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DC vs Marvel: Doomsday, The Ultimate vs The Incredible Hulk

 

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FORMIDABILITY SCORES

H/P DOOMSDAY
Strength Class: Boundless 100%
Weaknesses: Universal Forces 92%
Quality Opponents: Skyfather 92%
Limitations: Intelligence 42%

SCORE: 72

FORMIDABILITY:

METAHUMAN

IMMORTAL HULK
Strength Class: Boundless 100%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: God or Abstract 100%
Limitations: Power Dependency 92%

SCORE: 96

FORMIDABILITY:

COSMIC

IN GODS, MONSTERS AND INFINITE POWER

THE TWO STRONGEST MONSTERS IN ANY UNIVERSE

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In today’s article, we compare two fighters that are the cream of the crop in terms of strength, power, rage… and yes, fighting!

Incredibly, let’s introduce the battle to end all battles: Doomsday, the Ultimate vs The Incredible Hulk. Though these two monsters have yet to face in a crossover, fans have salivated at the thought of a vicious brawl.

Really, both are an A-list hero and a B-list villain in their respective universes. Namely, the legendary Doomsday is famous for being the monster who killed Superman. For his part, Hulk is the Strongest Avenger and only keeps getting stronger.

Though both monsters have evolved multiple forms, let’s compare their strength in terms of their strongest power levels. Hence, we compare Hunter/Prey (HP) Doomsday with Immortal Hulk (IMH).

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 our two heroes, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, the hero 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.

First, we will compare them in Strength Class, Weaknesses, Quality Opponents and Limitations. At the top, you can check their Formidability Scores. To note, all scores are rated out of a 100.

 

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1. STRENGTH CLASS

Generally, both H/P Doomsday and IMH possess a Boundless-Level of Super Strength. As matter of fact, this means they have an infinite amount of Super-Strength and can become as strong as necessary.

In the case of H/P Doomsday, his Super Strength is more properly speaking a form of Reactive Evolution and Resurrection. In Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994) #1, after Darkseid fells Doomsday with his Omega Effect, Doomsday come back to life.

When Doomsday comes back to life, he evolves an adaptation to Darkseid’s Omega Effect which can no longer harm him. And what we estimate to be a Universal-Level of Super-Strength. Theoretically, there is no upper limit to his Super-Strength.

On the other hand, Immortal Hulk, also has the novel power of Resurrection. In fact, he theoretically cannot die. Or in better words, he resurrects from every death. In the first issue, IMH resurrects from a gunshot wound to the head and finds he can smell lies.

In effect, IMH is immortal and can only be killed by the being who is the source of his power, the One-Below-All. Really, Immortal Hulk has Boundless Super-Strength since he can defeat Gods or Abstracts.

ADVANTAGE: TIE

2. WEAKNESSES

For the most part, Doomsday’s weakness is properly speaking Universal Forces. In the comic, Doomsday is felled by Darkseid’s Omega Effect. Because of the OE’s powers and its relation to the chaotic side of the Source, the Omega Effect is certainly a power of entropy.

Really, the only way to defeat H/P Doomsday is to subject him to the powers of entropy. At the end of the comic, Superman transports Doomsday to the end of the universe with Waverider’s help, ending his murderous rampage.

In some sense, Immortal Hulk is protected by a Divine Enchantment. As a host of the One-Below-All, who rules Hell, he comes back from every death. Though he can be wounded, pierced and even killed, he always resurrects. Effectively, his Weakness lasts as long as the Divine Enchantment.

Generally, though both warriors are evenly matched in strength, IMH may lack the specific power necessary to finally overcome H/P Doomsday’s onslaught. As Doomsday evolves, he may land the killing blow that severes his connection to the Green Door.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

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3. QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, Immortal Hulk has a decisive advantage in this department. Over a more developed series, IMH faces multiple opponents such as Sasquatch, the Avengers and even the One-Below-All.

In Immortal Hulk Vol 1 13, Immortal Hulk faces the One-Below-All and his horde of monsters in Hell. Importantly, he has to deal with his father who disowns him as a child of evil. Decisively, Hulk swats him away dispersing at the same time, the One-Below-All.

In the Marvel hierarchy, the One-Above-All, is the God of the Marvel Multiverse. Oppositely, the One-Below-All is below and is unthinking monster that needs gamma-ray powered hosts in the Marvel multiverse.

