Superman vs. Incredible Hulk Superhero Battle

Kal Takes on the Big Green Machine

On comic book message boards all across the vastness of cyberspace, you can find one of the favorite pastimes of true comic fans: superhero battles.

Using the official – and semi-official when it suits them – range of powers available to their favorite characters, Marvel and DC fanatics alike engage in hypothetical battles between the most powerful or most intriguing heroes from the respective universes.

The most common battles hinge on power levels, and how they’re measured in the different universes. The new and improved take on the Hulk vs. Superman battle is actually here.

We saw what transpired in the greatest battle in all of comic-dom with Superman vs Doomsday, which gave us an idea of same-universe battles between beings with end-of-the-spectrum power.

For example, is Superman stronger than Thor? How about the Man of Steel vs. the gamma-irradiated green machine known as the Incredible Hulk? Well let’s find out about the latter.

Superman vs the Incredible Hulk
Superman vs the Incredible Hulk

Superman vs Hulk Battle: You Wouldn't Like me Angry

When nuclear physicist Dr. Bruce Banner turns into the Incredible Hulk, it is widely acknowledged that there isn’t a stronger humanoid creature in the Marvel universe – although there might be some competition for that moniker from an Infinity Gem-enabled Drax the Destroyer.

But Hulk, nonetheless, is the antihero most singularly presented as unstoppable.

Not only is his baseline strength immense enough to prove insurmountably troublesome for Thor the God of Thunder, but the Hulk actually gets significantly stronger as he gets angrier.

This was made no more apparent than in the World War Hulk storyline, when Hulk reached untold anger levels.

Some of his legendary feats have included being able to pick up Thor’s mystic hammer Mjolnir – which has an Odinforce enchantment that forbids anyone but Thor or the “worthy” from picking it up.

The Hulk’s strength has reached such levels that it was able to break the powerful magic that bound the hammer.

In his bout with the apocalyptic Onslaught, the Phoenix Force pushed the Hulk to the highest levels of anger by separating his human side from the gamma, which enabled him to cause a rupture in the mind-beast's otherwise impenetrable armor.

In another storyline, the Incredible Hulk held a billion-ton mountain aloft to keep it from falling on the Avengers and innocents.

Comparably, he also held together the both sides of a drifting continent in order to save the inhabitants. With feats such as these, a Hulk Superman encounter would be terrifying, indeed.

Superman vs. Hulk original art
Superman vs. Hulk original art | Source
Super-Smash completed. You might be able to hurt Superman - but how do you SURVIVE him?!?
Super-Smash completed. You might be able to hurt Superman - but how do you SURVIVE him?!?

Who's physically stronger?

  • Hulk
  • Superman
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Hulk's Rage vs Superman's Power

If you know anything about the Incredible Hulk, it's that his already monstrous baseline strength increases as he gets angrier.

Therefore, in a Hulk vs Superman bout, the stakes become greater as the battle wears on against the tireless ultra-monster.

Fans of Hulk maintain that he will become angry enough to surpass Superman in strength if the battle wages on for too long.

It's a very good point, and it forces Kal to strategize instead of choosing simply to pummel his opponent into submission. But does Superman have a natural answer for Hulk's increasing rage and strength?

Yes, he does. Superman has almost boundless super-speed and is far faster than the very quick Hulk. In an effort to always be mindful of the lives of innocents around, Clark constantly holds his true power in check - he's also worried about destroying the Earth!

We can look to Supes first trying to get the battle to a remote island or region, the same way he did against the Kryptonian super-soldier Doomsday, when he picked him up and slammed him far into a distant mountain range at several hundred miles per hour.

So perhaps it is Hulk that should be worried about ending the fight before Superman decides to take it elsewhere, to a place where the Man of Steel can feel comfortable unleashing his true power.

Regardless, Superman can always add to his baseline strength by using his super-speed to drastically increase his power. Against most enemies, he throws punches at a normal pace; but, against a raging Hulk, he can ratchet up his power for each level Hulk reaches, given that Superman's capable of near-light velocities. It can be argued that no matter how angry Hulk gets, Superman always has an answer in the power department. Even though he must remain conscious of the setting sun, his reserves are truly vast and twilight by no means signals the end of the bout.

Superman Hulk Comparison

Is Superman's Power Enough to Counteract Hulk's Rage?

  • No
  • Yes
  • We'll just have to see, won't we!?
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Hulk smash
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The Hulk's Healing Factor and Incredible Durability

In addition to his world-bending strength, the Hulk has astounding physical attributes like a healing factor and unbelievable stamina.

In fact, he has more than a healing factor: he can regenerate limbs and complex body parts like eyes and organs.

The only other beings in the Marvel universe who rival this ability to recover (from what would be devastating injuries to other heroes) are Deadpool and Wolverine.

Because you get tired as a result of lactic acid poisons building up in your body after vigorous exertion, the Hulk is immune to fatigue, which makes a Superman versus Hulk battle much more intriguing than merely one mega-strong creature against another.

It might take a long time, but without the sun, the Man of Steel can actually tire. The question is whether or not he'd be able to end the battle before that happens, given his otherworldly offensive - and defensive, in fact - weapons.

Effectively, the Hulk's incredible healing factor makes his endurance virtually incalculable – he may be able to exert himself at full capacity for weeks on end. The only way to realistically get him tired would be to pit him against another immensely powerful being, such that the Hulk has to exert himself at terrific levels just to engage the being; this wouldn’t give his healing factor enough time to dump the toxins and he would slowly wear down over time.

In a Hulk versus Superman bout, would Kal-El's nuclear holocaust heat vision be just the thing that's needed? It would be one heckuva fight.

The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk | Source

If Earth was under attack, who would you want on your side?

  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Superman
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The Incredible Hulk:  A rage that could cower a god.
The Incredible Hulk: A rage that could cower a god. | Source

How Long Can He Keep This Up?

