Would You Be In The Avengers Or The Justice League?


The Justice League and the Avengers. There have never been two bigger superhero teams in the history of comics, and have become even hotter properties now that DC and Marvel have made it to the mainstream like never before with their respective movie universes. Both sides have giant rosters of comic book royalty. The Justice League has the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, and Green Arrow (okay, that last one’s a bit of a drop-off); the Avengers have Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Hawkeye (again, drop-off).

Of course, we all have our preferences. Characters we’d prefer to be, universes we’d prefer to live in. The DCU usually has more grit, Marvel usually has more humor (though the comics seem to have swapped tones recently). Do you think you’d work as a member of the Avengers because they’re your preferred read, or would you surprised to find out you’d more likely be folding Superman’s undies? Or do you think you’d be taking orders from Batman only to be taking calls for Tony Stark? Well, this new quiz will help you answer that question: Would You Be in the Avengers Or The Justice League?

Question 1

Do you prefer brunettes or red heads?

Marvel and DC do have characters with other hair colors, but the two that pop up the most seem to be brunette and red, with many prominent members of both the Justice League and Avengers having either hair color. Of course, you see where we’re going with this. One company seems to use one color with more prominence than the other. Think about your favorite characters and what color hair they have. It’ll help us figure out what team you’d get along on.

Question 2

Do you work well with others?

This is more of a personality tester. Working as part of a team required, you know, teamwork. While both teams work well together, they also have a propensity for in-fighting (some characters more than others, but that’s their problem, not yours). However, you will have to deal with these people in the course of saving the world. Co-worker relations will be strange; both teams have robots with varying emotional capabilities, mythical gods and billionaires with personality disorders. If nothing else, every day will be a new adventure in patience-testing.

Question 3

Do you like capes?

If you’ve seen The Incredibles, you know that capes can be a real drawback, but if you’ve seen Superman in front of the American flag, you know they can be damn majestic too. Do you like what a cape can add to your mystique or would you prefer something more sleek and modern? Enzo, the proprietor of Specialty Tailoring in Little Italy is great at making attires for protagonists and antagonists alike. (And extra points for you if you got that reference.)

Question 4

Who would win in a fight?

Wonder Woman and Thor

Now, here’s a matchup. The respective gods of their teams. Thor can fly, has super strength, a hammer with an unpronounceable name, is the god of thunder and can wield lightning. Wonder Woman is the demi-god daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, the leader of the Amazons. Like Thor, she’s been trained in combat since childhood, has super strength and can fly. She’s the god of war, an emissary of peace, and can use her bracelets to deflect bullets and conjure weapons to use. Place your bets.

Question 5

What was worse?

Superboy Prime Infinite Crisis and Spider-Man One More Day

When you have nearly a century’s worth of comic book history, you’re going to have some dud stories along the way. Often, being a fan is less about celebrating classic, it’s about withstanding the impressively awful work that is sometimes produced. Yes, comic book fandom is something akin to literary Stockholm Syndrome. In these examples of the worst-of-the-worst, you have Superboy Prime punching reality so hard that it breaks, causing massive retcons because DC can’t keep its continuity straight and the time Spider-Man sold his marriage to Mephisto to keep his already elderly aunt alive because Marvel couldn’t stand character growth. Pick your poison.

Question 6

Where do you think Jack Kirby did his best work?

Jack Kirby

Jack “The King” Kirby rarely received the credit he deserved. The work he put in creating or co-creating characters like The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Captain America, Black Panther, Thor and the Hulk, put Marvel on the map. When the company didn’t honor their word, he went across the street to DC Comics where he created the Fourth World Saga, OMAC, Etrigan the Demon, Kamandi and Kobra. Able to work on street-level characters as easily as he could work with high-concept fantasy or science fiction, along with a unique imagination, Jack Kirby’s title of “The King” is well earned.

Question 7

What villain would you prefer to face?

Doctor Doom and Lex Luthor

An odd, question, yes. It boils down to which megalomaniac you like best. Both are the smartest men in their universes and share the same intellectual vanity and egocentric weaknesses that often bring about their undoing. Both are incredibly wealthy and specifically hate the superpowered men they were once best friends with (though, in Lex’s case he doesn’t actually know Superman is Clark Kent). In less dire incidents, Lex once grew his hair into a long red ponytail and Doctor Doom once stole Namor’s sea-horn out of spite.

Question 8

Who loses this fight (besides the audience)?

