Avengers: Endgame: Cars the superheroes should be driving
Throughout the past decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its Avengers heroes have often been seen driving around in some seriously cool machinery.
The most famous example being Tony Stark/Iron Man, who is pretty much single-handedly responsible for boosting the street cred of the Audi R8 sports car, and there was a brief moment where he drove a Honda NSX. There are other examples, too, with T’Challa/Black Panther rolling around in a Lexus and most recently Brie Larson zipping around in the Audi e-tron electric car.
In addition to that, several Hyundais had a starring role in Ant-Man, Dr Stephen Strange’s ride of choice is the Lamborghini Huracan and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow once drove an (appropriately enough) matte black Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
But we wish some of those cars were different, ones more suited to each hero’s personality. These are the cars we wish the Avengers drove instead.
Captain America — Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
When it comes to cars, it doesn’t get more all-American than a muscle car (a type of car that has a great big engine under the bonnet first popularised in the 1960s for drag racing). And when it comes to superheroes, it doesn’t get more all-American than one that proudly wears the Stars and Stripes on his costume and shield, Captain America.
In the movies, Cap is often seen riding motorcycles, but were he ever to choose four-wheeled transport instead, an obvious choice is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The 852hp, well demon, is built specifically to destroy quarter-mile drag strip times (and tyres), Dodge claims that that Challenger SRT Demon is the first production car ever to be able to perform a wheelie during a hard launch.
Ant-Man — Mercedes-AMG E63S Estate
While Ant-Man might be a superhero capable of great feats of growing/shrinking, it’s also easy to forget he has a family, in the form of his daughter, Cassie. And if the events of the second movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp is anything to go by, he loves spending time with her. And there’s probably no better way to bond with your family than with a road trip.
A road trip, naturally, requires a practical car. But who says that practicality has to be boring? The Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate is proof that you can have your cake and eat it, too. Its twin-turbo V8 engine provides it with 612hp, a 0-100km/h time of just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 290km/h. It’s a family-friendly super-wagon fit for a family-friendly superhero.
Black Panther — Jaguar I-Pace
While a Lexus LC, the Japanese carmaker’s flagship two-door sports car, made an appearance in the Black Panther movie, Prince T’Challa didn’t actually drive it, nor did he actually ride in it. Well, he rode on it while it was being remotely piloted by his sister Shuri in Wakanda, but anyway.
The Lexus is cool and all, but we think it would be so much more appropriate if a Panther was driving around another ‘cat’, specifically a Jaguar. Even more specifically, the Jaguar I-Pace. Being purely electric, it’s certainly futuristic by nature, and with its forward-looking design (that truncated tail, though), the car is more than a good match for a king of the Afro-futurist nation of Wakanda.
Black Widow — Ferrari 812 Superfast
Just like Captain America, Black Widow prefers motorcycles to cars, but on the rare occasion she was seen behind the wheel of a car, she was piloting a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Painted matte black, naturally.
However, what we think is more fitting is a Ferrari 812 Superfast. We can’t think of a car more suited to her, since she, like the Ferrari is beautiful to behold, but also rather deadly. With 800hp, the 812 Superfast has one of the most powerful engines to ever issue forth from Maranello, which means like the venomous spider the ex-assassin is named after, it could prove to be a widowmaker should you let your guard down.
Nick Fury — BMW M760i
We know that a big black SUV with blacked-out windows is the de facto ride of choice for all high-ranking government officials and heads of secret paramilitary organisations, but we think the ice-cool Nick Fury deserves far better than what he got in the movies.
Something like the BMW M760i, perhaps. Perched at the absolute top of the expansive 7 Series model lineup, the M760i will provide Fury with great luxury and comfort should be choose to be chauffeured. But being such a hands-on leader, we think he’ll want to take the wheel from time to time, too. And there, the 6.6-litre V12 with 610hp will serve Fury well, with performance enough to warrant a speedometer that reads to 330km/h.
Hawkeye — McLaren 720S
It isn’t often that we see Hawkeye driving anything in the movies, which is unusual since he made his first appearance all the way back in 2011’s Thor. Sure, we know he can pilot a jet, but his terrestrial vehicles have been a little more than mundane, usually in the form of SHIELD’s company SUVs.
However, should he take the plunge and buy himself a car, it should be the McLaren 720S or nothing. Like Hawkeye, the McLaren is laser-precise, but unlike Clint Barton, the car is precise in more ways than one. Every aspect of the car has been calculated for more power, less weight and more aerodynamic downforce. And with such low weight and high stiffness, the McLaren is such a joy to accurately place when driving hard. Each and every time.
Hulk — Ford F150 Raptor
In all fairness, the Hulk doesn’t actually need a car, or for that matter any sort of mechanical transportation contraption. What for, when you can leap over buildings, climb them, or simply go through the terrain you can’t traverse.
