Avengers Disassembled - Plot Summary

Plot Summary

The story begins when the Avengers Mansion sensors warn the residing Avengers of an intruder, quickly identified as Jack of Hearts, who appears to be a zombie because he had died saving the life of Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang. Jack apologises, then inexplicably detonates, killing Ant-Man (Scott Lang), who had gone to greet him, in a blast that destroys half of the mansion. The Vision crashes a Quinjet onto the site, only to attack the survivors of the explosion, releasing capsules that become a small army of Ultron robots which attack the survivors. During this attack, She-Hulk goes into a frenzy, resulting in her tearing Vision apart. Meanwhile Tony Stark starts acting drunk, and threatens to kill the Latverian ambassador, even though he cannot remember having anything to drink. In the aftermath of this first wave of attacks, most of the previous Avengers (even reserve members) and other heroes such as Daredevil arrive at the mansion. An enormous battlefleet of alien warships appear in the skies and begin wreaking havoc. Finally, a wounded Hawkeye sacrifices his life to save his friends by destroying an invading Kree warship.

In the end, it is revealed by Doctor Strange that the Scarlet Witch was behind these seemingly random attacks (Although how Jack of Hearts was resurrected by her is still a mystery, and the Avengers continue to debate whether the Vision's actions were the Witch's fault or the result of a contingency program inserted by Ultron that would activate when a situation like this took place). She had been driven insane by the loss of her children years earlier; the children who actually had been magical constructs the Witch had subconsciously created from the essence of the demon Mephisto, and two soul fragments from Master Pandomonium, which had been reabsorbed by him. Due to the use of her powers causing subtle 'reality warps' whenever she uses them to any great extent, continued use of her powers has driven her increasingly closer to insanity, until, finally, she has gone insane, believing that the Avengers 'took' her children away from her, and seek to do so again. Captain America meets her and tries to explain what has happened. In a final confrontation, the Avengers – aided by Doctor Strange – manage to stop Wanda, and she is placed in a trance by the Eye of Agamotto. She is subsequently taken away by her father Magneto, who acknowledges the mistakes he made in raising her.

Assembling at the remains of the mansion a month later, the Avengers learn from Tony that his drunken tirade and the subsequent disaster at Avengers Mansion have done so much damage to his financial standing that he simply lacks the money to sustain both the Avengers and his company, and so has been forced to withdraw his financial support for the Avengers, leaving the team with no choice but to disband after the last few members exchange stories about their favorite moments on the team. Outside the remains of the mansion, thousands of citizens have gathered to pay their respects to the heroes who defended them for years.

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