In our new comparison, we are going to be dealing with two very powerful supervillains from the Marvel universe. One of them is a magical entity – not the strongest, but among the strongest – called Dormammu, best known as the enemy of Doctor Strange, while the other is probably Marvel’s most famous villain, Thanos, who doesn’t really need further introduction. In a direct clash between these two, who do you think would win? Keep reading to find out!
Without any enhancements, Thanos doesn’t really stand much chance against Dormammu, even if Dormammu is removed from the Dark Dimension; Dormammu is just more powerful. The the Infinity Gauntlet, or even just some of the Infinity Stones, Thanos would easily defeat Dormammu.
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. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two heroes to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Is Dormammu dangerous?
Dormammu is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He is also known as the The Dread One, Lord of Chaos; and The Great Enigma. His first appearance occurs in Strange Tales #126 (1964).
He is the lord of the Dark Dimension and is a supervillain in the Marvel universe; he is a mystical entity and a sorcerer, best-known as Doctor Strange’s number one enemy. Dormammu also has a niece, Clea, a disciple of Doctor Strange.
Dormammu is a member of the Faltine race, a beneficial shape-shifting people residing on another plane of reality. The Faltines had lived in peace for years, until the day one of them named Sinifer gave birth to two beings, Dormammu and his sister Umar. Both siblings will later become thirsty for conquest, so much, in fact, that Dormammu will come to steal the flame of the Faltine command, thus forcing his race to banish him to the Dark Dimension.
In short Dormammu will become the lord of that dimension and will try to conquer others, including the Earth, thus becoming one of the greatest mystical threats. Umar will instead demonstrate a great desire for physical pleasure, so much so that she will obtain an appearance similar to that of a human, to obtain the maximum enjoyment from life. After being banished along with her brother, Umar will spend her time finding a way to unseat Dormammu and thus become the new lady of the Dark Dimension.
Over the centuries, Dormammu has faced all the Sorcerers Supreme who have succeeded each other on Earth and has always tried to enter our world both in person and through his subordinates (including Baron Mordo and Hood), but Doctor Strange has always managed to stop his plans. On more than one occasion, Doctor Strange has been helped to stop Dormammu by other heroes, such as Spider-Man or the Defenders.
Is Thanos Marvel’s strongest villain?
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. Thanos was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons as a member of the Eternals. He is the son of A’lars and Sui-San, two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience. Believing him to be a threat to the universe, his mother wanted him killed, 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. Not long after that, Thanos became a supervillain, initially a simple pirate, but soon had more megalomanic plans.
He was not satisfied with mere piracy; he wanted more. Much more. Thanos 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 actions are motivated by his love towards Mistress Death, in whose name he has killed on several occasions.
Dormammu and Thanos – comparing their powers
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.
Composed of pure mystical energy, Dormammu possesses a great range of powers that can be further extended and enhanced by those worshipping him. Among his many abilities are immortality, transmutation of matter, interdimensional teleportation, modification of one’s features and dimensions, control of the elements, telepathy, the creation of artificial beings and the ability to penetrate the mind of psychically weaker individuals in order to control them. He also possesses immense physical strength.
Dormammu can invoke the mystical energies of all the Dark Dimension, however his abilities are reduced when he is physically present in another dimension unless he can connect to his world through some sort of passage. Like that of various other mystical entities, Dormammu’s energy can be invoked by the most powerful and trained sorcerers (Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo are an example).
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.
Superficially, this comparison is much tougher than most of the ones we’ve done on Fiction Horizon. Both Dormammu and Thanos are among the most powerful Marvel characters ever and they are both very dangerous, but in very different aspects. Dormammu is a magical entity, while Thanos is a superpowered villain, which is why it is so difficult compare this list in such a way. Still, we’d say that Dormammu is more powerful, based on this list, than Thanos without any additions.
Dormammu 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. Dormammu and Thanos are different characters in a lot of ways and it’s certainly going to be fun comparing them.
This fight needs to be approached from two different angles. The first one is where Dormammu fights Thanos without any enhancements. In such a situation, Dormammu’s powers would really matter, as his magical abilities would surpass Thanos’ powers quite easily. If they fought in Dormammu’s Dark Dimension, Dormammu would literally crush Thanos without any problems. In his own realm, there are a few characters that could actually defeat Dormammu as his powers are night omnipotent there. But, even if they fought on Earth or some other realm, Dormammu’s magical powers, albeit weaker, would still be enough for him to defeat Thanos.
Thanos’ powers without enhancements are great when fighting characters from his own dimension and characters that are humanoid or generally superpowered, but without magical abilities, but they aren’t very useful in a fight against an overpowered magical being such as Dormammu.
The situation becomes radically different when Thanos has some enhancements, like the Infinity Gauntlet or just one or two of the Infinity Stones. As seen in Doctor Strange, Dormammu – on Earth at least – was beaten by the titular superhero with just the Time Stone, which means that Thanos could easily do the same on Earth. Of course, Dormammu’s powers outside the Dark Dimension are significantly weaker so one or two Stones would be enough, but such a small number would probably not be enough in the Dark Dimension.
Still, even in the Dark Dimension, Dormammu could do relatively little against Thanos with a fully-powered Infinity Gauntlet containing all the Infinity Stones. With such a weapon, Thanos is practically invincible and there is, according to our earlier analyses, only one villain stronger than him in such a situation and only a handful or other characters in the whole Marvel Universe. Regardless of his powers and their potential in the Dark Dimension, Dormammu would not stand a chance against Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet.
And with this, we can conclude our analysis. The situation is rather complex here and it depends on where these two would fight and with what they would fight. We have established that Dormammu wins both on Earth and in the Dark Dimension with Thanos fighting without any enhancements. On the other hand, Thanos wins against Dormammu on Earth with just one Infinity Stone and he even wins in the Dark Dimension with all the Infinity Stones and the Gauntlet. To make it simpler, here are the outcomes written out in a table:
As you can see, it’s a tie, with each of the villains winning in three situations. This brings us to the conclusion that Dormammu and Thanos are equally strong, but their powers are of a different nature. This is why the outcome of a fight between these two heavily depends on where and how the two of them fight. And this is why there isn’t, really, a cleart, straightforward answer to this question, but we do hope that our analysis has helped you in forming your own opinions.
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