When you think about a superhero that largely relies on cutting-edge tech, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Marvel’s Iron Man. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is one of the most popular superheroes ever created, thanks to his superpowered suits and his infectious personality largely. DC has its answer to Iron Man, Blue Beetle. And although the concepts are pretty different, we still can’t go over the fact that both superheroes rely on suits to have powers. Due to that, we’ve decided to compare them, or rather their equipment, to see who would come out on top. When it comes to a battle between Blue Beetle and Iron Man, who wins and how?
Mostly, Blue Beetle wins against Iron Man for having a more superior suit. While Iron Man needs to carefully plan his every move in advance and make specific preparations when it comes to his gear, Blue Beetle can mentally command his suit to adapt to every situation. Blue Beetle’s suits also rely on alien tech, which is far superior to anything on Earth and can muster up more powerful defensive and offensive abilities. However, the fight would be a close one since Tony is a more experienced fighter than Jaime Reyes.
Now that we’ve covered, in short, who would win, it’s time to analyze both suits. We’re aware that Iron Man has numerous versions of suits at his disposal, and it would be too confusing to compare them all, so we’re going to take his general powers and abilities into consideration only. We’re not going to compare our characters powers, abilities, and other aspects as we do in our usual vs. scenarios. Instead, we’re going to compare their tech only. So, without further ado, let’s go.
The technology behind the suits
Blue Beetle’s powers primarily rely on a scarab that attached himself to Jaime Reyes and gifted him with unique abilities as long as he serves as his host. This means that alien technology is behind Blue Beetle’s suit. The suit is semi-autonomous, meaning it has a mind of its own. That’s pretty neat. The first and foremost function of the alien suit is to protect Jaime, which is needed since the suit is used to fight villains, and an unexpected trip to space might also happen.
We can’t imagine what technology is needed to design a suit like that, but it seems pretty impressive. It’s even more impressive when you take into account that the suit does everything Jaime want’s it to do. It’s multifunctional and near-indestructible.
Iron Man’s suits, on the other hand, are among the most impressive and advanced pieces of technology we have currently on Earth. Tony is a brilliant inventor and one of the smartest minds in comics in general, but his capabilities, or rather his suit’s capabilities, are somewhat limited. His suits can do anything imaginable, but only if he plans it in advance and gets to build it in the suit. This means that no matter how powerful his current suit is, he doesn’t have all of the powers and abilities he can think of at his disposal.
This is honestly the only downside to his suits, the fact that he needs to update them accordingly. Due to this, Blue Beetle gets the point, at least when the technology behind the suits is in question.
Points: Blue Beetle (1:0) Iron Man
Blue Beetle can use technomorphy to morph his suit into any piece of weapon or equipment that he desires, and this is only the start. With the help of his suit, he can absorb and convert energy into powerful pulses, shields, beams, and other offensive manners. If this doesn’t sound as exciting as what we’ve seen Iron Man can summon, Let’s take a look at the more detailed overview of Blue Beetle’s offensive abilities.
Blue Beetle has nuclear weapons at his disposal and various other weapons that can alter matter on a molecular level. He may have weapons at his disposal capable of destroying a planet.
Blue Beetle can likewise employ mind-melting neural scramblers to incapacitate his enemies either permanently or for a short time. It was also seen in the comics that he has a large hadron collider, strong force disruptor, and implicate order annihilation field at his disposal.
Blue Beetle’s tech sounds awesome, but how does he scale up against Iron Man? Iron Man’s suit utilizes various energy sources, both nearby and distant, which means that it can generate some pretty powerful attacks. One of the most notable Iron Man weapons is the Repulsor Ray, capable of punching through 2 inches of steel and blasting a hole through a mountain. He also has various beams, lasers, pulse bolts, energy blades, missiles, and plasma-based weapons capable of generating incredible amounts of heat and consequentially melting through almost anything.
No matter how powerful his weapons are, some of Blue Beetle’s weapons can destroy entire planets. It’s safe to say this point goes to him.
Points: Blue Beetle (2:0) Iron Man
It would be an understatement to say that Blue Beetle’s suit is bulletproof. This powerful piece of equipment allows him to absorb incredible amounts of energy, create forcefields around himself, and has enough juice to absorb the damage dealt to it by a nuclear bomb. Blue Beetle can also survive in extreme environments while in his suit. For example, he can easily traverse through space in nothing but the suit. His suit also makes Jaime entirely resistant for most telepathy, and if he is in danger, the scarab reacts and makes needed countermeasures before Jaime even realizes it.
The defensive and durability capabilities of Iron Man’s armor are likewise impressive. His suit is made of “molecularly-aligned fully crystallized ultra high carbon iron/steel hybrid alloy enhanced by magnetic fields over layers of other ultra hyper alloys like titanium alloy and/or tungsten/vanadium alloys reinforced with carbon nano-tubes” so yeah. While suited up, Tony Stark can tank, absorb extreme attacks, and walk away unharmed. His suit can withstand various rockets, missiles, torpedoes, electricity-based attacks, lasers, fire, heavy impacts, and various energy weapons.
Likewise, the suit offers protection against extreme environments as well. Iron Man can easily withstand extremely low and high temperatures and can easily traverse space in his suit. The suit is likewise capable of withstanding nuclear bombs and radiation in general. It makes Tony immune to telepathy and immune to magnetism. Like Blue Beetle’s suit, Tony’s suit protects him as soon as sensors detect some kind of disturbance or danger rising.
With everything said, it’s obvious that both suits are mighty and nearly indestructible, and both get the point.
Points: Blue Beetle (3:1) Iron Man
Blue Beetle is faster than light when suited up. The suit is also capable of creating a time-dilation effect for the wearer to appear at different places simultaneously. Likewise, the suit reacts fast enough to dodge various weapons, missiles, and energy-based attacks.
Iron Man’s suit is as well capable of flight. The speed, however, depends on what kind of suit he is wearing. But let’s say that in most extreme cases, Iron Man’s suit can reach warp speed and outrun a Black Hole.
This is an incredible feat for human-made tech, so both suits get the point when it comes to speed aspects.
Points: Blue Beetle (4:2) Iron Man
Now that we’ve covered the most important aspects of both suits, it’s time to analyze the miscellaneous gadgets and abilities that Blue Beetle and Iron Man have at their disposal.
Blue Beetles suit is an advanced form of alien technology. This means that it can, in large part, interact with other forms of technology. This makes hacking, interrupting radars, robots, levitation, teleportation, and other disruptions possible. This isn’t as important in the context of Iron Man, but Blue Beetle’s suit can produce kryptonite radiation which can easily take down one of the most well-known powerhouses in the DC universe.
Blue Beetle can just as easily produce tachyons that can prevent just about anybody from time traveling.
The suit also has various forms of radar technology, so Jaime can detect even the most hidden of enemies.
Tony’s suit is filled with useful gadgets, the most notable being the AI system that helps him assess, plan and execute various strategies while in the field. This is a remarkable and powerful piece of equipment that places him at the same table as one of the best strategists in the Marvel Universe. Like Blue Beetle’s suit, Iron Man’s suit has built-in radar systems and various arrays that allow him to detect even astral projections.
Regarding additional suits’ abilities, it’s safe to say that Iron Man and Blue Beetle are evenly matched.
Points: Blue Beetle (5:3) Iron Man
Blue Beetle vs. Iron Man: Who would win in a fight?
With everything said, Blue Beetle’s suit is more powerful regarding the nature of technology and defensive abilities. But when it comes to defensive abilities and additional technology at their disposal, the two are pretty much evenly matched. It would be a close fight no matter how you look at it, but Blue Beetle has a slight advantage.