Marvel events/crossovers

Throughout its history of publication, Marvel Comics has produced many crossover stories combining characters from different series of comics. The following is a list of crossover events involving superheroes and characters from different series.

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  • Namor vs the Original Human Torch

    Namor and the Torch battle it out and establish the idea of a shared continuity of the Marvel universe. (Marvel Mystery Comics #8-10, June–August 1940).

  • A short lived creation, this team was composed of Captain America, Bucky, The Original Human Torch, Toro, Sub-Mariner, The Whizzer, and Miss America. (All-Winners Comics #19, #21, Fall-Winter 1946).

  • Reed Richards and Susan Storm's Wedding

    On the wedding day of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, Doctor Doom and an assembly of super villains (consisting of Attuma, Awesome Android, Beetle, Black Knight, Cobra, Diablo, Electro, Enchantress, Executioner, Grey Gargoyle, Human Top, some HYDRA agents, Kang the Conqueror, Mandarin, Melter, Mister Hyde, Mole Man, Porcupine, Puppet Master, Red Ghost and his Super Apes, Super-Skrull, and Unicorn) crash the wedding but are defeated by every super hero who was attending the wedding. This is the first time that almost every super character in the Marvel Universe at the time were gathered into one book.

  • Sub-Mariner's Quest for Krang

    Krang rages war and Namora leaves with him in order to save Namor, not knowing the reason he declares Namora a traitor and goes after her, battling Iron Man along the way. The story started in the pages of Tales to Astonish and ended up being referenced in the pages of Avengers. The Namor vs Iron Man story was told in Tales of Suspense #80 and Tales to Astonish #82, the first time a story had began and finished in 2 different titles.

  • Daredevil-Dr Doom swap

    Daredevil #37-38, Fantastic Four #73. Involved Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Spider-Man.

  • Sub-Mariner #14, Captain Marvel #14, Avengers #63. A plot by Egghead, The Thinker, Puppet Master to take over the world.

  • Formation of the Defenders

    Doctor Strange #183, Sub-Mariner #22, Incredible Hulk #126. The future Defenders stop a plot by the Undying Ones. Barbara Norriss, future alter ego of the Valkyrie, also appears.

  • Mr. Kline War

    A plot by Mr. Kline. Daredevil #78-84, Iron Man #41-45, Sub-Mariner #42

  • Earth is caught up in the war between Kree and Skrulls. Involves Avengers, Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans. Avengers #89-97, Amazing Adventures #5-8

  • Defenders #8-11, Avengers #115-118. A plot by Loki and Dormammu. Most of Marvel's heroes featured in the last chapter.

  • Iron Man #55, Captain Marvel #25-33, Avengers #125, Marvel Feature #12, Daredevil #97-105

  • Marvel Team-Up #15, 19, 20, 26, 28; Uncanny X-Men #119, Incredible Hulk #209, 238-243. Tyrannus and two others cause earthquakes in order to take over the world.

  • Captain America #213-214, 217-218, 220, 222-223, 225, 228, 230-231, Incredible Hulk #212, 228-237, Machine Man #7-9, Marvel Premiere #39-40, 44, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #23, 25, 27, 29-31, Marvel Two-In-One #47-48

  • The Grandmaster and Death manipulate the heroes of Earth in a game to decide the fate of The Collector. (Contest of Champions #1–3 June 1982)

  • Snow falls all over Earth as a prelude to Surtur's attack. Thor (Volume 1) 346-350, Avengers (Volume 1) 249

  • Avengers #244-245, Incredible Hulk #296, Uncanny X-Men #185-188, ROM #52-65

  • The Beyonder kidnaps selected heroes and villains of Earth to battle on a planet of his creation. Spider-Man finds his Symbiote costume. Doctor Doom steal the powers of the Beyonder, becoming almost god-like in the process, but is ultimately defeated by the assembled heroes.

  • The Beyonder heads to Earth in a bid to understand humanity, creating a human form for himself in the process.

  • Primarily involving the superhero teams the X-Men, X-Factor and the New Mutants. Power Pack, Thor, and Daredevil crossed over for an issue in their own comic books.

  • The X-Men are slain in Dallas during a cataclysmic battle against the Adversary. Cypher (of the New Mutants) dies battling the Ani-Mator. X-Factor (the original X-Men) battles Apocalypse and his Four Horsemen. (The New Mutants #59-61, The Uncanny X-Men #225-227, X-Factor #24-26, Captain America #339, Daredevil #252, Fantastic Four #312, The Incredible Hulk #340, Power Pack #35

  • The High Evolutionary unleashes attacks all over the world to guide the way of human evolution. (Eleven part crossover starting in X-Factor Annual #3,including The Punisher Annual #1, The Uncanny X-Men Annual #12 and concluding in The Avengers Annual #17

  • Demons from Limbo invade earth.

