- "Welcome to the Avenger Initiative."
- ―Gabriel Jones
The Avengers were a team of superheroes that worked in conjunction with S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect the planet against superhuman and extraterrestrial threats.
The founding of The Avengers was set in motion long before it's actual existence. For many years, Nick Fury and Gabriel Jones (The Director and Deputy Director of the government organization S.H.I.E.L.D.) sought to recruit a team of Superhuman's as a defense against the growing number of super powered criminals, but never got approval from the government.
After the tragedy of 9/11, the United States Government approved a new defense budget to combat the growing risk of the U.S. being attacked by terrorists both at home and abroad. In the defense plans was Fury's Avenger Initiative he had been proposing for years. Shortly thereafter, Fury was chosen to be the liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new group.