Martian Manhunter could beat Superman without lifting a finger
Superman is one of the most powerful heroes of all time, but Martian Manhunter could easily beat him.
The Justice League is home to some of the world’s most powerful heroes, including the Batman i Supermanand while these two are often pitted against each other by fans, there’s actually another member of the League who could beat Superman without breaking a sweat.
While Superman is undeniably powerful, with such impressive abilities as super speed, heat vision, incredible physical strength, and near invulnerability, there is another member of the League who has almost all of that and more. Martian Manhunter has Martian vision, shapeshifting, super speed, super strength, and near invulnerability. The only serious difference between the two is the availability of their weakness. Superman can only be hurt by kryptonite and magic, two things that aren’t very easy to come by. On the other hand, Martian Manhunter can remove all of his abilities if exposed to fire. But despite this great difference in their weaknesses, Martian Manhunter he can still have the man of steel beat no problem.
In Grant Morrison and Howard Porter JLA #4 (1997) readers can see exactly how dangerous Martian Manhunter could be to the Man of Steel if he so chooses. A group of aliens called the Hyperclan have arrived on Earth, claiming to come from a dying world and want to prevent humanity from making the same mistakes they did. They start doing a lot of charity and other things, like fixing the Sahara desert. Eventually, it is revealed that the Hyperclan are the White Martians, the most dangerous aliens, and that they have been using mind control to win over the public. When Superman tries to confront his leader, he is quickly subdued with Kryptonite and captured, but Superman eventually realizes that all may not be as it seems.
The Martian race are powerful psychics
Telepathy and psychic abilities are some of the most powerful abilities the Martian race has, the ability to read minds, alter memories or even alter perceptions and that’s exactly what happened to Superman. While bound and chained with Kryptonite on top, Superman finally realizes that there it is not any Kryptonite, he was just tricked into thinking it was there. This caused his body to react accordingly and shut down. But once Superman realizes what is happening, he is able to break free and help defeat the White Martian invaders. This opens up a big question though, if the White Martians were able to deal with Superman so personally, then there’s no reason why Martian Manhunter couldn’t do the same. And considering Martian Manhunter’s negative feelings towards Superman, it could become a problem.
Superman is one of the greatest and most powerful heroes in the DC Universe, but many people have expressed concern that one day he will turn evil or be mind-controlled, but if that ever has to happen, there is no doubt that Martian Manhunter I could close it in an instant.
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