10 MCU Heroes & Villains Who Could Beat SUPERMAN In A Fight

10 MCU Heroes & Villains Who Could Beat SUPERMAN In A Fight

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is home to some of the world's most powerful heroes and villains, but there are some who are strong enough to take the fight to DC's Superman and easily beat him in a fight!

Superman is the beating heart of the DC Universe, and a hero powerful enough to protect not just Earth, but the entire cosmos. The Man of Tomorrow is an icon, an absolute powerhouse, and not someone easily beaten in a fight. 

Since Jon Favreau brought Iron Man to the silver screen in 2008's film of the same name, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has rapidly grown, moving away from its grounded roots to become a world full of incredibly strong heroes and villains; sometimes, they're powered by magic, other times by Infinity Stones, but they all have something in common.

They could kick Superman's butt! 

The way comic books (and the films based on them) are written means anyone can beat anyone if that's what the writer and artist wants, but this piece takes a look at what would likely unfold if Superman were to come to blows with these protagonists and antagonists from the MCU...
 

10. The Vision

Vision

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Vision became the first hero other than Thor to lift Mjolnir. 

The fact he's worthy is a big deal the Russo Brothers didn't capitalize on in the three Marvel Studios movies they directed featuring the android, and it felt like they de-powered him to an extent. Pit The Vision who defeated Ultron and wielded the God of Thunder's hammer against Superman, however, and the Man of Steel may very well come out on the losing end. 

The Vision could shake off Superman's blows by becoming intangible, while then becoming dense enough to put a real hurting on the DC Universe's most iconic hero. 

It would be a close contest, but one that could go in The Vision's favour.
 

9. Ultron

Ultron

A weakened Ultron may have been defeated by The Vision, but had he not run afoul of the Scarlet Witch, then the Vibranium-enhanced android would have been truly unstoppable. 

With Superman unable to use his heat vision to destroy that Wakandan substance (had Marvel Studios owned the rights to the X-Men in 2015, he likely would have been made from Adamantium), he'd have a hard time beating Ultron, especially if the villain had an entire army by his side.

Together, they could easily overpower Superman, leaving the Man of Tomorrow with odds even he's not capable of overcoming. 

Concept art has shown an Ultron who used his drones to transform himself into a giant swarm, and while we're confident Superman would destroy many of them, Ultron-Prime would surely be the one left standing by the time all is said and done in this battle.
 

8. Hulk

Hulk

The Hulk has proven himself the Strongest Avenger, but Marvel Studios has yet to lean heavily into the idea that the angrier the Jade Giant gets, the stronger he then becomes. 

Had the Green Goliath not been defeated by Tony Stark when he donned his Hulkbuster armor, it's hard to escape the feeling he might have ranked higher (particularly now he has Bruce Banner's intelligence). In some ways, though, those smarts are likely to work against The Hulk as he's no longer an out of control powerhouse fuelled solely by his rage.

All that aside, and it's inevitable that The Hulk would push Superman to his limits. This would be a long, bloody battle possibly lasting for days, but with the Green Goliath's healing ability, he would have the edge. 

Superman just couldn't compete. 
 

7. Iron Man

Iron-Man

We know what you're thinking, alright. Superman would just tear Iron Man's armour straight off Tony Stark's body and vaporise him with his heat vision. Game over in a matter of seconds. 

However, Tony isn't a stupid guy.

In the comic books, he's created suits which have allowed him to go toe to toe with everyone from The Hulk to Thor, and he's occasionally come out on the winning end of those fights. In the case of Superman, a Kryptonite laced set of armor would be all it takes to weaken the Man of Tomorrow to the point he's easily beaten. 

Iron Man would surely be pushed to his limits, but if he can stop The Hulk in his tracks, Supes doesn't stand a chance.
 

6. Ego

Ego

Ego had a predictable weak spot in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but a) how would Superman know about that, and b) what if that wasn't an issue for this mighty Celestial being? 

Using that thought process, the DC Comics icon would be as outmatched in this fight as he was when he attempted to take down Dr. Manhattan in Doomsday Clock. Ego is too big a foe for even Superman when all is said and done, and so it wouldn't take long for him to show the boy scout who his daddy is.

Well, not literally, but you never know! 

Regardless, this would be an epic, space set clash which would ultimately see Superman fall short.
 

5. Thor

THor1

Superman vs. Thor is a dream match for comic book fans, and one it would be jaw-dropping to see play out with the MCU's version of the God of Thunder taking the fight to the Man of Steel.

Over the years, we've seen Thor take some real beatings, but he always gets back up again, and as a literal Thunder God, his thousands of years of experience should help him find Kal-El's weak points, exploit them, and show the DC superhero that being a God is vastly more impressive than being an alien.

Whether he has Mjolnir or Stormbreaker in hand is unlikely to matter, though the latter is likely to cause a lot of damage to Superman if we're assuming it can cut through his skin. 

Another close content, but one which would see Thor declared the victor, for sure. 
 

4. Doctor Strange

Stange

Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme, and if Superman has once weakness, it's magic!

The Man of Steel has found himself overpowered by many a "magician" over the decades, but perhaps never one as resourceful and unrelenting as this former surgeon. He may no longer have access to the Time Stone, but that doesn't mean Strange couldn't still take Superman through a mind-bending battle that leaves him overwhelmed and weakened.

With that, the reluctant Avenger could move in for the kill, stopping Superman in his tracks.

Heck, it could be as simple as banishing him to a dimension with a red sun or playing mind games which remind Kal-El of everything he lost the day Krypton was destroyed!
 

3. Captain Marvel

Captain-Marvel

For a while, it seemed Captain Marvel could very well be the MCU's most powerful superhero. 

