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Super Power: Daredevil’s Metahuman Fighting Skills Allow Him To Defeat 100 Yakuza Men In Under 3 Minutes

 

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In Daredevil (2004) #57, Matt Murdock defeats 107 Yakuza men in under three minutes. Marvel Comics.

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DAREDEVIL HAS METAHUMAN-LEVEL FIGHTING SKILLS

Among Marvel’s street-levelers, Daredevil figures at the top of its best martial artists. In one of his most notorious feats, the Man Without Fear defeats 107 Yakuza men. After Daredevil has claimed the title of Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen, the West Coast underworld puts him on notice.

In Daredevil (2004) #57, the Japanese mafia challenges Matt Murdock to a fight to the death. Incredibly, the fight concludes in under three minutes. Near the end of the fight, the FBI intervenes.

Really, the feat has been mentioned as one of Daredevil’s best fights. Importantly, the Man Without Fear showcased a Metahuman-Level of Fighting Skills. According to our Fighting Skills Scale, a Metahuman Warrior can defeat over a 100 men in armed or unarmed combat.

Let’s examine Daredevil’s super powers.

Radioactively Enhanced Physiology: Murdock was originally enhanced by the radioactive isotope which later blinded him. As a result, he possesses superhuman senses, agility, reflexes, balance, and etc. Murdock’s nervous system has also increase some of his abilities at peak human level.

Peak Human Speed: Similar to his strength, Matt can increase his speed to peak human level.

He is capable of sprinting two city blocks in seconds, disappearing, hitting a sniper with his billy club, and crosses a large distance while getting into costume in seconds. Matt’s running speed is also above an Olympic-level athletes speed, such as a track and field sprinter/decathlete.

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

RADAR SENSE

Among Daredevil’s most famous super powers is his Radar Sense.

Enhanced Stamina: Matt’s stamina is similarly enhanced, since he was able to hold his breath underwater for longer periods of time.

Radar Sense: A form of echolocation via low radio wave projection, according to one theory; an energy wave within certain portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The signal emanates radio waves from regions of his brain, after which it travels outward, bounces off objects around him, and returns to receiving regions of his brain.

With this ability, Murdock can synthesize a very close analogue of three-dimensional three hundred and sixty degree human sight.

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

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WHAT IS DAREDEVIL’S REACTION TIME?

During the Yakuza fight, Matt Murdock defeated 100 men in under three minutes. If we divide the time by the number of men, we obtain a reaction time of 1.8 second per man.

In fact, Daredevil may have an even faster reaction time since he is able to dodge gunfire at point-blank range.

Superhuman Reflexes: Possibly due to his exposure to the radioactive waste that caused his blindness, Matt’s reflexes borderline superhuman. And his reaction time is in the order of magnitude of the microsecond.

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

Without a doubt, Daredevil is among Marvel’s best martial artists.

 

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WHY DAREDEVIL CAN DEFEAT A METAHUMAN

IN DAREDEVIL ANNUAL (1967) #1, DAREDEVIL FIGHTS MATADOR, ELECTRO AND GLADIATOR

In 'Daredevil Vol 1 Annual' (1967) #1, Daredevil fights Matador, Electro and Gladiator.
In Daredevil Annual (1967) #1, Daredevil fights Matador, Electro and Gladiator. Marvel Comics.

Generally, Daredevil’s enhanced sensory system, radar sense and superior speed give him a significant advantage in battles. Even against metahumans, Daredevil is able to amp his Olympic level super strength to peak human levels.

Importantly, his radar sense gives him the advantage of not relying solely on physical senses. Instead, he is able to rely on his martial arts skills and his muscle memory.

In practice, Daredevil can dodge gunfire, outmaneuver an attack or even evade Electro’s electric blasts. Relevantly, electricity travels from 3*106 meters per second to up to 90 percent of the speed of light.

Definitely, Daredevil’s enhanced speed is the result of a Metahuman Level of Fighting Skills.

HOW STRONG IS DAREDEVIL?

Relevantly, DC Database rates Daredevil’s maximum strength as peak human.

Peak Human Strength: Thanks to his control over his central nervous system due to his many years of martial arts training, Matt can increase his strength to peak human level.

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

In Daredevil (1982) #179, the Man Without Fear performs a scaling feat. In a gym, he lifts a 400 pound barbell and uses it as a weapon against henchmen. Then, he throws it at Winston Cherryh 10 feet away, a mayoral candidate with ties to the Kingpin.

Really, by our calculations, Daredevil produced 553 Newtons of force for an Olympic athlete level of super strength. Definitely, Daredevil is capable of amping his strength to Peak Human level with martial arts and training.

SUPER STRENGTH LEVEL:

PEAK HUMAN

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%

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REFERENCES

Daredevil Vol 2 57 in Marvel Database.
Matthew Murdock (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Annual Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
How fast does electricity flow? in BBC Science Focus.
Daredevil Vol 1 179 in Marvel Database.

