In The Death of Captain America (2008), Red Skull orders the asssassination of Captain America who is shot four times. During the storyline, Bucky Barnes becomes the new Captain America in Captain America #34. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier(2021), it is Falcon who carries on the Super-Soldier mantle.
In Captain America (2008) #34, Bucky Barnes makes his first appearance as Captain America. In a news-worthy comic by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Tony Stark proposes Bucky to erase the Winter Soldier and take up the mantle after the death of Steve Rogers. Importantly, the events follow after Civil War and the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act.
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ALPHA FLIGHT MAKES ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN UNCANNY X-MEN #120
InUncanny X-Men (1979) #120, the Canadian super-team called Alpha Flight makes its first appearance. In a classic issue by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the Canadian government sends Vindicator, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch and Aurora. Their mission is to capture Wolverine after the X-Men‘s latest battle in Japan against the Mandroids.
*To celebrate Black Panther: Wakanda Forever we publish this article on Marvel’s top two martial artists.
BLACK PANTHER AND CAPTAIN AMERICA ARE MARVEL’S TOP TWO MARTIAL ARTISTS
Today, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases with great celebration and excitement for the general audiences and for the African-American public.
With the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the torch has been passed to Letitia Wright who takes up the mantle of Black Panther in the titular role of Shuri. Though the heroine has yet to prove her feats similar to the comic, we will compare only T’Challa to Captain America.
In fact, since the Silver Age, the Black Panther-Captain America rivalry has taken on new heights. Indeed, many of their encounters involve Captain America infiltrating Wakanda on political missions or covert operations.
In most battles, the King of Wakanda has won though Captain America has held his own. With “Enter the Phoenix”, Phoenix-powered Captain America and Black Panther are the finalists in the Phoenix’s gladiatorial combats to become the entity’s next host.
Let’s look at how Black Panther’s martial arts and Captain America’s super soldier serum match against each other across various media.
TV: BLACK PANTHER DEFEATED CAPTAIN AMERICA IN THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER
In 2010, BET aired one season of Black Panther. Importantly, the six-episode series was a motion comic that introduced audienes to Wakanda and the world of Black Panther.
Perhaps, the first episode kicked into high gear with the first encounter between Black Panther and Captain America. True to the source material, Captain America is hunting down Nazi spies in Wakanda.
With fisticuffs and muscle-bound heroes, it appears Black Panther outclasses Captain America in strength, speed and fighting skill. In three powerful kicks, T’Challa knocks out the Star Spangled Banner.
In the end, Black Panther wins the battle though the mission is a failure.
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FILM: BLACK PANTHER IS THE SRONGEST MARTIAL ARTIST
Really, Black Panther (2018) may be the most celebrated Marvel movie with the greatest cultural impact. Indeed, “Wakanda Forever” has become the popular motto of entertainers and fans alike celebrating African-American culture.
Perhaps, one of its least celebrated moments is the rhino scene during the final battle of the movie. When T’Challa returns to challenge Killmonger, he dons the suit and faces the Wakandan army. Powerfully, he tamed a white rhino stampeding.
Importantly, a white rhinoceros can weigh up to 2400 kg and stampede at 13.8582 meters per second. With a kinetic energy of 230459.648688 Joules, Black Panther performed a Room-Level feat that is well above Captain America’s strength-level.
FILM: CAPTAIN AMERICA IS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S BEST HAND-TO-HAND FIGHTER
Gloriously, Captain America showcases the Marvel Universe’s best battles. In Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War (2016), the Avengers are divided over the Sokovia Accords. On the pro-registration are Iron Man and his forces. Against registration are Captain America and his Avengers.
In the final battle, Captain America shows why his combination of strength, sill and fighting spirit is unmatched in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Importantly, Iron Man is at least a 10-tonner since he is able to move the turbines of the Helicarrier.
Gloriously, the Star-Spangled Banner withstands Iron Man’s barrage of punches and array of technology, in order to final overwhelm him with his superior fighting skills. As F.R.I.D.A.Y. states, Catain America is the best hand-to-hand fighter in the Marvel Universe who later triumhs over Tony.
Though, unlike Black Panther killing Killmonger, Captain America does not land Tony the killing blow with his shield.
COMIC: IN ENTER THE PHOENIX, BLACK PANTHER CLAIMS HE CAN KILL THE PHOENIX
Importantly, Black Panther claims during the series that he has the power to kill the Phoenix. As a martial artist, Black Panther is also a great mystic who can commune with supernatural forces.
COMIC: CAPTAIN AMERICA HAS STALEMATED BLACK PANTHER
In Captain America #100 (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda. Marvel Comics
For the most part, Black Panther and Captain America are portrayed as equals. Importantly, T’Challa has the advantage in strength, speed and is the deadlier fighter. Both fighters are protected by Vibranium as the Captain has a Vibranium Shield and the Black Panther Habit is powered by Vibranium.