  • Under the influence of Set the Serpent God, the Atlanteans launch a massive assault on the surface world.

  • Loki unites Doctor Doom, Magneto, Kingpin, Mandarin, Wizard, and Red Skull in a plot to use lesser enemies to defeat the superheroes that aren't their usual enemies.

  • The New Mutants and the X-Men are kidnapped and taken to Genosha, which culminates in their escape; the Genoshan government is overthrown.

  • A five-part Marvel Comics crossover event involving the X-Men and X-Factor, published in 1991. It was written by Chris Claremont and Fabian Nicieza. Leads to a change of teams.

  • Thanos uses the power of the Infinity Gems to become Supreme Being. Involves all Marvel heroes.

  • The Avengers become involved in a war between the Kree and the Shi'ar. (Captain America #398-401, Avengers West Coast #80-82, Quasar #32-36, Wonder Man #7-9, Avengers #345-347, Iron Man #278-279, Thor #445-446).

  • Magus, Adam Warlock's "Evil Side", creates evil doppelgangers of Earth's heroes to gain ultimate power.

  • Stryfe arrives in the present to take vengeance against Cable & the X-Men by capturing his parents Cyclops and Jean Grey. The Legacy Virus is released during its epilogue.

  • Goddess, Adam Warlock's "Good Side", recruits an army of heroes to fight her holy war. Thanos and Adam Warlock unite to stop her.

  • Magneto returns more powerful and determined than ever, ripping the adamantium from Wolverine's bones and enraging Professor X. Colossus defects to Magneto's side.

  • It details the fallout from Charles Xavier's infamous mindwipe of Magneto and Magneto's ultimate defeat.

  • Mys-Tech create a duplicate voodoo version of Earth called Unearth in a bid to take control of the planet while coordinating a demonic invasion. While Earth's mightiest heroes (including a majority of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, as well as Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Nick Fury) fighting the invasion with crossover books including Warheads, Motormouth, Dark Angel and Death's Head.

  • "Child's Play" is a 1994 Marvel Comics crossover featuring the New Warriors, X-Force, and the Upstarts. It is also the first time Karma reunites with the New Mutants since she left the team in New Mutants #54 from 1987.

  • The Phalanx race attacks Earth. Generation X is founded in its aftermath.

  • Legion travels back in time to kill Magneto, but accidentally kills his own father, Charles Xavier.

  • A dystopian alternative timeline in which Apocalypse rules the world is created after Legion inadvertedly killed his own father.

  • Onslaught Saga

    The seed was planted when Xavier mind-wiped Magneto during Fatal Attractions, and he was born by the time warp of the Age of Apocalypse. Onslaught has arrived and defeating him results in the apparent "deaths" of many superheroes.

  • The heroes who died during the "Onslaught Saga" return from a Limbo created by Franklin Richards.

  • The story followed from the "Onslaught Saga" and focused on individuals within the United States government, including Bastion and Henry Peter Gyrich, and their attempts to use their positions to hunt down all mutants across the country.

  • The X-Men attempt to find the location of Professor Xavier, who has been missing ever since the authorities arrested him in the wake of the "Onslaught Saga" disaster.

  • The charismatic, mutant, subversive known as Magneto is given the island-nation of Genosha to appease his plans for the advancement of Homo Superior. With his rise to power will Magneto tolerate a faction of mutate rebels within his own borders and how will he deal with the humans also living within his new island nation?

  • Apocalypse emerges once more, along with a mysterious prophecy of 12 powerful mutants capable of destroying him. The story carries on into the Ages of Apocalypse arc.

  • Fed up with Earth's interference in intergalactic affairs, the starfaring alien community quarantines the Sol System and turns Earth into a prison for the universe's worst criminals.

  • A cure for the Legacy Virus has been released, providing Magneto with a brand new army of healthy mutants ready to wage a final battle against humanity. Finale to the more traditionalist, old-school X-Men storylines. Leads to a reorganization of the X-Men titles.

  • Mad partial-clones of Thanos try to destroy the universe.

  • Scarlet Witch uses her powers to attack the Avengers physically and psychologically, resulting in the Avengers disbanding, setting the stage for the franchise being relaunched as "New Avengers". (Main story arc in Avengers #500-503, Avengers Finale, September–December 2004.). Meanwhile Thor brings about the end of Asgard. (Thor #80-85, 2004). Leads to a cancellation and relaunch of Avengers titles.

