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Captain America vs. Wolverine

Updated on July 20, 2012

The Sentinel of Liberty or Weapon X?

Adamantium claws raked forward as Wolverine snarled, diving an incredible cat-like lunge; the mighty Avenger countered, stepping forward with his shield, blunting the impact, and turning it aside perfect, exposing the mutant's ribcage. Captain America was already preparing his battle strategy.

The artwork in this picture is created by Greg Steeples

In the world of comic books, let's face it, we've had this conversation many-a-night; who would win between the two of Marvel's greatest heroes: The Avenger's Captain America or The X-men's Wolverine?

On one hand, we have Captain America, the patriot, with his unbreakable, star-spanning shield, physique at the peak of human evolution, and mastery of martial fighting styles; on the other, we have the wild beast, "Best at what he does", Wolverine, with his mutant healing and adamantium claws. Both heroes bring different mentalities and philosophies to the arena.

But it will be up to you, now, to judge them!

In this article, we'll compare and take opinions on the legendary match-up between Captain America and Wolverine. You'll be called on to draw upon your expert comic books, the references from years gone by, and support the superhero of your choice. So, let's get down to the nitty-gritty; who do you think would win the ultimate match-up?

Captain America in World War II
Captain America in World War II

Captain America, The USA's True Patriot

A Basic Run-Down on Captain America

Origin: Created from the era of World War II, Steve Rogers was part of an experiment with a Super-Soldier serum and Vita-Ray treatment. Thereafter, this frail young man became a perfect specimen on human acheivement. Now, his body is capable of near super-human feats and endowed olympic behavior. Accompanied with his indestructible shield, Captain America became an icon of American strength in the 40's, until he mysteriously disappeared.

Only to be revived from a frozeon block of ice, Captain America returned to become a leading member of the Superhero Group: The Avengers.

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Captain America's Powers:

Physique: Through the super-soldier process, Captain America has attained the highest strength, speed, agillity, and reflexes humanly possible. He is also immune to diseases and fatigue.

Mentality: Coupled with his physique, Cap has unshakable mental stamina and fortitude. This correlates to "American Exceptionalism"; he never gives up.

Shield: Captain America wields an unbreakable, shield he can throw. Because of his skill level, it can be ricocheted to hit multiple targets and return to him.

Training: The Captain is multiple forms of combat. He has displayed karate, judo, akido, and variants of mixed-martial arts, allowing him multiple options for taking down, or taking out, his opponent.

Leadership: Because of his experience in World War II, Captain America has attained a sound, complete understanding of mass warfare and strategy. He has also commanded and led troops in covert and invasive attacks. So skilled are his abilities, that he is (and has been), the unequivocal leader of groups such as The Invaders and The Avengers.

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Captain America: Super Soldier - Playstation 3
Captain America: Super Soldier - Playstation 3

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Wolverine Lunges
Wolverine Lunges

Wolverine, Pure 100% Mutant from Canada

A Run-Down on Weapon X

Origin: Sometimes referred to as "Logan", there have been many speculations for the beginning of this mutant formerly known as Weapon X. What we do know is that he doesn't age like a typical human, has incredible healing powers, and an adamantium skeleton (with razor sharp claws) that is unbreakable. Throughout the comic book ages, Wolverine has had an incredible draw on the public because of his beserker mentality and being the best at what he does.

Wolverine's Powers:

Healing: Woliverine's prime mutant power is his "healing factor". This ability allows him near instantaneous repair which rivals regeneration. On one occasion, his upper and lower body were separated; Wolverine managed to reconnect both and walk away.

Adamantium Skeleton: Mutants have been experimented on throughout the history of the Marvel Universe. Wolverine is no exception; his body, particularly his bones, were fused with the compound Adamantium, making them unbreakable. He is capable of surviving huge falls and devastating blows.

Claws: A side-effect of the Adamantium process, this caused Wolverine's already bone claws to be sheathed in the unbreakable metal, making them permanently razor-sharp and deadly. They are capable of slicing through titanium wall with no problem.

Animal Senses: Logan has demonstrated heightened perceptions, especially of olfactory (smell) nature. Due to this mutant ability, he becomes an exceptional tracker and hard to surprise.

Beserker Fighting Style: When in the midst of battle, Wolverine loses his sanity and flies into a "blood-driven" rage. This makes him extremely unpredictable and dangerous, to friend or foe.

Age Experience: Since Logan ages slowly, he has learned many useful skills over time (not all are known), including languages such as Japanese. He is also reported to have served in many wars, giving him an edge in mass devestation battles.

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Scenario #1: The Psychology of Captain America vs. Wolverine - How would these two fight? Who would have the upper hand?

