Fanboy Analysis: Avengers vs X-Men Battles
January 11, 2012
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Marvel has been putting out tons of preview pages for the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men tie-in books. All of these one-on-one battles intrigue the fanboy within so I can’t help but be fascinated by the matchups.
There are four new matchups that have been revealed in addition to the Magneto vs. Iron Man battle that was revealed earlier this week. The four match-ups are shown below with my opinions as to who would win the battle. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments though. I’m always up for a spirited comic book debate.
The first match-up we’ll cover is Black Widow vs. Psylocke. Both are highly trained martial artists and have notoriously been depicted as being able to stand toe to toe with anyone in physical combat. From my perspective Black Widow probably has the slight edge in martial arts but Psylocke takes the fight with her mutant powers.
Second up we have the God of Thunder, Thor, against the Queen of Wakanda, Storm. Now this is an interesting match-up just because of the parallels of both combatants being able to use thunder and lightning as weapons. But how does a mutant beat a god? I just don’t see Storm pulling out the win against Thor. Thor can take just about anything Storm throws at him and his still has his hammer which can do tons of damage. Thor gets the win here.
Next we have Spider-Man taking on his amazing friend Iceman. I like this pairing if only for the play on the 80s cartoon. Just add Firestorm and it will be a reunion. Iceman is an Omega level mutant once of the most powerful of the X-Men. Peter Parker is finally getting his due as one of the smartest minds of the Marvel Universe. His close relationship with the Future Foundation/Fantastic Four allows him to exercise his mind and encourages him to think first and then act. Both combatants have a history and familiarity with each other. Spidey’s big brain saves him in the end as he comes up with a good plan or technology to defeat Iceman.
The final battle puts the leaders of both teams against each other. Captain America takes on Cyclops in what I think will be a fun read. Cap is the longtime leader of the Avengers and is a historical icon. Cyclops is the longtime leader of the X-Men and now the leader of Utopia and a vast majority of the remnants of mutantkind. Both men are well established leaders and strategists so I think this battle comes down to one thing… experience. Cap has been fighting since World War II long before Cyclops was even born. His experience gives him the edge here and he exploits Cyclops’ obvious weakness, his visor. Cap’s shield can take anything Cyke throws at it… but one shot from Cap’s shield to the visor and Cyclops is down for the count. Cap takes this fight.
I spoke about the match-up between Iron Man and Magneto last week but I didn’t give a prediction as to who the winner would be. Its a toss-up between Reed Richards and Tony Stark in regards to who the smartest man in the Marvel Universe is. Tony’s powers all stem from his creations and the Iron Man armor is a phenomenal piece of tech. Magneto has reformed from his terrorist ways and has become a solid member of the X-Men. But he’s still the master of magnetism and Tony Stark wears a metal suit. That fact alone makes me lean towards Magneto as the winner. Tony might come up with a way to make his suit non-magnetic but there are still lots of other things around that Magneto can control to combat Shellhead. Also factor in the fact Tony is still recovering from falling of the wagon and I think in the end Magneto comes out victorious.
With a current score of 3-2 nobody is running away with the fight and the Avengers keeps a slim lead. As more of these match-ups come out I will continue giving my fanboy analysis. In the end I think the Avengers will just barely eke out the win… but I could be wrong. If you disagree with my predictions let me know and lets start a debate on this. One of the best parts about being a comic fan is arguing over who would beat who in a fight.