Marvel Universe Collecting – Dark Avengers

Hi world! This blogpost will showcase a couple of Marvel Universe figures that I have acquired, or shall I say:

Dark Avengers assemble!

When an invasion by the alien Skrulls was narrowly averted seemingly through the efforts of Norman Osborn, the organization S.H.I.E.L.D., together with the S.H.I.E.L.D.-sponsored Avengers, were blamed for having allowed the invasion to happen. The Avengers were disbanded, and S.H.I.E.L.D. was reassigned to Norman Osborn’s command. Norman Osborn reforms the agency as H.A.M.M.E.R., and he creates a new Avengers team to advance his agenda.

IMG_5924Norman Osborn was previously the Green Goblin, arch enemy of Spider-Man. After suffering a debilitating injury while fighting Spider-Man, Norman Osborn spent years in exile, using his fortunes to build up his network and plotting to destroy Spider-Man. Now he has returned, intent on reinventing himself as a hero. Norman Osborn appropriates an older model of Iron Man’s armor painted with the USA flag colors, he becomes the Iron Patriot.

IMG_5926The Greek God of War, Ares is recruited by Norman Osborn to be a member of the Avengers.

IMG_5927Daken is the estranged son of Wolverine, and Norman Osborn recruits Daken to take on the mantle of Wolverine in his new team.

Mac Gargan was previously known as the supervillain Scorpion, but now he has been recruited into the Avengers where he portrays Spider-Man, but using the Venom symbiote!

Bullseye portrays Hawkeye in this new Avengers team, complete with wearing Hawkeye’s costume, and using the bow and arrow.

The anti-heroine Moonstone is now the new Ms. Marvel.

Another recruit for the Dark Avengers is The Sentry. The Sentry was a regular joe who suddenly remembered that he was a superhero, but the whole world seem to have forgotten about him.

And there you have it! These are the Dark Avengers figures released thus far under the 3.75 inch Marvel Universe / Marvel Infinite Series / Marvel Legends Series banners.

For everyone’s benefit , here’s a breakdown of where each figure comes from:

  1. Iron Patriot was from the Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #019). There was a variant release of Iron Patriot that comes with Norman Osborn’s head (but without the mask). As a side note, Norman Osborn’s head was later re-released as one of the disguises of the Chameleon (part of Marvel Infinite Series Wave 7). The two Norman Osborn’s heads have slightly different skin tones.
  2. Dark Ms. Marvel was from the Marvel Universe line (Series 1 #022). Actually, this figure was a running change, there were two other versions of Ms. Marvel that were also released under the same numbering, Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel (Classic).
  3. Dark Hawkeye was from the Marvel Universe line (Series 2 #031). The same figure was re-released as part of the Marvel Infinite Series Wave 5.
  4. The Sentry comes from the Marvel Universe Greatest Battles Wave 2 two-pack of Spider-Man & Sentry.
  5. Dark Wolverine comes from the Marvel Universe Greatest Battles Wave 1 two-pack of Dark Wolverine & Dark Spider-Man.
  6. Dark Spider-Man comes from the Marvel Universe Greatest Battles Wave 1 two-pack of Dark Wolverine & Dark Spider-Man.
  7. Ares was from the Marvel Infinite Series Wave 3.