After some time, we’re back with another series of comparisons, this time set within Marvel’s fictional universe. Captain America is Marvel’s icon, he is Marvel’s version of Superman and the embodiment of heroism within the Marvel universe. Spider-Man, on the other hand, is Marvel’s darling and arguably the franchise’s most beloved and most popular superhero. Both of them are good guys, they even served together on the Avengers team, but what would happen if they actually fought against each other? Today’s comparison is going to answer that exact question as we are going to compare Captain America to Spider-Man. Keep reading to find out more!
Captain America and Spider-Man are on a similar level in many way, but if it came to a clash between them, we think that Spider-Man would ultimately win due to his slightly better abilities and superior powers. In any case, it would be an entertaining clash.
Today’s article is going to be all about comparing the power levels of Captain America and Spider-Man. You’re going to find out who Captain America and Spider-Man are, as well as what their exact powers and abilities are. In the end, based on what we have presented earlier, we’re going to give our final verdict on who is stronger. It’s promising to be a fun story so keep reading until the end!
Is Captain America the strongest Avenger?
Steve Grant Rogers is a fictional character from the Marvel Universe, better known as the first and most famous character to don the costume of Captain America.
He was born in New York to poor Irish immigrants. Before World War II, Rogers was a skinny fine arts student who wanted to become a comic book artist. When the war broke out, he wanted to join the Army, but couldn’t due to his fragile physique.
Still, he was selected for a top-secret military program, through which he was injected with the Super-Soldier serum. The serum is a success and transforms Steve Rogers into a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina, and intelligence.
Steve Rogers thus became Captain America, the First Avenger. Soon after his transformation, he took his friend, James “Bucky” Barnes, as a sidekick and the two of them fought together until they were hurled into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Both are presumed dead, though it is later revealed that neither had died.
Years later, the Avengers found his frozen body and revived him, discovering that he had been frozen since 1945. He then becomes a member of the superhero organization and soon becomes its leader.
Captain America has appeared in several derivative material related to the Marvel Universe, with the most notable being the MCU, where he is played by Chris Evans.
Why does everyone love Spider-Man?
Spider-Man is the superhero alter-ego of Peter Parker, a character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a superhero from New York City and one of the most popular comic book characters in history. He was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, making his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). Since then, Spider-Man has appeared in numerous solo volumes, but also as part of other series and teams, most notably the Avengers.
Although not the only one to don the costume of Spider-Man – the most notable successors being Miles Morales and Doctor Octopus himself – Peter Parker is definitely the most famous Spider-Man, which is why we are going to talk about him in this article.
Peter Parker was born in New York to Richard and Mary Parker, but was raised by his uncle Ben and aunt May Parker, due to his parents dying in a plane crash. The comic books dealt a lot with the issues of adolescence, growing up and Peter’s constant financial struggles. The life of an average teenager changed when he was accidentally bit by a radioactive spider, which gave him superhuman abilities, including, but not limited to shooting web from his body or climbing walls. Realising that he has become a superhero of sorts, Peter Parker designed a suit for himself and became Spider-Man, your friendly neighbourhood superhero.
Spider-Man mostly operates out of Queens and, along with fighting regular criminals, he battles against a gallery of famous rogues including Vulture, Scorpion, Rhino, Lizard, Mr. Negative, Venom, Green Goblin and his nemesis, Doctor Octopus. Spider-Man also has to battle against the negative propaganda advocated publicly by J. Johan Jameson, the publisher of the Daily Bugle, who leads an active smear campaign against Spider-Man, despite all the good he does for the city.
Ironically, it is J. Jonah Jameson who employs Peter Parker, not knowing his superhero identity, as a photojournalist for the Bugle; Parker made a career by constantly bringing in great photographs of Spider-Man. Peter Parker’s private life is also examined in the comics, especially the impact of Uncle Ben’s death and his love relationships with Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy.
