Ahhhhh...the 90's. The breakaway success of the X-Men in that decade led many Marvel properties to copy elements of that franchise. One oft repeated idea was a long-running subplot involving a villain with mysterious motives that would hook the audience into coming back month after month. For the 30th anniversary of the Avengers franchise, they got Proctor and the Gatherers Saga. The enigmatic Proctor struck at the Avengers from afar, scheming towards an uncertain goal beneath chromium foil covers. His endgame even opened the door for the next Most 90's saga of Avengers history...the Crossing. Today's article explains what Proctor and the Gatherers were truly after as they menaced the Avengers.
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Spotlight on... SWORDSMAN!
For our 50th Avengers character article, we're looking at one of the earliest Avengers and also their first casualty. Introduced as a villain interested in becoming a hero for selfish reasons, Swordsman tricked his way onto the Avengers before being expelled. He remained a villain for years to come, but eventually redeemed himself after seeking Avengers membership again for the right reasons. His ultimate death kicked off the Celestial Madonna saga and has remarkably stood the test of time. Today's article covers the history and extensive legacy of Jacques Duquesne, the first Swordsman.
Spotlight on... AI APAEC!
As a fearsome south American spider god with snakes for hair, one would expect Ai Apaec to be a force to be reckon with. But his reputation rarely lived up to monstrous appearance. Always serving as a lackey, to Osborne, the Queen and even the US Government, this deity never lived up to his potential and eventually died small and insignificant, how he lived. Read now about the Dark Avenger... Ai Apaec!
Spotlight on... APOCALYPSE TWINS!
When he was taken over by the Deathseed, Archangel ensured the legacy of the Clan Akkaba by conceiving children with Pestilence of the Final Horsemen. The twins Uriel and Eimin were destined to become major players and constantly thwart the schemes of Kang the Conqueror to overcome the mutant race. Consequently, Kang instead kidnapped the twins at birth and raised them as pawns in his master plan of conquest. Believing they were cunning enough to outwit the Conqueror, the Apocalypse Twins discovered too late why Kang is one of the greatest villains of any timeline.
Not all mutants come with earth-shattering power -- Marvin Flumm is a very minor psi-talent which just happens to be from an X-Gene. As Mentallo, he has forged a criminal career using technology or just simple guile to stretch his limited abilities to be as profitable as possible. Thief, mercenary, terrorist-for-hire, Mentallo has fought Avengers and X-Men alike while serving A.I.M., Hydra or his own selfish ends with his partner, the Fixer. Currently on Krakoa, Mentallo is one mutant to watch out for, as the ones with the most to prove can be the most dangerous.
Spotlight on... POWER PRINCESS!
As a powerful warrior woman from an ancient advanced society, and member of her world's premiere superhero team, some may see similarities to a certain wondrous woman from the distinguished competition. Originally born as a homage, Power Princess has developed into her own character over the years. As a member of the Squadron Supreme Zarda clashed with the Avengers several times and lead the oppressive Utopia Program on her own world. As a member of the Exiles she helped save numerous realities, but she couldn't save her own. Read now the story of... Power Princess!