  • Scarlet Witch uses her powers to create a world in which mutants are in charge but ultimately resulting in the population of the world's mutants being brought to near extinction

  • House of M's Aftermath.

  • Silver Surfer, Super-Skrull, Nova, and Ronan face the Annihilation Wave.

  • Heroes are divided when the U.S. government passes the Super-human Registration Act. Captain America seeks freedom, while Iron Man seeks to institute the 50 State Initiative. (Main story arc in Civil War #1-7, July 2006-January 2007). Major events in the saga include Peter Parker's revealing his identity to the public (Civil War #2, August 2006) and Captain America's death (Captain America #25, 2007). Leads to a number of new launches.

  • With Captain America dead, the world moves on under a single united team, the Fifty States Initiative. Unfortunately, Luke Cage leads a renegade team of Avengers against Iron Man while Norman Osborn and the Skrulls lurk under the surface of Iron Man's new order.

  • Following his exile into space (New Avengers Illuminati One-Shot, 2006), The Hulk returns to Earth to exact revenge on those responsible

  • The events following World War Hulk.

  • After the devastation of the wake of the Annihilation Wave, Nova, Starlord, Wraith, & a new Quasar (Phyla-Vell) lead a group of cosmic heroes against the Phalanx, who threaten to conquer and annihilate all of Kree space.

  • The birth of the first child with the X-gene since Decimation sparks a race between the X-Men, the Marauders, the Acolytes, the Reavers, the Purifiers, and Predator X to see who will find the child first. Bishop turns rogue in an attempt to assassinate the child who he believes will cause his dystopian future to occur.

  • A stealthy invasion by the Skrull race comes to fruition, as the New Avengers and Mighty Avengers and Thunderbolts must unite to stop the villains.

  • The world of heroes is in its darkest period. Norman Osborn is now the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., rebranded H.A.M.M.E.R. and formed his own dark cabal with Emma Frost, the Hood, Namor, Doctor Doom, Loki, and the Void to control the world and steal the Avengers name from the team, with the creation of the Dark Avengers. Iron Man faces the consequences of his crimes during Civil War, as he becomes a wanted fugitive and near death. Meanwhile, Hank Pym forms his own team of Avengers to combat Norman Osborn while the Hood assumes control over the Avengers Initiative.

  • Vulcan is rapidly expanding the Shi'ar Empire, while Black Bolt and the Inhumans become leaders of the Kree empire following the events of "Secret Invasion", and a cosmic war begins, drawing in Nova, Darkhawk, the Starjammers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Learning that Bishop was after Cable and the first mutant born since House of M, Cyclops had Beast develop time travelling devices so Cyclops could send his secret wetworks team, X-Force (consisting of Wolverine, Warpath, X-23, Domino, Vanisher, Archangel and Elixir), into the future after Bishop, hoping that they'll end the threat once and for all and the future of mutant kind will be safe in the hands of his son.

  • Norman Osborn forms the "Dark X-Men" to deal with anti-mutant riots and captures/tortures Beast and Professor X. Unwilling to tolerate Osborn's evil scheme to harm her teammates, Emma Frost and Namor, the Sub-Mariner, plot a coup against Osborn while Cyclops attempts to create a new safehaven for mutantkind by way of creating an island paradise.

  • The once Black Queen of the Hellfire Club brings forth a new Inner Circle of deadly mutants as well as a new threat to the entire mutant population as she sets her plan into motion of becoming a goddess.

  • The smartest minds in the Marvel Universe are being captured by a group known only as the Intelligencia which is a collection of some of the smartest supervillains in the Marvel canon.

  • In the aftermath of "Dark Reign", Norman Osborn invades Asgard.

  • Norman Osborn has finally been overthrown, and the heroes can now bask in the sun - for now.

  • The follow-up to "War of Kings".

  • "Second Coming" was the final part of a trilogy of stories that began with Messiah Complex and continued in Messiah War. Intended as a conclusion to Cable's efforts to save Hope from Bishop, who has hunted the so-called Mutant Messiah since her birth; the series also builds on the Utopia, Nation X and Necrosha storylines of 2009 in the X-Men books. The story centers on the return of Cable and Hope Summers to the present day and Bastion's final campaign to destroy the X-Men. Leads to a number of new launches.

  • The follow-up to "Realm of Kings". Known for featuring the deaths of Richard Rider, Star-Lord, and Thanos.

  • The follow-up to Fall of the Hulks. The plan of the Intelligencia is put in action plus the identities of the Red Hulk and Red She-Hulk are finally revealed.

