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The ladies and gents of a noble nature who shined brightest from 2000 to 2009

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Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas.

In a decade that has seen the Avengers Disassembled, Civil War break out, a Secret Invasion thwarted, and a Dark Reign fall and much more, the Marvel Universe's stalwart heroes have stood strong, doing whatever it takes to see that justice ultimately prevails.

This week, the Secret Cabal pays tribute to Marvel's greatest heroes from 2000 to 2009.

For each character you get the quick rundown as well as a special spotlight comic courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!

 

 
10. DEADPOOL
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98 (1990)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Helped to save New York City from an invasion of symbiotic-possessed Savage Land creatures; Provided Nick Fury with key information to help thwart the Skrull invasion; Defeated Bullseye and forced him to pay him in order to stay away from Norman Osborn
Why He Makes the List: Yeah, we're a bit confused as to how Wade Wilson weaseled his way onto this list too, but the fact is, the guy has spent the better part of the past 10 years trying to do the right thing and discover the hero within...when he's not bumping off targets for cash. Deadpool formed a friendship with Cable that inspired him to try harder at doing the right thing, though his attempts often went more than awry. Still, 'Pool did help stop the Skrull invasion and has been a constant thorn in Norman Osborn's side, so give him credit for that.
Spotlight Comic: CABLE & DEADPOOL #45-The Merc With a Mouth heads back in time for a team-up with Captain America!

 
9. LUKE CAGE
First Appearance: HERO FOR HIRE #1 (1972)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Joins the Avengers; Marries Jessica Jones shortly after gives birth to their daughter; Assumes unofficial leadership of the Avengers for a period following Civil War
Why He Makes the List: At the dawn of this decade, nobody thought too long about Luke Cage, the former Power Man who had distinguished himself as a self-proclaimed "Hero for Hire," doing good at a price. Luke's life changed when he met Jessica Jones, the damaged super-powered private investigator who won his heart, as both made each other better people. Cage's inner nobility showed through as he earned a place among Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, even leading the team for a period, and the respect of all those around him.
Spotlight Comic: NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1-The marriage of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones!

 
8. WOLVERINE
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #180 (1974)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Joins the Avengers; Regains his full memories following the House of M event; Founds and leads the new covert X-Force strike team at Cyclops' behest
Why He Makes the List: Wolverine struggled through a pivotal and painful decade that saw the revelation of his true origins as well as the discovery of an unknown son who wanted to kill him, but through all the hardships, Logan carried on, maintaining more than a full-time schedule. Working alongside both the X-Men and Avengers as well as leading the new X-Force, Wolverine went wherever the action was and did his best to balance the scales of a long and bloody past. As always, what he did wasn't always nice, but the ol' Canucklehead still does it best.
Spotlight Comic: WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY #1-Logan returns to San Francisco's Chinatown to settle a decades-old debt!

 
7. NOVA
First Appearance: NOVA #1 (1976)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Defeats Annihilus, nearly single-handedly halting his Annihilation Wave; Fights off a Phalanx infection and manages to recruit Warlock in the battle against Ultron; Re-forms the Nova Corps
Why He Makes the List: As he put it when visiting Earth post-Civil War and confronting Iron Man, while most of our heroes were fighting amongst themselves, Nova was busy saving the universe. Prior to the events of Annihilation, Richard Rider was a young man still looking to find his place in the universe, but after surviving the destruction of the Nova Corps, leading a war against Annihilus and ultimately defeating the Negative Zone tyrant one-on-one, the Human Rocket found himself more powerful than ever, but with even more to prove.
Spotlight Comic: NOVA #1 (2007)-In the wake of the Annihilation War, Nova faces his new reality as the galaxy's number one lawman!

 
6. SPIDER-MAN
First Appearance: AMAZING FANTASY #15 (1962)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Fends off the threat of Morlun and temporarily gains new abilities; Joins the Avengers; Publicizes evidence helping to taint the image of long-time enemy Norman Osborn
Why He Makes the List: Spider-Man has never had it easy, and this decade proved no exception, as Peter Parker found himself caught in the center of a Civil War, sacrificed the memory of his marriage to save a loved one, and saw his most hated foe, Norman Osborn, rise to power. However, on the bright side, Spidey also joined the Avengers, learned more about his origin and powers than ever before, and walked his beloved Aunt May down the aisle. Moving forward, Spider-Man has already begun to plant the seeds he hopes will bring Osborn down, and through peaks and valleys alike will continue using his great power to answer his greater responsibility.
Spotlight Comic: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500-Spidey must battle through an approximation of his greatest foes to help Doctor Strange save Earth!

