Leadership Ability

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

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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