Certainly, IMH’s Quality Opponents are God or Abstract-Level.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

 

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4. LIMITATIONS

Though H/P Doomsday is more limited due to his lack of intelligence, his Boundless Super-Strength, Reactive Evolution, Resurrection and Universal-Level Durability make up for them.

For his part, IMH is only limited by his Power Dependency as a gamma-ray host of One-Below-All.

In general, since both characters are monsters, Intelligence is not an isssue.

ADVANTAGE: IMMORTAL HULK

VERDICT:

Though Immortal Hulk is more powerful and can defeat a God or Abstract, the outcome is either a stalemate or a win for Doomsday who can only be defeated by entropy.

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Power Level Wiki Preview: Classic Hulk Performed A Light-Speed Punch To Time Travel

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
 

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Power Level Wiki Preview: World Breaker Hulk’s Step Creates An Earthquake Cataclysm On The Eastern Seaboard

 

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Reviews: Ranking Of The Best Hulk Comics From The Bronze Age

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
 

REVIEWS

In 'The Incredible Hulk' (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I.
In The Incredible Hulk (1971) #135, Hulk punches through time to World War I. Marvel Comics.

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1970s MOST IMPORTANT HULK COMICS

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: AND NOW… THE WOLVERINE! (1974)

Collects Incredible Hulk #181.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, Incredible Hulk (1974) #181 is at the top of both the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980) and the CGC Ranking. Importantly, it holds a Record Sale of $49,200 and a Minimum Value of $1,500.

Certainly, it is one of the most valuable comics of all time. And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the historic first appearance of Wolverine in Marvel Comics.

Definitely, comic collectors should rave about this comic since it has aged well. Today, Wolverine has successfully been a part of the two X-Men film timelines and the X-Men are set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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BEST: BATTLE OF THE BEHEMOTHS! (1971)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, Fantastic Four (1971) #112, is a classic Hulk vs Thing fight. On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $5340 and a Minimum Value of $40.

Furthermore, it ranks 35th on the Top 200 and 72th on the CGC Ranking. And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever skyrocketed the Hulk vs Thing rivalry.

Definitely, comic collectors should collect this comic. Today, Hulk’s popularity is at an all-time high with the Immortal Hulk series and the Avengers movies.

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BEST: AND THE WIND HOWLS… WENDIGO! (1974)

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In 1974, Wolverine makes a first cameo appearance in Marvel continuity. Really, collectors have raved about the value of this comic which ranks 14th on the Top 200. Indeed, Wolverine has become a cultural sensation driving sales of X-Men.

On our GCG Count, the story ranks 11th. On the Top 200, it holds a Record Sale of $40,800 and a Minimum Value of $90.

Definitely, Logan has a dedicated following beyond comics and is among Marvel’s most popular characters. In many ways, his value expresses an underrepresented culture that values anti-heroes and wildlife.

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Power Level Wiki Preview: In ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’, The Bat-Kick Caused Hulk To Gasp For Air

In 'Batman vs The Incredible Hulk' Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas.
 

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In JLA (2003) #89, Flash performs a super speed feat. In the issue, Wally evacuates 532000 men and women from Chongjin destroyed in a nuclear explosion at the speed of light. DC Comics.

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DB Comics Mailbag: “If The Hulk Enveloped A Nuclear Bomb And It Went Off What Would Happen?” (About ‘Tales To Astonish’)

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THE HULK HAS SURVIVED NUKES AND GAMMA BOMBS

In 'Tales To Astonish' (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero.
In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Marvel Comics.

Generally, Hulk has been described as the strongest Marvel hero. At the same time, he may also be the most durable.

Particularly, Hulk’s gamma ray physiology grants him several super powers such as nigh-invulnerability, resistance to injury, superhuman stamina, superhuman durability, a regenerative healing factor and self-regeneration manipulation.

Though other media have been unable to fully do justice to Hulk’s unlimited strength and durability. At the same time, in the comics, the Green Behemoth has displayed tremendous durability and regeneration.

In multiple instances, the Jade Giant has survived nuclear explosions and gamma bombs, even at ground zero.

WHAT ARE GAMMA RAYS?

In Tales To Astonish (1964) #62, Hulk survives a gamma bomb at ground zero. Let’s give additional information about gamma bombs and gamma ray bursts.

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Gamma-rays have the smallest wavelengths and the most energy of any other wave in the electromagnetic spectrum. These waves are generated by radioactive atoms and in nuclear explosions. Gamma-rays can kill living cells, a fact which medicine uses to its advantage, using gamma-rays to kill cancerous cells.

