I really enjoyed the pilot episode of the new series, [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021). A thought that kept occurring to me while I was watching was that this was the CW's attempt at making a series version of Marvel's Avengers (I know nothing about the Legends comic books, so forgive me if I am making an obvious point here). It was only when I started to make direct comparisons between Legends and The Avengers that I saw how similar the two really were!
Rip Hunter, like Nick Fury, is what I call 'the Assembler.' He is the nexus around which the group forms. He is their raison d'etre. Plus both characters wear long coats and are both featured in promotional posters holding a gun (above).
It is very tempting to equate Ray 'The Atom' Palmer with Iron Man. Their suits are almost identical, as is the firepower housed within them. Although of course the Atom is more like a cross between Ant-Man and Iron Man. Palmer is even a tech billionaire, just like Tony Stark. The main problem is that if I said the Atom = Iron Man, then that would leave: Captain America = Snart and/or Rory, and I simply couldn't have that.
The aspect which Ray Palmer and Steve Rogers do share is their strong moral centre. In the pilot episode of Legends, there is a moment when the whole team is thinking of giving up and it is Ray who makes a speech and rallies them together. That is Cap in a nutshell. And also: notice the very subtle "A" on the front of the Atom's suit?
Dr. Martin Stein is the scientist on the team, just like the Avengers has Dr. Bruce Banner. And, like Banner, Stein has a powerful alter-ego: Firestorm! Of course, Stein cannot transform without Jefferson, but you get my point. Likewise, both Firestorm and the Hulk were created due to scientific anomalies.
I think the similarities between Sara 'The White Canary' Lance and Natasha 'Black Widow' Romanov are quite straightforward. Both have been trained to be elite assassins, and both represent the main female energy within their superhero team. Yes, I am aware I am overlooking Hawkgirl here, but she has mythic powers and so is not a regular woman. Granted, Sara was resurrected, but she did not rise from the Lazarus Pit with any powers that she did not have before (except the bloodlust, but that has done little to enhance her powers).
I have paired Hawkgirl and Hawkman together for obvious reasons. I believe that their Avengers counterparts are also a pair: Thor and Hawkeye. I don't mean to say that either one of these characters reflects the other. Rather I am saying that the two pairs, as amalgamations, are very similar. Hawkgirl/Hawkman take the inspiration for their names from Hawkeye. But, they share their mythic qualities with Thor: the one is from Norse mythology, the others from Egyptian.
Perhaps my weakest comparison is likening Leonard Snart and Mick Rory to Iron Man. However, it is the result of these being the leftover characters after my other, more suitable, comparisons. Tony Stark is not a criminal, although their similarity lies in Stark's reputation as a 'bad boy.' Both Snart and Stark have strained relationships with their fathers and enjoy making smart quips. And I've just noticed the similarity in their surnames!
Finally: what Loki is to The Avengers, Vandal Savage is to Legends. Loki has a special connection to one of the Avengers (his foster-brother, Thor); Savage has a connection to one of the Legends (Hawkgirl, whom I already likened to Thor). Both characters are immortal, mythic characters who are bent on taking over or destroying the world. And they both wield magical staffs – I think that just seals the deal!
Do you think 'Legends of Tomorrow' and 'The Avengers' are similar?