The Avengers

Steve Rogers

Team leader, the Avengers
Codename: Captain America
Clearance Level: 6

The first Super-Soldier and America’s first true super-hero, Captain America is a literal living legend. Well over a hundred years old, Cap’s youth and vitality is due in no small part to his enhanced physiology and spending decades in suspended animation in the frozen wastes of Greenland.

He acts as the Avengers’ leader, and as the team’s conscience. His unyielding moral compass is part of why Nick Fury decided to create STRIKE, as the Executive Director realized there were things that needed to be done that he couldn’t ask Captain America to do.

Tony Stark

Codename: Iron Man
Clearance Level: 6

Tony Stark changed the rules. Prior to him, the closest the world had to super-heroes in the new millennium was Reed Richards’ Fantastic Four, who were more of a disaster relief group than costumed crime-fighters. But Stark crossed boundaries (and borders), fighting international terrorists and enhanced threats openly and publicly. He forced the public to change their perceptions of what a super-hero meant, and what people were comfortable with men with power doing with that power.

Stark is a point of frustration for SHIELD. On the one hand, he helps supply SHIELD with technology and he is an Avenger. On the other, he regularly challenges Fury’s authority, he discloses confidential documents to the public constantly if he feels it is in the public interest, and in general is a migraine-level headache for an intelligence agency. SHIELD’s relationship with Tony Stark is very complicated.

Bruce Banner

Codename: The Hulk
Clearance Level: 6

Bruce Banner was a researcher on a US Army Super-Soldier program, using a combination of genetics engineering and exposure to large quantities of Gamma radiation to trigger mutation into a superhuman. When it looked like the project was going to get finally shut down due to a lack of results, Banner threw himself in as a test subject, resulting in his transformation into the green, rage-driven monstrosity known as the Hulk.

Banner was not originally able to control his transformations into the Hulk, but now is able to thanks to a combination of meditation, discipline, and pharmaceuticals. He represents the team’s heaviest weapon, used only in the most dire circumstances. For the most part, Banner’s contribution to the Avengers is scientific, and he only deploys as the Hulk when absolutely necessary.

Thorlief Golmen/“Thor Odinson”

Codename: Thor
Clearance Level: 6
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The individual who calls himself Thor Odinson appeared publicly in 2010, although rumors abound of individuals who match his description appearing at several points through-out history under different names and aliases including Donald Blake, Sigurd Jarlson, Erik Masterson, and most recently Thorlief Golmen, a psychiatric nurse from Brussels, Belgium. These identities span decades across countries around the world. When “Thor” appeared most recently, he claimed to be a literal Asgardian god, exiled from his homeland by the machinations of his devious brother Loki. He has attracted a small following of neo-paganist disciples, who see him as a living god.

While SHIELD officially doesn’t contradict Thor’s statements (especially not to the powerful extranormal’s face), it is extremely doubtful that he is who he says he is. While it is demonstrably true that he possesses enhanced abilities (including the fact that he has been operating in secret for decades without visibly aging), it is more likely that he is simply a very powerful human being who has adopted a persona for his own usage. It is possible that he sincerely believes he is really the Thor of Norse mythology, and if that is the case that is potentially dangerous. As it stands, SHIELD will permit the strange extranormal his delusions until such time as they are deemed a problem.

Clint Barton

Codename: Hawkeye
Clearance Level: 8

One of SHIELD’s highest level agents, Agent Barton was once Nick Fury’s personal bodyguard. Most of his file is restricted to Clearance Level 9. He is one of two SHIELD agents assigned to the Avengers to monitor the team directly, the other being Natasha Romanov.

Natasha Romanov

Codename: Black Widow
Clearance Level: 8
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The Black Widow Program was a Cold War-era Super-Soldier program by Leviathan. Their previous effort, the Winter Soldiers, had taken adults and attempted to turn them into Super-Soldiers. They were unstable and difficult to control. The Black Widows were instead shaped from childhood to be the perfect assassins, trained from the age of 5 to be loyal, fearless, and disciplined. They didn’t actually receive their first chemical and biological treatments until after they reached a certain point in physical maturity.

Natasha Romanov grew up as part of the Black Widow Program, but the Soviet Union fell when she was only a child and before she received her first treatment as part of the Super-Soldier component. She was able to escape the crumbling USSR and made her way to the US, where she was debriefed and eventually found her way into SHIELD custody. She was practically raised by SHIELD, and by Director Fury in particular.

The Avengers

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