These days, superheroes like to fight one another rather than their go-to nemeses. The Marvel Cinematic Universe honed in on the trend last year with Captain America: Civil War, and the blockbuster pitted the patriotic Avenger against Iron Man’s team. The DC Extended Universe also made sure to pit two of its heroes together when Batman and Superman went head-to-head before Wonder Woman knocked some sense into them. Seeing heroes fight one another gives fans a chance to root for their favorite fighter and see just how much destruction could come from the battle.
However, for plenty of fans, the in-fighting seen with the DC and Marvel Universes have an easy solution. If you want to the groups to stop fighting, give everyone a reason to take on one hero, and One-Punch Man would surely take up the job.
If you are into anime, then you have likely heard about One-Punch Man. The action show favors parodic humor as much as it does intense fight sequences, and Saitama is known as the show’s most powerful hero. The dude can literally destroy any opponent with a variety of punches. So, naturally, one artist has gone ahead and imagined what it would be like if One-Punch Man were to go against the two comic book universes.
Over on Facebook, Lee Woo Chul shared a photo called “Disaster Level” which shows Saitama fighting some major western heroes. Icons like Captain America are shown at the anime hero’s feet while Superman struggles in Saitama’s grip. Batman and Iron Man are still rearing to fight, but Saitama looks more than ready to take them down.
Of course, fans have long debated whether Saitama could actually take on the DC and Marvel Universes to no avail. The problem with One-Punch Man is that the show is meant to be over the top. The franchise parodies traditional superheroes and subvert their normal goals. Saitama was created to be the most powerful superhero ever, regardless of universe changes or retcons. However, the protagonist is not happy with his strength because it makes fighting boring.
Sorry, Spider-Man. You’re just no match for Japan’s most popular balding hero.
You can check out One-Punch Man’s synopsis from Viz Media below:
“Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!”
Manga creator ONE began One-Punch Man as a webcomic, which quickly went viral, garnering over 10 million hits. In addition to One-Punch Man, ONE writes and draws the series Mob Psycho 100 and Makai no Ossan.