World War Hulk may be a bit of a pull. Hulk was the protagonist so of course he had plot armor and the plot itself was altering details to go in his favor, such as the Ghost Rider deeming the Illuminati guilty of mass murder even though his ability to see sins should have clued him in that Miek was responsible for it.
Plus, after absorbing Helas power, Darwin gained more control over his power, enough to gain powers in a more proactive matter. He was even able to develop a power that let him disable Werewolf by Night using some form of bio electric control. SInce Most of Apocalypse's powers are mostly from technology, I figured Dar could have developed something similar.
Apocalypse has full control over his own biology and extremely powerful psionic powers, he dwarfs Darwin in any possible way. Darwin has never been able to stop a truly powerful opponent on his own except that time with Hela and that's definitely PIS or ridiculous plot armor, if you like it better, to have the story go down the way the writer wanted