Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, Thor, Spider-Man… You’ve met the Masters of the Universe, you’ve sat glued to their movies, you’ve scoured the comics, you’ve learnt their back story and looked for clues as to what really motivates them. You may even have dressed like them from time to time.
Now it’s time to meet the latest superhero:
Guarantor: An Unlikely Hero
Sometimes male, sometimes female, Guarantor is a shape-shifter, a character of many faces, a respectable person of good credit who lives in the shadows, his or her superpowers untapped, until somebody close makes the call.
OK, enough of this. Let’s cut to the chase. Guarantor is not the next Avenger. It’s the name financial institutions give to people who guarantee the repayment of another person’s loan. I know… why would anyone do that, right? You take on all the risk for no financial gain. But that’s the very nature of a Guarantor: selfless, generous, trusting.
So you need a few grand to get you out of a hole. You go to the bank and they tell you your credit rating ain’t up to scratch. You can’t have the money unless you can get somebody more financially reliable to back you up. That way, if you default on the loan, your Guarantor will cough up and everything will be settled. Get it?
OK, so who’s your Guarantor going to be? Most people turn to their parents, or maybe a wealthy aunt or uncle, or a family friend who’s done rather well in the underwear business. But anyone can be a Guarantor: a friend, a work colleague, a Master of the Universe. As long as they’re over 18 (sometimes 21) and have a good credit score, they could be your saviour.
The only question is, do they trust you?
Will the real Guarantor please stand up?
So you’ve decided to aim high and asked a comic book superhero to be your guarantor. Who would you choose? Why would you choose them?
- Who’s most likely to pass the credit test?
- Who’s got the right character?
- Who’s most likely to want to help you out?
Which Superhero would make the Best Guarantor?
We picked seven of the most popular superheroes.
We spoke to the people who know them best – writers, artists and superfans. Their knowledge of superhero personalities and backstories has allowed us to score them on various guarantor criteria. But we didn’t leave it there – we let the fans get involved too.
Fans voted using social media for the superhero they thought would be the best guarantor. We used the popularity ratings to modify the judgements of the character witnesses. So which superhero won?
Superheroes as Guarantors
To jump to your favourite superhero click on their image. Each has an industry-respected character witness who explains why their superhero would be the best guarantor. Do you agree?
Iron Man was the first movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and one of the first superheroes to be recruited by Nick Fury into The Avengers. Outside of the armoured suit, he is Tony Stark, a deeply complex genius who has made a fortune from his own technology company.
Stark is trained in hand-to-hand combat but it’s his suit – designed by himself to enable him to escape and survive after he was kidnapped – that gives him his superpowers. These include super strength, the ability to fly, durability and a number of weapons, most notably the rays that shoot from the palms of his gauntlets.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Bob Layton
Bob Layton has been a comic book writer, artist, designer and editor for 45 years, over which time he has amassed over 6,400 comic books credited to his name – a creative yardstick rivalled only by the late Stan Lee. His re-imagining of the Iron Man comic in the mid-1970s moved the character from the cancellation list to one of Marvel’s most popular series to this day. The successful Iron Man movies of the past decade are largely based on Layton’s work and his classic Iron Man story ‘Demon in a Bottle’ was voted ‘one of the top 20 comic stories of all time’ by the industry’s own. If you’ve seen the Iron Man movies, then you’re familiar with Layton’s work, as the DVD extras make clear. He also has creative credits in 10 Marvel Studios films, as well as a host of other television and movie acknowledgements.
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“Tony Stark is one of the world’s wealthiest entrepreneurs. I’m sure his credit rating is off the charts!” says Layton.
Hmm, fair point. So he’s got the loot. What about the responsibility?
“I always thought of Tony Stark as a modern-day King Arthur,” says Layton. “Iron Man/Tony Stark is a representation of those Arthurian ideals, which have thrived in literature for centuries. He is the king of his own empire, he wields power judiciously, he has a Round Table of brave knights (The Avengers), punishes those who seek to destroy what he has built and defends all who are under his protection.”
OK, it’s a good analogy. But Arthur and his knights could be pretty judgemental when it came to deciding who they stood up for. What are the chances of Iron Man putting his mouth where his money is and doing someone a favour?
This is where things get complicated.
