The Marvel universe is full of superbeings whose powers and abilities run the gambit from extraordinary to absolutely unworldly. Speaking of which the two individuals being examined are in fact not from this world making their capabilities far from what is achievable on Earth. Norton Radd, a simple astronomer whose life chances by committing a heroic act of sacrifice transforming him to the mighty Silver Surfer and Thanos, abandoned at birth alone by his parents, rising in ranks to become the powerful, yet ruthless Mad Titan. How would they fair against one another?
Who’s stronger Thanos or Silver Surfer?
Silver Surfer Biography
Being an extraterrestrial with human-like features and skin composed of metal, the Silver Surfer travels through space with the assistance of his surfboard fashioned craft. Once known as Norton Radd a young astronomer from the planet Zenn-La, he rescued his homeworld from Galactus, a devourer of planets, by serving as his courier. In exchange, Norton absorbed to some degree, Galactus’ Power Cosmic rendering him a new body and a craft fashioned after a surfboard that allows him to travel faster than light. Known now as the Silver Surfer, Radd trekked the cosmos seeking out planets for Galactus’ consumption. When his journeys brought him to earth, he became acquainted with the Fantastic Four who assisted him in regaining his spirit of nobility. As punishment, he was exiled to earth by Galactus.
Thanos comes from a race of superhumans constructed by the Celestials called Eternals. His parents discarded him on a heap of rubbish on his native planet Titan as an infant. Eventually becoming one of the powerful beings to live, he was raised to be a ruthless warrior by the monks who took him in there. Through meditation, Thanos honed his mental facilities and conditioned his body to physical perfection. As a bright student and skilled fighter, he rose quickly through the ranks of society on Titan. Due to his desire for conquest, he is continually seeking power. He has endured a long and difficult existence. Endowed with superman abilities from birth, he can lift complete cities and heave mountains at superheroes without such much as perspiring. His barbarous exploits have earned him the title of one of Marvel’s most praiseworthy villains.
Silver Surfer: Powers & Abilities
1. Superhuman strength and durability
2. Flight via surfboard
3. Can travel at superluminal speed
4. Matter and energy manipulation
5. Time travel via superluminal speed
9. Inter-dimensional travel
11. Pocket universe creation
12. Illusion casting through telepathy
13. Cosmic senses
Silver Surfer brandishes the Power Cosmic which provides him superhuman endurance, strength, and senses and the ability to manipulate and absorb the universe’s ambient energy. The Surfer can manoeuvre through interstellar space and hyperspace, which he can accomplish after accelerating past the speed of light allowing travelling interstellar and intergalactic distances towards more galaxies millions and also billions of light-years away. He has shown the ability to time travel on numerous occasions and able to transport other individuals through time.
Thanos, The Mad Titan: Powers & Abilities
1. Mind powers
2. Manipulation of reality
3. Capability to turn intangible
4. Capability to manipulate the minds of others
5. Strength in numbers — with the gauntlet, Thanos acquires all the capabilities of the stones used in the gauntlet
6. Superhuman durability
7. Unlimited strength
8. Resurrection — if slain, can be resurrected in a new body
9. Immortality — cannot die by disease, poison or ageing
Thanos can overpower and conquer the mightiest of opponents with ease via his unmeasurable stamina, speed, and strength. He’s able to take huge amounts of damage from the strongest of beings to include strikes from gamma-infused Hulk and blasts from the Infinity Gauntlet itself. Thanos has performed many powerful feats, however, the one that stands above all is wiping out half the universe by literally snapping his fingers. He was able to accomplish this by using his most dominant weapon, the Infinity Gauntlet. Giving the wearer unlimited power to manipulate the universe, the Infinity Gauntlet holds six infinity gems. Each gem has its own special ability. They are set in an embellished arm-guard-styled glove by the Dwarves of Nidavellir, it alone can manipulate reality.
Silver Surfer Weaknesses
Silver Surfer truly does not have any physical weakness except for the fact that the use of his abilities is limited which in turn drains his strength, but only for so long. The one true weakness he possesses is nobility, he is by nature compassionate and caring and if these were to be manipulated it could play in the favor of an opponent.
1. The Infinity Gauntlet — it makes Thanos overwhelmingly powerful, but also causes his reactions to slow down.
2. Magic — Thanos is affected by magical attacks, especially attacks performed by Chaos Magic.
3. Vulnerability — Against all his power, he is not resistant to pain and an injury can cause him to bleed out.
Thanos vs Silver Surfer Conclusion
As you can clearly see each candidate is a powerhouse in their own right. The feats each of them are capable of going far beyond that of a majority of beings in the Marvel universe, however only one can come out victorious. Silver Surfer can project energy in different ways for defensive and offensive use to include creating black holes, force fields, and bolts of cosmic force strong enough to destroy entire planets. He can also apply the Power Cosmic to boost his superhuman strength to unmeasurable levels. On the other hand, Thanos can use the Infinity Gauntlet which allows him to manipulate reality, power, space, time, soul and so forth. The key factor to keep in mind is that the Infinity Gauntlet is an accessory that needs to be worn by the bearer allowing them that unlimited power. Thanos by himself is exceptionally powerful, but without it, he cannot even come close to matching what Silver Surfer possesses naturally, therefore Silver Surfer wins.