In addition to his world-bending strength, the Hulk has astounding physical attributes like a healing factor and unbelievable stamina.

In fact, he has more than a healing factor: he can regenerate limbs and complex body parts like eyes and organs.

The only other beings in the Marvel universe who rival this ability to recover (from what would be devastating injuries to other heroes) are Deadpool and Wolverine.

Because normal humans get tired as a result of lactic acid poisons building up in your body after vigorous exertion, the Hulk is immune to getting tired.

Effectively, his incredible healing factor makes his endurance virtually incalculable – he may be able to exert himself at full capacity for weeks on end; except there aren’t too many beings that could sustain the kind of damage he could render for that long.

The only way to realistically get him tired would be to pit him against another immensely powerful being, such that Hulk has to exert himself at terrific levels just to engage the being; this wouldn’t give his healing factor enough time to dump the toxins and he would slowly wear down over time. In a superhero battle with an excessively quick opponent like Superman, the damage may mount faster than Hulk could heal.

Hulk Superman - get down big fellas
Hulk Superman - get down big fellas | Source
Incredible Hulk thunderclap boom attack
Incredible Hulk thunderclap boom attack

The Hulk Shoots Energy Beams?

People don’t usually think of the Hulk as having any projectile abilities; however, he does have a thunderclap move that is more devastating than even the energy beams of some lesser characters.

Using his immense strength, the Hulk can clap his hands in front of him and thereby ravage the air in front of an opponent, resulting in a concussive blast of significant force. He can also slam the ground in front of him to cause a forward-driving fissure and earthquake.

Despite his bulk, he is very fast – though he doesn’t move at a velocity one would consider to be superspeed.

This poses a bit of a problem in a Hulk Superman encounter; to a charged and motivated Man of Tomorrow, the Incredible Hulk would appear to be moving in molasses.

In fact, the Hulk may be able to take almost everything superman could throw at him (for awhile at least), but this lack of speed may very well make it an extremely one-sided bout. Supes is very, very fast. And with his great strength, amplified by his speed to even greater power (a weak punch at high speed generates a lot of power; how about a very strong punch at high speed?!), Hulk had better be in top form and angry as hell.

Clark's having none of it. Superman vs the Incredible Hulk
Clark's having none of it. Superman vs the Incredible Hulk | Source
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Is Superman Too Powerful Even for the Hulk?

How about Superman? DC’s representative superhero has strength levels that take a backseat to few characters – and none that are humanoid. To find beings as strong – or stronger – than Superman Man of Steel, you have to go up the chain of command to celestial entities.

His quickness is surpassed only by the Flash – and just barely. He has all manner of distance attacks, from his lethal heat vision, to his freeze-breath and gale-force winds.

Presumably, he is strong enough by far to execute a thunderclap using his hands, or create a directional earthquake by striking the ground with his hands.

Of course, with his vaunted heat vision, he already has a distance attack extraordinaire - it's capable of razing a battlefield full of meta-humans, or reducing a forest to a blazing inferno too hot to approach.

He can fly with the best of them, and circle the earth in minutes without unduly taxing his vast reserves of energy.

He heals fast with the aid of the sun, but far more significant than the moderate healing factor the Man of Steel possesses, is his outright invulnerability.

Superman takes direct hits from nuclear strikes and only misses a beat for his troubles. Against the Incredible Hulk, he simply has too many weapons to be beaten – although it might take him a whole day to put down the green machine because of the latter’s regenerative abilities.

More importantly, the battle doesn’t even have to happen unless Clark wants it to – given that Banner can only jump very high and far, compared to Kal-El’s powers of interstellar and atmospheric flight.

The Incredible Hulk's best chance against the Man of Steel would be to try and fight him at night, so he could at least rob Superman of his solar energy-inspired regenerative healing abilities. In any case, this could be an assumption; Superman's healing abilities might be a function of his Kryptonian bio-matrix - he may heal at fantastic rates even without the Sun, until his unbelievable reserves of stored energy run out.

It would still be tricky, because Kal can still fly and up over the horizon at night to meet the sun and perform the Kryptonian version of a "systems reboot."

Hulk would have to cause so much damage that the mountain-mover becomes too wasted to fly - and that would be a mighty feat, indeed - as well as a first. There's little doubt that Hulk would make one heckuva impression on Superman - the green machine is mega-strong, very durable, and regenerates even better than the Wolverine.

The biggest problem for Superman when fighting the Incredible Hulk is the latter's regenerative abilities and seemingly limitless powers of exertion.

As long as the sun shines, Kal can probably match or surpass one or both of these, but the fall of darkness should represent a tolling bell - Hulk can keep this up all night whereas Superman relies on solar energy.

Thus, the Man of Steel has something slightly north of 14 hours to put down Mr. Gamma Ray if they start the fight at dawn. Otherwise, he might want to consider flying away...

The problems for the Hulk may be insurmountable when facing the Kryptonian.

I've always felt that no opponent, no matter how strong or durable (within "reason"; if such a thing can be applied to fiction) can stand against a motivated and unleashed Superman without possessing superspeed or ultra-fast reflexes.

Hulk, to put it mildly, is too slow for Clark in a battle that takes into account all their powers.

This is a huge problem for someone with so much strength; and even if we take their respective strengths to be equal or close, the power added by superspeed puts Kal-El clearly over the top.

The heat vision is another problem, because it represents an extremely powerful distance attack - although I doubt it could put Hulk down, it'll give him something to think about.

Every physicist knows that if you really want to break something - even resilient material like fire-proof glass, etc., you apply heat and then quickly douse it with cold.

Perhaps heat vision followed by an ice-storm would start to tax the Incredible Hulk's healing factor, enough for superspeed and superstrength to start wearing Hulk down faster than he could recover. Something to think about....