  • Vampires from around the globe descend on San Francisco to claim the city as their own, causing the X-Men and Blade to team up to stop them.

  • A prison-temple is constructed on the ruins of a Hell's Kitchen building, destroyed (along with numerous lives) by Bullseye during the Dark Reign event. Murdock returns to Hell's Kitchen from Japan and seeks to utilise the Hand as a force for justice; however, Murdock is not the same person anymore.

  • The Chaos King Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the living embodiment of the void before time and space began, has chosen to annihilate all reality and to return the Marvel Universe back to its state of primordial darkness, thus launching a massive assault on Earth to wipe out all of existence with an army of thousands of alien deities at his back. This forces the remaining heroes, gods and cosmic beings, rallied by a restored Hercules, to join forces in a last desperate effort to stop him.

  • Reality has changed, the Earth-616 was replaced by a world where the X-Men never came to be, mutantkind has been hunted to extinction, the few remaining mutants band together to make their last stand.

  • The Asgardian God of Fear is sowing fear and doubt among Marvel's Superheroes to use it against them.

  • Fallout from Fear Itself

  • After a mutant-triggered international incident, anti-mutant hatred hits new heights. It's at this moment, when the mutant race needs most to stand together, that a split begins that tears apart the X-Men.

  • following the end of the X-Men: Schism miniseries. This realignment of the mutant population is ahead of the 2012 Marvel Comics event Avengers vs. X-Men which begins during Regenesis with the mini series Avengers: X-Sanction and brings back Cable who was previously thought to be dead following the events of Second Coming.

  • The Jackal has given to every New Yorker spider-like powers, even heroes and villains.

  • Doctor Octopus finally fulfils his lifelong dream of killing Spider-Man. This story arc ends 'The Amazing Spider-Man.'

  • Aftermath of the mini series Avengers: X-Sanction, which brings back Cable to the Marvel Universe ahead of the Phoenix Force which has been discovered heading directly for Earth. The Avengers believe that the Phoenix Force will destroy mankind, but the Uncanny X-Men believe it will bring mutantkind to its former glory after House of M. Only a war can create a win-win solution - though in the process, Professor X will die.

  • For years, Marvel Heroes feared that Hank Pym's artificial intelligence Ultron will one day return and exterminate everything. That day has come, and the fate of the world now rests in the hands of Wolverine and Invisible Woman.

  • While the Avengers are in space to combat the Builders, Thanos attacks a now-very vulnerable Earth.

  • The Marvel Universe must deal with the consequences of Infinity as brand new Inhumans are created due to Black Bolt releasing the Terrigen Mists on a global scale.

  • The X-Men of the future travel to the present in order to force the All-New X-Men back to their own time, but things get complicated when another group of future X-Men arrives.

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy and the All-New X-Men must team up to save Jean Grey after the capture and trial of her by the Shi'ar empire for her supposed crimes as the Phoenix.

  • The Superior Spider-Man faces his final challenge as he faces off against the Goblin King and his goblin army.

  • The UK’s greatest heroes come together to face a threat that could destroy the world.

  • Uatu the Watcher has been murdered. Nick Fury must now lead the Marvel heroes into uncovering the mystery of who killed the Watcher and why as Marvel's deepest darkest secrets are unleashed. But Punisher is leading his own investigation, and that can't end well.

  • Without the aid of his healing factor, Wolverine fights a losing battle to the death as he looks back on his life. The mini series is proceeded by Three Months to Die in Wolverine vol. 6 #8-12 and involves numerous aftermath tie ins.

  • From the ashes of the once proud mutant haven Genosha, an evil power rises. Exploiting the limitless gifts of the world’s greatest telepath Charles Xavier, the Red Skull has enslaved thousands, amassed an army and now broadcasts his message of hate across the world. Channeling the unstoppable force known as Onslaught, the Red Skull’s ruthless and unparalleled evil now wields a destructive power unmatched by even the most powerful heroes.

    The fractured teams of Avengers and X-Men are now all that stands in the way of total obliteration. Earth’s last hope now hinges on the fragile alliance of these two estranged teams. In the shadows of the Red Supremacy, can they fight as one? Even united, they may not be enough to stem the coming darkness. And if they fall, all hope is lost.

    The March to AXIS begins in Uncanny Avengers #24, Captain America #24, Magneto #9 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #6

  • Morlun has escaped the realm of the dead following being trapped there by the Black Panther. Now, every Spider-Man in the entire Multiverse must stand together to defeat the only villain Spider-Man himself never defeated.