The Avengers and the Justice League are the two biggest teams for the two biggest comic book publishers. For years, these heroes have been warring for the public’s attention, and only one can come out on top. However, there’s a constant push and pull with a clear winner never being decided. Of course, this goes beyond just which movies are coming out every year. Both of these superhero teams go way back, and with them being conceptually similar, most people can only pick one (and will utterly destroy anyone who disagrees with their opinion). As you probably know, the power struggle between the fans has been one of the most brutal bloodbaths in history.
However, this conflict doesn’t end with the people. As a matter of fact, the battle between the Avengers and the Justice League has permeated into meme culture. Being jokes that are easy to make, there are so many references to movies, comics, TV shows, and so much more. Through these little images, it’s basically guaranteed that the Avengers/Justice League war will always be around as long as the Internet works. With that in mind, we’ve selected 15 of the most savage memes that fuel the fire of war between the Avengers and Justice League.
15. IT’S A BRUTAL BATTLE
Ever since the credits rolled on The Avengers in 2012, we got a good look at who the big bad will be for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thanos. Having minor appearances but big impacts on several of the following Marvel movies, fans are anxiously awaiting how he will test the Avengers like never before.
Move over to the DC movie universe (they really need to come up with a name for that), and their biggest threat is much more sinister. This meme shows us that Rotten Tomatoes could very well bring an end to this new version of the Justice League with horribly low scores and percentages unlike anything ever seen before. Wonder Woman managed to beat this enemy, but how will the future films fare?
14. DO YOU EVEN FIGHT, BRO?
Both Man of Steel and The Avengers were fighting the same problem: an alien invasion incurred upon by a tyrannical dictator who wanted to take complete control of Earth. The difference lies in the protagonists of each of the two films. Man of Steel was only Superman’s story, and he alone fought off the evil Kryptonians and defeated — and killed — General Zod.
The Avengers, on the other hand, required the collaboration of six different heroes to defeat the Chitauri and save New York. It’s easy to imagine why Superman would poke fun at them. He’s just one hero while the MCU had several on their roster. It goes without saying that the DC heroes are generally much more powerful than the Marvel heroes.
13. OUT OF THE WAY
It’s been often said that Batman could defeat any opponent given the proper preparation time and DC has used that reputation to really push Batman as a major force in DC. While it seems ludicrous, after we’ve seen the Dark Knight defeat Superman and go toe to toe with Darkseid, we’re changing our tune. He’s even taking on the entire Justice League at times because he had a contingency plan in order.
However, if the Avengers were ever to fight the League, it’s likely that Superman would be ready to take them on. Knowing Bruce Wayne, though, we imagine that he would simply brush aside the Man of Steel, and with nothing but his fists and cowl, would be ready to take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
12. TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN
Marvel and DC Comics, while they have a lot in common, are noticeably and drastically different in terms of tone and storytelling. Marvel likes to explore the more lighthearted side of the spectrum (they do delve into darker stories at times), featuring bombastic tales where more grounded heroes protect New York and the rest of the world. DC, on the other hand, likes to portray powerful tales that mess with your head and feature a generally more grim outlook on the world.
That’s where this meme comes on. Taking Zeus and Hades from the Disney film Hercules, the meme likens them to both Marvel and DC Comics. Notice how “Marvel” looks more confident and pleased with himself while DC seems more like the brooding no-nonsense brother.
It’s interesting to see how actors in Marvel movies have since been placed in DC films. Ben Affleck played Daredevil in 2003 before going on to become Batman in 2016. Now, for the upcoming Justice League movie, both Willem Dafoe and J.K. Simmons have signed on for roles in the movie, despite having been previously in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
This meme plays around with that fact and shows a Spider-Man who is angry and ready to fight them for betraying the Marvel Universe. Instead of just coming on his own, though, Spider-Man is cast over the Stormtrooper who fought Finn in The Force Awakens for betraying the First Order. We have to admit, that’d be a pretty powerful fight if Spider-Man had that equipment.
10. WHAT ARE WE, CHOPPED LIVER?
There’s a general theme with both Marvel and DC. They exist in different realities, but in some ways, are mirrors of each other. For example, Marvel is full of average people gaining powers and trying to become “gods” in a way. They do this through becoming better or gaining certain objects that are more powerful than the entire universe.
On the DC side of things, many of the heroes already are gods. They’re just trying to learn how to be human and relate with the public. However, that fact breaks down when you take into account that Thor, a Marvel hero, actually is the God of Thunder and the Batman, a DC hero, is a human with a lot of money. He’s not a god of anything. Thank you, memes, for pointing this out.
9. PERCEPTION IS EVERYTHING
It’s interesting how when you’re on the inside of a group, everything seems normal to you. Then when other people are on the outside looking in, they see something entirely different. That’s the concept that this meme plays around with. First of all, it shows how DC fans see Marvel Comics. All of the superheroes look like little kids playing around and having a jolly good time. It coincides with the “too comical” criticism the MCU has received.
On the other side of the spectrum, Marvel fans apparently see DC Comics as just Batman and Superman feuding over silly things. While that may or not be the case, at the very least, we still got this great picture of Superman playing the bagpipes on a unicycle with Batman running behind.
