Avengers are a superhero team from Marvel Comics created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The team debuted in The Avengers #1 in 1963, and since its inception, it has been at the center of some of the best storylines in the Marvel comics. The original team consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, and the Hulk. It later expanded to include a wide range of other characters, such as Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch. The team is often depicted as working closely with the intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and fighting against various villains, such as Loki, Thanos, Ultron, and the Masters of Evil. The Avengers have been featured in numerous comic book storylines, animated series, and live-action movies, becoming one of the most iconic and recognizable superhero teams in popular culture.