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DC VS MARVEL
IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS
“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”
JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.
In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.
Furthermore, our top-rated Formidability Ranking uses four central Fighting Skills to settle the debate.
In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.
In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.
Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.
From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.
In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.
‘Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the origin story of Captain America and his recruitment in the war effort against the Nazis during World War II.
The issue also tells the relationship between friends and allies Captain America and Bucky Barnes.
The comic was written and penciled by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
NEXT BATTLE OF THE WEEK: DARKSEID VS GALACTUS. FEBRUARY 15TH.
In our Black History Month feature story, we feature Isaiah Bradley, the first African American Captain America. Originally, Sgt. Luke Evans leads Isaiah’s all-black military unit.
During the Second World War, Colonel Walker Price and Dr. Josef Reinstein enlist 500 black military into Project Rebirth. Unbeknownst, the U.S. Army tests them with the Super Soldier Serum to develop additional Super Soldiers.
Previously, Steven Rogers successfully completed the Super Soldier program and became Captain America. Tragically, the majority of the candidates do not survive the experiments.
Only five African Americans, namely, Sgt. Luke Evans, Isaiah Bradley, Maurice Canfield, Damon Larsen and Larry Pitts survive to form a black special-ops team.
Secretly, the Army sends the families of the deceased military letters explaining their deaths as a result of explosions in combat.
In 1942, they deploy in multiple missions in Europe to fight Nazi Germany. On a mission, Larsen is killed and the squad discovers medical supplies for Koch Pharmazeutik. Then, in Sintra, Portugal, only Evans, Bradley and Canfield remain.
There, they await the arrival of Captain America. When Maurice finds out about his parents’ deaths, his enlarged thyroid, rage and PTSD lead to a fight. After the fight, only Bradley survives.
Afterwards, Isaiah is sent on his last mission. In fact, it is a suicide mission to kill Doctor Kosh, stop the development of the German Super-Soldier formula and destroy the Nazi camp in Schwarzebitte.
On his way, Isaiah steals a Captain America uniform and shield. To the enemy, he becomes… the Black Captain America! Though Isaiah meets the mission objectives, the Nazis capture him. In the interrogation room, the Fuhrer meets him.
Then, they transport the Captain to Auschwitz. On the way, German freedom fighters save Captain America. After being smuggled in Europe, he is able to report back to the U.S. Army in America.
However, the Army sentence Bradley to life in prison for having stolen the Captain America uniform and shield.
From 1943, during seventeen years, he serves time in solitary confinement where his mind and body deteriorate due to improper medical care.
Later, his wife Faith is able to obtain his pardon after writing President Eisenhower a letter a month for three years. In 1960, he is released on President Kennedy’s Inauguration ceremony.
In the present, Captain America investigates Bradley’s apparent death after his last mission per the U.S. Army. When he meets with Colonel Walker Price, he finds out the truth about the Super-Soldier Serum.
Originally, it was born out of eugenics, an attempt to improve the human gene pool with “racial hygiene” and enhanced physical traits.1
After the Great War, the U.S., Great Britain and Germany took the lead in the eugenics movement. When Hitler took power in Germany, he recruited Dr. Reinstein and Dr. Koch on Project Rebirth.
To this end, its aim was to create the Super-Soldier. Early, it was a joint U.S.-German business venture. After Hitler’s Nazism arose and he declared the Second World War, Project Rebirth split into two. After, the Super-Soldier race was on.
In Avengers (1965) #16, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil. Originally, the villain team consists of Melter, Black Knight, Executioner, Enchantress and Baron Zemo. Apparently, Baron Zemo dies and is buried by Cap’ and Rick Jones. To end, Thor transports Melter, Black Knight and the Avengers to another dimension. There, Melter and Black Knight are captured. However, the Asgardians Enchantress and Executioner escape. At the next Avengers meeting, Thor is MIA.
In addition, Wasp decides to leave because of the team’s dangers. When Iron Man and Giant Man debate disbanding the Avengers, Hawkeye infiltrates the mansion. To this end, he wants membership. Soon, the Avengers announce they are accepting new members. After Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver submit their request by letter, they are accepted. Before the media, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is announced though questions remain about their level of power.
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*Power Man’s first appearance.
ENCHANTRESS AND POWER MAN DEFEAT THE AVENGERS
In Avengers (1965) #21, Erik Josten is in the Amazon jungle. There, the former Baron Zemo agent is digging through rubble for the entrance through his lab. Since he is a wanted criminal in Europe, he hopes to repeat the experiment that created the super-powered Wonder Man. In this way, he hopes to change his fate. As fate would have it, the mischievous Enchantress views Erik in a vision and departs to his aid. There, she appears to him in the lab. Mischievously, she promises to work the machine for him.
