Comic books are full of characters wielding god-like powers, technology or intelligence. That’s why it’s so much fun to see them fight each other. Nowadays, it’s quite common to see characters from different shows or films cross over. It usually makes for an exciting scene or episode, giving fans exactly the interactions, and even throwdowns, that they want to see occur between their favorite superheroes.
But that doesn’t mean we only want to see heroes square off against each other in an epic battle. In fact, none would be more epic than a fight between supervillains who show little to no regard for the well-being of anyone around them. Here are 15 supervillain pairings that we want to see fight each other, in no particular order. Assume that all of these hypothetical fights happen with both characters fully equipped, fully prepared, and at their peak, with help from whoever aided them in their respective films.
SPOILER WARNING: This article addresses certain specific details of multiple movies, including some still in theatres.
15. Dr. Doom (Fantastic 4, 2005) vs. Electro (Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Though neither of their respective films was particularly memorable, these villains certainly were. “Fantastic 4’s” Dr. Doom was by far the best film depiction yet (ignoring the poorly written puns). You could technically say the same about Electro but, keep in mind, his appearance in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” was the only comic book film adaptation of the character so far.
It’d be a fun (albeit probably blinding) sight to see these two electrifying supervillains duel with all their might. Though they might share similar powers, they differ greatly in character. Where Electro was (at least initially) just a misunderstood, lonely, electrical engineer, the fittingly named Dr. Doom was a manipulative tyrant from the beginning (even if just a corporate version), one who had no qualms about killing soon after he received his cosmically granted power. Doom also has natural armor in the form of organic metal skin, but going up against Electro’s electrical abilities, that’s likely to be more of a flaw than a benefit. Meanwhile, Electro can absorb electricity, so he’ll really need to fight with his brains more than his brute force. Considering how that’s classically Doom’s go-to, we’re sure it would make for an amazing fight.
14. The Lizard (Amazing Spider-Man) vs Killer Croc (Suicide Squad)
The more recent “Amazing Spider-Man” gave us the Lizard played by Rhys Ifans, a product of a desperate scientist’s failed experimentation. Driven mad by his serum, Dr. Curt Connors was turned into a monstrous green reptile whose goal was to create more like him. In contrast, you have the primal Killer Croc played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in 2016’s “Suicide Squad“. This wild creature is really just a cannibal afflicted with a horrible skin disease and anger management issues who embraced the monster everyone assumed he was.
When is it ever uninteresting when two monsters fight to the death with all the strength their claws, jaws, and tails can muster? They’re both powerful predators. Lizard proved to be more than a match for Spider-Man, while Killer Croc was deemed dangerous enough to be enlisted into Amanda Waller’s team. With no other weapons or advantages given to either of them, it’s difficult to say which animal would win.
13. Sabretooth (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) vs Venom (Spider-Man 3)
Showcasing the depraved mutant’s regenerative healing factor, 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” gave fans a live-action Sabretooth closer to his comic book depiction than the original X-Men movie provided. Driven by blood lust and his willingness to embrace his bestial nature, Victor Creed would be a perfect match against “Spider-Man 3’s” Venom. As for Eddie Brock, the Venom symbiote offered him power beyond anything he had ever imagined, even giving him the abilities he needed to best Spider-Man. With jaws filled with razor sharp teeth, an alien suit that can generate its own webbing, and superhuman strength, Venom would, without a doubt, be able to hold his own against Sabretooth if they were to fight.
It’s hard to say how faithful the writers of each film intended these characters to be to the source material in regards to their power. Venom for instance, is able to camouflage himself completely in the comics. Even if film Venom could use that power, Sabretooth’s clearly established heightened senses would render it useless. Can Sabertooth’s claws pierce Venom’s skin? Can Venom’s overpower Sabertooth’s healing factor? It’s because of these stalemates that we want to see what such a fight would entail.
