Marvel Day: The She-Hulk/Titania Rivalry Is As Feisty As It Is Flirtatious

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In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania wreck a lingerie shop.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania wreck a lingerie shop. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

SHE-HULK’S AND TITANIA’S BRIEF ORIGIN STORIES

SHE-HULK’S SOLO DEBUT

In ‘Savage She-Hulk’ (1980) #1, She-Hulk makes her first sensational debut. To begin, Bruce Banner is on the run from the police. In the issue, he has come to seek Jennifer Walters’ help. Fearfully, Bruce confides his secret to his cousin. Learning he is the Hulk, she decides to take him home. Jennifer tells Bruce she is working on a criminal law case. In fact, she is defending a hood called Monkton accused of killing Trask’s bodyguard.

JENNIFER WALTERS BECOMES SHE-HULK

On the way, Jennifer is shot by Trask’s men. Frantically, he takes her to a doctor’s office. Unfortunately, there is no one available at the door and Bruce breaks in. Quickly, he performs a blood transfusion since they are the same blood type. Later, at the hospital, Jennifer is attacked by three of Trask’s henchmen. Overcoming chloroform intoxication, Jennifer transforms into… She-Hulk. Then, she is in hot pursuit of Trask’s men later capturing them.

'Savage She-Hulk' (1980) #1, is the first solo debut of the Sensational She-Hulk.
‘Savage She-Hulk’ (1980) #1, is the first solo debut of the Sensational She-Hulk. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

TITANIA’S BACK STORY

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #10, we learn about Titania’s back story. In space, an alien visits the Watcher named Zoma. Strangely, he wants information on Titania. In fact, he requires it in order to destroy their common enemy: She-Hulk.

BORN MARY MACPHERRAN

Surely, Zoma tells him Titania was born prematurely in Denver, Colorado. As a result, she was born tiny with stunted development. Indeed, her real name is Mary McPherran. Over the years, Mary developed fantasies about prince charming and fairy tales. Entering the public school system, her classmates rejected her for being small and “puny.”1 Only Marsha Rosenberg accepted her who was made fun of because of her weight.

MARY MACPHERRAN BECOMES TITANIA

As an adult, Mary fantasized about her friends’ successful lives. When she discovered comic books, she fantasized about gaining superpowers and getting revenge on her enemies. In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, Mary and Marsha were transported to Battleworld by Beyonder. There, they were granted super powers by Doctor Doom. To sum, Mary became Titania and Marsha became Volcana.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #3, Titania emerges on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, Titania emerges on Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

ON BATTLEWORLD, THE RIVALRY BEGINS

 

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, the Wrecking Crew bring an ominous present to the heroes. More to the point, it is the near-lifeless body of the Wasp. Frantically, She-Hulk brings her to Zsaji for healing. Despite her gifts, Zsaji is unable to heal Wasp. Horrified, Hawkeye pronounces her dead.

As the heroes contemplate fighting back, Captain America warns them of a Galactus attack. On her own, She-Hulk goes to seek revenge. At Doombase, She-Hulk makes short work of the Wrecking Crew. Then, the Avenger meets Titania. Defiantly, Titania believes herself a Titan and the strongest. When she meets She-Hulk for the first time, she tests her super strength against her match.

In 'Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars' (1984) #3, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry begins on Battleworld.
In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #3, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry begins on Battleworld. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

EXHIBIT A: MAYHEM AND “CUDDLES” (FLIRTATIOUS)

In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, Jennifer Walters is at the Supreme Court arguing aginst the Mutant Registration Act. Suddenly, she is interrupted by a man who tells her she is urgently needed. Recognizing Avenger business, Court goes into recess.

While she changes into costume in a phone booth, a police officer holds off a crowd of onlookers. Excited, the officer takes a peek. To this, she reacts by noting that all men are pigs. Outside, She-Hulk finds her playmate, Titania. Angrily, Titania is thrashing a car and spelling her name.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“Hi, Cuddles.”2 To begin, She-Hulk greets the powerhouse with a tap on her right shoulder. Indeed, She-Hulk/Titania matches are plenty of playful banter. In some sense, the two powerhouses flirt in order to size up one another.

Next, as the pair exchanges a question and answer, She-Hulk lands a punch that sends Titania flying before she can finish her sentence. Really, the punch packed a wallop landing the villain across the Potomic in Virginia.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“FIRST TIME WE MET, BABYCAKES...”2 In Round Three of the match, Titania references the first battle on Battleworld. Chaotically, she slams a car onto She-Hulk.

