Even though Avengers: Endgame is now in the rear-view mirror and everyone knows who manages to take down Thanos, it is certainly fun to take a look at other circumstances in how the dominant MCU character could have been defeated. From heavy-hitting characters to others who would use incredible techniques, these are the 15 characters who have the ability to take down Thanos.
Updated on November 21st, by Matthew Wilkinson: When it comes to Marvel villains, there is no doubt that Thanos stands head and shoulders above all of the rest. He brought a brilliant mix of dominance, aggression, and serious emotion that truly made him so scary. but that doesn’t mean that he’s totally unbeatable. In fact, there are a few more Avengers who could take him on and win.
We’ve seen Ant-Man in action, and it’s clear that he’d lose quickly in a one-on-one with Thanos. However, we’ve seen from Janet van Dyne that extended periods of time inside the Quantum Realm can give someone enhanced abilities and powers.
His ability to change size between being tiny and being a giant is a huge upper hand advantage to anybody who fights him and could certainly prove too much for Thanos. Plus, there is the classic theory of entering from an area nobody wants to deal with to defeat him.
Purely because of how much emotional investment Drax has in wanting to kill Thanos, he has to be considered as an option of someone who could kill him. Drax’s family was killed by Thanos, and that has led to all of his anger, which he is willing to take out whenever he gets the chance.
While he might not be as strong as Thanos when he has all of the Infinity Stones, if Drax got the chance to fight him when he was more vulnerable, he could prove to be a great match.
13 Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch is shown to have powers that warp and bend reality to the point that she can affect Infinity Stones.
If anyone were to find a way to overpower Thanos, it would be Wanda. And given the traumatic death of Vision at the hands of Thanos, she’s clearly had an axe to grind that could fuel her powers enough to take out the villain for good.
12 Black Panther
Black Panther is an incredible warrior and someone who fights with tons of heart and passion. The fact that he can radiate the energy from the beatdowns he takes would be a big advantage, especially against Thanos as that would allow him to fight back with a lot of extra power.
Plus, the technology that Wakanda has at its disposal would no doubt allow him to create a brilliant weapon or suit if he was aware of Thanos and the power that he has, which could give him an advantage.
Another victim of Thanos’s Decimation, Peter Quill ultimately dropped the ball and allowed Thanos to secure all the Stones he needed to wipe out half the universe from existence.
Quill is half-celestial, and we’ve seen before that he can handle the effects of the Infinity Stone better than most. And while he may be cut off from his powers, he theoretically still has access to them. This could mean that an angry demigod Star-Lord could have gone for Thanos with a blaster in one hand and his Zune in the other.
When The Avengers manage to get their hands on Thanos during Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man proves just how useful he can be against Thanos. He almost manages to slip off the glove and causes issues from afar by using his web-slinging ability.
His flexibility coupled with the fact that he can hit Thanos from any direction while quickly darting out of the way make him a legitimate threat to Thanos if he was given a one on one chance.
9 Captain America
The First Avenger seems an unlikely candidate to make the killing blow against Thanos. Steve Rogers makes it clear that he doesn’t want to kill anyone right before he becomes Captain America, and he’s done his best to hold on to that ideal. But given the darker turn that fans have seen Steve Rogers take in the MCU, it’s not out of line to imagine that he has the ability to kill Thanos.
Cap was able to hold back a nearly unstoppable Thanos with just his bare hands, an impressive physical feat. Add in the ability to use his shield, and the fact that he can wield Thor’s hammer, and Cap is just as capable as anyone.
8 Doctor Strange
Master of the Mystic Arts and Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange was able to give a cryptic message to Tony Stark about how this was all part of his “endgame” plan before becoming a pile of dust. Proving that he was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
When seeing the millions of possibilities where the Avengers tried to take down Thanos, Doctor Strange only saw one where they might succeed. While he wasn’t directly involved in that, there’s no doubt he has the sheer abilities to have taken him down in an alternate universe.
Sure, in the way things played out in the MCU, Thanos actually killed Vision, the fact is that the two never encounter each other when Vision is 100% healthy. Because he has one of the Infinity Stones as part of his body, it would have been very interesting to see them fight.
He has incredible ability and powers and being able to fight from different heights would have really caused Thanos some problems which is why it is actually a shame that Marvel didn’t provide fans with this dream encounter.
6 Captain Marvel
Fans haven’t truly seen what Carol Danvers can bring to the table yet. They have a good idea of her abilities and powers, but there’s almost certainly so much more lying in wait.
She has training from the Kree, who had managed to keep Thanos in check for quite a while. Even more telling, Nick Fury’s last act before he disappeared from the Snap was to page Captain Marvel for help. If Nick Fury’s final thoughts were to contact Captain Marvel for help, then that’s a pretty unbeatable endorsement.
The Hulk was a bit camera shy when we saw him in Avengers: Infinity War. After squaring down with Thanos aboard the Asgardian ship, Hulk was unwilling to come out again afterward to fight Thanos.
But this wasn’t because he was afraid; he didn’t like being used as Banner’s get-out-of-jail-free card. As such, he didn’t feel like fighting Thanos or any of his minions. With Banner and The Hulk on the same page, and a totally trained and healthy body, Thanos would be hard-pressed to stop him.
There’s something to be said for Nebula’s persistent efforts to kill her adopted father. Even after having most of her body broken and destroyed, she managed to put herself back together time after time.
There is practically no one in the universe that knows Thanos as well as she does. Not to mention after years of physical and mental torture at his hands, there’s no one half as motivated or as capable of bringing him down. Nebula also has comic history backing her up; she was the one to remove the Infinity Gauntlet and defeat Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet comic series.
As everyone learns during Avengers: Endgame, Gamora is no longer dead, which was one of the highlights of the movie. While she isn’t technically Thanos’ daughter, she does grow up with him and has a clear and distinct backstory as to why she’d want to kill him.
Unlike the vast majority of the characters in the MCU, Gamora knows Thanos inside out. She knows how he thinks, why he acts in certain ways, and that would lead to her being able to expose those weaknesses to potentially defeat him, especially since she’s his biggest weak point.
If only he had aimed for the head. The Asgardian Son of Odin was extremely close to ending Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. After gaining the powerful weapon Stormbreaker, Thor becomes the wielder of the most powerful weapon in the universe.
Stormbreaker is capable of killing Thanos outright, and only Thor is currently worthy of wielding it.
Of course, this is the man who is actually able to defeat Thanos in the end, sacrificing himself in order to kill him. He loses his own life to do that, proving just how unselfish he is at his core, with Iron-Man’s power and strength of character being the overwhelming power for him.
While other characters might have the ability to take him down, there can be no arguing this one.
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