Gamma-rays are the most energetic form of light and are produced by the hottest regions of the universe. They are also produced by such violent events as supernova explosions or the destruction of atoms, and by less dramatic events, such as the decay of radioactive material in space.

Things like supernova explosions (the way massive stars die), neutron stars and pulsars, and black holes are all sources of celestial gamma-rays.

Can you tell me about gamma-ray bursts?

At least once a day, the sky lights up with a spectacular flash of gamma-rays coming from deep space. The brightness of this flash of gamma-rays can temporarily overwhelm all other gamma-ray sources in the universe. The burst can last from a fraction of a second to over a thousand seconds.

The time that the burst occurs and the direction from which it will come cannot be predicted. Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) can release more energy in 10 seconds than the Sun will emit in its entire 10 billion-year lifetime!

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HOW HULK’S DURABILITY WORKS

3. 800 POUNDS OF BONE MARROW AND MUSCLE TISSUE

In 'Batman vs The Incredible Hulk' Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas.
In ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ Batman performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Batman kicks Hulk at the solar plexus, depriving him of air and making the monster susceptible to sleeping gas. AP Photo/DC Comics.

First, Hulk’s gamma radiation physiology grants him an extremely tough and durable skin. Thanks to his physiology, the transformation into Hulk adds 800 pounds of bone marrow and muscle tissue to Hulk’s body.

Usually, for a male, the normal body fat percentage is between 2% and 24%. Above, is obesity. In Hulk’s case, his body likely does not have any body fat, or perhaps, a negligible range.

Because of his hundreds of pounds of muscle, Hulk’s strength is definitely superhuman. In comparison, an athlete or bodybuilder can gain four to seven pounds of muscle on average in a year.

Furthermore, strongmen who can bench press up to 900 pounds can weigh up to 400 pounds.

In addition, Hulk has hundreds of pounds of bone marrow. As we know, the bone marrow produces stem cells which differentiate into red blood cells and white blood cells.

For this reason, Hulk likely has a high resistance to toxins and diseases due to having more circulation and a more capable immune system.

Realistically, a muscle can withstand a force of 30-40 Newtons or 3-4 kg. With up to 800 pounds of muscle, Hulk can lift up to 3.2 tons at baseline strength.

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2. HULK’S CELLS ARE LIKELY IMMORTAL

In 'World War Hulk: X-Men' (2007) #1, Hulk's eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23.
In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk’s eyes regenerate after they had been clawed out by X-23. Marvel Comics.

In World War Hulk: X-Men (2007) #1, Hulk seeks revenge on Professor X and the Illuminati after they exiled him to Sakaar. In the issue, Hulk comes to the Xavier Institute For Higher Learning in search of Professor X.

Soon, a battle follows between Hulk and the New X-Men. During the fight, X-23 claws out Hulk’s eyes. Eventually, however, Hulk trounces them. At the end of the fight, Hulk’s eyes have regenerated. How is that possible?

On a regular occasion, x-rays are used in order to treat cancer cells. Certainly, we know cancer cells have the ability to divide for an unlimited amount of time. In fact, they have been termed immortal since they do not undergo cell-programmed apoptosis.

In Hulk’s case, his cells have been mutated by gamma radiation. Also, a remarkable super power the Green Behemoth possesses is the ability to regenerate cells, organs and limbs.

There is little question, that Hulk’s cells are not cancerous, rather, the gamma rays make them radioactive.

As we know, gamma rays are higher in energy than x-rays. At the same time, it is possible that they allow Hulk’s radioactive cells the ability to replicate when destroyed. Likely, the gamma rays allow stem cells to regenerate from damaged cells or destroyed tissue.

In effect, this is a beneficial mutation that creates immortal cells in Hulk.

1. THE MADDER HE GETS, THE STRONGER HE GETS, THE TOUGHER HE GETS

In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (2010) #610, Hulk performs a super strength feat. He reverts to Hulk and his step creates creates earthquakes on the Eastern states. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

During the World War Hulk event, Hulk emerges amped out of the Cathexis Ray Generator. In one of his most popular feats, the superhero creates earthquakes on the Eastern seaboard with his steps.

Generally, the popular phrase about Hulk is true: the madder Hulk gets, the stronger he gets. Also, it is true that his durability also increases with his strength. Together, strength and durability depend on Hulk’s adrenaline levels in the blood.