To end the match, She-Hulk reminds Titania of a truism: The madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. After an explosion, She-Hulk holds Titania by the throat. Angry, she convinces the criminal to turn herself in and reform.

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
In ‘Solo Avengers’ (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her “cuddles.”2 AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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EXHIBIT B: “GREENIE” AND REVENGE (FEISTY)

In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry plays for keeps. In the issue, the former Champion of the Universe has bestowed Titania with the Power Gem. Chiefly, it is for the purpose of revenge on She-Hulk. When the villain sees Champion can no longer re-claim the Power Gem, she drops a rock on him.

Then, she’s off to revenge. After thrashing the Excelsior Apartments, Titania destroys Timely Plaza. There, the powerhouse meets She-Hulk and Doc Samson. At the time, She-Hulk wore a Jupiter Suit in order to control her super powers. During the fight, Doc Samson is knocked out. “Really? From love taps like that?”3 Jennifer’s first thumping attack creates a bounce back. Once again, Titania starts a fight.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Ha. Trust me, honey, today I’m just full of possibilities.3 After a punch that rocked an explosion, Titania caught it full-on with ease. The phrase, perhaps an innuendo presaged Titania’s superiority and the dark turn of their rivalry.

Certainly, given their history, we can wonder whether the She-Hulk/Titania rivalry is a relationship. Particularly, we address this in Exhibit C. In many respects, She-Hulk and Titania play off each other very well.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“face it, Greenie.” These are Titania’s words before landing the final blow. With a stomp, She-Hulk loses consciousness and reverts to her human form.

Definitely, the rivalry is feisty. Here, Titania plays for keeps and with the Power Gem she has infinite super strength. In this battle, She-Hulk likely does not survive.

In 'She-Hulk' (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish.
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2005) #11, Titania with the Power Gem fights She-Hulk to the finish. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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EXHIBIT C: EMPLOYMENT AND “GIRL” (FLIRTATIOUS)

In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, Titania seeks redemption from her criminal career. To begin, Mister Fantastic needs to examine She-Hulk. During a battle with War Zone, She-Hulk was sprayed with a gas. To this end, Reed sends Thing to collect Jennifer at Libido’s Boutique.

There, Mary MacPherran is applying for a job. However, she loses her temper when she is turned down due to her criminal past. When Titania starts destroying the place, Jennifer comes out of the fitting room to fight her. Then let’s get busy, shall we?4

In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido's Boutique.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido’s Boutique. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

“You’re such a pushover today, girl.”4 Here, the She-Hulk/Titania relationship gets more personal. In fact, dare we say more romantic? At Nerdist, Eric Diaz states later in their history, Jennifer even helped Titania set up a pawn shop. Though, it didn’t last. Of course, the two ladies are fighting in a lingerie shop.

On her first punch, She-Hulk comments that Titania may have gotten tougher. In fact, Titania even punches the heroine into Thing. Then, she throws her onto the streets of New York. When Titania has gained the upper hand, she stops and smells roses. Definitely, this is a flirtatious move by the powerhouse. In the end, it turns out She-Hulk has been losing her strength due to the gas.

In 'Sensational She-Hulk' (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido's Boutique.
In ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ (1993) #52, She-Hulk and Titania get busy at Libido’s Boutique. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Sensational She-Hulk Vol 1 52 in Marvel Database.
Savage She-Hulk Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
She-Hulk Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Solo Avengers Vol 1 14 in Marvel Database.
She-Hulk Vol 1 11 in Marvel Database.
The Comics History Of She-Hulk’s Titania in Nerdist.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘She-Hulk’ #10.
  2. ‘Solo Avengers’ #14.
  3. ‘She-Hulk’ #11.
  4. ‘Sensational She-Hulk’ #52.

Marvel Day: In The ‘AvX’ Storyline, The Phoenix Five Cause The Downfall Of Cyclops And Mutantkind

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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Official Name

Avengers vs X-Men.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

X-Men, Avengers, Nova, Scarlet Witch.

Villains

Phoenix Force, Mr. Sinister.

Creators

Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel.

Issues

‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #1-12.

IN EXTINCTION

THE PHOENIX FORCE IS COMING TO EARTH, SEEKING HOPE SUMMERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, the Avengers come into world-wide conflict with the X-Men. To begin, Nova crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. Critically injured, he states “it’s coming” before falling into a coma. Later, at a White House, Captain America and Iron Man brief the President on recent events. Briefly, Iron Man has analyzed the energy signature on Nova’s uniform. Sinisterly, it points to the Phoenix coming to Earth. Importantly, it is locking for a host in order to potentially lay waste to Earth.

