My Top 5 Unappreciated Avengers

5. Crystal (Crystalia Amaquelin)

Crystal (joined in Avengers #343)

Crystal is an Inhuman who can control the four elements and was also a long-term substitute member of the Fantastic Four before she joined the Avengers. Although she only found her way into the team simply by holding hands with Quicksilver, she soon was inducted into the Avengers roster on her own merit when Pietro did one of his trademark abrupt exits from the team (I believe to go off and play with X-Factor?). Crystal stayed by the team for a surprisingly long tenure from 1992-1996. Despite four years of activity alongside the team and being present for such events as Operation Galactic Storm, the Infinity Gauntlet, Citizen Kang, Bloodties, The Crossing and Onslaught, her contribution to the team has been all but forgotten.

Crystal currently appears alongside the Inhumans and recently interacted with the Avengers during Realm of Kings.

4. Sersi

Sersi (joined in Avengers #314)

Sersi is an Eternal with a few tricks up her sleeve. Sersi kinda loitered around the team for a while after Inferno and was added to the active roster when the team line-up was reshuffled when the Avengers U.N. Charter was implemented. She stayed with the team until 1994 and most notably was the target of the Gatherers, a dimensional-hopping team who sought to kill every Sersi in existence. Sersi had a long tenure as a prominent figure within the team but her relevance and importance has been downplayed since.

Sersi regularly appears alongside the Eternals whenever they show up, most recently in Hulk #49.

3. Quasar (Wendell Vaughn)

Quasar (joined in Avengers #304)

Former Marvel Boy, Quasar wound up on the team under similar conditions to Sersi after having hung around them after the Inferno cut down their membership. Quasar was the "every-man" superhero and was just a really nice guy. It was hard not to like Quasar as a character but that was his downfall. Despite being utterly likeable, his contributions to the Avengers aren't entirely memorable and he tended to change costume quite frequently which didn't help. Although he played a prominent part in the team between 1990-1992 and was a key character in Operation Galactic Storm and Infinity Gauntlet, in the present day, as an Avenger he seems to have been relegated to the obscure corner alongside Crystal and Sersi.

Quasar has appeared frequently through-out the Marvel Cosmic events and currently is with the Annihilators who recently confronted the Avengers in Earthfall.

2. US Agent (John Walker)

US Agent (joined in Captain America #355)

When people think of "the Top 30 most Essential Avengers", they probably wouldn't think of US Agent which in my opinion is a big mistake. Unlike his friend and colleague War Machine (who hasn't stayed with the Avengers for more than five minutes really), US Agent has served with countless incarnations of the Avengers from the West Coast team, to the main Avengers and the "Avengers-in-spirit" Force Works - even leading an Avenger team on two seperate ocassions. Walker was initially forced onto the West Coast team (which led to Hawkeye quitting) and began leading the team, albeit not very well. He was soon welcomed onto the team properly and stayed with the core team until they gave up when Force Works dissolved. He rejoined with the Avengers on-and-off, mostly notably during Maximum Security and Dark Reign and has totaled a surprising 11 years as an Avenger! Despite his commitment to the team, he's not given the respect he deserves as an Avenger perhaps because he always be living in the shadow of Captain America.

John Walker currently appears mostly in Thunderbolts after having been crippled during Siege, he still maintains a working relationship with the Avengers, notably Luke Cage and Steve Rogers.

1. Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)

Captain Marvel (joined in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16)

On the surface it's very easy to hate Monica Rambeau. Her history reads like a classic case of a writer having a pet character and forcing her into major prominence in a book they're writing. Roger Stern created the new Captain Marvel (who actually had nothing to do with the original) in a Spider-Man Annual and she soon found herself on the Avengers which Stern was also writing. By the end of his run, Captain Marvel had risen the ranks and was leading the Avengers! Despite the quite obvious nepotism towards his own character, fans took to Captain Marvel because she was an actually likeable and strong character and Stern was a very capable writer. When Stern left the book, Captain Marvel vanished although made a brief return a couple of years later as a Reserve Avenger. She was an Avenger from 1983-1988 and a prominent reserve during the "Charter Days" most notably taking part in Galactic Storm. Captain Marvel is a long-serving member, as well as a former leader, and yet despite this appears now as nothing more than a footnote on Avengers history.

Monica Rambeau changed her superhero name to Photon and then later Pulsar and after joining NEXTWAVE effectively vanished.

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Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Fantastic !

These characters are those who won't break the ceiling, but just love for what they do.

Posted by X35

@Fuchsia_Nightingale: Idk, they might break a ceiling if it pisses them off xD

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

@X35: Poor ceiling O_O

Posted by ReVamp

Agreed, except US Agent.

Posted by X35

@ReVamp: I've tried to base this less on personal preference and more on actual fact..........all these guys have made outstanding contributions to the Avengers. at least more so than some folks who are regarded as important to the Avengers.