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Super Power Explained: How Do Superman’s Powers Work?

 

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

In Power Level Explained: Superman Shatters Epoch’s Omega Barrier With His Heat Vision, we rated Superman’s Heat Vision feat Galaxy-Level. Now, we attempt to answer a popular question about Superman and his powers.

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR BATTERY

The Man Of Steel (1986) #1. DC Comics.

Perhaps, the most popular question in all of comicdom: How do Superman‘s powers work? There have been multiple explanations for Superman’s fantastic super powers under the yellow sun.

During the Golden Age, his abilities were attributed to Krypton having a higher gravity than Earth, granting Superman a stronger, denser more durable skin.

Over time, the Kryptonian’s powers grew and new explanations were added. During the Silver Age and the Bronze Age, Superman’s powers were explained as the products of Earth’s weaker gravity and the radiation of Earth’s yellow sun.

During that time span, Superman truly became a god-like being capable of moving planets or withstanding nukes.

Post-Crisis, iconic writer and artist John Byrne completely revamped the Superman mythos. In fact, Byrne Superman was again the Last Son of Krypton.

In addition, his humanity mattered more than his alien heritage, as Superman was depicted as a human with superhuman powers.

Controversially, the artist reduced Superman’s powers to a more realistic level in order for the hero to be challenged in stories. As an explanation, Superman’s powers were a manifestation of telekinesis.

As a result, his super powers developed because his Kryptonian cells absorbed yellow solar radiation. After Byrne’s departure, Superman’s powers were again increased to be limitless. Visit Superman’s Powers And Abilities on Fandom.

Though this explanation has proven controversial among fans, let’s explain why John Byrne’s theory makes some sense. Though Superman’s powers and telekinesis are ultimately not mental, but physical.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by referencing relevant research and the comics.

HOW SUPERMAN’S POWERS WORK

WHY SUPERMAN USES SOME FORM OF TELEKINESIS

1. A BIOLOGICAL MOLECULE THAT ABSORBS LIGHT AND PRODUCES ELECTRICITY

In 'JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice' (2003), Stargirl recharges Superman's powers with sunlight.

In Lex Luthor, Action Comics Annual Vol 1 #11, we explain how Superman’s vulnerability to green kryptonite potentially works. As we know, green kryptonite interferes with a Kryptonian’s ability to absorb yellow sunlight.

From a study, we found that a molecule called xanthopterin may absorb violet light in the Oriental hornet. We hypothesized that Superman uses a homolog of the molecule that evolved in parallel on Krypton.

More importantly, the Oriental hornet absorbs light in order to produce electrical power. Perhaps, this relates to Superman’s bio-electric aura and his superhuman powers under the Earth’s yellow sun.

In a similar process, Superman produces a bio-electric aura that powers his telekinesis. Later, we explain why this process is physical.

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2. SUPERMAN'S BIO-ELECTRIC AURA CAN WORK LIKE A SUPER-CONDUCTOR NEGATING THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD

Superman editorial. DC Comics.

Generally speaking, Superman’s bio-electric aura is an addition from Byrne’s revamp of the Superman mythos. As the image explains, Superman’s bio-electric aura explains his invulnerability. Also, it may explain his other super powers. Let’s explain.

Since Superman absorbs yellow sunlight, it is possible that the process reaches very high temperatures allowing him to produce electricity. Though it is unclear how he is able to maintain normal body temperatures and homeostasis.

In 1911, superconductivity was discovered by a student working with the Dutch scientist Karmelingh-Onnes. Centrally, at near absolute zero or at very high temperatures, elements and metals display the ability to conduct electricity with no electrical resistance.

Surprisingly, one remarkable feature of superconductivity is the ability to negate a magnetic field. Indeed, this is called the Meissner Effect named after Walther Meissner who discovered it in 1933. Remarkably, a magnet is able to levitate above a superconductor.

Similarly, with yellow solar radiation absorption, the Man of Steel is able to act as a superconductor. Effectively, he produces a bio-electric aura that allows him to negate the Earth’s magnetic field at the local level.

Partly, this explains his super powers of flight and invulnerability since he negates the Earth’s magnetic field.

In fact, it may suggest he can be powered by cosmic rays and not just solar radiation. In addition, it explains why his powers of telekinesis are mental and physical since he is able to extend his bio-electric aura in order to perform feats of super strength.

Let’s explain further how super-conductivity allows him to negate gravity.

 

3. SUPERMAN'S TELEKINESIS ALLOWS HIM TO NEGATE GRAVITY ON EARTH TO BREAK THE LAWS OF PHYSICS

In Superman (2004) #207, Superman performs a super speed feat. During the fight, Superman speedblitzes Equus. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman’ Vol 2 #207, we rated Superman’s super speed feat during the For Tomorrow story arc. In a fight against Equus, Superman performed the Speedblitz technique.