Hawkeye and Green Arrow

For some reason, both the Avengers and the Justice League find it necessary to add a token archer to their ranks, because when there’s an extinction-level threat of the planet-eating Galactus or Multiverse destroying Anti-Monitor is a guy who shoots trick arrows. Yeah. Really helping the cause there, guys. Of course, maybe we’re wrong. Maybe the archers do serve a purpose. Maybe all these years, the JLA and the Avengers have been bringing these archers on as cannon fodder to distract the bad guys and keep a secret betting pool on how long one of them will survive.

Question 9

Which character would you date?

Justice League Avengers

There are upsides and downsides of dating a co-worker. Upside is convenience; you both truly understand the pressures of work; downside, everybody knows your business. Upside, you don’t need to worry about secret identities; downside, one of you is undoubtedly going to kill the other while under mind control. That said, there’s a good chance you or them will be resurrected within six months, and you can’t throw a rock in the Hall of Justice or the Avengers Tower without hitting a multi-millionaire, so, hey, go for it.

Question 10

What is your preferred vehicle?

Quinjet and Javelin Avengers and Justice League

Another great fringe benefit of being on a team with at least one millionaire is that you get to tool around in really cool jets. Admittedly, this one comes down to taste more than anything. God knows, they both have had their designs updated every few seconds. Both the Quinjet (left) and the Javelin (right) are sleek and capable ships that are incredibly fast, durable, maneuverable and have advanced offensive and defensive countermeasures. What’s your preference: something more military-styled or something more futuristic-looking?

Question 11

Which villain scares you more?

Thanos and Darkseid Avengers Justice League

The two biggest villains of their respective teams and companies, Darkseid and Thanos are incredibly similar (Marvel created Thanos after seeing how well Darkseid was received during Kirby’s New Gods Saga). Thanos is obsessed with death and desires to collect the infinity gems so he could become omnipotent and wipe out all life to show his devotion to the Death Mistress. Darkseid desires to stop all chaos in the universe. He searches for the Anti-Life Equation which will destroy all free thought and make all life an extension of his will. Peach of a pair, these two.

Question 12

Where would you prefer your base be located?

Every superhero needs a base. Every superhero team needs a really cool base. At this point, every kind of base has been adopted by a hero at one point or another. Derelict train stations, caves, labs, space stations, moons, skyscrapers, underground facilities; there might even be a zoo or two in there. The real question is: do you want a view or not? It also comes to how you want to be perceived by criminals and the normal people of the world. Do you want your base to be public so people can know you’re there or something hidden away so no one knows where you are?

Question 13

Do you want a sidekick?

Sidekicks are a strange thing in comics. They’re, in some places, an inescapable eventuality, but non-existent in others. There’s also liability to think about. Child endangerment, the potential getting them killed, the possibility of betrayal. It also doesn’t help if the sidekick is too young. All those teenage hormones make you half-crazy and half-dumb the rest of the time. However, the plus side could be huge too. You get a way of continuing the mission, a chance at improving somebody’s life. The sidekick can keep you honest, keep you from getting too crazy; the parent-like responsibility keeps you grounded. Also, they count as a tax deduction.

Question 14

Do you prefer reading fiction or non-fiction?

There’s a certain amount of truth in fiction and a certain amount of fiction in the truth. Comics are the same way. There’s some unreality and reality to even the craziest or most grounded stories. You have a preference between how much escapism you want in your entertainment. DC and Marvel started in two different eras of comics—one more readily accessible to readers living in the real world, and the other for people looking to escape it if only for a few minutes.

Question 15

Do you enjoy history?

DC and Marvel are both old companies (especially when you factor in the original parent companies and name changes each went through). While it took time to establish a universe with a uniformed history, both have an extensive past. Much of reading comics is knowing what happened before in continuity (even if that continuity has been changed time and again); references can be made, old plot points and characters from decades ago could become fresh again with a new angle.

Question 16

Which is the worst piece of dialogue?

Batman Joker Boner

Superhero comics—hell, comics in general—sometimes have the absolute worst dialogue. The stories are high-concept in nature and can be ridiculous, which is usually part of the fun. But then there are times where the dialogue kicks you right out of your suspension of disbelief. James Robinson’s dialogue is stilted to the point where you wonder if he’s ever heard people interact, Brian Michael Bendis’ is overwritten bubblegum. And then there are others that are just…well, look at the options you have here. No one is escaping with their dignity here.

Question 17

What would be the worst thing to happen to you?

