Superman is one of the most powerful characters in the DC universe. And the same goes for Thor in the Marvel universe. But some threats are just too big for the two of them to handle alone, so they call in their teammates on the Justice League and the Avengers respectively. But what happens when there’s a threat too big for those teams to handle?
Fans love to debate which of the two teams would win in a fight, but an excellent question not often asked is what threats are big enough that require the might of both teams to defeat? Here now is a look at 10 villains the Justice League and the Avengers need to team-up against to take down.
10 Ra’s Al Ghul
Yes, while Ra’s al Ghul is a formidable villain, he’s also a villain that Batman can generally handle on his own, so in theory the Justice League wouldn’t be needed, let alone the Avengers. Except for that time Ra’s took out the Justice League all by himself!
In the famous JLA story Tower of Babel, Ra’s steals Batman’s files on how to take out his fellow heroes should the need ever arise, and puts the plans in motion to deadly effect. Were the Avengers to come in from their universe, Batman would have no files on them and they’d be free to put a stop to Ra’s al Ghul’s plans in the absence of the Justice League.
After gaining the Power Cosmic, Korvac defeated the combined forces of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy during The Korvac Saga. Suffice to say, any extra help would definitely come in handy!
While the League’s might would be especially welcome against Korvac, Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth may be most effective against him, as Korvac only wanted to be a help to mankind. Her Lasso could reveal his benevolent intentions and save a lot of bloodshed.
During Crisis On Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor took on not only the Justice League but the entire DC universe – and won. The Avengers would definitely come in handy here – but would even they be enough?
With the full power of the entire who’s who of Avengers, from stalwarts like Thor and Iron Man to occasional members like the Hulk and Doctor Strange (who would be particularly useful along with regular member the Scarlet Witch), the Avengers and the Justice League may just be able to prevent another Crisis should the Anti-Monitor get any ideas.
7 The Brothers
The unnamed Brothers were the driving force behind the DC Versus Marvel Comics/Marvel Comics Versus DC crossover. The Brothers were the personifications of the Marvel and DC universes, respectively, and were god-like in their abilities. When they learned of each other’s existence, they pitted the superheroes from their worlds against each other in a series of battles, with the losing universe ceasing to exist.
At the end of the crossover, the brothers respected each other after seeing the good of the other’s universe. But were they to attempt war against each other in the future, or worse yet team up to declare war on the Multiverse, the Justice League and the Avengers would be well versed on how to combine their powers and stop the Brothers.
6 Krona & The Grandmaster
This may seem like an odd pairing, but these two villains were the villains during the JLA/Avengers crossover, so it’s only fitting that they make an appearance here.
It’s unfair to paint Grandmaster as a villain in that story as he only wagered with Krona to save his universe, but he is known for partaking in high-stakes games of skills and chance where the fates of entire worlds could be at risk. If Krona has something the Grandmaster wants, Grandmaster will find a way to work with Krona to get it, with no concern for collateral damage. But having worked together against Krona before, the Avengers and the Justice League will be there to ensure neither universe is harmed in their wager.
5 Thanos With The Infinity Gauntlet
On his own, Thanos is one of the most powerful villains of the Marvel universe. But the Avengers have taken him on before and come out on top. If Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, though, then it’s all hands on deck!
With the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos becomes the single most powerful being in the Marvel universe. If the fight takes place in the Marvel universe, or one of the universes that Marvel and DC share, then even the Justice League wouldn’t make much of a difference. However, the Avengers/JLA crossover established that the Gauntlet has no power in the DC universe, so if the Avengers and the Justice League can find a way to take the fight to the DC universe then they’ll be able to come out on top.
4 Imperiex Prime
Imperiex Prime was such a huge threat to the DC universe that even with virtually every superhero teaming against him they still needed to use Doomsday against him – and Imperiex Prime vaporized him with a single shot.
The Avengers would come in very handy in attempting to stop Imperiex Prime, as they could combine with the Justice League to slow down Imperiex Prime and allow time for powerful magic users like the Scarlet Witch and Zatanna to find a way to win the day.
3 God Emperor Doom
In the events leading up to Secret Wars, Doctor Doom used the Molecule Man to destroy and harness the power of the Beyonder, making himself God Emperor Doom and the ruler of the makeshift Battleworld – at the expense of thousands of other universes.
Coming from their universe, the Justice League would be free of the influence of Doom and see him for the tyrant he is, while freeing the Avengers from his influence in the process so they can join them in taking down the makeshift God Emperor.
2 Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan is the only superpowered individual in the world of Watchmen as well as one of the most powerful individuals in all of comics. In fact, Dr. Manhattan is so powerful that he created the New 52 universe out of intellectual curiosity.
During Doomsday Clock, Dr. Manhattan took on many of DC’s most powerful heroes – including Firestorm, Green Lantern, and Supergirl – and managed to take them out with little effort. The energy given off by the Avengers as result of the different universe they hail from might just catch Dr. Manhattan’s attention enough to cause a distraction that those with the power to alter reality may be able to take advantage of.
1 Darkseid & Dark Phoenix
Darkseid is one of the most powerful villains in the DC universe, but he’s been taken down by the Justice League before. And the Phoenix is a major force in the Marvel universe, but the Avengers have dealt with it before. But if they combine forces, as they did during The Uncanny X-Men And The New Teen Titans crossover, then look out!
During the crossover, Robin actually wanted to alert every single superhero of the threat. If anything calls for the combined forces of the Justice League and the Avengers, it’s definitely Darkseid and Dark Phoenix.
The Avengers and the Justice League would need a lot of backup just take on these particular villains