The Complete Avengers vol 3 for the Iron Man /Captain America or ficcing fan.

*= Iron Man or Cap appears in the story
**= Iron Man and Cap appear in the story
***= Iron Man or Cap has a major plot OR Iron Man and Cap have significant interaction
****= Iron Man and Cap have a major plot
*****= The plot is significant to their personal arc
******=The plot is significant to both of their personal arcs.

#= Forgettable or actively awful
##= Decent issue with actual Avengers content
###= A good plot OR significant personal interaction between Avengers OR something of great fannish interest happens
####= More than one of the above
#####= Must-read classic or significant to a major Avengers character's arc in an important, lasting way.

1998

Avengers vol 3 issue 1=**/#
Both Iron Man and Captain America appear in this, but so do so many, many characters that *no* character gets much page time.

Avengers vol 3 issue 2=***/###
Captain America and Iron Man appear. Involves medieval personas and Captain America / Hawkeye bonding.

Avengers vol 3 issue 3=* /###
Captain America and Iron Man appear. Involves medieval personas and Captain America / Hawkeye bonding.

Avengers vol 3 issue 4=**/#
Both appear in this issue. The new roster of Avengers are selected. Too many Avengers, in fact, and they don't fit on the page or in the plot.

Avengers vol 3 issue 5=**/#
Both appear in this issue. Someone set the Avengers against the Squadron Supreme; they fight.

Avengers vol 3 issue 6=**/ ##
Both appear in this issue. Also, Tony almost accidently reveals his identity to Warbird out of a deep concern for the survival of his heirloom carpet. No, I'm not kidding. Jarvis is scandalized. There is question, though, as to whether Warbird even noticed. The Avengers and the Squadron Supreme fight some more.

Avengers vol 3 issue 7=***/##
Both appear in this issue. Cap officially confronts Warbird about her various issues, and his management techniques are, perhaps, rather strict and unsympathetic. Iron Man has sympathy for Warbird's issues. Also, they fight aliens.

Avengers vol 3 issue 8=**/#
Both appear in this issue. Also, Wanda has issues. Two new Avengers, Triathalon and Silverclaw, are introduced.

Avengers vol 3 issue 9=**/#
Both appear in this issue. Also, Hawkeye disappears for parts unknown.

Avengers vol 3 issue 10=**/##
Both appear. New York throws a parade in honor of the Avengers. Then, villains happen.

Avengers vol 3 issue 11=**/###
Both appear. Iron Man fights desperately despite terrible injuries. Wanda brings someone back from the dead.

Avengers Annual 1998=** /##
Both appear. Avengers vs. Squadron Supreme.

1999

Avengers vol 3 issue 12 = ***/##
Cap meets the Thunderbolts, bonds with the newbie Justice, and has a revelation about what Hawkeye has been up to. Iron Man appears briefly without armor as Tony Stark. Also, The Vision rejoins the team and there is a giant robot.

Avengers vol 3 issue 13= * /#
Tony Stark appears in the issue sans armor. Cap is doing something else, elsewhere, and is not in the issue at all.

Avengers vol 3 issue 14=* /#
Captain America appears in this issue. Iron Man does not appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 15=**
Iron Man is back in action, and everyone fights villains.

Avengers vol 3 issue 16=** /#
Both characters appear in this story and fight the Wrecking Crew.

Avengers vol 3 issue 17=** /#
Both characters appear in this story and fight villains.

Avengers vol 3 issue 18=*/##
Opens with the image of Captain America chained by a metal collar around his neck and looking defiant. Make of this what you will. They battle and ally with barbarian-type aliens. Iron Man appears in a cameo at the end.

Avengers vol 3 issue 19=**/##
Ultron is very bad and Cap is very mad. Iron Man hits people too. Also, Wanda dances gypsy dances while scantily dressed for diners at a restaurant. Why? Dunno!

