Marvel's premiere super-team The Avengers have had more than a hundred members since they first assembled in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Avengers #1 in 1963. The initial roster of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp has expanded over the decades to include multiple mutants, monsters, gods, aliens, super soldiers, and robots --- and the occasional extra Ant-Man, or Iron Man, or Hulk.

With Avengers: Age of Ultron just around the corner, interest in these heroes has never been greater, so we've decided to pit all the official comic book Avengers against each other in a battle for your affections. Who is the greatest, best, favorite Avenger of all time? Only you can decide.

We've created voting groups that mix up different eras of Avengers membership. Group B consists of some hardcore second-stringers, including Black Knight, Starfox, U.S.Agent, and Ronin, plus the original Thor and his substitute pal Thunderstrike. The two or three most popular Avengers will go through from each group, so you're encouraged to vote tactically.

  • Dane Whitman/Black Knight

    Created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema
    Joined the team in Avengers #71 (December 1969)

    Sword-wielding knight with a flying horse
    Inexplicably American

    Marko Djurdjevic
  • Eric Masterson/Thunderstrike

    Created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz
    Joined the team in Avengers #343 (January 1992)

    All the Thor powers
    Plus a sleeveless jacket and a ponytail

    Ron Frenz
  • Eros/Starfox

    Created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich
    Joined the team in Avengers #243 (May 1984)

    Emotional manipulation powers
    And no-one is quite sure what to do with that

    Philip Tan
  • John Walker/U.S.Agent

    Created by Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary
    Joined the team in West Coast Avengers vol. 2 #44 (May 1989)

    A bit like Captain America
    But he reallly enjoys Fox News

    Clayton Crain
  • Maya Lopez/Ronin, etc

    Created by David Mack and Joe Quesada
    Joined the team in New Avengers #11 (November 2005)

    Ballerina pianist
    But with a sword, I guess?

    David Mack
  • Noh-Varr/Protector, etc

    Created by Grant Morrison and JG Jones
    Joined the team in Avengers vol. 4 #6 (December 2010)

    The sensational Cockroach-Man
    Dances in his underpants, A+

    Chris Bachalo
  • Shang-Chi

    Created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin
    Joined the team in Avengers vol. 5 #1 (December 2012)

    Master of kung-fu
    Son of Fu Manchu, pen pal of Tarzan, once shared an Uber with Kull of Atlantis

    Jerome Opena
  • Thor Odinson

    Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
    Co-founded the team in Avengers #1 (September 1963)

    Professional thunder god
    A Norse is a Norse of course of course
    Played by Chris Hemsworth OMG so dreamy

    Walter Simonson