12. Iron Monger (Iron Man) vs Whiplash (Iron Man 2)
What do these characters have in common? They were both made using Iron Man‘s technology, and both were easily dispatched by the genius playboy billionaire. But how would they fare against each other? Iron Monger was armed with bulky armour inspired by Tony Stark’s original suit. The colossal construct possesses the flight capabilities of a rocket ship, as well as a daunting arsenal. Driven by greed and a desire for corporate success, Obadiah Stane went on to try to murder Tony, and he might have won too, if it weren’t for that meddlesome Pepper Potts and the giant arc reactor she was standing next to.
Whiplash, though driven by vengeance, shares Obadiah’s blatant disregard for the lives of those around him. In a fight between the two, it’s apparent that Whiplash would have the advantage of being more technologically savvy than Stane, having an entire legion of drones at his disposal. Could the Iron Monger suit handle such an army? And if it does, can Whiplash implement a Plan B to handle the Iron Monger suit?
11. Doomsday (Batman v Superman) vs The Destroyer (Thor)
Doomsday is a Kryptonian abomination, virtually impervious and able to regenerate missing limbs. It took half a Justice League to take this creature, whose defeat also resulted in the death of Superman, albeit a temporary one in the comics. But while this grey-skinned, bone-clawed abomination was built by aliens and acts on its own impulses, “Thor‘s” Destroyer was built by Norse gods to protect the treasures of Asgard, and can be controlled remotely.
We saw it controlled by Loki, whose mind would give The Destroyer a tactical advantage over any foe. Could the durable Asgardian metal withstand a hit from the alien creature bred for annihilation? Meanwhile, can the robotic construct supposedly strong enough to kill a god also take down the killer of Superman? of As destructive as the battle between the Destroyer and Thor was in the film, one can only imagine how much more rubble and fire there would be by the time these two inhuman beasts were done fighting. And that’s if they ever finish, because it’s entirely possible a stalemate would mean they’d fight forever.
10. Ra’s Al Ghul (Batman Begins) vs Deathstroke (Arrow)
Portrayed by Liam Neeson, the mysterious leader of the League of Shadows, Ra’s Al Ghul trained Batman himself, which is already evidence for his remarkable fighting skills. He also has an entire army of highly trained ninjas at his disposal and has shown that he has a formidable intellect. One so brilliant that even the detective wasn’t able to see his hand in Gotham until it was nearly too late. Film, TV show, and comic fans might agree that Ra’s Al Ghul, even without the Lazarus pits, would present quite the challenge even for Deathstroke, a high-trained superhuman mercenary.
Deathstroke, as portrayed by Manu Bennett, is a man of honour corrupted by Mirakuru, a serum used to save his life that also gave him his incredible strength, speed, and endurance. Before that, Slade Wilson was a mercenary trained by Australian Secret Intelligence Services (ASIS). He’s a master tactician, a powerful combatant, and an expert marksman. Everything a leader of the League of Shadows would be proud of. With both of them fighting for their twisted sense of justice, it’d be exciting to see which one of these expert combatants would see victory.
9. Mr. Freeze (Batman & Robin) vs El Diablo (Suicide Squad)
“Batman & Robin” wasn’t the best Batman film ever made, but it gave us a film adaptation of the character, Mr. Freeze whom, in the comics, was a tragic and understandably cold supervillain who sought only to save his wife from a slow death. The film’s version, portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, was instead a more light-hearted, reckless ice maniac who was never short on icy puns, cheesy one-liners, and weapons capable of flash-freezing crowds of people at a time.
Unlike Freeze, El Diablo, played by Jay Hernandez, is a remorseful former gang leader who rose to power with his pyrokinetic abilities. Despite the evil implied in his name, El Diablo is certainly not the worst of the squad’s members, going so far as to ultimately give his life to save his team from the wrath of a hateful sorceress. Like fire and ice, these two contrast each other in almost every way, making them a perfect pair of villains for an epic duel.