“As an inventor,” says Layton, “Stark is constantly creating new technologies that have universal applications and, eventually, benefit all of civilisation. But Tony doesn’t play the superhero role as other comic book heroes do. I believe he uses the Iron Man persona for two reasons: to protect his various business interests globally and to ground himself to the ‘real world’.”
Ground himself in the real world? Why would anyone need to do that, let alone a superhero?
“Keep in mind, as Tony Stark he lives in an ivory tower, surrounded by people who tell him what they THINK he wants to hear. He has a celebrity status equal to a movie or rock star. This guy does NOT live in the ‘real world’.”
But you’re telling us he wants to?
“In many ways, his being Iron Man is like ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. Strangely enough, as Iron Man, he becomes a hands-on guy, interacting one-on-one with people and using that identity to maintain perspective of how he (Tony Stark) is perceived by the world at large.”
So he cares what people think of him. That sounds promising.
“It’s fair to say that it’s another aspect of the obsessive/compulsive personality that led to his alcoholism in the comics. Iron man is ‘a fix’ that he needs to maintain his stability. In that story, we took that release valve away from him, which drives the character into a downward spiral.”
Ah yes, the alcoholism. That tends to make a person jittery. So how comfortable is he going to be placing in trust in someone else?
Trust in Others
“Not very comfortable at all,” says Layton. “When you’re THAT rich and powerful, most of the people around you are somewhat sycophantic. That’s why Jim Rhodes was created. Rhodey was introduced to ground Tony Stark’s fantastic exploits in some degree of reality and to give him a true confidant that he could trust. They are, in spite of their different backgrounds, brothers to the end.”
So other than Rhodey, he’s going to be reluctant to place his trust in anyone. This guy may not be our Guarantor after all.
“Not very. How could he be, given his position?”
From Bob Layton’s testimony, it’s fair to say that there are one or two flies in the ointment when it comes to Iron Man’s suitability as a Guarantor. A reluctance to trust anybody? A lack of transparency? A history of alcoholism? He’s hardly whiter than white. But he does have the financial clout and a deep-lying sense of duty. So how would you rate Iron Man overall?
Black Panther, the 18th MCU movie, smashed box office records and became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, where it scooped three awards.
T’Challa, the Black Panther, is the king of Wakanda, a hi-tech African state that’s sitting on a vast resource of precious vibranium. He is a noble and righteous leader, who is aided in his conflicts by a special suit woven with bullet-proof vibranium threads, which has retractable vibranium claws, is responsive to his touch and absorbs energy aimed at him and turns it to his use. He also has a rare herb, which gives him strength, speed, agility and stamina and enables him to communicate with his dead ancestors.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Afua Richardson
Afua Richardson has been a comic book artist for Marvel, DC and Image comics and has worked with Fox on X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the Jordan Peele thriller HBO series Lovecraft Country. She was one of the artists for the Eisner award-winning mini-series Black Panther: World of Wakanda, written by Ta Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, with artist Alitha Martinez, and their works influenced the film, according to members of the CG team. Afua is also the creator of an upcoming series Aquarius the Book of Mer, which premiered in 2020.
Read more about Afua and order items at her store at AfuaRichardson.com
“Vibranium is a valuable resource,” points out Richardson, adding, “His holdings of a country-sized rare mineral are probably through the roof. So I think his credit is pretty pristine.”
Pristine – yes, good. That’s the sort of endorsement we’re looking for. But holding folding doesn’t necessarily equate to a high level of responsibility, does it?
“The Black Panther is adaptable,” says Richardson. “He bares a lot of responsibility as king and protector, to not only maintain the kingdom but the wellness of its people too. It takes a lot of energy and time to tend to the needs of others as well as his own.”
Another good start. Loaded and responsible. But this is where Iron Man began to come unstuck. Having the attributes is one thing, being prepared to share them is another. So…
“T’Challa is the kind of leader who will think carefully about assisting someone,” says Richardson.
Funny, that seems to be a trait among leaders, doesn’t it?
“If the need is immediate and life threatening, he will act quickly. But when considering the long-term assistance of someone, he would prefer to help them learn to help themselves. It would manifest in a gift of real empowerment.”
Aha! The old ‘give a man a fish/teach a man to fish’ approach. Well, what is being a Guarantor if not helping someone to help themselves? This guy is looking the part! So any caveats over T’Challa’s altruistic tendencies?
“I believe the Black Panther is charitable, but would extend that charity within the means of his people.”
