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Naruto: 5 MCU Characters Who Would Make A Great Hokage (& 5 Who Wouldn’t)

The village at the center of the Naruto story is known for picking incredibly powerful shinobi to lead. The Hokage isn't just someone who masters many ninja skills, but also someone who is an effective leader, someone who inspires others, and someone who puts the good of the village ahead of themselves. In fact, a few of the Hokages in the series didn't even want the position at all, but did it for the good of the community.

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The Hokages also tend to be seen as heroes by the village for various reasons. Hiruzen Sarutobi, Minato Namikaze, Lady Tsunade, Kakashi Hatake, and Naruto Uzumaki all do their part to save the village before they ever become Hokage. Naruto in particular is the series' version of a superhero. That might make a fan wonder just what other superheroes could do a good job as Hokage. Not every hero - specifically Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes - would be a good fit for the position.

10 Great Hokage: Doctor Strange

Stephen Strange experiences a lot of growth in his time in the MCU very quickly. He goes from selfishly serving his own ego to saving the entire world with the help of magic.

Thanks to his understanding of magic, in fact, Doctor Strange might be one of the MCU characters best suited to understand the nature of shinobi skills - those inherited or not - in the world of Naruto. He'd also be the best suited to master a variety of them himself. Based on what the audience saw of him in Avengers: Infinity War, he'd also be one of the best suited to apply his skills to help literally everyone.

9 Not Great: Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch is the other prominent magic user in the MCU, but she doesn't have the same kind of command over magic that Doctor Strange does - yet. With time, she might.

She's also a lot more impulsive and a lot more likely to allow her own emotional reactions to guide her decisions in battle. As a result, she's not ready to be the leader of a team, let alone a village. Over time, Scarlet Witch might grow into a character who can, but she'd be more likely to be too destructive of a Hokage than most of the other MCU characters.

8 Great Hokage: Nick Fury

This might seem like an odd choice since Nick Fury is one of the few characters in the MCU to exhibit no special powers. He doesn't need them though.

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Fury inspires intense loyalty from those around him. The likes of Maria Hill and Natasha Romanoff are willing to do any job for him and put themselves in ridiculous amounts of danger in order to help him keep other people safe. He knows what secrets need to be kept and what things need to be revealed to the public. Nick Fury would, despite not being someone who could manipulate any jutsu.

7 Not Great: Iron Man

Iron Man makes for a great tactical leader in battle. He's able to see the bigger picture of what the Avengers are fighting. He doesn't, however, make for a great boss when it comes to his business. That's clear from the sheer number of people willing to help Quentin Beck in Spider-Man: Far From Home who used to work for Tony Stark and hold a grudge for the way they were treated.

Tony also has a tendency to only think his technology can get the job done. He doesn't put a lot of faith in things he can't take apart and put back together. That would leave Iron Man distrusting of the reliance on jutsu in the Naruto world.

6 Great Hokage: Black Panther

The audience hasn't had a chance to see T'challa lead the country of Wakanda much in the MCU. With the passing of Chadwick Boseman, there will likely be a big change in the Black Panther coming to the MCU as well. Boseman's version of the character, however, is who would make a great Hokage.

The audience sees him capable of wielding the power of the Black Panther, stand toe-to-toe with super powered people, and accept a challenger to his throne with dignity and grace. When that challenger turns out to be a violent villain, he even defeats him in battle and shows him compassion. T'Challa has all the hallmarks of a great Hokage who wants the best for his people and upholds tradition.

5 Not Great: Hawkeye

There's no doubt that Hawkeye is an impressive soldier. He uses a bow and arrow when everyone else around him is otherwise enhanced by magic or science. Hawkeye also dispenses advice to the younger generation.

In the world of Naruto, however, he'd make for a better teacher than a Hokage. He has the patience to teach, but he doesn't have the understanding of magical abilities or the strategic mind to lead an entire village.

4 Great Hokage: Captain America (Sam Wilson)

Like Hawkeye, Sam Wilson doesn't have any special powers, just special skills. He has the same patience as Clint Barton when it comes to dealing with the impulsive younger generation, and he can even be impulsive himself.

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Sam Wilson - especially when he embraces the mantle of Captain America - shows the ability to rein in his impulses though and actually listen to those he's fighting. Like Naruto Uzumaki, Sam is willing to listen to just what it is the other person wants. He would rather compromise than fight, which would serve him well in a diplomatic role. If push comes to shove though, he's also willing to fight for the people.

3 Not Great: Captain America (Steve Rogers)

There's no question that Steve Rogers is a hero and a great team leader. His version of Captain America is a symbol that heroes and average people alike look up to. Despite his kindness, his moral compass, and his sense of duty, he wouldn't make for a great Hokage.

That's because his sense of right and wrong tends to be very rigid. There isn't much room for compromise in the eyes of Steve Rogers. That's why he and Tony Stark tend to butt heads so often. While Steve makes for a great soldier, he wouldn't be able to play nice with the Kages of other villages for long.

2 Great Hokage: Black Widow

The Black Widow that the audience meets in Iron Man 2 would not have made for a Great Hokage. A spy used to following orders and blending in, she would have been a great Anbu agent in the Naruto franchise. The growth the audience sees from Black Widow as she gives her all for the Avengers and the world, however, makes it clear she could devote herself to the role.

In fact, her commitment to the Avengers in Avengers: Endgame is a great look at how she would work as Hokage. It's Natasha who keeps tabs on Carol Danvers and Rocket Raccoon in outer space to monitor threats. She's the one who talks to Okoye about potential threats on the planet as well. Natasha takes it upon herself to track down a missing and mourning Clint Barton. Then, she makes the ultimate sacrifice to do the most good. Fans might be angry that her time is cut short, but her role in the movie proves she's ready to be Hokage.

1 Not Great: Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, of characters in the MCU so far. Her ability to absorb and release energy makes her unmatched. Being a Hokage, as stated numerous times, isn't just about power. It's also about diplomacy.

That's the area where Carol likely wouldn't be able to keep up. Like both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, Carol has a tendency to want things her way - and only her way. She's also only appeared in a handful of MCU projects so far. She's still got some growing to do, which could easily happen in The Marvels.

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