Who Should Lead The Avengers? Captain America vs. Iron Man vs. Thor

Published 4 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:11 pm,

Leadership Ability

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Whoever leads The Avengers has to, you know, be a good leader. So which one of these three Marvel heavyweights has the best leadership skills?

With his dizzying array of weapons and high-tech tools, Iron Man is undoubtedly a powerhouse, but when it comes to leading a team of fellow heroes, Tony Stark just doesn’t have the right temperament. As shown in Iron Man 2, Tony prefers to work solo. It’s true that he eventually teams up with War Machine, but that was the exception, not the rule. It’s hard to imagine Tony swallowing his ego enough to lead a team into combat and demonstrate the tactical skill necessary to guarantee victory. Again, old Shellhead comes in at the bottom.

Although his arrogance occasionally proves to be a problem, Thor definitely is a stronger leader than Iron Man. As an Asgardian warrior, Thor is battle-tested and even leads his own band of warriors (the Warriors Three). Though Iron Man might be more fun to go into battle with, I’d rather have Thor telling me what to do on the battlefield.

Of course, when it comes to true leadership, Thor can’t hold a candle to Captain America, and that’s why Cap wins this category as well. Through his extensive military training, Steve Rogers is well-equipped to handle a wide range of battlefield scenarios. He’s also proven that he can lead men into battle, successfully leading his Howling Commandoes squad to numerous victories against the far more powerful armies of Hydra. With his humility and military expertise, Cap is the best man to lead a team of superheroes into battle.

VERDICT: Captain America (3), Thor (2), Iron Man (1)

Weapons/Powers

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When The Avengers hits theaters next year, we’re not going to see Cap, Iron Man, and Thor sitting around playing patty cake, we’re going to see huge action scenes with outrageously awesome special effects. As such, it’s important that whoever leads The Avengers is packing some major powers. So, which one of our three heroes brings the best weapons and/or powers to the table? (NOTE: This category is going to start some serious arguments.)

After undergoing his transformation from 90-pound weakling to shield-wielding super-powered soldier, Captain America becomes a true force of nature. Unfortunately, while his super-strength, enhanced durability, and endlessly useful shield are impressive, they’re not enough to win him this category.

With his always-evolving suit, Tony Stark is a one-man weapon of mass destruction. Thanks to the Iron Man armor, Tony can fly out of our atmosphere; shoot lasers, missiles, and energy pulses with pinpoint accuracy; and make incredibly intricate calculations with ease. Granted, when his suit is off, Tony is just as fallible as you or me, but his amazing armor still places him firmly in second place for this category.

Very few Marvel superheroes can rival Iron Man when it comes to power, but one of them is definitely Thor. As a God, Thor is virtually invulnerable, and with his mighty hammer Mjolnir, he can do practically anything the situation calls for. I’m not usually a fan of superheroes with every power (ahem, Superman), but Thor’s unique combination of strengths is more than enough to win him this category.

VERDICT: Thor (3), Iron Man (2), Captain America (1)

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  1. I think Captain America because in “Civil War”, at the end Cap realizes that they’re fighting for nothing and does the right thing and surrenders to make sure the people still believe in heroes. This is why he is the chosen leader. Oh yeah, Spoiler alert Iron man 3 is coming out in April 2013, Thor 2 is coming out in November 2013, Captain America 2 is coming out I think in March 2014 and Avengers 2 is coming out May 2015.
    Ask me any questions… I will answer them. MWA Ha HA HA HA!!!

  2. To me, leaders must be intelligent. No point having a physically strong and brave leader when you ain’t got no brains. Thus I choose iron man

    • U r completely right

    • Captian America isn’t smart???? I know he’s no book worm but when it comes to wars he is obviously smart. Being a genius doesn’t make you a leader

  3. I always thought iron man would be a great leader. plus you need someone smart to be in charge so tony should be in charge

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  5. The one i think should lead is iron. I say iron man because he is smart and well he is iron man. Captain America really doesn’t have any powers which doesn’t matter but he’s to demanding. And Thor will he needs to learn how to control him self. Iron man would be a ideal leader.

  6. Wow, really? How could you not give the weapons category to Iron Man? Thor is invulnerable? No he’s not, if he was then why didn’t he take down Loki and his army by himself? He’s a demigod, nothing more. He can do anything with his hammer? No he can’t. It can deliver some pretty heavy blows, but it can’t smash everything (it couldn’t smash the portal generator with the Tesseract in it).

    Among Iron Man’s huge assortiment of weapons, there’s definitely more then one that could easily tear Thor apart.