Verdict: the Incredible Hulk can probably hit Superman harder than anyone not named Doomsday ever has…but Superman can probably take the punch.

The New Superman
The New Superman | Source

Do you think Hulk hits harder than Doomsday?

  • No. Regardless of how angry Hulk is.
  • Yes. Hulk Smash!
  • About the same.
  • Depends on Hulk's mental state.
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Hulk bout to smash!
Hulk bout to smash!

Superman Might Want to Avoid This Hulk!

World Breaker Hulk - wow!!
World Breaker Hulk - wow!!

Who do you think wins a fight between Superman and Hulk?

  • Hulk
  • Superman
  • World War Hulk (most enraged version ever)
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Hulk Smash
Hulk Smash
Word War Hulk smash
Word War Hulk smash
Hulk enraged
Hulk enraged
Warrior Hulk
Warrior Hulk

Superman Prime Again

Superman lived in the sun for a million years after Lois died.  And emerged a god.
Superman lived in the sun for a million years after Lois died. And emerged a god.

Hulk vs. Superman: Hulk's Anger

This is the pivotal ability of the green gamma monster.

Because Hulk's strength is tied to his emotional state, it is often regarded as incalculable - the angrier he gets, the greater his strength.

Fans of the Hulk Superman fight scenario often tout this as the one major advantage he has against the Kryptonian: Superman's strength, while it is extremely high, is presumably maxed out in the presence of the sun (although in fact, that isn't quite true; the closer he gets to the sun, the stronger he becomes).

Additionally, it is a well-known fact in the realm of fiction that superman always holds back when fighting supervillains - especially when inside a planetary atmosphere.

Unchecked, the sheer power he commands is apparently enough to ravage a planet. For an earth-bound battle, though, you can assume Clark's lofty strength is capped.

Thus, would Supes be able to end Hulk's existence - and yes, Superman does kill, so that argument goes out the window - before the Hulk got angry enough to perhaps challenge his limits?

Although intriguing, there's a philosophical/biological problem with this logic: just how angry can something become?

After all, you don't assume other emotions, such as happiness and sadness, are limitless; why assume that anger is an unlimited attribute?

Although it's difficult to place a quantitative limit on anger, we can probably feel comfortable placing a qualitative limit on it: once something is enraged, there are no levels above rage - it's all the same.

At worst, perhaps you can become so angry that you become a mindless mess incapable of thinking, strategizing, or even remembering who your enemy is - or what he did to anger you.

Rage isn't the kind of attribute that can be fittingly argued to be limitless, just like happiness or disinterest can't (I think).

After all, how angry/full of rage would you get if someone killed a loved one? Took away your child, sibling, parent or best friend? All of them? Is it even feasible to be more full of rage than if any or all of these happened? That's what happened to the Incredible Hulk in the World War Hulk storyline.

The maddest Hulk ever would either be the incredibly powerful World War Hulk, or the Hulk that the Phoenix stripped of all humanity so that he could become the unadulterated rage-force that shredded Onslaught's armor.

One of these awesome incarnations of Hulk is probably the one that should be judged in a bout with Big Blue.

If these two titans meet, we may not know the winner, but we definitely know the losers - all the denizens of Earth.

This Hulk is the one that would draw out the best from Superman; together, their fatal dance would rend the planet asunder.

Hulk's Rage

Doe you agree with the above paragraph about the limits of Hulk's rage?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Good point - but not necessarily true.
  • You're wayyy off-target!
  • Dude, relax - it's just comic book stuff!
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A Superman Hulk Graphic Novel?

Perhaps someday a few great comics and graphic novel writers can get together and give the people what they want! a full-fledged, no-hold-barred Superman versus Hulk meeting and battle on the same scale as the epic and pivotal Death of Superman from the early 1990s.

Take into account all of their powers; not just to the letter, but as demonstrated against mighty opponents.

Have Marc Silvestri, Dale Keown, Jim Lee, Chris Bachalo or some other premier artists provide the artwork - and find a damn good writer. It almost doesn't matter who wins this bout - wouldn't you just like to see it play out!?

Would you buy an epic graphic novel featuring Hulk vs. Superman?

  • Yes!!
  • Maybe. Depends on the writers
  • No
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Hulk Smashes!
Hulk Smashes!
Superman and kryptonite
Superman and kryptonite

Superman vs. Hulk: Superhero Weaknesses

Among the many things Superman and Hulk have in common, is the fact that their power levels are so high that writers felt the need to give them a distinct weakness or two, just so that super-villains have a fighting chance at doing them in - or at least escaping an immediate beat-down.

Even among the ranks of superheroes, Superman and Hulk are considered superior and their arrival on the scene of battle usually signals the beginning of the end of any fight.

For these mountain-movers, physical damage has to be catastrophic (against other superheroes) to even cause them to flinch, so we resort to analyzing the others ways they might take each other down.

Superman and Kryptonite and Magic

This radioactive green rock from the defunct planet Krypton - Superman's place of birth - is the ace-in-the-hole if you want any real chance at beating Superman.

If Hulk can procure some, then this makes him an unbelievably deadly foe for Superman; most people who get some still get their hats handed to them by the Man of Steel, because his power is so great he often manages to get away from the power-sapping crystal and return fire.

But Hulk is in a class of strength and power far above Metallo, Lex Luthor or any of the small number of powered villains who've tried using Kryptonite to slow Superman down.

If Hulk is able to weaken Kal, he may just beat him to death as that vaunted invulnerability wanes just enough to allow it. Of course, the effects of Kryptonite - though fast - are still gradual, and perhaps Supes can fly away or use super-speed to evade any supersonic throws by Mr. Hulksmash.

Ultimately, when preparing to do battle with the Sun-god from Krypton, far too many super-villains ask themselves the wrong question. The question isn't "How do I defeat the Man of Tomorrow." It's, "How do I survive him?"

