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Assembled by  by Captain America during  America during Civil War, his group, dubbed the "Secret Avengers", was an underground organization of heroes resisting the  the Super-Human Registration Act.


Mark Millar, writer of Civil War, first created the Secret Avengers in the pages of the main event.

Major Story Arcs

Civil War

For further details:   Civil War

Secret Avengers Assemble!When 

When Captain America created America created an underground group in opposition to the  the Superhuman Registration Act, this group was unofficially dubbed his Secret Avengers. This resistance was aided by the resources  resources Nick Fury and Fury and Cable, and they operated out of a S.H.I.E.L.D.  safehouse safehouse hidden in Manhattan. Those who initially flocked to Captain America's side were mostly street-level vigilantes such as  as Cloak,   Dagger,   Luke Cage,   Falcon and  Danny Rand posing as  Falcon and Danny Rand posing as Daredevil. But other more powerful heroes like former allies like  Hercules and  Goliath chose Hercules and Goliath chose to stand with Captain America as well.

Death of Goliath

At first, the team's only intent was to continue fighting crime while evading capture by law enforcement. They soon escalated their activities by ambushing law enforcement personnel attempting to detain the  the Young Avengers. The teen heroes were then folded into the Secret Avengers' ranks. The group was later lured into a confrontation with  with Iron Man's pro-registration forces, and in the ensuing violence, Goliath was killed by a  Thor replicant a Thor replicant later known as  as Ragnarok. This tragedy bolstered support and membership of Captain America's resistance as several former  Avengers and  New Warriorsjoined former Avengers and New Warriors joined up. The  The Invisible Woman,   Human Torch and  Torch and Spider-Man also Man also switched sides to become part of the resistance, and most controversial of all, the Secret Avengers accepted the  Punisher into the Punisher into their ranks.The 

The Civil War culminated War culminated with the Secret Avengers' attack on the Prison 42 facility in the  the Negative Zone. With the help of  of Black Panther and Panther and by using Hulkling to Hulkling to infiltrate Iron Man's forces, the Secret Avengers were able to gain access to the prison and orchestrate a prison-wide breakout. This led to an immense battle with the pro-registration forces that quickly spilled out into the streets of Manhattan. It The battle ended with Captain America surrendering after witnessing all of the collateral damage the fight had caused and deciding the resistance was not the way to oppose the SHRA.

In the aftermath, many of Captain America's Secret Avengers accepted the amnesty offered to them. Some did not, and several of those heroes went on to to be the  the New Avengers.

Team Evolution


Coined as the Secret Avengers more by the media than any official declaration, the team was a large force of heroes that consisted of nearly every one who refused to register and had not already been arrested for it. These Secret Avengers lasted only as long as the Civil War event did, and what remained of this team was adopted by  by Brian Michael Bendis to Bendis to be carried on in the  the New Avengers  series series.

Covert Operations

Ed Brubaker revived Brubaker revived the team name for use as Steve Rogers'   covert unit of Avengers that Avengers that he began using after becoming the new top cop of the Marvel Universe. This team's connection to the anti-registration group was in name only.