Fans have a long tradition of debating which superheroes would win in a fight. Previously limited to comic books, there have been enough superhero films to allow fans to debate which cinematic teams would triumph, with a recent Twitter debate pitting Fox’s X-Men against Marvel’s Avengers.
While proof was provided from a variety of sources, including Marvel comic books, the graphic accompanying the debate-starting tweet depicts a specific match-up: the X-Men from X2: X-Men United and the Avengers from Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s an excellent one because it establishes a fair baseline of experience for both sides.
There’s a Hulk in the Avengers.
Because Colossus isn’t an X-Man in X2, the Avengers have a clear advantage in raw strength. In a face-off, the Hulk would most certainly defeat Wolverine, eliminating the mutant team’s finest combatant. Storm’s abilities are similar to Thor’s; she wouldn’t be a pushover for him, but she also wouldn’t be able to destroy the Destroyer alone.
Magneto and Mystique are ruthless allies for the X-Men.
Because the heroes paired up with two adversaries, Magneto and Mystique, against a greater threat in William Stryker, the X-X2 Men’s lineup includes some wildcards. For mutants, the Avengers would serve as a comparable unifying force.
With a wave of his hands, Magneto could disable the weaponry of Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. Iron Man’s armour would be more difficult to dismantle, yet it might still be made ineffective. While Mystique is unable to duplicate talents or abilities, her mimicry would be enough to throw the Avengers’ preparations into disarray. By impersonating Captain America, she could cause havoc on the Avengers, or by impersonating Black Widow, she may turn the Hulk against his teammates.
This is something Captain America can do all day.
Captain America has proven himself to be a leader on numerous occasions. He’d already led the Avengers to victory against Loki and his Chitauri invasion as early as Age of Ultron and partnered up with Black Widow to take down Hydra. Steve Rogers might be able to will the Avengers to victory with the tenacity he’s had since he was a tiny youngster in Brooklyn.
Professor Xavier and Jean Grey’s telepathy are no match for the Avengers.
In Age Of Ultron, Wanda Maximoff and Vision are powerful yet inexperienced.
In the online argument, people supporting the Avengers point to Wanda Maximoff as a trump card. After all, Wanda was already a powerful opponent in Age of Ultron, where she utilised her abilities to create discord among the Avengers before eventually joining them.
Wanda’s future husband could cause even more havoc. While Vision is inexperienced due to his status as a fully functional baby, his diverse abilities give him more than a match for any of the X-Men. Unless Professor Xavier can convince him to participate in a thought experiment, Vision may be able to eliminate the majority of the X-Men on his own.
In a battle between the X-Men from X2 and the Avengers from Age of Ultron, who would win?
The X-Men, as spectacular as the Avengers are, have a few trump cards that would expose the MCU’s heroes’ flaws. The inexperience of its most powerful new members would be a liability, especially against Magneto and Mystique, the X-vicious Men’s allies. It’s also possible that Jean Grey’s Phoenix powers may appear when the X-situation Men’s is at its worst.