When he gains super strength, Enchantress seduces the newly-christened Power Man to destroy the Avengers. Soon enough, Enchantress creates illusions around the city of the Avengers destroying property. When Cap’ learns of their plot, he fights Power Man. But he is no match for the super strong enemy. Afterwards, each Avenger is defeated except for Scarlet Witch. In humiliation, the Avengers are caught for trespassing and soon disband.
AFTER CLEARING THEIR NAMES, CAP’ LEAVES THE AVENGERS
After disbanding, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join a circus. But it turns out to be the Circus of Crime. Deceptively, they pose as a normal circus and call the police. In addition, they claim the Avengers attempted to rob them. Panickingly, the Avengers flee.
Meanwhile, Captain America poses as a publicity man. Successfully, he records Power Man on tape admitting his crime. Finally, the Avengers band together and defeat Power Man and Enchantress. With the tape, the Avengers clear their names. However, Cap’ leaves the Avengers at the end of the issue.
In Avengers vs X-Men (2012) #2, the Phoenix returns to Earth for Hope Summers. At the White House, Iron Man and Captain America brief the President. In a recent event, Nova crash landed on Earth. In fact, he came to warn the Avengers that the Phoenix was returning to Earth. That same day, there is a Phoenix sighting.
At Utopia, Cyclops is training Hope Summers harder than ever for Phoenix’s arrival. When Cyclops pushes her to her limits, Hope manifests the Phoenix. Later that day, Captain America and the Avengers come to take Hope into protective custody. But, Cyclops refuses. In one optic blast, the Avengers vs X-Men fight is on!
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HOW THE AVENGERS AND THE X-MEN STACK UP IN RAW POWER
Really, Cyclops and Captain America are the two best leaders on Marvel Earth. Generally, they are alpha males that command attention. When they met head-to-head, energy projection was the main factor in Avengers vs X-Men (2012) #2. Without a doubt, the Alpha-Mutant vs the Super-Soldier. Indeed, Cyclops’ optic blasts proved devastating. Though, Cap proved more than capable of handling them. In Civil War: X-Men (2006) #4, Iron Man measured Cyclops’ power output to 2 Gigawatts. Enough to level a city block!
Energy Projection: City Block 25%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
In their match-up, Colossus and Red Hulk seemed evenly matched! Colossus’ organic steel can dish out a Planetary-Level punishment. Just ask the Juggernaut! However, Red Hulk simply is in a league of his own in terms of super strength. In our Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy, we ranked Red Hulk’s most notorious feat: Punching out Uatu the Watcher! Certainly, it was a Galaxy-Level feat! Definitely, we look forward to these two powerhouses duking out some more.
Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Strength: Galaxy 75%
Among the X-Men and Avengers, Emma Frost and Iron Man are among the most dangerous. In addition, they are also the most resourceful in terms of energy projection. Particularly, Emma Frost is an Omega-Class Telepath. During their encounter, Iron Man recognized the threat. Incredibly, he hit Emma with 17,000 Microscopic Telepathic Tasers. Ouch! In response, White Queen switched to diamond form and punched Iron Man in the abdomen. Soon, the fight ended with Magneto’s intervention. Though, Emma Frost proved to be more than a match for Iron Man’s hi-tech.
Energy Projection: Planetary 50%
Energy Projection: Planetary 50%
In their family reunion, Magneto and Quicksilver were outmatched in super speed. Indeed, Quicksilver proved superior combat speed landing a punch. At the same time, Magneto’s EM Sight allows him to perceive electromagnetic forces and energies on Earth. In part, it explains Magneto’s enhanced perception and his ability to track speedsters. In Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982) #4, Magneto is able to show heightened reflexes. Reactively, he erects a force field as Quicksilver charges at him at high speed. Though, Quicksilver beats him in raw power speedwise. Nevertheless, both Magneto and Quicksilver are in the same Speed Class.
Super Speed: Supersonic 67%
Super Speed: Supersonic 67%
In the Marvel Universe, if Namor gets respect, Thing continues to be underrated. With these two, super strength is all that matters. Bombastically, Namor has tangled with Hulk, Hercules and Luke Cage over the years. In fact, Namor’s overwhelming super strength and brutality always seem to come out on top or draw. For his part, Thing once withstood and pushed back a hydraulo press that could press a planet. Together, these two powerhouses have super strength on a planetary scale. In the super strength department, they are evenly matched.
Super Strength: Planetary 50%
Super Strength: Planetary 50%
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In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage stays and fights the Superhero Registration Act. In Harlem, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel are present at Luke Cage’s home. Urgently, they are coaxing him to sign on to become a member of the Avengers. At the stroke of midnight, the Act becomes law. From then, the Avengers will become a legal team with pay and benefits. In addition, Luke has the chance to expunge his troubled past. Without a doubt, #WeStandWithLukeCage and the wrongfully accused.
