Iron Man may be one of Avenger’s most important spirits, but his teammate Captain America surprisingly beat him in the Brain Department.
Warning: Spoilers for X-Men The Magneto Trial # 2!
During a visit to retrieve their fallen teammate the Scarlet Witch, the Avengers‘the first chef Captain America has a chance to showcase his tactical knowledge and prowess, when his co-leader Iron Man Almost starts a full-scale war between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the mutant group the X-Men.
Marvel Comics’ X-Men: The Magneto Trial Writer Leah Williams # 2 (X factor) and artist Lucas Werneck (Marauders) continues with a bang, as the Avengers and X-Men face off against the titular mutant from the story arc, Max Eisenhardt aka Magneto. Before the Avengers can retrieve the body of their presumably deceased team member Wanda Maximoff aka the Scarlet Witch of the mutant island of Krakoa, the Avengers and their gracious hosts the X-Men are intercepted by a thirsty Magneto of blood. Instructed by the powerful telepath Hope Summers to prevent either group from discovering Wanda, Magneto does not hesitate to oppose the heroes by any means necessary.
As Magneto unleashes his immense mutant power against several X-Men stationed in Krakoa, the hostile revolutionary orders the Avengers to leave the island. Iron Man immediately attempts to join the fight, but is quickly repelled by members of the mutant community as well as his own comrade-in-arms Captain America. While it was the Avengers’ intervention that ultimately turned the tide against Magneto, Steve Rogers is the quintessential overpowered soldier who understands the potential danger of unleashing conflict in foreign territory. As a guest in Krakoa, Captain America is more than willing to allow the X-Men to deal with Magneto’s mutant threat as they see fit. Tony reluctantly relents and gives the X-Men a ten-minute moratorium to stop Erik before the Avengers enter the fight against the Master of Magnetism. In the end, Magneto’s reign of terror proves too important to the mutants, leaving the X-Men with no choice but to give the Avengers a chance to intervene.
Neither Captain America nor Iron Man are perfect men by any means, but there’s a reason Captain America has returned to lead the Avengers for decades. Much like a host of Marvel resident super-geniuses, Stark has shown that his arrogance sometimes trumps his own sense of judgment. As a morally righteous soldier who fought the Nazi regime in WWII, Rogers not only had combat experience, but he was also well educated on the politics involved in battle. There is always the risk of starting a war that can portray the Avengers as terrorists.
It is Stark’s bossy ego that is both his greatest strength and his greatest weakness in his superhero career. Tony’s confidence led to the creation of a plethora of Iron Man armor, however, it was that same ego that put him and other heroes in immediate danger. While Iron Man can be the benefactor of all Avengers‘novelty toys and branded seat is Captain America who keeps the team vigilant in combat using their mastery of diplomacy and strategy.
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