Originally Posted by Vartha
I'm not a big Trekky but Kirk CHEATED on his finals if I remember right I wouldn't call that EARNING his rank. Remember he never faced death?
I see what you're saying tho. Just because you don't follow a certain way of doing things doesn't make you any less a leader.
I can't fault Kirk too much for cheating. An unwinable test is messed up even though I get the reasoning for it. He cheated in both universes so I can only guess their are a ton of other criteria to consider when appointing a captain.
Kirk also works as a leader because he has an awesome crew with the best damn second-in-command anyone can ask for. If Marvel wants to keep Tony as the leader than they are going to have to make his teammates likable and good enough to make up for his shortcomings. Unfortunately, Man of Action aren't in to writing likable heroes.