As noted by many following the initial Avengers vs. X-Men announcement, this 1987 story is the first miniseries that featured a colossal clash between the teams. They did, however, wind up teaming up by the end.
Just nine issues into the original run of X-Men came this issue "guest starring" the Silver Age Avengers. As you can see from the cover, the X-Men are desperate and trapped in Europe, and apparently taking their frustrations out on the Avengers.
The original, and it's listed exactly as the current series is billed: The Avengers Vs. The X-Men! With the original line-up of the X-Men going against a slightly eclectic Avengers line-up, this one doesn't seem like much of a contest. Angel seems torn between the two teams, and no doubt was eventually able to tell them how they were being duped, something that will NOT happen in AvX.
Here the Avengers don't face the X-Men themselves, but it's still notable as they're facing the Sentinels, giant mutant-hunting robots and one of the possible-future extinction events for the X-Men.
Before becoming an Avenger himself, Beast killed Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man. This cover is in no way misleading, that's exactly what happened. Yup.
In the war for mutant kind's survival, all mutants are welcome on Utopia, provided they'll live by Cyclops's rules. Of course, the villainous mutants seen here are dead and/or depowered, so we probably won't see this match-up again during the event.
With the Phoenix Force, the Starjammers are usually not far behind. Formerly led by Cyclops and Havok's father Corsair, this team of intergalactic freedom fighters/pirates/bounty hunters/ general ne'er-do-wells have crossed the path of Earth's Mightiest Heroes before, and could yet have a place in AvX, albeit with a heavily altered lineup.
Not only are Colossus and Vision both still members of the X-Men and Avengers, respectively, this cover to Uncanny X-Men #191 was illustrated by John Romita Jr., the artist of the first four Avengers vs. X-Men issues.
Of course, there have been times when the Avengers and X-Men have gotten along swimmingly, as seen in this famous cover by current DC co-publisher Jim Lee. Though the happiness between the two camps didn't last too long...
...as just one issue later, Rogue and a strikingly scary Ms. Marvel were reigniting their long-simmering feud, which began back in Avengers Annual #10. Rogue vs. Ms. Marvel (soon to be rechristened as "Captain Marvel") has been pushed in teaser images as one of the potential AvX feuds, so there's a chance we'll see a rematch soon.
OK, Sunfire was only a member of the X-Men proper for a very short time, but there's no doubt that he's an X-Men character, and in fact was part of the famous "all-new, all-different" team that rescued the original lineup from Krakoa, The Living Island in Giant-Size X-Men #1. Also, he apparently had a beef with Iron Man.
The New Mutants crew has long had ties to Asgard, but you may not have known that the British-based team of Excalibur including long-time X-Men Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde once tangled with the Thunder God.
This is a match-up you can bet we'll see again at some point in the big series. With history together dating back to World War II, these old friends have clashed a few times and should provide quite the throw down during AvX.
Magneto might have been a villain for most of his comic book career, but sometimes he does the right thing like beat up the Red Skull and step on his skeletal dome.
And here's a match-up you can bet we won't see again at any point ever. But That doesn't mean Capwolf versus Cable is any less cool. Cable recently took Cap to school pretty handily in Avengers: X-Sanction #1, and now that he's cured of the Techno-Organic Virus courtesy of Hope/Phoenix, we could see him back in action and taking his mentor on once more.
The Howl of the Banshee! We won't see any rematches here, as this Banshee is still deceased. His daughter, formerly Siryn and now Banshee herself, might do some shouting though she has quite the temper as seen in the last few years of X-Factor.
The Hulk and Wolverine is one of the classic Marvel match-ups, and started way back in Wolverine's very first appearance. The green Hulk might not be a current member of any of the Avengers teams, but he's already been confirmed to play a part in Avengers vs. X-Men.
Wolverine and Captain America are usually buds they're both quite old, so they've got a lot in common but Logan has been known to lash out on just about anybody. The two appear to be on the same page as of Avengers vs. X-Men #1, though things may very well change during the course of the 12-issue series.
One of the biggest Avengers/X-Men crossovers of the '90s was the five-part story "Bloodties," which commemorated the 30th anniversaries of both teams. Though the artist of this cover, Andy Kubert, has been with DC for the last number of years, his brother Adam is illustrating the final four issues of Avengers vs. X-Men.
Whether or not Hercules has much to do during AvX remains to be seen, but he's long been associated with the Avengers, and saw fit to rough up Beast and Bishop in this X-Men guest spot.
Rogue has a storied history with the Avengers, once draining Ms. Marvel of nearly her entire life essence, and then-permanently acquiring her powers. Magneto has a big history with the team as well; in addition to fighting them on several occasions, the villain/hero is the father of two famous Avengers, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
While not a comic book cover, this official Marvel magazine gives us a great look at the line-ups featured in the original X-Men Vs. The Avengers mini-series.
The Avengers team featuring Wolverine and Spider-Man took on Magneto relatively recently, and you can bet he's been studying tape since then. Magneto clashes with Iron Man early on in what seems at first glance a very unbalanced fight, and you can bet the Master of Magnetism is going to be tough for a lot of Avengers in the new series.
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