In a situation like that they need some one with almost no powers, who can have an origin and stumble onto godlike powers to save the day at the 11th hour.
Rick Jones used to be fabulous at that.
That's why we love Rick Jones.
And why he's been forgotten and unused since some dufus turned him into A-Bom.
In the NEW cartoon (Clancy Brown as Red Hulk should be better.), I'm not sure if the writers were clueless or it was too difficult to explain that there was a Hulk Villain out there called the Abomination, but "Rick" claimed that his super hero code name was a play on words, he wasn't the bomb, he was A Bomb... "shudder".
Sam is a mutant who can control birds.
He was one of the 198.
If Sam was in the last deep space mission, it's conceivable that the Phoenix force would have been his bitch.
And what about the Shiare?
To them, he's like the Purple Man.