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Why the Incredible Hulk Should Have Defeated Superman: A Look at the Battle of the Titans

Examining the Physical and Psychological Advantages of the Hulk in the 1996 DC vs Marvel Comic series

By A. M. BarrettPublished 2 months ago 2 min read

The Incredible Hulk and Superman are two of the most iconic and powerful characters in the world of comic books. Both characters have been around for decades and have amassed a large following of fans. However, when it comes to a battle between the two, many argue that The Incredible Hulk should have been the victor. I will argue why The Incredible Hulk should have defeated Superman in the DC vs Marvel comic book series published in 1996, in a collaborative effort from the two largest and most respected comic book companies at the time.

First and foremost, it is important to note that The Incredible Hulk possesses an incredible level of strength and durability. The Hulk's strength is proportionate to his level of anger and the angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes. This means that in a fight against Superman, the Hulk would have the ability to continue getting stronger and stronger, making him almost impossible to defeat. In the words of Hulk creator Stan Lee, "The Hulk is the strongest one there is."

In contrast, Superman's powers are more limited. Superman's abilities include super strength, super speed, super breath, and heat vision. While these abilities are certainly impressive, they do not compare to the limitless strength of the Hulk. Furthermore, Superman's weakness to Kryptonite, a mineral from his home planet Krypton, would have left him vulnerable in a battle against the Hulk.

Another key advantage that the Hulk possesses over Superman is his ability to heal quickly. The Hulk's regenerative abilities allow him to heal from injuries and damage at an accelerated rate. This means that even if Superman were able to land a powerful blow on the Hulk, it would not have been enough to defeat him. In the words of Hulk writer Peter David, "The Hulk is virtually indestructible."

In addition to his physical strengths, the Hulk also possesses a high level of intelligence. While the Hulk is often portrayed as a mindless brute, he is actually incredibly smart. The Hulk's alter-ego, Bruce Banner, is a highly educated and brilliant scientist. This means that the Hulk would have been able to outsmart Superman in a battle, using his intelligence to outmaneuver him.

While significantly nerfed in present MCU versions, It's also worth mentioning that the Hulk's rage is not just a physical force, but also a psychological weapon. The Hulk's anger gives him an almost indomitable will and makes him nearly impossible to defeat. In the words of Hulk writer Greg Pak, "The Hulk's greatest weapon is his rage."

On the other hand, Superman is often portrayed as a hero who fights for justice, not for personal gain or glory. He is usually portrayed as a selfless hero who fights for the greater good, not for the sake of winning. This selflessness could be a weakness when it comes to a battle against the Hulk, who is driven purely by anger and the desire to win.


The Incredible Hulk should have defeated Superman in the DC vs Marvel comic book series. The Hulk's limitless strength, regenerative abilities, and intelligence, coupled with his indomitable will, make him a nearly unbeatable opponent. Furthermore, Superman's more limited abilities and vulnerability to Kryptonite would have left him at a disadvantage in a battle against the Hulk. The Hulk is truly the strongest one there is.

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A. M. Barrett

I am a writer with a wide range of interests and experiences. My writing is characterized by a unique blend of creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking.

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