Avengers vol 3 issue 20=**/##
Ultron continues to be dastardly and they all fight him. Tony has Ultron angst.

Avengers vol 3 issue 21=** /##
Ultron - still evil. Avengers - still fighting.

Avengers vol 3 issue 22=*** /###
Iron Man and Captain America work as a smoothly oiled machine, as they tag team Ultron in a way that only people who know each other very well can.

Avengers vol 3 issue 23=***/###
Cap and Iron Man have actual down time conversation. Hank has leftover Ultron angst. Wanda/Vision/Wonder Man angst. Includes the memorable fighting words "But you! You! YOU LIKE JAZZ!"

Avengers Annual 1999=***/###
A typical day of fighting as narrated by Jarvis, the Avengers butler. The Avengers fight malfunctionaing giant robotic Avengersbots programmed to protect the city if the Avengers die. Jarvis saves the day. Iron Man is pretty much in charge during battle if Captain America goes missing with this team lineup and dynamic. This is illustrated by a long fight scene in this issue. It comes off to me as very much "Daddy can't come right now, so do what Mommy says if you know what's good for you."

2000

Avengers vol 3 issue 24=*** /##
The Avengers get protesters, talk show offers, and nasty hate mail. Cap and Iron Man deal with it rather differently.

Avengers vol 3 issue 25=***/##
Both appear. Villains hit each other. Captain America has press issues. Why, in his day... Also, he takes a moral stand and internally admits it was overreacting. Then, Cap saves the day when all the other heroes are incapacitated. Also, he speechifies. Then, he claims to decide to leave the team.

Avengers vol 3 issue 26=*/##
Iron Man does not appear. Cap leads a secret Avengers strike force.

Avengers vol 3 issue 27=** /##
Both appear. The Avengers deal with race issues and press relations. Sort of. Badly. Yay? Thor's idea of press relations is to throw a hammer at the press. The God of Thunder does not apologise. Also, a number of back up stories set in past eras of the Avengers and drawn in that style.

Avengers vol 3 issue 28=* /#
Cap does not appear. The plot revolves around Silverclaw, Jarvis's young protege, as well as some Mesoamerican gods. This somehow involves a page of random magical chainmail bikini for She-Hulk.

Avengers vol 3 issue 29=*/#
Still in the Mesoamerican god plot, no Cap. Iron Man indulges his issues with myth and magic by enjoying his villain smashing.

Avengers vol 3 issue 30=* /#
Still in the Mesoamerican god plot, still no Cap.

Avengers vol 3 issue 31=* /#
They beat up villains. The Vision returns. No Cap.

Avengers vol 3 issue 32=***/##
Iron Man vs. an Ex - Madame Masque. No Cap.

Avengers vol 3 issue 33=***/##
Avengers vs. Madame Masque! Or are they? No Cap.

Avengers vol 3 issue 34=*** /##
Cap appears! End of Madame Masque plot.

Avengers vol 3 issue 35= 0 stars/#
No Iron Man, No Captain America, lots of aliens. Well, okay. A one page cameo of Iron Man and Cap just standing there. Doesn't count. Part of the Maximum Security alien invasion crossover.

Avengers Annual 2000=**/###
Truly cracktastic plot involving Hellcat, silver age girl next door comic art, demonic possession and theme parks. Captain America and Iron Man appear.

2001

Avengers vol 3 issue 36=*/#
They fight stuff. Cap has a cameo at the end of the issue. So incoherent and plotless, I can only say: I dunno.

Avengers vol 3 issue 37=** /##
They fight stuff, both appear. Cap decides to come back to the team. Hurrah!

Avengers vol 3 issue 38=**/#
Both appear, they fight stuff (separately). Also, the Avengers have a new villain tracking system.