Amazingly, with his cells charged by yellow sunlight, Superman is able to break the laws of physics. Let’s explain.

Since we hypothesized Superman is able to act as a superconductor, he is able to negate magnetic fields. Importantly, the Meissner effect predicts he can negate gravity.

According to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, gravity affects the space-time continuum. In effect, changing the gravitational field can either speed up or slow time.

Hence, Superman acting as a superconductor allows him to affect the space-time continuum. When Superman negates gravity locally on Earth, we can hypothesize he can move faster or slower in time relative to humans.

Also, this explains in part his super strength. Indeed, he is able to bend space-time with his telekinesis allowing him to lift incalculable amounts of weight. And without telekinesis, the heavy objects Superman lifts would crumble under the weight of gravity.

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4. SUPERMAN'S KRYPTONIAN PHYSIOLOGY MAKES HISE CELLS DENSER AND MORE DURABLE

In 'Superman: Birthright' (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire.
In Superman: Birthright (2004) #9, Superman protects Lois Lane from gunfire. DC Comics.

As we already know, Superman is an alien from the planet Krypton. From the beginning, writers have attributed Kal-El’s super powers to Earth having a weaker gravity. For the most part, this explains Superman’s superhuman strength and invulnerability.

With his denser and more durable skin, the Last Son of Krypton has very strong muscles and is able to withstand high impacts, injury, diseases and toxins, as well as blunt force.

Importantly, Superman’s super strength allows him to move planets. Indeed, since his muscle cells are charged with yellow sunlight and metabolize energy with maximum efficiency.

As a result, we can explain his super strength, invulnerability and longevity with the fact his cells produce no fatigue toxins.

 

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WHY SUPERMAN IS A SOLAR REACTOR

LIKE THE SUN, SUPERMAN PROJECTS ENERGY OUT OF HIS BODY

In Superman/Batman (2004) #10, Superman performs an energy projection feat. Superman vaporizes an army of Doomsday “animates” with heat vision on Themyscira. DC Comics

In Superman, ‘Superman/Batman’ Vol 1 #10, we rated Superman’s heat vision against Doomsday animates. Generally, Superman’s heat vision is the most difficult of his super powers to understand.

In some respects, the Man of Steel may function as a solar battery or a reactor. Since the sun is a nuclear reactor, Superman’s cells may function as nuclear reactors.

Though difficult to really reconcile, since the superhero may be radioactive and emit harmful rays. But his heat vision may be one of his most exotic powers. Since he is a solar reactor, Superman should be able to project energy out of his whole body.

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Finally, his other vision powers are likely an enhanced perception from his conversion of electromagnetic radiation.

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ANSWER:

Under the Earth’s yellow sun, we hypothesize that Superman’s denser and more durable cells absorb yellow sunlight to produce bio-electricity.

Thanks to some form of telekinesis and Kryptonian physiology, Superman can negate gravity to break the laws of physics for various effects.

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Feat: Flash, ‘JLA’ #3

 

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REFERENCES

The Man of Steel (1986—1986) in DC Database.
Superman’s Powers and Abilities in Superman Wiki.
JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice in DC Database.
Introduction to the History of Superconductivity in Moments of Discovery.
Meissner Effect in Engineering LibreTexts.
Superman Vol 2 207 in DC Database.
Superman: Birthright Vol 1 9 in DC Database.
Superman/Batman Vol 1 10 in DC Database.

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Power Level Wiki Preview: In “Darkseid War,” Batman Is The God Of Knowledge And Deduces The Origin Of Anti-Monitor

 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light.

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Super Power: I Got The Power! After ‘Injustice,’ Is He-Man DC’s Most Powerful Hero?

 

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IN DC COMICS, HE-MAN CONTENDS FOR THE MOST POWERFUL HERO

He-Man. DC Comics.

Incredibly, He-Man remains today one of the most popular heroes in comicdom. In fact, unit sales of Masters of The Universe Revelation ranked 31st in July 2021. Recently, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have gained a revival with the Netflix TV series adaptation.

Since the Masters of the Universe re-joined the New 52 and the DC Universe in 2013 with DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe, He-Man has enjoyed a growing popularity.

In 2019, He-Man and MOTU revitalized the Injustice: Gods Among Us franchise with Injustice vs Masters of The Universe. According to rumor, He-Man, Anti-Monitor and John Constantine may appear in Injustice 3.

Recently, in the Injustice crossover, He-Man has challenged Superman as DC’s most powerful hero. Let’s see why this may actually be the case. First, let’s rank He-Man’s formidability since the New 52.

FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy.

For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful.

Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank He-Man, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the superhero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

Let’s rank our DC hero. To note, the score is rated out of a 100.

 

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HE-MAN

He-Man. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Limitless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 96

FORMIDABILITY:

COSMIC

Generally, He-Man is THE best warrior in the DC multiverse. In fact, the most powerful fighter in DC. What makes He-Man so powerful is because he has access to limitless power from Castle Grayskull.

