Bane vs Iron Fist
MFST is known for its comic book battles, we’ve brought you Joker vs Penguin, Scarecrow vs The Riddler, Catwoman vs Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn vs Duela Dent, Deadpool vs Deathstroke, Wonder Woman vs Captain Marvel, Darkseid vs Thanos and the most recent battle that took place outside of our normal Marvel and DC Comics universe, Mace Windu Vs The Swamp Thing. One of today’s combatants has already made an appearance on the big screen and the other has a Netflix series that released a few days ago on the March 17th. That’s right we have The Man Who Broke The Bat, Bane and The Living Weapon, Iron Fist. Now I know what you’re asking yourself, “why not have a clash between two martial arts masters?” Well, Bane is not only a physical specimen that can enhance himself with the illustrious venom serum but he created his own form of martial arts. Before we dive into a battle of full of fist of fury, let’s get the stats on each one of today’s combatants.
Daniel Thomas Rand-K’ai’s History
There are many different types of superheroes throughout comic book history, from soldiers, monsters, mutants and those that happened upon some strange circumstances and were bestowed gifts. We typically talk about these super powered or super intelligent beings but we rarely talk about those that have mastered and achieve high levels of skill within the martial arts. One of Marvel’s best hand-to-hand combatants of K’un L’un’s acient martial art is Iron Fist a.k.a. Danny Rand. Daniel Thomas Rand-K’ai is the son of Wendell Rand-K’ai, who happened upon the mystical city of K’un-L’un as a young boy. During his time in K’un L’un, Wendell saved the life of the city’s ruler, Lord Tuan, and was adopted as Tuan’s son. However, Wendell eventually left K’un L’un and became a wealthy entrepreneur in the United States. He married socialite Heather Duncan in New York City and Daniel was born.
Danny’s story begins (Marvel premiere #15, May 1st, 1974- Roy Thomas as writer and Gil Kane as the artist) when he was nine-years old and his father Wendell took his family along with his business partner, Harold Meachum on an expedition to K’un L’un.
During the groups journey in the Himalayas, young Daniel slipped off of the path. With his rope being secured to his mother and ended up taking her over the mountain side with him. Hanging from the side of the mountain, Wendell manages to save the two by lowering Heather and Daniel to a nearby ledge, but ends up dangling over the side of he cliff himself. Turning to his partner and friend Meachum for help, but Harold decides to take this opportunity to get rid of Wendell but stepping on his hand. After Wendell falls to his death, Meachum reveals that no-one will be able to prove it, and that he is now the head of Rand-Meachum Inc. He claims that he did it all for the love of Heather, and offers to rescue the two stranded on the ledge, but leaves them there to die when Heather refuses his help. Heather and Danny find a bridge that would hopefully lead them to safety, but the one thing that stood between the remaining Rand’s and salvation was a pack of wolves. Heather sacrifices herself to the wolves to allow Daniel a chance to cross the bridge which led him to K’un L’un. Afterwards, Daniel was taken in by the hooded ruler of K’un L’un at the time Yü-Ti, when Daniel expresses his desire for vengeance, Yü-Ti apprentices him to Lei Kung, the Thunderer, who teaches him the martial arts.
Daniel proves to be the most gifted of Lei Kung’s students. Rand conditions his fists by plunging them into buckets of sand, gravel, and rock to toughen them. Ten years later at 19, Daniel is given the chance to obtain the power of the Iron Fist by fighting and defeating the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying, who guards the molten heart that had been torn from its body.
Guessing that the heart provides life energy to Shou-Lao through the dragon-shaped scar on its chest, Daniel covers the scar with his own body and hangs on until Shou-Lao collapses and dies, in the process burning a dragon tattoo into his own chest. Having killed Shou-Lao, he enters its cave and plunges his fists into a brazier containing the creature’s molten heart, emerging with the power of the Iron Fist. It is later revealed that Daniel is part of a long lineage of Iron Fists.
