BATTLE: Captain America VS Deathstroke
Two physically-enhanced super soldiers going head to head in a battle of strategic genius, wits, and determination. Captain America, the Sentinel of Liberty, fighting against Deathstroke, the Terminator. Who will win?
I've always imagined these two comic book characters, one of Marvel fame and the other of DC fame, going head-to-head in battle, mainly due to their similar origins, powers, and abilities. Deathstroke has even been often referred to as the "evil Captain America" for good reason, and IMHO, this would be a very difficult match for both combatants. So, if it came down to a victor, who would you choose? Marvel's star-spangled Avenger, or DC's deadliest assassin?
Weight: 240 lbs.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a young patriot named Steve Rogers attempted to serve his country by joining the army. Steve was rejected, due to his scrawny and frail physique, and was classified 4-F. He gained the attention of a man who was searching for test subjects for a top secret experiment to create a Super-Soldier.
As a result of Operation: Rebirth, Steve Rogers gained speed, strength, endurance and agility that was nearly superhuman. His abilities, unwavering courage, and “never say die” attitude eventually made Captain America a living legend.
Powers and Abilities
In the beginning the Super-Soldier Serum increased his body to the physical peak of human potential but not to any higher to Super human levels. He is as strong, fast, durable and agile as any human could be. His reflexes have also been increased to peak human potential and are nearly instantaneous. He has run a mile in roughly a minute and bench-pressed 1,200 pounds. Another major enhancement provided is the serum prevents the build-up of fatigue poisons in his muscles. This means he effectively never tires, making it possible for him to perform at his maximum ability when doing anything physical for an extraordinary length of time. However Captain America has displayed feats that would appear to be far outside the limits of a human being. In Captain America #2 2011, he was seen jumping out of a plane onto a car at 200ft in the air and suffered no discomfort. In the upcoming comic series X-Sanction (2012), Captain America has been classified as having "Super-human strength and Super-human agility". Whether or not Marvel will maintain this status is unknown.
The serum also enhances his constitution, making him immune or highly resistant to many diseases and increasing the speed at which he heals from injuries and recuperates from illness. The serum is constantly being replenished by his body. Having been taught under combat experts Rex Applegate and William Fairbairn whose fields of expertise were European martial arts and Chinese martial arts during WW2, Cap is a master of many martial arts and has developed his own fighting-style which melds jujitsu, boxing, judo, karate, pressure points, all-terrain acrobatics and the use of his shield. He even claimed that he's masters all martial arts styles. His sensory perceptions have also been enhanced by the Super-Solider Serum, making them as acute as possible short of being superhuman. Cap is a great leader, field commander, and tactician. He led the Avengers for a long time, and his great experience makes him great on the battlefield. He gives orders like a sergeant. He also creates the plans for the Avengers, and has a great fighting spirit. All this means he regularly defeats enemies much stronger than him and can go toe-to-toe with foes as powerful as Spider-Man. He's also he has even defeated the Hulk before showing that he is not all brawn.
Captain America is usually seen with his Captain America armor that is bulletproof and is red, white, and blue. His costume covers up everything except his nose, mouth, and ears. He also has wings on the side of his mask and has a shield in which he always carries around but after giving it to Bucky Barnes has got a new costume and weapon.
The latest addition to Captain America’s arsenal is the handgun. By this choice of weapon, it can be seen that Bucky Barnes travels a very different path from Steve Rogers. He has so far used his gun to disable some villains through some expert and wince-inducing shots to the legs, but he has yet to shoot to kill. In his new role as Top Cop of America, Commander Rogers also utilizes a handgun, along with many other assorted gadgets in place of his shield, including a device that makes a copy of his shield.
Weight: 225 lbs.
Slade Wilson ran away from home and lied about his age determined to join the army. He soon showed talents far superior to that of any other soldier and was promoted again and again until his outstanding reputation landed him under the wing of Adeline Kane, an instructor, whom he later began a romantic relationship with and eventually married. Soon after the birth of his first son, Grant Wilson, Slade volunteered himself for a medical experiment under the army that was said to be a defense against Truth Serum (later revealed to be a test to create super-soldiers). Slade's body reacted violently to the experiment and he remained bedridden through the birth of his second son Joseph Wilson. Only later would Slade discover that the experiment had worked and actually enhanced his senses and reflexes beyond that of any ordinary man. With his duties in the army limited to that of desk work, Slade dedicated himself to professional hunting in order to fill the void he felt within himself as a fighter. However this life too was put on hold, when Wintergreen, a lifelong friend, was sent on a suicide mission and was captured. When his superiors refused to help, Slade was forced to do the impossible; he put together a costume and went on an unauthorized solo mission to save his friend. In the end he saved Wintergreen, but was discharged from the army for disobeying orders. Slade decided this was for the best. Fed up with the army and its code of blind loyalty, Slade created the costumed persona of Deathstroke the Terminator, the greatest mercenary the world would ever know.
Powers and Abilities
As a result of an experimental hormone therapy conducted by the US government, Slade became a super soldier. Unbeknown to Slade's superiors, the procedure boosted his brain capacity, increasing his coordination and stamina to superhuman levels. His mental capacities are accelerated by a factor of 9, allowing him to think and perceive nine times faster, affording him a greatly superior reaction time. He is said to have "the strength of ten men," and he also possesses enhanced speed and agility.
Slade has also been granted an accelerated healing factor which enables him to recover from physical injuries much faster than most humans, which supplies him with great longevity, bordering on immortality. This ability has limitations, as he can not regenerate lost eyes or limbs. He has recovered from otherwise fatal injuries, but the experience is traumatic. He has suffered from short-term periods of insanity and animalistic behavior after these "resurrections" (much like Ra's Al Ghul after using a Lazarus Pit). These episodic feral states are temporary, however, and he eventually regains control of himself.
As he is able to think nine times faster than most humans, Deathstroke possesses heightened senses, reflexes, and physical acumen, making him an astounding tactician. He has excellent hand to hand combat skills. His arsenal is extensive and, with his augmented physique, he can turn any object into a deadly weapon.
Deathstroke's helmet and armor are lined with Kevlar and later promethium mesh, making it incredibly resistant to conventional injury. Amongst other things, Deathstroke has been shown to carry a specially designed multi-million dollar flash-bomb capable of incapacitating the entire Justice League, including Superman, although only long enough for him to make an escape. He also possesses various firearms, his Promethium Sword, Power Staff, and Explosives among other assortments.
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