Though not in the mainstream universe, let’s list why He-Man may eventually dethrone Superman as DC’s most powerful hero.

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3. HIS STRENGTH CLASS IS LIMITLESS

Early in the 1980s animated series, He-Man was described as the most powerful man in the universe. In reality, the source of his power is the Sword of Power. Often with the battle cry “I got the power!,” Prince Adam would transform into He-Man using the Sword of Power.

Really, with the Sword of Power, He-Man has access to Limitless power. In fact, the He-Man/Thundercats crossover revealed that the Sword of Power joined to the Orb has Infinite power.

With the sacred artifacts, the DC hero can travel between realities in the DC multiverse, re-create the DC multiverse and warp reality.

2. CASTLE GRAYSKULL IS THE NEXUS OF THE DC MULTIVERSE

In Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #6, Superman attempts to re-create the DC multiverse as its new absolute tyrant. In the issue, we learn that Castle Grayskull is the Nexus of All Realities.

Importantly, He-Man draws his power from Castle Grayskull as its conduit. Thus, He-Man is potentially a Multiversal conduit with Infinite potential.

Indeed, with the power, Superman attempts to find the perfect Earth in the multiverse where he can prevent his family’s death and be reunited with them. However, trying his best, Superman cannot locate his perfect Earth.

When Superman attempts to kill Prince Adam and become the new conduit to begin his new rule, the Eternian receives a power boost. In one powerful lightning bolt from Castle Grayskull, He-Man blasts Superman to death. Then, the Black Racer arrives and claims Superman’s soul.

1. POWERFUL ENEMIES

Perhaps, the most underrated aspect of the MOTU franchise. Generally, He-Man’s enemies directly threaten the universe or the DC multiverse. In He-Man/Thundercats, Skeletor and Mumm-Ra unite in order to become Mumm-Ator. Together, they threaten the DC multiverse.

In the end, He-Man is the true guardian of the DC multiverse protecting it from threats from multiple sources.

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REFERENCES

July 2021 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops in Comichron.
Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe (2018—2019) in DC Database.
Masters of The Universe Revelation in Netflix.
RUMOR: Injustice 3 Roster Includes Constantine, Anti-Monitor, He-Man and Many More in CBR.com.
DC’s Injustice Crossover Kills Off the Franchise’s Biggest Villain in CBR.com.
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Super Power Explained: With The Pym Particles, Hank Pym Is Among Marvel’s Top 10 Super-Geniuses

In 'Marvel Universe: The End' (2003) #5, Thanos faces the Marvel Universe assembled.
 

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IN INVENTIONS AND SCIENTIFIC MARVELS

OUR TOP 10 LIST OF MARVEL’S SUPER-GENIUSES BY INVENTION (NO ONE-ABOVE-ALL OR ABSTRACT)

In 'Marvel Universe: The End' (2003) #5, Thanos faces the Marvel Universe assembled.
In Marvel Universe: The End (2003) #5, Thanos faces the Marvel Universe assembled. Marvel Comics.

QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the Top 10, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on feats, we will go by inventions or planning only.
  3. Different races in the Marvel Universe are included such as the Eternals, humans, Inhumans.

Let’s rank our Top 10.

10. PROFESSOR XAVIER

Professor X. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Metahuman 17%

POWER HIERARCHY:

METAHUMAN

What seems like a benign invention has actually changed the course of Marvel history. Namely, Professor X’s Cerebro is actually an E.S.P. device that helps him locate good and bad mutants.

Generally, though telepathy is a super power in the Marvel Universe, we can count it as super-genius intelligence. For the reason that being granted access to the secret thoughts and desires of men is definitely a god-like ability or super power.

Furthermore, Professor X has the intelligence to show for it. As matter of fact, an expert in genetics and the life sciences, the Professor X has shown remarkable scientific ingenuity s well as planning in combat situations.

Definitely, I would not want to mess with someone who once defeated Phoenix in a psionic battle!

9. BLACK BOLT

Black Bolt. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

POWER HIERARCHY:

COSMIC BEING

Though not really an inventor, Black Bolt is nonetheless one of the most capable scientists on Marvel Earth. During Infinity, Black Bolt invented the T-bomb.

When detonated, the bomb would cause all humans to undergo Terrigenesis and become Inhumans. Definitely, a nightmarish thought!

8. BLACK PANTHER

Black Panther. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Metahuman 17%

POWER HIERARCHY:

METAHUMAN

As matter of fact, Black Panther is really a super-genius. Early, T’Challa earned a PhD in physics from Oxford University. Generally, Black Panther is a master tactician, problem solver and inventor.

During the Doomwar, T’Challa revealed he combined his knowledge of physics with alchemy in order to create new scientific discipline: shadow physics.

Now let’s move onto an actual scalable feat. During the Incursion in Secret Wars, Black Panther actually helped design the life raft. Moreover, he also designed an inter-dimensional planet-busting bomb!

