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was a fictional team of superhero
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es and adventurers from the Marvel Comics
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series Marvel: The Lost Generation
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. Essentially a retcon to fill the gaps caused by Marvel's "sliding timescale
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", in which the emergence of major superheroes and events was only supposed to have occurred "about ten or fifteen years ago" at any given time, this team first appeared in March of 2000, and the 12-issue series told of a supposedly decades-long existence with a huge number of (mostly undocumented) behind-the-scenes adventures.
The team was apparently destroyed 'in 1988' while fighting an invading Skrull
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fleet. Only a few survived, and the events of the series were not known to the general public of the Marvel Universe
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. Indeed, many members were not even given names in the series; they merely appeared as anonymous costumed "extras" in fight scenes.