But while the Hulk doesn’t exactly need a vehicle, there is one that is his automotive spirit animal, the Ford F150 Raptor. As with the Hulk, it’s large, very much in charge and laughs in the face of difficult terrain. With enhanced ground clearance and off-road suspension unique to the model, the F150 Raptor like the Hulk will take a pounding and keep coming back for more.
Iron Man — Bugatti Chiron
Tony Stark may have ditched his petrol-powered Audi R8 for an all-electric Audi e-tron GT in Avengers: Endgame, but we think he should have gone to another Volkswagen Group company for his motoring needs instead. To be precise: Bugatti and its Chiron hypercar.
The Chiron is outrageously powerful with its 1,500hp engine and outrageously fast, capable of a top speed of 420km/h. It’s also outrageously expensive given its price tag of $3.6 million (before factoring in COE, import duties and optional extras) and outrageously rare with only 500 ever made. And that more than sounds like the kind of car that would have Mr Stark feeling very good indeed.
Captain Marvel — Pagani Huayra
Before Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel, she was a fighter pilot, which should already give you some idea she has a real need for speed. And what better way to scratch that itch than with a car that’s been engineered to evoke the noise of a airplane taking off.
In addition to its dramatic noise, with a great whistling and whooshing of the turbochargers and its ancillaries, the Huayra also has movable aerodynamic elements that deploy when cornering or braking. Just like a fighter jet. Then there’s the absolutely pornographic, steampunk-inspired interior. In other words, a car fitting for a fighter pilot turned intergalactic superhero.
Spider-Man — Renault Megane RS
We can’t imagine a more fun way to experience a big city like New York than by swinging from building to building or perched on a ledge several hundred metres above ground. But should Peter Parker want to travel New York a little more incognito, may we recommend the Renault Megane RS.
Sure, its 280hp power output may be piffling in the big scheme of things, but we think it’s more than a fitting car for Peter Parker. Unlike his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man, Spider-Man is a lot more down-to-earth, the everyman’s hero, if you will. And it doesn’t get more working-class hero than with a hot hatchback like the Renault Megane RS. That said, the Megane RS is, despite its blue-collar leanings, one of the finest handling machines on sale today, supercars included.
Star-Lord — Shelby Mustang GT500
It’s a pity that Peter Quill doesn’t spend a lot of time on Earth, given he’s off on adventures throughout the galaxy, and besides, he has an old Walkman loaded with tunes from the 1960s/1970s to remind him of home (and his mother). However, we think he could use another thing to remind him of the Earth from that time and a car he’ll surely recognise: a Shelby Mustang GT500.
A car that can directly trace its lineage to the golden age of American muscle cars in the late 1960s, with its predecessor having a starring role as ‘Eleanor’ in Gone in 60 Seconds, the latest Shelby Mustang GT500 is simply a beast. Unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year, the car produces a colossal 710hp, and despite all the modern technology underpinning it, is still as faithful to the original car as ever. The racing stripes and outlandish bodykit, for one thing. Oh, and its big, big power output making it the muscle car’s muscle car.
Dr Strange — Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Dr Stephen Strange had his life-changing car crash in a Lamborghini Huracan, but after becoming the Sorcerer Supreme — and learning a bit of class and humility along the way — we think he needs a more classy, less brash car. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, for instance.
An even-higher performance variant of the Aston Martin DB11, the DBS Superleggera. Its power has been boosted to 725hp (from the 510hp in ‘regular” DB11s) and along with more muscular bodywork, the DBS Superleggera is, to put it simply, a brute in a suit. A particularly menacing brute wearing a bespoke Savile Row suit.
Thor — Koenigsegg Jesko
In the first Thor movie, the son of Odin spends most of the time learning how to be worthy in order to again wield the enchanted hammer Mjolnir. Again, Odin can fly, so there really is no real need for him to drive. Which, we suppose, makes finding a car worthy of Thor Odinson even more difficult. But should Thor ever decide to get his own set of wheels, there’s no more worthy one than the Koenigsegg Jesko, named after company founder Christian von Koenigsegg’s father.
The hypercar manufacturer is Swedish, which ties into well with Thor’s Norse roots (he’s actually an alien in the movies, but hey, whatever), though more than that, its cars are lightning-quick and light. Its top speed is well over 400km/h and just about everything is made from carbon fibre, up to and including its wheels.
Wasp — Alfa Romeo 4C
Small and nimble, but packing a big punch, which just about describes Hope Van Dyne’s alter-ego of the Wasp in a nutshell. Which, appropriately enough, also describes the Alfa Romeo 4C in a nutshell.
It has a tiny little 1.75-litre engine that produces a relatively low 240hp, but thanks to its carbon fibre chassis and small stature, it’s also remarkably lightweight, tipping the scales at just under a tonne. This makes the 4C punch way above its weight, despite what its relatively modest power figures would suggest. And given the car’s vaguely insectile looks, it’s the perfect car for the Wasp.