Anticipating the release of Marvel’s Eternals has inspired us to continue our series of comparisons including characters from the Eternals. We have already done several lists and individual articles, but this series is going to focus on some individual Eternals and their powers when compared to some other characters. In today’s article, we are going to compare Ikaris, one of the best-known Eternals, and DC Comics’ Superman, by most standards the strongest superhero to have ever existed. Who would win? Keep reading to find out!
The fight between Superman and Ikaris would be an epic clash between two very similar characters. Their powers would annul each other and they would be pretty balanced out, but we still think that Superman would take this one, simply because he has more experience and has proven himself against opponents much tougher than Ikaris.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Ikaris and his powers
Ikaris takes its name from a tragic accident that took place hundreds of years before his birth. While fighting Deviants in ancient Greece, the Eternal, later known as Ikaris, met and married a human woman. The two fathered a son named Icarus, who loved to soar in the air with his father over the seas and mountains of Greece.
Once, the Eternal made his son a pair of mechanical wings so that he could fly alongside him. When his father disappeared while he was fighting the Deviants, the young Icarus tried to follow him using his mechanical wings. For too much inexperience in flight, the young Icarus hovered too high in the air, losing consciousness in the high atmosphere, falling towards his death. Thus, having found his dead son, the Eternal took his name, Ikaris, in remembrance.
Ikaris has the typical powers of all the Eternals: he does not age and if he were killed he would be reborn in Olympia in the reactivation room with the body already an adult and the memories intact; he is able to manipulate matter at the molecular level; he is able to levitate objects effortlessly (even a plane); he is almost invulnerable, given the presence of a continuous force field in contact with his skin; he is much stronger and more robust than a normal man and his healing ability is very fast.
The Eternal can also exercise weak mind control: in the fifth issue of Secret Invasion, for example, Ikaris convinces Hercules that he is the Forgotten Eternal. Ikaris is also endowed with powers that other Eternals do not have: he can emit energy beams from his eyes and fly at enormous speeds (other Eternals can only levitate).
Superman and his powers
Superman is one of the chief characters in the DC Comics universe. Born as Kal-El of Krypton, he was sent to Earth by his parents, moments before the tragic destruction of his home planet. On Earth, he landed in Kansas, near the estate of ones Jonathan and Martha Kent, two local farmers who took him in and raised him as their own child, giving him the name Clark Kent. Young Clark was thus raised in Smallville, not knowing his heritage and the powers he possesses.
As he grew up, Clark Kent became aware of his powers and found out about his heritage, but he decided to accept the Kents as his real parents, even after discovering his true identity. Most of these scenes include him discovering the messages left to him by his real father, Jor-El, through which he learns everything about himself and his heritage.
Later on, Clark Kent becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis-based newspaper, while simultaneously “working” as Superman, the protector of Metropolis and the Earth. While working for the Daily Planet, Superman meets Jimmy Olsen, a trusted friend and ally, and Lois Lane, a big-shot reporter, with whom he eventually falls in love and starts a relationship. He’s also had an on-and-off relationship with Wonder Woman, but Lois was always his first and true love.
One of Superman’s first opponents was General Zod, another survivor from his home planet, who threatened Earth, before being stopped by Superman. Unlike some other DC superheroes, Superman has a lot of extraterrestrial enemies, some of the most notable being Brainiac, the collector of planets, and Doomsday, a Kryptonian monstrosity matching Superman’s own powers. Still, his archenemy is a human, a very powerful and very intelligent human, but still only a human. His name is Lex Luthor and he plays a very important role in Superman’s crime fighting career.
Superman’s most famous nickname is the Man of Steel, which symbolizes his superhuman strength and abilities. He is certainly the most powerful among the DC Comics heroes, but he also has a very strong weakness – Kryptonite. Those who know this, often used this to their advantage, since Kryptonite can do devastating damage to the Man of Steel.
He has appeared in a lot of derivative material, including a film series starring Christopher Reeve, the DCEU, where he’s played by Henry Cavill and several animated features.