Artwork by Jim Lee and altered by unknown - feel free to claim your work!
Artwork by Jim Lee and altered by unknown - feel free to claim your work!
Captain Marvel's magic thunder and lightning comes from the Sky-god Zeus
Captain Marvel's magic thunder and lightning comes from the Sky-god Zeus

As for magic, this isn't a viable option for Hulk. Besides, too much has been made of Superman's supposed weakness to magic; it would be more accurate to say he has a 'relative' weakness to magic.

One of the most powerful magic users in the DC universe has lost to Kal-El on multiple occasions: Captain Marvel.

His Shazam! lightning is arguably as powerful - more, probably - than the magic lightning from Thor's Mjolnir, and yet it has failed to put Superman down on multiple occasions even after striking him many times.

Captain Marvel's lightning comes from Zeus, himself; who, as a Sky Father, is loads more powerful than even the mighty Thor. By the way, there's a Superman vs Thor hub coming soon!

Nonetheless, make no mistake; Shazam! lightning certainly hurts Superman, no doubt! Regular lightning wouldn't even register to the Man of Steel, which is where the magic aspect helps - it allows things that would otherwise not hurt him at all to at least cause him to think about them.

So it would appear that even against magic, Clark is extremely durable - just look what Shazam! does to other superheroes - it totals them. Magic is by no means a kill-shot against Superman - not even close. It just evens the playing field a bit.

Hulk and Sonics, Gases and Tranquilizers

The Hulk is immune to most poisons and attempts to subvert his central nervous system; however, one of the most common ways he is temporarily defeated is by using adamantium-tipped darts to penetrate his skin and put him to sleep.

This is unfortunate for a creature that is otherwise so powerful, because it would seem that superman could (relatively) easily come by something like this, if they resorted to using props in the fight (nobody wants to see that though!).

Hulk has also been shown to have a weakness to sonics, which is even more convenient for Superman to use - the Man of Steel can easily simulate sonics with his vocals far more powerful than any machine used in the past to hurt Hulk.

As for gases, well, Superman can hold a river's worth of any gas in his lungs by superhuman compression. Whatever was used n the past to make Hulk fall asleep or revert to Dr. Banner, superman better not get his hands on that.

Superman vs Hulk

Who's Weaknesses Are More Serious?

  • Forget props - they should just fight 'naturally!'
  • Superman's
  • Hulk's
  • Too close to call
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Art by Michael Turner
Art by Michael Turner

Superman vs. Mighty Thor Possibly Coming Up...

Would you like to see a Superman vs Mighty Thor superhero battle?

  • Yes!
  • No!
  • Indifferent - *Shrugs*
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Superman heat vision
Superman heat vision | Source

Closing Thoughts on Superman vs. Hulk

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who was so generous with their time and bothered to read and interact with this article—it makes the writing worth it!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this whole Superman vs. Hulk thing - they're both mighty and awe-inspiring super-beings! Be sure to participate in the polls and have a great day.

Clark - the greatest hero of them all. A vision of unrivaled might
Clark - the greatest hero of them all. A vision of unrivaled might

World War Hulk Definitely Wants to Avoid Superman Prime!

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Taranwanderer 2 months ago Author

If you guys liked my Hulk vs Superman article, then you'll like the page here even more - check it out!

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David Trujillo 12 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

Tarawander, saw the DVD´s on Amazon. There are even more Marvel Knight films that I knew about. I live in Colombia, so buying DVD´s from the USA would be terribly expensive. I am also a big movie pirate, but can´t find these films to download, must be like the only super heroe stuff impossible to download for free! I can only find Spider Woman and Black Panther easily, and I had already seen Thor vs Loki before.

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David Trujillo 12 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

If you are smart you will not fight Hulk directly Caleb. Trap him or doze him like many super heroes did, like Iron Man. Iron Man even send him to another planet! Hulk is not smart, that is his greatest weakness.

Superman on the other hand, I was very dissapointed when I learned his powers come from our Earth´s atmosphere, or so the last movie told us. So that means he is like a weak human in any other planet?? Just lure him out and shoot him.

Caleb 12 months ago

this debate so far is mind boggiling we know for a fact that superman is very powerful but he has limits to his strength therefore rendering him vulnerable to death hulk however is much more powerful due to his unlimited power. Superman will get some good hits in and smash hulk around here and there but he will tire him out as he tries to beat this rageful beast. Hulk will get even stronger for the longer it takes to beat superman he will react faster and will beat superman senseless so to end this i say Hulk will destroy Superman though superman will fight a good fight hulk is just to strong for him in my opinion

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Taranwanderer 12 months ago Author

You know - I'd never even heard of it till now. I remember the Ihumans as some obscure race of superhumans from when I was a boy, but haven't heard of anything new in years. Just looked it up on amazon, though, and it might be the one you're looking for -

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David Trujillo 12 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

Hey, have you ever been able to watch the Inhumans animated film? I´ve been looking everywhere online. For a 2013 film it should be easy to find.

From those type of comic-style screen animated films I have seen Thor and Loki and Spider Woman, both were awesome.

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Taranwanderer 12 months ago Author

Awesome comment, David! Yes - I enjoyed World War Hulk very much - it was good to see the big guy unleashed; that hasn't really happened since the days of Onslaught. A cross between Superman vs Hulk would be incredible...but probably a pipe dream lol. Thanks for stopping by!!

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David Trujillo 12 months ago from Medellin, Colombia

Had no idea the Hulk and Superman could get you soo hooked!

I would love to see an animated Hulk Wars after the the Hulk Planet animation. It seems Marvel movies are aiming to that point,but a cross between Superman and Hulk,,, not likely. But awesome it happened in the comics.

Ben 12 months ago

I think this question has been answered in there respective universe. Doomsday, who is merely DC's version of the Hulk killed Superman. Gladiator who is Marvel's version of Superman was neaarly killed by the Hulk. In both scenarios the outcome was the same.