Avengers vol 3 issue 39=**/# #
Both appear and they fight stuff together. Oh no! It's the Hulk! In fact, an entire Greek island's population have been turned into Hulk creatures. Extra # for sheer crack

Avengers vol 3 issue 40=** /#
Hulk smash! Avengers fight! Both appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 41=**/###
Kang the Conqueror is... Kangy. Both appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 42=** /###
95% of the issue is Kang making a chilling speech about how he wants to take over the world. Both appear, briefly, but mostly it's all Kang, all the time.

Avengers vol 3 issue 43=** /#
Lots of villains smash lots of things. Both appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 44=0 /#
Lots of villains smash lots of things. Both appear only briefly, as themselves. The rest of the time they are mind controlled radioactive wraiths.

Avengers vol 3 issue 45=* /###
Lots of talking and plotting, Iron Man does not appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 46=** /####
Villain vs villain. Hero vs villain vs villain. Iron Man appears as Tony Stark, inventor and engineering genius.

Avengers vol 3 issue 47=0 />#
Freaky Oedipal Warbird/Scarlet Centurion issues. Neither appear.

Avengers Annual 2001=***/##
The Hank/Hank/Jan triangle (don't ask) is resolved. Also there's Question Time With Jarvis, who explains and resolves questions about Iron Man's timeline and psyche and Captain America's shield in short storylets, thus finally resolving Liefeld damage years later.

2002

Avengers vol 3 issue 48=**/###
Both appear. Still part of the massive Kang storyline. Also, a period-style backup story.

Avengers vol 3 issue 49=0 /###
Neither appears. The Avengers fight Kang - but this is a 'Nuff Said issue, so there is no dialogue at all.

Avengers vol 3 issue 50=* /###
Meanwhile Captain America and some of the Avengers fight aliens in space. Iron Man does not appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 51=0 /###
Meanwhile, while Captain America has been fighting aliens in space, Earth has surrendered to Kang. Wanda and Wonder Man are in a prison camp.

Avengers vol 3 issue 52=** /###
Still the Kang plot. Iron Man is back in armor, Cap moves on from aliens to fight Kang.

Avengers vol 3 issue 53=** /###
Giant fight in space. Both appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 54=***/####
Captain America puts in the final blow in a heroic and speechifying manner. Kang has issues.

Avengers vol 3 issue 55=** /##
Wrap up of the Kang plot. Both appear. Thor throws a party!

Avengers vol 3 issue 56=** /####
It's accounting day! A number of Avengers are asked to explain their expenses and legal paperwork. Captain America answers his in a way that is particularly... him.

Avengers vol 3 issue 57=** /##
Both there and beating up villains.

Avengers vol 3 issue 58=***/##
The Avengers, particularly Cap, are asked to "lead the world" temporarily in the Kang aftermath. Oookay.

Avengers vol 3 issue 59=** /##
The Avengers try to clean up the giant black hole that is Washington. No, no, that's not a metaphor. Also, Namor is a *terrible* houseguest, and Iron Man has trouble being polite around Doctor Doom.

2003

Avengers vol 3 issue 60=** /##
They beat up villains and Washington is returned to its rightful place.

Avengers vol 3 issue 61=** /##
Iron Man has issues with Black Panther, Namor is... Namor.

Avengers vol 3 issue 62=** /##
Both appear. Ant Man and Jack of Hearts are full of woe. See their woe. Lots of woe.

Avengers vol 3 issue 63=**** /##
For reasons not sufficiently explained in this comic, Thor and Iron Man are beating each other up. Cap, obviously, thinks this is a bad idea.
Includes the immortal line from Captain America to Iron Man "Shut up, Tony. Shut up and turn your brain back on."

Avengers vol 3 issue 64=0 stars /###
The Falcon spotlight issue. He confronts Gyrich and saves kidnapped children

Avengers vol 3 issue 65=* /###
The beginning of the Red Zone storyline. Iron Man does not appear in this issue, but it is the beginning of a very Iron Man and Captain America intensive storyline.

