Joker is one of the greatest villains ever created in superhero media. The Clown Prince of Crime who is often portrayed as the archenemy of Batman has a large contribution to the popularity of DC. Additionally, his iconic representation in the movies and shows by Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Heath Ledger, and Joaquin Phoenix has also played an active role in his fame.
The late Heath Ledger gifted us a memorable representation of the villain that will be known for decades. However, it doesn’t look like the fans of DC’s rival would agree to the point. According to the Marvel fans, Joker would not be able to survive in Marvel as long as he did in the DC.
If the fans are to be believed, then Batman’s archenemy would be having a hard time in the Marvel Universe. With superheroes like Punisher, Moon Knight, and many more dangerous names, his psychological tricks would not work much in the world of Captain America and Daredevil.
What it would be like to have Joker in Marvel?
Heath Ledger gave a terrific performance as the sadistic psychopath in The Dark Knight and it had the fans convinced that he was the peak of supervillains. It can’t be denied that he topped every supervillain in any superhero universe. However, the Marvel fans have an entirely different perspective to it.
In the latest tweet, an ardent fan has claimed that the Joker wouldn’t last longer in Marvel than DC because the former is more cynical. According to @GunnerDobbins, Marvel boasts of a lot more superheroes who wouldn’t think twice before killing the Joker, unlike Batman who has a strict no-kill rule.
Honestly: Joker wouldn’t last long in Marvel. Not only because NY is the superhero capital of the world, but Marvel (while still hopeful) is a lot more cynical than DC, and a lot more heroes are willing to pull the kill trigger https://t.co/oU5xYbqspf
— Gunner Dobbins (2nd Invincible Era) (@GunnerDobbins) December 6, 2023
It must be noted that the MCU has largely inclined towards the safer side till now. However, the same can’t be said for Marvel Comics which boasts of characters like Moon Knight, Punisher, and Wolverine who wouldn’t mind ending the Clown Prince of Crime once and for all. In a crossover comic event, Frank Castle aka Punisher even almost killed the Joker before Batman intervened.
The fans don’t think Joker’s tricks would work in the Marvel
It can be observed that, unlike other supervillains, Joker operates more on psychological space. He is someone who loves to watch the world burn. He isn’t afraid of death but wants to create chaos on Earth and see how the greatest superheroes lose their humanity. However, there aren’t many heroes on Marvel who have the NO-KILLING rule like Batman.
While Joker can pick Daredevil and Spider-Man as they abide by moral codes to a large extent still it would be difficult for him to survive for long. Many fans have also pointed out that not only the heroes but the villains might also be able to successfully hunt him. So it doesn’t look like many fans side with him in this ‘What If?’ situation. Take a look at some tweets collected by us:
The whole “Batman won’t kill the Joker and Joker keeps getting out of prison” is a fantasy that DC only does because Joker is their best villain and would screw them over if he was one and done.
— literally who 🍥🎀 (@patjones924) December 7, 2023
Joker might not even get taken out by a hero. I don’t think Wilson Fisk or Silvermane would tolerate him for very long
— TheOther1 (@TheRealOther1) December 7, 2023
joker when the guy that looks like batman but in shiny white is having a bad week:
— rushi (@abrownpanther) December 7, 2023
There’s a very limited selection of Marvel Heroes who 1: would be threatened by Joker and 2: wouldn’t just kill him lol
— Raptor Man (@BleachedRaptor2) December 6, 2023
Joker appears in the Marvel Universe and Frank Castle is digging his grave within 15 minutes.
— Justin Potter (@Real_JNPotter) December 7, 2023
There are uncountable fans who don’t think the Joker would stand any chance against the Marvel Universe. However, it will be still a matter of debate as the Clown Prince of Crime’s psychological tricks are unpredictable as well.
With the direction MCU’s heading right now, we might soon get to watch this feeling of dread in live-action as well. The upcoming Deadpool 3 and Echo series would also be set around a mature and bloody setup. It is rumored that we will also get many more R-rated and TV-MA projects in the MCU which will accurately depict how the heroes operate in the comics.