Marvel and DC have been individually responsible for the creation of countless superheroes and super-villains. From comics to films to even television shows, it is possible for people to consume any form of media to learn about the characters Marvel and DC have created. With such a vast variety of superheroes, there are bound to be some commonalities between their powers. So, here are some comic characters from Marvel and DC with similar powers:
Comic Characters From Marvel and DC with Similar Powers
- Iron Man (Marvel) and Batman (DC)
- Ant-Man (Marvel) and The Atom (DC)
- Quicksilver (Marvel) and The Flash (DC)
- Mr. Fantastic (Marvel) and Elongated Man (DC)
- Hawkeye (Marvel) and Green Arrow (DC)
- Captain Marvel (Marvel) and Superman (DC)
- Deadpool (Marvel) and Deathstroke (DC)
- Namor (Marvel) and Aquaman (DC)
- Black Cat (Marvel) and Catwoman (DC)
- The Wasp (Marvel) and Bumblebee (DC)
Iron Man (Marvel) and Batman (DC)
Despite not being endowed with supernatural abilities, these billionaire geniuses have managed to find their footing among their enhanced peers. Both Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are ordinary people, but what sets them apart is their intellect and their technological skills.
Tony Stark, when kidnapped by some dangerous people, creates a suit of armour in order to escape. Later, with severe modifications, this becomes his Iron Man suit. The Iron Man armour is equipped with all sorts of mechanisms that help him in his battles with ordinary criminals or even extraterrestrial alien species. Iron Man is also an integral part of the Avengers.
Bruce Wayne, after witnessing his parents’ death, vows to protect his city of Gotham. In his effort to do so, he begins developing technology to aid him. This is how Batman’s story began. He lacks any specific superhuman abilities but he makes up for it by putting his other skills to use. Batman is also a big part of the Justice League, which is DC’s equivalent of the Avengers.
Ant-Man (Marvel) and The Atom (DC)
The Ant-Man suit was created by Hank Pym and is powered largely by Pym’s other creation, the Pym Particles. The Pym Particles allow a person to moderate their size and become very small or very big. The person who dons the Ant-Man suit, which so far has been Scott Lang and Hank Pym, himself, can change their size and also communicate with ants with the help of a helmet created by Pym.
In a similar vein, The Atom is the superhero identity of Raymond Palmer, a physics student. He had a hypothesis on the shrinking of atoms, though it did not work out very well. Eventually, however, he was successful in this experiment and was able to shrink himself, due to some specific genetic makeup. Palmer then took on the identity of The Atom and began his fight against evil.
Quicksilver (Marvel) and The Flash (DC)
Marvel’s Quicksilver (Pietro Maximoff) and his twin sister the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) both gained their powers through genetic experimentation done on them by an organization known as the ‘High Evolutionary’. While his sister’s powers allowed her to alter reality and practice magic, Pietro gained the ability to move at a supernatural speed. This power is what got him his name, Quicksilver.
Barry Allen’s story differs from Pietro Maximoff’s significantly. Allen became a forensic detective at the Central City Police Department in an attempt to find the truth behind his mother’s murder. Along with his excellent detective skills, Barry was also a gifted scientist. On an eventful stormy night, Barry was struck by lightning while working late at his lab. This caused Barry to develop superpowers which allowed him to move at an exceptionally fast speed. Barry eventually adopted the identity of ‘The Flash’ and began his crime-fighting journey.
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel) and Elongated Man (DC)
Dr. Reed Richards is considered the smartest man alive in the entire Earth-616 Universe. In fact, this inventor’s genius often transcends all the Multiverses which exist within the larger Marvel Universe. Due to being exposed to extremely high levels of cosmic radiation, Richards developed powers, along with his then-girlfriend, Sue Storm, her younger brother Johnny and Richard’s best friend, Ben Grimm. This was the origin of The Fantastic Four. Richards took on the title of Mr. Fantastic and his powers allowed his body to become extremely malleable. He could elongate or even harden his muscles in order to fight foes.
Unlike Mr. Fantastic, the Elongated Man gained his powers by ingesting a fruit known as gingo, which most people were allergic to. Though, Ralph Dibny, who had always dreamed of achieving fame one day, simply gained the ability to stretch his body unnaturally. He later moved to Central City and become one of The Flash’s many allies.
Hawkeye (Marvel) and Green Arrow (DC)
Hawkeye began his career as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Clint Barton possessed no special powers but he was an excellent marksman and was trained in many forms of combat. These skills of his also gained him a place in the original Avengers. Barton’s determination made him an important part of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Oliver Queens does not possess any special powers. However, just like Hawkeye, he is an amazing shot and trained very well-trained in combat. Putting these abilities to use, he becomes the Green Arrow, a vigilante who ensures his city remains safe.
Captain Marvel (Marvel) and Superman (DC)
Carol Danvers is a hybrid of half-human and half-Kree DNA. She gained her powers when she came into contact with the Kree soldier Marr-Vell, who had infiltrated the ranks of the United States Air Force. Danvers’s genetic makeup was changed, granting her powers like superhuman strength, speed, and even flight. She was also a part of the Avengers.
Much like Danvers, Superman also gains his abilities on account of being an alien. Unlike Danvers, however, Clark Kent (Kal-El) has full alien DNA. The Last Son of Krypton was sent to Earth in a pod as his home planet was destroyed. Superman has similar abilities to Captain Marvel like superhuman strength, speed and flight. Along with these, he can also absorb solar and cosmic energies.
Deadpool (Marvel) and Deathstroke (DC)
Wilson Wade gained his powers as a result of the genetic experiment that was done on him. He took on the job of a mercenary along with another criminal, Hammerhead. Wade’s Deadpool is known for his quips, witty remarks and breaking the fourth wall quite often. His powers involve regeneration known as the healing factor and immunity to disease. As a result of this, he is also functionally immortal.
Deathstroke has some very striking similarities to Marvel’s Deadpool, his real name even is Slade Wilson. Resulting from experiments conducted on him, he gained the ability to heal himself at an accelerated rate and grants him immunity from many toxins.
Namor (Marvel) and Aquaman (DC)
Namor is the ruler of the lost island of Atlantis. Also known as the ‘Sub-Mariner’, he is genetically half-mutant. He possesses both Atlantean as well as human DNA, which is what grants him his powers. Namor is capable of physically adapting amphibious characteristics and aquatic healing. He can also absorb radiation successfully.
Much like Namor, Arthur Curry, is also the king of Atlantis, in the DC universe. His biological makeup is half-Atlantean and half-human. He can also alter his physiology into amphibious creatures and has superhuman strength and speed.
Black Cat (Marvel) and Catwoman (DC)
Felicia Hardy has a criminal past that comes back to haunt her several times. She was a thief, who adopted the person known as Black Cat. Trained in many martial arts styles and is a good fighter. She tried to leave her criminal past behind in an attempt to impress Spider-Man. However, she did not have much success doing so.
Selina Kyle, better known as DC’s Catwoman is similar to Marvel’s Black Cat in many ways. Not only do they both have feline aesthetics in common, but their thieving ways also bond them together. The Catwoman has incredible human strength and is very agile. She became an ally to the Gotham vigilante, Batman, after crossing paths with him often.
The Wasp (Marvel) and Bumblebee (DC)
The Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, got her powers alongside Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. She was exposed to the Pym Particles, which allowed her to shrink in size. After being stuck inside the Quantum Realm due to an accident, she gained new wasp-like powers as well.
Karen Beecher became a member of the Teen Titans after creating the Bumblebee suit. She is a genius scientist who found a way to shrink herself, though not without its challenges.
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Comic Characters From Marvel and DC with Similar Powers