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seigfried23 15 months ago

As usual, great analysis by Mr. cperuzzi. Frankly, Superman and Hulk aren't even in the same category; a better match-up would be Wonder Woman vs Hulk.

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cperuzzi 15 months ago from Freehold, NJ

The Sun is a minor power source?!! In what universe?

Realistically, the Sun gives off enough radiation than a million atomic bombs. WE KNOW THIS. Bruce Banner git his power from ONE gamma bomb. The Hulk sucks up rads (if the storyline for Future Imperfect is right). We also know that a more powerful version of the Hulk can't withstand the force of the same gamma bomb that created him. Superman can go into the actual sun and withstand it.

Ergo Superman is the more powerful.

Dr. Jules Noone 15 months ago

OK kids, here is supey's biggest weakness ... THE SUN! He gets his power from the sun, so his power is limited since the sun doesn't produce infinite energy. In the universe it is, in fact, a very minor power source. Also, much is made of his super speed even to the point that it has been described as near light speed. Well, for those of you that slept through physics class nothing can be accelerated to the speed of light because as you increase speed you increase mass requiring ever increasing levels of energy to continue the acceleration. At light speed mass would become infinite requiring infinite energy. That is to say there isn't enough energy IN THE UNIVERSE to accomplish this. Now this is fiction so you want to make near light speed possible for supey, OK, I'm with you, but where will the energy come from? Are you saying our sun is also a relic from krypton and has super enegizing powers? That is a bit much. Sure superman has all theseABILITIES, but he can't fully use them. He is like an indie car with a drop of fuel in the tank. He hardly gets going before he runs out of gas. POTENTIAL counts for nothing. He is severely limited by the amount of energy produced by the the and the rate at which it is produced. If somehow he can "suck" it out at the level and rate he needs (would require a here-to-fore unknown power) he would quickly exhaust the sun's energy and we would all be in a jam. Nope, I'm afraid this limiting factor would prevent supey from powering up to his full potential and thus he would ev3ntually fall to the green meanie himself.

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AshishNath 15 months ago from Pune ,India

Superman still has an edge over hulk in terms of mind control.Hulk's rage might seem devastating for himself to control his mental abilities.

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integrater 16 months ago

Superman is no match for an angry Hulk . The problem for Superman is the more he pummels Hulk the more angry Hulk will become and inturn stronger will he get(a vicious cycle from Supermans point of view)until superman won't have a place to hide .

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Concom 16 months ago

Baseline strength is probably pretty similar. No one can get as strong as Hulk can, however. Heck, even DC's writers in an issue of Wizard (following the Marvel vs. DC thing in the 90's) said Hulk is stronger than Superman. He just has less other abilities.

People downplay the WWH vs. Juggernaut thing, citing that he used Juggernaut's own momentum against him.

Yup. Pretty easy to outsmart the guy, I guess. Remember, he said, "I don't have all day," before flinging him on by. Hulk wasn't even raging at the time, but Juggs wasn't budging him.

Hulk has stopped a full-on charge with a single punch, destroyed a meteor twice the size of the earth, and held up a 150 billion ton mountain while the rest of the Marvel universe contemplated escaping the Beyonder. A being of unlimited power, mind you, who declared that Hulk's "...strength knows no limits."

No limits = unstoppable.

Hulk is stronger if he needs to be. More often than not, however, he just wants to be left alone.

The writers have guys win or lose based on story plot. Nothing else.

Hulk is, and always will be the strongest there is.

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Taranwanderer 16 months ago Author

Awesome! Glad you liked it. This was one of my favorite hubs to write, as Superman vs. Hulk has always fascinated me. I intend to add to it and maybe make two more with Superman vs Thor and then Goku. Stay tuned!!!

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GetitScene 16 months ago from The High Seas

Best article I've read on this topic and I have several friends who work at comic book stores and make their living as comic book artists so I've heard this debate a LOT!

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cperuzzi 17 months ago from Freehold, NJ

I thought I'd weigh in on this because it's a debate that has gone on forever.

Superman versus the Hulk... sigh. There are obviously many factors involved in predicting who could beat whom. I believe in the end, Superman would probably have it on strategy... eventually.

Unlike what was written earlier the World War Hulk version of the Hulk is not the strongest the Hulk has been. Should you go to issue #300 of the Hulk you'd find that the strongest version of the Hulk was when Doctor Strange completely subdued Bruce Banner's aspect of the character - removing every bit of his humanity. This meant there was nothing holding the Hulk back. Every version of the Hulk had Banner somehow holding him back as if to say "that's just too far".

This version of the Hulk cracked adamantium.

Would this version of the Hulk be able to beat Superman... possibly. But everything needs to eat or sleep eventually (except Superman perhaps).

If we are going to amp up everyone, we need to acknowledge that a fully solar charged Superman (because essentially he's just a living yellow sun solar battery) is pretty much unbeatable. Why? He could move a planet.

A planet. A whole f#$%king planet. Don't believe me? Read Our World's At War. That's the climax. Superman jumps into the sun and oversaturates himself on solar radiation and uses that power to move the Warworld into a temporal boom tube.

Do you want to know what Superman's real weakness is? It's not kryptonite or magic. It's his code against killing. He would sooner blast the Hulk into the Phantom Zone rather than kill him. The Hulk in the meantime really has no hard and fast rule on killing - it's more of a guideline. Should Superman wave that rule and fuel himself with solar radiation, we can assume he'd probably chose the smart route and do something to greenskin FROM SPACE.

The Hulk at his strongest and maddest isn't thinking too soundly or rationally. Do you think he'd make any mistakes? I think he would. I think he'd eventually tire.

There are legitimate arguments on the Hulk's near invincibility. He certainly has been (or could be as what I'd list as a story by Peter David about him being the last survivor on Earth). He doesn't die and like Prometheus turns into the Hulk nightly only to have his flesh torn off him by insects. His flesh regrows every night.

