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With the recent success of movies like Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, it seems as though superheroes are forgetting what their actual jobs are, fighting one another instead of the forces of evil.

Of course, comic book fans have been enjoying these kinds of battles for years, thanks in large part to convenient plot devices such as brainwashing or even basic miscommunication.

What's more tricky though is engineering fights between superheroes created by different publishers. Back in the '90s, Marvel and DC successfully created a limited series that pitted each company's greatest heroes against one another, asking the fans to vote for who should win each individual fight.

Uh, guys? What about the super villains?
Uh, guys? What about the super villains?

DC vs. Marvel was a huge success and was followed a few years later by the crossover event JLA/Avengers in 2003, but it looks increasingly unlikely that the two publishers will ever combine their heroes again in this way, due to ongoing rivalry between the two.

That doesn't stop us from giving it a go though, so join us as we pit characters from the Marvel and DC universes against each other in a one-on-one duel where you can help decide the outcome. In a bid for fairness, each of the following pairs have been matched according to their similar abilities or levels of strength and in a bid for originality, most of these fights have never been held officially by either Marvel or DC in the comics.

So without further ado, game on!

Just pretend the ones on the right are DC.
Just pretend the ones on the right are DC.

1. Thor (Marvel) Vs Superman (DC)

A fight between the God of Thunder and the Last Son of Krypton would be one of the most epic battles imaginable. Both powerhouses number among the strongest in their respective universes, so this is one of the most difficult fights to call.

While both Thor and Superman are similarly matched in strength, the Asgardian is an actual god, one who has lived for millennia and the mystical properties of Mjolnir could give him the edge when it comes down to it, despite Kal-El's superior speed.

We Say: Thor

Poll

Who do you think would win?

2. Hulk (Marvel) Vs Wonder Woman (DC)

On paper, Hulk is the clear winner. His strength is almost unparalleled in the Marvel universe and no matter how much you beat him down, Hulk only becomes stronger and smashes you back harder.

Wonder Woman is hardly a lightweight herself, but in terms of pure strength, it's hard to imagine her overpowering the Green Goliath. However, the Amazonian Princess is an expert tactician, so if she figured out that Hulk's strength lies in his rage, there's a strong chance that Diana could trick him into reverting back to his puny Banner form, winning the match by default.

We Say: Wonder Woman

Poll

Who do you think would win?

3. Dr Strange (Marvel) Vs Constantine (DC)

Dr Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme, a title that shouldn't be taken lightly, but John Constantine is hardly a newbie either. Both of these magic-users possess an extremely different fighting style that makes this a hard bout to predict.

Power-wise, Dr Strange would come out on top, but we all know that Constantine would play dirty and with enough preparation, there's a chance he could blindside Stephen Strange, unfairly besting the Master of the Mystic Arts through some devious trickery.

We Say: Constantine

Poll

Who do you think would win?

4. Daredevil (Marvel) Vs Nightwing (DC)

In terms of pure fighting ability, Daredevil and Nightwing are evenly matched for the most part, even using similar weapons in their war on crime, although DD's radar sense undoubtedly gives him an advantage.

However, Daredevil's strength could also prove to be his untimely weakness, as Nightwing possesses an array of gadgets that could help him ultimately win out, including sonic weapons that would take Murdock down in a matter of moments.

We Say: Nightwing

Poll

Who do you think would win?

5. Winter Soldier (Marvel) Vs Red Hood (DC)

Winter Soldier was trained by the very best — Captain America. Red Hood was trained by the very best — Batman. Neither of these former sidekicks are bound by morality in the same way as other characters on this list, so expect both of them to play dirty in order to gain the upper hand.

When it comes down to it though, we think Winter Soldier's enhancements would win the fight for him, despite Red Hood's superior strategic skills.

We Say: Winter Soldier

Poll

Who do you think would win?

6. Hawkeye (Marvel) Vs Green Arrow (DC)

You knew it was coming; Who would be victorious in a battle between Marvel and DC's most prominent archers?

Of all the bouts on this list, a fight between Hawkeye and Green Arrow is arguably the most evenly matched. Both are on top of their game in terms of skill and both have a range of trick arrows at their disposal. Saying that, we think Green Arrow would ultimately have the edge, simply because Oliver Queen will go that extra step beyond and cross a line that Clint Barton would be reluctant to tread.

We Say: Green Arrow

Poll

Who do you think would win?

7. Ant-Man (Marvel) Vs Atom (DC)

Due to their small stature, both of these miniature heroes are often underestimated in their respective universes, but who would win in a tiny clash between the two?

Ant-Man and Atom both possess vast intellects, enhanced strength and miniaturised weaponry, but thanks to some creative use of the Pym Particles, Ant-Man could potentially revert Atom back to normal size, thus winning the fight.

We Say: Ant-Man

Poll

Who do you think would win?

8. Moon Knight (Marvel) Vs Batman (DC)

Warriors of the night tend be more unhinged than the average hero for some reason, venturing into darker places than the likes of Spider-Man or Superman would dare to tread.

Moon Knight and Batman are similar in many ways, both using their riches to fund their crime-fighting, but Bruce Wayne's single-minded dedication to his work makes this an easier fight to call than most, despite Marc Spector's unpredictable personality.

We Say: Batman

Poll

Who do you think would win?

9. Black Widow (Marvel) Vs Black Canary (DC)

As two of the most skilled hand-to-hand combatants of their respective universes, Black Widow and Black Canary are another evenly matched pair of crime-fighters, both of whom have a long and varied history in the comics.

Dinah Lance's 'Canary Cry' technically sets her apart in the power stakes, but Natasha Romanoff's extensive training would ultimately turn the tide in a fair fight between the two.

We Say: Black Widow

Poll

Who do you think would win?

10. Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel) Vs Doom Patrol (DC)

As far as bizarre match-ups go, a fight between each company's strangest team would be fascinating to say the least, but who would win if the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doom Patrol faced one another head on?

Doom Patrol members such as Robotman, Negative Man and Elasti-Girl are technically stronger, but the Guardians of the Galaxy have a history of overcoming the odds, defeating adversaries far more powerful than them, so we would have to crown the likes of Star-Lord, Rocket and Groot the winners here.

We Say: Guardians of the Galaxy

Poll

Who do you think would win?

In case you were disappointed by the outcome of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice or even our choices here on this list, here's a clip from The Dark Knight Returns that pits the two icons against one another in a way that's more faithful to the comics.

Which Marvel Vs DC fights would you like to see?

Each and every one of them.
Each and every one of them.