Re: West Coast, Young, New, Dark, Secret, Defenders, Invaders, Thunderbolts
Yeah, I don't think there's any incentive to branch the Avengers off into Westies, Great Lakes, Young, Mighty, New, etc. Avengers is Avengers. And it'd be hard to explain The Defenders as anything more than Avengers 2.0.
I think making a villain/anti-hero team could work, but on a much smaller scale and budget, and lowered expectations on the box office. Dark Avengers or Thunderbolts would be a refreshing twist in that sense, but reformed villains and anti-heroes would play to a smaller niche audience than the masses who turn out for Avengers proper.
THE COTTON AVENGERS
...They move like slick cotton on oil.