Kang is certainly a formidable foe, but can he hold his own against the Mad Titan?
Kang the Conqueror could not defeat Thanos in any scenario. Thanos is just too powerful and too intelligent for Kang and would easily defeat him whichever tactical approach the latter uses.
Now, we are going to introduce the protagonists (or antagonists) of our article and then we are going to compare their powers and explain our answer in more detail.
Kang the Conqueror and His Powers
Kang the Conqueror is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is just one of the alter egos of one Nathaniel Richards.
Kang the Conqueror was created by comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and made his debut in the 1963 comic book Fantastic Four #19 as Pharaoh Rama-Tur, while the Kang persona officially debuted in The Avengers #8 (1964).
Kang the Conqueror is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel fictional universe. He is actually just one of the many incarnations of one Nathaniel Richard, a 31st-century scholar fascinated with history who used the technology developed by Victor von Doom to repeatedly travel back and forth through time.
During his first journey, he traveled back to Ancient Egypt and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, planning on adopting En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse) as his heir; his reign was cut short by the time-displaced Fantastic Four.
Angered, Richards went to the 20th century where he aligned himself with Doctor Doom and later became the Scarlet Centurion. Under that name, he wanted to eliminate the Avengers by making them fight their alternative-reality counterparts, but the superheroes managed to force him back into the timeline.
Once again defeated, Richard tries to go back to his own timeline but misses by a thousand years and lands on a war-torn Earth he conquers without major problems. He soon expanded his rule throughout that timeline’s galaxy, becoming Kang the Conqueror.
Due to him being a time-traveling entity, there are many different iterations of the Nathaniel Richards characters, some of which are even superheroes, like Iron Lad or Immortus.
As far as Kang is concerned, it is usually said that there are numerous different iterations of Kang, one for each version of the character that has interacted with the primary universe of Earth-616, while the original Kang is considered to be from Earth-6311.
Kang is primarily an enemy of the Avengers, but he has also fought other heroes in the Marvel fictional universe.
Kang the Conqueror has appeared in several animated adaptations of Marvel’s stories as well as in several video games based on the stories. He has yet to appear in a feature film, but it is heavily rumored that he is set to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
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.
Kang vs Thanos: Who Would Win?
You now know everything you need to know about Kang and Thanos. Well… not literally everything, but you know more than enough to be able to follow the answer to the main question as we are going to present it in the paragraphs that follow.
First of all, we are going to list their primary powers. Interestingly enough, Kang the Conqueror is not especially powerful in comic books. Well, besides his time traveling skills, that is.
He is a regular human being with very high intelligence, he ages slower than present-day humans, he is a skilled manipulator and has an indomitable will. He is also a skilled fighter but besides that – there’s nothing except a regular, yet resourceful human being.
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.
It’s really a no-brainer, right? Well yes, but let us still how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters :
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As you can plainly see, Thanos beats Kang in every possible field. Even an enhanced version of Kang is not a Match for Thanos in any of the fields. So, what would happen if the two actually fought?
In direct combat, Thanos would destroy Kang without even having to give it his all. He is so much stronger and faster than Kang that the time-traveling supervillain wouldn’t even know how to approach the fight except for running away.
Despite the aura surrounding Kang, he is no match for Thanos or any of the stronger characters in the Marvel Universe, for that matter.
There are some superpowered iterations of Kang that could defeat Thanos (e.g. Galactus Kang), but that is too much of alternative reality for us to actually take into account when comparing the two characters.
The only way Kang might have a chance is if he managed to avoid a direct confrontation and went back in time and killed Thanos as a baby, but that is also a very far-fetched theory and we cannot entertain it seriously in this case.