There seems to be an ongoing comparison between Marvel’s two super hero teams. The X-Men are a team of super powered mutants and the Avengers are considered Earth’s mightiest heroes. The comparisons between the two teams are increasing due to the rival film franchises. X-Men are trademarked by Fox and the Avengers are trademarked by Marvel Studios.
Not all of the characters from the Avengers have a comparing member of the X-Men because both teams have some very unique members that compare with no one. Here are some basic comparisons between the X-Men and the members of the Avengers.
Storm and Thor
Storm is a mutant with the ability to control the weather. Her powers allow her to manipulate all types of weather and create storms of various kinds such as wind storms, snow or ice storms and thunderstorms. She can also cast bolts of lightning at targets. Thor is called the god of Thunder. With his mystical hammer, he has the ability to cast bolts of lightning. Thor was able to destroy multiple targets with massive bolts of lightning in the Avengers film.
Cyclops and Iron Man
Cyclops has been the leader of the X-Men for many years. Cyclops was named after the single eyes Greek mythical creature due to the visor that covered his eyes. Cyclops had the power of optic blasts that projected from his eyes. These blasts carried a powerful concussive force. Iron Man has the ability to fire a similar type of concussion blast called a Repulsor Rays. These blasts of energy can be fired from the gauntlets on his armor.
Ms. Marvel and Rogue
Ms. Marvel is not yet part of the Avengers film franchise but is a large part of the comic version. Ms. Marvel has the ability to project blasts of concussive force from her hands. Ms. Marvel gain superhuman strength, endurance, invulnerability and flight when her cells were merged with Kree ionic energy. Rogue has the ability to absorb the powers of other superhuman being. The affects are usually temporary and only happens with skin to skin touch. Rogue had a prolonged touch with Ms. Marvel and stole her powers on a permanent basis. Rogue gained a part of those abilities and used them as her own powers.
Hulk and Beast
Beast had the powers of ape-like strength and agility. Beast would later transform into a more beast like appearance such as blue fur, fangs and claws. The Hulk has much more strength than Beast and is invulnerable to most physical attacks. The Hulk does not retain the intellect of Bruce Banner when he transforms and the lack of intellect makes him not able to act in an appropriate manner.
While these comparisons are far from being complete, they give a picture of how the two teams match up with one another. Rumors about a head to head confrontation would be interesting in a movie but are impossible due to the trademark rights that Marvel sold to Fox Studios for the X-Men.