Comparing the powers of Ikaris and Superman
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
Ikaris’ life force is augmented by cosmic energy and he has full mental control over his physical form and bodily processes, even when he is asleep or unconscious. As a result, he is virtually immortal, immune to disease and aging, and invulnerable to conventional forms of injury. If Ikaris were injured in any way, he could regenerate any injured or lost tissue.
Cosmic energy strengthens Ikaris’ metabolism so that he does not tire of any physical effort. He can withstand extreme temperatures through mental concentration. Ikaris can levitate himself by mentally manipulating the gravitons around him. He can also levitate other people and objects, even while they are already levitating.
Ikaris can fly through self-levitation at approximately 850 miles per hour, a speed that most other Eternals cannot match.
Ikaris has low-level psychic abilities, allowing him to scan the surface thoughts of any mindless adept than his own. He can mentally create illusions to disguise himself. Ikaris can also psionically manipulate atoms and molecules to transform the shape of an object. However, Ikaris is only a second-level adept on a scale of five levels (the fifth level being the highest) in this discipline.
He can rearrange molecules in the air to create a virtually impenetrable shield over himself. Ikaris can project cosmic energy in the form of rays from his eyes or rays and flashes from his hands. This cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy.
Ikaris can project a maximum concussive force of at least 260 pounds per square inch. He can project heat to a maximum temperature of at least 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt iron. It takes him about a minute to reach this maximum temperature.
Because Ikaris heat rays can vaporize solid objects, they are often called death rays. The maximum range for energy beams from him is approximately 200 feet. Ikaris is a fourth-level adept on a scale of five levels (the fifth level is the highest) in this discipline.
Expenditure of cosmic energy in this way continuously for several hours will temporarily deplete Ikaris’s physical strength, but not his resistance to injury, although it will temporarily increase his sensitivity to pain. He will quickly return to normal after that prolonged energy expenditure is over.
Ikaris can teleport psychically, but he prefers not to, as, like other Eternals, he finds the process of self-teleportation physically unpleasant. He can also teleport other people along with himself.
As far as Superman goes, part of his powers is conferred on him by the yellow Sun of the Earth from which he absorbs radiation, which gives him, for example, super-vision or even super-hearing, and also by the fact that his constitution is adapted to Krypton’s gravity, much greater than that of Earth, thus giving it superpowers such as the ability to fly.
Any Kryptonian exposed to our Sun can acquire the same powers (Superman fought some). Superman’s powers have varied considerably since his inception in 1938, when he was much less powerful than most of his later versions. He only possessed: super strength, invulnerability (endurance), and super speed to a relatively limited degree; it did not fly but made very large leaps of about 200 meters in length. All of his other superpowers were unknown then, and he got his strength only from the difference in gravity between Earth and Krypton, not from the yellow Sun.
The extent and intensity of Superman’s powers are not clearly defined and can vary widely depending on the needs of the story, although his basic powers (flight, super strength, super speed, invulnerability, super breath, various visions (thermal, X-ray, micro/telescopic, super-hearing) remain broadly the same; other powers appear only occasionally and are not unanimously considered to be part of Superman’s powers.
Ikaris vs Superman: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
Comparing Superman and Ikaris is quite difficult, mostly because they are very similar when it comes to their powers and abilities. We’re not saying that Ikaris is Marvel’s version of Superman, because he is not, but the two overpowered aliens are almost identical. Ikaris has molecular control, something that Superman cannot do, but Superman has his freeze breath and is generally on a bigger level than Ikaris when it comes to strength, speed, and durability.
This made our comparison hard, as we did not know how to approach this battle properly, especially since the two are from a different universe and have quite different roles in their respective universes. Overall, a clash between them would end in a draw, we think. Their powers are similar and their powers would annul each other ultimately, but we still think that there would be a winner, ultimately.
And that is Superman! Why? Well, over the years, Superman has proven himself to be, quite probably, the toughest superhero ever. He has fought incredibly strong enemies and has shown to be practically unkillable (okay, save for Doomsday, but Doomsday would trash Ikaris around like a puppet). Ikaris never had such fights. He never had to prove his powers in such a way and that is why we think that Superman would ultimately win this fight.
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