As the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers have long defended the Marvel Universe from all manner of threats. However, unbeknownst to the modern incarnation of the premier superteam, over a million years ago the planet was defended by an ensemble of heroes at the dawn of prehistoric human civilization.
Created by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic in 2017's Marvel Legacy #1, the team shares familiar traits and origins with several modern iconic superheroes. With the team set to encounter a very modern Tony Stark in the near future, CBR is briefly breaking down who's who on this ancient Avengers squad.
The All-Father is the leader of the Norse pantheon of gods and future father of Thor, although his adventures with the prehistoric Avengers takes place millennia before Thor's eventual birth. Odin leads the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. and is in a committed romantic relationship with Lady Phoenix.
Wielding the Odinforce, the All-Father possesses near omnipotent levels of power and is the strongest of all the Asgardians with his god-like abilities.
It is revealed that the destructive Phoenix Force arrived on Earth during the Stone Age and, as per many of its past depictions, used a red-haired woman as its host.
Just as with modern incarnations of the Phoenix in the Marvel Universe, Lady Phoenix can control energy and matter, usually manifesting in fiery abilities directed against her opponents, as well as powerful telekinesis and telepathy.
Eons before the Spirit of Vengeance would bond to Johnny Blaze or Danny Ketch, the supernatural entity was bestowed a young caveman as the first Ghost Rider. After the rest of his community of hunters and gatherers were devoured by a Wendigo, the monster named the man ghost before departing, leaving Ghost to endure the harsh elements alone.
After befriending a mammoth, Mephisto, in the form of a snake, offers Ghost a chance at revenge by bonding him with the Spirit of Vengeance. Armed with the usual powers of a Ghost Rider, the prehistoric Spirit of Vengeance uses mammoths as his primary transportation and is able to reanimate bones to assist him in battle.
Born and raised in the mythical city of K'un-Lun, Fan Fei would regularly sneak out of the forbidden city to teach a nearby community of cavemen martial arts. Discovered, Fei was declared a traitor to her people and imprisoned while her students were killed by the city's holy dragon Shou-Lao.
Determined to avenge her students' fate, Fei broke from her bonds and slew the dragon with a mighty punch, becoming the first Iron Fist as her hands were covered with the dragon's blood imbuing them with mystical power and the ability to channel her chi. The exiled Fan Fei fought disciples of Mephisto threatening other prehistoric communities outside of K'un-Lun. Impressed by her exploits, the city had her exile overturned, but Fan Fei chose to remain outside of her home to defend the outside world as Iron Fist.
The first Sorcerer Supreme on Earth was not the Ancient One but rather Agamotto himself. During his reign, he created various powerful magical artifacts including the Eye of Agamotto and Orb of Agamotto that would be used millennia later by the Ancient One and Doctor Strange in defense of Earth.
Trained by his mother Oshtur in the mystic arts, Agamotto would later defend reality from Dormammu while serving as a key member of the Stone Age Avengers. Years later, Agamotto would join a magical triumvirate to form the Vishanti, battling their rivals the Trinity of Ashes for the fate of Earth.
When a large vibranium meteor crashed into what would later become the African nation of Wakanda, one of the first humans to approach it and learn of its vast capabilities was a man who would take on the appearance of the cat god Bast and serve as the first Black Panther.
Armed with razor-sharp vibranium claws tied to his hands, the Black Panther joined the prehistoric Avengers in battle and especially impressed Odin with his resourcefulness, while his lineage would go on to spawn generations of future Black Panthers ruling over Wakanda.
The first known host of the all-power Star Brand on Earth, the cosmic force bonded to an proto-human, similar to a Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon Man. As such, this incarnation of Starbrand can only communicate in grunts, with Iron Fist as the team member on the Stone Age Avengers who understands him the best.
Bonded to the Star Brand, the hero possesses near limitless power, seen her through superhuman strength, speed, and endurance and the ability to project energy blasts.