The Hulk has been defeated in the past by characters like the Abomination and other gamma powered Juggernaughts (like the Juggernaught). Superman certainly has the battle experience and he definitely has the smarts. His only obstacle is his morality.

James Kaan 19 months ago

Superman vs Hulk: Hulk wins always.

Superman Prime One Million vs World Breaker Hulk: The World Breaker wins always.

Superman is too weak for the Hulk. Thats fact. But i like both.

Jack S. 19 months ago

"Hulk is stronger and has the higher durability than Superman.

Hulk's reaction is fast enough for Quicksilver and Superman is laughable slower than Quicksilver. Quicksilver and Flash are the fastest Superheroes.

Hulk's strength, durability, etc. is limitless, and Hulk's healing factor is (probably) the best from Marvel (higher than Wolferine). Hulk is literally indestructible."


The World War Hulk is too powerful. Mismatch.

ioda 19 months ago

super man can have the greatest number of skills.

more numca he will be so cool when hulk

ioda 19 months ago

super homen pode ter o maior numero de habilidades.

mais ele numca será tão legal quando hulk

Lincoln 20 months ago

Hulk is stronger and has the higher durability than Superman.

Hulk reaction is fast enough for Quicksilver and Superman is laughable slower than Quicksilver. Quicksilver and Flash are the fastest Superheroes.

Hulk strength, durability, etc. is limitless, and Hulks healing factor is (probably) the best from Marvel (higher than Wolferine). Hulk is literally indestructible.

Superman is strong, but Hulk is stronger.

And there can be only one: The incredible Hulk!

Hulk wins after a good fight.

End of story.

Jaynes 2 years ago

I'm just restating the common knowledge. Hulk gets stronger the angrier he gets. It's my personal belief that there is no limit to anger. I'm not a comic buff like most of you but I do know that most of the examples given are of their strength/power at maximum, however both superman and hulk hold back to prevent massive destruction of life as we know it.

I think at first it would be a fantastic fight with superman winning, but I see that no one has stated that as a hero, superman does everything he possibly can to prevent casualties. Hulk being the "monster" that he is doesn't care about that nearly as much. I see him using the indangerment of human life as a means to distract superman while he gains the upper hand.

And it is my belief that superman has a higher chance of dying then hulk based on comics/movies that I have seen. So the fight would ultimately be a long battle that would last probably a month or so but I believe that hulk would win based on endurance and the ability to cross moral lines that superman simply could not. Of coarse any number of factors would have to come into play for anyone to be called a "winner"

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seigfried23 2 years ago

Yes, Mr. Kelsey I bet Hulk also gets heat vision and freeze-breath if he gets angry enough lol. This is getting ridiculous...

Dexter Kelsey 2 years ago

I have to go for hulk hands on the ground. Has anyone ever thought about the fact that when hulk gets stronger by way of Anger timeframes, everything ICLUDING LEG MUSCLE increases as well? At base, he is able to "run at eye blurring speeds..." stated by Marvel Database. So, knowing this it is therefore inferred that hulk can become just as fast as superman, if not faster.

Truth 2 years ago

Superman (not prime) but the one we al know and love

-is much much much smarter than dr banner himself let alone the hulk.

-xample of his feats is when he blew the earth a few miles away from its current orbit by just u know blowing ciggaret smoke so that an space android eould not hit the earth. Why go stop it when he can just blow stuff away lol and im pretty sure hulk is not heavier thsn the earth it self

Arsenal 2 years ago

The Hulk's feats:

Catching and supporting a collapsing 150 billion ton mountain range using barely any leverage. (Marvel Heroes Secret Wars #4)

Tearing through a bunker designed to resist the explosion of a multi-kilo-ton weapon. (Incredible Hulk #177)

Matching the Super-Adaptoid, who had acquired strength and durability of over a hundred heroes like Iron Man and the Vision. (Incredible Hulk #469)

Closing the door of a nuclear core that the combined efforts of Thor and the Thing couldn't budge. (Iron Man Vol 2 #6)

Redirected Gladiator's beams back to his eyes, instantly knocking him out. The blasts were said to be hotter than the sun. (Incredible Hulk Annual 1997)

Matching two Avengers teams during a prolonged period of time even though the Hulk was gradually weaker due to a physical separation from Banner (Incredible Hulk #321-322)

Unleashing intense gamma energy shock waves from his body, Hulk almost destroyed the entire East Coast with a single footstep, while also threatening to destroy the entire planet... and even then he was revealed to be greatly holding back! (World War Hulk #5)

Destroying the Crypto Man after its physical strength became superior to that of even Thor (Incredible Hulk #205)

Overpowering Thor on several occasions (Hulk: Let the Battle Begin #1, Incredible Hulk #440, Mighty Thor #385, Avengers Assemble #4)

Pushing two spheres of matter and antimatter apart (Marvel Team up Annual Two #2)

Pulling and holding the tectonic plates of a planet together, a planet that's mass and gravity far exceed that of Earth (Incredible Hulk #99)

overpowering sufficient force to change the orbit (Tales of astonish #89)

Destroying a planet and the surrounding planets/moons in the Dark Dimension, threatening the entire dimensional/universal realm (The Incredible Hulks #634-635)

Destroying an asteroid that's twice the size of Earth in a single blow (Marvel Comics Presents #52)

Applying force to the space-time structure itself to prevent the Defenders from being absorbed into a fissure (Defenders #3)

Smashing and crushing Adamantium with his bare hands (Incredible Hulk #228; Marvel Team-up Annual #2)

Overpowering and shattering Onslaught's armor, whose power and armor were equal to those of a Celestial (Onslaught: Marvel Universe #1)

Sending concussive energy through countless dimensions after clashing with Ironclad (Incredible hulk #305)

Destroying Nightmare's Realm with his sheer power alone (The Incredible Hulk #299)

Crushing the enchanted uru hammer of Nul: Breaker of Worlds with his bare hands when The Serpent/Cul and his avatars known as The Worthy were at the height of their power (Fear Itself: Hulk vs. Dracula #3)

Arsenal 2 years ago


Hulk is capable of adapting to inhospitable environments when ever it becomes necessary. There were many occasions where hulk not only survived in airless areas, but has also spoken in them. same as his healing factor, the angrier hulk gets, the faster he adapts.

