After watching the first episode of Marvel’s newest Disney+ series, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, I found myself wondering why the Avengers never unionized.

All those years of overtime, broken bones, concussions, health care costs, PTSD, travel, no vacation days, no suitable life insurance, unsubsidized phone plans — saving the world had a human toll. And what I learned from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is that even though they worked alongside one of the richest men on the planet (Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man) and saving the universe from Thanos, Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes weren’t even compensated.

While the Marvel TV series is about its two titular heroes — heroes who spent the better part of the last decade playing Captain America’s wingmen — it’s also about what life is really like for an Avenger. It addresses some questions about who pays the Avengers (th