The Psychology of Captain America and Wolverine
The Psychology of Captain America and Wolverine

The first match-up between Captain America and Wolverine would have to take place based on their psychology. Regardless if you believe one is stronger, or more effective than the other, how they think during a fight is equally important to it's conclusion.

Captain America is, notably, a level-headed planner. His fighting style -- the one that has gained him so much success throughout the ages -- is based off of advanced misdirection and perception. Therefore, Cap is the type of hero that plays on your weakness; he leads you into being over-confidant, and then springs his trap on you.

Wolverine on the other hand, is right out of the box! While he will use strategy, he constantly has to keep his beserker rage in check. The more blood flying about, the more crazy and battle-enraged he becomes. And the advantage Wolverine may have is that he becomes completely highly unpredictable in this state.

So, as we see Cap and Wolvie squaring off, the real question becomes "Can Captain America manipulate Wolverine?" And it's up to you to figure that out. Does Wolverine fall for Captain America's tricks? Can Cap push Logan into a flying uncontrollable rage?

Which superhero has the better psychology?

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Scenario #2: Possible Landscapes between Captain America and Wolverine - The battle could be affected by where they are...

Possible Landscapes for Captain America and Wolverine
Possible Landscapes for Captain America and Wolverine

In Sun Tzu's opinion, the placement of the battlefield is just as important as the number of men on the field. While Captain America and Wolverine are very versatile fighters, there's many opinions on the subject:

The Arctic Cold: Most people believe that Wolverine can outlast Captain America in an environment of extreme cold, but that's not necessarily true! As we've learned in the past, Captain America's body will go into hibernation in the deep freeze. Yet, this doesn't account for the fact that Wolverine is fairly suited for the cold; his mutant abilities seem to fight off harsh, cold temperatures.

Jungle Lands: In this example, it's the lush overgrowth that becomes the primary issue. Both heroes have a high degree of agility. Wolverine, however, has animal-like tendencies and perhaps the advantage. Captain America would have to shed some costume (and Shield???) for camouflague. Further more, Wolverine can track by scent.

Urban/City: In an urban encounter, both Cap and Wolverine are suited fighters, but Captain America is more prone to use his environment as a weapon. This is another prime example of Cap's style of movement in combat. Once again, Wolverine would be capable of tracking Captain America, but with the high buildings and the ability to sling his shield, Cap seems more mobile.

Desert: The arid Desert environment is a real good question to the hardiness of the two superheroes. Although both have heightened stamina, theories suggest Wolverine would outlast Captain America (only because of healing factor) when they both dehydrated. There's really no telling, though.

Scenario #3: The Protracted Battle - Can Captain America outlast The Wolverine?

Wolverine slashes at Captain America
Wolverine slashes at Captain America

...Well, I'm not sure!

Most superherologists (that includes me, of course) believe Wolverine's Mutant Healing gives him the edge in this comparison. Assuming he has control over his beserker fury, one strategy he could use is to maintain the fight. After all, when you have the ability to heal all your wounds, your body is also going to remove the poisons that cause cramping and exhaustion.

Captain America has a big problem in this area; although he's a super-human, he's still, technically, a homo sapien, and prone to tiring out.

Can you see a scenario where Captain America's endurance can outlast Logan's?

In the long fight, Can Captain America last as long as Wolverine?

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Obviously, there are more scenarios to come. Your job is to figure out the real question. Who wins in an all out battle: Captain America or Wolverine?

Captain America vs. Wolverine: Who wins?

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      first you can't kill wolverine and yes cap in at the pont of human potitell but wolviverine c

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I'd say wolverine, but i would like to see either the shield or claw when fighting to see which one breaks

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Wolverine

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Would be a great fight but in the ens I just cannot see a way for Cap to kill Wolverine.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Only patriotic americans would even consider cap in this match up.....but true comic fans know this isn't about popularity or national pride! Wolverine wins 'Nuff said.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I love captain america but I have to say that wolverines healing faxtor has an advantage over the captain..

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      There have been allegations like, "The weight of the metal covering wolverines bones would slow him and decrease his agility and speed. Wolverine is known for his claws and healing ability not his great strength and speed." I just have to say, as respectfully as possible, why post on something like this if you dont even know the facts? How can you say that? Wolverine isn't slowed down by his metal frame at all, seeing as he has had it for... oh... I don't know.... 200 years!! Wolverine is incredibly famous for his stregnth and speed! Its been proven that he can lift over two tons! On the issue of berserker rage, there are many people suggesting that this is a weakness and saying that if Cap can get him into his blood rage then he can out think him and plan around that. Well what I have to say to that is BS. Wolverine's Berserker Rage almost doubles both his stregnth and speed to start of with, and on the issue of tactics, Cap is used to fighting coherent opponents who hold a regard for their life. While in his rage, Wolverine has none of these characteristics, making him completely umpredictable, and thus redinging Cap's superior planning abilities completely void. That's why Wolverine would win this fight, even though Cap would make him work for it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      wolverine he is not as dumb as people think yes he has rage, but wat makes him deadly is that he can be unpredictable