 
5. MS. MARVEL
First Appearance: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #13 (1967)
Learn More About Her...here
Decade Highlights: Emerges from the House of M reality with a new sense of dedication to being "the best of the best"; Named leader of the Mighty Avengers; Founds Operation: Lightning Storm, dedicated to stopping super villains before they become global threats
Why She Makes the List: It may have taken a side-trip to an alternate reality where she became Earth's greatest hero, but Carol Danvers chose to make herself all she could be this decade as Ms. Marvel, as an Avenger and as a hero. Not waiting for the good fight to come to her, Ms. Marvel proactively sought out threats and worked overtime proving she deserved to be counted among the Marvel Universe's most respected champions. Even mired in the murk of Norman Osborn's Dark Reign and ostensibly replaced by the villainous Moonstone, Carol struck back and refused to relinquish her hard-fought mantel without a fight.
Spotlight Comic: MIGHTY AVENGERS #1-Ms. Marvel leads her new Avengers team into their first mission!

 
4. CYCLOPS
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (1963)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Following the death of Jean Grey, becomes co-headmaster of the Xavier Institute; Organizes the move of the X-Men to San Francisco; Outwits Norman Osborn and sets up the island of Utopia as a haven for mutants
Why He Makes the List: For years, Scott Summers served as the most devoted student and follower of Charles Xavier's dream, but this decade Cyclops became undoubtedly his own man and a dreamer in his own right. Gathering himself following the death of his wife, Jean Grey, Summers steeled himself with new love Emma Frost and steered through revelations that Professor X had kept harsh secrets from his X-Men by holding the team together and ultimately relocating them to San Francisco. Now the de factor spokesperson not only for the X-Men but the mutant race, Cyclops has secured the accepting home for his people even Xavier never could.
Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN #498-Cyclops plunges into a psychedelic San Francisco in the hopes of saving the city and his X-Men teammates!

 
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA (Bucky Barnes)
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (1941)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: With the help of Steve Rogers, shakes off his mental conditioning as the Winter Soldier; With Rogers presumed dead, becomes the new Captain America; Helps to fend off the Skrull invasion and joins the Avengers
Why He Makes the List: Arguably no greater legacy exists in the Marvel Universe than that of Captain America, a proud role embodied with perfection for years by Steve Rogers. However, when Rogers fell following Civil War, the shield needed to be picked up, and the onus fell on his one-time sidekick, Bucky Barnes. Only months removed from a decades-long hell as the mind-controlled Soviet assassin the Winter Soldier, Bucky nonetheless rose to the challenge and has done his best to make Steve proud. While his methods may not be the most traditional, Bucky Barnes has done the seeming impossible and shown that more than one man can lay claim to being Captain America.
Spotlight Comic: CAPTAIN AMERICA #35 (2008)-Bucky Barnes undertakes his first mission as the new Captain America!

 
2. CAPTAIN AMERICA (Steve Rogers)
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (1941)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Following the disbanding of the Avengers, rallies a new team; Restores the Winter Soldier's memories as Bucky; After being presumed dead, escapes being stranded in the timestream by the Red Skull
Why He Makes the List: Steve Rogers' ideals were tested perhaps like never before this decade, and ultimately he stood by them with his very life. Despite best friend Iron Man and many others standing up for Super Human Registration, Captain America refused to fall in line, feeling the act violated civil liberties, and organized an underground movement against his former allies. However, proving himself a true man of the people, Rogers gave up his end of the Civil War and surrendered despite still believing himself in the right when the common man spoke out in favor of Registration. Tragically, it seemed Rogers was struck down by an assassin's bullet following his capitulation, but he recently escaped what turned out to be a trap by archenemy the Red Skull and one of the Marvel Universe's greatest heroes has returned to action.
Spotlight Comic: CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 (2005)-Steve Rogers relives a decades-old mission with the Invaders in hopes of unlocking mysteries in the present!

