Krypton vs Gamma: Who wins? Jon Stewart and Mark Ruffalo debate it, and one CGI animator has the answer!
As a comic book fans (and particularly as host of the podcast Cape Crisis), I’ve witnessed my fair share of theoretical arguments about who could beat who. In particular, I’ve seen a lot of dreamed up Marvel vs DC battles. Captain American vs Batman, Quicksilver vs Flash, Namor vs Aquaman. Out of all of them, Hulk vs Superman could be some of the most passionate debates, and that can even happen when The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart interviews the current film Hulk Mark Ruffalo – starting at 2:28…
Now, that’s a fun talk, but I have to take issue with Jon Stewart’s reasoning. Yes, Superman can avoid Hulk if he chooses, but creating distance isn’t the same as winning a fight. It’s the same as if Superman tossed Hulk into space – it’s technically a victory by count out or ring out, but it’s hardly a KO. Also, given Superman’s morals, I can’t imagine him leaving Hulk free to mess up things.
No, the real question of Hulk vs Superman isn’t who could outwit the other. You want to know who’d win in a fight that could only end in a knockout, as if the two were competing in a super powered Bloodsport. As you might expect, comics have provided some varied answers over the years.
In previous crossover events, Superman won two different scrapes. He rather handily beat Hulk in the early ’80s, but in the mid-’90s Marvel vs DC, the mulleted Supes beat Banner by the skin of his teeth. Alternatively, both iconic heroes have fought characters very similar to one another, so that can give you some idea how they’d fare. Superman has a pretty good record against Hulk-clone Doomsday, aside from that time Doomsday killed Kal, but that version of Superman was a little weaker than normal. Meanwhile, when Hulk fought pseudo-Superman Sentry in the World War Hulk finale, it was basically a standstill until both were so exhausted that they reverted to their human forms.
Ultimately, Hulk vs Superman will probably never have a conclusive answer provided by their respective publishers. Fortunately for the comic fans of the world, a very talented third party put their incredible CG skills to the task of making it happen. If you haven’t seen all three parts before (crossing fingers for a part 4), this is the best looking Superman vs Hulk fight you will likely ever see…
This fight is pretty much how I always imagined it, only more fluid. They took the fight to an uninhabited area and both are in their classically defined roles. Hulk is a brutish ball of rage who never tires, Superman is faster, resourceful and looks like Christopher Reeves. The only annoying part is that this has yet to reach it’s end, so who knows if the artist involved will even have a definite winner.
Personally, how do I envision the fight ending? Well, if the battle has to end with one knocking out or even killing the other, the Hulk wins. As you see in the video, Superman gets the upper hand a few times thanks to his brains and speed, but that only makes Hulk angrier, thus stronger and tougher. As impressive as Superman’s stamina may be, it’ll run out eventually, unlike Hulk’s. If it comes down to a fist fight, Hulk wins 12 days later, in round 943.
But don’t worry DC fans, if capture and/or count outs are allowed, Superman would win easily. First off, Supes has access to tons of Earth and Kryptonian science. Mr. Kent could probably fashion a way to send Hulk into the Phantom Zone or nullify his gamma-irradiated strength with a STAR Labs gadget. Even if that isn’t allowed, Superman could “win” with a tactic many have used against Hulk before: Just toss Banner into Earth’s orbit and wait for him to pass out. Given Kal’s flight and speed that’d be pretty simple fix, even if he’d get punch pretty hard on the way up.
What do you guys think? Is my reasoning sound? Do you side with Stewart or Ruffalo? How do you think it’ll play out?
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