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Explainer: The Avengers

So that you'll be ready come 2012!
by Mikey Agulto | Jul 27, 2011
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A reminder to all you Marvel fans: Stay at the very end of Marvel’s Captain America: First Avenger, opening today, July 27. [firstpara] Let the end credits roll, finish the music, tame that anxiety.

The flick’s post-credit footage actually features a cinematic teaser for The Avengers, which is coming out next year. Astig lang eh!

The FHM nation will agree, we’re sure, but non-Marvel fans who will be hearing about this film for the first time is, will have to educate themselves.

Unless, of course, you can tune out the coming endless conversations about Marvel. So, little comic book education.

Who are The Avengers?
Dubbed as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” the Avengers unofficially serve as the Marvel all-star counterpart to DC Comics’ Justice League of America, also known as that superhero squad pitting Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman together.

Plotted by Marvel icons Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1963, the team’s original line-up consists of Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Wasp, and Ant-Man, all of whom are already established before the concept of the Avengers came along.

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The Captain America character would follow suit several issues later, almost immediately gaining poster boy status as team leader.

A team notorious for its ever-changing line-up, everyone, except for Captain America, had purposely left the team at one point; plenty of heroes and villains from the Marvel Universe would make appearances through the years. Yet their team mantra remains: “Avengers Assemble!”

Next: The ever-changing line-up!

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