Within the 10 years that it took Daniel to become Iron Fist, K’un L’un reappears back on earth and dressed in the ceremonial Iron Fist garb to return to New York and avenge his father’s death and betrayal. Iron Fist arrives in New York City and after overcoming several attempts to confront his father’s killer, he finally finds Harold Meachum. After finding his target and preparing to take revenge, The Living Weapon finds that Meachum had been caught in heavy snow and his legs became frostbitten. Sitting before the Iron fist was a legless man waiting to accept his fate, overcome with pity, Iron Fist walks away. At that moment Meachum is murdered by a mysterious ninja, which his daughter Joy blames Iron Fist for the death. Eventually, Iron Fist clears his name and begins a career as a superhero, aided by his friends Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, falling in love with the latter.
Iron Fist’s history as a crime fighter is riddled with numerous accolades. It wasn’t soon after he regained his stolen powers and defeated his mentor, Leo Kung’s, son who was banished from K’un L’un, Davoes, that he had his first run in with his later partner, Luke Cage, A.K.A. Power Man. Danny was still dating Misty Knight when Luke had been blackmailed by Knight’s advisory, Bushmaster, to eliminate her in order to save his associates Claire Temple and Noah Burstein.
The Daughters of the Dragon, Colleen Wing and Misty Knight along with Iron Fist help to free Luke by defeating Bushmaster and thus forming Heroes for Hire, Inc. (Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1 #54, Dec. 10th, 1978)
Iron Fist has been achieve many feats and been about of many groups from being Daredevil for a period of time, he was apart of the New Avengers, the Reformed New Avengers, The Defenders, Immortal Weapons and Thunderbolts. Iron Fist has trained Hope Summers to defeat the Phoenix, saves K’un L’un from being destroyed by the Crane Mother and Xao. Iron Fist continues to be a very strong presence in the Marvel Universe as we see in the latest version Power Man and Iron Fist (Power Man and Iron Fist #1, Feb. 17th, 2016). With the mystic powers of Shou-Lao, The Undying and the ancient martial arts training of K’un L’un, Danny “Iron Fist” Rand, The Living Weapon is one of the most deadly men in all of Marvel continuity.
Iron Fist Abilities/Powers
As an elite martial artist the Iron Fist has overcome many obstacles. He has knocked out Colossus with one punch, he is also skilled in unique chi based techniques, such as the “Drunken style” that masks him from such things as Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense and Mister X’s telepathic reflexes. Iron Fist is one of the greatest martial artists on Earth; having held his own against Wolverine and Captain America. Rand also holds notable victories over Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), Sabretooth, Batroc, Black Dragon, Nightshade, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. He also possesses infinite ways to kill a man, such as the Black-Black Poison Touch which uses his chi to kill anyone in the close vicinity. Listed below are more of the various skills and abilities Iron Fist, The Living Weapon possesses:
- The Iron Fist (concentration of his chi in his fist)
- Healing powers
- Telepathic Mind Fusion
- Chi Augmentation
- Chi Manipulation
- Nervous System Control
- Mind Fusion
- Energy Absorption
- Energy Manipulation
- Energy Generation
- Energy Detection
- Dimensional Travel
- Heightened Awareness
- Enhanced Senses
- Enhanced Speed
- Enhanced Reflexes
- Enhanced Durability
- Enhanced Healing
- Superhuman Longevity
- Environmental Adaptation
- Magic Immunity
- Knowledge, Experiences & Skills (of all Iron Fist before him)
- Peak Human Physical Conditioning
- Master Martial Artist: (Kunlunquan, Shaolinquan, Judo, Aikido, Ninjutsu, Karate, Boxing and even loose street fighting tactics)
- Weapons Master
- Pressure point locator
- Skilled Acrobat
Bane’s origins are very similar to that of his superhero counterpart, Batman in that Bane grows up without his parents. Bane origins are established in the Batman: Vengeance of Bane Vol. 1 #1 (January 1993) and continued in the “Knightfall” story. During Batman: Vengeance of Bane, Bane’s father, Edmund Dorrance, better known as King Snake had been a revolutionary who had escaped Santa Prisca’s court system. Edmund and all of his followers were sentenced to life sentences with Peña Duro. Bane’s mother was among the followers of Edmund and was sentenced to life as well even though she was pregnant. The corrupt government of Santa Prisca decided to have Edmund’s son serve out his father’s life sentence. Bane and his mother were kept in protective custody during his early childhood until his mother inevitably wasted away from exhaustion, despair and giving up hope.
