to come back to Earth-616, who threatened to unleash the evil versions of the Young Avengers to the world.[31] Since Billy was still to weak to end the spell which brought Mother, Loki suggested that he would be able to do it if his body were older, thus making Wiccan age him into a young adult. Unfortunately, Loki claimed that his powers didn't remain. The trickster revealed he had a second plan, to turn Wiccan temporarily into the Demiurge. After Prodigy called all the teenager heroes available to fight Mother, the team headed out to confront her.[32]

During the battle, it was revealed Leah and the Young Avengers she had formed were actually a physical manifestation of his missing powers which he subconsciously gave up due to his guilt over killing his younger self.[33] After America took a hit from the Ultimate Nullifier to protect him, Loki finally confessed that he was actually a copy of the original Loki's mind that had killed and stolen the body of the Loki who was able to change and be better and that he also had lied and manipulated the team by making a deal with Mother and thus admitted that it was all his fault. His confession made Leah and her Young Avengers disappear, thus Loki regained his powers and freed Teddy. After Billy and Teddy managed to destroy Mother, the team returned to Central Park where they were met by Billy's parents, but before he could introduce them, they realized Loki was gone, having fled the scene wracked with guilt over his actions.[34]

Celebrating Mother's defeat, the Young Avengers threw a New Years' party, along with many young heroes that had come to their rescue.[35] During the part, Prodigy was confronted by the entity who had kidnapped Speed, and after he discovered the entitiy's true nature, the entity returned Speed, who joined the Young Avengers in the party until it ended.

When the team departed the place using one of Miss America's portals, Loki, from behind, took a photo of the moment.[36]

Young Avengers

  • Hawkeye - Katherine "Kate" Bishop saved the Young Avengers from botched rescue.[4] Kate has no superhuman abilities but is skilled with a bow and arrow as well as a sword. Kate uses the original Hawkeye's bow and arrows as a gift from Captain America.[11]
  • Hulkling - Theodore "Teddy" Altman is a shape-shifter with enhanced strength and a healing factor. Teddy is the son of the Kree hero Captain Marvel and the Skrull princess Anelle, making a Kree-Skrull hybrid.[37] Teddy is engaged to Wiccan.[21]
  • Wiccan - William "Billy" Kaplan is the reincarnated son of the Scarlet Witch and the original Vision, and thus the twin brother of Speed.[38] Billy uses magic, such as casting spells for flight, lightning generation, and locating people, and activates these spells by repeating the intended effect out loud. Billy is engaged to Hulkling.[21]
  • Speed - Thomas "Tommy" Shepherd is the reincarnated son of the Scarlet Witch and the original Vision, and thus the twin brother of Wiccan.[38] Tommy is a mutant with super-speed powers similar to his uncle Quicksilver.[39] Tommy can also accelerate atomic matter as well as destabilize it. Tommy was found in a high security juvenile detention center.[37]
  • Miss America - America Chavez is a girl whose homeworld is an utopia created by her mothers. She arrived to the Earth and joined the Teen Brigade[40]. After leaving the Teen Brigade and returning to her homeworld, she was found by Loki to join him.[41] She seems to have the powers inherited from her mothers, being capable of flying[40], traveling between dimensions and having super-strength.[41]
  • Noh-Varr - Noh-Varr is a Kree from a parallel dimension that has had his DNA altered to have insectial properties. After the Avengers vs. X-Men war he was banned from Earth, but he decided to live in the atmosphere because he loved the planet too much to leave it.[42]
  • Prodigy - David Alleyne was a mutant with the ability to absorb skills and knowledge from the minds of others while they were in his proximity. He briefly co-led the New Mutants training squad before he was depowered on M-Day. Following this, the Stepford Cuckoos removed a psychic block, allowing him to access all the information he had ever absorbed.

Former Members

  • Iron Lad - Nathaniel "Nate" Richards is a younger version of Kang the Conqueror. He utilizes a neuro-kinetic suit given to him by Kang the Conqueror (his future self) that responds to mental commands.[1] He later returned into the timestream to potentially become Kang the Conqueror.[21]
  • Patriot - Elijah "Eli" Bradley is the grandson of super-soldier Isaiah Bradley. Patriot claimed he received powers through a blood transfusion from his grandfather.[1] This was a lie, as it was revealed he obtained them through the use of MGH.[6] However, he eventually did receive his grandfather's powers through a blood transfusion.[11] He left the team after Stature's death.[21]
  • Stature - Cassandra "Cassie" Lang is the daughter of the second Ant-Man (Scott Lang). Stature has the power to change size at will. Initially planned traveling to Los Angeles to join the Runaways before learning of the group's existence, she instead tracked down the Young Avengers along with Kate Bishop, convincing them to allow her membership. After saving her father's life in the timestream, Cassie sacrificed herself to defeat Doctor Doom.[20]
  • Vision - Jonas was created from Iron Lad's technology, contains both the Vision's programming and Nathan's emotions.[43] Vision left the team after "Secret Invasion", but later returned. He was destroyed by Iron Lad after Cassie's death.[21]
  • Loki - Loki Laufeyson is the son of Laufey and the Asgardian god of mischief. He has been a villain all his life until his death. Thor, his brother, missed him and made him resurrect in the form of a young boy. Being aware of the imminent mistake of Billy he went to the Earth-212 to find Miss America and ask her to help him.[41] As an Asgardian he has all the human skills multiplied as well as being a powerful sorcerer.


Paraphernalia

Equipment: Avengers Fail-Safe Program, Pym Particles
Transportation: Noh-Varr's Kree Ship, Wiccan's teleportation; formerly Quinjet
Weapons: Captain America's Shield, Hawkeye's Battle Staves, Hawkeye's Bow, Hawkeye's Sword, Mockingbird's Battle Staves, Patriot's Shield, Swordman's Sword, Wiccan's Staff, Kree Composite Soul Bow, Nega-Bands


Notes

  • In the last issue of the Fallen Son series, when the funeral of Captain America took place at Washington D.C., all of the Young Avengers were present, wearing their outfits, and were even mentioned by name by the Falcon, while delivering the ceremonial speech. This suggested another amnesty was offered to Hawkeye and Patriot (and maybe Speed as well, although he was never accounted for during the story), who had stayed in the resistance after the end of the Civil War, alongside the New Avengers.
  • In She-Hulk Vol 2 #21 it was revealed that the Hulkling and Wiccan that appeared to have joined the Initiative were actually a pair of interdimensional travelers known as "Alphas" whereas the actual Hulkling and Wiccan were shocked at the discovery that they had registered (the canonicity of this story, which was largely humorous, is unclear). Their current registration status, along with that of Hawkeye, Patriot, and Speed remains murky.
  • It seems that the Young X-Man Anole is somewhat infatuated with the Young Avengers. He seems to know a lot about them[44] and even threaten to join them.[45] This may be because as a gay teen superhero, Anole feelings a sense of comradery with Hulkling and Wiccan.


Trivia

  • The new Young Avengers members were as well more or less inspired from Avengers members:
    • Noh-Varr is a member of the Kree race and, so it could have an inspiration in Captain Marvel, having been first an enemy then an ally of Earth, being inspired by him and having even wielded that code-name.
    • Miss America is the "patriotic character", regarding her code-name and costume, that matching with Captain America and having the capacity of flying and having super-human strength she shares powers with some female Avengers members like Jessica Jones or Miss Marvel
    • Loki has less correlation, but still is an Asgardian, so he could be a Thor counterpart, being a sorcerer he shares powers with Doctor Strange.


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