Many people have their own preferred Marvel battles, either one-on-one fights or team vs. team battles. There are very few of these generic battle types that I am especially partial to, but there are several battles in particular that I would enjoy seeing Marvel write up, preferably for a TV screen.
So, without further ado, here they are!
(1) Thor vs. Superman
It may be that this incident has already occurred – I don’t know for certain – but it would be interesting to see just how long the Man of Steel would last against Marvel’s Thunderer. Some might say I have it in for old Clark Kent/Superman. All I have to say is, “You say that your character is the best and strongest guy around? Okay. Then let’s see your champion beat…him.”
And, yes, I DO have it in for ol’ Superman. Sorry…no, actually, I’m not.
(2) Hawkeye vs. Green Arrow
This is an old fight in some ways; Marvel and DC crossed their respective universes and had their two greatest archers meet during the crossover. Still, as far as I can tell, the only fighting the two really did was a lot of bickering.
Personally, I would like to see the two duke it out, either competing on a target range or actually fighting against each other. My money would be on Hawkeye all the way. When listing his credentials beside Green Arrow’s, one can see the odds are in his favor. If Marvel and DC would be willing to put these archers in single combat, I would enjoy watching them try to see which one is really the champion of comic-book marksmanship.
(3) Hulk vs. Superman
Now people will say I am trying to get Superman killed. I admit that I want to see him drubbed, but dead? I’m not that heartless. Besides, DC already killed him once. Maybe they’ve killed him again in recent years; I don’t know for sure. I don’t keep up with DC comics. To kill Superman again, however, would be DC’s prerogative. However, I highly recommend they avoid killing him another time. It’s pretty sad when a writer is so desperate to sell a story or series of stories that he murders the character(s) several times over. It’s an unimaginative way to make money; readers soon lose their interest in such stories. I know I did, and quickly.
Still, I would enjoy seeing how long the perfect, powerful Superman would last against the rage-empowered muscle of the Hulk. That would be more fun than RAW any day of the week – and twice on Sundays!
(4) Black Widow vs. Mystique
If there is one Marvel villainess I loathe above the rest, it is Mystique. This is primarily due to her treatment of Rogue and Nightcrawler, X-Men for whom I developed a soft spot when I first began watching the 1990’s TV series. That TV show, and subsequent TV series, only further raised my ire against the character. I would truly enjoy watching her take a beating from one of Marvel’s heroines.
As for choosing Widow to be that heroine, it just makes sense. Both are assassins, both are well versed in hand-to-hand combat, and deception is their game. I would be rooting for Black Widow the whole way. “Paste Mystique!” “Make pancake batter out of her!”
I despise Mystique. ‘Nuff said.
(5) Black Widow vs. Viper
Viper I do not hate as much as Mystique. On the list of Marvel villainesses I detest, she probably ranks a solid eighth.
However, this all around femme fatale deserves a smack down. As noted above, the best one to accomplish this beating is Black Widow. It takes a femme fatale to pulp a femme fatale. Go Black Widow!!!
(6) Thor vs. Juggernaut
I’m pretty sure the Hulk and Juggernaut already went toe to toe, with Juggernaut the loser. That is no real surprise, considering the Hulk’s strength. And Big Jug has probably already fought Thor. Still, that would be a punch-out to watch.
I know that Juggernaut has turned over a new leaf in the comics, but that still leaves the TV screen to host such a brawl. So, if these two titans could ‘play’ on the tube for five minutes – in cartoon or live action format, I don’t care – that would be fun.
(7) Hulk vs. Blob
Every now and again, when Blob is introduced in a new cartoon series, he refers to himself as “immovable.” Well I, for one, am fed up with that title of his and would like to see what would happen when “The Immovable” meets the “Strongest There Is.”
This battle may have occurred in the comics, but I have yet to see it on film and videotape. At a guess, I would say that Blob would be very immovable after the Hulk had finished with him. Oooh, what a fight that would be!
(8) Hawkeye vs. Domino
Some would say that this isn’t a fair match. After all, Domino’s mutant power is her probability manipulation, which allows her to hit targets no one else has a prayer of hitting. Hawkeye is a normal man whose skills are his only ‘power.’
Quite frankly, I think Domino cheats. She needs her mutant powers to do what Hawkeye has learned to do through years of practice. Her powers only work when she’s in motion. Hawkeye would need to catch her unawares to take her down, but he could accomplish it, I think.
So which of them would win – the one with years of practice and natural talent or the one with mutant powers? For the record, my money is yet again solidly on Hawkeye.
(9) Sif vs. Amora the Enchantress
Originally I thought that having the Scarlet Witch face off with the Enchantress would be a satisfying good girl/bad girl smack down. Thinking it over, though, I realized that Wanda hasn’t got the power quotient or skill to go up against Amora, even with the power boost the Scarlet Witch has received in recent years.
Sif, on the other hand, is Asgardian. That makes her just as strong as The Enchantress, albeit not a sorceress. Plus, she and Amora both have a thing for Thor, so letting them duke it out while arguing over which of them likes Thor better would be a good way for Sif to blow off some steam. Can you say, “Catfight”? Me-OW!!
(10) Cap vs. Superman
I can hear the Cap fans now: “Are you CRAZY?!!!?!” “He’ll kill Cap!” “Cap would never stand a chance against Superman!”
Now honestly, what kind of Marvel fan would I be if I wanted Cap to lose to Superman? (And why are you bunch so pessimistic about his prospects? He’s beaten guys nastier and more powerful than Superman. Have a little faith, why don’t you?) As a matter of fact, Steve Rogers is one of my favorite Marvel characters. And I think he’s far, far better than Superman, who looks about as impressive as a block of wood when someone stands him next to Cap.
However, I was not going to suggest a battle of muscle between Marvel and DC’s respective titans. I was going to suggest a battle of personalities, of wits, of character, as it were. It could be anything from Cap and Superman reading the newspaper across from each other to the two of them playing chess. If I were to write such a scene, I would show Cap and Superman having a conversation during this “idle” moment, in the duration of which Cap would philosophically paste Superman. Then they would go back to their separate universes and work on saving humanity. Again.
Now THIS is the smack down I want to see most! GO CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!
The Mithril Guardian