However, she appears to have some weaknesses, and didn't take Thanos down anywhere near as easily as most expected. That's why Carol Danvers isn't #1 here, but don't let her ranking fool you...she's more than a match for Superman and could handily beat him if they were to come to blows.

That's not us saying it would be an easy fight, of course.

In fact, Superman would likely be her greatest challenge yet. By the time all is said and done, though, this battle (which would probably tale place on Earth and in space) would end with Captain Marvel standing atop the fallen Man of Steel as the most mighty hero of the two.
 

2. Thanos

Thanos1

Even without the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos is one of the strongest warriors in the entire MCU. He makes short work of men and Gods alike, and as an Eternal, he's among a select group of beings capable of unleashing the power of each of those Infinity Stones. 

With them in the Mad Titan's possession, Superman simply would not stand a chance. 

The Man of Steel would no doubt be a bigger threat to Thanos than anyone who has come before him, but the villain could quite easily just snap him out of existence if he felt like it! 

Even without the Stones, Superman would be pushed to his limits...with them, however, there would only be one winner and that's Thanos. He would just need to hope the DC hero doesn't wrestle the Infinity Gauntlet away from him because that could see this flight play out in a much different way.
 

1. Scarlet Witch

Scarlet

Confirmed as the MCU's most powerful superhero, the Scarlet Witch would make short work of Superman. Had Thanos's forces not interrupted her in Avengers: Endgame, she would have defeated the Mad Titan, and the Man of Steel would be similarly overpowered by the Avenger. 

Between her power levels and Superman's vulnerability to magic, he simply would not stand a chance. 

Marvel Studios has only just started exploring the Scarlet Witch's powers, and it's apparent WandaVision is going to reveal more about her past (likely confirming she's a mutant in the process). 

The Man of Steel is formidable, but not formidable enough to be anything other than Wanda's punching bag...
 

DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Exclusive: Medusa & Rogue Voice Actress On Which Hero She Wants To Play A Mature Version Of

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Exclusive: Medusa & Rogue Voice Actress On Which Hero She Wants To Play A Mature Version Of

With mutants soon to make their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one Avengers: Assemble voice actress tells us she'd like to reprise one of her roles on screen, but with a twist. Check it out below!
JUSTICE LEAGUE Star Ben Affleck Calls Marvel's Kevin Feige The Greatest Producer Who Ever Lived

JUSTICE LEAGUE Star Ben Affleck Calls Marvel's Kevin Feige "The Greatest Producer Who Ever Lived"

Is Ben Affleck angling for a Marvel Studios gig? During a new interview, the Justice League star showers Kevin Feige with praise, referring to the Marvel boss as "the greatest producer who ever lived."
Marvel Studios Has Projects Planned Out Until At Least 2029 Explains MCU Boss Kevin Feige; Teases X-MEN Plans

Marvel Studios Has Projects Planned Out Until At Least 2029 Explains MCU Boss Kevin Feige; Teases X-MEN Plans

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reveals exactly how far into the future the Marvel Cinematic Universe is mapped out, and it sounds like he's got ideas that will take us up until the end of the decade.
Latest Headlines
HAVEN'S END Star Catherine Taber Chats Exclusively About Her Love For Voicing Penelo In FINAL FANTASY XII

HAVEN'S END Star Catherine Taber Chats Exclusively About Her Love For Voicing Penelo In FINAL FANTASY XII

Catherine Taber recently spoke exclusively with us about her new sci-fi film Haven's End and when talk turned to her portrayal of Penelo in Final Fantasy she told us she named her dog after the character!
SPIDER-MAN 3: New I Believe Mysterio Poster From The Threequel's Set Features Jake Gyllenhaal

SPIDER-MAN 3: New "I Believe" Mysterio Poster From The Threequel's Set Features Jake Gyllenhaal

Yesterday, we shared photos from the set of Spider-Man 3 revealing that the public have conflicting opinions about Peter Parker and Mysterio, but this one makes it clear Quentin Beck has his supporters...
WANDAVISION Pays Homage To A Bygone Era With '50s TV Advert-Inspired Promo Posters

WANDAVISION Pays Homage To A Bygone Era With '50s TV Advert-Inspired Promo Posters

The first two episodes of Marvel's WandaVision took place in a classic sitcom-like reality, and these new promotional posters pay homage to the cheesy TV adverts of the '50s and '60s. Take a look...
WANDAVISION: Evan Peters Seemingly Confirmed For Disney+ Series By His Spanish Voice Dub Actor

WANDAVISION: Evan Peters Seemingly Confirmed For Disney+ Series By His Spanish Voice Dub Actor

It's been rumored for some time now that WandaVision will feature Dark Phoenix star Evan Peters, and the actor's involvement in the series has seemingly been confirmed by a Spanish voiceover actor!
STAR WARS Exclusive: Catherine Taber On THE CLONE WARS & FORCES OF DESTINY Pre & Post Disney

STAR WARS Exclusive: Catherine Taber On THE CLONE WARS & FORCES OF DESTINY Pre & Post Disney

Catherine Taber voices many Star Wars characters, and she recently talked to us about how Disney's acquisition of the franchise impacted things such as Clone Wars and Forces of Destiny. Check it out below!
WANDAVISION Star Elizabeth Olsen Says The Show Gets More Cynical As It Approaches Modern Sitcom Era

WANDAVISION Star Elizabeth Olsen Says The Show Gets More "Cynical" As It Approaches Modern Sitcom Era

The first few episodes of Marvel's WandaVision were similar in tone to classic sitcoms such as I Love Lucy and Bewitched, but star Elizabeth Olsen says things will soon take a more cynical turn...