Koustave has penned an article entitled,
exploring the motivations behind the teams.
I however will examine the technology, powers of the teams and explain why the Avengers can and would beat the Justice League in combat.
- Thor ~ A God. Only comparable on Justice League is superman, whom a green rock can defeat.
- Hulk ~ An irradiated mutant who only gets stronger the angrier he gets. Technically stronger than Thor, the Justice League has no counter. I think Aquaman loses here.
- Iron Man ~ A Technological marvel, nearly as strong as Thor in his suit but with lasers.
- The Vision ~ Green Lantern can’t hold what he can’t touch. The Vision is an android that can become immaterial and phase back into being within his target. Can you say OUCH?
- The Scarlet Witch ~ Oops Wonder Woman’s magic rope just caught herself. Darned hexes…
- Quicksilver ~ The Scarlet Witch’s brother, and son of Magneto. He’s at least as fast as the Flash, and would probably fight dirty and trip him or something. High speed wipeout leaves major road burn…
- Hawkeye ~ Batman with arrows. Can Batman get close enough to do anything to a guy that can see him coming and can hit what he sees?
- Captain America ~ Adamantium shield hurts when it hits. (His character motivation is the dichotomy between being a “Boy Scout” unfrozen in the very strange to him ’60’s. The “boy scout” is a member of the Greatest Generation, and the 60’s were very strange to them, indeed.)
Actually I like both teams for different reasons. But (with the exception of Batman) I always saw the Marvel characters as having a more varied, and interesting backstory.
Marvel was made by Stan Lee to address what he saw as flaws in character development at DC and fill a void in the marketplace.
He didn’t replace DC. Both brands are beloved, for all the right reasons.
Comics historian Peter Sanderson wrote that in the 1960s:
DC was the equivalent of the big Hollywood studios: After the brilliance of DC’s reinvention of the superhero … in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it had run into a creative drought by the decade’s end. There was a new audience for comics now, and it wasn’t just the little kids that traditionally had read the books. The Marvel of the 1960s was in its own way the counterpart of the French New Wave…. Marvel was pioneering new methods of comics storytelling and characterization, addressing more serious themes, and in the process keeping and attracting readers in their teens and beyond. Moreover, among this new generation of readers were people who wanted to write or draw comics themselves, within the new style that Marvel had pioneered, and push the creative envelope still further.