Potentially, Hulk’s durability is limitless since his rage has been described to be limitless.

For these reasons, Hulk is a tough enemy to put down. In effect, he is invincible since he becomes as strong as his rage allows. Therefore, the only way to defeat the Hulk is to take away his rage.

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Hulk’s highly durable and muscular skin, immortal cells and dynamic durability allow him to withstand nukes and gamma bombs.


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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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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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LINKS

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.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Mighty Avengers #30.
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DC Day Series: Scratch That Origin Story! Batman Is A Meta!

 

DC DAY SERIES

'The Joker War' Part One.
The Joker War Part One. DC Comics.

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IN POWER LEVEL

INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity. Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

Let’s delve into why Batman’s Strength Class is properly speaking a Metahuman.

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SCRATCH THAT ORIGIN STORY

Batman Begins. WB.

What truly makes Batman special is the fact he really is a human. Through sheer determination and fanatic discipline, he conquers seemingly unsurmountable obstacles. Such as assassins, mad scientists, alien powerhouses, gods and magical beings. Yet, if he is undeniably human, his strength level indicates he belongs with the metahumans. What does this mean?

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Properly speaking, the Twitter audience is correct. In terms of speed and durability Batman is undeniably a Peak Human-Level.

However, how does he defeat metahumans and teams of metahumans, with or without preparation? Let’s explain!

 

'Superman/Batman' (2003) #3.
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BAT-GOD OR BAT-NINJA?

First, one ability that Bruce Wayne possesses is his Genius-Level intellect. With his expertises in criminology, psychology, chemistry, biology, forensics and computer engineering Batman is able to devise scientific solutions to problems from small to larger scales. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-god. At the same time, Batman is a master strategist.

With preparedness, he is able to dismantle an organization and defeat a metahuman, god or demon. In many respects, this is a function of the Dark Knight’s mastery of all martial arts disciplines on Earth, his expertise with mysticism, magic and the supernatural. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-ninja. Properly speaking, read below why the Caped Crusader is actually a Bat-ninja.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In Batman (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money. DC Comics.

THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1 Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman vs The Incredible Hulk #1.
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Super Power Explained: In The Marvel Universe, Class 100 Heroes And Villains Who Are More Powerful Than Hulk

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HULK IS THE STRONGEST THERE IS

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules.
In Incredible Hulk (2007) #102, World War Hulk puts a serious beatdown on Hercules. Marvel Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, Hulk sits at the top of the powerhouses. Indeed, his dynamic strength, gamma radiation physiology, regeneration and unlimited strength make him the strongest hero. Visit our article on THE Marvel Universe Strength Hierarchy Ranks The Top 10 Heroes And Villains By The Potential For Infinite Strength.

In the massive World War Hulk crossover, Hulk defeated Earth’s powerhouses to conquer the planet. Finally, his rampage was put to an end in battle against Sentry. At the end of the fight, both warriors reverted to their human forms. However, Bruce Banner was the last one standing while Robert Reynolds collapsed. Indeed, proving Hulk is the strongest there is.

However, if strength is one thing, power is quite another. If strength is about raw potential, power is about strength, skill and mastery. Over the years, Hulk has faced foes with overwhelming power who have definitely defeated him. Let’s list heroes and villains who are more powerful than Hulk.

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HEROES AND VILLAINS MORE POWERFUL

DOCTOR DOOM

In 'Incredible Hulk' (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk.
In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. DC Comics.

In the Marvel Universe, no supervillain is more lustful and proud than Doctor Doom. Generally, Doctor Doom does not want to destroy the world. Really, the Baron of Iron intends to rule.

Despite his unlimited strength, Hulk has weaknesses. Among his weaknesses, is magic. Particularly, Doctor Doom is unique for his union of science and sorcery. In fact, he is a powerful mage who once contended as a runner-up for the title of Sorcerer Supreme.

In a battle, Doctor Doom’s invulnerable Armor, mystic blasts and esoteric powers are more than a match for Hulk’s strength. Furthermore, Doom’s super-genius intelligence can definitely exploit Hulk’s lack of intelligence.

In Incredible Hulk (2011) #7, Doctor Doom defeats Perfect Hulk. In the issue, Doom separated Hulk from Bruce Banner creating Perfect Hulk. Later, Hulk returns blaming Doom for the Behemoth having killed Bruce Banner. Soon, a fight follows. Though short-lived, it highlights Doctor Doom’s magic and intelligence advantages.