Howard 2 years ago

All superman would have to do is take him to space. Hulk would have to continue to heal non stop, he breathes like a human so his lungs in space would constantly be failing. His strength wouldn't mean much if there is no gravity. Supes could keep his distance with a constant beam from his eyes on him as he struggled to heal. Drop him off on a distant sun many times larger than ours. He would have to continue to heal from being burnt up. He couldn't jump far enough to get off. Game over.

blue 2 years ago

Everyone thinks that superman is the only one who holds back but banner is always suppresses the hulk s true power because he knows that it wouldn't be beneficial for anyone

Arsenal 2 years ago

During the fight with Zeus Herald noticed that the hulk didn't even try to fight back

marvel vs dc 2 years ago

The hulk has destroyed a asteroid twice the size of the earth and has also destroyed moons so I think this would be one of superman s toughest fights ever

warlock 2 years ago

how good is the warlock is he a strong character

omar 2 years ago

superman would win easily, I really don't see the competition. hulk is marvel strongest hero but he is not at superman level. he gets stronger as he get angry and so that is no problem for faith, john the alien and wonderwoman to deal with. think about it hulk have no mental block so faith or john can enter his mind and give him an eternity elusion that he his living all his happy dreams and that will stop him from getting angry. wonderwomen could use her rope and wrap him and use the magic from it to control him and command him to calm down.

and for superman we see him fight these type of villain unlimited strength and invincibility all the time, he even fight a lot more powerful people like general zod. superman is the first hero to show you don't have to kill to win. hulk only boast strength that give way to other skills, superman boast a lot more than that with strength, speed, flight, laser and not to forget intelligence and technologies. there is only one way hulk can beat superman and is by beating him to death and lets be honest that wont happen because superman have more powers, faster and can phase through attacks and give a speedy million blows before the hulk knows it. but that aside there is way more realistic ways superman can win like:

1. punch or throw him in deep space. he cant fly so he will just drift for eternity and he must calm down and what happen when he turn back human in space he dies? if he don't he will turn back hulk and calm again and that goes on for eternity. basically he spend the rest of his life in torment. but that is uncharacteristic of him so that might not be his solution.

2. superman face a lot of invincible people one too many time and he didn't of to kill them to win. he could use his technology (the phantom zone). so he could just cast hulk in eternal hell in the zone and he will get calm. there are lot of other invincible people in there so he might be fighting eternity tho or if he get calm or not a phantom (which is a ghost) can enter him and kill him from the inside or take him over. but he has a human side so superman might try to separate the human from the hulk like doomsday in smallville but if that don't work he might not go this root cause he know a human will be suffering too and he likes human.

3. krypton his far advance technologically so he could go to joel for a way to reverse the hulk effect and if there is no way then he could just travel back in time and stop the accident that lead to this by explaining to bruce of the effects and if that don't work then he walk with his krypton tech and wipe bruce memory and destroy the machine and let him go a different root in life like a normal person.

superman is not the greatest superhero because of power, he came with the full package (super thinking and analysing, intelligence, and krypton technology). tbh sperman face a lot of people like hulk so there is nothing special about him. superman don't kill unless he of to, he is the end justify the mean type of guy and that's his definition of winning.

Ninjalo 2 years ago

I never understood how this is close? I mean it is in terms of strength, sure but in terms of power? It becomes heavily lopsided in Supes favor. Heat Vision, Freeze Breath, FTL speeds, Super-speed in combat(I've never really seen Superman go FTL in combat but its probably right below it) The Battle just seems almost one sided when you factor in all the other powers Supes has over Hulk. I'm not saying Hulk couldn't hurt Supes but I don't think he'd hurt him enough or more then Doomsday or Darkseid. Ehh, just my two cents.

sid85 2 years ago

Button Man has hit the nail on the head am a fan of both but most people who have left comments are clearly superman fans

Jerod 2 years ago

I think the article makes the setting of the sun a bigger deal for Kal than typically portrayed. For example, in the New 52, there's an issue where he is in a lab toward the center of the Earth specifically to test the effects of his removal from direct sunlight. It took him 5 days straight of lifting the weight of the entire planet Earth (simulated in some sort of unrealistic machine), to actually get to the point of needing to put forth effort and start to tire and even sweat. Granted, a fresh dose of sunlight definitely gives him a boost, but the sun setting shouldn't really be an issue.

This example is from the New 52 version. In my opinion, this is a rather weak incarnation.

jcf 2 years ago

If man of steel fights anywhere out side of earth does he have the same power with the same effect?

So how would it pan out if the where to fight on another planet with different atmosphere

Button Man 2 years ago

Superman is powered by electromagnetic radiation. Ultraviolet light has a quantum energy (upper limit) of 124eV. If you tack on infrared at 1.65eV and visible light at 3.1eV you get 128.7eV. This is the most energy Superman's cells can achieve at any given moment. The Hulk is powered by Gamma radiation which has a starting point of 1 MeV. Gamma radiation is independent of any source as it's present everywhere in the universe. If we assume Superman and the Hulk's cells absorb radiation at the same rate, the Hulk would always be stronger than Superman. By a factor of 100,000. That's assuming no cloud cover or anything else that might disrupt the sun's rays.

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Jash Jacob 2 years ago from Pune, Maharashtra

Loved it. I have wondered about a similar battle often. It was nice to read this description.

