Iron Fist vs Spider-Man
I thought with the new Iron Fist Netflix series launching, coupled with the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, I would take the opportunity to let these two characters shine in the spotlight. Yes, I want to take a moment to imagine what would happen in a battle that pitted Iron Fist vs Spider-Man.
Before we begin, you must realize that I am a fan of both characters. I grew up watching, reading and loving both but if I was forced to pick a favorite, I would have no choice but to go with Iron Fist. Nothing screams unbelievable quite like being able to channel all your energy (Chi) into a boxing glove-like fist, able to knock out just about anyone (Floyd Mayweather included). Obviously, Spider-Man has been around and has a plethora of fans out there (specifically in the teenage market) and is one of the most recognizable figures in comics, but Iron Fist is just my cup of tea. I suppose, aside from the boxing glove, he just resonates on more of an adult level.
If you disagree, check out The Immortal Iron Fist run by Ed Brubaker and tell me I’m wrong.
With that out of the way, let’s look at each of their qualities and traits and see who might come out on top if ever they were to battle it out, shall we?
- Master Martial Artist
- Uses the Iron Fist which he channels from his Inner Chi
- Enhanced Physical Traits
- Healing Powers
- Telepathic Mind Fusion
- Superhuman Strength, Speed, and Agility
- High Level of Intelligence
- “Spider-Sense” to warn him of danger
- Utilizes web-shooters attached to his wrists to mimic the abilities of a spider
The Not So Good
- Using the Iron Fist leaves him physically and mentally drained for an extended period of time
- Finn Jones was cast as Iron Fist
- Largest array of Villains who want him dead in the Marvel Universe
- Important people in his life tend to be the target of attack
- Unable to live a normal life as Peter Parker
- Spider-Sense occasionally doesn’t work
- Certain villains know his true identity
- Over-stretching himself and taking on too many tasks at once
Experience Versus Youth
I have to give the edge to Iron Fist. With age comes experience and between the two, there is no denying that Iron Fist is a little bit older and has run the gamut of life just a little longer. Spider-Man is still a teenager (albeit one who has barely aged in 60 years) and is often left trying to find his place in life.
Of course, on the flip side of this, because Spider-Man is quite a bit younger, he might very well be more agile and flexible, thus more likely to be able to avoid an Iron Fist attack. That being said, I still have to give the edge to Iron Fist. Age and experience will outlast agility and flexibility any day of the week. In Iron Fist vs Spider-Man, this means…
Iron Fist – 1
Spider-Man – 0
Not to contradict myself but in the realm of endurance, age is a factor. As mentioned, Spider-Man is not only younger but potentially able to withstand a long battle more than Iron Fist. Trained in Martial Arts or not, I believe that Iron Fist would tire long before Spider-Man would break a sweat. Yes, in the colossal battle of Iron Fist vs Spider-Man, Iron Fist, with all his training would tire.
I feel that without a shadow of a doubt, Spider-Man is much quicker on his feet and because of his Spider-Sense, able to detect an attack long before Iron Fist could even get a shot off. Because he wouldn’t be tired, he could easily avoid the attack and the longer the battle would go, the less damage Spider-Man would take.
Iron Fist – 1
Spider-Man – 2
Chi – Web Shooter
How does a weapon who’s ammunition can be burned stand up to a guy that has a fist which lights up? It doesn’t.
If not tired or physically and mentally drained from its usage, Iron Fist could easily disintegrate any and all Web Shooter attacks simply by stopping them with his fist. I can’t speak for you, but if I was up against a foe who could stop one of my most trusted attacks with his fist, I don’t even think I’d show up. If I was stupid enough to show up, I’d run around like an idiot in hopes of tiring him out and gaining the advantage through my endurance.
That aside, a fist that can burn the web…
Iron Fist – 2
Spider-Man – 1
Spider-Man is fast. Probably too fast for his own good.
Iron Fist is fast. Probably too fast for his own good.
I can’t stress this enough. As fast as Iron Fist is, Spider-Man is faster. Look, Spider-Man squares off against enemies who fly, soar around on gliders and shoot electricity. If he can catch up to and dodge those, he’s good enough to be faster than a Martial Artist.Eventually, Spidey will run out of webbing if he is to avoid Iron Fist’s martial arts techniques or sizing him up to deliver a
Iron Fist – 2
Spider-Man – 2
Experience and a fist that eats webs for breakfast trumps endurance and speed any day of the week.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an easy victory and this battle would bring both competitors to the break of defeat, but in my heart and mind, in the battle of Iron Fist vs Spider-Man, Iron Fist would walk from this encounter the victor. And if he didn’t…well then, in that case, the comic needs to be rewritten.