As Bane grew he quickly adapted to his environment seeing as it was the only place he had ever knew. Zombie, a fellow inmate who watch over Bane as he grew up and watch his mother slowly died, saw Bane as he learned about the brutality of murder and the harshness of life.
At 6 years old Bane refused to shed a tear or show any emotions when his mother died, he stated that his mother died because she was weak as he watch them throw her body off the cliff of the island to be fed to the sharks that surrounded the island. Bane was then removed from protective custody to be put in with the general population to fend for himself. During his first night and inmate had targeted him and planned to use but the next morning Trogg, an inmate who had killed over 20 men while serving his sentence, stepped in as Bane was being confronted. During the confrontation Bane was knock over a ledge and hitting his head.
This signified the death of Bane as a boy and started to drive him to the Bane that we know today. While he was in a coma he had a dream of his younger self talking to the man he would become telling him of his greatness and that he would be he apex of all men. During his dream the personification of what he would become not only told him he had the blood of kings and destined for greatness but the only thing that would hold him back was fear, which manifested itself as a giant bat. Exactly 1 month from his accident Bane wakes up from his coma and exacts his revenge on the inmate that had targeted him and caused him to fall. Bane killed him with a shiv before being caught by the guards, and it was at this point the warden called the child a feral beast, the bane to everything holy. It is at this time Bane tells him that he spoke to his mother and she said “the devil is stoking a special fire for you” in hell, which caught the attention of the other prisoners. The warden furious and has the guards throw him in the “hole” which was a solitary pit that opened into the ocean and flooded every night which meant he would fight for his life while other slept. Bane survived by eating rats and sea life, throughout the year he practiced escapist meditation in which he would have to survive. He created amazing worlds and travelled to exotic places to conquer his fear.
Upon finally killing the creature that haunted his dreams, the pit was finally opened and after 10 years he was free. He received a note with the word “bird” on it but it meant nothing to Bane because in all his time he had not learned how to read. After emerging from the hole, Bane discovered he Had become a legend to the other prisoners for having survived and an inmate named Bird confronted him shedding light on the note given to him once he emerged tell him he had come from Gotham but heard all about him. Bird found Bane and pledged his allegiance to him, he became obsessed with the vision of what he was to become. Over the next couple of years Bane had Bird teach him how to read, and focusing on learning as much as he could, Bane read 3 books a day until he read all the prison library had to offer and then had oils smuggled in. Bane knew there was power in knowledge so he earn as much as he could in as many different languages as he could. Bane also stuck to a rigorous training program everyday and did not sleep, he only allotted 3 hours for himself to practice his escapist meditation each night.
Bane is consistently challenged but never defeated and in his boredom ask Bird about Gotham again. He wants to know about the city and who rules it, once Bane finds out that everyone fears Batman and he runs everything, Bane makes it his goal to go to Gotham and defeat Batman. Bane thought that this was the living manifestation of his fear, the giant bat. Bane becomes anger over the fact he doesn’t have complete control over his life and goes on a killing spree, after killing 30 inmates the guards come at him with their entire force barely bringing him down. He is then used as a test subject for a new nerve toxin called “Venom” which was supposed to create the ultimate super solider. The previous 5 inmates used for the test all died horribly so they used this as the perfect opportunity to test a stronger more physically fit subject.
