Pop Culture’s Best ‘Avengers’-Style Teams

As a tornado of everything Marvel winds its way across the country, set to unleash Joss Whedon’s superhero powerhouse The Avengers in theaters tomorrow, the massive launch inspired our team spirit. We started to imagine other super groups in pop culture that would band together in order to fight the good fight. These dream teams have been assembled from the upper echelons of film and television and are prepared to take down the enemy. Who are they, and what are they fighting for? Find out past the jump where we break down their stats and play with a few pop culture stereotypes. Assemble your own Avengers-style teams below.

The Slackers

The Team: Shaggy (Scooby-Doo), The Dude (The Big Lebowski), Beavis and Butt-Head (Beavis and Butt-Head), Jay and Silent Bob (Clerks), Ryan Howard (The Office)

Occupation: Ambiguous

Marital Status: It’s complicated

Known Relatives: The Uber Nerds (see below)

Group Affiliation: Netflix, Gamefly, and anything that doesn’t require leaving the house

Base of Operations: The couch, the bowling alley, the Mystery Machine, Dunder Mifflin’s closet, the Quick Stop Market in New Jersey

History: The Slackers ā€” who have yet to actually assemble, because of their inability to commit to just about everything ā€” are planning to join forces in the near future (or at least talk a lot about doing it). They would protest any problem you have with this, but they aren’t really sure what they were protesting about in the first place.