Hawkeye is Marvel's most successful villain-turned-hero with long tours of duty in the Avengers and leading the West Coast branch. He has been spotlighted in every Avengers cartoon and was featured in the movies Thor and The Avengers. Now there are multiple action figures, merchandise and his own title. With his recognition at its peak, let's explore his Silver Age roots!
The Avenging Archer is now one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe and he scratched and clawed his way there!
Or there's always the Plop! way:
"Where's Agent Gyrich?"
"Gyrich? He...fell out the window."
I liked when there was a limit to the number of members on the team (even when it was only imagined, like the WCA's infamous search for its sixth member). I picked up an issue of Avengers recently and there were more team members than the Legion, it seemed
Which ignores the Avengers Charter limiting membership. Apparently the reasoning today is more is better. Since they don't care about things like characterization anymore it doesn't matter if there are too many people for any of them to develop. And people with feelings aren't awesome anyway. You'd think the artists would be complaining there were too many people to draw.
I haven't kept up with the Avengers since about 1985, aside from bits & pieces I pick up from the internet, but I hope it hasn't gotten so ridiculous that they've granted membership to Willie Lumpkin, the Enigmatic Ear-Wiggling Elderly Post-Man.
He'll probably join in the next membership drive. I think they've recruited just about everyone else.
Except Rick Jones. He must feel really insulted by now.
Nick Fury didn't get a hell of a lot of say in things. It was a different division of the government because during the Korvac Saga Iron Man tries to get an assist from Fury and Fury tells him in no uncertain detail that it is not going to happen because Gryich has revoked Avengers priority. Also, The X-Men has no real government ties. Or at least hadn't since the mid-60s when Agent Duncan was in contact with them. The government, assuming Xavier didn't mind wipe the lot of them, would have had very little say over things. Effectively, the X-Men are private citizens so unless they are actively breaking the law, it is hands off.
Ron M. said:
You'd think Nick Fury would have sent a SHIELD agent to serve in that capacity. I think Gyrich was there because somebody decided to annoy both the Avengers and the readers. Seemed like if he wanted to make sure a team wasn't getting out of control he should have been picking on the X-Men. As I remember they eventually got somebody like him but less annoying.
Anybody else wanted to see Iron Man punch him here?
John Moret said:
Effectively, the X-Men are private citizens so unless they are actively breaking the law, it is hands off.
That used to be more true than it is today.
When exactly did the Avengers get ties to the government? Gyrich showing up was the first I heard of it. And why wasn't it a SHIELD matter? Fury had been hanging out with Cap and Iron Man for years before this guy showed up. He already knew the group.