    Having said that I have to call b******* on this whole article which clearly has an anti-Tony and a pro-Captain America bias.

    • You’re entitled to your opinion, but Iron Man cannot “easily tear” Thor apart.

      More importantly, Cap is recognized as the one of, if not the most inspirational figure in the Marvel universe. On top of that, he is acknowledged as the best leader and tactician there is, to the point where in JLA/Avengers, both Superman and Batman concede that Captain America is the best choice to lead the final battle against Krona.

      Again, you’re entitled to what you think, and you make valid points about Tony and the advantages he brings to the table. But Cap is the man. No one else is as good a leader, period.

      Last thought: what is with the whole, “Cap has powers” thing? Cap has no powers, he’s enhanced to the best a human can be, but not “beyond” human, i.e., he’s no meta-human. No superhuman strength when compared to, say, Spidey, Thor, heck, anyone with actual powers.

      The movie cap, to me, is much closer to the 616 cap than Ultimate Cap, who does have superhuman powers.

      This is what makes Cap such a great character. He’s woefully underpowered, but almost every character fears and respects him for his fighting and leadership abilities, and the fact that he always does what is right, not matter the cost.

      So, I think I’d have to call bull(spit) on your bull(spit) call. I don’t perceive an anti-Tony bias, it just seems like the writer is telling it like it is: Tony has fancy gadgets, but Thor and Cap make better military leaders.

      - from a big fan of all three.

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  8. Face it Captain America should lead the avenger. Being a leader does not require intelligence or supernatural power. Leadership is the art of leading others to deliberately create a result that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. Iron Man is very aggressive, Thor is young and has temper. Iron Man even refer Captain America as “The Jury” in the movie.

  9. If your judging leadership base on power then THOR is the one. He is the son of Odin a major god and the ruler of Asgard…so that makes THOR a real god with natural power.

  10. This is a USA movie. If you make iron man the leader of avengers, do you really think Obama would like it to see Captain America “wearing american flag suit” follow orders and be dictated? lol

  11. look iron man has an ego and captain is like grandpa from ben 10 but like ben 10 when the team needs a leader and the world needs a hero tony will rise

  12. Iron Man. Duhh. He is obviously the smartest one so that’s what matters.

  13. I like how people are like “Iron Man should be the leader because he’s smart”. Yeah, he’s smart but that doesn’t make a leader. He has a HUGE ego and his cockiness makes him not an ideal leader at all. Besides he’s more science smart.
    Captain America has the charisma needed for a leader, without the cockiness. Besides he has war/battle experience and LEADING experience. He fought in WW2 and led men against Hydra successfully I might add. That kind of “smart” is more import than Stark’s.

  14. Rogers is a good leader for the avengers but he would eventually have to step down. For the main reason that the super soldier formula would eventually destroy his body. I hope that this weakness is adressed before Avengers III.

  15. So many people calling bulls*** on this article because of a lack of Tony Stark, not so many understanding why. One even claimed it had a pro-Captain bias. Perhaps. But do you know why?

    If you’re in the military as a private – a minor member of the team – which would you have a bias for? A general, or another private? If you pick the answer incorrectly, you’re likely an imbecile.

    Tony Stark is by far one of the most enjoyable Marvel characters, in both comics and films. He’s an extremely intelligent individual, with an arsenal of weapons that would make the DoD jealous (and it has). He’s hilariously sarcastic, and works great as a comic (punny) relief. He’s definitely worthy of being an Avenger. Aside from, of course, being a “playboy billionaire philanthropist”. With that much brains comes an ego. And there’s nothing worse then a man that is all too sure of himself and willing to put people in danger to prove it. He’d make a good leader if and ONLY if he was willing to drop all of the party-phase nonsense.

    Thor is self explanatory. He shouldn’t be made leader for the same reasons he shouldn’t be king of Asgard. He’s got a good heart, but not necessarily always a good head. He’d much rather headbutt someone then actually consider a more peaceful alternative.

    Hulk wasn’t mentioned, but just for note: Ha.

    Captain America was a born leader. He was created for the PURPOSE of leading (hence “Captain” America and not Private America), it’s simple common sense. You put the person with military strategics and understanding in the front, and have him direct people. Because considering his powers are (for this argument) the least significant, it makes sense to give him a job where he orders people into the field instead of being in it himself.

  16. I think Iron Man should be tha leader. It air fare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Well… its obvious that captain America would be a leader cause its part of his name REMEMBER:CAPTAIN America sooooooo…. Go captain

  18. Spiderman

  19. Iron Man he’s the smartest richest and the best avangers has to offer at the moment yeah thor is a god but he’s iron man