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If the 2016 GOP Candidates Were Superheroes, Who Would They Be?

While politicians, pundits and a few failed Just For Men endorsers battle over the fate of the executive branch in the 2016 election cycle, another line in the sand has been drawn on the west coast. The 2015 San Diego Comic-Con begins today in California, and a few of this year’s panels will showcase the ongoing quarrel between Marvel and DC Comics.

Ever since the 2007 panel showcasing the Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk films, Marvel Studios has reigned supreme. They’ve opted out this year, giving the floor to rival DC over at Warner Bros., which will preview the hotly anticipated Man of Steel sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The competitiveness between the two is palpable, but it’s nowhere near as ugly as presidential politics. Still, what if?

What if the roles were reversed, and the dozens of GOP and Democrat presidential candidates — announced and otherwise — were the superheros locked in brand-based combat in the Marvel/DC divide? Who would take on what roles, and why?

This post will look at the Republicans, but you can view our Democratic list here.

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Considering Marvel’s popularity, you might assume their closest analog is the Democratic Party. You’d be wrong, and here’s why — name and numbers.

Most announced GOP candidates and right-wing pundits think America has been ruined over the past eight years, hence why they think “we need to take it back.” Or, put another way, “America needs to be avenged.” As for the respective headcounts, they match up perfectly, as there’s more than enough presidential hopefuls on the right to fill the Avengers’ roster (and then some).

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[Images via Gage Skidmore, FacebookMarvel and DC Comics]

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