If you’re a fan of the Marvel Universe, then this year has been one of the most mind-blowing and entertaining of your nerdtastic life. From Black Panther‘s record-smashing release weekend to the heart-breaking ending of Avengers: Infinity War, 2018 has done a lot for comic-book fans.
Starting with Iron Man in 2008, superheroes has taken on a prominent role in lighting up the big screen. Their wide array of high-powered abilities are fascinating to watch — even if they’re obviously not real. The true heroes are our service members, men and woman who risk life and limb each day — even without divine superpowers or extreme genetic mutation.
As anyone who has ever gone through boot camp can tell you, it’s not all bronze that gets you through basic. You need a certain mental fortitude if you’re going to make the cut. With that in mind, let’s break down Marvel’s Avengers and see who wouldn’t cut it in the military.
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“Take away his suit and what do you have left?” Tony Stark would proudly answer back, “a genius, billionaire playboy philanthropist.” Good answer, but these are all characteristics that would make Iron Man an outstanding civilian. How would he fair up in boot?
Let’s see how far daddy’s money will take him when he’s stripped of his suit, money, and nice hair cut. Iron Man is tough — of that there’s no doubt — but we also know how Tony gets when he doesn’t have his way. He’s a problem-solver, but he’s not one for regulations. In short, Tony Stark is not the battle buddy I’d want watching my 6.
Scarlet Witch has the power to levitate items at will and hurl them at the enemy. This is a perfect ability to have in any branch. You can deflect bullets from incoming assailants or save a ship from a missile strike. This superpower that could, potentially, save thousands of lives makes Scarlet Witch a powerful asset to any team.
Power, however, has proven itself to be useless without grit. Yes, Scarlet is powerful and has abilities that can quickly upset the balance, but hesitation during battle often makes the biggest difference.
In the real world, battle doesn’t stop for speeches. If Scarlet Witch needs a motivational essay before using her powers, she might as well be carrying an M16 without any 5.56mm rounds.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2F10hzvF9FTulLxK.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Fi.giphy.com&s=349&h=b04147db1e3f3fb5f226837237faafbd0d4336fcc3c878f37c5b92f355fadffd&size=980x&c=331717640 crop_info=”%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252F10hzvF9FTulLxK.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fi.giphy.com%26s%3D349%26h%3Db04147db1e3f3fb5f226837237faafbd0d4336fcc3c878f37c5b92f355fadffd%26size%3D980x%26c%3D331717640%22%7D” expand=1]
We all know the story: He got bit by a radioactive spider and now he’s fast, strong, and has amazing reflexes. Spider-Man would make the perfect recruit on paper. He’s be an excellent infiltrator and reconnaissance expert.
The problem is that this kid just doesn’t know when it’s time to shut his mouth. Yes, he has the skills, but let’s remember that loose lips sink ships, Mr. Parker.[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FOW628gttmPuBG.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Fi.giphy.com&s=321&h=7952550ac8b62a358d2e4818411992fedecae36dff53198fdaecc8485d3c6749&size=980x&c=2869917768 crop_info=”%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FOW628gttmPuBG.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fi.giphy.com%26s%3D321%26h%3D7952550ac8b62a358d2e4818411992fedecae36dff53198fdaecc8485d3c6749%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2869917768%22%7D” expand=1]
He’s the God of Thunder, Son of Odin, and one of, if not, the strongest Avenger. This blonde-haired, Fabio-looking strongman is not only impenetrable to harm, but also wields a Hammer that grants him the ability to fly.
Thor would make the cut for almost any special operations team the military has to offer. However, good luck getting him to follow orders.
Being an immortal God has a way of turning one into a lone wolf. Thor would find himself in and out the military faster than you can say Mjölnir![rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FaS8ypUweGOXMA.gif&ho=https%3A%2F%2Fi.giphy.com&s=792&h=2209f18fd46345d70a5d286920513cc4b78c6167ddeea68f9d7fa174ef64c713&size=980x&c=79901841 crop_info=”%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FaS8ypUweGOXMA.gif%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fi.giphy.com%26s%3D792%26h%3D2209f18fd46345d70a5d286920513cc4b78c6167ddeea68f9d7fa174ef64c713%26size%3D980x%26c%3D79901841%22%7D” expand=1]
Last and most certainly not least, we have the man of the hour: The Incredible Hulk. As Bruce Banner, this Avenger would make the perfect troop. He’s smart, he’s cunning, he follows orders, and he’s always ready to help.
Sounds like the perfect recruit, right? Wrong. Bruce Banner is the perfect definition of someone who goes postal. Let’s see how long Bruce can be barked at by drill instructors before the mean green surfaces. He’d be great for a raid, but try finding a redhead in the Middle East to calm this beast down when he’s chocked full of rage.
Let’s just say court=martial is most definitely a part of his near future.