14 Marvel and DC Superheroes Who Should Fight Each Other

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice may have been a disappointment for many, but the world still bought tickets in droves to see it because it fulfilled one of our most basic pop-culture desires: to see our favorite heroes fight one another for supremacy. Heroes fighting heroes generally doesn’t make a lot of sense, but when it comes to comic books, there’s always some suitable pretext that can be made up on the spot, as demonstrated by the bizarre leaps in logic BvS takes in order to pit its two caped heroes against each other.

The problem is that most high-profile DC characters have already been the subject of a dozen-plus crossovers and face-offs throughout their comic book history. Things gets a little more interesting when you throw the characters of their rival studio Marvel into the mix, however. To indulge our desire to see our most upstanding citizens beat the living crap out of each other, we’re listing seven inter-studio fights we’d like to see.

1. Hawkeye vs. Green Arrow

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye | Marvel Films

Let’s get the lamest one out of the way first. Each comic book universe has its own marksman archer, a skill that’s impressive in real life but decidedly boring next to an indestructible alien or an unstoppable green monster. The ensuing battle between Marvel’s Hawkeye and DC’s Green Arrow would likely involve a lot of long-distance combat and trick arrow shots, before Green Arrow manages to subdue Hawkeye by fighting just a little dirtier.

2. The Green Lantern vs. Thor

The Green Lantern

The Green Lantern | DC Comics

A Nordic God from outer space faces an interplanetary defender in one of the most unexpectedly epic mashups of (relatively) minor comic book characters. While Thor wields plenty of power as ruler of Asgard and commander of both thunder and the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, we have to believe Hal Jordan would take this battle solely on his ring’s ability to conjure any weapon out of thin air using his magic ring. Of course, if we’re talking about cinematic versions, Thor wins solely on his ability to carry a successful movie franchise — sorry, Green Lantern.

3. Catwoman vs. Black Widow

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Black Widow | Marvel

A slinky vigilante who blurs the line between hero and villain faces off against one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best agents, espionage expert and former-KGB agent. It isn’t hard to imagine a situation in which Selina Kyle’s antiheroine runs afoul of Natasha Romanov, inciting one of the most droolworthy fights in comic book history, but it would be especially interesting to see how Kyle could provoke Romanov’s darker side. Both powerless characters can get pretty dark if provoked, which would make for a fascinating fight, even if we have to believe Romanov would win, if only because she has plenty of government tech and training on her side.

4. Wonder Woman vs. Captain Marvel

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman | Source: Warner Bros.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman | Warner Bros.

There have been plenty of Captain Marvels, but for the purposes of this fight with DC’s Amazon demigod Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince, we’re going with the Carol Danvers, the female incarnation of the character due to get her own movie within the MCU soon. This matchup pitches Greek mythology against interstellar science fiction, making for a battle of decidedly different but well-matched foes that’s really anyone’s fight. Since both boast superhuman strength and agility, we’re going to give this one to Captain Marvel for her bizarre interdimensional abilities.

5. Joker vs. Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool | Source: Fox

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool | Fox

This one’s a little more interesting. Occasional X-Men member and wisecracking murderer with a heart of gold Deadpool is a little too low on the totem pole to square off against any high-profile heroes, but his cheeky style of violent heroism may have met its match in Batman’s greatest rival, The Joker. Deadpool would surely win in a hand-to-hand fight, but Joker’s blend of genius and insanity may allow him to get the better of Wade Wilson before he gets the chance to kill him the way Batman can only dream of. Deadpool would win on the strength of his combat and clever tactics (and because he’s a hero, duh), but the fight would be great for a lot of laughs while it lasts.

6. Batman vs. Iron Man

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Warner Bros.

Conventional wisdom says Batman and Captain America would make for a great fight, but it’s hard to resist pairing Iron Man and Batman against one another to see their parallels and crucial differences rub against one another. Both are their studio’s biggest cinematic earners, and both are rich playboys who use their inherited wealth to fight crime with a plethora of high-tech gadgets instead of conventional superpowers. Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit certainly has more cap abilities, especially in the flight department, but Batman is a creature of the night, a great detective and a skilled ninja who should find it easy to get the jump on Stark when he’s busy making jokes to Jarvis. That, along with a well-placed explosive, should be enough to help Batman win this one.

7. Superman vs. The Hulk

The Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron | Source: Marvel Films

The Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron | Marvel Films

Hulk and Superman may be their respective universe’s most indestructible heroes, but it’s their vast differences as well as their shared strength that make us interested in a face-off. Superman’s levelheaded heroism would compel him to stop Bruce Banner’s unstoppable brute alter ego, but the Hulk’s limitless strength and anger would surely stop Kal-El from stopping him too easily. In the end, we have to believe Superman will win — he is freaking Superman, after all — due to his greater variety of powers and ability to breathe in space. A quick flight through the atmosphere ought to end this fight pretty quick.

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