In Marvel Comics, there are many characters who wear the “Captain” moniker. Captain Britain and Captain Marvel are however among the most powerful. If the “Captains” were to ever fight, which one would win and why?
Captain Britain would lose to Captain Marvel in most fights. However, it would still be close. Captain Marvel, in its best form, is faster and more powerful than Captain Britain. He also has greater additional powers that are based on energy absorption or projection.
Captain Marvel’s greatest weakness would be against Captain Britain. Magic is his source of power, and her head as she suffers from depression, addiction, etc. Both characters have weaknesses that each could exploit. Let’s find out what they are and compare them against one another.
Strength & Durability
There have been many versions of Captain Marvel and Captain Britain, as I mentioned. So I’m going with the most well-known versions of Captain Marvel and Captain Britain – Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) and Brian Braddock (Captain Britain), both at their highest but not enhanced powers. Braddock would be Binary with his confidence-based power up and Danvers as Binary.
Captain Britain’s powers used to depend on his location and the clothes he was wearing. Brian’s suit was an antenna and battery that allowed him to use his powers which were somewhat limited to Britain. His powers would gradually diminish if he left the UK without his suit. This has all changed recently. His powers are not derived from his suit, but from his confidence.
Captain Britain will become stronger the more confident he is about his abilities. Captain Britain can lift between 90 and 100 tons at his best. This was enough to defeat Juggernaut and the Super-Skrull.
Braddock’s durability is strong enough to withstand a punch by Juggernaut. But there is a force-field that surrounds his body that is just as strong as Captain Britain. It was strong enough to withstand even the full-powered Phoenix Force that had just knocked out Thor.
The force field will diminish if Brian loses his confidence or after repeated blows.
Carol Danvers, on the other hand is tougher than nails. It appears that Carol Danvers, the MCU version, is more powerful than the comics. However, her powers are very accurate.
Binary, Captain Marvel, can lift over 100 tons. This is as shown in Avengers Vol. 8 #2, in which she lifted the body a fallen Celestial to Earth. Danvers stood firm against Thanos.
One could also argue that Carol’s endurance is on a different level to Captain Britain. Captain Marvel can withstand tremendous amounts of force and not suffer any damage thanks to her energy absorption or channeling. This includes extreme heat, physical injury, and energy blasts.
In Ms. Marvel Vol. 2, she survived an explosion that decimated an entire world. 2 #23. Let’s just say Braddock is confident and Carol’s durability is his. She has an energy manipulation that gives her a powerful healing factor. Carol can channel energy to heal her injuries if she is hurt.
It’s not even an issue in this category. Captain Britain is durable and strong, but Captain Marvel is on a different level.
Point Captain Marvel (1:0). Captain Britain
Captain Britain and Captain Marvel can both fly and use their bodies as projectiles. Captain Marvel holds a clear advantage because of several factors.
First, Captain Britain can fly at approximately the speed of sound (770 miles per hour), or slightly higher. Carol Danvers, on the other hand can fly at light speed which is exponentially more than Captain Britain. It also has a higher impact power.
Captain Marvel can also travel through space using her base powers. Although Captain Britain can interdimensional travel, and has flown through it on occasion it’s not something he is naturally able to do as Carol Danvers. Captain Marvel is a better pilot than Captain Britain and she understands that.
Point. Captain Marvel (2:0). Captain Britain
Captain Britain is back in the game. Brian Braddock, before he was granted the Captain Britain powers by Merlyn, was a brilliant scientist, with a genius intellect and prolific in engineering and physics.
He became Captain Britain and began to explore other fields such as magic, interdimensional traveling, energy manipulation, and so forth. He is a brilliant intellectual who allows Britain to learn at a rapid pace regardless of the subject matter.
Carol Danvers, on the other hand is no fool. Because of her extensive life experience, she is exceptionally smart and prolific in many fields. She isn’t, and was never, considered a genius.
Captain Marvel is a pilot who has extensive knowledge of aerodynamics and is also multilingual. She is also an accomplished author of many books. Danvers also has extensive knowledge of the Kree’s highly-advanced technology because of her experience with them. Captain Marvel is intelligent, but not as smart as Captain Britain.
If Danvers is forced to make a decision, Braddock will beat him.
Point Captain Britain (1:2) Captain Marvel
Captain Britain is able to draw interdimensional energy, which gives him superhuman strength, endurance, speed, agility, stamina and reflexes.
Braddock is able to travel between dimensions at a variety of levels, including the Otherworld dimension. These energies can be used to refocus and amplify his senses and enable him to hear and detect sounds that are not part of the normal human spectrum.
The equipment and weaponry that Captain Britain uses are another reason for his power. Braddock, who is also known as Captain Avalon has been able to wield the Sword of Might. It is one of the most powerful weapons available on the planet and nearly as powerful than Black Knight’s Ebony Blade.
But that’s all he has. While he did have some power-ups throughout the years, they were not permanent. Braddock’s powers are comparable to Captain Marvel.
Captain Marvel is a marvel of physiology and flight. She also has an extraordinary level of cosmic awareness, the regenerative healing factor and energy manipulation. As seen in Iron Man Vol. 3, she can channel energy to heal wounds of others and manipulate matter at a molecular level. 3 #7.
Carol is an accomplished pilot and spy, a skilled combatant, and a talented journalist. She is fluent in English, Russian and Arabic. Captain Marvel is the clear winner over Captain Britain.
Point Captain Marvel (3:1) Captain Britain
Captain Britain had many weaknesses in the past due to his suit. He had to wear it to keep his power levels high. His powers now depend solely on Brian Braddock’s confidence levels. The more confident he becomes, the more powerful he will be. It’s a strength but it can also be a weakness.
Braddock’s confidence is affected by any circumstance. He becomes less likely to sustain damage. It’s difficult to take down the confidence of someone who knows that if he has it, he is almost indestructible. This alone can boost confidence.
Carol Danvers’ greatest weaknesses are, however, in her own thoughts. After going through so much, she turned to alcoholism and fell into depression. Captain Marvel #28 reveals that she may have a weakness that could be a problem for Captain Britain. It turns out that Carol is prone to magic.
Merlyn, a magician who is the source of Brian Braddock’s powers, might allow him to harness her magic to defeat Captain Marvel and exploit her weaknesses.
Point Captain Britain (2:3) Captain Marvel
Captain Britain vs. Captain Marvel: Who wins?
Captain Marvel would prevail against Captain Britain in the end. She is stronger, more durable and faster than Brian Braddock, and she has more powers that make her more dangerous than him.
Her combat skills, as well her healing abilities and energy/matter manipulation, are all superior to his. However, Captain Britain is not invincible against Carol.
First, he is smarter than her, and I’m sure he can find an intellectual way of defeating Danvers, despite his experience. Captain Marvel has weaknesses, including magic. Captain Britain’s powers come from a magical source so it would work in his favor. If he’s confident enough, Captain Britain is able to take on anyone, even Carol Danvers.
As the point score suggests, I would give Captain Marvel a three to two advantage over five fights.