Marvel Confirms Weakest Avenger Isn’t Who Fans Think – NBCNEWS

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Every member of the avengers has proven their worth time and again by being an integral part of the team’s world-saving operations, the range in power levels between them means one should be considered the weakest among Earth’s mightiest heroes. In one of the Avengers’ first adventures, their weakest member was mentioned by name – which isn’t what fans would expect.

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The Avengers first came together as a team in avengers #1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, in which the heroes joined forces to fight against the evil Loki who wanted to conquer the planet. In that first issue, the team consisted of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Wasp, and the Hulk, although only a few numbers later recruited the Avengers Captain America. After Cap’s inclusion in the Avengers, the lineup remained fairly consistent with the founding members plus Captain America who made up the famed superhero team for much of the book’s original run.


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In avengers #10 by Stan Lee and Don Heck, the Avengers help Captain America with his training by attacking him all at once while quickly and skillfully dodging their attacks. Meanwhile, the treacherous team of villains known as the Masters of Evil – which at the time consisted of Zemo, Enchantress, and the Executioner – are approached by the mysterious Immortus who claims to rule the time stream. Together, the villains decide to take on the Avengers, and in their conflict Immortus throws Captain America into another time period, leaving the Avengers weakened by his absence. However, not every member of the Avengers sees Captain America’s disappearance as a detrimental loss to the team. While Iron Man, Wasp, Ant-Man and Thor discuss how concerned they are about Captain America and how they fear he will be gone forever, Ant-Man agrees:In terms of sheer physical strength, he was certainly our weakest member…”.

Marvel confirms the weakest Avenger... and it's not what fans think.

While it’s true that Steve Rogers isn’t as physically capable as some of his other fellow Avengers, it seems absurd that Captain America should be considered “weak” in every way. Captain America is a Super Soldier whose strength and speed far exceed that of an ordinary human, with an indomitable spirit to match. Even to this day, Captain America remains an icon for other superheroes within the Marvel universe, including Spider-Man and Captain Marvel, as he exemplifies what it means to be a true hero. While it may seem unreasonable to view Captain America as weak for being a character larger than life and inspiring so many others to reach their full potential, Ant-Man isn’t necessarily wrong in his statement. Ant-Man himself is incredibly strong thanks to the use of his Pym Particles. The same goes for the wasp. Hank is especially strong when he expands to the size of a building in his Giant-Man form. Likewise, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk have also proven to be physically more capable than Captain America in terms of sheer strength, meaning that of them all, Captain America is, in fact, the weakest.

Shocking at first, this review only applies to the Avengers team as it was in that particular matter. As the Avengers expanded their roster, other heroes joined the team who were easily weaker than Captain America if they only considered brute force. This includes Hawkeye and Black Widow who are basically just highly skilled people with minor improvements. However, as it looked when Ant-Man made the statement, Captain America was considered the weakest member of the avengers despite being the heart and soul of the team.

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