While Marvel’s Avengers have been fending off alien invasions from afar, DC’s Justice League has been quietly protecting its own world from imminent destruction. In a world without limits, where an ordinary reporter from the Daily Planet transforms, criminals meet swift justice on the street of Metropolis. But can our caped crusader defeat a universe-level threat from his fortress of solitude? That’s what we’re here to find out in one of the most anticipated moments in modern comic book history, Superman vs Thanos. If these two god-like beings went toe-to-toe in an epic showdown, who would emerge victorious?
Clark Kent was born on the planet Krypton but made it out to Earth as an infant. Rescued by Jonathan and Martha Kent, he grew up as a normal human being. But, one day, he discovered his superpowers. Though at first reluctant to use them for good, eventually, coming to regard it as his duty, he adopted the superhero persona of Superman. Using these powers for good, Superman fights for justice and the safety of mankind.
With the power of a god, Superman is arguably the most feared and powerful superhero in existence. Still facing a world filled with injustice and evil, Kent knows that he can’t save everyone despite his power — but he can still do everything within his power to help people in need.
The Mad Titan is an Eternal, a race of superhumans created by the Celestials. As a newborn, his parents abandoned him on a rubbish heap on Titan, his native planet. The monks there took him in and raised him to be a ruthless warrior, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful beings in existence. There, Thanos trained his body to physical perfection and honed his mental faculties through meditation. As a skilled fighter and a brilliant student, quickly rising through the ranks of Titan’s society. However, his thirst for conquest drives him to constantly seek power.
Thanos has lived a long and complicated life — and we’re not even talking about his marriages. Born with superhuman abilities, Thanos can lift entire cities and throw mountains at superheroes without breaking a sweat. His cruel exploits have garnered him the title of one of Marvel’s greatest villains.
Superman, Son of Krypton: Powers & Abilities
POWER GRID (7 is the maximum per criteria)
3. X-ray vision
4. Super strength
6. Super hearing
7. Super smell
8. Heat vision
9. Freeze breath
10. Super memory
As the son of Jor-El and Lara of Krypton, Kal-El was born with the abilities of both his parents. These natural abilities increase infinitely depending on how close Clark flies to Earth’s yellow sun.
Bullets, rockets, torpedoes, extreme temperature, blunt force trauma, falls from orbital heights—none are capable of inflicting genuine injury on Superman. His skin is full of invulnerable neurons that protect him from most forms of harm.
Many people have tried to challenge Superman over the years, but none have ever succeeded. His powers, honed by years of hard work, training, focus, and persistence prove unbeatable.
Thanos, The Mad Titan: Powers & Abilities
POWER GRID (7 is the maximum per criteria)
1. Mind powers
2. Reality manipulation
3. Power to turn intangible
4. Power to control the minds of others
5. Power in numbers — with the gauntlet, Thanos gains all the powers of the stones used in the gauntlet
6. Superhuman durability
7. Unlimited strength
8. Resurrection — if killed, can be resurrected in a new body
9. Immortality — cannot die by ageing, disease, or poison
Thanos can easily overpower and defeat the strongest of opponents (including Thor and Hulk) with his immeasurable strength, speed, and stamina. He’s also capable of taking extreme amounts of damage from the most powerful of beings, including from blows from Thor’s hammer and from being blasted by the Infinity Gauntlet itself.
Thanos has done many powerful things, but there’s one accomplishment that stands above all others: he successfully wiped out half the universe with a literal snap of his fingers. He performed this incredible act by using his most powerful weapon, the Infinity Gauntlet.
The Infinity Gauntlet gives the wearer unlimited power to control the universe. It contains six Infinity Gems, each with its own unique power. The wearer can access these gems at any time, even when not wearing the Gauntlet. The Dwarves of Nidavellir set The Stones into an elaborate arm-guard-styled glove designed to be worn on the left hand (in most cases). It can manipulate reality itself.
1. Kryptonite — an extraterrestrial substance that is deadly to Superman and the other Kryptonians and gives off radiation and energy that weakens them and can even cause death.
2. Magic — a formidable opponent for Superman since magic can affect the mind and body of even the strongest beings.
3. Red Sunlight – even if kryptonite did not drain his powers, a red sun would slow Superman down to a normal human being.
1. The Infinity Gauntlet — it makes Thanos extremely powerful but also slows down his reactions.
3. Magic — Thanos is susceptible to magical attacks, particularly attacks done with Chaos Magic.
5. Vulnerability — Despite all his power, he is not immune to pain and can bleed out when injured.
In a clash between these two powerhouses, only one can remain. So who finally wins if The Mad Titan and the Son of Krypton face-off?
Never in the history of comics have two titans clashed with such power, but there are some clear differences between the two. Superman has the advantage in physical force. He can fly faster than the speed of sound, and his super-strength increases exponentially near yellow sunlight.
On the other hand, Thanos has the advantage in mental force. He has the Infinity Gauntlet, which gives him control over time, space, power, reality, soul, mind, etc. Sure the Man of Steel is known for his unbeatable combination of superpowers, including invincibility, super-strength, speed, vision, and x-ray vision. But the Mad Titan might have something to say about that. Using his Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos can wield cosmic energy to manipulate matter on a planetary scale. That’s an ability Superman doesn’t have.
Still, Superman would come out as the winner for us, he has his weaknesses but even if Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, Superman could still bring Thanos down to his knees and beg for mercy. Without the Infinity Gauntlet, this wouldn’t even be a fair fight.
- Thanos (The Mad Titan) In Comics Powers, History, Abilities | Marvel
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