If you've ever been in a fight with a friend about Comic Book Heroes, you know what this is about. Many of these common and uncommon misconceptions have led to massive flame wars over the Internet and people ending up knowing nothing about their favorite heroes but not trying to educate themselves about the actual events. Here’s a list of the most heard of fights on Facebook group feeds and YouTube comment chains about Common and uncommon superhero misconceptions.
1) The No Kill Rule
Almost every superhero that has a no kill rule has broken this rule. Captain America and Superman killed Nazis left and right in their first appearances in Timely Comics and DC, Batman carried a gun very early in his career and Spiderman killed a crazed Maniac during Otto Octavius’s run as the Superior Spider-Man. (Not Peter’s mind, but still Peter’s body.) It’s nice to think that all our heroes have a limit and won’t go overboard, but they do. It’s even hinted at that Batman killed the Joker once. Few heroes’ even state the no killing rule anymore saying, “More drastic measures need to be taken in order to sanctify justice we have to take justice into our own hands.” (I made that up) Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns showed a Batman willing to kill the Joker who backed out at the last chance.
2. Batman Beats Superman
In the classic Frank Miller novel the Dark Knight Returns, many fans of the caped crusader claim that Batman beat superman in a one on one fight, this is not true! Batman did have the help of Carrie Kelly (Robin in said novel) in a tank like bat mobile, and a one armed Oliver Queen shooting a kryptonite arrow at just the right time. The fight was one sided even for three humans fighting one superhuman. Batman than fakes a heart attack (Cheap shot) to escape Superman before he could get back up. Lightning struck twice in the Dark Knight strikes again, but the Bat had much more help from Green Arrow with a robot arm this time, Cat woman (Carrie Kelly in a cat outfit) the Atom and a giant mechanical dinosaur, which I always wondered about as a child why Batman would have that in his cave, it was quickly answered in that comic, to whip Boy Blue’s ass.
3. Hank Pym: MARVEL’s first wife beater
Hank Pym hit Janet Van Dyne, his beloved wife while under a rage against the Avengers. Though what he did was a huge impact on the MARVEL universe, it’s not the first time it’s happened. In earlier Fantastic Four comics, Reed Richards was a huge dick known to hit his Wife Sue storm multiple times. Even Spider Man hit Marry Jane Watson in Spectacular Spider-Man #226, by writer Tom DeFalco, layout artist Sal Buscema and finisher Bill Sienkiewicz while she was pregnant! This was also shown on film in the second worst Spiderman movie ever, Spider-Man 3. As if Spidey needed more regret in his life. Let’s not forget when Batman gained the powers of Superman and beat the ever-loving crap out of his on again off again squeeze Cat woman. Looks like Hank got the worst rep out of the MARVEL universe, it still doesn’t excuse picking on some one tinier than you, you know who I’m talking about HANK!
4. Strongest One There Is
In MARVEL, hulk is the self-proclaimed strongest one there is in the 616 MARVEL universe. This may be true on earth, but the Hulk’s powers are purely based on rage. Meaning the madder he gets, the stronger. Red Hulk has been known to better the Hulk in a battle or two, Thanos has defeated the hulk in hand to hand combat and let’s face it, no comic book would be good if the hero was the best/strongest. Hulk has been defeated by Captain America, Iron Man, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Batman (In a 1981 special event), Havoc from the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Namor the Submariner, and even Spider-Man (Not in that order)! It’s true that strength isn’t everything in a fight, but how could you let the entire Avenger Team and even one man from the Justice League beat the strongest one there is individually? Hulk sad.
5. Batman is Smarter than Superman
I don’t mean to hate on Batman (He’s one of my top 10 favorites) but a common misconception is that Batman is ultimately smarter, even Lex Luther isn't smarter than Supes. Kal-El’s kryptonian brain can access information faster than a speeding bullet! Once in the New 52, he read all the history of medical text ever published in only a few seconds and performed life saving surgery that would take hours in minutes! Superman is also adept in ancient kryptonian martial arts that focus on the brain. In All-Star Superman we see that he’s an otherworld gardener and a super scientist creating compounds that can give a normal human his powers. Yet superman isn’t actually credited with the Brains anyone else would give him, focusing more on muscle than that which matters. On Earth one, DC’s version of ULTIMATE MARVEL, Clark is even bullied in school for being so smart and passing each and every test with flying colors. Check out the brains on Mr. Kent.
