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There are now 23 major candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president, and one or two more that seem likely to run or have expressed interest in doing so. That’s a lot of people to keep track of. Some are big names who have been around a while, and some are small names you probably will never hear from again. But they all got me thinking: in this, the year of 2019, there is really only one other newsmaking phenomenon that has the same star power, intrigue, cultural ubiquity, and overwhelmingly-large cast of characters: the Avengers.

So to honor those fresh off of their own victory in Avengers: Endgame, and in an effort to extend their reign over the zeitgeist, here is a list detailing in alphabetical order which Avenger every Democrat running for president would be:

Michael Bennet: Doctor Strange
After recent treatment for a medical condition, he decided to shake up his entire life and make everyone learn his story. He is beyond concerned with the protection of our reality from creatures of the Dark Dimension.

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Joe Biden: Iron Man
A bit problematic, but the overwhelming favorite just because he’s been around for so long and because he’s the one who your parents remember and like the best. He’s old and at the end of his career, but he’s still got one big sacrifice to make – and having him take down the bad guy would seem  kind of conclusive, like he’s getting things back on track.

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Cory Booker: Thor
The crown prince from a foreign, strange, and magical land that delights and frightens us all with its slightly-off-beat subcultures, he wants to be the best so very badly, and it shows. Ultimately, he may just be a nice guy, burdened with high expectations of what he could be, if never being able to live up to them.

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Steve Bullock: The Falcon
Pragmatic and seems honorable, despite tending to be one of the smaller players. Holds appeal across the board even if he sticks to what he believes while facing heavy headwinds. He’s not quite in the big leagues yet but everyone seems to like him, and he may be destined to take up a mantle of some kind someday soon.

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Pete Buttigieg: Spider Man
Secretly everyone’s favorite, even if they think he’s a bit naive and young for the job. He represents a new era for the team and makes you feel all warm and optimistic. Even when you disagree with him, you’re willing to let it slide because of how great he seems.

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Julian Castro: Hawkeye
He’s been in the background for a while, and occasionally has time to shine. He was a prominent agent in a government agency before that all fell apart, and may have even once been mind controlled.

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Bill de Blasio: Drax
He’s hilarious to watch because he thinks he’s super serious and great and obviously should be in charge of the team. This makes him good for making fun of, but he’s no one’s favorite character, you know?

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John Delaney: Winter Soldier
Seems kind of constantly clueless and would probably be happy if he could just get some plums. He’s been in this for longer than you’d think and that’s probably taken quite a toll on him.

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Tulsi Gabbard: Scarlet Witch
An outsider to the party, and a bit of a youngster in the group, with questionable ties to bad guys. She’s against the military industrial complex and moderate pragmatism, and made a major point of it in the civil war.

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Kirsten Gillibrand: Okoye
Her path has had some twists and turns, but generally favors a righteous indignation for bad men and the Killmongers of our world. She was instrumental in forcing the ousting of a colleague and has a feminist zeal that is strongly poised to appeal to their presumed mutual fanbases.

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Kamala Harris: Captain Marvel
New to the main crew even though she’s been doing solid work in a distant land for decades, but ready to bear down and do what it takes to get the job done. Much like Thor-y Booker, she’s been groomed for greatness, but she has a history with the former leader of the whole organization that makes her return all these years later seem poetic.

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John Hickenlooper: Ant-Man
Hopelessly eager and with a background in science, he seems perpetually amused and befuddled by the new world he’s entered. He has the credentials to be one of the main players and seems like a good guy but is kinda perpetually sidelined to make an admittedly-funny joke about how little and goofy he is.

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Jay Inslee: Groot
This tree-hugger loves the environment and really only talks about that one thing, but seems like a sturdy guy with potential for growth.

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Amy Klobuchar: Hulk
On the surface you seem to like everything about them, but there’s something keeping them from being your favorite that you can’t quite place. Might be a bit temperamental to an inappropriate degree, and you probably don’t want to work for them, but maybe that spirit is what you need when you’re looking to fight the big bad at the end of the movie?

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Wayne Messam: The “Storage Facility Guard” played by Ken Jeong
Not a major player by any means, but has his own key role in the plot. Mostly exists so that years from now you’ll think back and be like “oh yeah, he was in that!”

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Seth Moulton: War Machine
He’s got a military background, including having served several tours overseas, and seems fairly sensible, even if he’s still considered junior league. If he was recast tomorrow to be played by another guy, you’d probably forget he was ever there in the first place.

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Beto O’Rourke: Star-Lord
He stole all of our hearts when we first found out about him, delighting Gen-X with his musical and movie tastes alike; turns out he flew too close to the sun, had a bit of a nervous breakdown and no one really thinks about him anymore. He probably should have stuck with doing his own thing on an alien world (read: Texas).

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Tim Ryan: Gamora
Resents their former boss and thinks they alone can stop everything that is happening because they know the key to victory.

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Bernie Sanders: Captain America
An elderly Brooklynite who is hopelessly idealistic beyond and fought a bitter war against his own team for a while, he secretly just wants to go back in time to when he would have felt more at home.

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Eric Swalwell: Rocket
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel now… I don’t know, they both just kind of have Bradley Cooper vibes.

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Elizabeth Warren: Black Widow
Perennially set to eventually get her own movie, her wonkish attitude and prudent ability to make waves on Capitol Hill outshine the fact that she had a key role in a government agency before all of this.

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Marianne Williamson: Mantis
Deeply spiritual, to the extent people probably think she’s “weird” more than “qualified”; there’s nothing like a couple of run-ins with the major heroes to improve your brand.

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Andrew Yang: Black Panther
Lives in a world of high tech gadgetry but is deeply committed to humanity. He ended up kind of being a breakout star in a way that was unexpected, even if your grandma doesn’t care about him.

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*Bonus* Stacey Abrams: Nebula A new hero, but one who you discovered you liked a lot more than you thought you would. Could be a decisive figure if she entered the race, was stranded with another member of the team who, were this any other year, they likely would have never crossed paths with.

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*Super Bonus* Hillary Clinton: The Vision Died in the last movie (twice!) despite dire warnings for what would come if things didn’t go as planned. Also low-key kinda a robot.

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*Triple Bonus!* Barack Obama: Nick Fury He started it all, even if he’s not around to do much today. Still, if he boldly stepped in and said, “this person needs to be the leader of the team”, everyone would probably give it some serious thought. And he looks like a badass in a leather jacket.

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