This is the first article in our #HydraRising community crossover event. You can find many articles, videos, podcasts, and more centered on the new The Rise of Red Skull expansion from many different Marvel Champions content creators by searching #HydraRising on Twitter, Facebook, Discord, etc. For I Rebel's part, we will be publishing an article comparing the two heroes that come in The Rise of Red Skull, a Why? article on the Hydra theme of the campaign expansion, and a Rankings article on the included scenarios that will mostly focus on the standalone experience of those villains. For commentary on the expansion and campaign itself, and all other released product for the game, please check out our Marvel Champions Expansion Guide.
I think these two heroes occupy similar spaces in the current catalog of Marvel Champions heroes, and so it should be interesting to compare and contrast them to find out if one is better than the other or, more likely, identify the situations in which each should be favored. I'll give my thoughts in a "tale of the tape" style, meaning we'll look at each hero's stats, printed abilities, signature cards, and any other miscellaneous considerations and decide which hero has the advantage in each category. Then determine an overall winner. I'll also speculate about what kinds of future cards could tip the scales in one direction or the other. Let's get into it, starting with the hero's basic stats.