 
1. IRON MAN
First Appearance: TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (1963)
Learn More About Him...here
Decade Highlights: Appointed United States Secretary of Defense; "Wins" Civil War, institutes Super Hero Registration, establishes the 50 State Initiative and becomes Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.; Founds the Mighty Avengers
Why He Makes the List: The truest of heroes are the ones who sacrifice at all cost for the greater good, and that's what Tony Stark at least believed in his heart he did this decade. Despite his actions turning many of his longtime friends and colleagues against him, Iron Man chose to enforce the divisive Super Human Registration Act at the behest of public opinion and took on massive responsibilities as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. When Dark Reign fell upon the Marvel Universe and Norman Osborn tore S.H.I.E.L.D. apart, Tony chose to sacrifices his own amazing mind rather than give up the information on other heroes' civilian identities entrusted to him. Though he may end the day alone, deprived even of his own genius, Iron Man can rest knowing he did all he could to protect the innocent.
Spotlight Comic: IRON MAN #4 (2005)-Tony Stark unlocks the secrets of Extremis!

 

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Nova1
Nova1

[quote@thause77 Nova rules!Recognize!word.I guess thats all I had to say, sorry.I am going to stop typing now.go nova.later[/quote] Look at that..Nova made the list!!!!!!!!!

gasimakos1
gasimakos1

Nick Fury should be on the list without question. If he hadn't been there to train the secret warriors and organize the rest of the avengers after the skrulls attacked new york, the skrulls probably would have won overall in secret invasion. Stark and richards were totally incapacitated. Fury was the only one who held it together and kept everyone on the same page. Also, if Fury hadn't started the secret war and gone underground, no one probably would have discovered the skrull infiltration of shield, and the subsequent control of shield by Hydra. He's basically the man with the plan.

Myrryr
Myrryr

I seem to remember Tony originally going against the proposed SHRA. Right until Mr. Fantastic convinced him otherwise with his math. If only he could've stopped listening to the math, and listened to the feeling behind Cap, pretty much the entire decade would've been different. While I completely agree that Tony's stubborness and willingness to sacrifice for what he believes in is truly commendable and demands respect, his unwillingness to listen and back down because of his ego is truly damaging to his character. (Not story character, but personable character) Cap, beyond a shadow of a doubt in my mind, should be the number 1 hero of the decade because, more than any other fictional character, he relates to real life. The entire Civil War story arc was based on and designed to show the real debate of the Partiot Act in America after the aftermath of the Twin Towers. The debate between protection and personal freedom, privacy and independence. Caps side is the one of freedom, privacy and independence, and Iron Man's is the one of protection and safety. This is a debate of opinion and will always be such, and as such must always be a balance. Cap was advocating that balance, and Iron Man was advocating to much of his side. I made a post in the MUA board that I'll quote because I'm lazy and don't feel like typing it all over again:[quote] One of the most prominent reasons is simply because having powers forces you to be a government employee, and worse under a militaristic rule, that is to say, if you disagree with your boss, you get courtmartialed. You have no choice in this matter. To me, that instantly equates slavery. Correlating this to gun ownership is flawed. A gun can be taken away, a genetic mutation, or changes in physiology cannot. You can't simply decide to not use your abilities under the SHRA, you are FORCED to work for the government, regardless if you wanted to just live your life normally or not. Second, this country was truly founded on personal freedom, no personal safety. If it was founded on safety we would never have gone to war for our freedom, because war obviously isn't safe. Third, the explosion was not caused by a hero, it was caused by Nitro. No matter how it's twisted and turned, those people were killed by Nitro. Not Speedball, not Namorita, not the other new warriors, they were killed by Nitro. Don't place the blame on anyone but him. The SHRA is the philosophically the same as forcing all african-americans to be cops because african-americans are genetically inclined to be faster, stronger and more physically capable. Regardless of whether they choose to be cops or not, they would be forced to simply because they're better at it? Also, to say that the heroes families are safe because only the government and military know their identities is extremely false. The government is RIDDLED with holes in terms of information security. What's to stop a disgruntled S.H.I.E.L.D. or S.W.O.R.D. or FBI or CIA agent or even a simple cop from figuring out that Thing's girl is a blind chick named Alicia Masters who lives in NYC and stopping by to put a bullet in her? Not much, because there are any number of supervillians that can easily buy or hack that information if it was spread into the governments infrastructure. When you add in the wonderful cake of imprisoning heroes without trial in a place that's not even in this dimension, something that is incredibly unconstitutional, it's beyond glaringly obvious how wrong the registration act is to me.[/quote] This is my reasoning against the SHRA that Tony so fervently enforced. I agree that he should be on this list, but Cap IS number 1. His prominence is showing why America fought for it's own indepence, and how that act is in direct opposition to it. And he did not give up until he saw that it was simply costing to much. To me, giving up one of your strongest ideals only because you saw it leading to less loss of life than standing up for them is both incredibly noble and sad. Yet, stooping to the means that Tony did to enforce his beliefs regardless of the loss of life or morality is using the statement, the ends justify the means, and when your means completely destroy the ends, then it's wrong.I do agree with most of the rest of the list though I would put Cable on it somewhere, what with the whole trying to save the world from itself thing. Probably above Wolvie and right below Deadpool.

