15 Times The Avengers Were Absolutely Obliterated
The first trailer for Avengers: Endgame showed us what life was like for our favorite superheroes after The Decimation, the name of Thanos’ snap. This is the first time in the MCU where the team was actually defeated, at least for now. However, in the comics, they have been overcome several times in the past, and fans have seen them at their weakest. Here are a few examples.
A story in the X-Men world featured the merging between Professor Xavier and Magneto into a new being called Onslaught. This entity lived in New York Story with Sentinels as followers, and the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the rest of the X-Men had to join forces against him. When Onslaught took on the mutant Franklin Richards, he became unstoppable, and many heroes had to die in battle.
2. Ultron Unlimited
Once the superheroes were back from their “deaths” due to Onslaught, the comics showed awesome stories with Ultron. While he was defeated in Age of Ultron almost too easily, in one arc, he took the country of Slorenia, created many other Ultrons to fight against the Avengers. Because of his knowledge of the team, he was able to cripple them significantly.
3. The Kang Dynasty
Busiek ended his work with Avengers after The Kang Dynasty, and it was a doozy for the superheroes. Finally, Kang took over Earth with his Sentinels after many battles. Washington D.C. was obliterated by the Damocles Base and the team on the planet was forced to surrender. Other Avengers were in space and had to face the Triune Understanding before helping overcome the Damocles Base.
4. Red Zone
John and Olivier Coipel created a story where the United States was almost destroyed completely after a bioterrorist attack at Mount Rushmore. The Avengers wear hazmat suits to enter the red cloud and they discovered a US bunker as well as the real problem that injures them all. Iron Man and Black Panther united to find the cure later on.
5. Avengers Disassembled
The Avengers united to fight against enemies, and it’s revealed that they have been betrayed by the Scarlet Witch. Jack of Hearts, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Vision die and the team is at their lowest point, resulting in their disbandment. This storyline is still remembered as one of the worst points in Avengers history, which almost decimated the team completely.
6. House of M
Bendis brought together the new Avengers, who partnered with the X-Men to fight against the Scarlet Witch. She had changed the world to become House of M, where mutants ruled and their leader was Magneto. It was a temptation for other mutants as they saw the world where they would get everything they wanted. When they revert the world, Scarlet Witch says “No more Mutants”, and almost killed them all.
7. Civil War
This event had Iron Man and Captain America on different sides of the Super Hero Registration Act, and the team was divided in two. This act mandated that all heroes reveal themselves and work for the government. Iron Man, Mister Fantastic and Hank Pym were all for it. Captain America opposed but eventually conceded because he saw how their battle affected the world negatively.
8. Secret Invasion
The Illuminati threatened the Skrulls, shape-shifting alien race, and they came to Earth as spies before actually bringing their full power to fight against the Avengers, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Inhumans, and more. Since the aliens had invaded all kinds of government entities and S.H.I.E.L.D, there was too much suspicion. The Avengers stopped the invasion but questioned if their team had been compromised.
9. Dark Reign
After Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn from the Thunderbolts took control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and renamed it H.A.M.M.E.R. He also made the Dark Avengers with Bullseye, Daken, Moonstone, and Venom disguised as several members of the original Avengers. The superheroes ended up hunted by the government after their identities were stolen and were still divided due to Civil War.
This happened in the Ultimate Universe, a modern version of Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Avengers also known as the Ultimates. Magneto and his mutants attacked New York City, and after several deaths, the good guys were defeated. The Blob ended up eating Janet Van Dyne. This story arc had to change the environment of the universe and did it by wiping almost all the heroes.
11. Age of Ultron
Brian Michael Bendis’ Age of Ultron truly showed how the A.I. defeated our heroes after having faced them several times in the past. It takes place in a world that belongs to Hank Pym’s creation, and Manhattan was completely destroyed. The Avengers had to time travel in order to change things to the way they were before.
12. Ragnarok Now
After Avengers vs. X-Men, there was a new fear of mutants, so Captain America unites the Avengers Unity Squad, featuring several Avengers and X-Men. They were known as the Uncanny Avengers who had to fight against Uriel and Eimin, the Apocalypse Twins. They wanted to take the mutants to another planet “to save” them while attracting the Celestial Exitar to decimate Earth. The team was divided by these two master manipulators.
This story arc featured the evolution of Red Skull, who had taken Professor Xavier’s mind and powers to become Red Onslaught. By then, the Avengers and X-Men were pretty down after several struggles, but they united to stop the villain from overpowering Earth and making people slaves with his brain control. Iron Man, Havok, Deadpool, and others had their moral inversed and tried to destroy the rest.
14. The second Civil War
This time, the team disagreed about the inhuman Ulysses who could see the future. Some wanted to use the abilities to save people even if they had to imprison those who had yet to commit the crimes. Captain Marvel and Iron Man butted heads, especially after losing War Machine in their fight against Thanos. Ulysses then saw Miles Morales’ Spider-Man killing Captain America, and they fought for his rights.
15. Secret Empire
In a twist presented in Avengers: Standoff, Captain American turns out to be part of HYDRA, ruled by Red Skull after he got controlled of the cosmic cube. They were trying to take over the US government with the help of Cap’s reputation. Therefore, an important Avenger was now a foe who killed Rick Jones and Black Widow.
What did you think of these moments were the Avengers hit rock bottom? Which one would make for a great future movie? There are so many stories Marvel can mine from their comic books, that we do not see the end of the MCU in sight. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love comics more than the films. See you next time!