Today’s comparison is going to be somewhat specific. We are going to stay inside Marvel’s fictional universe and we are going to compare two supervillains. One is best known for being one of Hulk’s most famous rivals, while the other is a multiversal threat that everyone is afraid of. You’ve guessed it – the protagonists of today’s comparison are going to be Abomination and Thanos. If you ever wanted to know who would win in a duel between these two powerhouses, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy!
Abomination is known for being able to withstand a “calm” Hulk and even defeat him, but Thanos’ powers are on such a different level that he would stand absolutely no chance against the Mad Titan, even if the latter was without the Infinity Gauntlet.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Abomination and his powers
Emil Blonsky, aka the Abomination, is a Marvel Comics-based supervillain. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Gil Kane, the fictional character first appeared in the comic book Tales to Astonish #90 in April 1967. He is one of the recurring enemies of the hero Hulk.
During the Cold War, Emil Blonsky, then a Communist spy at the Gamma base in New Mexico, appropriates Doctor Bruce Banner’s gamma-ray machine and bombards his body with an even greater dose than that which begot the Hulk. He then transforms into a monster of colossal strength while retaining his intellect (unlike the Hulk).
Blonsky later finds out he’s trapped in this form. Afterwards, he confronts the Hulk on numerous occasions. Left by his wife Nadia and obsessed with Banner, Blonsky sets out to poison Betty Banner (Bruce Banner’s wife) by transfusing her with his own blood in an attempt to make Banner believe he is the source of radiation. But Banner discovers Blonsky’s sadistic plan and, in his Hulk form, gets the upper hand after fighting him.
Finally spared by his opponent, Blonsky realizes that he himself is the cause of his misfortunes. Months later, General Ross manipulates the Hulk into attacking the Abomination. The latter is almost killed, then captured and tortured, forced to watch in a loop a film of his family life dating from before his transformation into a monster.
He is then freed by a secret organization aiming to kill the Hulk, but he fails once again. He subsequently confronts the X-Men and Miss Hulk while the Hulk is exiled to the planet Sakaar. Right after the “World War Hulk” narrative arc, the body of Abomination is found in Russia, riddled with bullets composed of adamantium, murdered by a certain “Red Hulk” (the Red Hulk).
Blonsky was then working as a college security guard. As yet unnamed organization acquires biological material harvested from a fatally injured Bruce Banner; the organization uses this material to resurrect the Abomination, under their control, “free of a mind or conscience” and with an ability to track down the Hulk.
Thanos and his powers
Thanos is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Thanos was created by Jim Starlin and made his debut in The Invincible Iron Man #55 (1973) and has since become one of the best-known villains in the Marvel universe, but also comic books in general. Although Starlin himself admitted he was inspired by DC Comics’ supervillain Darkseid, Thanos has gained popularity as a stand-alone character and a cornerstone of Marvel’s Multiverse.
Thanos was inspired by the Freudian concept of “Thanatos”, just like his brother, Eros, was inspired by the Freudian concept of the same name.
He is the son of two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience. Believing him to be a danger to the universe, his mother wanted to kill him, but his father stopped her.
As a child, he was a pacifist and would only play with his brother and their pets. Later on, he became fascinated with nihilism and the concept of death, eventually falling in love with Mistress Death, the embodiment of Death in the Marvel universe.
Soon after that, Thanos became a supervillain, initially a pirate, but soon had more grandiose plans. He was not satisfied with mere piracy; he wanted more.
He wanted ultimate power, to rule over the whole universe, and to become the most powerful being alive. This is why he wanted to collect the Infinity Stones, so he could shape reality according to his own will.
A lot of his works are motivated by his love for Mistress Death, for whom he has killed on several occasions. He is a very powerful cosmic entity and has fought practically every major superhero group in the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Thanos even fought an alternative version of himself, King Thanos, after the latter had killed everyone in the universe; King Thanos knew that it was only Thanos (i.e., a younger version of himself) that could kill him, which is why he used the Time Stone to bring him to the alternative future.
Thanos has appeared in a lot of derivative material, including TV shows, video games, and the MCU, where he was the main villain of the first large narrative. He was played by Josh Brolin.
Comparing the powers of Abomination and Thanos
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
The Abomination’s physical abilities are similar to those of the Hulk (as his transformation is also due to gamma rays). There are, however, some important differences: Emil Blonsky’s intelligence was not affected by his transformation (stable, his transformation does not allow him to return to his original human form); moreover, his strength is greater than that of the Hulk when the latter is “calm”.
But, unlike the Hulk, his strength does not increase even if the Abomination gets angry (which may allow the Hulk, if he has been “pissed off” enough to defeat the Abominatio).
The Abomination is capable of lifting (or exerting pressure equivalent to) 200 tons, twice the size of the Hulk when the latter is “calm.” With the power of his superhuman muscle legs, he can leap in the air for up to three kilometers. He often moves by making leaps.
Its scaly, very thick skin protects it from violent shocks (such as the impact of cannon shells) or extreme temperatures (from −155 ° C to 2000 ° C); he is notably able to withstand repeated blows from the Hulk. In addition, he is immune to all terrestrial diseases.
Thanks to gamma rays, he has the power of regeneration. He can thus heal from any non-fatal wounds and even grow his eyes back if they’ve been injured, although this healing ability is much slower than Hulk’s in comparison. They can also hold their breath for long periods of time and go into a comatose state if there is a lack of oxygen or prolonged exposure to cold. This allows him to survive in space (albeit paralyzed), perhaps even indefinitely. For a while, he could read other people’s minds.
Thanos, on the other hand, is extremely powerful. He is an Eternal and has proven himself more powerful than most characters in the Marvel Universe, even without external enhancements such as the Infinity Stones.
He is immortal, has superhuman strength, speed and durability, he is practically invulnerable, can teleport and regenerate, he can manipulate matter, use telepathic abilities, manipulate energy and even fly; he also has superhuman intelligence.
As for the official numbers, the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010), lists their powers as follows:
This comparison is going to be quite simple, as even a brief look into their powers and abilities reveals that we are going to have a clear winner in this situation.
Abomination vs Thanos: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
When comparing their levels, we see that the only two aspects where Abomination comes close to Thanos are strength and durability, but he’s not better than him in these fields, just equal. And that is true, in terms of raw power and durability, there would be no clear winner between Abomination and Thanos, as both are exceptional fighters.
But, when all other aspects are concerned, Thanos is far superior to Abomination; and this is a Thanos who does not wield the Infinity Gauntlet (with it, this comparison wouldn’t even make any sense, really). He is faster than Abomination, more intelligent and he has more powers with which he could easily defeat Abomination.
Thanos has proven himself capable of defeating the Hulk, a feat that even Abomination could not do every time the two of them fought against each other. In that aspect, we have absolutely no doubt that Thanos would, ultimately – after a brief moment of testing out their strengths – wipe the floor with Blonsky and that the Mad Titan would come out as the winner in this instance.
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