Occassionally CM comes off looking stronger, such as when Eclipso Supes charges in flying to punch CM and he catches his fist and stops him dead in his tracks. Jelly uses a similar scene in JLAvengers to say Supes is clearly stronger than Thor, but likes to ignore the implications in the Supes/CM fight.
The right answer is option #1. Jelly is still living in 2003
Actually, I already addressed this, and NO, by this showings, Superman clearly came off as stronger, as not only did he manhandle Cap with relative ease by opunching him across a continent, but Cap needed to use a magick lightning in order to catch Superman's punch--since of course he couldn't do it with strength alone.
And no, catching someone's fist
by surrounding your hand with energy that disrupts the persons durability isn't the same as Catching a Magick War hammer
that is surrounded with energy that disrupts your invulnerability while flat on your back with zero leverage.
While we're at it, Cap got handled by Thor, while Superman made him eat dirt.
Sorry, but Cap's magickal nature means that Superman is that much mroe powerful and formidable in order to match and defeat him. '
Option #1 is a blatantly misleading red herring. Being 'virtual equals' and 'having no significant strength advantage' are two separate things with a large range in between them. Thor is clearly stronger than Wonder Man but he isn't significantly stronger.
I'm living in 2009, son. Superman still stalemates above top tier Pre-Crisis Kryptonians, has been consistently portrayed as being able to match and/or dominate Darkseid, who is well above Cap's "base-Superman"-level strength.