8. The Joker (The Dark Knight) vs Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)
This would be all-out war between two guerrilla factions: the warriors under Bane‘s command, and the criminal underworld behind the Joker. The former is a revolutionary who wants to strengthen society by tearing it down, while the latter is a mad anarchist who “just wants to watch the world burn.” One is physically imposing while the other is so chaotic that it’s impossible to predict what he’ll do. Meanwhile, both men clearly possess great intellect beneath either gaudy make up or a sinister facial apparatus.
Bane, as depicted in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” managed to break Batman and cause him to doubt himself, seemingly without effort. The Joker, put both effort and thought into his schemes, but unlike Bane, he genuinely enjoyed doing what he did. He toyed with lives and killed with relish. Heath Ledger’s Joker was the embodiment of chaos. He couldn’t take on Batman in a fist-fight but that didn’t stop him from acting and it didn’t frighten him in the slightest. Both craved their fights and struggles with Batman, which is why it’d be incredible to see a fight between Bane and the Joker over Gotham’s soul.
7. Brainiac (Smallville) vs Hector Hammond (Green Lantern)
“Smallville” adapted a lot of great characters for live-action, one such character being Brainiac, one of Superman’s most formidable foes. A supercomputer created by Superman‘s father, Jor-El, Brainiac is made up of a collection of microscopic nanites which allows the villain to perform a variety of incredible feats, from absorbing information from technology, to possessing human minds. Being made of both organic and inorganic material, the hyper-intelligent Brainiac who’s constantly upgrading himself, could hypothetically take on a super-powered Hector Hammond.
Infected by Parallax’s touch via an alien corpse, former xenobiologist Hector Hammond was driven insane by the incomprehensible power it granted him. Now deformed, Hammond harnesses the power of fear itself and does Parallax’s bidding using his awesome powers of telekinesis and telepathy. Having a nightmarish cosmic entity empowering you doesn’t guarantee victory, and Hammond might find himself struggling against the more collected and refined Brainiac, especially since the computer isn’t likely to feel any fear.
6. General Zod (Man of Steel) vs Nuclear Man (Superman IV)
Superman has a rogues gallery rich with supervillains bordering on godhood. Powered by the yellow sun like any Kryptonian, General Zod has been one of Superman’s arch-nemeses for over 50 years. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” took that conflict to its end, though not without a path of destruction behind it. General Zod is a cold supervillain, uncaring when it comes to the lives of humans, yet dedicated to the preservation of Krypton.
If one such as Nuclear Man, as portrayed by Mark Pillow in “Superman IV: Quest for Peace”, were to cross his path and hinder that goal, who would emerge intact? Nuclear Man was created by Lex Luthor for the sole purpose of taking Superman’s life. To this end, Lex used Superman’s DNA, which granted Nuclear Man all the powers of a modified Kryptonian and then some. Nuclear Man had claws sharp enough to cut Superman’s flesh, and was able to generate immense heat from within his body to such a point that the ground melted with every step. His only weakness was his dependence on sunlight, so the real question here is could Zod force him into the shadows before being taken down by the nuclear-powered foe.
5. Bizarro (Smallville) vs Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy)
A discarded experiment, Bizarro, managed to clone Clark Kent in order to create a twisted vessel to replace his corporeal form, as his other hosts were only ever temporary and would soon die after being possessed (though their deaths never bothered him). Bizarro shares all the strengths of a Kryptonian, but none of the same weaknesses (he can be killed with blue kryptonite, though).
Ronan on the other hand, seeks to destroy the Nova Corp and restore Kree power. He’s a fanatic armed with the power of an infinity stone, which grants him enough destructive power to destroy entire planets with a strike of his hammer (referred to as a cosmic-rod in the comics). It may not be enough to defeat Bizarro, considering that Superman could arguably accomplish everything the Guardians of the Galaxy did, on his own. It’d be a spectacular fight for sure, but one you’re unlikely to ever see.
