The Avengers first assembled in Avengers #1 (September 1963) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but the teammates didn’t start there…they had been living their lives for years before that, so, in this, the first of a few articles about the Avengers membership, let’s breakdown the charter members of the Avengers, which were Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and how the team formed!
In the story, “Thor the Mighty and the Stone Men From Saturn”, Dr. Donald Blake, attempting to escape invading aliens, discovers a hidden cave with the mighty Mjolnir, which grants him the power of the Norse god, Thor. A little different from the movie, and the Doctor discovers later that he really is the son of Odin, and this was all part of a test to teach the young god humility.
Ant-Man and the Wasp!
There's more to the story than what's presented here, but this does have the basics, and additions to the origins will be added as need; nothing is ever as simple as it appears in the world of Iron Man!
The Hulk started as a grey monster, but then took on a familiar green hue, and was incredibly strong and resistant to harm.
(The Fantastic Four had previously fought the Hulk in Fantastic Four #12, which took place between Incredible Hulk #5 and 6!).
Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp also got the call, gathered to fight the green behemoth, and learned he was not at fault. Thor went to catch Loki, who was only finally defeated with teamwork, and captured thanks to the Ant-Man. The group gathered, and Wasp provided their name….the Avengers. And, thus…it was history!
That was followed by rogue speedster the Human Top (named David Cannon, in TTA #50, more on him later), the Black Knight (Nathan Garrett, in TTA #52), and El Toro (TTA #54).