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In the preview for Avengers vs X-men, they show a 'line-up' of Avengers and X-men. One of the Secret Avengers listed is Beast, an X-man.

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This seems a little unexpected; is this something already revealed in the comics, or is it 'to come'?

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  • I vaguely remember him listed as an auxiliary Avenger way back when I read Marvel regularly, so early 90's or so, but I have no idea how he came to be one. The Avengers have been around for decades and have picked up strays and temporary members, but with their "once an Avenger always an Avenger" policy, they can lay claim to many many superheroes. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan Mar 13 '12 at 8:45
  • Over time in the Marvel Universe, many characters moved from X-men to Avengers and back again. Beast was one them. I'm almost certain you would have hit it up before, but the Marvel Universe - Secret Avengers page confirms Beast's membership as a result of it's formation following the Superhuman Registration Act. Of course, given the complexity of the Marvel universe, the Marvel Universe - Beast doesn't cover this thread. – Josh Mar 13 '12 at 8:53
  • @Josh That would make a great answer – AncientSwordRage Mar 13 '12 at 8:59
  • @Pureferret - Added as answer. Wasn't sure it'd be comprehensive enough. Thanks. :) – Josh Mar 13 '12 at 9:03
  • @Josh it's good enough for me! – AncientSwordRage Mar 13 '12 at 9:10
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Beast, one of the original X-Men, joined the Avengers in Avengers #137 (July 1975), which is around the time that the second generation of X-Men debuted, which excluded original X-Men Beast, Iceman and Angel. He stayed with the team until issue #211 (September 1981), leaving them to join the Defenders (1985) and X-Factor (1986).

Beast returned to the X-Men in 1991 and stayed with them (as a member of their Blue team, and later in the series New X-Men and Astonishing X-Men) until his departure in Uncanny X-Men #519 (February 2010). Beast left due to disagreeing with how Cyclops was leading the X-Men, namely his militaristic methods and allowance of Magneto on the team.

Beast then joined the Secret Avengers (July 2010), where he is still a regular member. And as a result of the recent Schism storyline, where a larger faction of X-Men led by Wolverine similarly disagreed with Cyclops methods and split off to form a school in Westchester, Beast has returned to the X-Men in the comic Wolverine and the X-Men (December 2011).

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  • That's a great answer. This is why I was hesitant to make my original comment an actual answer. I knew someone like Brett would come in with a good chronology. I couldn't find reference to a return ... in subtext related to the question, if he's returned to the X-Men (or some faction of it), in the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men, one wonders what side he'll fall on. – Josh Mar 13 '12 at 21:18
  • Both Wolverine AND Beast are Avengers now, so it's entirely possible that it's Avengers vs. Cyclops' X-Men. Of course, Cyclops' X-Men includes Storm, who is currently an Avenger. There's way too much crossover to keep everything straight. – Brett White Mar 13 '12 at 21:20
  • Thus my continuity question! IT makes my head spin! – AncientSwordRage Mar 13 '12 at 21:54
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Over time in the Marvel Universe, many characters moved from X-men to Avengers and back again. Beast was one them.

The Marvel Universe - Secret Avengers page confirms Beast's membership as a result of it's formation following the Superhuman Registration Act.

There also appears to have been a falling out between Beast and the X-Men over the return of Magneto to their ranks in the Nation X story arc where he leaves the team again (Uncanny X-Men #519). This appears to be the last formal parting of ways from the X-Men.

Of course, given the complexity of the Marvel universe, the Marvel Universe - Beast page doesn't cover this particular story thread, but I think that's incidental.

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