Thanos has been featured in our “Who’s Stronger” section a lot of times, mostly being compared to other individual superheroes or supervillains. But this time, while staying within the boundaries of the Marvel universe, we are going to compare Thanos to a whole race of superpowered beings – the Celestials. Could Thanos beat them?
Without the help of additions like the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos would not stand a chance against the powerful Celestials and would be beaten by each of them.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States.
Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows, and video games. Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom, and others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Who are the Celestials?
The Celestials are a race of superpowered, unusually large humanoid cosmic entities that appear in the Marvel Universe. They were created by Jack Kirby and debuted in Eternals #2 in 1976 and have been an integral part of the Marvel mythos since then. They are among the most powerful beings in the Marvel universe.
The orings of the Celestials are largely unknown, and most Marvel characters only know legends on how these superpowered alien race was created. The problem is, none of these stories are actually substantiated. It is known that the Celestials played a large part in a lot of major events around the universe, especially related ti the history of Earth. They are silent, about 2,000 feet tall and weigh around 260 tons on average.
The Celestials are also responsible for the creation of both the Eternals, Thanos’s species, and their rivals, the chaotic Deviants. They are also responsible for the emergence of mutants on Earth, as they’re responsible for the X-Gene, along with other beneficial mutations, such as Bruce Banner’s mutation into the Hulk.
They haven’t appeared much in derivative media.
Known members of the Celestials include:
- Arishem the Judge
- Ashema the Listener
- The Blue Celestial
- Callus the Void
- Celestial Destructor
- The Celestial Gardener
- The Celestial Madonna
- Devron the Experimenter
- The Dreaming Celestial
- Ea the Wise
- Eson the Searcher
- Exitar the Exterminator
- The Fallen a.k.a. Zgreb the Aspirant
- Gamiel the Manipulator
- Gammenon the Gatherer
- Geun the Executioner
- Groffon the Regurger
- Hargen the Measurer
- Jemiah the Analyzer
- Kahltro the Tinkerer
- Marazov the Penitent
- Nezarr the Calculator
- Neena the Luck Dragon
- The One Above All
- Oneg the Prober
- The Progenitor
- The Red Celestial
- The Red/Blue Judge
- Scathan the Approver
- Star Child
- Xodus the Forgotton
- Tefral the Surveyor
- Valknar the Exhumer
- Ziran the Tester
Who is Thanos?
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 on 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.
Are Celestials Stronger than Thanos?
Well, in order to give arguments for this answer, we first have to analyse their powers.
Thanos is a very powerful Eternal and has proven himself more powerful than most characters, even without external enhancements such as the Infinity Stones. He 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.
What makes him so powerful is the Deviants gene and his years of training and preparation. The thing with the Celestials, though, is that they are stronger on so many levels that Thanos’ powers seem like tidbits. Namely, their physical appearance gives them way more physical power than Thanos has.
Along with that, they’re just ridiculously overpowered – they can move whole planets at will and even create small galaxies on their own, and those are just some of their powers. When compared to them, Thanos is practically a total weakling.
So, when both of them are using only their basic powers, Thanos doesn’t stand a chance against the powerful Celestials. Thanos is even weaker than Odin in his basic form, and Odin is a lot weaker than the Celestials. A fight between Thanos and a Celestial would be like a fight between a mouse and an adult human. Surely, the mouse might put up a fight and harm the human a bit, but essentially – he wouldn’t even come close to a victory.
Still, Thanos has defeated the Celestials on two occasions. One was during The Infinity Gauntlet, when Thanos, using the Infinity Gauntlet, managed to defeat the Celestials, who would easily beat him without the omnipotent accessory. The second occasion was an alternative universe story, in which King Thanos defeated everyone in the Universe, including the Celestials.
There you have it – without accessories or an alternative universe, Thanos doesn’t really stand a chance against any of the Celestials. And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!