BruceBanner629
BruceBanner629 member

[quote@JerryLee And now seriously, we are going to give the real list:1. Thor2. Captain America (Steve Rogers)3. Iron Man4. Captain America (Bucky)5. Dare Devil6. Ciclope7. The Thing8. Spiderman9. Wolverine10.Hulk (Malver also can be wrong) :twisted:[/quote] I agree with this, except cyclops. I would put Punisher in his place

JerryLee
JerryLee

And now seriously, we are going to give the real list:1. Thor2. Captain America (Steve Rogers)3. Iron Man4. Captain America (Bucky)5. Dare Devil6. Ciclope7. The Thing8. Spiderman9. Wolverine10.Hulk (Malver also can be wrong) :twisted:

KingHulku
KingHulku

[quote@BruceBanner629 [quote@avengers500 I think that everyone who is talking about Iron man should shut up, because he has made more sacrifice than anyone else this decade. He's lost his company, his most advance armor, his seat at the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. , his best friends, and even his mind. Something tells me the people making these comments have read recent issues of Iron Man after what he did in the Civil War.[/quote] Bwahaha..."more sacrifice than anyone".Anyone?Really?Cap gave his lifeMoon Knight, everythingHulk...his planet...his crown.,,his friends.....His WIFEThor, his throne, his Kingdom, his respect (Asgardian view)Spidey(even though the whole Mephisto thing)...gave his identity...his dignity...his love.Sure Tony did lose a lot, but not near as much.[/quote] And the choir says, AMEN!

BruceBanner629
BruceBanner629 member

[quote@avengers500 I think that everyone who is talking about Iron man should shut up, because he has made more sacrifice than anyone else this decade. He's lost his company, his most advance armor, his seat at the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. , his best friends, and even his mind. Something tells me the people making these comments have read recent issues of Iron Man after what he did in the Civil War.[/quote] Bwahaha..."more sacrifice than anyone".Anyone?Really?Cap gave his lifeMoon Knight, everythingHulk...his planet...his crown.,,his friends.....His WIFEThor, his throne, his Kingdom, his respect (Asgardian view)Spidey(even though the whole Mephisto thing)...gave his identity...his dignity...his love.Sure Tony did lose a lot, but not near as much.

PUN1012
PUN1012

By no means am I getting angry my friend.We're just 2 people who grow up reading and caring about 2 heroes and we will defend them till the end.I really enjoy conversations like this.If I knew it was this fun I would have got on messages boards along time ago.Also a happy belated New Year to all the comic readers out there!

