Marvel vs. DC : 12 Similar Characters in DC and Marvel Comics

The Flash (1940) – Quicksilver (1964)

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The Flash is a very popular superhero from DC Comics, who is known for his super speed and matching reflexes that give him an upper hand against the criminals he wards off. Well, there is a similar character in Marvel Universe too, who possesses similar ability to move at great speeds. Quicksilver is a mutant with superhuman powers that also includes super speed.

While Flash is often recognized as one of the top standalone superheroes in the DC Universe, Quicksilver often plays the sidekick in the X-Men team or The Avengers. Both the superheroes from alternate Universe are also an integral part of their respective Superheroes team.

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The Atom (1961) – Ant-Man (1962)

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Out of this full list, I believe The Atom and Ant-Man are the only superheroes from their respective universe, who have sheer resemblances with one another. Although Hank Pym, the Biophysicist, and Security Operations expert, was the first Ant-Man, the character is popular for its portrayal by Scott Lang, who is a thief. Meanwhile, Ray Palmer, a physicist, and professor at Ivy University, is the man behind The Atom.

Both the superheroes have a similar ability that allows them to shrink themselves to minute sizes that give them an ultimate advantage against their foes.

Timber Wolf (1964) – Wolverine (1974)

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Well, here’s one more comparison across both DC and Marvel Comics, where the characters have great similarity with one another. Wolverine is a mutant, who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical strength, and powerful healing ability. He gets a dose of adamantium forcibly infused into his bones as an experiment for the Weapon X program, which makes him stronger and gives him metal claws that are indestructible. On the other side, DC Comics already had a similar character in the form of Timber Wolf that never got the fame and popularity like his counterpart from the Marvel Universe.

Same as Wolverine, Timber Wolf also gets his superhuman powers such as speed and agility as well as enhanced senses and healing ability after an experiment where his father gives him a dose of a serum containing Zuunium.

Doctor Mid-Nite (1941) – Daredevil (1964)

Doctor midnite vs daredevil blind characters

Many of us had developed that mindset that you need at least one super power or super gadgets with expertise in hand-to-hand combats, but after the launch of these two superheroes in the alternate universes of DC and Marvel comics, it was proved that anybody, even someone with a physical restriction, can become a superhero, only if he has the willpower and strong determination.

Despite being blind, Doctor Mid-Nite from DC Comics and Daredevil from Marvel Comics overcame their physical weakness and became the first and the only blind superhero of their respective universe.

Red Tornado (1960) – Vision (1968)

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While all of the superheroes listed above were humans, metahumans or superhumans, there was one superhero each in DC and Marvel Universe, who were Androids, created by the supervillain of the respective comic book world.

Both the superheroes were launched around the same era and hence today the followers of DC and Marvel debate on who came first? Well, Red Tornado from DC comics was created by evil scientist T.O. Morrow using the advanced technology stolen from the future and the character made its debut in 1960. Meanwhile, Vision was created by Ultron using the ancient technology of the past and the character made its debut in 1968. Both were robots and played supporting roles for their respective teams of their alternate universes.

Black Canary (1947) – Black Widow (1964)

Black Canary vs Black Widow

With a sheer resemblance in their names, Black Canary of DC Comics and Black Widow from Marvel Comics has a lot of similarities in their respective characters. Both the female superheroes don’t possess any superpowers but rely on their hand-to-hand combat skills and work as a strong aid for their respective teams in their respective universes.

Black Canary is one of the ideal members of the Justice League of America and Justice League of Society while Black Widow is one of the strong assets of The Avengers and a special agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D.

Elongated Man (1960) – Mister Fantastic (1961)

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Most of Marvel fans are unaware of the fact that the Fantastic Four franchise is also owned by Marvel Entertainment. Nevertheless, they are a part of the big Marvel Universe and that brings us to our next comparison. Out of the four main members of the Fantastic Four, Mr. hug, who is also the leader of the group, has similar elasticity powers that’re also possessed by the Elongated Man from DC Universe.

Although, both these characters from their distinct universe debuted almost in the same era; these characters are under no doubts inspired by Plastic Man, a fictional superhero from Quality Comics, later acquired by DC Comics.

Over to you!

We have mentioned only those characters, which have sheer resemblance with their counterpart on the other side. But, there are many other characters within the same universe or the other, who have some qualities, factors or powers similar to one another. Also, we have only mentioned the characters, which are popular and have a good cult following among the mass.

Now, it’s up to you. Let us know if we missed any superheroes on the list, which have resemblances with their counterparts either within or from the opposite universe.

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Rajeesh Nair is a true Gizmofreak and an addictive movie buff. He blogs at – a lifestyle Blogzine which focuses on general life related topics of the 21st Century.