The Lord of Apokolips versus The Mad Titan. The God of Evil vs an Eternal initially named Dione Yes, that’s Thanos’ real name. Wonder why he ditched it. Hey everyone! Welcome to Versus, Today we’re looking at two of the comic industry’s deadliest villains and throwing them into the ring together, to duke it out to see who comes out on top.
Let us know your picks with either hashtag Darkseid or hashtag Thanos in those comments below. For the sake of this article, We’ll be looking at these two without any objects that enhance their abilities – specifically the infinity gems or gauntlet – although we will be discussing the ‘what ifs’ briefly if Thanos did use it in their fight. With all that said, let’s dive in. Before we start comparing these two up, let us take a brief look at their origins.
DC Villain Darkseid Origins
Darkseid first appeared in 1970’s Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen number 134 with a cameo, but later made his official debut the next year in Forever People issue 1. His origins tell of how he was second in line to the throne of Apokolips and killed his brother to claim it. The power he gained turned him into a stone-like creature, and after killing off the majority of his family so he would be the supreme monarch, he began growing restless about other deities and starting to attempt to invade and conquer other places where deities roamed. To eliminate all free will from the universe to shape it into his image, Darkseid sought out the Anti-Life Equation, and targeted Earth, believing that he could piece the equation together through the minds of humans, where he believed most of it could be found.
MCU Villain Thanos Origins
Now, what about Thanos? Thanos had an interesting upbringing. He was born with Deviant Syndrome, which physically made him appear like the Eternals cousin race and enemies, the Deviants. His mother practically disowned him because of this, and the syndrome highly affected his more youthful years. At an early age, he became obsessed with death and nihilism, which eventually led to him falling in love with Lady Death, and trying to prove his worthiness to her by not only killing his family and other Eternals but also by seeking out universal power in the form of the Cosmic Cube.
Thanos In addition to that, we can’t forget to mention that Thanos is a bit of a Darkseid/New Gods rip off – Jim Starlin has stated that Thanos was very much inspired by Kirby’s New Gods, and editor Roy Thomas pushed for him to appear more like Darkseid as opposed to the initial inspiration, Metron. Side note, we’ve also seen both Darkseid and Thanos in their baby forms over the years, and it’s just as amazing as you’d imagine it to be. That being said, Baby Darkseid was pretty homicidal, so there’s that.
What Are Powers Of Thanos?
Being an Eternal, Thanos has always had an advantage, especially since he in particular has a mutant-Eternal heritage which allows for him to be capable of bionic amplification, mysticism, and power bestowed to him by the entity Death. Thanos also has the run-of-the-mill superhuman strength, durability, speed, and longevity. Plus he’s capable of energy, manipulation on an atomic level, telepathy, telekinesis, can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy and manipulate matter, and has mastered teleportation, time travel, and travel through alternate universes.
His intellect is immense, and he’s versed in many different fields of advanced science, with inventions like the Infinity Gauntlet. Which, when wielded, allowed for him to defeat the likes of cosmic entities such as Love, Hate, Chaos, Order, the Stranger, and Galactus. Gauntlet and gems aside, he’s also banned from Death’s realm, so literally cannot die. Ever.
What Are Powers Of Darkseid?
Being one of the New Gods, Darkseid is immensely powerful. His primary ability is the use of the Omega Beams that stem from something called the Omega Effect. These beams have a lot of uses – they can completely obliterate a target, or severely weaken, like in the case of Superman. They can also resurrect anyone who has been killed by them, or grants power, as was the case with Mary Marvel.
At times, he’s been able to take on the whole Justice League at once, crush a lantern ring with his own hands, has caught Superman off guard and reacted within nanoseconds, can increase his size, and has been able to hold his own against the likes of Zeus. Plus, he can regenerate if he’s been disintegrated, which makes him pretty much impossible to kill. He’s omnipotent, can manipulate mass and energy, can fly and teleport, has that run-of-the-mill superhuman strength, speed, durability, and longevity.
What if both fight with each other?
Onto the fight! An initial brawl would see Darkseid using his omega beams on Thanos, potentially weakening him quite a bit. But Thanos’ healing and retaliation would be swift. Both these are immortal, and both matter manipulation and pack a punch in hand-to-hand combat. At the end of the day though, Darkseid is innately omnipotent, whereas Thanos needs to do some groundwork to achieve that – his efforts with the Infinity Gauntlet and the Cosmic Cube attest to that. But without having acquired these objects, or having the time to carry out a well-thought-out scheme, Thanos just doesn’t hold up to the power that Darkseid already wields.
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Darkseid is god, while Thanos as an Eternal is practically straddling the line between god and all-powerful immortal, he just isn’t quite up to par with the DC villain. Perhaps it would be a more equal fight if Thanos had the powers of the infinity gems in place – the soul gem and reality gem would surely hurt Darkseid, altering reality and reverting him to a state before he created Apokolips (if we stick to his new 52 origin story), and with the endless possibilities that the gauntlet and the gems provide Thanos, he’s at least on par with the God of Evil, and arguably, with his wit and intellect, capable of outsmarting Darkseid and defeating him once and for all. But we’re looking at these two characters at their base level without any weapon.
So the winner? Darkseid. Even if the two continued to duke it out and Thanos managed to consistently hold his own, the Mad Titan has a history of being self-conscious to a fault – something that we see after he loses the Gauntlet, and all of his efforts are undone. He’s got a bit of an inadequacy complex that can have negative effects on his goals to, you know, conquer the universe. So there we have it! Do you agree with our choice? Let us know who your pick would be with either hashtag Darkseid or hashtag Thanos.