Ranking the MCU’s Remaining Avengers by Leadership Potential: Who Should Replace Captain America and Tony Stark?

With Tony Stark and Steve Rogers no longer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe landscape, the existing Avengers will require new leadership. Who will step up to the plate — bringing the foresight, self-sacrifice mentality, and assembly skills needed — to unite the MCU’s motley crew of saviors? 

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When analyzing those remaining in the MCU, a few heroes seem most up to the challenge — and most deserving of the responsibility. While some may be capable of taking on such a role, others have a little bit of seniority. This list will take into account two factors — leadership potential and practice (the latter will revolve largely around time in the franchise and commitment to the cause). So, let’s dive in!

4. Captain Marvel 

Captain Marvel has the strength and the hero mentality needed to lead, yet she is newer to the franchise, and she may not immediately demand the same level of respect some of the other characters will — as a result of her newbie status. Thus, while Captain Marvel deserves a place on this list, she is not in the top three, as other characters have proved themselves as leaders to a greater extent. While Danvers helped save the day in the Infinity Saga, she largely works as a solo act, tending to multiple planets in need of assistance.

3. Doctor Strange 

Doctor Strange is a bit arrogant, yet such a quality isn’t out of the ordinary for someone who can see millions of multiple futures and boasts unbridled omniscience. Strange’s powers could make him an effortless leader, as planning the perfect attack strategy would come as a breeze. Not to mention, he already seems to be on a similar character arc to Stark — from egotist to savior. And, if the MCU wants a leader who will grow as a result of his leadership responsibility, Strange is a good pick.

Not to mention, rumor has it that Strange will come to lead The Illuminati — consisting of Professor X and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). So, he may be walking his way into a leadership position soon enough. 

2. Black Panther 

Black Panther is the King of Wakanda and leads an army larger than any Avenger has been responsible for in the franchise. Need we say more? He boasts the political knowledge, the military understanding, and a leadership mentality (rooted in sacrifice and bravery) required to excel as the Avengers’ leader. He would immediately command respect, as he was at the frontlines of the Infinity War battle, and brought the conflict to his homeland; he is committed to the cause and deserving of the responsibility — a responsibility he would not take lightly. 

1. Hulk 

The Hulk deserves to lead the Avengers as a wise, sagacious Jade Giant. He has finally come into his own, and he is one of the only OG Avengers left in the saga. He could show the youngsters what it means to fight together, what it means to sacrifice and to accept differences yet remain united as one. He has been through it all. He has seen it all, and he has transformed into a man who conquered his own inner demons and is capable of showing others the way.

The Hulk was stripped of some dignity and some glory throughout the saga — often used as a punching bag to prove a villain’s might — and turning him into a leader would make up for such a narrative trajectory. He is obviously the most deserving of the bunch, and one of the most capable — given his years of experience as an Avenger on the MCU’s frontlines.