Definitely, Doctor Doom ranks among the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.

COSMIC KING THOR

In 'Thor' (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus.
In Thor (2020) #6, Cosmic King Thor kills Galactus. Marvel Comics.

Over the years, Thor and Hulk have been considered rivals. Though, Hulk has often been considered the strongest Avenger. At IGN, Jesse Schedeen argues Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger.

In 2020, Cosmic King Thor dramatically outclassed the competition. During Donny Cates’ run, titled Devourer King, King Thor becomes Cosmic King Thor, Herald of Galactus. To begin, Galactus and Silver Surfer come to Asgard to warn of the Black Winter. To stop it, Thor agrees to become Galactus’ Herald.

However, it comes at a cost. To prepare for the calamity, Thor helps Galactus consume five planets. Finally, the Black Winter arrives. After testing Thor, it reveals the King dreadful visions of the future. In the end, Thor realizes that he must fulfill Galactus’ prophecy: he is the one to kill Galactus. In one powerful blast, Thor throws his hammer at the Star God, incinerating him immediately.

And considering Thor’s godblast is Universal-Level and a fully-fed Galactus can withstand the core of a galaxy. Definitely, at least a Universal-Level of Energy Projection.

Without a doubt, Hulk has the potential for Infinite Super Strength. Though, Thor’s energy projection can deal some serious damage. In a battle, it is a matter of whether Hulk can withstand a Universe-busting attack from Thor.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT: UNIVERSAL

Energy Projection: Universal 83%

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ANNIHILATION SILVER SURFER

In 'Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus,' (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods.
In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer absorbs the energy of the Big Crunch to defeat Proemial Gods. Marvel Comics.

To this day, Annihilation Silver Surfer is the most popular version of the character. For good measure. During the Annihilation event, Silver Surfer and the United Front fight off an invasion from the Negative Zone. To this end, Annihilus aided by Thanos, has imprisoned Galactus to use as a bomb.

In order to face this crisis, Galactus increases Surfer’s power. Though, he tampers with his personality. Back to active service, Silver Surfer becomes a challenger to even Thor post-Annihilation.

Amazingly, one of the Sentinel’s most well-known feats during Annihilation, is his fight against two Proemial Gods. Notably, Proemial Gods derive their powers from the Big Crunch, the end of the universe.

In Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus (2007) #2, Silver Surfer defeats Tenebrous and Aegis. Initially, no match for the two gods, Silver Surfer lays in space badly wounded. Then, he elects to absorb the energies of the Big Crunch. Soon, he fells his foes. Fortunately, Galactus arrives and heals Surfer who is near death.

In the Marvel Universe, Silver Surfer is one of the top energy manipulators. Over the years, Silver Surfer has dominated Hulk in battles. Using the Power Cosmic, the Silver Surfer has often tampered with Hulk’s rage. In effect, calming the monster and reverting him to Bruce Banner.

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VOID SENTRY

In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers face Void Sentry.

At Marvel, there have been many Marvel Supermen versions: Hyperion, Blue Marvel, Gladiator and even Sentry. Among them, Sentry has been the most successful. Perhaps, the most powerful Marvel Superman.

What makes Sentry tick is the fact that he is mentally unstable with the overwhelming power of a god. In fact, he has been stated to possess the power of a million exploding suns.

In World War Hulk, Sentry clashed with Hulk’s most powerful version. What resulted, was a thrilling fight with planet-busting punches and a tornado of searing energy blasts. Both characters went all-out. And at the end, only Bruce Banner was left standing.

However, that was not Sentry’s most powerful version. In Siege (2010) #4, Thor and the Avengers faced Void Sentry. As Void Sentry, Robert Reynolds is an abstract being of horrifying power. Moreover, the entity literally thrashed the entire Avengers team. Indeed, only the power of a god – a Thunder God – is able to conquer him. Proving that when push comes to shove, Thor and Sentry rank ahead of Hulk in terms of power.


LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 2 107 in Marvel Database.
World War Hulk in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 3 7 in Marvel Database.
Thor Vol 6 1 in Marvel Database.
Thor Just Managed to Kill [Spoiler], Proving He Actually Is the Strongest Avenger in IGN.
Devourer King in Marvel Database.
Annihilation: Heralds of Galactus Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Annihilation (Event) in Marvel Database.
Siege Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.