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Comic Vine Battle of the Week: Marvel vs. DC Dodgeball

The Battle of the Week just got real. It's time for the best dodgeball match you'll ever see!

There was a surprising amount of positive feedback during our last Battle of the Week scenario, so why not give the people what they want, right? The thought of comic book characters fighting to survive in a bleak zombie apocalypse had everyone's creative juices flowing, so this week we have another scenario... but this time, it's a tad less violent than slaughtering zombies and potentially being ripped apart. Odds are you've played dodgeball in school, but now it's time to think about how the game would go down between some talented, tactical and agile characters from Marvel and DC!

Also, congrats to to the Viner Darkseid_Prime, the only person to accurately guess this week's match based on the hint (Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn)! At any rate, let's go ahead and check out the rules, shall we?

Comic Vine Battle of the Week Rules

  • Players are in character.
  • Everyone is wearing standard gym clothing and is of course unarmed. For those concerned about keeping their identity a secret, a basic mask (which will not hinder their vision at all) is provided.
  • Elimination is via hit only.
  • If a character is hit, they can remain in the game if they or a teammate catch the ball before it hits the ground.
  • Balls are allowed to bounce off of the walls and ceiling, but it doesn't count if it ricochets off the ground.
  • The arena is 50 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 25 feet tall.
  • The match begins with 4 balls on the middle line (naturally, both teams have 25 feet on their side for distance).
  • Once eliminated, a character can't return to the game.
  • These are standard dodgeballs but for simplicity's sake assume they will not pop/break.
  • DC characters are pre-52.
  • All characters enter knowing the game's rules.
  • Fear not, this game will be used again (assuming it's a success, that is) and will have characters with a greater variety of powers. This week, however, we really wanted to focus on skill and agility.

Team Marvel: Captain America, Elektra, Hawkeye, Deadpool

Team DC: Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn

Click the following to cast your vote! Also, it would be extra cool if you could get your elaboration on as well. If you vote for a team, be sure to tell us why!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

Viners, you have the week to research, debate and vote! This means there's no reason to vote right away if you don't have all of the info you need to make an educated decision. Check the homepage Friday for an updated article with the following:

  • My extended thoughts on the match.
  • A Viner Argument in favor of the poll's winner (can't include scans and must be in the poll thread).
  • Extra thoughts from other Comic Vine staffers.
  • If we're lucky, blurbs from industry talent.

Feel free to make future match suggestions in the comments below or via Gregg's Twitter page.

47 Comments
Posted by moviegeek17

This actually sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to think this one over a bit.

Posted by Odinsonnn

Very rare.

Posted by Master_Thief

Where's ironman and his dodgeball armor or batman's dodgeball batarangs

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Bullseye solos

Posted by sagejonathan

THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER

Edited by ZombieMowlcher

I guess Jean Grey holds team dc still while Thor and Herc pummel them with their balls. You might wanna make a rule excluding ALL telekinetic hero/villains.

For a street match here are my teams:

DC Villain Team: Deadshot, Hush, Joker, Captain Cold, and Captain Boomerang.

Marvel Villain Team: Bullseye, Daken, Taskmaster, Toad, and Sabertooth.

I'll let you guys decide who'd win.

Edited by EvilPenguin543

YES!!! I'm in gym class right now and was in a discussion about Marvel vs. DC this morning! IT'S FATE!!!! Awesome scenario!

Posted by MaccyD

@zombiemowlcher: Don't forget Cap! It stated in the description that wall and ceiling ricochets are allowed and guess who's the master of that...

Posted by ZombieMowlcher

@maccyd: I'm using villains first. Cappy will be in the next line up.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

I guess Jean Grey holds team dc still while Thor and Herc pummel them with their balls. You might wanna make a rule excluding ALL telekinetic hero/villains.

For a street match here are my teams:

DC Villain Team: Deadshot, Hush, Joker, Captain Cold, and Captain Boomerang.

Marvel Villain Team: Bullseye, Daken, Taskmaster, Toad, and Sabertooth.

I'll let you guys decide who'd win.

: D

Posted by AlKusanagi

Kitty Pryde solos.

Posted by HeckTate

There are so many characters on both sides that could play a game of dodgeball for days without ever getting hit. No idea how I'm gonna vote on this.

Posted by Conniption_Fit

So the game comes down to an endless stalemate between Martian Manhunter and Ms. Martian vs. Kitty Pryde and Vision?