Generally speaking, T’Challa is rated among the eight smartest minds on Earth. And he deserves it!

7. BEAST

Beast. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Metahuman 17%

POWER HIERARCHY:

METAHUMAN

In his Top 25 Smartest list, Victor Grubbs at CBR.com calls Beast a Renaissance man. What makes Hank McCoy stand out is that despite his blue monster appearance, he is very intellectually gifted, a man of culture and letters.

From the beginning, Beast was a founding member of the original X-Men. Furthermore, he would join the Avengers, X-Factor and even the Secret Avengers during Civil War.

In the intelligence department, Beast is among the eight smartest people on Marvel Earth. Namely, his expertises in medicine, anatomy, biophysics, electronics, biochemistry and genetics are at the top.

Among his most remarkable feats is his discovery of the hormonal extract that causes the X-gene. In addition, Hank discovered a cure to the Legacy Virus that devastated the mutant population.

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6. HANK PYM

Hank Pym. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Team-Wrecker 42%

POWER HIERARCHY:

TEAM-WRECKER

Without a doubt, Hank Pym is a revolutionary mind in the Marvel Universe. Really, there was hesitation as who has been the more inventive mind between Ant-Man and Iron Man. Later, we will see why Iron Man deserves the higher spot.

Among the most inventive minds on Earth, Hank Pym has been called by the Abstract named Eternity, “Earth’s Scientist Supreme.”1 Really, his discoveries have been ground-breaking.

Thanks to the Pym Particles, he discovered the Microverse by shrinking to subatomic scale and the Macroverse by increasing his size near infinity.

Though he is a super-genius, his attitude and his most important malfunctioning inventions – namely, Ultron – have prevented him from succeeding. Often times, he has been considered a failure. Read our Avengers: Rage of Ultron product review.

5. IRON MAN

Iron Man. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

POWER HIERARCHY:

ENHANCED

For the most part, Tony Stark is a businessman, a public figure and an inventor in the Marvel Universe. Importantly, he is well known for his Iron Man armors which have continually evolved over the years in response to threats and personal challenges.

Two reasons why Iron Man has succeeded where Hank Pym has not: his inventions have successfully revolutionized business and he has recovered from addiction.

At the same time, Iron Man performed a feat that has outclassed Hank. In AvX, Tony invents the Phoenix Killer Armor which temporarily bombs the Phoenix, though splitting it in the Phoenix Five.

4. BRUCE BANNER

Dr. Bruce Banner. Marvel Comics

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

POWER HIERARCHY:

COSMIC BEING

Generally, BannerTech is developed in order to solve a problem. Regularly, Hulk is hunted by the authorities, the heroes and villains. To this end, Bruce’s expertise in gamma radiation has enabled him to create devices for teleportation, force fields or hologram projection.

For the sheer ingenuity of his inventions, Dr. Banner belongs near the top of this list.

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3. THANOS

Thanos. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Skyfather 92%

POWER HIERARCHY:

SKYFATHER

Certainly, Thanos needs no introduction. Indeed, his villainy, intelligence and resources make him a fomidable foe. Importantly, Thanos’ inventions are for a single purpose: universal destruction!

In Annihilation, Thanos proved why he may be the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous foe. After Tenebrous and Aegis captured Galactus and Silver Surfer, the captured were turned over to the Annihilation Wave.

Dangerously, in order to help Annihilus conquer the Prime Universe, Thanos imprisoned Galactus to a bomb that was absorbing the energy he was feeding on. And the ultimate purpose was to destroy the Marvel multiverse for the Negative Zone.

2A/2B. REED RICHARDS/DOCTOR DOOM

Mister Fantastic. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Metahuman 17%

POWER HIERARCHY:

METAHUMAN

Doctor Doom. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Skyfather 92%

POWER HIERARCHY:

SKYFATHER

Not much needs to be said about these two rivals. As matter of fact, Mister Fantastic is ahead of Doctor Doom, especially in the science department. Overall, they are in a league of their own. And that says a lot.

1. HIGH EVOLUTIONARY

High Evolutionary. Marvel Comics.

Power Hierarchy: Skyfather 92%

POWER HIERARCHY:

SKYFATHER

Among the Skyfathers in Marvel, other than Odin, Zeus, Mephisto and Thanos, High Evolutionary is among the greatest scientific minds. At his highest, High Evolutionary is able to predict the universe from beginning to end.

In addition, he is the actual father of twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Furthermore, read our product review for Uncanny Avengers: Counter-Evolutionary.

Where High Evolutionary outclasses every super-genius on the list, is the fact that he has used science to actually create life. Moreover, he created Counter-Earth where Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch travel in the comic.

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REFERENCES

Dangerous Minds: The 25 Smartest Characters In The Marvel Universe, Officially Ranked in CBR.com.
Marvel Universe: The End Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.


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  1. Mighty Avengers #30.

