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 C includes the first lady of the movie team, Black Widow; comics founding member Hank Pym; a couple of Avengers you might usually think of as Defenders; and Darkhawk, the people's champion. The two or three most popular Avengers will go through from each group, so you’re encouraged to vote tactically.

  • Ares

    Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

    Joined the team in Mighty Avengers #1 (May 2007)

    God of war

    Probably pretty good at Halo too

    Kris Anka
  • Christopher Powell/Darkhawk

    Created by Tom DeFalco and Mike Manley

    Joined the team in Avengers West Coast #94 (May 1993)

    Super sentai, basically

    Solo comic ran for fifty issues. Fifty!

    Brandon Peterson
  • Doctor Stephen Strange

    Created by Steve Ditko

    Joined the team in New Avengers vol. 2 #7 (December 2010)

    Sorceror Supreme

    Curlicue enthusiast

    To be played by Benedict Cumberbatch

    Dean Kotz
  • Henry Pym/Ant-Man, etc

    Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

    Co-founded the team in Avengers #1 (September 1963)

    Shrinks. Grows. Builds killer robots.

    Burned through so many costumes that he ended up wearing a red jumpsuit.

    To be played by Michael Douglas

    Tim Seeley
  • Namor McKenzie

    Created by Bill Everett

    Joined the team in Avengers #262 (December 1985)

    Super-strength, super-speed, super-flight, super-haughty, super-sexy

    Doesn't go by 'McKenzie' so much

    Gerald Parel
  • Natalia Romanova/Black Widow

    Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck

    Joined the team in Avengers #111 (May 1973)

    Doesn't have any superpowers

    Doesn't need any superpowers

    Played by Scarlett Johanssen

    Phil Noto
  • Tamara Devoux/Captain Universe

    Created by Bill Mantlo, Michael Golden, Rick Remender and Jerome Opena

    Joined the team in Avengers vol. 5 #1 (December 2012)

    Guardian of Eternity

    Likes pie

    Mike Deodato
  • Wendell Vaughn/Quasar

    Created by Don Glut, Roy Thomas, and John Buscema

    Joined the team in Avengers #305 (July 1989)

    Energy-manipulating bangles

    Solo comic ran for sixty issues. Suck it, Darkhawk.

    Wellington Alves