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I' surprised nobody considered the fact that logan's naturally high on steroids. If his muscle tissue regenerates a hundred times fastar than normal, it also means he can train a hundred times. faster. Capt isn't supposed to be the strongest, just the best leader.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolverine already beat Captain America in canon story during the House of M arc. Wolverine also fought Captain america during the (Avengers vs X-Men) canon arc and he was also winning and even removes his shield from Capt, but the Capt is saved by Giant Man who sucker punch Wolverine and then he's drop from the plane. Even Marvel already recognizes that Captain america can't beat Wolverine in a straight prolonged fight.

      The best Captain can do against Wolverine is hold him off until somebody rescue him, or be left unconscious after fight because Wolverine respects the Captain and won't finish him off.

      Only fan boys of Captain America think that he has a chance of winning, and probably never read the comics or even the arcs where these two fought. In the Avengers vs X-Men arc he even knew that he couldn't beat Wolverine even with the help of Giant Man which why he was forced to open the shuttle door of the plane so Wolverine would fall of the plane.

      The only shot Captain America has of beating Wolverine is with the Muramasa Blade that stops Wolverine healing factor. Even then is a big if, because Wolverine has been shown to be better hand to hand combatant than Captain America.

      Sure Captain America fanboys would dispute that, but Wolverine has learned all of the martial arts in the planet, plus has over two centuries of experience in warfare due to his long lifespan.

      /End Rant

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The weight of the metal covering wolverines bones would slow him and decrease his agility and speed.Wolverine is known for his claws and healing ability not his great strength and speed. Cap is smarter,faster,stronger and a more agile. Cap's fighting skills are legendary in the Marvel Universe plus he would know how to beat him since he fought with him in the past. In the movie Sabertooth found a way to bury him in logs and could have killed him.Anger is his weakness and could be exploited in a fight.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolve:Snikt!!! ... Slash .......

      Capt. A. : Arhhhghhh.........Down

      Result: One Hit Kill -->Wolverine Wins

      Only one Hit by Logan Cap's no more -->3 X 4inch deep cut....cap go down

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolverine would win. The Cap would tire out and can't heal like Wolverine and seriously what chance has he got against Adamantium claws? If he let his guard down for 1 second Wolverine would slash him and bye bye Cap. Same if he let go of his shield! And he can't heal like Wolverine. And as for his being able to predict moves in a fight this is Wolverine, animalistic and unpredictable.

      Seriously Wolverine would win

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolverine wins, captain Americas shield is useless since it and wolverines claws are made from the same thing wolverine would slash it to pieces

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolverine takes it. If all fails for him he goes in one of his crazy blood driven rage attacks and overwhelms cap

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      wolverine is physically stronger and, while cap has mastered many combat forms, wolverine has literally mastered virtually every form of combat known to man. He also clearly has better weaponry.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Captain America has the physical and mental attributes of peak human potential; but Wolverine has superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, senses, healing. And most of all is a master of virtually every known fighting style on earth, is a genius, and espionage, tactical trained spy, with nigh indestructible bones, and generally only allows himself to go berserk when he needs, captain has a good fight to put up, but in the end he loses, and the comics show that.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think Captain America is an unbelievable soldier. But I think that 120 years of samurai and martial arts training, the battle would go to Wolverine. If Wolverine disarmed Cap from his shield, the battle would be over.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wolverine

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Wololverine would have the upper hand because he can heal even if Cap hits him with his shield and Cap might have skill but sooner or later Wolverine is going to find out Cap's strategy and he will beat him so not even a member of The Avengers can take down the strongest mutant

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Cap will win.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I think they would be almost evenly matched, but the fight would go in Captain Americas favor due to his versatility and range, but the problem is him actually killing wolverine (because of his healing factor) I just don't see it happening. so all in all captain America is in my opinion the better fighter, but I don't know if he could kill wolverine.

      • justice_32_shields 3 years ago

        Im for Captain America all the way :)

        Wolverine may win but Im still going for Cap! :D

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        A very hard and tough battle. Both of them are extremely skilled and powered, but in the end, there's no doubt about who stand still : Cap

        Because of his indomptable will...

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I would just like to remind my fellow comic book collector's what what victor von doom doom said about captain america in issue " 12 of the secret wars and if there were one man who might overcome the odds is it not captain america ????

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I would just like to remind my fellow comic book collector's what Victor Von Doom said about captain america even when he had the power of the beyonder And if there were one man who might overcome the odd's is it not captain america ???????????????? Secrets Wars issue #12

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i think captain america not only because i am a fan but because of these statistics.

