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Ever since the advent of superheroes, we wondered who would win if our favorite heroes battled it out. The original ultimate showdown, of course, is Batman Vs Superman (Or V if you’re so inclined). Since then, we’ve had Hulk Vs Thing (the first franchise crossover in comics), Wolverine Vs Spider-Man, Captain America Vs Iron Man, Green Lantern Vs the GL Corps, and so on. We even had the JLA Vs the Avengers (but we try to forget that era). However, one of the biggest showdowns in comics has to be the X-Men Vs the Avengers. They’ve duked it out a few times, and the last one – fighting for control of the Phoenix – nearly destroyed the world. The lesson the Avengers learned: mutants united are stronger than Avengers united. But what if we got an X-Men Vs Avengers with their movie universe versions? That fight is a lot different.
Round One: Who wins? (Images: 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios)
While the Avengers have close friendships in the comics, their movie versions are much closer. That’s why, for Captain America: Civil War, a policy difference wasn’t enough to make Cap and Tony part ways. It had to be personal. So, when Tony found out that Cap was keeping Bucky killing his mother a secret, compromise took a backseat to anger. But when they unite? When they can put aside their differences and work together? They’re unstoppable. In Infinity War, the Avengers were split, and not just metaphorically. We had one team on Titan one team in Wakanda. For a while, Thor, Rocket, and Groot weren’t even part of the fight. Divided, they failed. Badly. But when they’re fighting Thanos together, they triumph. Sure, there are losses, but even the sacrifices wouldn’t have worked if they didn’t reunite.
For the X-Men, it’s completely different. An X-Men (Fox) Vs Avengers (Marvel Studios) with their movie counterparts doesn’t look good for the X-Men. And the first reason is that they aren’t a family in the Fox movies. While X2 might have the nonsensical name X-Men United (when did they split up? What exactly was united?), the Fox X-Men are barely friends. They’re colleagues, for the most part. Sure, Jean and Scott are in a relationship, and Wolverine falls in love with her, but it’s hard to imagine Storm, Beast, and Nightcrawler spending much time together outside of the mansion. Hell, Nightcrawler doesn’t even stick with them in the original trilogy.
But how does it affect the battle? The X-Men can barely form a simple plan together, such as de-power Magneto in The Last Stand. The Avengers would have figured that out before the fight even started. They are the plan.
Round Two: Who (or what) survives? (Images: 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios)
Fox didn’t exactly tap the superpower resources when it came to the X-Men. Essentially, we have four heavy hitters that could hold their own in one-on-one (or even one-on-ten) fights with the Avengers. Storm, Magneto, Jean, and Professor X. All cards on the table, Professor X is the most powerful character in either movie universe, but that won’t come in handy in an X-Men Vs Avenger scenario. While not anywhere near as powerful a telepath as Charles, Scarlet Witch has just enough skill to distract him. Even if Xavier could control every Avenger’s mind, it would take just one to make it all fall apart. Wanda isn’t even the only Avenger who could do this. We also have Loki and Doctor Strange.
For the rest? Storm could certainly take on Thor in a battle, but what about Thor and Captain Marvel? What would she do, hope that Carol doesn’t disintegrate Wolverine when he comes to help her? And Eric might be able to do some damage to Iron Man and Captain America, but a plastic arrow from Hawkeye or a hug from the Hulk would settle that. It’s not like Mystique can shift into something strong enough to defeat Banner when he’s angry.
Oddly, it’s some of the New Mutants who could help the most. Dani could really screw with their minds, Magik could take on Doctor Strange, and Sunspot, at full power, could challenge the Hulk. The problem is…did anyone watch New Mutants? And are the New Mutants part of Fox? The last poster just said “20th Century Studios.”
Round Three: Why not? (Images: 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios)
This wouldn’t be a clean fight at all. It wouldn’t be a six-minute showdown the way Batman V Superman disappointed us. And it wouldn’t end with one team walking away from the other, the way Cap and Iron Man ended their fight. One significant difference is that characters are much more comfortable killing people in the movies, especially the X-Men. It would take one death on either side to turn a battle into a bloodbath.
But regarding the movie franchises, an X-Men Vs Avengers battle comes down to one key difference: numbers. The X-Men would need more powerful mutants that Fox didn’t provide. Imagine if Legion could join the fray (that show wasn’t part of the Fox X-Men Universe). Or Vulcan. Perhaps Kid Omega. Maybe even Hope Summers. The odds tilt more favorably to the X-Men with these mutants on the roster. But they aren’t in the film franchise. So with the movie characters, the X-Men Vs Avengers showdown ends with an Avenger victory.
…But the comics? Well, that’s a tale for another day.
(Featured Image: 20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios)
Roman Colombo finished his MFA in 2010 and now teaches writing and graphic novel literature at various Philadelphia colleges. His first novel, Trading Saints for Sinners, was published in 2014. He’s currently working on his next novel and hoping to find an agent soon.
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