2016's "VERSUS" Trend

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2016 will henceforth be known as the year superheroes couldn’t get along! Everybody’s fighting and it’s getting out of hand! Who do you even side with when friends are fighting friends and heroes are fighting heroes?

Daredevil vs Punisher – Netflix’ Daredevil (March 18)

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Daredevil’s vigilantism has inspired another breed of vigilante; one that’s more ruthless and more conclusive than Daredevil ever was. Frank Castle, AKA The Punisher, ends crime by literally ENDING criminals. He believes Daredevil to only be a half-measure – putting away criminals who persistently come back, only to kill, steal or rape again. But Frank punishes those he deems guilty and prevents all their future offenses. To him, he’s saving the lives of all potential victims.

But is this The Punisher’s place to judge? Does the possibility of future law-breaking justify his methods? When does justice end and plain murder begin? When do vigilantes stop being heroes and become the very villains they prevent? And more importantly, will Daredevil and Punisher, with their drastically different methods and philosophies, be able to survive each other?

Batman vs Superman – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (March 26)


The rivalry as old as comics itself, Batman vs Superman has transpired over and over again across different forms of media. But never before has it been visualized quite like THIS. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice not only marks the first time we ever see these two legendary icons together in a live-action movie, we also see them duke it out in utterly glorious cinematic fashion!

Batman (being Batman) is skeptical about the world’s new alien hero. Whether or not Superman’s motives are noble, the Dark Knight believes that it’s only a matter of time before the big blue Boy Scout’s godlike powers are abused. So, in an act of remarkable courage (or overwhelming stupidity), he tries to take down the Man of Steel!

If you haven’t seen the movie…don’t let the critics sway you, there’s still a lot for a fanboy to like about BvS, so GO! WATCH IT NOW!

Supergirl vs Flash – CBS’ Supergirl (March 28)

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Unlike the first two, Supergirl and Flash’s encounter is HHWW (holding hands while walking) by comparison. Don’t expect a high-octane fist fight (‘coz Flash is a gentleman like that), but a friendly, mutually respecting, hint of show up-ing and tests of speed. Supergirl’s March 28 episode may just answer one of comic book’s age old questions (but with a twist!) – who is faster, Flash or Super…girl?

Or it won’t, but whoever crosses the proverbial finish line first won’t matter because us nerds are the true winners here! Flash crossing over to the Supergirl show is a testament to DC’s willingness to move past the network and property wars and give us fans the stories we all want. Hopefully Marvel can follow suit! This simple crossover opens up a multitude of wonderful possibilities for DC’s already thriving TV landscape.

DC Animated Movie: Justice League vs Teen Titans (March 29)

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Kids and adults argue ALL THE TIME, so this shouldn’t really come as a surprise. But adding superpowers and the mentor-mentee relationship into the mix should make for one compelling superhero showdown.

Just from the title alone, we already know that a catalyst will bring DC’s premier sidekick team at odds with their seniors; that catalyst is Titan mainstay, Raven, who just so happens to be the daughter of Trigon (basically DC’s Satan.) When the daughter of hell’s head honcho is in your superteam, there’s bound to be some tension sooner or later!

At first glance, it may seem like a one sided match, but you can’t ever count the Titans out. These kids tend to be craftier and more tenacious than their grownups counterparts. They’re sure to give the League a run for their money!

Team Cap vs Team Iron Man – Captain America: Civil War (April 27)

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Are you Team Captain America, or Team Iron Man? Based from the popular Marvel comic book event (that personally got me started into comics), Civil War pits two factions of the MCU universe against each other in both a physical and philosophical battle. While Tony believes that qualified restrictions and government supervision are necessary for superheroes, Steve fights on behalf of their freedom and autonomy.

I’m Team Iron Man in principle. Training and supervision will keep both heroes and civilians safer and a facilitating body will be able to aid heroes save more lives more efficiently. But that’s just me. What about you? Who do YOU stand with?

No matter who wins this fight, one thing’s for sure though – after this, the MCU is never going to be the same again.

Team Captain Marvel vs Team Iron Man – Civil War II (June 2016)

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Marvel’s new inter-hero conflict crossover event, this time, pits Captain Marvel with Iron Man. An Inhuman with the ability to accurately predict future events emerges and the MCU is divided on how and if this information should be used. Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel) wants to utilize the precognitive ability to prevent crimes, make “predictive” arrests and ultimately, mold the future as they see fit. But Iron Man contests, believing that punishment should never come before the crime and that it’s not our place to alter tomorrow. It’s Minority Report…if Minority Report was a comic and was infinitely more awesome.

With both having valid positions and neither being absolutely right or wrong, lines will be drawn and the different Marvel heroes, along with the readers, will be forced to choose a side – protect the future, or change it.

X-Men vs X-Men – X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)


Apocalypse, the first mutant, wants to cleanse the world of weakness. Forget human and mutant division, the only thing that matters is strength. With the help of his empowered Four Horsemen, he sets off to do what overpowered megalomaniacs do, DESTROY EVERYTHING, and it’s up to the X-Men to stop them.

Professor X, Beast, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Psylocke, Angel, even Magneto and Mystique, they’re ALL technically X-Men! But in keeping with the apparent theme this year, even our beloved peace-loving, mutant team is getting split down the middle to fight amongst themselves. But to be fair though, this is the first fight on this list to at least have a clear sense of who’s right or wrong. It’s not going to be that difficult to pick a side…

Whichever side has Psylocke, Of course!


The bad guys are too busy being the only ones who can agree on things this year (Suicide Squad joke!), which probably why we’ve resorted to heroes fighting other heroes. But it breaks my heart! Teammate fighting teammate, mentors battling sidekicks, friends fighting friends, can’t we all just get along???

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