Superman mullet

When you have characters that are older than your grandparents, it becomes necessary to shake things up and make them feel new, fresh and exciting. Unfortunately, the 90s happened. Everything got “extreme.” Looks were changed—pouches, armor, muscles and guns became engorged. Mainstay characters were killed off or replaced. Sometimes it was ironic, usually it wasn’t. Spider-Man’s clone saga happened, introducing so many complicated twists and stretched its story out so long, fans left the webhead altogether. Superman and Nightwing grew mullets. God never forgave us for these actions.

Question 18

Do you prefer the east or west coast?

West coast is generally more relaxed. You have the film industry, relaxed marijuana laws, beach bodies and perpetually beautiful weather. East coast, you have the center of the economy. The best pizza, a more interesting culture. You have all four seasons instead of just the one, and there’s slightly less traffic (your mileage may vary). Granted, both the Avengers and the Justice League are not only national, but global, but this is important all the same. So, what will it be? Warm weather and high taxes or cooler weather and high taxes?

Question 19

What weakness would you rather have?

Beth drunk with Summer from Rick and Morty

West coast is generally more relaxed. You have the film industry, relaxed marijuana laws, beach bodies and perpetually beautiful weather. East coast, you have the center of the economy. The best pizza, a more interesting culture. You have all four seasons instead of just the one, and there’s slightly less traffic (your mileage may vary). Granted, both the Avengers and the Justice League are not only national, but global, but this is important all the same. So, what will it be? Warm weather and high taxes or cooler weather and high taxes?

Question 20

Would people describe you as egotistical?

Okay, let’s be honest. Even the humblest of superheroes are still almost entirely ego-driven. They’d have to be to go outside in those ridiculous costumes. They all look like strippers with a serial killer fetish. Then there’s the actual heroics of it all. You have to have a strong sense of self-esteem to think you can do a better job as a vigilante that everyday people are at keeping us safe. An even bigger one if you actually do it well.

Question 21

Do you prefer heroes or villains?

Sure, you’re taking a test to see which superhero team you’d be on, but let’s not discount the villain factor. Both teams have a large pool of antagonists who are sometimes better developed and more consistent than the heroes they constantly obsess over. They usually look much cooler and get to do much cooler things. Some of them you can’t help but sympathize with. If you had to think of your favorite characters, would you think of more heroes or villains?

Question 22

What was the better story?

You have two classics to choose from. Avengers: Under Siege is the culmination of several subplots coming to the forefront in an explosion of full-on villain supremacy, that saw the Avengers brought low, captured, tortured and defeated. The day was saved (even if the Avengers mansion wasn’t) thanks to a character-defining effort from Wasp. Then there’s JLA: Rock of Ages. Grant Morrison splits the Justice League up, forcing them into different time frames and dimensions, going up against Darkseid, ancient gods and a new Injustice League, all while Lex Luthor reshapes reality thanks to the Philosopher’s Stone.

Question 23

What was the worst story?

Civil War II

You had to have seen this coming. In Cry for Justice, you have out-of-character Justice League members literally crying out for justice, whining and torturing people. There’s a germ of a good idea in there, about superheroes becoming militant, but it falls apart thanks to truly mindbogglingly bad writing. Civil War II is almost identical. It also features out-of-character moments, unnecessary deaths, and only the most tenuous membrane of a story that is stretched out longer than Mr. Fantastic’s arm. When someone asks you to pick your poison, this is what they mean.

Question 24

Who is the better leader?

Superman and Captain America

Both characters stand for American values. Captain America as the native who stands up for freedom; Superman as the immigrant who faced mistrust only to become beloved and a symbol of freedom. They’re the respective leaders of their teams and have earned the respect of other heroes, villains and fans. They’ve also made some mistakes. For Captain America, there was the split in the team that created the first Civil War or when he turned evil and joined Hydra. For Superman, it was similarly when he turned evil—during Injustice: Gods Among Us—when he became an autocratic ruler.

Question 25

Which team is more organized?

Avengers vs Justice League

The East Coast Avengers and the West Coast Avengers all stay in the same proximity as each other. The Justice League is spread out across the world. While Captain America is technically the leader, Tony Stark’s money makes the team possible (and they clash over it often). The government has also tried to keep the Avengers from becoming too powerful, as it has the Justice League. The JLA has a defined hierarchy, with Superman as the leader, but he is often undermined by Batman’s difficulty in being part of a team. There’s a case to be made for either’s function or dysfunction. Who do you choose?

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