During experimentation while the scientist weren’t looking Zombie steals a vile of the toxin. Surviving 5 different versions of the toxin, the scientist implant machinery in Banes head that control and inject the serum directly into his brain. Zombie having watched Bane grow from a child to the legend of Peña Duro helps by studying and reverse-engineering the serum, Bane seeing an opportunity slows hit heart rate down to where it can no longer be detected to fake his death. The guards throw him over the same cliff that his mother was thrown from into the ocean and Bane is free of the prison for the first time. He kills several sharks but returns to the prison to free the men that had helped him and pledged their loyalty.
He leverages the wardens life for a helicopter to free himself, Zombie, Bird and Trogg and then they head for Gotham. Before they leave he throws the warden along with his childhood teddy bear into the ocean below for the sharks to feast on leaving his former life behind. Zombie reverse-engineers the serum and Trogg makes a new electronic device to administer the serum at will and Bird uses his connections in Gotham to set up he next phase of the plan.
Bane finally becoming who he saw in his vision sets in motion the events of the Knightfall series (Batman Knightfall: Part One The Broken Bat Vol 1 # 1, April 1993). Bane sets all the high level villains free from Arkham and this sets in motion the plan to wear down the Bat. Batman tirelessly rounds up all the villains over the course of 3 months while Bane tails him from the shadows to learn his capabilities. Once the last villain is capture Bane surprises an exhausted Batman at Wayne Manor and then defeats him by breaking his back. After this Bane is known as The Man Who Broke The Bat.
Bane has had many accomplishments but being one of Batman’s most intelligence and physically demanding villain it’s no surprise he as accomplish so much. Bane has been apart of the Suicide Squad, the League of Assassins, Secret Six, Secret Society of Super Villains. He has also worked alongside Batman, Lex Luther, Ra’s Al Ghul and many more. Bane is by far one of the baddest super villains within the DC Comics Universe.
Bane is one of Batman’s most formidable foes and has even received praise from the ever so menacing Ra’s Al Ghul. With or without his Venom serum Bane has achieved levels of human strength that not only surpass expectation but are almost inconceivable. Completely fulfilling his vision of being a “God” among men and facing his fears head on makes Bane not only a dangerous opponent by one that can rarely be stopped. Bane’s many skills and attributes are as such:
Powers (With Venom):
- Venom Usage
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Endurance
- Superhuman Healing
- Enhanced Speed
- Enhanced Reflexes
Abilities (Without Venom):
- Genius-Level Intellect
- Eidetic Memory
- Expert Hand to Hand Combatant
- Expert Strategist
- Peak of Human Physical Condition
- Peak Physical Strength
- Peak Speed
- Peak Durability
- Venom addiction and relapse (he has currently kicked this)
- Thomas Jagger, psychological fear of “the bat-demon” of his nightmares.
Iron Fist vs Bane
It is now time for what we’ve all been waiting for, Iron Fist, The Living Weapon vs Bane, The Man That Broke The Bat. These two warriors have proven themselves to be among the top echelon of warriors. I see this battle taking plans in only one place, the heavenly city of K’un L’un, the home of Iron Fist.
Danny has been following a lead about a martial artist killing other masters after learning their style who was in search of K’un L’un. Landing on a year that the seventh heavenly city appears Danny knows that he has to return home. Bane in search of more power and to enhance his fighting capabilities and improve his martial art he created. He deduced that the mystic city always start to materialize on a specific day on the eve of the 10th year that it has been hidden from earth. As Danny arrives there is a trail of dead monks that have fallen to this mysterious martial arts killers. Danny’s teacher Lei-King, the Thinderer is laying motionless along with so many other great warriors. As he s checking to see if he is still alive, a giant shadow is cast over him. As he looks up he is surprised to see such a huge man able to soar through the sky and land as noble as this one. It’s been a while since Danny has seen a warrior of that caliber, it momentarily takes him back to his first encounter with Luke Cage.
