Why is Thanos The Most Powerful Being In The Universe?

The Avengers are not to be taken lightly – an augmented super-soldier in his invincible suit of armor can arm-wrestle a helicopter (Ayo! Captain America for you). It is just the beginning to laud them because there is also mighty Thor, the witty Iron Man, the enormous green rage machine, to count a few. To be something truly challenging to the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one needs to be all-encompassing and indomitable. And that is where comes the supervillain, Thanos. 

I wouldn’t go to talk about Thanos’ deeds and create a list of whom he defeated. This article will focus on why Thanos is considered the most powerful being in the MCU. Here, you may also find answers to some of your crucial related questions.

What Makes Thanos The Most Powerful Being In The Universe?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Korath tells Ronan that Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe, which is proven numerous times in the movies. But throughout Infinity War, we see Thanos fighting the Avengers using one or more Infinity Stones. Does Thanos have any superpowers without the stones? If yes, what makes Thanos so powerful?

Yes, Thanos is supremely powerful even without the Infinity Stones. Here, I have included many things from the comics as not much is shown in the MCU.

Thanos Is An Eternal Of Titan

Thanos is powerful even without the Infinity Gauntlet as he is the most powerful of all the Eternals of Titan. Thanos is a superhuman Titan mutant and his mutation is due to the Deviant Syndrome. He was born with the capability to synthesize cosmic energy for his use. This way his power is amplified to a higher degree compared to the average Eternal, which is very strong. Having the superhuman physiology of all Eternals, Thanos has superhuman strength, reflexes, durability, and agility. Due to this, his skin is nearly immune, particularly against cold, heat, aging, toxins, diseases, electricity, and radiation. He can survive without food and water, and this was even before Death gave him the immortality ‘curse’. Moreover, his mind is highly resistant to most psychic attacks. He increased his power by bionic amplification and mystical enhancement after Death resurrected him. He can absorb and project cosmic energy and is also capable of telepathy and telekinesis. All this point to the facts that-:

  • Thanos is Immortal (and a very old being) and is impossible to kill.
  • He has Superhuman Strength, having a tremendous amount of physical power, which surpassed even that of Hulk.
  • Thanos possesses Superhuman Durability: It is proven by the fact that he can touch and wield the Infinity Stones without getting injured.
  • His sword is made of the metal Uru, one of the strongest metals in the Marvel Universe.

Comic Thanos is the smartest and the strongest character other than the Gods in the universe. Even without the stones, Avengers combined can beat him only because he subconsciously beats himself.

Thanos Is A Supergenius 

Besides being physically and mentally powerful, Thanos is also highly intelligent. He has vast scientific knowledge way beyond anything on earth. He excels in every known field of advanced science and has created technology to exceed. He is technically a master strategist.

Another thing that adds to how dangerous Thanos is is the fact that he is devoted to his cause. So, his nihilistic mindset, intelligence, his raw strength, and his potential to acquire omnipotence regularly make him dangerous as he is.

Is Thanos More Powerful Than The Hulk?

Yes, Thanos, the rival of mankind, is stronger than our big green man, the Hulk. It became clear when Thanos easily overpowered Hulk and put him brutally down in Avengers: Infinity War. It was astonishing because Hulk was the Avengers’ final drawcard and the only person who bested him was Tony Stark in his Hulkbuster armor. Having said that, let us explore the reasons behind it.

Why Is Thanos Stronger Than The Hulk?

Was Thanos actually stronger than the Hulk? Or was he able to thrash Hulk just because he had the Power Stone? Let us explore the reason why Thanos easily destroyed the Hulk in hand-to-hand combat at the beginning of Infinity Wars.

Although Hulk is powerful he seldom uses his mind. When he faced the mighty Titan, he did not use the things and the techniques he learned. His fighting style is aggressive and casual. He put little to no thought on where to place his blows to have maximum impact on his opponent (Thanos in this case). He just goes full throttle saying “Hulk Smash!”. On the other hand, Thanos is a tactician and a very skilled fighter, even on a bad day. It is said that power is nothing without control and it is proven in this fight. Thanos has more experience and knows how to use his power and skills better. Therefore he worked Hulk over like a technician.

It can clearly be seen that once Hulk is caught off guard, Thanos makes quick efficient strikes, confusing, battering, and ultimately incapacitating him.

The Power Stone

Thanos, without doubt, had the Power Stone at the time of his combat with Hulk. Many cite it as the reason why Thanos won over Hulk. But the reality is different. During the fight, Thanos did not use the stone on Hulk to his advantage. Whenever an infinity stone needs to be used, Thanos is supposed to make a fist with the Gauntlet, and then a beam would come from the stone. However, this time there was no finger-flexing and no beam. 

So it is clear that Thanos could put down Hulk even if he did not have the Infinity Gauntlet.

Did Thanos Lift Thor’s Hammer?

No, Thanos did not lift Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. When Captain America wanted to attack Thanos with Mjolnir during their fight, Thanos stopped him from attacking. He never lifted Thor’s hammer and the only people worthy of doing so were Thor, Odin, Roger, and some other worthy characters. Technically, Thanos did not even stop Mjolnir; all he did was grab Captain America’s hand. So he did neither stop nor lift Thor’s hammer.

Was Thanos Able To Wield Stormbreaker?

Thanos did not lift Mjolnir because he was perhaps not worthy of it. However, he did grab Thor’s Stormbreaker. Stormbreaker is not a hammer, it is an ax. Moreover, it does not have a worthiness enchantment. It proves how powerful Thanos is because Thor says in Infinity War that one should be extremely powerful to be capable of wielding Stormbreaker, or else he would collapse under the sheer power that the ax possesses. It was unlike Mjolnir, which needed the wielder to be worthy of the powers that the hammer bestowed.

How Is Thanos Able To Wield All Of The Infinity Stones?

Thanos was able to hold all the Infinity Stones barehanded, which made fans wonder about the reason behind it. How was Thanos able to handle such powerful artifacts, which even Quill (son of a celestial) was not able to do without disintegration?

Nothing is shown in the movie which could likely pose as an answer to it. But in the movie, the Collector once said-:

“These stones, it seems, can only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength. These carriers can use the stone to mow down entire civilizations like wheat in a field. Once, for a moment, a group was able to share the energy amongst themselves, but even they were quickly destroyed by it.”

In the movies, it was never mentioned that nobody could touch Infinity Stones barehanded. So The Collector’s words make it clear that only someone extremely powerful can do so. And we know exactly who he is. With both the Eternal and Deviant genes, Thanos is all-powerful. Later, he altered himself using his scientific knowledge to make himself more powerful. It rationalizes why Thanos could wield the Infinity Stones without dying. However, this did not mean that he did not have side effects. It happened specifically when Thanos held the Power Stone – his arm began cracking, and purple energy could be seen coming out. It started with just his hand and spread up through his arm within a second.

To use the stones properly, Thanos needed a proper device to channelize the energy of the stones, the Infinity Gauntlet. The Infinity Gauntlet was not only a channeling device but also probably a protective shield – Thanos’ infamous Snap was so stressful that even the Gauntlet was destroyed, but Thanos did not have any physical damage.


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