KingHulku
KingHulku

[quote@radicallypoetic83 Yes Anyone that does'nt agree with you is a sheep.Sorry i must bow to you genius.Did'nt the hulk kill 26 innocent people while he was destroying las vegas in the New Avengers Illuminati one-shot and that's where Tony started with the idea to get rid of the hulk.And did'nt Bruce Banner himself say to Doctor Strange that if killing himself would get rid of the hulk that he would have killed himself along time ago.Also did'nt bruce actually get rid of the hulk,but went thru another test to get him back when he saw Doc Samson with his girlfriend!No wonder Iron Man is a hero if your opinion of a hero is the hulk.Again I can see that anyone that does'nt see the way you see things is a sheep.Well in that case I hope there alot of sheep out there.[/quote] Hang on now, in my rants I never said you had to listen to what I say or you will be a sheep. stark was put incharge of a government program and the public was told it was good and should be followed, so they did. Thats what i mean by sheep. Didn't turn out good, did it? so its not good to be a sheep. You do have a skewed view of the Hulk and what people have said about him. The whole vegas thing was taken the wrong way. check out FF, hulk was sent in to defuse a gamma bomb that was in vegas. He didn't get there quick enough and it blew up in his face, literally. So that sent him on a huuuuge roid rage trip. He didn't know what was going on. If Stark was exposed to too many nanites he could easily do the same. I mean isn't that what the whole game of Ultimate Alliance 2 was about. Hulk is not a murderer, if he was, there wouldn't be many marvel characters left alive. How many innocents have died because of stark? He is not innocent. Or were forced to give up their lives, for example, being thrown in solitary confinement in the Negative Zone for not doing anything that harmed anyone. Infact most were helping people. Do I need to mention the name Goliath? Secondly Banner says things like he would kill himself cause he is known for being very insecure and didn't know how to handle or control the hulk. The Hulk is around cause of Banner's personality attributes. Third, it is a known fact that Hulk and Banner can not survive seperated, hence them having to join back together. Don't forget that. PS I hope you aren't getting upset with what i am writing either. I love this stuff too. However, i am still Anti Reg, ha.

Medalionsoldier
Medalionsoldier

Hell yes, Tony Stark. Captain America will always have his image and the respect of those around him, whatever he decides. Tony Stark quite literally gave up everything. Not just talking about the recent ark, I'm talking Civil War as well. he makes hard decisions for the greater good, loses friends, his business, and the respect that's impossible for cap to lose, and that's what makes him such a fantastic hero. Because he quite literally gives up everything for the greater good.

PUN1012
PUN1012

Also I hope no one is getting upset.I'm new to message boards and have seen people go crazy about this stuff.I just love that we grew up reading and enjoying this characters so much that we get amped up when we talk about them.COMICS ARE AWESOME!

PUN1012
PUN1012

Yes Anyone that does'nt agree with you is a sheep.Sorry i must bow to you genius.Did'nt the hulk kill 26 innocent people while he was destroying las vegas in the New Avengers Illuminati one-shot and that's where Tony started with the idea to get rid of the hulk.And did'nt Bruce Banner himself say to Doctor Strange that if killing himself would get rid of the hulk that he would have killed himself along time ago.Also did'nt bruce actually get rid of the hulk,but went thru another test to get him back when he saw Doc Samson with his girlfriend!No wonder Iron Man is a hero if your opinion of a hero is the hulk.Again I can see that anyone that does'nt see the way you see things is a sheep.Well in that case I hope there alot of sheep out there.

KingHulku
KingHulku

[quote@radicallypoetic83 Also Tony had a plan for hulk,it was called project achilles and if hydra would not have stolen the nanites world war hulk would have been a one-shot.[/quote] PS I also have a problem with your nanites versus King Hulk. Did you ever hear of the original draft of WWH? Hulk slaughters all of the heroes much faster than the final idea. Lets not forget Hulk is powered by the greatest energy in the known universe. look up Gamma Ray Burst sometime. Bring on your nanites. and don't tell me look what it did to She Hulk, Jennifer doesn't compare to the real deal.

