Who would win in a fight; Superman or Captain Marvel? (To be specific, this argument is pertaining to Carol Danvers once she’s assumed the mantle of Captain Marvel.)
This whole debate started because I wore my Princess Sparklefists t-shirt to work, and one of my coworkers was wearing a Superman t-shirt that particular day. He argued that Superman would have the edge because he isn’t human, and has a superior physiology to humans and would therefore win in a fight against a human. My argument was that Carol may have been born a human, but due to her accident and subsequent survival thanks to Mar-vell, her DNA was permanently imprinted with Kree DNA. Now, the Kree are an alien species, which makes Carol now at least partly alien.
So now we have even footing! Let’s now break down their various abilities to see who would win in a showdown between our two heroes. For the purposes of this argument, I chose not to focus on their initial abilities, which are fairly limited, and instead chose to focus on what abilities we see them display on a regular basis.
The first, and most obvious ability, is flight. Both Captain Marvel and Superman are capable of the power of flight. I know at first that Superman could only jump incredibly high due to Earth’s gravity having less of a pull on him, but I will ignore this detail since he eventually developed the ability to actually fly. It’s a draw.
Super strength? Also a draw. Both are capable of lifting buses and subway cars and the like. Not a lot else to say on the subject.
What about speed? Hmm. This one is tricky. On the one hand, Captain Marvel holds several air speed records from the cockpit of a jet, and admits that she is capable of flying even faster on her own than in the jet. On the other hand, Superman is capable of flying fast enough to send the Earth back in time. Now, Carol has never tried that, but she was able to fly fast enough at one point to escape a time warp and get back to the present from where she got sucked into WWII. I’m going to give Superman the win for this category. It’s a slight edge, but I feel like being able to fly fast enough to reverse time is slightly more impressive than being able to fly fast enough to regain the present.
Ability to survive in space? Another draw. They have both flown in space mostly unassisted. They can each hold their breath for extremely prolonged periods of time or only need access to an oxygen supply, so one dragging the other to space in an effort to win the fight would be fairly pointless.
Durability or invulnerability. They’ve both been shot, fallen from great heights, survived extreme temperatures and been smashed without sustaining any permanent or crippling injury. Once again, a draw.
They have all of these similarities, but they also have some different abilities. Superman has laser vision, which Carol does not have. But she is able to absorb various types of energy, which would cancel out the laser vision by causing it to have no effect on her. In fact, she could even project it back on Superman if she chose. In addition, she can create and fire powerful stellar light energy from her hands, hence the nickname Princess Sparklefists. Neither would have a large effect of Superman (see durability above), but Carol has the edge here. I’m going to give this point to Captain Marvel.
For anyone keeping count, here’s the tally.
Captain Marvel: 1
This is starting to get interesting.
Carol has her slightly precognitive seventh sense, known as Flash Precognition. This subconscious ability would keep her out of harm’s way in any fight. She also doesn’t have the vulnerability to kryptonite that Superman has. I feel like it’s a little cheap to have this point, but in any universe where Captain Marvel and Superman are fighting one another, everything from each universe would have to simultaneously exist, and Carol just doesn’t have a corollary Achilles Heel. And Superman doesn’t have anything to counter that precognition. I’m sorry. Two points to Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel: 3
My final argument is that Captain Marvel would kick some serious Superman butt in a showdown fight. That being said, I will leave the argument with this:
Stan Lee has spoken!