4. Dark Archer (Arrow) vs Bullseye (Daredevil, 2003)
Another great crossover battle it’d be phenomenal to see would be between “DC’s” Dark Archer, AKA Malcolm Merlyn, and “Marvel’s” Bullseye. They’re both trained assassins, expert marksmen, albeit on two separate levels, and both capable of holding their own in a one-on-one battle. Malcolm Merlyn taken over Ra’s Al Ghul’s former position and now leads the League of Shadows, while Bullseye, as portrayed in 2003’s “Daredevil”, has nothing but his wit, skill, and drive.
But if it was enough to take on Elektra and Daredevil, it may very well be enough to take on Malcolm Merlyn, the megalomaniacal warrior with a high level of intelligence as well as mystical knowledge. Merlyn would also have stealth as an advantage, though Bullseye is no fool himself, and often studies his targets carefully before engaging them. Given enough time for preparation, it’s difficult to really say which one of these assassins would keep their lives.
3. Parallax (Green Lantern) vs Galactus (Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
If you’ve ever wondered what an epic cloud battle would look like, then look no further than the film depictions of the cosmic embodiment of fear, Parallax, and the dark, world-devouring Galactus. Despite being a world eater, Galactus is still a sentient being and thus susceptible to fear on some level, which means Parallax, may have an advantage somewhere. Were the two ever to battle for the right to destroy an entire world, it may not be visually exciting, but it’d be fun to see how whichever of the two clouds wins.
Galactus also has use of his herald, the Silver Surfer, as shown in 2007’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” which wouldn’t be cheating, considering Parallax can fire yellow bolts and absorb the life force from most, if not all forms of life. It’s possible the power cosmic would not be enough to keep Parallax from dominating Galactus and his chrome herald. But that’s all on the assumption that Galactus actually feels fear somewhere in that cosmic hurricane swirling about him.
2. Enchantress (Suicide Squad) vs Apocalypse (X-Men: Apocalypse)
These two would be more likely to fight over who has the right to destroy everything mankind has built, rather than out of pure malice. In their eyes, mankind has gone astray and become corrupted, either by weakness (Apocalypse’s stance) or by faithlessness (Enchantress’ belief). Enchantress, and her brother, Incubus, see the world at a point where mankind needs to be taken back to its bare roots, and shown who to worship (them). The ancient sorceress was capable of destroying Midway City, despite her heart having been removed from her chest. She is by far the most powerful character in “Suicide Squad” and is able to manipulate everything around her to such an extent that the fabric of reality itself can be altered under the right circumstances.
Apocalypse, similarly, is able to reshape and restructure both his environment and the beings around him. Using a vast collection of mutant abilities he’s spent centuries acquiring, Apocalypse fancies himself a god, specifically one whose duty it is to shed weakness from humanity. If these two were ever locked in battle, the world could literally be torn apart, as these two ancient forces would surely destroy everything around them by shaping and reshaping it to suit their combat needs.
1. Loki (The Avengers) vs Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
Mystical battles seldom fail to astonish and none make for a better-paired match than having these two mystical and mythical deities who seem to exist solely to bring evil upon mankind: Loki the Asgardian god of mischief and Lucifer the fallen archangel. There isn’t a comic book fan around that doesn’t enjoy Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the trickster god or Tom Ellis’ charming performance as the devil himself.
Aside from the fact that they’re both deities with names starting with the letter L, both are also very conceited to a fault, allowing their pride to potentially make them blind to an enemy’s strategy. Now factor in how both are trickster gods and that means not only will there be lots of strategies being thrown at each other, but just imagine how innovative and creative they would get with each other. Loki has the power of illusion at his back, while Lucifer can force people to tell him the truth. Assuming he doesn’t fall for Loki’s illusions, that means he could get the Asgardian to reveal his plans to the Archangel. But again, that’s assuming Lucifer doesn’t fall for Loki’s illusions, which he very well might.
Which supervillain smackdowns do you want to see take place? Be sure to tell us in the comments below.
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