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Avengers Fridays

My Five Favorite Avengers: Jim McCann

The HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD writer gives us his personal most beloved among Earth's Mightiest Heroes

By TJ Dietsch

"And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born-to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand!"

As the Heroic Age dawns on the Marvel Universe and we prepare for a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, each Friday Marvel.com will present a different column focusing on the one and only Avengers. From line-ups to costumes to villains to classic stories and beyond, we've got you covered on the history of Marvel's most prolific team of heroes!

So let the call go out: Avengers Assemble!


Here at My Five Favorite Avengers, we ask the biggest and brightest in the comics industry who makes their best of list when it comes to Earth's Mightiest Heroes. For the first installment, we spoke with HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD writer-and known Avengers super fan-Jim McCann, who came up with a very eclectic list...


5. Firestar
"There was something about the absolute wide-eyed wonder of seeing someone who went from a student to a New Warrior fulfill her destiny and become an Avenger the way Angelica Jones did.  It was potential made reality and something that should be praised and honored."


4. Beast
"Yes, he's an X-Man, and sometimes in space, but my favorite is when he is the blue and furry and bouncy Beast that is the heart of a team and the brains. Yes, Hank Pym can fulfill the role of a scientist rather well, but he comes with his own set of emotional baggage a lot of times, whereas Beast has dealt with his issues and just makes it look like fun to be an Avenger!"

3. Spider-Man
"I never thought it would work, but by [writer Brian] Bendis, it has. The loner found a home. Peter Parker has a surrogate family when out of costume, but Spider-Man never had that sense of belonging until he joined the Avengers. Now, he is surrounded by heroes like him, and he has found a place where he can truly be his whole self. Some say it's a sales move, I say it's a great character move."

2. The Wasp
"Talk about how someone can grow-or shrink-before your very eyes. Of nearly every Avenger, I think the person who has shown the most growth from their first appearance until their last, [was] Ms. Janet Van Dyne. From the perceived weakest link to Chairwoman, Wasp was the first to prove that Avenging isn't just a man's world."

1. Hawkeye
"Sure it could be seen as an easy choice, but I honestly believe he is a cornerstone of the Avengers. He's also the Avenger that people can aspire to be; no spider, serum or suit of armor needed, just skill and guts! You should read everything he's in!"

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 hits stores on June 3!


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Sorry, Firestar. I'd replace you for Captain America any day. The other four I agree with.

Zalanth member

Pretty cool list. Looking forward to June!I'll just quickly say though, if I did my own list then it wouldn't be too different but I'd definitely drop Spidey (sorry Spidey fans to me he just doesn't belong on the Avengers!) and drop in Ms Marvel. I'd also try find some space to squeeze in Luke Cage.


:hawkeye: Hawkeye baby, no superpowers (not that that is a bad thing necessarily) etc., just a good character. Please no more Ronin though. Additionally, I may be the only one that says this, but I really liked Antman, he presented for very interesting stories and situations.www.comicsninja.com


Hawkeye would actually be my number 1 too. Followed byQuicksilverScarlet Witch Vision (origional)Thorbut I wouldnt drag this into a top avangers line up thread, we already have them, these are just 5 out of a possible nine that no team lineup shouldnt be without :)


Here is what I find interesting about this list... "The Big Three" aren't listed. If I could add two characters to this list it'd be Hellcat and Black Knight. If the line up presented in this list had it's own book I'd buy it in a second!


Sometimes people post such duh posts you just have to shake your head.When YOU write your top 5 Avengers list, YOU can put Spidey at #1!Obviously, McCann's list will be different. And frankly since he's writing Hawkeye, of course he's going to push him to #1!!!Frankly, I agree as Hawkeye is the cornerstone of the Avengers to me and always will be!I'd keep his list and exclude Wasp and put Ms. Marvel or Scarlet Witch or Vision or anybody else practically, but that would be MY list!

Zaxlon member

OK, I don't know how Hawkeye got first, or how Wasp got 2nd, but Spider-Man is my favorite Avenger. Theres no reason at all he should be in 3rd place!