In the comic books, Captain America has more-or-less always served as the leader of The Avengers, so it stands to reason that Steve Rogers will also be the leader of the team in The Avengers film. However, movies are a different animal than comic books. So the question remains: should Captain America be the man who gets to yell “Avengers Assemble!” on the big screen?
For this Marvel girl, the answer is a resounding YES. Allow me to make my case:
In the Marvel movie universe, there are really only three viable leaders for The Avengers: Captain America, Thor or Iron-Man.
All of them are great characters, but which one of the three has the greatest moral character? Let’s break it down.
As another famous Marvel hero once taught us: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” While all three of our would-be leaders have great power, not all of them exercise great responsibility. Iron Man is undoubtedly a great hero, but he doesn’t always demonstrate great integrity, which is why he’s at the bottom of the list.Like Iron Man, Thor is another hero whose ego sometimes kept him from doing what is morally right. Instead of fighting for something worthwhile, Thor simply fights because he’s bored, putting his entire civilization at risk in the process.
The clear winner in the “character” category is Captain America. As played by Chris Evans, Steve Rogers is a brave and selfless soldier with an unshakable desire to do what’s right (even though his 90-pound frame refused to cooperate with him). When he takes on the mantle of Captain America, Steve doesn’t let his newfound powers go to his head, instead showing that his greatest strength was always his integrity.
I think Steve Rogers has a much greater intangible asset than Thor and Iron Man. Simply put, he’s just a kid from Brooklyn. Thor, for all intents and purposes, is an alien to our world. Likewise, Tony Stark, with his brilliant mind and billions of dollars, is completely disconnected from the everyday world.
Captain America, on the other hand understands what is at risk when the world is under attack, because when it comes down to it, he’s just a regular guy. While that might not sound impressive, it’s hugely important to his character and something that greatly enhances his leadership potential.
Who do you think deserves to rally the Avengers?