The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. the X-Men

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn't won the "right" way). This really isn't a big deal, of course, as it doesn't really matter if the "wrong" person won a fight. But it's fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don't suggest a fight in the comments!

For the latest fight, I'll go with the one I got the third-most requests for, the time Spider-Man clobbered the X-Men in Secret Wars...

As always (by "always," I, of course, mean since I started doing this bit two weeks ago), the first page will be me setting general power levels and then the second page will be the fight.

Now let me note that Spider-Man, on his own, likely SHOULD acquit himself well against pretty much any member of the All-New, All-Different X-Men (not counting Phoenix, of course). Spider-Man IS pretty badass, ya know?

It's just when you see him against them individually, then his ability to kick all of their asses at once seems a bit off.

Spider-Man earlier did very well against the original X-Men (sans Beast) in Marvel Team-Up #4 by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and Steve Mitchell, and Spidey was SICK at the time!

Marvel Girl eventually defeats him, though, through her telekinesis.

Spidey faced off against Nightcrawler in Amazing Spider-Man #161 by Len Wein, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito...

Here's where we see our first problem for later. Spider-Man and Nightcrawler are well-matched. Spidey is clearly the stronger opponent, and WILL likely win most of their fights, but it is not a cinch at all.

Similarly, in Spider-Man Vs. Wolverine #1 by Christopher Priest, M.D. Bright and Al Williamson, Spidey handles himself really well against Wolverine, but the fight is still a fairly even one, even if it is clearly one that Spider-Man likely WILL eventually win...

So that's why the fight you'll see on the next page is a candidate for this column...

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