Trust in Others
Despite his wealth and status, the Black Panther doesn’t seem to suffer from the same insecurities as Iron Man when it comes to trust. According to Richardson, he takes an altogether more confident, discerning approach.
“T’challa would consider the past in dealing with matters of trust. How does one manage what little or much they have? How true are they to their word? How willing are they to learn from their mistakes?”
The Black Panther will trust you if you are worthy of trust, seems to be the bottom line. Of course, if you’re not he might just rip you to shreds with his vibranium claws. Think carefully before asking.
“I think T’Challa would voice his concerns and plans but not to the point of informing his enemies.”
That’s some testimonial Afua Richardson has given right there. We may have found our Guarantor already, but as with all these games, it’s not just the judges who decide, it’s you the audience. Here’s your chance to vote for your favourite big cat.
Peter Parker is either an everyday high school kid from New York (which kind of rules him out of being a Guarantor until he becomes an adult) or a struggling photographer for the Daily Bugle in his late 20s depending on which movie franchise you watch or comic book you read! In both cases he spends his spare time fighting crime, developing his superpowers as Spider-Man (the result of a spider bite) and as a high school kid dreaming of joining The Avengers – a dream which, of course, comes true.
His powers include superhuman strength and speed, plus the ability to adhere to walls – everything you’d expect of a spider, really. His challenge is keeping his identity hidden, which is hard when people keep posting videos of his feats to YouTube.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Brad Douglas
Brad Douglas created his website back in 1998 making it one of the oldest Spidey fan sites online. It’s been featured in Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and even in Marvel Comics themselves. In 2006 Brad started a popular podcast, which has featured interviews with a host of Spider-Celebrities, everyone from Stan Lee to the voice actor of the PS4 Spider-Man, Yuri Lowenthal. It’s fair to say Brad knows Spidey inside out.
Read more about Brad, listen to his podcast and become a Patreon at SpidermanCrawlSpace.com
“Spider-Man’s credit rating would be average to poor,” says Douglas, sensibly setting aside the age factor. “He’s always behind on his bills.”
Hmm, now that’s not a good start. Why isn’t this guy loaded like Iron Man and Black Panther?
“Peter Parker doesn’t make much money taking unethical pictures of himself as Spider-Man so he has to find alternative ways to make money. He can deliver pizzas, take a side job with Silver Sable etc, but he can never make ends meet.”
So even superheroes experience financial pressures. That’s kind of reassuring. Let’s proceed on the basis that he might come into some money some day.
“It’s the main motivation of the character,” says Douglas. “He’s driven by responsibility. It’s why he puts on the mask everyday.”
So is that responsibility for his own actions or does he feel responsible for helping others out of their difficulties?
“Spider-Man feels a responsibility to help strangers in need,” says Douglas. “It’s part of his guilt for not stopping a burglar run past him, which in turn ended up killing his Uncle Ben. Every day he tries to make up for that mistake and honour his uncle.”
No-one needs that kind of guilt but if it benefits others in the long run, then maybe it’s for the best. A man on a mission to shed his burden of guilt by doing good by others – that sounds like a shoe-in for a Guarantor. So how choosy is he about whom he helps?
Trust in Others
“I think he has been burned many times. However, if you go by the movie version, he’s willing to hand over Tony Stark’s glasses after a simple conversation at a bar.”
He got burned then too, didn’t he? You’d think a character with a name like Mysterio would ring alarm bells but not for young Spidey.
“He can be way too trusting,” says Douglas, “and it leads to drama and often 147 part comic book crossovers.”
I think we already know the answer to that one.
“He’s fairly protective of his family and identity. He wears a full mask and hides his identity so villains don’t harm his loved ones.”
So a bit of a challenge for the loan assessors.
For a kid who starts out too young to even qualify as a Guarantor, Peter Parker/Spider-Man turns out to have many of the credentials in bucketloads – just a shame we can’t say the same about his cash. In fact, he’s more likely going to be the one seeking a Guarantor. Kids eh!
Thor, son of Odin, really can claim to be a god – the god of thunder, no less. Raised in Asgard, he has the strength, stamina and endurance typical of his godly kind, and having proven his humility in the Earthly guise of medic Dr Donald Blake, Thor is granted exclusive use of the magical war hammer Mjolnir.
