Originally posted by Piedmon
1. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (chairman and tactical leader. Founder status.)
2. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (emergency chairman and vice-commander. Founder status.)
3. Robert Reynolds, aka The Sentry (granted founder status.)
4. Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk
5. Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman
6. James Logan, aka Wolverine
7. Luke Cage
8. Pat Mulligan, aka Toxin
2. T'challa, Son of T'chaka, aka The Black Panther
3. Hank Pym, aka Yellowjacket/Goliath
4. Janet Van Dyne, aka The Wasp
-The Super Skrull, and the Skrull Empire
-Exodus and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
-MODOK and AIM
Obviously Captain America and Iron Man are the two executive members, being the only holdovers from the original team. Sentry, being the "first superhero," is given an honorary founder status. I would have Sentry, over time, begin to reassert himself as the unofficial 'leader' of the superhero community, and perhaps an unspoken rivalry with Cap would ensue.
As before, I'd have Luke Cage and Jessica Drew be two 'new recruits' following the breakout at the Raft. However, I'd have Spider-Man decline membership (he tried it before, and it didn't really work out.) Instead, Parker would recommend the newest Marvel hero Toxin as a new member, so that the more experienced Avengers can help him control his powers and learn heroic ethics proper. Thus Toxin fills out the 'wide-eyed n00b' role in this team.
Taking Spidey's role as "light-hearted jokester," of the team would be She-Hulk. I can't really give a reason why she'd be valuable on the team, since they already have The Sentry for muscle power. But She Hulk's a great character with a fun sense of humor, so I'd have her onboard for levity.
And yes, I'd have Wolverine on the team as well. He'd need to both clear his own name and disassociate himself from the X-Men for a while following the "HYDRA incident." Like before, Tony Stark would recruit him for "dirty jobs," and promise something only his considerable influence can grant Logan.
Much like She-Hulk, I can't really justify Hercules being particularly useful (especially when your team has three tanks already.) But he's such a fun character, what with his out-of-control drinking, flagrant womanizing, and hilairious catch phrasery ("balderdash!"
. I'd have him show up to help out the Avengers just for a storyline, saying Shulkie and Sentry are off doing other things while he's there to fill in.
Black Panther, of course, can really only be a reservist, as he does have a country to run. He'd show up to help with his vast Wakandan resources when the team was really up against the ropes, or if they made a foray into Wakanda's sphere of influence.
Hank and Janet have had too many problems over the years. They need time to recuperate both physically, and as a couple. Plus, Hank never really enjoyed the superhero gig, and Janet really only did it for kicks. They will only show up if the situation is totally desperate, or if Tony needs help in the lab. Nevertheless, they still have founder status, and so when they do show up, they can take charge of the situation. (This would be a source of contention for the newer members, who don't like the thought of being bossed by reserves who just happened to be on the team years ago.)
I chose some pretty big-time team busters for this group. It'd take a lot to challenge the Sentry, afterall. The way I see it, the Avengers should be a team primarily designed to take on the big challenges, that no other team in the Marvel Universe can handle (except the Defenders. Bah!) These big world-shattering battles would primarily focus on heavy-hitters like Sentry, Iron Man, She Hulk, and Toxin, with the street-levels forced to take a backseat.
However, there would also be smaller missions. Even though this incarnation of Avengers has severed its ties to the government, there will still be a need for secrecy when slipping into other countries or evil organizations like HYDRA, AIM, The Hand, Latveria, or the Kingpin's empire. In these smaller-scale storylines, characters like Spider Woman, Luke Cage, and Wolverine would be allowed to be the main focus.
Good post Piedmon. Very good. thumbsup