KingHulku
KingHulku

[quote@radicallypoetic83 I always hear people crying about what Iron man did doing civil war and that cap was the better man.Does anyone remember that at the end of civil war is was regular people that tackled cap because they were behind what Tony was trying to do?Also they always talk about the underhanded things Tony did to win Civil war?Whay about cap going to moon knight and telling him not to get involved because he does'nt side with killer but then turns around and gets the punisher to help him fight.Then it's Tony used bad guys to fight during civil war.What about cap getting involved with the Wilson Fisk of all people to set tony up.And about tony just losing his armor and his company.Spoken like someone that does'nt read Iron Man.What about Sal Kennedy(Father figure)?What about Happy Hogan(Brother)?Nobody remembers how many times Stark went to cap to try and talk but of course cap would rather fight then listen to reason.Did'nt cap stick an electronic scrambler in tony's hand when he tryed to talk reason to cap and shake his hand?And what would happen if cap won?Would him an his side run the country since he was'nt agreeing with the people who were running it?The american goverment would have sent cops,F.B.I, and the military to fight cap if tony did'nt win.How would have cap liked that? Project widewake would have been put into affect.Also Tony had a plan for hulk,it was called project achilles and if hydra would not have stolen the nanites world war hulk would have been a one-shot.Again why tony wanted to run the S.H.R.A. so people like osborne did'nt get a hold of it but of course all the heroes turned the backs on him and he had to do everything hisself.So whether you like it or not no hero has had a bigger effect on marvel over the past 10 years than Iron Man.So you can keep crying or JUST DEAL WITH IT![/quote] Spoken like a true sheep. Do what you are told and follow the main stream. I don't know all of the details off the top of my head but Cap was tackled by sheep just like yourself. They were told Cap was a "bad guy" and against the country so they stood up for a false belief. Cap wouldn't have run the country if he stuck with it and won, Cap ALWAYS fights for freedom. Cap went to Punisher cause Punisher is a soldier and was way more likely to follow orders from and officer like Cap than Moon Knight. You think we should bow down to Stark cause he walked an old lady across the street. You are blind to everything he brought down and ruined. Real heroes were out there saving races, planets, and galaxies...while earth was stuck arguing with each other...oh ya, led by stark. Who is stark to make a plan for Hulk anyway??? How did stark ever think any plan he came up with would be followed by the Hulk? Can someone say Ego? You're damn right cap struck back when stark wanted to shake hands, did you not see what stark was leading and did before that happened. I wish Steve would have taken his head off. If anyone is crying, it is you. I don't see any other tears on this post. Cap had to bend his morals some to keep the side of right's head above water, hence him asking some slight help from shady characters. BUT never letting them get too involved. Stark was apart of a team who did use villians, people who kill and did kill during civil war, even morally blind people who made clones of a god of all things. Where is stark's morals at?? If Stark's side would have won by a landslide then a lot of freedom would have went out the door and it would have been a lot like nazis running things. Stark = Hitler! Like I said before, just cause they smile to the public doesn't make them a hero...Osborn is a great example of that.

PUN1012
PUN1012

I always hear people crying about what Iron man did doing civil war and that cap was the better man.Does anyone remember that at the end of civil war is was regular people that tackled cap because they were behind what Tony was trying to do?Also they always talk about the underhanded things Tony did to win Civil war?Whay about cap going to moon knight and telling him not to get involved because he does'nt side with killer but then turns around and gets the punisher to help him fight.Then it's Tony used bad guys to fight during civil war.What about cap getting involved with the Wilson Fisk of all people to set tony up.And about tony just losing his armor and his company.Spoken like someone that does'nt read Iron Man.What about Sal Kennedy(Father figure)?What about Happy Hogan(Brother)?Nobody remembers how many times Stark went to cap to try and talk but of course cap would rather fight then listen to reason.Did'nt cap stick an electronic scrambler in tony's hand when he tryed to talk reason to cap and shake his hand?And what would happen if cap won?Would him an his side run the country since he was'nt agreeing with the people who were running it?The american goverment would have sent cops,F.B.I, and the military to fight cap if tony did'nt win.How would have cap liked that? Project widewake would have been put into affect.Also Tony had a plan for hulk,it was called project achilles and if hydra would not have stolen the nanites world war hulk would have been a one-shot.Again why tony wanted to run the S.H.R.A. so people like osborne did'nt get a hold of it but of course all the heroes turned the backs on him and he had to do everything hisself.So whether you like it or not no hero has had a bigger effect on marvel over the past 10 years than Iron Man.So you can keep crying or JUST DEAL WITH IT!