Posted by ShadowHuntR

Flash, Superman and Martian Manhunter can simply phase throught every balls that the opposite team throw at them.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Stilt Man Wins by Standing Above All The Balls

Posted by SuperSlayin

Martian Manhunter! He could phase right through the dodgeball

Edited by Odinsonnn

Intangible heroes can't be hit but also can't throw balls either (w/out going tangible again). At which point their open for assault :)

There needs to be some governing of superpowers here. I say street level only (ie. Daredevil, Spidey, Nightwing etc.)

Posted by k4tzm4n

So, who is on team DC and Marvel? Well, click the following link to see and cast your vote! Also, it would be extra cool if you could get your elaboration on as well. If you vote for a team, be sure to tell us why!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!

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Edited by hamlet33

Am i the only one picturing Superman or Hulk/Thor throwing the ball, then someone cathes it and goes through a few walls? And what about super powers? can Firestorm turn the dodgeball into ice an ice ball or something so no one could catch it? Or Jean Grey and just catch everything with her mind? Too many variables -.-

Edited by fables87

This sounds fun to watch!

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Posted by 2cool4fun

DC because they could never hope to hit flash, he is way too fast, superman is the second fastest, martian manhunter can just go into ghost mode and avoid them or use his telekinesis and catch them in mid air, and Green Lantern can just catch them easy with his ring.

Edited by sasquatch888

who's on the teams ..this seems impossible to judge...am i the only one who cant make a decision without knowing who exactly is on the teams

Edited by k4tzm4n
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Posted by Hawkguy

This is SOOOOOOOO hard. It'll take me the whole week to decide.

Posted by Akindoodle

Does the Green Lantern's ring court as a weapon? Or Iron Man's armour?

Edited by Wilbertus

I love this idea. Very clever and creative!

Posted by TheLaughingFish

final 2

Marvel: Bullseye
DC: Sportsmaster

Posted by funckygarcon

people!!!!!!!!!! please read the rules and know who's participating before voting, for this poll's sake !!!!

Posted by Bazinga

I have a felling that this is going to be an another popularity contest

Posted by HillbillyMorangie

So many characters on both sides that would be unbeatable, mr fantastic for on, flat man maybe, kismet, scarlet wictch, jean grey, kitty, flash... I think it would be a draw

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

the score is already even, so voting too close to call

Edited by bunkerbuster05

You finally did it, Gregg. You made a match where it's impossible for me to pick.

I'll let everyone else handle this. I could honestly go both ways.

Edited by sanityisoverrated

Oh come on!! Why does Deadpool get picked for EVERYTHING now? I mean seriously? Its like how Wolverine was on every imaginable Marvel team a couple years ago Deadpool is now taking his place. Can we get someone other then Deadpool for the Marvel team? Please?

Posted by k4tzm4n

Oh come on!! Why does Deadpool get picked for EVERYTHING now? I mean seriously? Its like how Wolverine was on every imaginable Marvel team a couple years ago Deadpool is now taking his place. Can we get someone other then Deadpool for the Marvel team? Please?

Out of 16 previous battles, Deadpool has been in one of them.

You finally did it, Gregg. You made a match where it's impossible for me to pick.

I'll let everyone else handle this. I could honestly go both ways.

:D

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Posted by sanityisoverrated

@k4tzm4n: Sorry, not really ranting on the battle just ranting on the saturation of the character in general, he seems to be everywhere so my apologies.

Posted by Jgames

Harley and Hawkeye are really the key player here, Harley have enhanced reflexes and dodge bullets casually and use a weapon that richochet the room and dodge it while fighting. Hawkeye is a great marksman and good reflex and excellent at richochet also, but I never saw him with a dodgeball so I can't tell

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Sorry, not really ranting on the battle just ranting on the saturation of the character in general, he seems to be everywhere so my apologies.

Ah, I hear ya, but at least it's not nearly as bad as a few years ago. I think there was a point where he literally had 5 monthly titles (regular ongoing, team-up, merc with a, corps, pulp).

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Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow I like the idea behind this!

Posted by Soothing_Sounds

This is super tough. Really i see it being 50/50, everybody is pretty evenly matched skill/agility/ and reaction wise. Without extra gadgets, this a completely equal match.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I think Harley is going to cheat by bringing her giant mallet into the game.

Posted by Admiral_IronBeast

okay, this thread is really disappointing because it is becoming clear how few people actually bother to read @k4tzm4n's hilarious and amazing scenarios. read the write-up people this is between:

Team Marvel: Captain America, Elektra, Hawkeye, Deadpool

Team DC: Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Harley Quinn

Going with Marvel because Deadpool > Harley Quinn while rest are equals (Captain A slight edge on Bats, Nightwing slight edge on Elektra, Hawkeye and GA draw)

Posted by NorrinBoltagonPrime21

Nightwing's butt solos