Thor also develops something of a love interest on Earth, but the main threat to his divine power is his adoptive brother, Loki, a perpetual thorn in his side, who seems hell-bent on sabotaging Thor’s ascent to the Asgardian throne. Nevertheless, Thor maintains the belief that Loki can be turned to the light – a reflection of Thor’s firm belief in, and defence of, the power of good.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Roger Langridge
Roger Langridge wrote a comic book called Thor: The Mighty Avenger for Marvel in 2010-2011. This was timed to coincide with the first Thor film but was very much its own thing, not tied into the rest of the Marvel continuity. It was intended to be a Thor comic for people who had never read a Thor comic before. It featured beautiful artwork by Chris Samnee and Matt Wilson, and both Chris and Roger won Harvey Awards for their work on the book. Roger is currently writing a story for Eric Powell’s GOON series, published by Albatross Funnybooks, and self-publishing his own series called Zoot!, which he writes and draws.
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“Well, he’s Asgardian royalty,” says Langridge, “so presumably he’s got that to fall back on if he gets in over his head. And he’s a medical professional (as Dr Donald Blake), so I imagine his credit is pretty good.”
Yes, smart moving by Odin, putting him into the body of a doctor.
As Langridge points out, this is a question of divided loyalties.
“Odin regards him as shirking his responsibilities by spending so much time on Earth when he should be in Asgard. But he clearly is more responsible than his brother Loki, who’s always biting off more than he can chew and trying to avoid the consequences. So it depends who you’re asking! He saves lives, both as a doctor and as a superhero, so that’s quite a lot of responsibility.”
It certainly is. Being more responsible than your brother isn’t necessarily a ringing endorsement, especially when your brother’s an impish saboteur driven by jealousy, but if the reason you’re not spending enough time at home is because you’re saving lives on Earth, that seems like a reasonable defence.
“I think he’s pretty good about it,” says Langridge, adding sardonically, “it sort of comes with the superhero territory. He’d be a terrible superhero if he resented helping people!”
Well, yes, but superheroes aren’t all as straightforward as Thor, are they? Some of them have demons and are careful about who they get involved with. Who they trust…
Trust in Others
…Not our Thor, though.
“A fundamental part of Thor’s personality is all about ideas of honour and of keeping one’s word,” points out Langridge. “I imagine that if he judges you to be someone who keeps their word then he’d be fine placing his trust in you. And he works well in a team as an Avenger too, so I can’t imagine that working if he didn’t trust his teammates.”
So he likes people to be honest with him. But he hasn’t always been who he seems to be, has he?
“At various times he’s used a secret identity, hiding the fact that Donald Blake can transform into Thor, so that’s not particularly transparent.”
“As Thor, though, he seems to be an open book emotionally – he tends not to hide his true feelings about things. The secret identity aspect tends not to be used in the comics very often these days (and I don’t think it made it to the movies at all), possibly because it seems quite unlike him to be so secretive.”
Will the real Thor please stand up? This guy seems to be a bit mixed-up. One minute he’s responding to a deep-seated sense of responsibility to save lives on Earth, the next he’s neglecting to call his mother. One minute he’s wearing his heart on his sleeve, the next he’s wearing another man’s sleeve. Still, overall he looks like a pretty safe bet. So what do you think?
The God of Mischief isn’t a particularly encouraging nick-name for a potential Guarantor and many wouldn’t consider him to be a superhero, but Loki has led a complicated life and might just have what it takes.
Abandoned for dead after his birth, he was adopted by Odin and Frigg and raised as Thor’s brother in Asgard. Not content with playing second fiddle to Thor, he plots and schemes to usurp his adoptive brother and claim the throne of Asgard for himself. This means falling in with some bad company, but ultimately he reveals that there is a streak of goodness within.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Daniel Kibblesmith
Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-nominated TV writer, humour writer and author of comic books and picture books. His writing for Marvel includes the comic book Loki: The God Who Fell To Earth, with artists Oscar Bazaldua and David Curiel, New Warriors, Black Panther Vs Deadpool and Lockjaw: Who’s a Good Boy?
Read more about Daniel at Kibblesmith.com
“Loki,” says Kibblesmith, “is one of your rich friends who still somehow never has any money when the bill comes at brunch and gives some elaborate excuse about how their roommate stole their credit cards and went to Portugal, and you pick up the tab and somehow end up feeling like the bad guy.”