Suddenly, Tony’s programs signal a Phoenix flare on Earth. Soon, Captain America meets Wolverine at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Despite his resistance, Cap recruits Wolverine. Indeed, he intends to convince Scott Summers to stop the Phoenix threat. Previously, Cyclops and Hope Summers are training for the Phoenix’s arrival. As Cyclops pushes Hope to her limits, the young mutant manifests the Phoenix Force. Later, Captain America comes to Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #1, while training, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, while training with Cyclops, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: CYCLOPS BLASTS AWAY CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH HIS OPTIC BLASTS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. Initiating the fight, Cyclops knocks back Captain America with an optic blast. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE PHOENIX FIVE ARE BORN!

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. Meanwhile, Hope is locked safely in a room with the Lights. When neither side has the upper hand, Wolverine and Spider-Man seek out Hope. There, they find Hope having dealt with the Lights. However, before Wolverine can gut her, Hope blasts him and Spider-Man. Then, she makes her escape.

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #3, Wolverine comes to an hour later. Quickly, he realizes Cyclops’ surrender is a ruse. In fact, Magik has created the illusion that she is Doctor Strange transporting herself. Before he can act, the X-Men teleport to Long Beach to hunt down Hope. At Avengers Tower, Marvel Girl tells Wolverine they have traced Hope’s energy signature to five different locations.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Soon, Captain America divides the Avengers into five teams sent to the five locations: Wundagore Mountain, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, Latveria and Savage Land. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #4, Hope recruits Wolverine on a mission to the moon. There, she hopes to bond with the Phoenix. On site, Wolverine betrays Hope and gives her location to the Avengers.

At the same time, Emma Frost intercepts Cap’s transmission. Soon, the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Blue Area of the moon. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the X-Men battle the Avengers. In an explosive battle, Hope rejects the Phoenix. At the same time, Iron Man’s Phoenix-Killer Armor detonates the Phoenix splitting it. As the smoke disappears, the Phoenix Five rise from the ashes. Mysteriously, they depart with Hope.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

REBUILDING THE WORLD, THE PHOENIX FIVE TAKE AVENGERS PRISONERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, the Phoenix Five begin world-building. Cyclops rebuilds Utopia, Magik ends war, Emma Frost destroys the Sentinels, Colossus destroys nuclear misssiles and King Namor removes nuclear submarines. Certainly, the Phoenix Five seem unstoppable. However, Captain America and the Avengers question their new-found omnipotence. Seeing the Phoenix Five as a threat, they commandeer a tactical mission to retrieve Hope Summers.

When Utopia is under attack, Scott’s adoptive granddaughter changes sides with the Avengers. Decisively, it turns the battle and shatters Cyclops’ humanity. On the Blue Area of the moon, Scott consults with Jean Grey created out of moon dust. From there, he decides to rid the world of the Avengers. Earlier, Scarlet Witch had a grim vision where the Phoenix Five annihilated the Avengers. Soon, that vision may come to pass.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE PHOENIX, CYCLOPS IS DEFEATED BY HOPE SUMMERS AND SCARLET WITCH

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, occurs the final battle. Finally, Cyclops has attained the full power of the Phoenix while the other Phoenix Four have been depowered. In a titanic battle, Cyclops is omnipresent on Earth across time and space. Earlier, Tony reveals that the reason the Phoenix has been defeated by Scarlet Witch. Really, the Phoenix and Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. In fact, when Wanda said “no more mutants”, Phoenix said “more mutants.”1

During the battle, Hope and Scarlet Witch go toe-to-toe with Cyclops. In a final Iron Fist punch, Hope fells Cyclops. With Cyclops defeated, Hope claims the Phoenix. Sensing the urgency, Wanda helps her extinguish the Phoenix flame. At the same time, the Phoenix is used to recreate the mutant population on Earth. In the end, though homo superior survives, it is at great cost. Indeed, Professor X is dead, Cyclops is in custody, and the X-Men are divided among themselves. Visiting Scott in prison, Cap acknowledges his responsibility. Over the years, he did not work sufficiently for mutants’ civil rights and plans to set up the Uncanny Avengers.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Unity Division (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #12.

Feat: She-Hulk, ‘Avengers’ #500

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IN CRISES

SHE-HULK (JENNIFER WALTERS)
EARTH-616

In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, titled “Avengers Disassembled, Chaos (Part I of IV)”, She-Hulk performs a super strength feat. Scarlet Witch wants revenge on the Avengers and triggers Vision‘s sleeper program which unleashes five Ultron drones. During the battle, a Scarlet Witch mind-controlled She-Hulk tears Vision in half.

