Episode 127: Avengers ... peacekeeping force? (Avengers #5) -- May 1964

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the return of the Lava Men. One Lava Man tried to invade New York last year and was (barely) stopped by Thor. But now he has returned with an army. How does one stop an army of superpowered people? Apparently the Avengers DID stop them, using more brain than brawn. Is this the future of the super-team? Stopping wars before they happen? And how much is the US government paying StarkCorp. for access to this group? At any conceivable price they seem to be a bargain in this case!

In this issue:

The Avengers are decompressing after their inconclusive battle with the Hulk. They all go their separate ways, although they are pulled back together by the attack of the Lava Men, superpowered humanoids living under the Earth’s surface who are strong and, well, very warm. The Lava Men have decided to attack the surface for a misguided reason. The Hulk joins the fight and causes more mayhem than anything before inadvertently taking away the Lava Men’s main weapon, a living stone, which helps Thor convince the Lava Men to retreat.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering whether the UN will engage in diplomatic negotiations with the people living beneath the Earth’s crust.

This episode takes place:

After the Avengers have defeated the Lava Men.