KingHulku
KingHulku

1LeftBehind is so right about all of his points. Stark was more a villian than a hero as of late. Who ever thought it was a good idea to give a playboy alcoholic such power was even dumber than stark. Stark has let his ego and pride control his thoughts and fabricated this imaginary weight that he places on his shoulders so no one else has to just to sound important. He thought it was a good idea to get rid of Hulk instead of help him, some friend. He thought it was ok to force ideals on the world (cough, america). He thought it was ok to try to inforce laws when the earth was being invaded. All of his "sacrifices" aren't that at all, he put them on himself. He didn't take or want any help from anyone eventhough his ship was sinking. Plus he played favorites and made double standards...for some it was ok to break the registration law, while for others it wasn't. I wouldn't even trust him to lead a paper route. Down with Stark, he has a looooong way to go to be on any hero list of mine. In my opinion him having nothing lately is what he deserves. Hulk should be on the list, his development sky rocketed with Planet Hulk then WWH. He actually got recognition and some respect, until that waste of money Loeb ruined it all. Hulk Freed an entire planet from tyranny. He brought peace to a world that only knew war. Then he made the guilty pay, even the ones on earth. Just cause they wear a smile doesn't make them heroes. They were wrong for what they did. Hulk made his point because he believes in standing up for what you believe in, then HE ended his war. And now Banner is being a true father and guiding his planet destroying son to the light.Thor should be on the list as well, look how quickly he became huge once he came back to life. He even told stark he was in the wrong. he traveled the earth freeing his people. He was cast out of asgard and still went to their aid.Can't go wrong with Cap! What can you say, Cap is Cap, if the world was more like Steve this would be a much better place. He has the biggest heart of any hero in any comic universe. Plus Civil War would not have ended if Steve didn't see the real damage being caused and stopped it before it got worse.I think Nova should be higher on the list. 2 Annihilation wars, the burden of a universe of knowledge left up to soley him to protect, a war of kings, and rebuilding the Nova corps...almost all of this was done without much of earth even knowing about it. Thats how well he did his job.Who gives the right for the Pro Reg "heros" to speak for the world, who gave them the power to go as far as making clones to fight for them. If you ask me, they were Terrorists. Im Anti Reg all the way!

professorhulk
professorhulk

10. Ms Marvel. - Joined the MA. Joined the NA. did not join the DA. And persevered to be the best hero she can be. She deserves a spot on the list.9. Wolverine - Without him wed still be trapped in House of M, He stayed with the x men during civil war insted of going to help cap showing true heroism, He was on the front line of the skrull invasion on almost every page he sliced the queen at least a hundred times.8. Sentry - the Sentry was by far the breakout character of the decade. He was a complete unknown, who arguably became the most powerful character there is. Stark and Osborne's teams would have no credibility if Sentry isn't on them. Sentry was the one figure this year who everyone was either afraid of, or wanted on their team (but were still afraid of him). - 1LeftBehind7. Captain Marvel - Without him we would have lost SI. For sure. When he saw the DA true colors he did the right thing and left.6. Nick Fury - He stayed focused. He did not get distracted by civil War or WWH he prpared for SI and when it came he was ready. No one else was.5. Thor. - Died. Came back with asgard. Kicked some serous !@# in SI.4. Iron Man. - Did what he thought was right and sacraficed everything to do it. 3. Bucky Barnes. - took over the mantle of Caotain America in caps absense and , seemingly, will continue to do so.2. Captain America - Was the better man in civil war. Took a shot to the chest instead of letting it hit a cop. Came back to life and apparently beat the red skull from in his own mind.1. Norman Osborn - He won. He was literaly the hero of the decade. no way around it.

liliaeth
liliaeth

As far as I'm concerned this list has many things wrong with it. There's no way Iron Man should be on number one, since he was a bad guy for the past few years.And Spider-Man? The only way he should be anywhere near this list, is if you utterly and completely ignore anything to do with One More Day and Brand New Day.He used to be a great character, but Quesada completely and utterly destroyed anything that made him worth reading.He used to be a hero, but these days he's a zero, a worthless slimey loser. He's no longer a rolemodel of any kind, unless you want a role model of total and utter failure.

robtoz
robtoz

...but Cable's been pretty busy lately, what with looking after the future of the mutant race.

avengers500
avengers500

I think that everyone who is talking about Iron man should shut up, because he has made more sacrifice than anyone else this decade. He's lost his company, his most advance armor, his seat at the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. , his best friends, and even his mind. Something tells me the people making these comments have read recent issues of Iron Man after what he did in the Civil War.