We all know someone like that, right? Being tight doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t make a good Guarantor, though. In fact, it could be an advantage, if you’ve got the money and you’re prepared to take on the responsibility.
Ah. Does this guy have any redeeming features?
“My unified theory of Loki is that he’s a creature that exists solely in the moment, so when someone is mad at him for something he did 10 seconds ago, he’s genuinely confused as to why,” says Kibblesmith, cutting the old mischief-maker some slack.
“I think he’s inclined to help people out if it’s beneficial to him in some way, or some plan he’s enacting, but in our own story and others, there’s wriggle room for him to perform genuine acts of altruism or even heroism.”
Altruism. That’s the sort of trait we’re looking for. Can he just hold that thought?
“The problem is that, like his misdeeds, that feeling of accomplishment is just as fleeting as any feeling of guilt associated with doing something bad, so he never has real momentum in either direction, and behaving in his own interest is the path of least resistance.”
So you’ve got a chance, as long as you can get him to believe that there’s something in it for him.
Trust in Others
“Less than almost anybody in the Marvel Universe,” says Kibblesmith, reeling in that slack again. “If you truly believe you’re the smartest, most capable person in any room and your plans either benefit from being secret, or you benefit from others thinking that you may have a plan, and that it is a secret, then why would you trust anyone else?”
Good question. This isn’t looking good, is it?
“Additionally, everything is filtered through his own perception of what is normal, which is defined by himself. Ergo, I am intelligent, and I cannot be trusted, so no one intelligent can be trusted, and why would I trust someone who is not intelligent?”
Wow! Truly a riddle wrapped inside an enigma. And yet here comes the paradox.
“For a god of lies, I think Loki should at least be commended for being openly untrustworthy. At this point, he can hardly be blamed when people go along with it. It’s like that story about the frog escorting the scorpion across the river: the frog eats the scorpion and the scorpion says, ‘But why?’ and the frog says, ‘Because I was actually Loki in the shape of a frog, and Loki stories always have a twist ending.’”
Blimey! Who’d be a scorpion?
Well, despite the frog thing and the contradictions and twists and turns, it’s fair to say that Loki has little to recommend him as a Guarantor. An anti-Guarantor perhaps: he’d put up the security and then skip the planet, laughing as the debt collectors close in on your door. Naughty.
As the world’s most eminent (and egotistical) neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange was not short of a dollar or two. But then a car crash took away his ability to practice and he blew his fortune trying to find a cure. Instead, he discovered an aptitude for magic and reinvented himself as Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, using his powers to defend the Earth, but still struggling to suppress that ego.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Steve Englehart
Steve Englehart is a prolific comic writer, who played a major part in writing for Marvel in the 1970s. He has written most of the characters in the MCU at some point in his career but his work on the Doctor Strange series of comics is unrivalled. First developing the character in collaboration with artist Frank Brunner, he then took the story on single-handedly as Gene Colan took care of artwork. Englehart was responsible for making Doctor Strange cosmic, the Sorcerer Supreme, rather than simply a spell-caster. So what can he tell us about the mystical medic’s true character?
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“Excellent,” says Englehart without hesitation. “He was a medical doctor and learned the ways of money. He’s mystical but not oblivious to the real world.”
That said, he did blow the proceeds of his eminent medical career trying to restore his heeling hands. So a quick trawl through his bank statements might show a rather alarming tendency to peak and trough.
“The adage ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ applies to Doctor Strange as well as Spider-Man,” says Englehart. “Seeing the big picture, he knows how much is riding on his doing the right thing.”
Doing the right thing, eh? So there’s a certain amount of moral judgement going on here…
“He’s generally for it but primarily if their troubles are mystical.”
Interesting. I’m not sure how many loan applications are made on ‘mystical’ grounds. Would he not just help someone out because he liked them?
“He doesn’t socialise with most people, not because he doesn’t like people but because he’s dealing with the cosmos.”
Bigger fish to fry, eh? A bit aloof? Sounds like he could be somewhat dismissive?
Trust in Others
“There are a few magi he trusts,” says Englehart, “but as a rule he sees a much bigger picture than most people and can see pitfalls they don’t.”
So you need to be a wise man to gain his trust? That may defeat the object. Let me just check the form…
“Not very, for the reasons stated above. He’s perfectly open with those near his level, but there aren’t many of them.”
I think we’re looking for total transparency here, rather than selective transparency, so it’s not a great score.