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Super Power: 5 Reasons Why Spider-Man’s Multiversal Connection To The Web Of Life And Destiny Is Mystical

The Web of Life and Destiny.
 

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IN UNIVERSAL AND MULTIVERSAL ANOMALIES

THE WEB OF LIFE AND DESTINY MYSTICALLY CONNECTS THE SPIDER-TOTEMS IN THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE

The Web of Life and Destiny.
The Web of Life and Destiny. Marvel Comics.

If you remember the popular Spider-Verse crossover, you know all the different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse were involved. In addition, it was adapted into the hit animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [Blu-ray].

Aside from the animated movie, the Spider-Verse crossover really changed the Spider-Man mythos.

As you all know, all different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse are mystically connected by the Web of Life and Destiny. In fact, it is the same Web that has endowed Madame Web with clairvoyance, astral projection and telepathy.

Moreover, this explains her powerful connection to the Earth-616 Spider-Man and how she has sought to help him. In reality, the Web of Life and Destiny is responsible for the powers of all the Spider-Totems.

Namely, the Web of Life and Destiny is spun by the Master Weaver. In addition, totemic spider deities help maintain it. Particularly, Madame Web, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and Spider-Girl are considered avatars or Spider-Totems of the Web of Life.

In many ways, the Spider-Totems seem to have a mystical connection to the Web of Life.

Let’s list five reasons why.

5 REASONS WHY SPIDER-MAN IS MYSTICALLY CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE

5. THE SPIDER-SENSE IS CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE

In ‘Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man’ (1979) #28, a blind Spider-Man uses his spider-sense like a radar sense to see and prevent a bombdroid from exploding in Manhattan. Marvel Comics

Previously, we argued that Spider-Man’s spider-sense is precognition.

On multiple instances, the super power has saved our hero by warning him of danger before it happens. Usually, within a fraction of a second.

Though knowledge of the spider-sense is limited, the Master Weaver has stated that the power is connected to the Web of Life.

In some sense, Spider-Man is alerted of danger because of his connection to the Marvel multiverse through the Web of Life.

It is in part genetic and in part supernatural, voire, mystical.

4. MADAME WEB

Notably, Madame Web was Spider-Man’s early connection to the Web of Life.

In fact, her powers of clairvoyance and telepathy helped Peter realize the potential of his precognitive abilities.

Particularly, Madame Web is a blind and paralyzed elderly woman. Thanks to a web-like apparatus, she is maintained on life-support in her apartment.

In their first meeting, she helps Spider-Man stop a criminal known as Rupert Dockery.

Though her prophecies have been cryptic, they have helped Spider-Man solve cases time and again.

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3. HE CAN MUTATE INTO A SPIDER AND SHED HIS SKIN

Dramatically, the Master Weaver intervened in Peter’s life. In The Other: Evolve or Die (2005), Spider-Man is suffering from a mysterious illness.

Mysteriously, he is affected by spells of dizziness, black outs and strange dreams. While stopping a bank robbery, he is shot by the villain the Tracer.

After a visit to the doctor, Peter finds out he is dying.

Really, the comic sets up Spider-Verse and introduces the Web of Life. Dramatically, Spider-Man dies at the hands of the mysterious vampire named Morlun.

Strangely, he is resurrected later after emerging from a cocoon. Amazingly, Spider-Man has shed his skin and his missing left eye has re-grown.

For the first time, he meets the Other who tells him that she is his opposite.

Fortunately, Spider-Man has been resurrected by the cosmic deity known as the Master Weaver. Now, Peter must accept his spider side in order to re-align his life.

2. MORLUN AND THE INHERITORS ARE THE SPIDER-TOTEMS’ NATURAL PREDATORS

Morlun.
Morlun. Marvel Comics.

In Spider-Verse, we find out about Morlun’s race. As matter of fact, he belongs to the Inheritors, a race of vampires from Earth-001.

Generally, they feed on humans and superhumans, though they prefer the pure energy of the Spider-Totems.

After a war with the spider deities, they imprisoned the Master Weaver.

With his connection to the Web of Life, they located the Spider-Totems of the Spider-Verse and started a war to kill them all.

After feeding on their life forces, they planned to eventually depend on lesser life-forms. Really, as Ezekiel put it, they are the Spider-Totems’ natural predators.

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1. AS A SPIDER-TOTEM, HIS POWERS WERE NOT AN ACCIDENT BUT GUIDED BY THE WEB OF LIFE

In 'Amazing Spider-Man' (2001) #34, Spider-Man and Ezekiel battle Morlun.
In Amazing Spider-Man (2001) #34, Spider-Man and Ezekiel battle Morlun. Marvel Comics.

When Ezekiel Sims meets Spider-Man for the first time, he tells him the truth about his super powers. In reality, the spider that bit him was not by accident.

On the contrary, it was by fate. Plus, he warns Spider-Man of a threat that will eventually claim his life.