CaptainAmerica1945
CaptainAmerica1945

[quote@1LeftBehind Okay, why the heck is Iron Man number 1? Like I'm not going to be a, "Stark killed Cap," zealot, but seriously, you guys gave Stark number one for the decade? What did he do? "Well he won the Civil War and started the Initiative." Okay, firstly he didn't win the Civil War, Captain America, being the better man, realized what the fight was costing everyone and surrendered (take note because you're going to start to see a trend here). Cap realized that sometimes you need to make sacrifices for the greater good. Cap also realized that sometimes you have to adjust your strategy in order to make better decisions. Stark never adjusted his plan. "Well he had conviction and belief he was doing the right thing." Yeah, so did Hitler and we don't sing his praises now do we? Did Stark have a bad idea? I don't think so, I think it was a good plan. But, it was a flawed plan, and plenty of people tried to point that out to him. Did he listen? Did he make adjustments? No. He just plodded along on his path with blinders up to people who were trying to help him. So what else did he do? Um he got his shiny butt handed to him by the Hulk. Stark lasted all of 5 seconds against the Hulk. The heroes threw everything they had at the Hulk and couldn't stop him. In the end, the Hulk realized he was wrong and caved (see the trend happening again). Yeah Stark hit Hulk with a giant freaking space laser, after the Mean Green Machine had capitulated. What else did Stark do? Got turned into a girl by Ultron, defeated a symbiote infestation of New York (with help from the New Avengers), illegally attacked and detained Doom, and then there was the Secret Invasion. During Secret Invasion, Stark was a gnat's butt above useless. He tried to arrest everyone who was helping him, completely melt down mid battle, and left it up to Thor (who also beat him down earlier) to turn the tide of the invasion. After that Stark got canned for being incompetent and handed over the empire he built to a lunatic, who is now running shotgun over the nation with a bunch of psychos and killers. Hmmmm, if only someone would have warned Stark that this could happen with his Registration Act. Oh wait, THEY DID! Bottom line: Stark failed. He meant well but he failed. He never won anything without help, which mainly came from unregistered heroes, and then he would turn around and try to arrest them. He failed, end of story. So what do we do? We make him the hero of the decade. This is what's wrong with society. This is a little league baseball call. "We're sorry you team couldn't put a run in to save your collective lives, but we'll give a trophy anyway because you tried real hard." STOP CELEBRATING FAILURE. Did he stay true to his convictions? Yes. Did he learn a lot and develop as a character? Yes. Should he be on the list? Yes, but dear god not number one. You're giving the number one spot to the corporate jerk off. Any success he had he owed to the hard work of others, and normally from teams he didn't put together. Redo the list, get Stark out of number one. I don't know who should have it, but not Stark.[/quote] You are absolutey right. Put Cap(Steve) in 1st. you know why because he was the bigger man in the Civil War. Or Deadpool he practically beat the Skrulls(well he stole the data before Osborn stole it)Spider man. He made the hardest choice in the CW.Anyone but stark.

GundamAce
GundamAce

ironman should be where deadpool is for dicking up everything to start with.

PUN1012
PUN1012

I think the list is pretty much on point.I thought cyclops could have been higher,but Tony was right where he belonged and that's ahead of spidey,cap and wolverine.All hail the greatness of IRON MAN!

thause77
thause77

Nova rules!Recognize!word.I guess thats all I had to say, sorry.I am going to stop typing now.go nova.later

spider-warrior
spider-warrior member

I don't see why Deadpool is on this list other than the fact that he's sopopular these days. But I do completely agree with the rest of it! Spider-Man definately deserved to get past MS.Marvel though. He saved the world from Doc Ock, went through heck during Civil War, gone Back In Black when his aunt was at death's doors, was killed by Morlun and returned from the dead after that, and he did other heroic deeds!! It's about time he became more of an A-List heroe. Other than that simple fact, great list!!

marvelman123456
marvelman123456

Why is Spider-Man on this list? Making a deal with Mephisto isn't "heroic".