- Fifty State Initiative
The Fifty State Initiative, often referred to as simply The Initiative, is a fictional governmental plan that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics, in particular those related to The Avengers. Its purpose is to provide a superhero team in every state of the United States after the conclusion of the 2006-2007 "Civil War" storyline.
The Initiative plan is #41 on the list of 101 items that Mister Fantastic, Iron Man and Yellowjacket came up with to ensure the increased security of super-human activities, following the Stamford tragedy that helped pass the Superhuman Registration Act. Registered superhumans are sent to Camp Hammond to train before they are assigned to an Initiative team.
Three comic books were directly launched as a result of this Initiative: Avengers: The Initiative, Mighty Avengers and The Order. These have since been followed by three different mini-series: The Last Defenders focusing on the first team assigned to New Jersey, Patsy Walker: Hellcat about the sole hero allocated to Alaska, and Marvel Zombies 3 which in its first issue centered on the team in Florida defending the Marvel Universe from zombie invasion.
Though the Initiative covers all 50 states, only 25 are shown to currently have heroes/teams assigned. The following states have their Initiative superhero assignment status unknown as of now:[when?] Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
The name of the group is taken from the Fifty-State Strategy enacted by the Democratic Party in the U.S. in the mid-2000s as a political strategy aimed at making gains by the party in all U.S. states.
List of teams by state
State Team name 1st mention/appearance Members Former Members or
Alaska N/A Patsy Walker: Hellcat #1 Hellcat Arizona Desert Stars Avengers: The Initiative #12 (mentioned), #16 (shown) Member list Blacksmith (I Skrull), Komodo Arkansas The Battalion Avengers: The Initiative #19 Razorback Razorback (I Skrull), Tigra California The Order Civil War #6 Member list Member list Delaware The Women Warriors Avengers: The Initiative #26 Asp, Black Mamba, Diamondback, Quicksand, Skein Florida The Command Marvel Zombies 3 #1 Jennifer Kale, Wundarr the Aquarian Siege (D), The Conquistador (D), The Conquistador (D,I Skrull) Georgia The Cavalry Avengers: The Initiative #12 (mentioned), #18 (shown) Ultra Girl (L), Thor Girl, Crime-Buster, Stunt-Master, Red Nine Thor Girl (I Skrull) Hawaii Point Men Avengers: The Initiative #12 (mentioned), #14 (shown) Stingray (L), Devil-Slayer, Star Sign, Paydirt, Magnitude 3-D Man, Magnitude (I Skrull) Illinois Spaceknights Named in Civil War #6 Members List Iowa Force Works Named in Civil War #6 Cybermancer Kentucky Action Pack Avengers: The Initiative #7 Vox (L), Prima Donna, Frog-Man Frog-Man (I Skrull) Maryland Psionex Avengers: The Initiative #26 Member list Montana Freedom Force Avengers: The Initiative #12 Challenger (L), Cloud 9, Think Tank, Equinox Equinox (I Skrull), Spinner (D) Nebraska Unknown Iron Man vol. 4 #24 Captain Ultra(L) Gadget (D), Paragon (D) New Mexico Mavericks  Avengers: The Initiative #16 She-Thing, Annex, Geiger Jocasta, She-Thing (I Skrull) New York (Mighty/Dark) Avengers Civil War #6 Member list Member list North Carolina Unknown Avengers: The Initiative #35 (mentioned) Butterball, Batwing Ohio Unknown Marvel Zombies 5 #2 Howard the Duck Oregon Force of Nature Avengers: The Initiative #26 Aqueduct, Skybreaker, Sunstreak, Terraformer Pennsylvania Liberteens Avengers: The Initiative Annual 1 Member list Revolutionary (I Skrull), Whiz Kid (D) Texas Rangers Civil War #7 (as Initiative team) Member list Armadillo Utah The Called Civil War #6 (mentioned), Avengers: The Initiative #17 (named) Unknown group of heroes belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  Vermont The Garrison Penance: Relentless #3 (shown), The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Volume #5 (named) Fin, Man-Eater Washington Earth Force Civil War: Frontline #11 Skyhawk, Earth Lord, Wind Warrior Skyhawk (I Skrull) Wisconsin Great Lakes Initiative Deadpool/GLI Summer Fun Spectacular (as Initiative team) Member list Grasshopper IV (I Skrull)
- Notation: (L) Leader; (D) Deceased; (I) Infiltrator
Non State assigned teams
Team name 1st mention/appearance Base of operations Members Shadow Initiative Avengers: The Initiative #4 Camp Hammond / Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. Members list
Other sanctioned heroes by assigned location
Location Name(s) 1st appearance New York City Jackpot Amazing Spider-Man #546 (January 2008) New York City Blue Shield Amazing Spider-Man #550 (February 2008) New York City (Harlem) Falcon Captain America #26 (May 2007) New York City Slyde (undercover police officer) Amazing Spider-Man #602 (September 2009)
Teams no longer part of the Initiative
Team name Status State 1st mention/appearance Base of operations Members Operation: Lightning Storm Disbanded. Non-state assigned team Ms. Marvel vol. 2 #13 Minicarrier 13 Ms. Marvel, Agent Sum, Agent Locke (left), Agent Baines (D), Machine Man, Sleepwalker Thunderbolts Deactivated from the Initiative by Norman Osborn, a new formation is now operating as black ops for Osborn, now disabled due to events following "Siege". Colorado Thunderbolts #110 (as Initiative team) Thunderbolts Mountain Members list Defenders Team made defunct. Operated outside the Initiative for a short while before being disbanded by H.A.M.M.E.R. New Jersey Last Defenders #1 Hoboken Member list Fantastic Four Suspended from the Initiative. Still operating outside the Initiative New York City Baxter Building Member list Camp Hammond Disbanded / Demolished Connecticut Avengers: The Initiative #1 Camp Hammond Camp Hammond Staff & Trainees Heavy Hitters Seceded from the Initiative. Nevada Avengers: The Initiative #12 (mentioned), #17 (shown) Heavy Hitters Hotel And Casino Prodigy (L), Nonstop, Telemetry Hardball, Gravity (L), Outback U-Foes Suspended from the Initiative and incarcerated. North Carolina Avengers: The Initiative #26 Member list
- Notation: (L) Leader; (D) Deceased; (I) Infiltrator
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- ^ Marvel Zombies 4 #1
- ^ Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1
- ^ a b Avengers: The Initiative #28
- ^ Avengers: The Initiative #25
- ^ Avengers: The Initiative Special #1
- ^ Avengers: The Initiative #35
- List of characters in Avengers: The Initiative
Fifty State Initiative CharactersStaffGraduatesDark Avengers · Mighty Avengers · Action Pack · The Battalion · The Called · The Cavalry · The Command · Defenders · Desert Stars · Earth Force · Force of Nature · Force Works · Freedom Force · The Garrison · Great Lakes Initiative · Heavy Hitters · Liberteens · The Mavericks · The Order · Point Men · Psionex · Rangers · Spaceknights · U-Foes · The Women Warriors Publications See also
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