You know, back when I first started reading comics, I used to find a single hero fighting a host of soldiers, thugs, or whatever to be awesome, and exhilarating.
However, the worst of the mix, is when a type of character is introduced and seems to be a team buster. However, by the time they appear next, they are amassed into a whole army, and all of a sudden, even a common street leveler can kill them effortlessly.
Then we have people who are supposed to be trained soldiers, cops, hitmen, ninjas, martial artists, marksman, etc. And even with a thousand of them present they can't hit a single jumpy individual. What I'm getting at, is do comics seem to underplay the hard training that many individuals have gone through? I don't see any reason why several cops couldn't tag a single peak human person. Realistically, there are a lot of police officers who are well practiced marksman in top physical condition, and even some of the less physically fit police officers are still usually very accurate shots (to say the least). Then there are militia members, sharp shooters, etc.
Maybe it's just me, but somehow homo sapiens seem to be drastically underplayed as inferior and helpless these days. Something like Doctor Octavius is well protected, that's for sure. But Police have tear gas, pepper balls (for paint ball guns, look em up, they're sick), flash-bang grenades, and so much more. Then we have the army who has technology capable of shattering a person's ear drum from half a mile away, we have a technology that emits a frequency of light that when observed can cause instant nausea, and so much more.
I see all this future tech that SHIELD supposedly has access to, and then so much modern tech that seems to surpass them in so many ways. Yet even with this "future" tech, they can never seem to take so much as 1 single peak human individual, regardless of how much of an army they bring. Then we have AIM, HYDRA, Sentinels, League of Shadows, etc. etc.
I'm honestly looking for opinions here, am I the only one who thinks that maybe comic military, police officers, and other organizations should be downplayed less, and start being established as a legitimate threat to even the toughest super hero or villain? To me, if they started establishing human beings with human tech as being less of a joke, and them having a much higher success rate in capturing, subduing, and maybe even killing their targets, and only occasionally losing when they are fully let loose on a target, wouldn't that make evading them, beating them, or outsmarting them that much more impressive? These days if someone beats 200 trained soldiers it's meaningless, regardless if whether or not they are super soldiers, because realistically they are just cannon fodder anyway. Personally, I'd like to see it impressive for a single person to take on 2 well trained soldiers, and to take on more than that to be a nigh-impossible feat.
Thanks for reading,