Kang vs. Thanos: Can the Conqueror Defeat the Mad Titan?
Thanos has been featured in a lot of our comparisons over the years because he is a very popular character and some that can often be compared to a variety of other characters. This is why we are going to compare Thanos to another character again. In this comparison, we are going to stay within the boundaries of Marvel’s fictional universe. Thanos is, as we have said, going to be one of the characters, while the other is going to be the Kang the Conqueror, one of Marvel’s most enduring villains. Who would win in a fight?
Kang the Conqueror could not defeat Thanos in any scenario. While there is absolutely no doubt that Kang is a formidable opponent, Thanos is simply too powerful and too intelligent to fall for Kang’s tricks and illusions, which is why he would come out on top. He probably couldn’t get rid of Kang permanently due to his nature, but he would defeat him.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Thanos and the High Evolutionary in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why Thanos would ultimately defeat Kang the Conqueror in a fight.
Thanos possesses superhuman strength whose limits are not known for sure. Death has increased his strength beyond its original limits, allowing him to rival or exceed the power of the physically stronger Eternals. Thanos is one of the strongest beings in the universe and is capable of lifting over 100 tons effortlessly. Thanos’ strength is so great that he has destroyed entire planets, planetoids and satellites with base hits.
He has been shown to be able to fight both Thor and The Thing at the same time for an extended period. His strength reserves are so great that with just a series of blows he has been able to defeat beings like the Silver Surfer, even bringing him to the brink of death. Thanos can augment his strength with cosmic energy when needed.
Kang wears combat armor capable of levitating and increasing his strength, allowing him to lift 5 tons under optimal conditions. A force field can be extended from 60cm to almost 7m in a sphere, and resists the explosion of a nuclear warhead. A gravity control device allows him to nullify the weight of any object, up to a maximum of 2200 kg.
The gauntlets are equipped with electric emitters and force blasters, emitting a beam whose power is equivalent to several sticks of dynamite. The armor also has a mini-time transporter, and all he has to do is snap his fingers to conjure up any weapon – primitive, modern or futuristic – he desires.
The armor is equipped with life support, allowing it to survive 30 days without food. Kang is a master of armed and unarmed combat. He was able to take on Captain America and single-handedly held off Immortus’ time-wracked army for several minutes during the Fate War.
Okay, Kang can fight, but when compared to Thanos, he doesn’t stand a chance in this category. There is absolutely no way that Kang could even harm Thanos, which is why the Mad Titan wins this category easily.
Points: Thanos 1, Kang the Conqueror 0
Before his “death”, Thanos possessed an impressive degree of resistance to physical damage, even when compared to other Eternals. After his resurrection, Death increased his ability to resist injury to a much greater degree and is nearly invulnerable. He has withstood point-blank attacks capable of destroying small stars or solar systems without any damage.
He has withstood blows and attacks from beings as powerful as the Silver Surfer, Thor and survived safely. His incredible stamina has shown that he can survive attacks from universal-level entities such as Odin and Galactus.
Kang is over 70 years old but thanks to the technology of the future has managed to delay his aging. He has the body and faculties of a 40-year-old man. And that about covers it in terms of Kang’s durability. He doesn’t have any special skills in this category and his durability is due to the fact that he ages slowly, but because he can endure a punch.
And while King might outlive us all, he is not as durable as that fact suggests. Thanos clearly wins in this category as well, which is why we have to give him the point.
Points: Thanos 2, Kang the Conqueror 0
Despite his enormous muscular mass, Thanos is capable of running and moving at speeds superior to the finest human athletes. However, he can be intercepted with various strategies at the hands of skilled speedsters from the Marvel Universe.
Generally, Kang is not a speedster and speed is not his forte. He is not a fighter so he doesn’t really need to worry about that usually. On the other hand, like Thanos he can teleport, which is quite a practical thing to know.
This is a category where these two characters are identical. Neither of them is especially fast, but since both can teleport (as they have that ability), we decided to divide the points.
Points: Thanos 3, Kang the Conqueror 1
Energy Manipulation & Projection
Thanos has shown great versatility in the use of his energy projection abilities. He has shown the ability to project energy as a devastating force, gamma radiation blasts, infrared heat rays, and disruptor beams, as well as form force shields. The exact extent of the energy projection abilities are unknown, but a single eye-blast has been able to render the thing unconscious and knocking over the likes of Thor. It has been speculated that the nature of Thanos’s cosmic energy pool may be quasi-mystical in nature.
Without his armor, Kang is useless in this category, but his Armor can pack a punch. Kang can fire concussive blasts from the fingertips of his gauntlets; these blasts have the force of several tons of dynamite. By cracking his fingers, he can also summon any number of various weapons which are transported to him through the time-stream immediately. Also, by flexing his muscles, Kang can activate a powerful electric shock.
And while Kang’s Armor does make him equal to Thanos in this category, we still have to give this point to the Mad Titan because he is better than Kang under normal circumstances.
Points: Thanos 4, Kang the Conqueror 1
Perhaps Thanos’ most dangerous ability is his mind. With the Intellect from him, Thanos dedicates himself to enhancing his own powers and the annihilation of all life. Thanos is a genius in virtually every known field of advanced science and has created technology far above current Earth Science. His intellect surpasses the greatest minds on Earth, Reed Richards and Dr. Doom. His intelligence even allowed him to create genetic duplicates of himself, as well as merge them with beings like Galactus.
Kang is a scientific genius, rivaling the skills of Anthony Stark and Doctor Doom. He is an expert in the fields of time travel and robotics. He has knowledge and technology, the only one capable of not creating discrepancies when he travels in the past. Through his mental strength, Kang managed to separate from his future Immortus double, to become a separate entity.
Kang is fearless and doesn’t slow down to accomplish his goals. A brilliant tactician and politician, Kang is at the head of an important technological empire, and has very high-tech ships, capable of traveling through time and Limbo. He also possesses several sources of extraterrestrial technology, and some artifacts of great power.
And while Kang is a genius with an enormous array of skills and abilities, his intelligence doesn’t really outmatch Thanos’. Thanos is smarter than most Earth-based characters, and while Kang does possess a lot of knowledge, he is still human, which is why Thanos wins this one.
Points: Thanos 5, Kang the Conqueror 1
Thanos vs. Kang the Conqueror: Who wins?
This was a clear one, to be honest. We had anticipated that Thanos would win this one, but we did not think that it would be this easy. Still, Thanos beats Kang in almost every category and that was also reflected in our point-by-point analysis through several relevant categories. The only category where Kang has a chance is speed, but that is only because both of them can teleport.
Thanos defeats Kang easily in combat because despite the additions of his armor, Kang is not a fighter and he could not actually put up a good fight against the Mad Titan. The same goes for their energy manipulation skills; while Kang’s armor can, indeed, provide him with an array of powerful weapons, they couldn’t do much against Thanos.
Ultimately, we thought that they would be similar intelligence-wise, but this is a category where Thanos also triumphs. In the end, Thanos has proven himself to be a far more superior opponent and would easily defeat Kang.