Who’d win in a fight between Superman and Spawn? How the f*ck old is Cable? And what in the holy hell is a Megatron? When the tough questions arise, Panels on Pages will gather the facts, but it’s up to the PoP!ulation to draw its own conclusions. So come on… Riddle Me This.
Frequent visitor Blackhart23 poses this week’s question, and it’s a real head-scratcher. Blackhart does put some stipulations on the fight right up front, though. This is two men, unknown to each other, entering a steel cage match. They are unarmed, they are unprepared. No shied. No belt. No body armor. And NO contingency plan. Does this give Cap the edge? Let’s consider some statistics -
According to Marvel’s site, Steve is 6’2″ 220 lbs. Bruce clocks in at the same height with ten pounds to spare at a svelte 210. Both men are masters of various forms of martial arts, though I’ve got to think Bruce, with his world tour, likely has the more diverse skill set. Steve’s fought in an actual war, but on any given day is likely less active than Bruce, considering the latter patrols on a nightly basis. Then there’s the serum. Batman was born from a double homicide that led him on a quest to become the best that a human could be, while Captain America reached the same outcome thanks to his exposure to the Super Soldier serum. Ultimately, it’s a fairly even match on the physical front.
Taking into account mental acumen, we see a significantly different picture. Cap is a master tactician, sure, but the Bat’s keen powers of observation and penchant for on-the-fly planning and threat assessment seem to give him the drop here. While Steve’s more likely to focus on haymakers and half-Nelsons, Bruce will recognize the slight advantage in size and strength his opponent has, and likely focus on pressure points and other more subversive fighting techniques. The level of analysis from the Distinguished Competition’s corner is simply unparalleled.
But the final point to consider here is how far each combatant is willing to go in this fight. Bruce is going to fight ruthlessly right from the start, giving Steve 95% right away and never letting up, whereas Steve’s MO is to pull his punches a bit more, and let the boyscout shine through. 90% isn’t going to cut it against Batman for long. But that’s just it. As I said before, Steve’s a soldier. He’s been in war. He’s killed when the need arose.
Bruce. Won’t. Kill.
Would Steve in this situation? If he truly thought his life – or the life of a friend, teammate, or innocent civilian – was on the line? If it was the only way out?
But here’s perhaps the best question of all: does it matter who wins? Blackhart simply asks if Batman can kick Cap’s ass. How far you take that is up to you, PoP!ulation. So…
Riddle me this! Can Batman kick Captain America’s star-spangled ass?