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"Acts of Vengeance"

Promotional image for the Acts of Vengeance series (Avengers #311 (Dec. 1989) - Amazing Spider-Man (Feb. 1990)
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date December 1989 – February 1990
Genre Superhero
Main character(s) Avengers
Fantastic Four
West Coast Avengers

"Acts of Vengeance" is a comic book crossover storyline that ran through several titles published by Marvel Comics from December 1989 to February 1990.


Publication history

The core titles of the crossover include Avengers;[1] Avengers Spotlight;[2] Avengers West Coast;[3] Captain America;[4] Iron Man;[5] Quasar;[6] Thor;[7] Amazing Spider-Man[8] and Uncanny X-Men.[9] An epilogue features in Cloak and Dagger;[10] Web Of Spider-Man[11] and in an Avengers Annual.[12] A humorous parody with the character the Impossible Man features in the title Silver Surfer.[13]


A stranger (the Asgardian god Loki in disguise) coerces a group of master supervillains to join forces in a conspiracy to destroy the superhero team the Avengers. Loki does this to strike back at his adopted brother Thor, and is also bitter that he inadvertently caused the formation of the team.[14] The supervillain team consists of Doctor Doom; the Kingpin; Magneto; the Mandarin; the Red Skull and the Wizard. Loki also attempts to recruit characters Apocalypse, Cobra and the Mad Thinker, but they all decline. Loki also approaches Namor the Sub-Mariner, but he rejects the offer, stating he is not a villain.

To assist the master villains, Loki engineers a jailbreak at the holding facility the Vault. The lesser villains are then directed against heroes (mainly the Avengers) who have never fought them before, the theory being that the unfamiliarity will act in the villains' favor.

The plan eventually fails as the master villains fail to cooperate and bicker with each other and their pawns are defeated by the heroes. A frustrated Loki reveals himself and imprisons the Red Skull, Mandarin and Wizard, while the Kingpin escapes and Doom is revealed to have been using a Doombot (Magneto is not present). The Avengers track the group and defeat the villains, with Thor forcing Loki to flee back to their native home of Asgard.[15]

Loki commits one last act of villainy and creates the robot Tri-Sentinel to destroy New York City. The robot, however, is stopped by the hero Spider-Man, who at the time possessed the powers of Captain Universe.[16]


  1. ^ Avengers#311 - 313 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  2. ^ Avengers Spotlight #26 - 29 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  3. ^ Avengers West Coast #53 - 55 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  4. ^ Captain America #365 - 367 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  5. ^ Iron Man #251 - 252 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  6. ^ Quasar #5 - 6 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  7. ^ Thor #411 - 412 (Dec. 1989 - Jan. 1990)
  8. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #326 - 329 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  9. ^ Uncanny X-Men #256 - 258 (Dec. 1989 - Feb. 1990)
  10. ^ Cloak and Dagger vol. 3, #9 (Dec. 1989)
  11. ^ Web of Spider-Man #64 - 65 (May - June 1990)
  12. ^ Avengers Annual #19 (1990)
  13. ^ Silver Surfer vol. 3, #33 (Jan. 1990)
  14. ^ Avengers #1 (Sep. 1963)
  15. ^ Avengers West Coast #55 (Feb. 1990)
  16. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #329 (Feb. 1990)

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