The giant says “I am known as the man that broke the Bat and now I have come to take the dragon’s heart.” Anger runs across Danny’s face as Bane continues, “You friends here tell me that you have already taken the dragon’s heart in your hands, so now I must take yours in mine. I will become the Bane of your existence.” Danny stands up as he looks at his fist and responds, “For years I wondered if I was worth of this power, but the things you have done here today,on this sacred land has given me clarity. I am Danny Rand, the Iron Fist, The Living Weapon. And if you want to take the dragons heart and my life I welcome you to try! K’un L’un is my home and mine to protect, you will not leave the same way you way you entered.”
Bane charges Iron Fist but stops right before he is in range and throws dirt in his eyes, Iron Fist momentarily surprised loses sight of Bane. Bane executes a jab-cross combination but Iron Fist senses his chi and parties the punches and answers with a spinning heel kick but right before it hits Bane, he catches his ankle. Bane grins and Iron Fist grinds his teeth in disappointment, Iron Fist flips and kicks Banes wrist with his free foot to escape. As he lands to face his opponent, Bane takes a deep breath and changes his stance, the two warriors stand still as they look for an opening. As the sweat drops from their brows the two launch themselves forward for a furious exchange.
From all the information gathered I have to side with Iron Fist in the battle of martial artist, Bane not only has a genius-level intellect and is at the peak of human physical condition but I feel that Bane’s healing factor isn’t as great as Iron Fist’s, I don’t think he can withstand pressure point strikes, mind fusion, hypnotism, chi manipulation or the Iron Fist itself for to long. Even though Bane can bypass pain with or without Venom other than that he is jut a the peak of human ability. Bane has been beat by humans before, in Knightfall after defeating Batman he was defeated by Batman’s stand in (Azrael). Iron Fist could easily manipulate the flow of Bane’s chi enough to throw off his rhythm and timing to defeat him, or he could pierce his pressure points while using the Iron Fists, he could also use Mind Fusion to anticipate Bane’s movements to beat him. Not counting Bane completely out because I had Bane as my winner in the beginning but Iron Fist would have to use his special/specific Iron Fist skills to beat Bane. Both men with or without their aides are formidable hand to hand combatants, I think both warriors are skilled strategist with Bane having the edge. Both men have reached the pinnacle of peak human performance, both are well versed in multiple fighting arts, both have an ability to heal, they possess superhuman speed, reflexes, durability, strength and more but Iron Fist still has abilities he hasn’t unlocked yet or knows about. I wish I could base this fight off of their overall potential but even still Iron Fist has specific abilities that would help him bypass Bane’s Venom abilities and natural skills. We can’t forget that Bane not only has Venom, his intellect, the edge in strategy and an eidetic memory and is still beat not only by Batman but other villains as well. If Bane could be flawless with his memory, strategy and usage of Venom he could win but he has to many loses to average people for me to say he can beat a trained martial arts living Weapon. I give the win to Iron Fist.
After reviewing all the facts and some of the feats of these to martial arts masters do you agree with my choice of Iron Fist winning or do you think that Bane should be the winner. Pick one in the poll below and leave a comment, I love to hear what you think and to respond back to comments. Also you can purchase a shirt to support your choice, team Iron Fist or team Bane.
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To become a master check out these comics to learn more:
- Marvel Premiere #15, published May 1st, 1974 created by Roy Thomas (writer) and Gil Kane (artist)
- Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1 #50, published Apr. 1st, 1978 created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
- Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1 #54, published Dec. 10th, 1978 created by Ed Hannigan, Keith Pollard and Lee Elias
- Immortal Iron Fist #1, published Nov. 29th, 2006 created by Matt Fraction
- Power Man and Iron Fist #1, published Feb. 17th, 2016 created by David F. Walker
- Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, published Jan. 1993 created by
- Batman Knightfall Vol. 1 #1, published April 1993 created by Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, Alan Grant and Dennis O’Neil
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