Despite their insistence, Luke won’t sign. Disappointed, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel depart. Quickly, the former Power Man decides to send Jessica Jones and baby Danielle away to Toronto, Canada. Desperately, Jessica attempts to convince Luke to seize their money and run away to Canada with his family. But, Luke protests he needs to set an example for his home Harlem and vows to make the people responsible pay. Soon, Jessica departs with the baby for Toronto, Canada. At the stroke of midnight, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confront Luke Cage.
FOR LUKE: AFTER LUKE STAYED TO FIGHT, HE JOINED THE SECRET AVENGERS
In the dark, Luke Cage is sitting in the living room. Furtively, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive at his doorstep. Quickly, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Gabriel Jones introduces himself. When he tells Luke he wants a word with him, the hero says he is occupied. However, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will not go away. In response, Luke busts through the door with the sofa, beating down on S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Soon, they fire at Luke with genetic paralyzers.
After a brave battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. have the rebel on the ropes. Within a moment, Luke falls down the building. Unfortunately, Luke is down on the floor. Shockingly, one of the bystanders in the neighborhood reacts by shooting his shotgun at the agents. As a result, the people rise and start throwing projectiles at S.H.I.E.L.D. At that moment, Captain America, Iron Fist disguised as Daredevil and Falcon fly in. Quickly, these Secret Avengers make short work of the law enforcement. Soon, they depart with Luke Cage.
Avengers, Fantastic Four, S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man, Dr. Strange.
Brian Michael Bendis.
ANT-MAN DIES IN AN ATTACK ON AVENGERS MANSION
In “Avengers Disassembled,” the Scarlet Witch‘s Chaos Magic is destroying the Avengers. In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, Avengers Mansion is attacked by a living-dead Jack of Hearts. To begin, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Wasp and Captain Britain are enjoying breakfast at Avengers Mansion. Particularly, they are talking about Viper who is Madame Hydra and how attractive she is. Then, an alert is triggered by the presence of an undead Jack of Hearts.
Quickly, Ant-Man mounts a flying insect and goes to investigate. There, he recognizes the fallen Avenger. Suddenly, Jack says “I’m sorry” and detonates an explosion. Tragically, Ant-Man dies and part of Avengers Mansion is destroyed. Nearly, the other Avengers including Jarvis are buried in the rubble. Meanwhile, Tony Stark is giving a speech at the United Nations. Apparently, he is drunk and threatens to kill the Latverian delegate. Yellowjacket intervenes and Tony retreats to another room.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, Jack of Hearts detonates an explosion that destroys Avengers Mansion. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
IN AN ATTACK BY VISION, AN ENRAGED SHE-HULK KILLS THE AVENGER
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, a mind-controlled She-Hulk by Scarlet Witch rips Vision in half. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
THE AVENGERS ARE IN CRISIS
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #501, the Avengers are in crisis. At Avengers Mansion, She-Hulk has grown in size and is on a rampage. On the scene, Iron Man flies in and puts down She-Hulk. In the aftermath, Captain Britain and Wasp are in critical condition at Beth-Israel hospital, She-Hulk is in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Ant-Man’s charred remains are in a morgue and Vision’s destroyed body is sent to Stark Industries. At Beth-Israel hospital, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Falcon discuss the events.
Angrily, Hawkeye criticizes the Avengers for their lack of proaction. In addition, the Avengers discuss the fact that Code White may actually be a sleeper Ultron program in Vision. When Iron Man mentions the attacks may all be related, he tells of the incident at the United Nations. Loudly, Yellowjacket storms in accusing Iron Man of resuming his drunken past. Nevertheless, Tony protests he hasn’t had a drink in a long time. In fact, Cap believes him. Finally, Iron Man departs and the others assemble with the rest of the Avengers that responded to the Code White alert.
AFTER A FAILED KREE INVASION, DOCTOR STRANGE REVEALS THE TRUE NATURE OF THE ATTACKS
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #502, the Avengers stop a Kree invasion. Answering the Code White alert, the Avengers have gathered in front of Avengers Mansion. Sternly, Nick Fury tells the Avengers to disperse since it is a crime scene. Suddenly, Kree ships appear in the sky and attack the Avengers.
As the battle rages, Nick Fury questions the Kree’s need for a ground offensive. Indeed, their superior technology should afford them an advantage. Heroically, Hawkeye sacrifices himself to destroy the Kree mothership. Soon, the alien army flees. Examination of the wreckage shows it is not made of metal. Suddenly, Doctor Strange appears revealing “the magics are being abused.”1 Immediately, Cap figures out the culprit.