In one of the articles I wrote for Entrepreneur Ecosystem, I made reference to the superhero movie, The Avengers: Age of Ultron as a way to illustrate how Vision is ultimately a metaphorical character that personifies a leader’s need to have his own vision when leading a team.

But what if you don’t see yourself as a leader-type person? Being an introvert, how can you contribute to your team or your organisation more effectively? In this article, I will show you that superheroes can be introverts themselves, yet be able to meaningfully contribute to a bigger things.

(This article contains spoilers for The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron)

Captain America

Perhaps he’s the easiest to see why he could be an introvert. Before his transformation, Steve Rogers’ weak stature became the source and reason why he is often ignored by the Army. Agent Peggy Carter even pointed out how he doesn’t “know how to talk to a woman“.

But you cannot deny his principals and heart as a person. And it ultimately got him selected to be a super soldier and eventually he become Captain America, the leader of the Avengers.

What can we learn from this?

Being a persistently “good man” will reward you eventually, no matter how introverted you are.

Hawkeye

Who would have thought Hawkeye has a family! Talk about good at keeping secrets (a trait perhaps more closer to introversion).

Secondly, when Hawkeye rescued Scarlett Witch from a skirmish, Hawkeye gave her pep talk about how her past no longer matters and that right now it was time to make ends and do good. That scene finished off by Hawkeye lamenting humorously about how nobody will know about the good work he did.

That’s something that introverts can probably relate. We can be so shy with being the spotlight because we don’t consider ourselves special enough. But it is perhaps unbeknownst to even ourselves how huge our contribution can be!

What can we learn from this?

Introverts can take a backseat sometimes when it comes to the attention. But that doesn’t mean they are any less significant. Sometimes it is better that way, because it can help protect what matters to you.

Hulk

Before the Avengers was found, Bruce Banner was a doctor practicing in recluse in a remote part of India. His purposeful exclusion from the society and culture he once knew was his way to seek solace from his “undesirable” trait.

But Bruce Banner/Hulk eventually found their purpose among the Avengers, albeit struggling to suppress his perceived “weakness”. The Avengers had finally made him see his “weakness” as a strength and a commodity to the team.

What can we learn from this?

Introverts may be reluctant to connect with others. But sometimes it is with others that introverts can find their true purpose and peace.

Conclusion

So is it really impossible for an introvert to be special and someone to be awed at? With the above examples, I hope I showed that there’s a hero in all of us, even introverts!

What about you? Who else in the superhero universe do you think could possibly an introvert? Or do you relate to anyone of the superheroes mentioned? Let us know in the comment below.