Superman I think was designed as an unbeatable hero. I think fights against him do not make a lot of sense.

ihavegotnewsocks 2 years ago

Made two mistakes on my last post, can't edit now. Supes took a million years, not centuries, and I said "than SA is the Supes for you" when I should have used "then Sa is the Supes for you."

ihavegotnewsocks 2 years ago

Superman Prime took centuries to reach that level, WB Hulk took seconds. I'll give you that Prime would beat WB, but does Superman wish to wait centuries to do it?

Also SA Supes was a DC mistake, take a look at comic sales during that era. If you want Supes to disappear into obscurity than SA is the Supes for you.

hulks 2 years ago

Think this classic hulk vs classic supes classic supes couldemt fly he wasn't very fast and his heat vision wasent grand and he didn't have ice breath either classic hulk had super healing still super strength anger limitless super jump same for classic supes and classic hulk was just savage hulk no brains needed so do research use your classics not modern

JuniorJDM 2 years ago

Superman is unbeatable. The laws of death do not apply to him. Plus... Superman's strength is unbelievable. The Hulk starts out weak and as he gets madder and stronger, he still won't be able to match Superman's strength.

kaos 2 years ago

A lot of people say hulk has unlimited strength, but same goes with superman. the more sun he gets, the stronger his abilities become. superman prime one million.

IandCWood 2 years ago

I love the Hulk, but Superman just has too many powers . Which is actually the reason I do not like Superman ( I like his personality ). I hate it when the comic writers give in to the ridiculous world-shattering power level thing. Or when they give characters a long list of powers or unlimited control of something ( like pulling apart atoms, ripping nutrients from the blood, etc. ) This stuff has ruined the comic superhero experience. I love powerhouses like Hulk, but please reign in the power a little in your fantasies.

lanee rovvito 2 years ago

I believe even the hulk would prevail, longer the fite lasted, thegreater chances superman has to lose.

ihavegotnewsocks 2 years ago

Also Hulk has something that Doomsday didn't. When he reaches world breaker level he generates omnidirectional bursts of kinetic energy. The reason they call him world breaker is because these bursts of kinetic energy are so intense they can break continents apart and destroy planets.

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zaton 2 years ago from California

In the short term, this fight goes to Superman. People always talk about how the hulk gets stronger as he gets angrier. But then, Superman also gets stronger because he can keep on increasing his superspeed with each punch, kick, action, etc. He'd be moving too fast for hulk to react, right from the beginning of the fight! In the long term, Superman still takes this fight; his energy reserves are extremely high.

Now, in the very long term, the battle shifts in Hulk's favor, in my opinion. Dude just doesn't get tired, apparently - but then, he's never faced anyone like the Kryptonian, so he may actually get tired because he doesn't have enough time to heal before Superman's next attack comes (superspeed!).

I like Hulk alot, but I really think Superman would murder him. Separate every atom from every other atom lol. And an atom of Hulk is the same as an atom of anything else, which means even he cannot regenerate from an injury like that, because he is no more.

osarumen 3 years ago

The way doomsday killed supes in the past comics, that is the way hulk will do to superman. It will even be much worse. Hulk can take everything supes dishes at him. Heat vision, after all vector blasted hulk, the blast is even more powerful than supes heat vision. Hulk took galactus blast and wasn't even hurt. Super speed. Hulks punches are fast. He has reaction speed. Sentry blitz hulk yes.the final blitz sentry did to hulk, hulk countered it. Indestructible hulk is freaking fast. Fast enough to counter hulks speed. Not saying he is faster than superman, but he will be able to touch superman even if supes is fast.

visitor 3 years ago


& if "props" were used ... Superman wearing an armored suit made from Adamantium, etc. while the Hulk was in full-body armor made from gold Kryptonite (which permanently removes a Kryptonian's powers!) & for overkill holding Thor's hammer in one hand & Excalibur in the other! Lol ... NO CONTEST :)

visitor 3 years ago

Theoretically, Hulk's power is limitless ... It really depends on who's doing the writing but of course most writers must give ways to "defeat" the Hulk. Potentially, however, the Hulk is capable of defeating gods!

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seigfried23 3 years ago

I could see that happening potentially - but it wouldn't be interesting unless it happened at the end of a long drawn-out fight

Mr. Logic 3 years ago

Why wouldn't superman just through him into space. Once he was out of the solar system he would be gone forever

randomfella 3 years ago

I think the Hulk would have a good chance on winning if it's just a straight out battle on the ground. But if I were supes, I would attempt to bring the fight out to space somewhere then supes would have a clear advantage. Since the Hulk is even slower to supes up there compared to the ground and supes doesn't have to worry about the sun setting. The only problem with that is there's no way the hulk will just let you carry him all the way up to place without smashing down on the way

Hulk is the best!! 3 years ago

What's wrong with you people? Hulk is as strong as supermann at the begining ! After 10 minutes supermann have no chance !!! Hulk can never be beaten , hulk is the most powerful superhero EVER !!!

neko 3 years ago

@mikenitty, did you know that there are many types of radiation? kryptonite radiation is unique on its own, its waves are different to say, nuclear and some other radiations known. hulk's gamma rays can be nuclear, but we already know sups just brush that off when a missile of such hit and exposed him.

mikenitty 3 years ago

Well let's take into account whenever hulk is hulk he emits gamma radiation which if I'm not mistake is also emitted by kryptonite which would weaken superman..... How would it play out then

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samsoul 3 years ago from INDIA

Wow, strength vs power, mind vs rage, very well written hub!!

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seigfried23 3 years ago

The post up above is hilarious - but it gets straight to the point lol. Superman the Man of Steel rules!

suprime kowshik 3 years ago

superman is greater than every body . hancock is also cannot defeate the superman. superman has different powers and magics . so ,vote for superman

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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

Two awesome superheros! I like them both.

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