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Captain America Admits the Real Reason So Many Avengers are Criminals

Warning: Minor Spoilers for X-Men Hellfire Gala 2022!

 It’s no secret that The Avengers have often recruited the employ of former villains into their league, but there may be more to this than meets the eye. While attending the Uncanny X-Men‘s infamous Hellfire Gala celebration, Avengers leader Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America reveals the ultimate secret behind the team’s star-studded success.

Following the temporary leave of a handful of founding Avengers members, it was new acting leader Captain America’s decision to fill the vacant ranks of former heroes with existing villains. The second major iteration of The Avengers lineup (dubbed Cap’s Kooky Quartet) would include the likes of the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye, who each began their comics history as villains. Though the public would initially remain wary of The Avengers recruiting former villains, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Hawkeye each go on to define the team for decades and help begin a new precedent of former foes turned heroes. These former foes comprised Ultron’s former protege The Vision, Red Room agent Black Widow, ex Hydra operative Spider-Woman, Wolverine’s nemesis Sabretooth, and even classic Spider-Man foe The Sandman.

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Writer Gerry Duggan (Savage Avengers)’s X-Men Hellfire Gala 2022 welcomes superheroes, political figures, and stars alike back to the mutant island of Krakoa. The festivities and events allow for many key figures to meet and convene, including former Hellfire Club “White Queen” Emma Frost and special guest Captain America. After Emma finds herself chastised by Firestar in public, Cap recalls a similar situation that involved the X-Men’s Rogue in the past. Beginning her career as a vital member of Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Rogue quickly made a name for herself in the superhero community. It was not long before Rogue would find herself pitted against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and its most famous leader.


While viewing Rogue as a serious threat to mankind, Rogers simultaneously understood that having Rogue on their side would be a benefit. Every foe that Cap recruits to the Avengers are instilled with this same responsibility and potential of perhaps eventually leading a superhero team. The trust that Cap instills into each of his “more volatile” teammates is aimed at redirecting their negative outlook into a positive force.

Though Rogue would remain an X-Man for years, Captain America did get his chance to recruit Rogue alongside fellow mutants Wolverine, Sunfire, Havok, and Scarlet Witch when it came time to form his own band of “Uncanny Avengers” in the aftermath of 2012’s Avengers vs. X-Men event. The prospect of keeping Rogue in his back pocket goes well in cementing Steve’s character as someone that he will go to certain means to rehabilitate his foes rather than simply opting to punch them in the face.


In Steve’s optimistic eyes, nearly every foe encountered has a chance of being redeemed and becoming not only a superhero but perhaps a member of The Avengers.

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