Whether you are a comic book lover or just a Marvel enthusiast, Avengers: Infinity War was one of the biggest events that took place. Since this was the case, everyone wanted to know who would win in a fight between Scarlet Witch and Thanos. Now, before I jump right into it, let me say that there are many factors to take into consideration. This includes powers, strength, speed, etc., but I’ll be basing my answer solely on skill sets.
Scarlet Witch vs Thanos: Can Scarlet Witch beat Thanos?
Scarlet Witch: Biography
Scarlet Witch, formally known as Wanda Maximoff, is a powerful witch who made her first comic book appearance in the 1963 issue of Uncanny X-Men #4. She was created by a collaboration between Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. She is said to be 5’7″ and weighs 130 pounds. Scarlet Witch was originally a mutant and a member of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
She has a twin brother named Pietro Maximoff who goes by the name Quicksilver. Wanda Maximoff and her brother joined the Avengers lineup as they no longer agreed with Magneto’s philosophy about mutant supremacy. She often struggled to control her immense powers and would cause unintentional harm to numerous people, including the Avengers.
Thanos made his first appearance in February 1973 in Iron Man #55 and was created by Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich. He is part of a race called the Eternals who lived on the planet Titan. According to the Marvel Encyclopedia, he is 6ft 7in and weighs 985 lbs.
In the Marvel Encyclopedia, he is described as “one the strongest beings in existence”. So as an adversary, there won’t be many who could beat him. Thanos was born with the Deviant gene which gave him purple skin, a furrowed chin and a massive body with an incredible amount of strength and intellect.
The numbers below come from Marvel.com so we did not make these up. We have added the sources at the bottom of the page.
Power Grids Compared
Durability: Thanos 6 vs Scarlet Witch 2
Thanos, like the other Eternals, will live forever. As the two share a history, he is likewise forbidden from entering the domain of Death. As a result, he is effectively immortal. We’ve observed that Thanos can take a beating throughout the years. Even after Thor, Odin, Wolverine, Black Bolt, and even Galactus unleashed all they had at Thanos, he managed to escape.
In terms of Durability, The Scarlet Witch only got 2 points out of 7 and this makes complete sense. Unlike the other superheroes, she is just human. So she doesn’t have any regenerative healing powers or superhuman durability. She is just a human but with very powerful magical powers that can take on any adversary. Her magic can protect her of course but if she is hit, she will be hurt badly.
Energy: Thanos 6 vs Scarlet Witch 6
Thanos holds some of the most powerful energies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, he’s capable of manipulating energy and firing it at his foes if need be. We’ve seen him use massive energy blasts to defeat Thor, The Hulk, and even Galactus. He can make shields out of this energy as well, allowing him to employ it both offensively and defensively.
Wanda’s main power is magic which comes directly from the energy within her. So this explains why she received a 6 out of 7 from Marvel. She is even capable of absorbing energies from others and weaponizing it for defence and offence. When it comes to her magic powers, there’s actually no limitation to it. She can actually do everything. Just to show a couple:
- Creating force fields
- Casting spells
- Communicate with the dead
- Create Magic Portals
- Telekinesis and Telepathy
- Manipulate time and teleport
And the list goes on and on.
Fighting Skills: Thanos 4 vs Scarlet Witch 3
When it comes to his combat abilities, Marvel has assigned Thanos a rating of 4 out of 7. That’s a statistic on which we don’t really agree. Although Thanos has shown to be a skilled combatant, he does not like to get his hands filthy, so he delegates the dirty job to the Black Order. As a result, he’s likely to be out of practice in close combat fighting.
Although she has been trained by Cap and Hawkeye in close combat, she won’t be able to win a fight solely on her fighting skills against other superheroes. She will still need to always rely on her magic to keep her safe or attack her foes.
Intelligence: Thanos 6 vs Scarlet Witch 3
Given that Thanos has roamed the whole cosmos, he has literally seen practically everything that has occurred across the universe. After seeing it firsthand, this is information that not many people have. We shouldn’t forget that Thanos had his education on Titan, where he performed well and proved to be far wiser than his classmates. Consequently, Thanos has been assigned a super-genius Intelligence ranking.
Marvel considers Wanda’s intelligence as average. She is not flagged as a genius but her knowledge about magic is almost unlimited. She has no equal in that department.
Speed: Thanos 7 vs Scarlet Witch 2
When it comes to speed, Thanos received an outstanding rating. His endurance, agility, and reflexes are unmatched by anybody on the planet. He also possesses the potential to fly and, with the help of his transport chair, he can teleport himself around the whole cosmos.
The Scarlet Witch’ score on Speed intrigues us a little bit as it is so low. On the one hand, it makes sense as she doesn’t have any superhuman speed as she is only human but thanks to her magic she can easily close that gap. She is able to teleport herself anywhere which means long-distance but also short distance. We should also note that she has the ability to fly which increases her speed massively.
Strength: Thanos 7 vs Scarlet Witch 2
Thanos, despite the fact that he is not a deity, has strength that is comparable to that of a god. Despite his youth, he is able to keep up with Thor, The Hulk, and the Silver Surfer. Death also provided him with increased strength, allowing him to surpass any Eternal in strength. Take into consideration the fact that he once destroyed an entire planet during a battle with Drax The Destroyer, and that he has battled against The Phoenix, who is widely regarded as one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe.
Wanda doesn’t have any massive strength to fall back on but same like with the other criteria, she can use her magic to help her out. She can cast spells and incantations to do the job for her.
Thanos vs Scarlet Witch Conclusion
Although the Scarlet Witch is perceived as one of the stronger superheroes in the Marvel Universe, her score actually shows the opposite. She only received an 18 out of 42. Her score is even lower than the one from Wolverine. Thanos got a whopping 36 out of 42 so Marvel has stated that Thanos would easily win this fight.
We were actually expecting that this would be a much closer fight so we don’t really agree on the score from Marvel for the Scarlet Witch. So Marvel if you are reading this, please have another look at the Scarlet Witch, she deserves it.