How much super strength does it take for She-Hulk to rip Vision in half?

In 'Avengers' (2004) #500, a mind-controlled She-Hulk by Scarlet Witch rips Vision in half.
In ‘Avengers’ (2004) #500, She-Hulk performs a super strength feat. During the battle, a Scarlet Witch mind-controlled She-Hulk tears Vision in half. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SHE-HULK RIPPED VISION IN HALF. VISION’S SYNTHEZOID BODY CAN WITHSTAND VIBRANIUM BULLETS WITH MORE THAN 4.9838*1043 PSI OF STRESS.

SHE-HULK GENERATED MORE THAN HALF OF 3.2816063*1047 NEWTONS OF FORCE, THE EQUIVALENT OF 9.3227452*1024 SOLS. ENOUGH TO SHATTER A SOLAR SYSTEM.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

GALAXY

Super Strength: Galaxy 75%

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A Scarlet Witch mind-controlled She-Hulk ripped Vision in half.

We will use Vision’s durability to estimate She-Hulk’s super strength.

VISION’S DURABILITY


In ‘Avengers’ (1969) #62, Black Panther flies Hawkeye, Vision and Black Knight to Wakanda. There, they are met by Wakanda soldiers who open fire on them on M’baku’s orders. During the fight, Vision withstands Wakandan Vibranium bullets.

In ‘Avengers’ (1969) #62, Vision withstands Wakandan Vibranium bullets. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, Captain America uses his Vibranium alloy shield to survive the Human Torch’s nova flame as the Fantastic Four superhero defeats Ultron.

In 'Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars' #8, the Human Torch unleashes the nova flame on Ultron. In ‘Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars’ (1984) #8, the Human Torch unleashes the nova flame on Ultron. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

We will use these feats to calculate Vision’s durability.

NUMBER CRUNCHING



First, let’s estimate the durability of Captain America’s Vibranium shield. Captain America’s Vibranium shield can withstand the intensity of a nova flame. In Feat: Superman, ‘DCeased’ #6, I calculated the energy released by a supernova to be 1.8*10^47 J. Cap’s shield is actually 32.5% dense in Vibranium. Let’s calculate the durability of Vibranium in terms of energy.

Durability of Vibranium = (0.325)(1.8*10^47 J) = 5.85*1046 J.

Vision’s synthezoid body is made up of Horton cells. Let’s calculate the density of Vision’s body.

Density Of Vision’s Body = (136.08 kg)/(1.91 m*1 m*0.5 m) = 142.492146597 kg/m3.

Let’s multiply the density times the number of Horton cells.

Vision’s Durability = (5.85*1046 J)(3*1015 Horton cells*10-12 kg/m3)/(1 Horton cell*142.492146597 kg/m3) = 3.2816063*1048 J.

Since the Vibranium bullets did not budge Vision, the super strength needed to affect his durability is at least 3.2816063*1047 N or 49838390581938219895287958115183246073298429 PSI.



DURABILITY



She-Hulk generated more than half of 3.2816063*1047 N of force in order to affect Vision’s durability. Vision had to generate a Galaxy Level of Super Strength since she likely ripped Vision with a force 9.3227452*1024 times greater than the gravitational force of the sun on Earth.

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Calculations for She-Hulk, ‘Avengers’ #500

Gravitational Force Of Sun On Earth = 3.54*10^22 N

Durability of Vibranium = (0.325)(1.8*10^47 J) = 5.85*10^46 J.
Density Of Vision’s Body = (136.08 kg)/(1.91 m*1 m*0.5 m) = 142.492146597 kg/m^3.
Vision’s Durability = (5.85*1046 J)(3*1015 Horton cells*10-12 kg/m^3)/(1 Horton cell*142.492146597 kg/m^3) = 3.2816063*10^48 J.
Comparison = (3.2816063*10^47 N)/(3.54*10^22 N) = 144477.635593.

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SOURCES

Avengers Vol 1 500 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 62 in Marvel Database.
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Batman vs Captain America (DC vs Marvel)

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BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Ron Marz, Peter David and Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini.

SYNOPSIS FOR “ROUND THREE”

In order to determine whose universe lives, the Brothers have chosen champions from each universe to do battle. As the contests continue, two superheroes must face off.

Their battle to save their universes.

IN DC VS MARVEL

THE SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY!
The showdown of the century.
The showdown of the century. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants underwater. On the left side is Batman, the Dark Knight and on the right side is Captain America, the Super Soldier.

Let’s look at the stats.

Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
BATMAN – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Peak Human 8%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: City 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Mathematical Computation 58%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Batsuit.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Batrope.
  • Batboat.
  • Batcycle.
  • Batmobile.
  • Batplane.
  • Batarang.
WEAKNESSES
  • Single-Mindedness.
  • Drug Addiction: Batman was once addicted to Venom.
  • Restricted Mobility: Bane broke Batmans back who ended up bound to a wheelchair.
CAPTAIN AMERICA – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Stellar 58%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%
Intelligence: Leader 33%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Captain America’s Uniform.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Energy Shield.

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THE FIGHT

In the Manhattan sewage system, Batman and Captain America are fighting.

The battle to decide who is the greatest martial artist!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Batman using stealth to attack Captain America with a kick.

BATMAN BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT


On the following page, Captain America answers with a push with his shield and a punch.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS: 1 DAMAGE PT + 3 DAMAGE PTS = 4 DAMAGE PTS.




On the final page, Batman connects with the batarang while Captain America misses the shield throw and is swept away by the gush of water.

BATMAN CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Batman wins the battle.

TOTAL


BATMAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-4 DAMAGE PTS.

-(1 DAMAGE PTS * 50216594 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = 0.04782532761 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%
CAP’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-4 DAMAGE PTS.

-(4 DAMAGE PTS * 57390394 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.05465751809 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

OUTCOME: BATMAN WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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CAPTAIN AMERICA IN COMICS

‘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.

CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Marvel Versus DC Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Captain America Comics Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Battles Of The Week: Spider-Man vs Captain America (Hero vs Hero)

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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SYNOPSIS FOR “THE WAR AT HOME: PART THREE OF SIX”

Iron Man, Spider-Man and the pro-Registration operatives are transporting some anti-Registration forces they captured. Spider-Man is uneasy about the events. Suddenly, Spider-Man’s spider sense tingles. When their transport is intercepted, Spider-Man springs into action.

He faces a familiar former ally, his foe is… Captain America.

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

SPIDER-MAN IN HIS IRON SPIDER SUIT MUST FACE CAPTAIN AMERICA OR BE WON TO HIS CAUSE!
In 'Amazing Spider-Man' (2006) #534, Spider-Man in the iron spider suit faces Captain America.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ (2006) #534, Spider-Man in the iron spider suit faces Captain America. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Enter the two contestants at Yancy Street, in New York. On the left side is Spider-Man, the Iron Spider and on the right side is Captain America, the Super Soldier.

Let’s look at the stats.

SPIDER-MAN – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: SUPERSONIC
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: CITY BLOCK
FIGHTING SKILLS: METAHUMAN
INTELLIGENCE: GENIUS
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Web-shooters.
  • Utility belt.
  • Spider-tracers.
  • Spider-signal.
  • Avenger Identicard.
WEAKNESSES
  • Spider-sense disruption.
  • Ethyl chloride.
  • Bad luck.
CAPTAIN AMERICA – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: SONIC
DURABILITY: BUILDING
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Captain America’s Uniform.
  • Utility Belt.
  • Captain America’s Shield.
  • Photonic Shield.

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THE FIGHT

It is the Civil War. As the pro-Registration SHIELD operatives transport arrested anti-Registration rebels, Spider-Man’s spider sense tingles. Their transport is intercepted and Spider-Man must face Captain America.

The battle to decide who is the American hero!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Spider-Man and Captain America running at each other. In the first pages, Captain America has the advantage. Captain America lands two punches on Spider-Man.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 2 DAMAGE PTS.







On the following pages, Captain America is on the offensive and throws his shield at Spider-Man. Spider-Man evades the ricochets and webs the shield. However, Captain America lands another punch to the ribcage.

CAPTAIN AMERICA BLUNT FORCE: 1 DAMAGE PT.
SPIDER-MAN MATTER MANIPULATION: 6 DAMAGE PTS.


Spider-Man goes on the offensive and attempts to web sling Captain America who evades the attack. Then, Spider-Man draws first blood with his spider arms.

SPIDER-MAN INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Captain America departs to aid the conflict on the street.

TOTAL


SPIDER-MAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy Burned For 24 Hour Martial Arts = 105215722 J. -(3 DAMAGE PTS * 105215722 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.07515408714 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: BUILDING

CAPTAIN AMERICA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-9 DAMAGE PTS.

Energy Consumed By A City Block = 290000000 J/s -(10 DAMAGE PTS * 290000000 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.69047619047 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

OUTCOME: DRAW

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CAPTAIN AMERICA IN COMICS

‘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.

