I might be late to the party on this, but I don’t care. I was thinking yesterday about how my Pathfinder character is trying to mimic the archer types like Green Arrow and Hawkeye. Then it occurred to me that Hawkeye is the Ranger of the Avengers: the Archer, with a lot of extra skills, but not the toe to toe power that the other members of the team are. That got me to thinking and it all just fell into place for me: The Avengers are a classic D&D party.
Black Widow is the Rogue, the infiltrator, who uses athletics and skills to accomplish what she does. Also not the toe to toe fighter with the big guys. Instead uses smarts and skills to move around the combats and get the other things done.
Captain America is the Paladin. Maybe a little too good to be true, but strong enough to go up against the toughest bad guy. And the leader by example and moral stance. He provides the group backbone and direction.
Thor is the warrior. Point him in a direction and turn him loose. Few can match him in melee combat. But he doesn’t do a lot in the strategy and tactics department, he needs direction, someone to give him orders and tell him who to fight.
Ironman is actually the team Mage. He uses his knowledge and equipment to offset the powers of the others. He is the smart one in the team, if a tad amoral.
And of course the Hulk is the barbarian. Not much help until he goes into a rage, then he become truly powerful and out of this world tough.
All the group is missing is a Cleric and they would pretty much be the classic dungeon delve group. And that is pretty cool to me. And this exercise has also given me some ideas. Like a Mage who uses all of his spells to turn himself into a combat monster a la Ironman. It is all a fun idea. And a fun way to merge the fandoms. Because when I was younger, I wasn’t so much into comics, but I liked to use what I had as inspirations for my D&D campaigns and ideas.