The most dreaded question in the Marvel Universe these days must be which Superhero could beat Thanos? It’s definitely one of the most important questions that Marvel needs to address quickly. So let’s take a look at two of the strongest characters in Marvel who are fairly close in strength to attempt to answer this question for you. Who will win: Squirrel Girl or Thanos?
If you don’t want to read the whole post. Squirrel Girl would win this fight as she has already beaten Thanos once in the comic Great Lakes Avengers Christmas Special #1 from 2005. Another reason is that also Marvel has given Squirrel Girl a higher rating in the power grid.
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.
Squirrel Girl: Biography
Squirrel Girl aka Doreen Green made her debut in Marvel Super-Heroes (Vol. 2) #8 which was published in January 1992. She was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko. You can recognize Doreen by her red/brown hair and her three-foot prehensile tail.
In terms of height, she is 5′3″ or 1.6 m and weighs around 135 lbs or 61 kg. She was born in Los Angeles, California but later moved to New York. A fun fact is that she had a daughter at one point with Deadpool which had the name Squirrelpool.
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 Squirrel Girl 7
Just like all the other Eternals, Thanos is considered to be immortal. He is also not allowed to enter the realm of Death as the two have a history together so he basically can’t die. Over the years, we have also seen that Thanos can definitely take a hit. Thor, Odin, Wolverine, Black Bolt and even Galactus threw everything that they had towards Thanos and even then he was able to walk away.
You might think that this is a typo but it is not. Squirrel got a perfect score when it comes to Durability. Doreen is able to heal at a much faster rate than any human but she also has a steel jaw and you can almost interpret this literally. She can bite through steel in a second.
Energy: Thanos 6 vs Squirrel Girl 7
The energy that Thanos possesses is among the strongest in the Marvel Universe. He has the ability even to manipulate energy and project it towards his enemies. We have seen him take down Thor, The Hulk and even Galactus by powerful energy blasts. He can also use this energy to create shields so he can use it as offence and defence.
Marvel also gave Squirrel Girl a 7 out of 7 when it comes to energy and this is something we have a much harder time believing as there’s really no evidence to back this up. She doesn’t have any power or ability to project energy or manipulate it as some other heroes or villains can.
Fighting Skills: Thanos 4 vs Squirrel Girl 7
Marvel has given Thanos a 4 out of 7 when it comes to his fighting skills. We don’t really agree on that number. Thanos has shown that he is an excellent fighter but it is true that he doesn’t like to get this hands dirty so he lets his Black Order do the dirty work. So he might be rusty when it comes to hand to hand combat.
Doreen is almost the perfect fighter. She is strong, she is fast and she has brains but we will give some more examples about that later in this post. During her fights, she can also always count on an army of squirrels to have her back especially her best friends Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe. Let us also not forget her 3-foot long tail and knuckle spike which comes in handy during hand to hand combat.
Intelligence: Thanos 6 vs Squirrel Girl 7
Thanos has travelled the whole universe so he has literally seen almost anything that has been going on in the galaxy. Not many possess this knowledge after seeing it first hand. We should also not forget that Thanos has been schooled on Titan where he excelled and was much smarter than his peers. Therefore Thanos has been rated with a super-genius Intelligence.
Squirrel Girl has shown that she is a very skilful but also an intelligent fighter and the list of foes she has defeated is very impressive. Just to name a few: Thanos, Mandarin, Wolverine, Deadpool, Ego The Living Planet, Captain America, Black Widow, Spider-Man,… Next to her alter ego of Squirrel Girl, Doreen is a master in Computer Science.
Speed: Thanos 7 vs Squirrel Girl 7
Thanos got a perfect score when it comes to speed. He has superhuman stamina, agility and reflexes. He even has the ability to fly and can teleport himself across the whole galaxy thanks to his transport chair.
We don’t know that much of Squirrel Girl and her speed. She can leap very far thanks to increased strength in her legs and she can also climb buildings via her claws on her hands and toes. We know that she is faster than the fastest human being but that is about it. Still, Marvel gave her a 7 out of 7.
Strength: Thanos 7 vs Squirrel Girl 7
Although Thanos is not a god, his strength can be compared with the power of a god. He can easily keep up with Thor, The Hulk and the Silver Surfer. Also, Death granted him additional strength so he became stronger than any Eternal. Keep in mind that he even destroyed a planet during a fight with Drax The Destroyer and has fought off The Phoenix which is considered one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe.
When it comes to strength, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2005 #1 has stated that Squirrel Girl can lift between 800 lbs and 25 tons. Other than that, she doesn’t possess any other powers or abilities to fall back on during a fight.
You now know the reason why Doreen Green is called the UNBEATABLE Squirrel Girl. Marvel gave her the perfect score. She got a 7 on every criterion so in total 42 points.
Although Thanos comes close in this fight, he can’t win from this superhero. Thanos in total only got a 36 out of 42 and therefore he will be defeated by Squirrel Girl time and time again.
So it has been decided, we finally found a Marvel hero that can beat Thanos on her own. Squirrel Girl is the winner of this fight. She has a perfect score across all criteria. But if you don’t believe us. Read the comic Great Lakes Avengers Christmas Special #1 from 2005, here you can read what Marvel thinks what would happen if the Mad Titan takes on Doreen. But after reading our post, you can probably already guess the answer.