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Subj: Re: Superman vs Thor: Comparison
Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 at 12:26:00 pm EST (Viewed 25 times)
Reply Subj: Superman vs Thor: Comparison
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 11:03:50 pm EST (Viewed 1316 times)
I think a lot of the debate here stems from how much weight we should place on statements made by others.
Reed Richards is obviously a knowledgeable guy and knows Thor very well. He has less knowledge of Superman's powers though. He said that "perhaps" Superman was the most powerful hero. How much importance should we put on that statement? Personally, I wouldn't put much importance on it. It's a general statement, and Reed was likely speaking loosely. It was hardly a scientific analysis. But you seem to give it a lot of weight, which is your prerogative.
I'm sure you can go back into the decades of history and find comments (often times conflicting) about such and such character being "the most powerful."
If you would like to place a lot of importance on what characters say, you should also examine Superman's comments after wielding Mjolnir. "Oh my Lord, the Power! Never felt so - Never would have guessed - ". That says more to me than Reed's statement.
I give a lot more importance to actual encounters. The two have fought once. In JLA vs. Avengers. And Superman won that fight. This victory implied things that most fans already knew, believed, and/or at least suspected. It showed Superman could beat Thor. If I recall correctly, Thor didn't really use his lightning, other energy projection, or more exotic powers here.
I am a Thor fan and I acknowledge that Superman could beat Thor. It doesn't mean he would beat Thor every time. 1 sample is not a trend.