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….
Lex Luthor vs. Norman Osborn
First we will look at the origins and the basics of each character. We will follow that by Lex Luthor and Norman Osborn’s powers, abilities and weaponry which would then lead them into a battle against each other.
Origin: Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor was born into business and later became the CEO of LexCorp. He is a billionaire and lived his life happily until Superman showed up. Jealous of Superman, Luthor everyday thinks of different ways to destroy the Man of Steel.
• Identity: Lex Luthor
• Alter Ego: None
• Occupation(s): Supervillain, superhero, CEO of LexCorp
• Team Affiliations: Injustice League, Justice League, Secret Six
Origin: Norman Osborn
Norman Osborn was born in wealth until his father lost all of it. The father became angry and abused Norman and his mother. When Norman grew up he promised to never be a loser like his father was. Slowly Norman began to study, learn, until after all the hard work he created his own company called, OsCorp. There he was creating a formula. Unfinished, the formula was sprayed on him turning him stronger, smarter, and more insane. He created gadgets and weapons to become the Green Goblin!
• Identity: Norman Osborn
• Alter Ego: Green Goblin, Iron Patriot, Goblin King
• Occupation(s): Supervillain, CEO of OsCorp
• Team Affiliations: Sinister Six, Sinister Twelve, Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts
Powers, Abilities & Weaponry: Lex Luthor
• Genius Level Intellect – smartest man alive
• Battle Armor – composed of kryptonite weapons
• Super Strength
• Flight – rockets boosters
• Kryptonite Sword
• Kryptonite Axe
• Kryptonite Cannons
• Close Range Combat
• Genius Intellect
• Superhuman Strength- can lift under 9 tons
• Superhuman Speed
• Superhuman Reflexes
• Superhuman Durability – the suit
• Superhuman Stamina
• Accelerated Healing Factor
• Pumpkin Bombs
• Razor Bats
• Electric Voltage Gloves
• Goblin Glider
• Master Manipulator
There are multiple mantles that Norman Osborn has taken up over his history span, and I will focus on the Green Goblin persona as it is the most popular and recent one. The battle takes place in a gladiator-like arena.
Lex Luthor and Norman Osborne fly in! Lex has his battle armor and Norman has his Green Goblin suit. They fly straight at each other! Lex Luthor punches Green Goblin straight in the face. The Green Goblin recovers and tries to punch back. Goblin hits the armor while Lex punches Norman Osborn again, but this time harder than before. Osborn falls off his glider and falls to the ground. He laughs and gets up. Luthor shoots his blast at Green Goblin, but Norman dodges it. Goblin then throws his razor sharp bats, but they do no damage to Lex’s battle armor. Norman Osborn calls on upon his glider and jumps straight on it.
He throws 4 Pumpkin Bombs! Lex manages to shoot one down, but the rest lowered his defense systems. The Green Goblin gets closer. Norman’s glider hits Lex Luthor! Luthor is on the ground. The Green Goblin laughs even louder than before. Lex Luthor gets up, Osborn stops laughing, and the two approach each other once again, but this time much slower. Lex pulls out his axe and swings it at Osborn, but he dodges it. The process repeats once again, but this time Norman punches Luthor in the face making Lex drop his weapon.
Lex Luthor shoots a blast at Norman Osborn and flies to the axe. He reaches out to it, but before he can grab it Norman Osborn pulls him and throws him on to the ground. Lex on the ground, kicks Green Goblin away and gets up. Lex says, “I’ve fought gods!” Lex then throws his punch at Norman Osborn, but he catches it. Lex uses his other hand to punch the opponent, but he catches it once again. Green Goblin holding both of Luthor’s fists says, “Well then sorry you’ll be disappointed.” and uses his electric shock to stun the suit’s power. Luthor screams, Osborn grabs his Pumpkin Grenade and shoves it into Luthor mouth blowing up his head. Boom! Lex Luthor no more. A White Lantern ring won’t even bring this one back to life after that remark.
That was a funny and brutal way to die if you ask me. Explanation time! So in the beginning Luthor was gaining the upper hand thanks to his stronger armor and closer combat skills. Lex Luthor went toe to toe with Deathstroke in up-close combat so it made sense he got the first moments of the battle to himself.
This made Norman Osborn realize that he needs to get the power suit armor defense levels down. Osborn first tried the razor sharp bats, but when those failed he went with the Pumpkin Bombs. Some of them managed to do the job. While Lex was slightly stunned for a second this gave enough time for Green Goblin to hit Luthor with his glider.
Lex Luthor recovers and takes out his axe, but thanks to the reflexes, stamina and durability granted by the Goblin serum, Norman was able to get the weapon out of Lex’s hands. Lex shot Norman, but once again thanks to his healing and fast recovery he was able to get to Lex Luthor before Lex Luthor got to his battle axe. Not to mention that Luthor’s blasts and other weapons are mostly consisted of kryptonite. Even though they still cause damage, they wouldn’t be drastic ones.
This is the part where again with Norman Osborn’s peak human senses he was able to catch both of Luthor’s punches. Then he activates his electric shocks in the gloves that lowered the suit’s power once again. Luthor having an unprotected head allowed Green Goblin to grab a bomb and kill Lex Luthor with a clear open shot. Both men are intellectually smart, and even though Luthor is way smarter than Osborn it had to take more than just smarts to defeat his opponent.
Lex Luthor’s weapons are mostly specialized to fight against Kryptonians, and Norman Osborn’s gadgets are much more diverse on top of his peak human senses, which all led him to victory. Lex Luthor’s armor can withstand a succession of nuclear blasts, but when it comes to high voltage electrical charges, it’s a whole other story.
Winner: NORMAN OSBORN
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