Posted by ReVamp

@X35: Mhm. The thing is, US Agent is quite appreciated (at least by comic readers), they just don't particularly like him.

Posted by Jya666

@X35: I agree, they're great :)

Posted by Aiden Cross

awww no Mockingbird?

Posted by X35

@ReVamp: I suppose i should disclose how i chose these........basically whenever you see like the "Classic Avengers" in a modern day book, like in wall paintings in Avengers Mansion or when they have some sort of communal gathering, it's usually just folks from the 60s and 70s.

With US Agent i think he has his fans (i think he's just ok in small doses) but when you look at it on paper he's been an Avenger a hell of a lot longer than some others and just doesn't really get the accolades because he's seen as "the jerk Captain America one". The same for all of these guys, they deserve more acclaim for what they've done on behalf of the team...i mean if Falcon or Namor are considered "important Avenger" members these 5 surely should be.

Edited by venomoushatred1001

Agreed except for US Agent.

Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Cool art by the bye.

Posted by TheCannon

The female Captain Marvel sucks

Posted by InnerVenom123

Neat list!

Posted by jeanroygrant

I love Quasar.

Posted by X35

@jeanroygrant: He's just so darn nice and decent. ^_^

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

What about Starfox? he has the power to make you feel good ;D

Posted by Vance Astro

I agree with this list accept for U.S. Agent...he just sucks, Marvel should have never made him.

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Posted by X35

@Vance Astro: Pffft, you just suck, Marvel should never have made you xP

Posted by Saren

@X35 said:

@Vance Astro: Pffft, you just suck, Marvel should never have made you xP

LOL

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Posted by Gambit1024

Nice list! Definitely underrated to say the least. USAgent and Quasar are some awesome characters, but nobody outside the comic reading world (and even the people half the people in, said world) knows next to nothing about them.

Posted by Vance Astro
@X35 said:

@Vance Astro: Pffft, you just suck, Marvel should never have made you xP

Vance Astro>>>>>>>>>>>>>U.S. Agent
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Posted by Nova`Prime`

I agree with Moniac Rambeau aka Photon aka Captain Marvel, especially considering she was a leader of the Avengers at one time. I don't know about USAgent. I think a really important one that should be on the list is Swordsman, I mean the guy saves the Avengers from Kang, because Kang believed he was harmless and then threw himself infront of Mantis (the Celestial Madonna) and saved her life when Kang tried to kill her.

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Posted by Nudeviking

No love for D-Man!?!

D-Man is poor.

In all seriousness that your list is pretty decent. I would definitely have put Monica Rambeau on there, but the thing is if you're gonna disappear from comics you might as well go out with a book as awesome as Nextwave was.

Posted by SC

Great blog! I have a personal soft spot of Silverclaw and Tigra, so would probably swap them in for USAgent and Crystal with extreme bias, but am super appreciative Sersi and Monica are mentioned. 

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Posted by Jnr6Lil

Most of these arent legit characters anymore

Posted by X35

@Jnr6Lil said:

Most of these arent legit characters anymore

¬_¬

Posted by X35

@CapFanboy: I do wonder.......if he knew I was a hot girl.............do you think he'd suddenly rescind those types of remark ha.

Posted by CapFanboy

@Morpheus_ said:

@X35: In spite of how ignorant an opinion might be, you should have been more respectful. Not to the person per se, but to the rules of the site.

@Jnr6Lil: If you are not sufficiently informed to express an opinion or you simply don't like certain characters included in a thread, it is preferable not to post than to post and stir things.

You both get a warning. The issue is ended.

Ooh didn't see this

Posted by X35

@Morpheus_: fair enough.....i don't necessarily agree that i wasn't being respectful. he came here obvs with the intention of voicing a conflicting and ignorant opinion and his whole "go get a life" schtick was more insulting than a mere "go to hell" is... but i didn't write the rules and it's not my call so whatever...

anyway, that's this little blog of mine ruined now. i've got another two blog entries still left to be ruined if anyone is interested ¬_¬

Posted by Morpheus_
@X35 said:

@Morpheus_: fair enough.....i don't necessarily agree that i wasn't being respectful. he came here obvs with the intention of voicing a conflicting and ignorant opinion and his whole "go get a life" schtick was more insulting than a mere "go to hell" is... but i didn't write the rules and it's not my call so whatever...

anyway, that's this little blog of mine ruined now. i've got another two blog entries still left to be ruined if anyone is interested ¬_¬

I don't agree with his opinion, nor his response to you, but you did call him ignorant first. That does nothing but escalate things, as does pressing the issue by repeating it.  
 
And I could delete all the posts in relation to the matter if you feel it would help restore the thread back on track. 
 
By the way. 

