During World War II, Steve Rogers volunteered to receive the experimental Super-Soldier Serum. Enhanced to the pinnacle of human physical potential and armed with an unbreakable shield, he became Captain America. After a failed mission left him encased in ice for decades, he was found and revived by the Avengers. Later joining their ranks and eventually becoming the team's leader.
Tony Stark was the arrogant son of wealthy, weapon manufacturer Howard Stark. Tony cared only about himself, but he would have a change of heart after he was kidnapped by terrorists and gravely injured. Pressured to create a weapon of mass destruction, Stark instead created a suit of armor powerful enough for him to escape. Tony uses his vast resources and intellect to make the world a better place as The Invincible Iron Man. Stark's super hero identity led him to become a founding member of the Avengers.
A founding member of the X-Men, Dr. Hank McCoy is a mutant possessing animal-like strength and agility. Despite being covered in blue fur and resembling a ferocious beast, Hank possesses an astounding intellect and a superb wit. He is currently helping run the Jean Grey School, while also serving with the Avengers.
Namor the Sub-Mariner is the ruler of undersea Atlantis. The offspring of a sea captain and an Atlantean princess, he has been both a hero and a villain to the surface world. Namor is one of Marvel's oldest published characters with his origins in the Golden Age of comics.
Genetically altered by Dr. Henry Pym, Janet Van Dyne gained the ability to alter her size, fly at rapid speeds and fire bio-electric energy "stings". Calling herself "the Wasp", she became Pym's superhero partner. Later, she became a founding member and the first female member of the Avengers.
Vision is an artificial intelligence, a "synthezoid" created by the villain Ultron and an Avenger who possesses the power to alter his density at will. Having gained a modicum of humanity, Vision is always afraid he may one day lose touch with it.
Butler to the Stark family, Edwin Jarvis went on to be the caretaker of the Avengers Mansion and has laid his life on the line for them several times.
James "Rhodey" Rhodes is Tony Stark's personal pilot and one of the playboy's oldest friends. Rhodey has often donned the Iron Man mantle when the burden has been too much for his friend, but has also established his own identity as the War Machine and Iron Patriot.
A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent sent undercover, Constrictor soon became what he was trying to stop. Since joining the Initiative he has lost his arms and had them replaced with cybernetic implants that incorporate his trademark weapon of electrified metal coil whips.
A mercenary for hire whom fought against Luke Cage, Captain America and Spider-man among others.
Formerly known as Water Wizard, Aqueduct is a super-villain with the ability to manipulate water.
A scrappy, rebellious orphan, Rick Jones stumbled into the test site for the Gamma Bomb and inadvertently caused Bruce Banner to be caught in the blast while trying to save Rick, transforming Banner into the Hulk. Rick became the Hulk's closest confidant, a member of the Avengers and a friend and sidekick to heroes like Captain America, Captain Marvel and Rom. Rick finally got to live his dream of being a superhero, for a time, when he was transformed into the gamma-powered monster he dubbed A-Bomb.
Thor Odinson is the All-father of Asgard /God of Thunder, offspring of All-Father Odin & the Elder Earth-Goddess Gaea. Combining the powers of both realms makes him an elder-god hybrid and a being of limitless potential. Armed with his enchanted Uru hammer Mjolnir which helps him to channel his godly energies. The mightiest and the most beloved warrior in all of Asgard, a staunch ally for good and one of the most powerful beings in the multiverse/omniverse. Thor is also a founding member of the Avengers.
Nicholas Joseph Fury served in World War II as the leader of the Howling Commandos. He later became an agent, and eventually director, of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury is one of the greatest strategic minds in the world, a born leader and a master of espionage. He currently serves as a replacement Watcher.
Growing tired of his mechanic job, Abe Jenkins created a suit of armor and became the Beetle. Originally a criminal, he changed his ways as a member of the Thunderbolts, becoming a mainstay of the group and achieving legitimacy as a superhero.
Bruno Horgan is a former competitor of Tony Stark. He becomes the Melter and is considered one of Iron Man's deadliest foes. The Melter is eventually killed by the Scourge of the Underworld.
A longtime foe of Iron Man who as a criminal mastermind employed super-villains and organized criminal operations.
Spymaster is a master of espionage, and of industrial espionage in particular.
Discus is a mercenary for hire who normally works with his brother Stiletto and they have come into conflict with numerous heroes including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Spider Man.
Alex Gentry, the Porcupine, was one of the first Marvel silver age villains and most notably fought against Ant-Man and Captain America, but also faced the Avengers, the X-Men and the Defenders.
Whiplash is a research engineer and weapons design specialist and long-time enemy of Iron Man whose signature weapons are a pair of cybernetically-controlled titanium whips that he can use to perform amazing feats.
Raised as a wealthy socialite, Whitney Frost was initially horrified to learn of her true heritage as the daughter of the Maggia-leader Count Nefaria. Hiding her face behind a golden mask after horrible scarring, she has been driven mostly by vengeance against her father which has placed her on both sides of the law.
A villain formerly known as Man-Killer, she loosely reformed and re-established herself as Amazon among the Thunderbolts.
Scott Lang was the second man to take up the mantle of Ant-Man. He has been a member of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four.
After encountering the Kree hero Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was accidentally subjected to otherworldly radiation that transformed her into a superhuman warrior. Calling herself Ms. Marvel, she established herself as one of the most powerful and prominent heroes, both as a solo heroine and as a member of the Avengers. She has now adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel for herself.
After serving as Tony Stark's secretary for many years, Bambi Arbogast became a manager for one of Stark's companies. She also worked for the Heroes for Hire Corporation, and remains a good friend to Tony Stark.
Long-time member of Roxxon, Hale posed a threat to the likes of superheroes as Spider-Man and Iron Man as a minor villain.
Bethany Cabe is a former bodyguard and private investigator. She worked as Tony Stark's bodyguard and eventually became his lover. She is one of the few people in Tony's close knit inner circle. She was the most prominent love interest of Tony Stark.
Ling McPherson was a bodyguard and a partner with Bethany Cabe of the firm Cabe & McPherson, Security Specialists. She became a supporting character in the first Iron Man series.
The original Blizzard, Gregor Shapanka was also briefly known as Jack Frost.
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