The West Coast Avengers was formed when Vision, who was the current leader of the Avengers and was being influenced by Titan's immense computer system known as ISAAC. The Vision told the government that a new Avenger team was needed it at the west coast. The government agreed with Vision’s terms and so Vision appointed Hawkeye as the team leader.
The first line-up chosen by Hawkeye featured: himself, Mockingbird, the current Iron Man (James Rhodes), Tigra, Wonder Man as well as The Shroud, Bill Foster and Moira Brandon been made honorary members. The next recruit was Hank Pym (although, it wasn't until much later that he accepted himself as an actual part of the group) as well as the original Iron Man followed by a brief tenure with The Thing and Firebird.
The team went through several line-up changes but the team mostly always included some form of the original line-up. The most prominent latter day members were Scarlet Witch, US Agent, Spider-Woman and Moon Knight.
The west coast branch made their first appearance in the West Coast Avengers Mini-series #1, 1984. They were created by Roger Stern and Bob Hall.
Hawkeye and his newly-wed wife Mockingbird was sent to Los Angeles to start a base of operation. The second headquarters of the Avengers was set and the team members were Avengers veterans as well as new recruits. Hawkeye was not only the first Chairman, but he also lasted longest. As new members and leaders joined the expansion team it gradually deteriorated and later shut down by majority vote. Most of the core members of the time of disbandment went on to form Forceworks.
Major Story Arcs
The team participated in all major story arcs up to Bloodties when it was disbanded.
The West Coast Avengers are available as a team bonus in the expanded Xbox 360 version of Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. It can be achieved using any combination of the following members:
- Iron Man
- Human Torch
- Moon Knight
- Spider-Woman (in Secret Wars costume only)
A new incarnation of the team appeared in Hawkeye's ending in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. In addition to Avengers mainstays like Hawkeye, War Machine, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man and Moon Knight, the Capcom video game characters June Lin Milliam, Jin Satome, Rikuo, Leo and Rei were shown as part of the team as well.