CAPTAIN AMERICA FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Captain America Comics’ (1940) #1, titled “Meet Captain America” marks the first appearance of Captain America in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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Marvel Day: In The “Avengers: Emperor Doom” Graphic Novel, Doctor Doom Turns Conventional Morality On Its Head, Takes Over The World And Surprisingly Brings Peace

MARVEL DAY

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

PEACE ON EARTH

DOCTOR DOOM HAS AN UNCONVENTIONAL PLAN TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD

In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, turns conventional morality on its head and takes over the world. Doctor Doom has long dreamed to rule the world and has used the political and the technological means at his disposal in order to bring about this end. The Prologue begins with Doctor Doom kidnapping the Purple Man for a nefarious purpose.

We are then introduced to Namor walking the streets of Manhattan. The winged Atlantean comments on humanity’s pettiness and its conflicts with Atlantis and the sea world. He is noticed by a police officer who calls reinforcements. Finally, Namor arrives at the location of his rendez-vous, a restaurant.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Namor walks towards his rendez-vous with Doctor Doom in Manhattan. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Namor enters the restaurant. He is asked by one of the attendants whether he has a reservation but he says “No.”1 At that moment, Namor’s coat is destroyed by a power blast. Angered, Namor asks who attacks him and finds Doom motioning at a table to welcome him. Namor sits at the table and vociferates to hear about Doom’s proposition to free Atlantis from “the tyranny of surface-dwellers forever!”1 Doctor Doom draws Namor’s attention to the fact no one has paid attention to them nor Doom’s power blast. He unveils a technological marvel called a psycho-prism.

It was created from a strand of the Purple Man’s hair and Doom is using it to control the will of the people at the restaurant. He informs Namor that he plans to use a giant psycho-prism under construction to subjugate the will of the entire Earth! When he rules the world, he plans to establish Namor as ruler of the sea. Namor is among the strong-willed and three other mechanicals that can resist the effects of the psycho-prism. Before they part, Namor is tasked with implanting adhesive refractory discs to make those individuals susceptible to the Prism’s influence.

In "Avengers: Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism.
In “Avengers: Emperor Doom” (1987), Doctor Doom shows Namor his psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

CAN DOOM MAKE IT WORK? DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS THE AVENGERS AND THE WORLD, BECOMING EMPEROR

Doctor Doom constructs his giant psycho-prism with Purple Man inside. Namor goes on his missions, and implants the discs on Vision, Machine Man and Ultron. During his visit at Avengers Mansion, Vision is able to send a recording of Namor’s visit to the West Coast Avengers. They realize Doom’s plan and realize the East Coast Avengers are compromised. Mockingbird is able to trace the attack to Doom Island in the Caribbean. Quickly, they board the Avengers Quinjet and depart for their destination.

The West Coast Avengers arrive on Doom Island and soon, skirmishes begin. They are attacked by turrets then hundreds of robots. The battle is fierce. Suddenly, forming two separate lines on each side, the robots pave the way for the Avengers to enter the base. Surprised, they go in and find Doom! His construction is complete and he is about to launch the psycho-prism. Unfortunately, Hawkeye does not draw his arrow on time. The psycho-prism is launched. Doctor Doom has finally conquered the Avengers who depart without resistance.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom conquers the Avengers.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DOCTOR DOOM CONQUERS, RULES AND BRINGS PEACE TO THE WORLD

In 'The Emperor Doom' graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace.
In “Avengers: The Emperor Doom” (1987) graphic novel, Doctor Doom takes over the world and brings peace. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WONDER MAN WAKES UP FROM HIS FLOATATION MEDIUM, ALONE AND OPPOSES EMPEROR DOOM’S REIGN

A month later, Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device. He speaks to Tony and finds out the latter is re-designing the Stark space shuttle as Emperor Doom’s private transport. Heading to another compound, Wonder Man finds Captain America and Wasp directing re-designs. Heading to Tigra’s quarters, he finds a warm welcome. As Tigra heads out, he sees a parade in New York on the television monitor for Doctor Doom. Wonder Man frantically warns Wasp and Captain America that Doctor Doom has taken over New York City. The Avengers have to stop him!

Captain America phones the White House on the hotline. Speaking to Emperor Doom, he is ordered to take down the enemy. Wonder Man fights the Avengers and realizes he has become an outlaw. Taking Hawkeye‘s sky-cycle, he escapes the Avengers base. However, Wasp damages the sky-cycle and Wonder Man ends up tumbling down the streets. People watching the news, recognize the outlaw and take him down. However, Wonder Man escapes in the underground system. Finding a make-up van, Wonder Man adopts a disguise. Weeks later, after an encounter with a blind woman in the woods, he decides to oppose Emperor Doom and his subversion of conventional morality.