Avengers vol 3 issue 66=***/###
There's a plague loose at Mount Rushmore. Cap is on the scene. Meanwhile Iron Man is trying to find a cure and having issues with Black Panther.

Avengers vol 3 issue 67=***/###
Captain America, She-Hulk, Jack of Hearts and other Avengers investigate who created the bioweapon plague. Meanwhile the Secretary of Defense is evil and behin it all, with the help of AIM.

Avengers vol 3 issue 68=***/###
She-Hulk is infected and acts like regular Hulk. Meanwhile the plague Red Zone spreads across the country. Black Panther and Tony Stark (not Iron Man, Tony in his civilian scientist capacity) have an ego-measuring contest while they're trying to stop the disease. Meanwhile Gyrich was actually the Avengers' mole with the Secretary of Defense with The Falcon's help, and guess what? The Secretary of Defense is the Red Skull!

Avengers vol 3 issue 69=***/###
Tony Stark and the Black Panther are taken captive together and even that can't stop their sniping at each other. Meanwhile, Captain America goes after the Red Skull, and the Red Skull infects Cap

Avengers vol 3 issue 70=******/####
Iron Man makes an impossible decision in order to save Captain America. Black Panther pwns the Red Skull with a little help from The Falcon's hawk Redwing. Also, the plague is stopped.

Avengers vol 3 issue 71=0/###
Jan and Hank bond and beat up supervillains. Neither appears.

Avengers vol 3 issue 72=**/##
She-Hulk is having trouble with her powers and losing control.

Avengers vol 3 issue 73=**/##
She-Hulk is having trouble with her powers and losing control.

2004

Avengers vol 3 issue 74=0/##
Hulk and She-Hulk bond. Hawkeye is astonished. The other Avengers only appear in a cameo.

Avengers vol 3 issue 75=**/##
She-Hulk is having trouble with her powers and losing control. The other Avengers help.

Avengers vol 3 issue 76=**/##
Spotlight on Jack of Hearts. The other Avengers appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 77=***/####(NO IRON MAN)
Hawkeye has, apparently, been thinking very, very hard about why Captain America can't seem to keep a girl. Cap is... unconcerned. Also contains Cap and Hawkeye changing into their costumes together in an alleyway. Iron Man does not appear, but if you want to slash Cap, this issue may be of interest. Also, ends on a heroic note

Avengers vol 3 issue 78=***/####(NO IRON MAN)
A civilian is astonishingly heroic protecting a fallen Captain America. Iron Man does not appear

Avengers vol 3 issue 79=***/####(NO IRON MAN)
Cap is left tending to the survivors.
Note: Contains some extremely disturbing and arguably OOC scenes with Hank and Janet.

Avengers vol 3 issue 80=*/####
Heroic, epic and depressing.

Avengers vol 3 issue 81=*/####
Heroic, epic and depressing.
Iron Man appears in a cameo as Tony Stark.

Avengers vol 3 issue 82=***/###
They actually have a real down time conversation. A friendly, arguably slashy one, while drinking tea.
Also, some moron is impersonating Captain America in the Middle East.

Avengers vol 3 issue 83=*/##
Some moron is impersonating Captain America in the Middle East. Namor is a bad, bad boy. Also, Jan/Hawkeye/Hank angst. Iron Man does not appear.

Avengers vol 3 issue 84=**/##
Namor continues to be... Namor. Also, some moron is impersonating Captain America in the Middle East

Avengers issue 500 aka Avenger vol 3 issue 85=****/###
Something goes terribly wrong when Iron Man is addressing the UN as Tony Stark. And, basically, everything is going horribly wrong for the Avengers. And someone is behind it.

Avengers issue 501=****/###
Everything is going horribly wrong for the Avengers. Cap is the only one who believes Iron Man's story.

Avengers issue 502=****/###
Everything is going horribly wrong for the Avengers

Avengers issue 503=****/###
Everything is going horribly wrong for the Avengers. And someone is behind it.

The Avengers have broken up.

 

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