      • FloridaDino 4 years ago

        I think Captain America would win. Excellent combat experience, enhanced speed and strength, and his shield takes care of Logan's claws...plus he just out-thinks opponents.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain American wins...he's the BEST hand to hand combatant in the marvel universe! Not only that his super soldier serum not only makes him stronger but it gives him almost everlasting energy! Captain America is is a master strategiest far better change of tactics or think on your toes then wolverine!!! Caps not only a better fighter, smarter fighter but also TOUGHER hero...I'm so sick hearing ppl picking wolverine cause he's a more popular carector...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Wolverines healing factor maybe a challenge, but his blind anger would lead him to lose. Wolverine maybe a mutant with a fast healing factor and adamantium skeleton, but he doesn't have the heightened intelligence or strategic experience Captain has. Captain would exploit Wolverines biggest weakness ( blind fury ) and outlast him with cunning that, frankly, Logan does not possess.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        cap all the way.. easy win

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        with wolverines horrible fighting style he will get destroyed by a much more technical superior fighter.. cap dominates wolverine

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain America!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain America wins! He will knock him out cold, and then figure out what to do with the body.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I the end of this fight, if there actually is an end will come down to raw mentality. Both heroes will find it impossible to give up. The Cap is smarter than Wolverine and is a defensive fighter. Wolverine is just the opposite. He does not think when it comes to fighting (not saying he is stupid by any means) but he instead reacts and attacks. I think when its all said and done, the Cap will win out because of his defensive strategy. He wastes less energy than the Wolverine despite his healing powers I think he will wear himself out. Just like Ali vs Foreman. The Cap will wait until the perfect time to strike and when he does there will be nothing left in the tank for the Wolverine to stop him.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain america is much more refined than wolverine.logan mostly(not all the time)likes to go all meat and potatoes and stuff.bruce lee and cus d amato both agree that character.and attitude are key to winning battles.and the ol canuk is too orthodox sometimes...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain America Wins! He is smarter in battle and can find Wolverines weaknesses to defeat him.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        What if. Caps shield got hit by adamandiyum claws

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It was mentioned Captain America is immune to diseases and fatigue. which he is, i have a comic where wolverine teams up with captain america against the hand or some other ninjas and wolverine was in awe of how a perfect fighter capain america is, even spiderman who can lift ten tonnes has said in a recent comic book, why he was asked to fight and not one of the heavy hitters " captain america or thor"

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Captain America would, in a long and hard battle, beat Wolverine. It would be a epic battle. One of the best in history.

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          Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

          I'm not a super hero expert, but I did have to say WHAT an improvement over the original Captain America vs. Wolverine lens! I am going to get my husband to take a look since he is a comic book fan and used to collect them. Very attractive, nice looking lens that you have here! Great work!

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          Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Nice

          To be honest many people pick Captain America because well the Patriot factor. CP and W are pretty close in everything, however the edge goes to wolverine when only logic is used. His Stats are higher than CP, in almost everything.

          -CP has lower regeneration than logan, who rapidly regenerates mid fight (example fighting one on one with Hulk).

          -Steve has Peak Level Human reaction, akin to an Olympian athlete. So does Wolverine but he goes one better, he has by forge's monitor been akin to 7 Olympian athletes at peak output and a chess master(peak output). Also some of logics physical abilities are literally superhuman and go beyond peak(same for cap).

          -Logan powers adapt him overtime to his environment hence his additional abilities, such as super sense of smell, super hearing, super sight(owl and eagle like eyesight, sees low level infer red, can see in the dark like a wolf, etc) and a more would be long, however he is constantly adapting like a slower Darwin Boy.

          -Tactics, both are great but realistically Cap has been out for a long time while frozen and Well Wolverine has continued fighting and using the most modern forms of war (for along time he rarely used his claws in the past). Also Wolverine tends to misdirect opponents a lot evidence by this article to make people believe he is a brawler, he will fight like that a subtle use his opponents weakness or lead them to a weakness(environment, etc) that is how wolverine defeats the vast majority of his enemies.

          -Also People reach on the Berserker Rage has he does not go into it that often and fights a lot without it. Additionally he has gain a lot of control over it to the point it is even more rare. In a high level fight with Captain America or any other its rare for that to happen, however it is random (he can't keep his animal instincts in check forever), like I said the probability of that happening in a fight is low.

          Great fight and can go either way however without fallacy and just totally logic the fight would go to wolverine more often than not as Cap using an indestructible Shield and Wolverine body bones plus healing factors makes him virtually indestructible.

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          FloridaDino 4 years ago

          For me, rage doesn't win over reason. I love both characters, but for me Cap's discipline is the biggest factor. Logan can't just outlast him either, as Cap is enhanced. Be a tough fight, but Cap would get the win. Nice idea for a lens, like it!

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