Last week we had our first tie, and this week we have our first battle between live action versions of characters! Both combatants can completely humiliate numerous gunmen by their lonesome, have displayed solid hand-to-hand abilities and have superb agility. But what would happen if they were forced to battle one another? Who would win if Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow took on Stephen Amell's
Before this madness kicks off, there's a key thing or two I'd like to address (since I've seen the argument used many times):
"BLACK WIDOW BEAT DA HAWKEYE SO SHE BEATZ DA GREEN ARROW!"
She beat "da mind controlled Hawkeye" and, if my memory serves me right, Nick Fury even implied Clint was holding back because he shot him in the kevlar vest and not in the head. But more importantly, she beat him in a rather confined space and in close proximity. The scenario here is far different. Now, this is by no means attempting to discredit her feat. Dodging Clint's arrow is certainly impressive and worthy of noting regardless of the factors, but that statement alone hardly justifies a majority. Oh, and it shouldn't need to be said, but just because she survived a hit from the Hulk doesn't mean anything less won't hurt her -- don't be silly.
And on the other side of things: while Arrow has plenty of awesome accuracy feats, the dude has indeed missed at times, too. Given Natasha's agility and skill, I think this could prove to be very interesting. Even if you think the winner is obvious, I hope the battle is at least fun to think about.
Viners, leave the terrible one-liners at the door and bring your A game to this debate! Think a character clearly takes it? Elaborate, be reasonable and you just may be picked for the next "Viner Argument of the Week!" And that alone is worth over 9,000 internet points, right?
Comic Vine Battle of the Week Rules
- Combatants are in character (both sides think the other is a villain).
- This is a random encounter.
- They're fighting in a generic downtown city setting. It's unpopulated and at night. Assume they start roughly 50 feet apart and visible. There's a fair amount of cover between them.
- All characters have standard gear (for Black Widow, this includes everything she used in Iron Man 2 and Marvel's The Avengers).
- Incapacitation, knockout or death all count as elimination.
Voting will remain open until NEXT MONDAY MORNING (ET). Why Monday instead of the usual Friday? It's because we'll be swamped at SDCC later this week! Please keep in mind voting remains open for awhile you can research the characters and read the debates presented for both sides. I know it's easy to vote for the side you like more, but please try to have adequate information on both characters before casting your vote.
Monday's update will include one Viner's argument for the winning team (only posts in the poll thread will be considered *link above*), the staff's thoughts and if we're extra lucky, thoughts from writers, artists and others in the industry! Viners, it's understandable that debates over "who would win?" can get heated, but please try to keep the conversations informative and not personal.
Feel free to make future match suggestions in the comments below or via Gregg's Twitter page.