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120,000 ways to die

If he succeeds, the only thing Felix Baumgartner will break is the sound barrier

Updated: July 13, 2012, 12:54 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

FELIX BAUMGARTNER has not seen The Avengers. But crammed into a town car with his entourage, driving through Times Square beneath a massive billboard of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the World's Mightiest BASE Jumper is hearing all about it. How the film's final fight sequence takes place just a few blocks from where their car currently crawls through traffic. And how Tony Stark does by accident what Baumgartner will do on purpose later this summer: free-fall back to Earth from space.

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