6. Thor‘s hammer Mjolnir
Too many people believe that Thor’s power is limited to his weapon that is vastly burdensome but the actual weight of the Hammer isn’t that of a dying star. While some believe it was formed from a dying star, which would weigh billions of tons, this is not true. The density of the ore used to make the hammer needed the heat of a dying star, which is hotter than a normal star. Its actual weight is around 42 pounds which makes it easy for people actually worthy of it to lift it, like Captain America and Daredevil (For some weird reason). The dying star serves as an example for how hard and unbreakable the might of it is. The strongest metal on earth is Tungsten which has the high melting point 3410°C, which means nothing to Thor’s hammer and it’s density showing that the hammer could break through anything but is relatively lighter than Iron man’s armor.
7. Quicksilver Vs. Flash
Many fans enjoy the Hero at a mach-5 speed over that of the scarlet speedster for his prowess, lovable arrogance and even his race! It’s a known fact, mutants are more popular among our world than that of the world of MARVEL, at least and Flash comes in a close second in trends and speed! The late 90’s MARVEL DC crossover Quicksilver managed to beat the Flash in speed, this was only because Flash could not tap into the speed force in MARVEL’s 616 universe. The Speed force (Which is what gives the character his power) allows flash to travel at the speed of sound, and even transcend time and space, but in a no holds barred race, who could win? Based on the movies and T.V. shows of each of these characters, it’s scientifically proven that Quicksilver is the faster than the flash; the proof is in the hyper-speed pudding. Don’t believe me? Check this out! http://www.wired.com/2014/06/whos-faster-flash-or-quicksilver/
8. The Most Powerful Superheroes Ever
If you thought this would be more praise to the last son of Krypton, you’re wrong. Thor, Hulk, and Superman cannot possibly hold a candle to the Power of the Invisible Woman from the fantastic four, or Iceman from the X-Men or even Firestorm, former JLA member. Sue Storm’s powers are nothing short of telekinesis. Like Jean Grey Susan Storm can rip a man atom from atom in a second. Iceman is definitely overpowered and underused on his team and by his writers and Firestorm can turn lead to gold and go to the heat of a nuclear reactor. So why does Sue take a beating from Reed when she could wipe the floor with him? Why does Iceman usually stand on the sidelines as a (brilliant) accountant and why is Firestorm not even spoken about in DC anymore? The world may never know.
9. Death of Jean Grey
Speaking of Jean Grey, the seemingly longest character dead in the MARVEL comics universe, she’s actually not even dead today. There’s a teenage version of Jean Grey in the pages of MARVEL right now. Jean Grey has actually come back to life more times than any other MARVEL comic character alive today, proving that MARVEL or any comic book company could never stand behind what they’ve done and no hero or villain stays dead. She even came back in Avengers Versus X-men, which stressed the fact that she had died, in the form of a sculpture of moon sand and in Scott Summer’s thoughts as his super Ex-Ghoul Friend. Also what’s baffling is so quick Scott Summers started dating again after each one of his girl friend’s deaths. First time he goes for a normal redhead then a blonde, then a clone of Jean Grey named Madeline Pryor and even her worst enemy Emma Frost whom he’s currently with at this moment. Even zombies should have better taste in their men.
10. Aqua man
Robot Chicken on Adult Swim has done it’s best to tell people all over the world how horrible a hero Aqua man is, and it’s worked. Nobody can deny laughing at a joke about this hero on Family Guy or any other program that followed foot of Seth Green’s stop motion puppet show. But any fan of the hero from the depths will tell you that Aqua man’s only power is a lie! Aqua man does not only have the power to, “talk to fish” and stresses it in his own comics that he just tells them what to eat and commands them to do his bidding. Aqua man is also not just limited to the seas. On land he has immense strength and speed that can rival Superman at times. But true demonstrations of his ruthlessness when angered can be seen in DC’s animated movie and comic book line of the Flashpoint Paradox and the Cartoon Network Justice League show, which shows him going hand to hand with Wonder Woman and ripping his own hand off to save his son. With all that covered, why hasn’t Robot Chicken ever made fun of Ant Man’s powers? Maybe MARVEL slips Seth Green and Matthew Seinreich a few free comic books under the table to lay off the mighty tiny Avenger, comics, or cash! Dun Dun Duuuun!!!