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.

  • Kris Anka
    Kris Anka


    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

  • Brandon Peterson
    Brandon Peterson

    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!

  • Dean Kotz
    Dean Kotz

    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

  • Tim Seeley
    Tim Seeley

    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

  • Gerald Parel
    Gerald Parel

    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

  • Phil Noto
    Phil Noto

    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

  • Mike Deodato
    Mike Deodato

    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

  • Wellington Alves
    Wellington Alves

    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.

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