If you’re on Doctor Strange’s level, then it looks like you’ve got a chance of persuading him to be your Guarantor. But then, if you’re on his level, you probably don’t need a Guarantor. Having said that, the ability to manipulate time and place is surely worth holding out for.
Ninety-eight-pound weakling turned WWII Super-Soldier Steve Rogers is moulded by the US Government into Captain America – a patriotic symbol of strength, pursuing a clandestine mission to combat spies, saboteurs and super villains.
After a period of suspended animation, Cap finds himself in the present day as a leading member of the Avengers, still fighting the good fight to the end.
CHARACTER WITNESS – Charles Villanueva
Charles Villanueva is editor-in-chief for the internet’s first and foremost site dedicated to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCUExchange.com, so Captain America’s tenure in modern film is something close to his heart. He never runs out of things to say about cinematic Steve Rogers’ journey through the decade. In fact, he says, “Even though I’m a Daredevil guy by trade, Cap’s definitely my favourite superhero character to make it on screen.”
Read more about Charles at MCUExchange.com
“Really good. I wouldn’t put it past him to return money he borrowed in the 1930s to the same people he owed in the present day.”
Wow! Mr Squeaky Clean. No skeletons in the closet there then. But how does he get on with people who might not have been quite as assiduous with their credit?
“I’ll put it this way,” says Villanueva. “Steve, carrying only a broken shield, marched up to Thanos and his army of thousands alone because he knew it was his responsibility to take a stand for the Universe. So I think he’s pretty committed to responsibility, no matter the odds.”
Gulp. That’s actually a pretty moving image. This sounds like the guy I need to appeal against my parking fines.
“Cap’s always been an upright dude in the comics but you gotta give credit to the MCU for truly illuminating Steve Rogers’ best trait, namely his selflessness,” says Villanueva.
“His selflessness is no more emblematic than in two key scenes in the MCU. The first is his big grenade-jump moment in the first act of Captain America: The First Avenger and the second is his line to Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War: ‘If I see a situation pointed south, I can’t ignore it.’ Those scenes pretty much sum up the lengths Steve Rogers is willing to go to help someone out.”
This guy sounds like a shoo-in. Is there nothing that holds him back in his desire to play the good guy?
Trust in Others
“Over the years,” says Villanueva, “Steve Rogers has definitely learned lessons, both painful and painless, in placing trust in others. He has witnessed seemingly trustworthy institutions implode from misplaced trust. He has seen comrades fall from failing to trust in them. So I’d say Steve is very selective with who he trusts.”
He’s been stung, eh? That could certainly change things.
“As the Sentinel of Liberty, I like to think Cap’s transparency with the truth is unparalleled. The man has built a life crusading against the ethically unjust, exposing untruths to the public.”
But Villanueva’s testimony comes with a caveat.
“There’s a righteousness to him in the comics, whether it turns you off or not, that’s so ingrained to who he is as a character. But other depictions tell a different story. Movie Captain America is human so his road to openness wasn’t as perfect as we hoped it would be. In the films, he blatantly withholds the truth about Bucky and the Starks from Iron Man. He learns the painful price of secrets, a price that eventually contributes to the death of half the Universe. So I’d say he is transparent but that wasn’t always the case.”
Well, that might just have cost him the game. ‘Once opaque, always opaque…possibly’, as the old saying goes. So we can’t bank on Cap’s transparency, despite his best intentions.
Captain America couldn’t have asked for a more favourable character witness than Charles Villanueva and he certainly got off to a flying start. But then cracks appeared. He’s human after all. Perhaps you think that’s harsh. Well, here’s your chance to rectify the situation.
Overall the winner of our contest to find the best superhero guarantor is Black Panther! He pipped Captain America to the winner’s podium by 3 points. Iron Man proved the most popular superhero pushing Black Panther into second place. Thor was a strong performer too, but was let down by coming last in the popularity stakes, would you believe it!?
Have we missed out a superhero you think should be included? Are you going to go on a Hulk-like rampage until we consider Bruce Banner? Despite being a mass murderer, would Thanos actually make a good Guarantor?
Let us know in the comments below and we will try our best to find a suitable character witness (or if you are a suitable character witness please let us know as we’d love to interview you).
The next time you’re considering a Guarantor, perhaps you could apply a similar character appraisal for the people on your shortlist and see who comes out on top. You might be surprised by what you find out!
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