In honor of another huge Marvel franchise opening this week, we thought it might be a good chance to take a look at Spidey's history with Earth's Mightiest Heroes The Avengers.
Now just as a caveat, for anyone hoping for a cinematic crossover between the Avengers and Spider-Man, the chances are pretty unlikely. The film rights to your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man are currently owned by Sony, and Marvel Studios is producing The Avengers. And movie studios haven't grasped the concept of sharing quite yet.
So putting aside the films for a bit, Spider-Man and the Avengers have quite the history. The Avengers' team has always had a bit of a revolving-door membership policy. While Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America have remained the core of the Avengers, the rest of the roster has been made-up by a who's-who of the Marvel Universe over the franchise's nearly 50-year history. But Spider-Man has always had a special place within the team though.
There is some debate as to when was the first time Spider-Man officially met the Avengers (since he had met many members of the team as individuals previously), but the first Avengers issue Spidey appears in is issue #11 back in 1964. In this self-proclaimed "first meeting," Spider-Man helps the Avengers fight…wait for it… a Spider-Man robot sent by Kang the Conqueror from the future. After this, Spider-Man tried to join the team, but was denied membership (burn). However, he has still hooked up with the group of superheroes many times when they needed a little extra help.
In more recent years, the Avengers have created multiple spin-offs and splinter groups. Starting in 2005, Spider-Man became a founding member of The New Avengersa team comprised of Luke Cage, Wolverine, Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman, Hawkeye (now called Ronin).
Of course, there have been many other connections between Spider-Man and the Avengers throughout the years. The first appearance of Black Widow in her full costume was in "The Amazing Spider-Man" #86, in 1970, and in the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker's father works as a scientist for Nick Fury, and is killed by the Hulk!
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