Dormammu, a magical entity, best known as the enemy of Doctor Strange, and Thanos, the Mad Titan, who doesn’t really need further introduction are two of the most powerful supervillains in Marvel Universe. But who of the two is stronger? Who would win in a clash between Dormammu and Thanos?
With the Infinity Gauntlet or even just some of the Infinity Stones, Thanos would easily defeat Dormammu. 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.
Speaking of Dormammu vs. Thanos, there’s still a lot to be said. Throughout the rest of this article, we will look at their powers and abilities in more detail and see how the fight between Dormammu and Thanos would play out.
Dormammu Vs. Thanos: Comparing Their Powers
Dormammu and His Powers
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 and His Powers
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.
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 to 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?
Dormammu and Thanos are different characters in a lot of ways and it’s certainly going to be fun seeing who would win in a fight between the two. This fight needs to be approached from two different angles.
Thanos Without the Infinity Gauntlet
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.
Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet
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. Regardless of his powers and their potential in the Dark Dimension, Dormammu would not stand a chance against Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet.
The Bottom Line
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 clear, straightforward answer to this question, but we do hope that our analysis has helped you in forming your own opinions.