11 Marvel Characters Who Can Beat Superman

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By Elazje Carillo | More Articles Managing Editor
December 10, 2020  03:44 PM

When it comes to the discussion of the strongest character in comic books, Superman would often be included. Although the Man of Steel is not exactly the greatest force when it comes to the comics’ realm, his various powers have made him nearly invincible. While it is true that there are battles he fought and was defeated, he still comes back up. Even though he came from the DC universe, many fans are still wondering about the Marvel characters who can beat Superman or go against the powerful Kal-El.

How will he handle the threat that comes from the Marvel universe? In some DC and Marvel crossover events, it has been quite touched on but most of his battles came to a standstill. Despite being strong and powerful, Superman has weaknesses as well. These weaknesses can be the edge that certain characters can use against him.

Here are 11 Marvel Characters Who Can Beat Superman:


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Marvel’s adaptation of Thor has certain similarities with Superman. Thor’s alter-ego, Donald Blake, has a very similar appeal to Superman’s Clark Kent. Both Superman and Thor were sent to Earth, although for different purposes. Moreover, Thor also wears a red cape which is very similar to Superman’s iconic red cape.

In the case that the two superheroes would fight each other, it will surely be a slugfest as the two characters will hammer each other until one of them goes down. The two are more likely at the same level when it comes to strength and fighting capability, Thor has one particular advantage over Superman. That advantage is Thor’s ability to use magic. Superman is quite vulnerable when it comes to magic. Thor is Odin and Gaea’s son, giving him magical abilities. Thor may use some of his magical abilities to somehow gain an edge over Superman and make him vulnerable in some way.

2Professor X

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Superman is known to be faster and stronger than almost all of the X-Men characters, If Superman goes head-to-head with the mutants in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, he can wreak some havoc into it. However, when it comes to Xavier’s mind, it is quite a different story for Superman. 

Superman is quite susceptible to telepathic attacks. He even admitted at some point that having his mind-controlled is one of his fears. Xavier is the most powerful telepath but he does not misuse his powers. However, if he somehow needs to fight Superman, he may not have much choice but use his telepathic abilities to shut down Superman’s mind. Superman is stronger physically but if it involves a mental fight, he will have a hard time

3Jean Grey/Phoenix

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Superman can essentially take on some cosmic forces but fighting someone who has once wiped out an entire solar system can be something beyond him. Jean Grey was able to control the Phoenix at some point but it remains a primal cosmic force holding incredible power which even defeated the Avengers and the X-Men.

When the Phoenix is cut loose, there will be no physical body left to attack. There is nothing left but a massive firebird that Superman will have a hard time to pummel down. This cosmic creature can defeat Superman as it also gains more power by feasting upon the sun.

4Doctor Strange

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It is well-known that Superman’s weakness is kryptonite. Aside from it, his other weakness is magic. This makes him vulnerable when his enemy’s main power comes from magic. When it comes to physical fights, Doctor Strange is not that good compared to Superman. Nonetheless, if he goes against Superman, he can use his magical powers to give himself the advantage.

Strange doesn’t even need to get close or near Superman. He can just wave his hands and send Superman to another dimension. He can make use of various energies and spells to weaken Superman. Doctor Strange is held back by the old Hippocratic Oath which means he won’t take Superman’s life, but he can defeat Superman using his magic.

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Elazje Carillo Elazje spent her childhood with DC cartoons and her teenage years with Marvel movies. She has loved the fantasy and sci-fi genres ever since she started reading books. Her love for reading and fiction has led her to take on Literature as a college degree. She pursued a career doing what she loves since she was a child. By the way, her love for movies makes her aspire to become a filmmaker.
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