By Spider-Verse, we realize everything was building up to the Spider-Totems and the Marvel multiverse.

As matter of fact, Spider-Man and the other avatars have a mystic connection.

For example, the night Peter died at the hospital during Morlun’s attack, Spider-Woman sensed it.

Particularly, the Spider-Totems’ connection to the Web of Life allows them to travel the multiverse.

For example, the Web Warriors of Earth-001 use a Dimensional Travel Watch to travel between the realities.

REFERENCES

Spider-Verse in Marvel Database.
Cassandra Webb (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 28 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 210 in Marvel Database.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Other: Evolve or Die in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 34 in Marvel Database.
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Super Power Explained: The Classic JLA Big Seven Ranked In Formidability

The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
 

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The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman.
The Classic JLA line-up radially to center: Batman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman. DC Comics.

In our JLA reviews, we mentioned how Grant Morrison’s 1997 JLA run, revitalized the franchise. More importantly, it gave a new generation of fans the classic JLA line-up: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

What makes the JLA work is that they are a modern pantheon of gods. Literally! Grant Morrison gave us a beefed-up version of superheroes that continually outdid previous prowesses such as: Wally’s Infinite Mass Punch, Martian Manhunter figuring out Joker’s mind, Superman absorbing Mageddon’s anti-sunlight or even Batman going toe to toe against Prometheus.

Really, the JLA are DC’s premiere superhero team. In fact, they are the best and take on threats of any scale: From J’onn’s apparent death, the rise of the Injustice Gang, the alternate future of the ALE, to Superman remaining a symbol of hope in a White Martian invasion.

Though their chemistry is definitely legendary, let’s list how the individual members rank in formidability.

FORMIDABILITY

Generally, formidability is the ability to compete, match and defeat a foe despite overwhelming odds. Usually, formidability indicates a warrior’s ability to defeat a stronger, more powerful and more resourceful enemy. For this reason, it is almost interchangeable with the Fighting Skills Level. For example, this explains why Batman is able to defeat Killer Croc or Bane who are in fact stronger or more powerful. Using tactics, training, technology, resources and intel, Batman is usually able to take on more powerful opponents.

Before we rank the JLA Big Seven, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the superhero should be able to consistently defeat opponents above their strength class or power level.
  2. In terms of power level or fighting skills, they should have few or no weaknesses.
  3. Consistently, they should face quality opponents that are at least able to destroy a city.
  4. Finally, they should have fewer limitations in power, strength, ability or intelligence.

Let’s rank our Big Seven. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

1. WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Limitless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Leadership 75%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Generally, Wonder Woman is THE best warrior in the universe. In fact, the best melee fighter in DC. In addition, unlike the other powerhouses in the DC Universe, she has no discernible weaknesses. Though, she has weaknesses to piercing weapons such as bullets and arrows. At the same time, it must be said that her powers are magical in nature, which means she ultimately depends on the Olympian gods.

Incredibly, she has stood up above her strength class against Superman, Darkseid and Doomsday. Furthermore, she consistently fights quality opponents like Ares, Genocide, First Born, The Olympian. Dark Nights: Death Metal reveals her greatest strength is the ability to see the truth.

However, where Wonder Woman ranks lower is on leadership and morals. At one point, she was cast out of Paradise Island for not bringing peace to Man’s World. Moreover, her warrior code has often caused other heroes to question her morals. For example, see Superman: Sacrifice.

2. GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Galaxy 75%
Weaknesses: Irrelevant 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Willpower 100%

SCORE: 87.5

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Personally, Kyle Rayner is among my favorites at DC. Indeed, the Last Green Lantern is one of the best characters in recent memory. What separates Kyle as a character, is the combination of art and superheroing. When you bring together a struggling artist and the most powerful weapon powered by imagination and will, you get… god-like power!

When Kyle merged with the Ion Entity, Green Lantern became a god-like being capable of creation, nigh-omniscience, nigh-omnipresence. Really, Kyle is among the most likable heroes and the fact that he continued to want a normal life, is a testament to his awesomeness!

Generally, Green Lantern has faced tough competition from Mongul, Parallax, contained Solaris going supernova, fought the Monitors, the New Gods Takion and Kalibak, busted through the Manhunters and battled Monarch a time-travelling villain. With the yellow impurity gone, Kyle is only limited by his willpower. Indeed, something he has plenty of.

 

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3. SUPERMAN

Superman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Rare Minerals or Elements 75%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 79

FORMIDABILITY:

WARRIOR

Importantly, Superman is the most powerful DC hero. However, Superman’s greatest strength is his great humanity. When it comes down to limitations, opponents have often used a long list of weakness exploitation. Seldom, however, do they use his humanity in battle.

Perhaps, due to his overwhelming power and strength. In comparison to other heroes, the Man of Steel consistently faces tough competition. Many times, Superman faces foes above his Strength Class. Such as Dominus, Imperiex, Brainiac-13, Mandrakk, World Forger and True Form Darkseid.