  
@X35  said: 

@CapFanboy: I do wonder.......if he knew I was a hot girl.............do you think he'd suddenly rescind those types of remark ha.

Love the modesty.
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Posted by X35

@Morpheus_: Please do............he's still trying to incite stuff and get his pointless debate going again (but his post seems to have been deleted) and was still going at it with the "get a life" stuff. can't be bothered, i'd just end up getting warned again.......

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Posted by Jnr6Lil

@X35: Read the above posts :)

Posted by Morpheus_
@Jnr6Lil said:

@X35: Read the above posts :)

There are no posts above. 
 
@X35 said:

@Morpheus_: Please do............he's still trying to incite stuff and get his pointless debate going again (but his post seems to have been deleted) and was still going at it with the "get a life" stuff. can't be bothered, i'd just end up getting warned again.......

It's done.
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Quasar FTW

Posted by primepower53

@X35 said:

@ReVamp: I've tried to base this less on personal preference and more on actual fact..........all these guys have made outstanding contributions to the Avengers. at least more so than some folks who are regarded as important to the Avengers.

*cough!*LUKECAGE*cough!*

Posted by TDK_1997

From these guys I only like Quasar and it isn't much.

Posted by X35

@primepower53: actually i think Cage has contributed to the Avengers a fair amount. In comparison to a lot of the folk, some dating as far back as New Avengers #1, who haven't really made much individual contributions.

Posted by primepower53

@X35 said:

@primepower53: actually i think Cage has contributed to the Avengers a fair amount. In comparison to a lot of the folk, some dating as far back as New Avengers #1, who haven't really made much individual contributions.

meh...it may just be that I've never liked him on the Avengers and it feels like he was put there to be diverse, I just don't think he's accomplished as much as some of the people on this list...

Posted by Jnr6Lil

@primepower53 said:

@X35 said:

@ReVamp: I've tried to base this less on personal preference and more on actual fact..........all these guys have made outstanding contributions to the Avengers. at least more so than some folks who are regarded as important to the Avengers.

*cough!*LUKECAGE*cough!*

Is Luke Cage apart of the current Avengers team?

Posted by X35

@primepower53 said:

@X35 said:

@primepower53: actually i think Cage has contributed to the Avengers a fair amount. In comparison to a lot of the folk, some dating as far back as New Avengers #1, who haven't really made much individual contributions.

meh...it may just be that I've never liked him on the Avengers and it feels like he was put there to be diverse, I just don't think he's accomplished as much as some of the people on this list...

I know what you mean... folks like Quasar have fought the likes of Thanos. When was the last time Cage did that. ;)

Posted by primepower53

@X35: In Marvel Genesis: Luke Cage issue 12...so sad it had to be cancelled before it was published :P

Posted by ReVamp

@primepower53 said:

@X35 said:

@ReVamp: I've tried to base this less on personal preference and more on actual fact..........all these guys have made outstanding contributions to the Avengers. at least more so than some folks who are regarded as important to the Avengers.

*cough!*LUKECAGE*cough!*

*cough*Bendis*cough*

Edited by Satyrquaze

Excellent list.

I agree completely.

Quasar had technically already joined the Avengers by The Avengers #305.

Posted by master_wright

Definitely something I can wholly agree with. I really wish these guys would just wash up on new tems or their own . hell New Avengers is full of people who are gonna leave in a few months.

Posted by Moonchilde

Great list. Agree with all except maybe US Agent, who I just don't like very much, though you do make a pretty good argument for him. I personally would've put Quasar at #1, and would love to see him back on the team.

Posted by X35

@Satyrquaze said:

Excellent list.

I agree completely.

Quasar had technically already joined the Avengers by The Avengers #305.

Actually, it was Avengers Annual #18... but he joined on a "provisional" basis... and oddly enough he left the team in Captain America #401 (really touching scene btw)... it's odd that both his induction and leaving were not in the main Avengers book.

@Moonchilde said:

Great list. Agree with all except maybe US Agent, who I just don't like very much, though you do make a pretty good argument for him. I personally would've put Quasar at #1, and would love to see him back on the team.

I understand loads of people have a beef with USAgent... but if you actually kinda follow the character within the books, you genuinely see him and his relationship with the team grow. He'll always be the brash loudmouth jerk... but so will Quicksilver and Hawkeye!

Posted by ReVamp

@X35 said:

@Moonchilde said:

Great list. Agree with all except maybe US Agent, who I just don't like very much, though you do make a pretty good argument for him. I personally would've put Quasar at #1, and would love to see him back on the team.

I understand loads of people have a beef with USAgent... but if you actually kinda follow the character within the books, you genuinely see him and his relationship with the team grow. He'll always be the brash loudmouth jerk... but so will Quicksilver and Hawkeye!

I love USAgent. He was hilarious in Omega Flight.

Posted by X35

@ReVamp:

And he knows what he is.

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