20 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About The Avengers

What's the real story behind the creation of The Avengers?

Introduced in 1963, The Avengers have become arguably the world's most popular superhero team. Literally hundreds of characters have been part of the ever changing roster over the years, ranging from well-known favourites to Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, to slightly more obscure and surprising additions like Lionheart and Wolverine. Their impact has also been felt outside of the world of comic books, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige structuring an entire Cinematic Universe around the formation of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It's a gamble which paid off in a big way though, as their 2012 movie grossed well over $1.5 billion, and the recent sequel looks set to surpass that. What is it that makes The Avengers so great though? Regardless of the many iterations they've been through over the decades (be it "New" or "Mighty"), fans seem to always gravitate towards them, and perhaps that's down to the same reason why the movie succeeded. It's just insanely cool to see all of these great superheroes teaming up! Whatever the answer, here you will find just twenty of the most mind-blowing facts about this iconic team of comic book superheroes. Whether it's the problem at the printers which led to their creation, the most weird and wonderful moments from Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's early run, or the time Ms. Marvel married her son, these will shock you...

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