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), Wonder Man awakes from his floatation device and finds the world is ruled by Emperor Doom. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SHOWDOWN: WONDER MAN VS CAPTAIN AMERICA

Wonder Man has uncovered the truth about Emperor Doom’s subjugation of the Avengers. He decides to oppose Emperor Doom. But he needs help.

He visits the one man who might have a will strong enough to overcome the power of the psycho-prism. Wonder Man must fight Captain America in order to free him and the Avengers!

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Is It Conventional Morality To Take Over The World In Order To Bring Peace?

The graphic novel questions conventional morality. In the end, the Avengers come out on top. But this is due to Doctor Doom’s hubris. As the Avengers and a freed Namor prepare to free Purple Man, Doctor Doom has the finger on the button to trigger nerve gas canisters. However, conflicted over the blandness of world management as opposed to his thirst for conquest and glory, Doctor Doom relents. Ultimately, Doctor Doom was more excited at the battle lust for conquest over the daily meetings of managing the world.

At the same time, his plan succeeded and he was an efficient ruler as he brought peace and ended poverty on Earth. As the graphic novel ends, the Avengers are uneasy about ending Emperor Doom’s reign over the Earth because of its benefits. It is certain that Emperor Doom’s reign brought some good, but with questionable means that turned conventional morality on its head. We can say it is not right, to do evil that some good may come out of it. But, is this the price of freedom?

In "Emperor Doom" (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism.
In “Emperor Doom” (1987), the Earth is freed from the influence of the psycho-prism. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Marvel Graphic Novel: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In “Enter The Phoenix”, The Thunder God Attempts To End Gladiatorial Combat But Becomes The Son Of A Monster With A Devastating Origin Story

MARVEL DAY

ORIGIN STORIES

THE PHOENIX SHOWS SUPERHEROES’ AND SUPERVILLAINS’ FIGHTS ARE GLADIATORIAL COMBAT

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeking a host causes gladiatorial combat among superheroes on Earth. The Avengers have located Phoenix rising out of the arctic ice on a volcanic island. Apparently, Phoenix was called to Earth by Namor who seeks to marry her. In fact, the Phoenix has summoned heroes and villains in order to fight each other to claim her as host. “Enter the Phoenix” shows superheroes’ fights are reminiscient of ancient gladiatorial combat.

We begin the first gladiator combat between Captain America and Doctor Doom. The battle is vicious and Doom ultimately gains the upper hand. Doom manages to kill Captain America twice with cosmic blasts, however, aided by the Phoenix, Captain America rises from the ashes to continue fighting. Noticing this as the Phoenix’s testament to Captain America’s valor, Doctor Doom forfeits the battle. Captain America is then transported by Phoenix to the White Hot Room where the other combatants wait their turn.

In 'Avengers' (2020) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #40, Phoenix seeks a new host and select heroes and villains to fight in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

BLACK PANTHER HAS TO DECIDE TO END THE PHOENIX’S CONTEST

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, the Phoenix continues its gladiatorial combats by selecting combatants from the White Hot Room. We have the following matches: Black Panther vs Man-Thing. Luke Cage vs American Eagle. Shanna The She-Devil vs Moon Girl. Valkyrie (Jane Foster) vs Orb. Hyperion vs Shang-Chi. Red Widow vs Howard The Duck. Black Panther vs Nighthawk. Maya Lopez vs Namor.

In the White Hot Room, the Phoenix speaks to Black Panther in aparte. She tells him to end the contest. Phoenix tells him she knew the old Panther king who fought with glowing rocks but who could end gods. Black Panther promises to end the contest no matter the cost. Phoenix says she wants T’Challa and that she will burn Wakanda’s name across the stars if he agress. Otherwise, she will burn it to ashes. Black Panther refuses and asks Phoenix to become benevolent. Otherwise, he will show Phoenix how he deals with a blizzard.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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IN A NEW ORIGIN STORY WITH PHOENIX, THOR BECOMES THE SON OF A MONSTER

In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #42, the Avengers attempt to end Phoenix’s gladiatorial combat. Outside the White Hot Room, on the volcanic island, the Avengers are attempting to contain the Phoenix. The Avengers battle the Phoenix in order to keep her contained in the volcanic island. As the Phoenix is freed, Thor reflects on the link he has shared with the Phoenix time and again. He feels some form of love. She tells him, he is her son. This is the new origin story of Thor and effectively makes him the son of a monster. In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles his way against Phoenix through his new origin story. The Phoenix finally escapes the volcanic island.