Usually a standalone hero, Spider-Man has been a member of the Avengers since the 2010s. Spider-Man’s membership (or rather his failed attempts to join the group before the 2010s) in the team was a running gag in the comics, as well as his relationship and friendship with Deadpool.
Due to his popularity, Spider-Man was featured in practically all of the derivative materials. He has had several animated shows, three movie series (portrayed by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland respectively), animated movies and video games for several consoles.
How strong are Captain America and Spider-Man?
Seeing how we like our comparisons, we have decided to respect our usual structure and give you an overview of the protagonists’ powers before we give you our opinion and after we have introduced you to their biographies. This is how we always do these articles and since it works, we se absolutely no reason to change that structure, as it is important that you know what these characters are capable of before we give you the final answer.
We’re going to star with Captain America. Marvel’s icon is a Super Soldier and is just slightly above peak human abilities. Being given the Super-Soldier serum, Steve Rogers became stronger than even the strongest of humans and that significantly increased his powers and abilities, despite him never being a superhero. He also relies heavily on hand-to-hand combat and quite often uses his famous shield for both offence and defence. And that about covers it as far as Cap is concerned; he is a great fighter and is stronger than your average neighbor, but there isn’t much else when pure power is concerned.
As for Spider-Man, his most pronounced human abilities are his intelligence and his resourcefulness, but this is all augmented by his superhuman abilities gained from being bitten by a radioactive spider. Thus, Peter Parker gained a lot of spider-like abilities, such as wall crawling, the ability to shoot webs from his body, an enhanced immune system and his famous Spider-Sense, used to detect approaching danger. But, along with that, he has gained superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability, along with a very specific healing factor that is always helpful in his fight against crime.
His strength has been the topic of much debate, since he’s usually perceived as weak (he also has a very slim body type). Yet, Spider-Man can – without any additional enhancements – lift an amazing 10 tons! This has been proven in comics repeatedly, especially in some stories where he was – with enhancements – able to lift an incredible 130 tons! So, if you were ever doubting Spider-Man’s strength, just remember that he was able to support a building from crashing down on him.
Now, since both characters are from the Marvel Universe, we can consult their official numbers, as per the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010):
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As we can see, these two superheroes are pretty equal in terms of powers, with the difference being that Spider-Man has a wider array of powers than Captain America. Spider-Man beats Captain America in all fields – even when speed is concerned, as Spider-Man is most certainly faster than Captain America – except in fighting skills, where Captain America’s training comes into the spotlight. Still, Spider-Man has more than enough other abilities – including his intelligence and his agility – to come up with an approach to annul Cap’s advantages.
Conclusion: Who is stronger, Captain America or Spider-Man?
If you’ve read our text carefully – and we expect that you did – you’ll most certainly come to the same conclusion as we did, and that is that Spider-Man is definitely stronger than Captain America. Why? Let us see!
This is actually a very interesting match-up, as Spider-Man, despite having actual superpowers when compared to Captain America, who just has superhuman powers, isn’t much stronger than the first Avenger. And where Captain America lacks in intelligence or speed, perhaps, he certainly makes up with his exceptional fighting skills and his endurance. He is a very tough fighter, actually, and Spider-Man would have to give it his best to overcome the leader of the Avengers.
Luckily for the webslinger, he has it in him to do that. Spider-Man is faster, more agile and is far more intelligent than Captain America. This doesn’t give him an automatic advantage, though, as their clash in Civil War affirms (Spider-Man had to observe Captain America’s moves, as they were faster than his Spider-Sense, which was a problem for Spider-Man), but Spider-Man would certainly be able to come up with a tactical approach to counter Captain America. He would certainly be able to find a way to overcome his disadvantages and win in this clash.
On top of that, Spider-Man has consistently fought much tougher foes – both physically and mentally – than Captain America (when their solo adventures are taken into consideration), and seeing how he managed to defeat the likes of Kingpin, Rhino, Lizard and Venom, we are quite certain that he would also be able to defeat Captain America.
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!