In addition to the Versus matchups we come up with at work (I’ll get to my next one soon….I hope), we also come up with hypothetical situations and go back and forth on our opinions on them. Like Versus, these situations involve movies/books/TV shows/comic book things that just happen to catch our attention. For example, we discussed which movie character, from a movie not set in a science fiction/comic book world, would be best suited to wear a Green Lantern ring. I personally think it would be Rocky. For sheer willpower, never-gonna-quit attitude, nobody can match the Italian Stallion.
The question I posed to them today had to do with the TV show Heroes. In the show, everyone who has powers was born with them. One of the people with powers is known only as the Haitian. He has two abilities: he can nullify the powers of others, and he can erase people’s memories.
My question was this: If the Haitian were to be transported to another comic book universe, would his nullification power work on the super-powered people there?
In the Marvel universe, I’d have to say that it would work on some of them, at least. Since the Heroes characters are all born with their powers, that basically makes them mutants. That means that it’s a safe assumption that the Haitian would be able to nullify the powers of the X-Men, or any other mutant.
What about the people who weren’t born with their powers, however? What about Spiderman, Daredevil, or the Hulk, who came by their powers through accidents? What about Juggernaut, who gets his powers from an enchanted gem? Or Doctor Strange, who works magic? Would the Haitian be able to take their powers away, as well?
Would his powers work against people in the DC universe? Superman and Martian Manhunter get their powers through their alien DNA. Would he be able to take their powers away? Or Green Lantern’s ring? Or however the hell the Flash got his powers?
Personally, I think his nullification ability would only work against mutants, or humans born with powers. If they got their powers any other way, I say he can’t strip those powers away.
What about you? What do you think?