The newest Avengers movie came out this past weekend and crushed several records of ticket sales. Don’t worry! There are no spoilers in this post, at least not for the newest movie. However, any Marvel movie up through Black Panther is fair game. Today we’ll look at some of the characters to see who should be allowed behind the wheel. Of course, they are frequently saving the world, so we can be a little more forgiving over who loses the battle for best driver.
Stephen Strange (AKA Doctor Strange)
Near the beginning of Doctor Strange, the title character is in a car accident. That accident is so catastrophic that he needed to learn magic powers to put his life back together. Doctor Strange may be a brilliant surgeon, but he is not a brilliant driver. Leading up to the accident, he was illegally passing other drivers in a very unsafe way. He was also looking at some X-rays while illegally passing another vehicle on a curving mountain road. When it comes to manipulating time to save the world, no one is better than Doctor Strange. Just don’t ever let him drive, unless he has passed a NYS defensive driving course.
Driving Grade: F-
Bucky Barnes (AKA the Winter Soldier)
The Winter Soldier causes a lot of chaos and destruction with near moving vehicles. To cause that much chaos, he needs to know how cars work, so he can quickly and efficiently destroy them. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he goes through the roof of Sam’s car to rip off the steering wheel. That seems like the best way to cripple a car, assuming you’ve got the metal arm necessary to pull it off. In Captain America: Civil War, we see him run a car off the road while riding his motorcycle. A motorcycle is at much more risk in a collision, but the Winter Soldier walks away unscathed after completing his mission. Bucky retains those skills even when his mind is his own. After all, who can forget his epic motorcycle theft in Civil War?
Driving Grade: D+
Tony Stark (AKA Iron Man)
Tony Stark has more money than anyone needs, so naturally, he has a ton of cars. At heart, Tony is a person who loves to tinker. That means he likely knows all of the ins and outs of all of his vehicles. He has even driven a race car, though briefly, before the race was interrupted by Whiplash. Unfortunately, cars do not seem to have a long lifespan around Tony. Maybe that’s why he frequently chooses to ride in the back. Cars with Tony Stark as a passenger tend to fare a little better than when he drives.
Driving Grade: B
Shuri may barely be old enough to drive, but to call her a quick learner would be a vast understatement. She may be the smartest person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Many people are actually looking forward to Infinity War just to see her crush everyone else with her intellect. In Black Panther, we saw her controlling T’Challa’s car from her holographic interface in Wakanda. She’s so smart she doesn’t even need a physical car to be the best driver on the road.
Driving Grade: A
Natasha Romanoff (AKA Black Widow)
We have seen Natasha control all sorts of vehicles at this point. To name a few, she was piloting a quinjet in The Avengers. We saw her driving a very nice Corvette in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Finally, she spent some time riding a motorcycle in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Given Natasha’s training, she probably knows everything there is to know about each of those vehicles. That very definitely includes how to drive each safely. On the occasions where she does get into an accident, it’s not due to her lack of skill. (See, for example, the steering wheel problem listed under #4 of this list.) All in all, she’s the best driver in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Driving Grade: A+