As long as there are comics, the competition and comparison between Marvel and DC will never end, even if it has always been a healthy competition between the two. While DC is trying to catch up, Marvel is (a bit) one step ahead - thanks to those blockbuster films, the audience became more familiar with their characters compared to DC who waited years to start working on their cinematic universe.
And speaking of characters, we can’t deny that some of their characters’ looks and powers are somehow alike. But yeah, being compared to others sucks. Still, they are so identical that if you are not familiar of the brands where they came from, you wouldn’t be able to tell if they are from a different company. Here are the 10 pairs of DC and Marvel characters that are nearly identical. And no, these characters are not twins, nor are they actually related.
Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Are they just doppelgängers? You be the judge.
10 Deadpool and Deathstroke
These characters are almost identical that even their real names are almost the same – Wade Wilson (Deadpool) and Slade Wilson (Death Stroke).
9 Wasp and Bumblebee
Bees and wasps have usually been mistaken for one another – even DC and Marvel characters’ Bumblebee and Wasp.
8 Flash and Quicksilver
These blazing speedsters are both the fastest characters in Marvel and DC. But Flash’s strength is just of a normal human, unlike Quicksilver who has enhanced strength.
7 Hawkeye and Green Arrow
These archers are almost identical with their suits, similar weapons and tools, similar traits, similar skills, and both are in an unstable relationships with blondes who have bird names (and are also almost identical) – Mockingbird and Black Canary.
6 Aquaman and Namor
These two are half humans who rule the Atlantis in their separate universes. Their backstories are nearly identical too – both of their fathers are human and their mothers are Atlantean. Even their powers and abilities are almost the same; the only thing Namor lacks is telepathy. Both have incredible strength, both have a trident, and both have control over sea creatures.
5 Black Canary and Mockingbird
These two bird-named blondes are almost indistinguishable. Other than Black Canary’s (Dinah Lance) genetically enhanced vocal cords that is called “Canary Cry”, their abilities are the same –both are strategy-minded martial artists. Also, both of them are clothed in less clothes and are sporting big pirate boot cuffs when they actually want to be disguised. They look so identical that if it weren’t for Mockingbird’s (Barbara Morse) mask, you would think that they were the same person. The two of them are also involved in an unstable relationship with an archer.
4 Vision and Red Tornado
These cape-wearing androids are both created by villains. Both of them struggled with their identities and rebelled against their creators. Also, both Vision and Red Tornado married human women. When it comes to their abilities, they are both strong, both can fly, both has the ability to repair themselves, both have red skins, and both made their first comic book appearance in 1968.
3 Catwoman and Black Cat
Most people might think that Black Cat is Catwoman’s copy-cat but technically, it might be the other way around. In 1940, she made her debut in Batman #1 as “the Cat”, in which she was portrayed as Batman’s supervillain who wore a green dress without her famous mask. Her cat persona did not come around until after Marvel’s Black Cat appeared in the comic books in 1979.
2 Darkseid and Thanos
Aside from Darkseid’s skirt, there is not much of a difference between him and Thanos; and they both want to conquer not just the world, but the whole universe.
1 Timber Wolf and Wolverine
These canine-like heroes were both products of experimentation. Both of them have enhanced senses, and even their hairstyles are almost the same. Timber Wolf has claws which he can fire like bullets; while Wolverine has Adamantium-plated bone structure and retractable claws.
To modern generation, you might think that Timber Wolf is the copied version of Wolverine; well, guess again. Timber Wolf made his first appearance in comic books as “Lone Wolf”, in 1964. Years after his debut, Wolverine made his first bow to the audience in 1974. Whoever came first, Wolverine wins for being Mr. Popular since he’s the one who made it first to the big screen.
Sources: screencrush.com, dccomics.com, marvel.com
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