Thanks for tuning in, and playing in the first ever Time Warp March Madness Bracket! This is the middle installment in our series of articles that are designed to give you some insight into how your bracket will be scored. Click here for part I and here for part II. We hope as always that you had as much fun filling out your brackets as we did determining the winners. Remember, this is all for fun, if you see match up you disagree with, feel free to let us know! The bracket is set and the rulings are complete, but we would love to hear the case you can make for your favorite characters! Without Further adieu, our Final Four!
- Thor v Flash
- The God of Thunder versus the Man of Lightning. This was a tough one, and if it were between any other Thor, and any other Flash, it may have gone another way. Thor’s natural connection to lightning will allow her ample warning to get airborne and evade Flash’s initial charge. She would immediately light up the battlefield with a lightning storm fierce enough to give Wally a run for his money. Whereas the Odinson would cast a few big lightning bolts, Jane Foster unleashes a miles wide barrage of chain-lightning. Fresh from his stint between dimensions, Wally won’t have the footing to avoid both the lightning AND Mjolnir, which will zip along to find him.
- Dr. Strange v Ghost Rider
- Unlike any of Ghost Rider’s previous opponents, Dr. Strange has some experience with Riders. While never formally foes, Strange has crossed paths with previous Ghost Riders, Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch, countless times. Dr. Strange would certainly have a contingency plan or two in place to deal with riders. Robbie Reyes isn’t bound by Zarathos like most of the riders in the past, and therefore has more control over his powers, but that shouldn’t be a problem for Strange, who regularly beats characters on Zarathos’s power level. Ghost Rider will probably get through most of Strange’s defensive wards and shields, but in the last minute, Strange pieces together a banishment spell, separating Robbie from the Rider and taking the win.
- Black Panther v Hawkman
- While Hawkman will have an aerial advantage over Black Panther, he’ll have to come in close to do any real damage. Between Panther using the environment to his advantage and his Vibranium armor, he should be able to survive Hawkman’s first assault. In doing so, he will undoubtedly figure out that Hawkman’s wings aren’t organic, merely attached by straps. As Hawkman makes his next pass, Panther will be ready with Kimono Cards to cut the straps of Hawkman’s harness, changing Hawkman’s Dive bomb attack to a Dirt bomb. Panther will seize the opportunity to leap into action, pouncing with a volley of fists and claws.
- Squirrel Girl v Captain America
- This fight can go any number of ways, but Sam Wilson wins them all. In a diplomatic gesture, Squirrel girl may forfeit the match to Cap, out of respect for the Shield. If they were to actually fight, Squirrel Girl’s control over squirrels is no match Captain America’s control over birds, and Cap can certainly best Doreen in hand to hand combat. The battle may not even come to pass, if Cap were to telepathically have Redwing pick up SG’s sidekick Tippy Toe, and fly her high above the city until Squirrel Girl concedes the match.