Welcome! My name is Olaf Lesniak and this is Marvel vs DC! The series that will come out weekly on Saturdays and will pit two famous characters against each other. I will look at both opponents’ skills, powers, abilities, stamina and etc. to help me determine the winner. Today our battle is….
Hawkman vs. Hercules
First we will look at the origins and the basics of each character. We will follow that by Hawkman and Hercules’ powers and abilities which would then lead them into a battle against each other.
There are two origin stories for Hawkman so, we’ll go with the new version. Kator Hol was part of the royal family on the alien planet Thanagar ruled by the war and power hungry ruler, Corsar – Kator Hol’s adopted brother. When Corsar jeopardized the miners to go and find the ancient, powerful Nth metal that gives its host abilities, he was furious to find out that the metal chose Kator Hol instead of him. Corsar attempted to kill Hol, but in doing so he accidentally killed himself. Corsar’s daughter, Shayera saw this and thought that Kator Hol killed her father. Kator Hol escaped to Earth to run away from the unfair trail. On Earth, he changed his name to Carter Hall and uses his powers to protect Earth as Hawkman!
• Identity: Hawkman
• Alter Ego: Carter Hall/Kator Hol
• Occupation(s): Superhero, historian, archeologist
• Team Affiliations: Justice League of America, Justice League United
Hercules is a son of Zeus who was born as a never aging immortal to be Earth’s savior. The oldest hero there is ‘til this day, he continues to protect the very planet.
- Identity: Hercules
- Alter Ego: Heracles
- Occupation(s): Superhero
- Team Affiliations: Avengers, Champions, Damage Control, Defenders
Powers, Abilities & Weaponry: Hawkman
• Flight – has wings
• Strength – can pick up over 5 tons
• Durability- armor stronger than titanium
• Vast Arsenal – maces, nets, spears, shields, Claws of Horus (can hurt Superman as if hit with a planet), swords, battle axes
• Sight – allows to for him to see from miles away
• Command Birds
• “Lie Detector” Ability
• Regulates Body Temperature
• Space Travel
• Warrior/Peak-Human Level Combatant
Powers, Abilities & Weaponry: Hercules
- Super Strength- lift 100 tons easily
- Super Stamina
- Martial Artist
- Master Combatant
- Master Archer
- Golden Mace – forged by Hephestus and is made of Adamantine (stronger than Adamantium)
- Nemean Lion Skin – indestructible armor
- Master In Weaponry – uses old weapons (swords, shields, axes) and modern ones (snipers, grenades, trackers, etc.)
Two great warriors that hold ages of experience combined with vast arsenal and strength. Hawkman and Hercules are the perfect match up for this week’s Marvel vs. DC. Let’s get this out of the way quick and easy. When it comes to strength, Hercules will be the one who profits the most. Hercules lifted and tossed 60’000 tons heavy Godzilla, held Manhattan Island together using chains, stopped Sentry’s power-punch, held Heavens for 3 hours (havens has immeasurable and incalculable weight). He basically has no known strength limits as it rivals that of Hulk and Thor. Herc can also leap 100 miles. Hawkman is a very strong character as he did stand against characters like Wonder Woman, Shazam, Black Adam, Frankenstein, but his strength could never come close to Hercules’.
When it comes to durability Hawkman’s armor is stronger than titanium since it’s made of the Nth metal. The nth metal can also allow its user to regulate its body temperature so travel in cold vast of space, and extreme hot temperatures wouldn’t be a problem for Carter Hall. You would be surprised to hear that Hercules can do all these feats but without any needed armor. Hercules has higher resistance to injury than any god in Olympus other than Zeus, Poseidon, Hades. The demigod can withstand impacts of SHIELD aircraft missiles, explosives, exposure to hot temperatures and vacuum of space. He also survived 2 direct shots from Michael Korvac aka the man-god. I didn’t even mention the Nemean Lion Skin – the indestructible armor that he uses in extreme conditions. In defense, it seems Hercules overpowers Hawkman.
Hawkman does come with his own advantages though. He can easily dodge bullets which gives him the speed in battle. His sight and hearing are also enhanced by letting him hear and see from miles away. These characteristics provide him with more opponent analysis allowing him to plan while the battle is happening. He can read his opponents movements faster than Hercules, but the demigod has thousands of years of experience under his belt so do not count out his ability to react during the battle as well. Hackman is also very intelligent making him a Batman contender. Hercules may have lived longer but he isn’t that smart. Carter Hall can also command birds so he could use them as a distraction against Herc.
Now the weaponry and combat skills. Hawkman is a leader who had many battles in his life. He knows many fighting tactics and is an expert warrior. Carter’s arsenal is made consists of shields, swords, maces, spears, and most importantly the Claws of Horus. Claws of Horus is a gauntlet (why not call it Gauntlet of Horus? I know, stupid) that can knock out Superman with one punch. It’s power is described as, “a hit from it feels like you have been hit by a planet”. Claws of Horus can become a huge boost that Hawkman needs in order to defeat Herc. Hercules on the same hand is one of the greatest fighters in the Marvel Universe. He uses weapons from ancient days and today! Hercules is very adaptable to times so he uses rifles, guns, grenades, axes, swords, etc. His use of weapons is vastly immerse and his ace card is the Golden Mace. The Golden Mace is made out of Adamantine – substance stronger than adamantium – and he uses this weapon only in extreme moments. He is also more skilled of an archer than Hawkeye so his shots would be deadly.
Remember when I mentioned Hercules lifted the heavens for 3 hours? In that entire time he wasn’t even tired. His stamina and healing are really strong making him more of a threat. Carter Hall’s healing is even more powerful as he can come back to life! Kill him and he will be revived later although it will take him time, injuries can heal up within seconds. Now who would win?
Let’s look at all the possible scenarios this battle could go to. Hercules’ strength could overwhelm Hawkman for sure leaving him critically injured, but like said earlier his healing would kick in. Hawkman could use his Claws of Hours as his finishing weapon, but Hercules could survive it. “But you just said that one hit from that thing would knock out Superman, which means it would knock out Hercules”. It would knock out Hercules if he wasn’t wearing his Nemean Lion Skin on top of his already unbreakable skin. I am sure if Superman was wearing that armor he wouldn’t get knocked out, either. Both men would continue fighting until Hercules’ experience prevails him to win by using his strength and arsenal. None of the weapons in Hawkman’s side would hurt Hercules drastically. Hackman can lift 5 tons and Hercules doesn’t have any limits. Herc could easily break his bones or wings with ease especially when he’ll use his Golden Mace. Hercules could kill Hawkman! Even in long range fight Hercules could pull out his sniper and shoot Hawkman. “But you said Hawkman can dodge bullets!” That’s correct! I did, but those bullets were fired by regular human beings while this gun is being fired by a Demi god that can shoot more accurately than Hawkeye, himself. Bullet in the eyes, throat or any other open spot would provide Hercules time to cut Hawkman into pieces or rip him in half.
Thank you for reading this installment of Marvel vs DC. Do you agree with the result? What are some next battles that you would wanna see me analyze? Give me all suggestions, opinions and ideas in the comment section. Be sure to like, and make sure to SHARE! Thank you all once again and see you next Saturday.
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