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Subj: Re: Midnight taking on batman
Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 at 04:56:40 pm EST (Viewed 76 times)
Reply Subj: Midnight taking on batman
Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2021 at 02:35:35 pm EST (Viewed 45 times)
Hard to say. It partly depends on which version of Midnight we're talking about. He was originally just a normal human, until he died in the mid 1970s, from a Gwen Stacy-like fall that broke his neck.
Then he was resurrected by the Kree in the late 1980s, with cyborg upgrades and flight disks that made him capable of giving the Silver Surfer some trouble (at that point, he was renamed "Midnight Sun").
In his more recent appearances from the past decade, it seems like he's human level again, since he hasn't demonstrated any superhuman stats in recent appearances, although he still has the flight disks (but seems to use them as melee weapons now, rather than for flying), and is still called Midnight Sun.
I'd probably bet on Batman to beat the original depiction, as he was ultimately defeated by Shang-Chi, and while he gave Shang a very tough fight, Shang was relatively young at the time, and later stories suggest he's improved since then.
Midnight Sun with the cyborg upgrades would surely have to be the favourite against Batman, considering that he could hold his own in hand-to-hand combat with the Silver Surfer. Shang had a very short fight with this version, and held his own, but my impression is that he would've lost had the fight continued.
I'm not entirely sure how to rate Midnight Sun based on his recent showings. Like I said, it seems like he's human level again, since he isn't obviously portrayed as having superhuman stats anymore. But I haven't yet seen any clear explanation as to what (if anything) happened to his cyborg upgrades. Shang-Chi was able to beat this version though, and it didn't seem to be as grueling a fight as his battle with the original version of Midnight.
So maybe Batman would beat that version too? I'm not sure. I need to do some more research on this character, because it seems really odd that his cyborg upgrades would just go away, without that being explicitly acknowledged anywhere. Mind you, the same thing seems to have happened with Shang-Chi's ability to create duplicates of himself. (Although I'm glad that's not a thing anymore, because I prefer Shang as a pure, human level martial artist, who relies on skill rather than powers.)
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