Thor does not believe the lie and tells her Gaia is her mother. He throws his hammer at the Phoenix Force which phases through her. Then, Phoenix Force explains that the lie was necessary for Thor to protect the Earth. She tells the Thunder God is a child of Fire and Thunder. The Avengers are worried about Thor but Iron Man tells Okoye to delay the Wakandan Helicarriers. The Phoenix Force tells Thor, Gaia kept her trapped inside Earth for thousands of years. However, when the final host came, she was free. And now, she remembers Thor. Thor battles Phoenix Force but she soon gains the upper hand. Elsewhere, Captain America is about to face Black Panther in gladiatorial combat.

In 'Avengers' (2021) #42, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son.
In ‘Avengers’ (2021) #43, Thor battles Phoenix and finds out he is her son. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers Vol 8 40 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 42 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 8 43 in Marvel Database.

“DC Versus Marvel TP” Review

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In ‘DC Versus Marvel’ (1996), various DC and Marvel superheroes and villains fight each other in order to determine which universe survives. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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Marvel Day: In A Comedic Adventure, Spider-Man’s Luck Strikes Out As The Avengers Attempt To Recruit The Web-Slinger Into The Team

MARVEL DAY

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

IN TEAM-UPS

THE AVENGERS WANT TO RECRUIT SPIDER-MAN

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man embarks on a comedic adventure in order to join the Avengers. In the opening pages, the Avengers debate whether to offer him membership. Hawkeye is immediately elated, while the other members find Spider-Man to be “an unknown quantity” and Wasp does not like Spider-Man.1 In order to conduct the meeting, Thor commands for there to be an acting chairman. The acting chairman is Captain America.

The Avengers decide to learn more about Spider-Man. Hawkeye proposes to consult Daredevil. Captain America says he is “hyper-sensitive to sounds and impulses.”1 Captain America and Goliath work on sending high-frequency radio signals. Daredevil soon arrives at Avengers Mansion. He gives Spider-Man the highest recommendation stating that in his recent battle with the web-slinger, Spider-Man “was stronger, and more skillful than ever!”1 Thor, Iron Man and Hawkeye soon depart to contact Spider-Man.

In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers debate whether to offer Spider-Man membership. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

WELCOME SPIDER-MAN, TO AVENGERS MANSION!

Spider-Man is being recruited by the Avengers. Spider-Man arrives at Avengers Mansion. Soon, the Avengers must decide what kind of test to give Spider-Man.

Unfortunately, Spider-Man is hot-tempered and Hawkeye is loud-mouthed. And when Iron Man attempts to silence Spider-Man, Spider-Man gets upset by his concern about Aunt May. He starts thinking that the test is the Avengers want him to get mad.

 

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, the Avengers attempt to recruit Spider-Man. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN LOSES IT!

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966), Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man loses it and fights the Avengers. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SPIDER-MAN IS UP TO THE TEST AND STAGGERS THE HULK

The test for Spider-Man to join the Avengers, is for the web-slinger to find the Hulk and bring him back to the Avengers. After Spider-Man leaves, Captain America does not have enough time to state mission objectives or why they want the Hulk. Thor declares “the test is begun!”1 Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle and hears news about the Hulk spotted near the Gamma Ray Research Center. Spider-Man heads there. Spider-Man finds the Hulk and tells him the Green Goliath is coming with him.

A battle ensues where Spider-Man uses a combination of spider-speed and spider-strength to fight the Hulk. By accident, Hulk attempting to land a punch on Spider-Man, who evades, breaks the Gamma Ray Shielding Wall. This results into Hulk changing back into Dr. Bruce Banner. During their conversation, Spider-Man realizes Dr. Bruce Banner needs help not punishment and begins to question the Avengers. As Dr. Banner begins to change into Hulk, he tells Spider-Man he doesn’t reach his full strength “for first few minutes.”1 Sensing an opportunity, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength.

In 'Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man staggers the Hulk with a punch before he reaches full strength. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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COMEDY FOLLOWS, SPIDER-MAN BLOWS IT!

Spider-Man changes his mind about joining the Avengers. Questioning the Avengers’ motives, Spider-Man attempts to set Hulk free. However, Hulk is at full strength and easily busts through Spider-Man’s webbing.

Good ol’ Spider luck, failing him again! Spider-Man returns to the Avengers’ Mansion and resigns from their membership offer. He tells the Avengers he could not find the Hulk. After Spider-Man departs, the Avengers are disappointed and have mixed feelings. Captain America says the Avengers actually wanted to help Hulk.

In the end, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers' membership offer.
In ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man resigns from the Avengers’ membership offer. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.


SOURCES

Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.