An official Marvel vs. DC fight between Venom and Superman reveals that fan-favorite Spider-Man villain is MUCH stronger Superman.
DCs Superman is widely considered to be one of, if not the strongest superheroes in the company’s universe – but extra-universal threats can still give Superman a chance for the money. Example: the ultra-popular antihero Married, the sometimes Spider-Man enemy and the 90s icon for edgy costume design with attitude and violent tendencies to spare. Marvel and DC actually pitted these two superpowered creatures against each other Free access # 1… and shockingly enough, Venom is actually stronger end Superman.
The 90s were a decade full of massive comic book events – Spider-Man had his famous Clone Saga, Batman’s back was broken, and Superman even died (though he got better within a year). In 1996, the two companies decided to work together – a true rarity these days – to produce Marvel vs. DC (sometimes called DC vs Marvel in fair play name): a series in four parts where the masters from both universes fought each other in big one-on-one battles. Although the series ended quickly, the central character was Axel Asher (Access, which oddly enough is only character owned by both Marvel and DC at the same time), appeared regularly in several comics, including All access, a series about his journey between both worlds.
IN All access # 1, a massive headache warns Axel of another dimensional crossover. He travels to the DC Universe to find horrific civilians on whom the virulent Venom visits violence. Suddenly, Superman pops in and tackles the symbiote … but readers see that Venom has clearly taken over. He throws punches and even throws Superman on one occasion and strikes him back repeatedly. In the end, it’s not Superman who wins – it’s Spider-Man and Access (armed with a sonic cannon that ultimately defeats Venom).
The astonishing aspect of this fight is the complete lack of Kryptonite, red solar radiation, magical attacks or one of Superman’s well-known weaknesses exploited by Venom. He’s really strong enough to overthrow Man of Steel repeatedly. He mentions fighting the Juggernaut, but since Superman has moved the moon, he is clearly the stronger of the two. Maybe Venom wins because of a side effect of traveling between dimensions, but the fact is that this may be Superman’s most shocking defeat.
All players would eventually be returned to their rightful universes, and Axel Asher would continue to jump between the world of Marvel and DC. The modern Superman probably does not remember the events during the confrontation, especially after the reality-changing events Flashpoint, the new 52, DC Rebirth, and the others. But readers remember – and since both companies worked on the series, it can be officially ascertained Married is stronger than Superman.
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