Gee whiz, since another thread had a misleading title, I thought I’d start a clearer version here.
Leader: Captain America: this guy just commands leadership, and he’s got significant command experience from World War II. That, and he’s out-wrestled the Hulk and stared down an omnipotent Thanos with more cool than shaft.
Strong-Guy Character: Hulk: Sorry, Superman, but the Hulk’s got theoretically limitless strength and a healing factor that can take pretty much anything. The only drawback is his unpredictability: any team with the Hulk is going to need some way of reigning him in.
Strategist: Nightwing: I was tempted to go with Batman, but he’s been such a flaming ass lately that I figure it’s better to go with someone trained by the man. Dick Grayson has all the mental and physical talent of Batman, but is a LOT easier to get along with and would be better at maintaining a team spirit.
Speedster: Flash: Every team needs a speedster. Wally West has pretty much been ascribed as the fastest of the fast. 'Nuff said.
Stealth: Invisible Woman: She’s the original invisible character. The temptation might be to go with a teleporter such as Nightcrawler, but he tends to leave stinky clouds when he uses his power (thus killing the stealth notion). Plus, she’s extremely talented with her force fields, giving her some offensive ability.
Mystic: Dr. Strange: This is a tough call between him and Dr. Fate, although if I’m not mistaken, Strange has had fewer series cancelled in his history. Also, Strange tends to be more human/less “almighty” than Fate, again going towards team morale.
Cosmic Character: Silver Surfer: Again, 'nuff said. DC and other companies are rather lacking in significantly appealing cosmic characters. Green Lantern is the only one who can possibly hold a candle here, but I find the Surfer more experienced, and more “god-like” in the sense that his power is internal, rather than a piece of cosmic jewelry.
Snooty Butler: Alfred Pennyworth: I like Jarvis, but Alfred has that dry British wit that always pops in at just the right moment.