First introduced by Marvel in 1963, The Avengers was Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s superheroic response to the success of DC Comics’ Justice League of America. In the original comic the founders of the superhero team were Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Ant-Man, and The Wasp who came together to defeat the evil god Loki. The 2012 live-action Avengers movie loosely based on Marvel’s The Ultimates (2002) comic book series had a different core group adding Captain America and Nick Fury to the team and replacing Ant-Man and The Wasp with Hawkeye and Black Widow.
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