The Avengers have been the leading Marvel superhero team for many years. Even before they served as the foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they were often the team at the center of most Marvel non-mutant event series. In their own comics, they also showed several events that changed the course of comic book history.
These major events go back a long way, as it was in the 1970s that the Avengers introduced the Kree-Skrull war on the pages of its comics, a war that stretched out into the Cosmic Marvel Universe. Add events that shook all the heroes of Marvel and even a few that brought the mutants into the fight, and the Avengers’ best events remain some of the most important moments in Marvel history.
10 Avengers separated
One of the most devastating events in the history of Avengers came in 2004 with the series Avengers separated. Vision and Jack of Hearts died at the start and at the end, while Scott Lang’s Ant-Man and Hawkeye died in what appeared to be a fight with Kree. However, the shocker came eventually.
Kree had never attacked, and it was all conjured up by Scarlet Witch after she was told about her children’s existence. She also killed Agatha Harkness. What prevents this from being more important is that each death was later recalled. The event is still important as it led to the crossover series House of M..
9 The Kree-Skrull War
The Kree and Skrull empires have been at war for over a million years. At one point, Kree sent a spy to the ground in Captain Mar-Vell to work as a sleeping agent. However, Mar-Vell chose to remain loyal to Earth, leading to the Kree-Skrull War series of events in Avengers # 89-97.
This took the Avengers to a cosmic level that had never really been experienced when they ended up in the middle of the war between the two empires while having to fight both to save the planet. This was also the first notable Avengers event series and served as the basis for the story of the MCU movie Captain Marvel.
8 Ultron Unlimited
Ultron Unlimited was the best Avengers event series with one of their most dangerous villains, Ultron. This took place in Avengers Vol. 3 # 19-22 and basically rewrote what the android villain is all about. All of this started when Ultron destroyed an entire country.
Ultron then turned his dead citizens into cyborg warriors in what ended up as the basis for the MCU movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is the series where the truth is revealed that Ultron’s brain waves were based on his creator Hank Pym’s real persona, and changed everything readers knew about the two enemies.
7 Avengers vs. X men
In 2012, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron and Frank Cho started one of the biggest crossover event series in the history of Avengers with Avengers vs X-Men. This event started when the Phoenix Force returned to Earth, and the Avengers decided to lock Hope Summers away for her and Earth’s protection.
X-Men would not hear anything about this and went to war with the Avengers to protect Hope from them. The Phoenix Force arrived and possessed several X-Men instead, making the war more deadly than ever. This series was very important and played a major role in the mutant’s relationship with other heroes, while making Cyclops a mutant martyr in the end.
6 Civil war
Civil war was a company-wide Avengers crossover in the 1990s, but its foundation rested on the sides of The Avengers. The book had two of the longest-preserved and respected Avengers taking different sides of a controversial law – the Superhero Registration Act. With Iron Man on one side and Captain America on the other, the heroes of the world turned against each other.
This changed everything for a long time in comics. Eventually, Captain America died after surrendering, and the heroes did not trust each other for a very long time. The comics remain polarizing for fans, but it ended up being a popular movie in Captain America: Civil War.
5 Kang Dynasty
One of the Avengers’ most dangerous villains – and the next big bad in MCU – is the Kang Conqueror. The best Kang event series in Avengers comics was Kang Dynasty in Avengers Vol. 3 # 41-55. Kang appeared on Earth and became the first person to successfully take over the world.
Kang gathered several villainous forces on Earth to help him as he promised that they could rule their own lands using the Earth’s own citizens to fight for him. The series remains memorable when Kang proved that he was more powerful than all of Earth’s heroes, and it was only by betrayal by one of his own that he could ever fall.
4 The New Avengers: Breakout
After many years in which the Avengers worked as government agents and had the most powerful superheroes in the world, it was time for a change. Avengers separated so the team broke up and went their separate ways, but an Avengers team was still needed. This was New Avengers.
“Breakout” was the first event in the debut New Avengers series. This book breathed new life into the team, with only Captain America left on board, and the rest of the team as street-level heroes like Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Spider-Woman.
3 Avengers Forever
Avengers Forever was an event series from 1998 that could easily have failed. It featured Rick Jones, the man who originally brought the team together, in a time travel story where he works with Avengers members from different points in their story to work together.
This remains one of the best Avengers events ever written, as it actually falls into comic book stories from the previous 30 years and unfolds as a giant love letter to the team’s history. This was a 12-track series in which the Avengers battled Immortus throughout the timeline.
2 Avengers: Under Siege
It’s rare for ordinary supervillains to beat the Avengers, but this happened in Avengers: Under Siege, a 1980s Avengers event comic that is still on most people’s list of the best stories in the team’s history. The villains here were evil masters, led by Baron Zemo and lasted from Avengers # 270-277.
The story was shocking as the villains attacked heroes at the Avengers Mansion without warning and defeated and captured everyone except the wasps, even putting Hercules in a coma. The villains’ attrition of Jarvis was particularly disturbing. This series ranks high on most fan lists because it showed the Avengers at its lowest, forced to give everything to overcome the odds and defend their home.
1 The Korvac saga
The best Avengers event series ever was The Korvac saga. This saw the team fight against an almighty cosmic force named Michael Korvac. This man wanted nothing more than to create a utopian world on Earth so that everyone could live in peace and happiness.
However, this was at the expense of most free will. This series remains memorable as the one match the Avengers could not win as Korvac ended up killing the entire team and they could not stop him. It was Korvac himself who finally realized what he had become and brought the Avengers back before leaving voluntarily, showing that even the Most Powerful Heroes of the Earth could not beat all threats.
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