8. CAPTAIN AMERICA + IRON MAN = BATMAN
Batman has been often portrayed in DC as the ultimate superhero. He’s seen as the one member of the Justice League that’s smart and ruthless enough to take down his entire team all by himself. Whether this reputation is accurate or not, it’s one that has been well-earned with stories like “The Tower of Babel”. On the flip side, both Cap and Iron Man are seen as two-thirds of the crux of the Avengers.
While the Avengers rely on two members to take down universal threats, this meme once again insinuates that the Justice League only needs one Batman to win the day. While the humor is present, we think that the duo could easily take down the Dark Knight if this battle should ever come to pass.
7. WE HAVE SO MUCH IN COMMON
The idea of a crossover between the Avengers and the Justice League isn’t exactly old news. As a matter of fact, the universes have collided with JLA/Avengers and the Amalgam Universe in the past. Still, there are so many interactions that we want to see more of. There are more stories we want to involve all of these amazing and beloved comic characters.
Thankfully, we have memes like this to whet our appetites. It imagines a world where Iron Man and Batman meet up in the same room. Iron Man asks Batman if he remembers when they had no money, to which the Dark Knight responds with a simple, “No.” Then the two of them share a “billionaire high five,” which probably costs more than your house.
6. ST. WADE
Uncanny Avenger member Deadpool is arguably the most insane character to ever be put into a comic book. Having one of the greatest mental disabilities on the planet (having been altered by the Weapon X program), Deadpool knows that he is a comic book character in a story written by people. Because of this and his healing factor that makes him completely invulnerable to death, he does whatever he wants, says whatever he wants, and doesn’t care about the consequences.
This beautiful meme pictures Deadpool going to the Daily Planet in Metropolis in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. However, instead of a four-leaf clover for Superman, Wade walks up with a chunk of Kryptonite, to which the Man of Steel simply looks on in exasperation. If this movie were to happen, we wouldn’t be upset in the slightest.
5. SHOTS FIRED
When you become a speedster, you have been blessed with one of the most impressive and useful powers to ever be imagined. Take the Flash for example. He can travel around the world in the blink of an eye and moves so quickly that he can pluck bullets out of the air and toss them in his own hand. He’s had a lot of practice at being a superhero and few people can beat him.
However, another speedster on the Avengers didn’t quite get the bullet catching memo. As we all know, Quicksilver in Age of Ultron ended up sacrificing his own life so that Hawkeye could live. What makes this meme so great is that it highlights the fact that Flash is often seen catching bullets with little to no issues, but the MCU Quicksilver is still in the ground.
4. DON’T YOU DARE
In the opening moments of Captain America: Winter Soldier, we see Steve Rogers going on an impressive run at incredible speeds. Often lapping those on the track, he continuously passed the non-superpowered Sam Wilson with a resounding “on your left” each time. Needless to say, it got on Sam’s nerves after a while.
This meme instead changes their roles. Sam Wilson is instead the Justice League movie, running confidently and at a brisk pace. Then while he’s having a fun time, Steve, taking the role of Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming up behind. Quickly surpassing Snyder’s upcoming superhero team-up, Justice League is left in the dust. Thankfully for the film, Justice League is coming out a few months after the aforementioned Spider-Man movie, but this outpacing might still stand after its release.
3. NOT A CHANCE
Ever since the first Spider-Man movie came out, people wondered if Tobey Maguire’s character would ever team up with any other heroes. Would he be a part of the X-Men? Would be involved with the MCU? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding, “No.” However, it became a great joke that Spider-Man would perpetually have a difficult time trying to join the Avengers.
Enter this meme, which plays around with the fact that J.K Simmons is going to be Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. Because he knows Peter Parker is having a hard time joining the Avengers, he encourages him to get into the Justice League. While Peter was excited, Simmons dampens the mood by asking him to get Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to sign a paper. That stings a little.
2. YOU FILTHY CASUALS
Because of the popularity of superheroes since the days of The Dark Knight and Iron Man, more heroes and villains are becoming household names these days. However, there are people who know these characters and then some well because of the comics (they actually have a passion for the stories). Then there are the people who are just into the heroes because all of the movies are coming out (nothing more than casuals).
While, for the most part, they simply don’t know any big details about comic characters, there is the rare occasion where we’ll get people like the one in the Yahoo Answers page. They asked why Batman wasn’t in The Avengers (the answer is obvious). Instead of actually answering the question, though, we get the classic “I hate you” line from Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith.
1. NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS
Ultron, in the comics, has always been one of the most sinister foes in the Marvel Universe. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he tried to recapture a lot of that magic. One of his lines is shown at the top of this meme, where he states that people look up to the sky and see hope, so he’ll take that away from them first.
That said, it’s going to be a little hard for the murderbot when you remember that Superman’s “S” logo is the Kryptonian symbol for hope. He is the beacon of truth and justice for the DC Universe, and if Ultron wants to destroy hope, he’s going to have to defeat the Man of Steel. If it’s not clear, it won’t be easy for him.
Who do you think wins this meme battle? Let us know in the comments!
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