Really, Superman’s weakness to kryptonite is well-known. As Thought Robot, Superman is second to the Monitor Mind The Overvoid in power. Though, the Cosmic Armor grants him Boundless Strength. Properly speaking, Superman belongs to the Infinite Class of Super Strength.

4. FLASH

Flash (Wally West). DC Comics.
Strength Class: Infinite 100%
Weaknesses: Universal Forces 92%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Recently, Wally West has become the best Flash among fans. And we can see why: He is relatable, a team-player, a great leader and one of the best graduates from the Teen Titans. Since Crisis on Infinite Earths, Wally has grown on fans and today sports a large fanbase. Though, that success has not necessarily translated to live-action.

Formidability-wise, Flash has no real weaknesses but has limitations. In fact, the Speed Force grants him the potential for infinite kinetic energy. Since Flash’s powers are physical, they can be altered by advanced weaponry or devices. Namely, one of the Flash’s rogues, the Thinker, once depowered Flash and transported him to Wonderland. Generally, Flash is limited by his durability being a metahuman. Though, his super strength potential is Infinite.

Famously, Batman once figured out the Flash’s weakness. When Ra’s Al Ghul stole Batman’s contingency plans against the JLA, he specifically targeted their weaknesses. In order to take down Flash, attach an electrostrobe to his spine to trigger seizures at super speed. Ouch! Nevertheless, Flash is generally affected by universal or multiversal forces that either reduce his kinetic energy or his connection to the Speed Force. Effectively depowering him.

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5. AQUAMAN

Aquaman. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 58.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BLOODLUSTED

Generally, most comic battle boards rank Aquaman as a mid-tier in strength level. In some respects, the rating is correct. Indeed, the problem is that he has shown to match powerful energy-based metahumans such as Black Manta and Ocean Master. At the same time, he has out-performed team-busters and champions such as the OMAC and Despero.

Formidability-wise, Aquaman’s only weakness is water deprivation. However, with the water bearer hand, he is able to overcome it. At the same time, water is itself a power dependency limitation since Orin depends on it to survive. Nonetheless, despite his reputation, Aquaman is a powerhouse at DC comics.

Indeed, his combination of brutality, resources, intelligence, strength, energy projection and telepathy is unmatched. In addition, the water is his natural element. In many cases, in underwater battles, he can call upon sea life. Which is a sizable part of all species on Earth.

6. MARTIAN MANHUNTER

Martian Manhunter. DC Comics.
Strength Class: Stellar 58%
Weaknesses: Conventional Warfare 25%
Quality Opponents: Cosmic Being 83%
Limitations: Weakness Exploitation 83%

SCORE: 24.5

FORMIDABILITY:

BRAWLER

At this time, Martian Manhunter still gets no respect from writers and editors. Though the Fernus story arc did reveal the Burning Martians’ terrifying potential. At his highest potential, J’onn J’onnz is a Cosmic Being. In some respects, DC comics has yet to capitalize on J’onn’s power-set to tell long-lasting stories.

Recently, in Justice League: Last Ride, J’onn J’onnz went Super Saiyan in order to defeat Darkseid. Definitely, a power-up for the Green Martian. Perhaps, an indication that J’onn has finally put aside his fire weakness. At the same time, Martian Manhunter may challenge Superman as the most powerful hero in the DC Universe.

Only time will tell if the editorial team at DC finally raises his stock.

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7. BATMAN

Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
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Strength Class: Metahuman 17%
Weaknesses: Peak Human 8%
Quality Opponents: Skyfather 92%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: -29.5

FORMIDABILITY:

CIVILIAN

Why is Batman’s score so low? Let’s explain. In reality, Batman‘s formidability is about the intangibles. We are talking about resources, discipline, preparation, contingency plans, detective work with peak human conditioning and fighting skills. Though we can definitely rate these attributes, it is clear that the Dark Knight’s abilities rate him as a metahuman at his highest potential.

Though Batman does incredibly alone, his particular skills allow him to excel in teams. Indeed, his stealth and escapology are excellent for recon as the other powerhouses take the brunt of the damage. Furthermore, his expertise in science, psychology, criminology and mysticism make him the JLA’s best tactical leader.

However, being a low-level metahuman, the Dark Knight definitely suffers from low competition. His foes often include Bane, Killer Croc, Joker or even Prometheus. Nonetheless, as an essential part of the JLA, he has stood up to foes above his strength class: Superman, Green Lantern, Supergirl or even Darkseid. Finally, Batman may be the Bat-God or Prep-Master in any universe! And that is saying something.

And that’s our ranking! Don’t forget to leave comments if you liked the Super Power Explained.


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REFERENCES

The Flash: How Wally West Lost His Powers in the Weirdest Way in CBR.com.
Justice League: Last Ride #5 in Comic Vine.
Justice League: Martian Manhunter Just Went Super Saiyan to Battle Darkseid in CBR.com.
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