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Super Power: How Black Panther and Captain America Match As Martial Artists

 

SUPER POWER

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

IN MARTIAL ARTS

*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.

 

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TV: BLACK PANTHER DEFEATED CAPTAIN AMERICA IN THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER

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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

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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

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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

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

VISIT 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 for the Phoenix’s gladiatorial combats.

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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BLACK PANTHER FIGHTING-SKILLS LEVEL:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Fighting Skills: Warrior Madness 84%

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CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGHTING-SKILLS LEVEL:

WARRIOR

Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%

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

 

SUPER POWER

IN MARTIAL ARTS

DAREDEVIL HAS METAHUMAN-LEVEL FIGHTING SKILLS

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

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

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

Let’s examine Daredevil’s super powers.

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

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

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

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

RADAR SENSE

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

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

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

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

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

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WHAT IS DAREDEVIL’S REACTION TIME?

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

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

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

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

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

 

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WHY DAREDEVIL CAN DEFEAT A METAHUMAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOW STRONG IS DAREDEVIL?

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

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

-Matthew Murdock (Earth-616), Marvel Database

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

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

SUPER STRENGTH LEVEL:

PEAK HUMAN

Super Strength: Peak Human 8%

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Metropolis Battles: Black Canary vs Talia Al Ghul (Hero vs Villain)

 

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Terry Moore and Amanda Conner.

SYNOPSIS FOR “The Chaotic Code, Part Three: Family Matters”

Blackaver has taken Madison and Barbara Gordon hostages. Now, it is up to Dinah to save them. First, she must beatdown on Talia Al Ghul.

IN MARTIAL ARTS

Birds of Prey (2003) #49. DC Comics

Enter the contestants. On the left side is Black Canary and on the right side is Talia Al Ghul of the League of Assassins.

Let’s look at the stats.

BLACK CANARY – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Metahuman 25%
Durability: Peak Human 8%
Energy Projection: Metahuman 17%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Body Armor.
  • Oracle Tech.
  • Various Martial Arts Weapons.
TALIA AL GHUL – NEW EARTH

Super Strength: Athlete 8%
Super Speed: Peak Human 17%
Durability: Athlete 8%
Energy Projection: Peak Human 8%
Fighting Skills: Peak Human 50%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

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THE FIGHT

In order to save Barbara and Madison, Black Canary must go through Talia Al Ghul.

The battle to decide who is the assassin!


DAMAGE SCALE

The fight starts out with Talia Al Ghul nd Black Canary each drawing blood.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.

On the following pages, Black Canary gets the upperhand with a kick and a takedown.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x4): 1 DAMAGE PT (x4) = 4 DAMAGE PTS.
TALIA AL GHUL BLUNT FORCE ATTACK (x2): 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 2 DAMAGE PTS.

On the final page, Black Canary throws Talia Al Ghul onto Madison’s electrical body. In the end, Black Canary wins by electroshock.

BLACK CANARY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
MADISON ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


CANARY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-3 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(3 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.00007250725
PTS * Ton of TNT.
Canary’s Durability = (-0.00007250725
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.12379286706 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.12379286706 = 1.88 PTS = PEAK HUMAN.


DURABILITY: PEAK HUMAN

Durability: Peak Human 8%

TALIA’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-13 DAMAGE PTS.

Peak Human Martial Arts 6 Hours = 3528 kcal/hr = 2.46*10^6 J/hr = 0.00058571428 Ton of TNT/hr.
-(13 DAMAGE PTS * 2584.935 N * 157.079632679 m * 0.25 hr * 1 Ton of TNT)/(1 hr * 4.2*10^9 J) = 0.0003141981
​PTS * Ton of TNT.
Talia’s Durability = (-0.0003141981
PTS * Tons of TNT)/(0.00058571428 Tons of TNT) = -0.53643578572 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.53643578572 = 0.46 PTS = ATHLETE.


DURABILITY: ATHLETE

Durability: Athlete 8%

WINNER: BLACK CANARY WINS BY INCAPACITATION.

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BLACK CANARY IN COMICS

Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. The issue tells the recording of the recruitment of Black Canary into the JLA as an unofficial member.

During the issue, the League deals with the fallout from their Earth-Two battle against the villain Aquarius.

The comic was written by Dennis O’Neil and penciled by Dick Dillin.

BLACK CANARY’S FIRST APPEARANCE
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled "In Each Man There Is A Demon" marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity.
Justice League of America (1969) #76, titled “In Each Man There Is A Demon” marks the first appearance of Black Canary in DC continuity. DC Comics

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Birds of Prey Vol 1 49 in DC Database.
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Justice League of America Vol 1 75 in DC Database.