Thanos is one of the greatest supervillains in the Marvel Universe. He became far more popular and immortalized when he appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Being an Eternal of Saturn’s moon Titan, Thanos looked huge on the screen compared to Marvel’s major heroes, including Thor and even the Hulk. So, how tall is Thanos?
Thanos is 6’7’’ (201 cm) tall in the comic books, but he weighs almost 1000 lbs (450 kg). He felt rejected by life for his stumpy physique, which is a part of the reason why he became The Mad Titan. However, in the MCU, he’s a lot taller, standing at 8’3’’ (252 cm).
That means the supervillain is over half a meter taller on the big screen compared to his Marvel Comics counterparts. But, how does he compare to Marvel’s major heroes like Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, or Captain America? Let’s find out.
How Tall Is Thanos (Movies and Comics)?
As I said, there is a big discrepancy in Thanos’ size in the comics and on the big screen. Thanos was short for an Eternal in the comics, standing at 6’7’’, but he weighed almost 1000 lbs (450 kg).
His awkward build is due to a rare genetic disorder he has called Deviant Syndrome. That’s why he is so massive and has such thick purple skin, and it’s also the reason he felt like an outcast, leading him to hate the world and eventually become The Mad Titan.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, his stature is somewhat changed. He weighs around the same (I think, although it was never really stated specifically), but he’s 8’3’’ (252 cm), over half a meter taller than his comic book counterpart.
He towers over the Avengers – he’s even taller than the Hulk. So, why did the writers choose to replace his “stumpy” stature and make him that much taller? Well, it’s simple – they wanted him to appear more intimidating and for his extraterrestrial, interdimensional evil intentions to match his physique.
If he were 6’7’’ as in the comics, fans wouldn’t take him as seriously. He would just look like a fat human being. But, seeing a colossal supervillain towering over our favorite heroes makes him that much more intimidating, which is why his height has been changed in the MCU.
We’ll compare both his movies and comics size with nine major Marvel heroes.
Thanos vs. The Hulk
The Hulk is a character that comes the closest to Thanos in size when we’re talking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the movies, The Hulk is around 8’2’’, just an inch shorter than Thanos, who is 8’3’’. However, some comic versions of The Hulk (such as the Worldbreaker Hulk) can reach 8’4’’ (254 cm), making him slightly taller than The Mad Titan.
The Hulk is usually depicted between 7 and 8 feet in the comics, depending on his state and how angry he is. For instance, Professor Hulk (combining The Hulk’s power and Bruce Banner’s brains) is shorter than the regular Hulk, being around 7-foot tall. As we now know, Thanos is 6’7’’ in the comics, meaning The Hulk is a lot taller than him.
Comparing Thanos and Bruce Banner, though, The Mad Titan is way taller, as Banner is only 5’9.5’’ (176 cm).
Thanos vs. Thor
Thor is one of the mightiest Marvel superheroes. The Asgardian God of Thunder has a human-like physique, standing at 6’6’’ (198 cm), but he packs a punch that can go toe-to-toe with Thanos and even with The Hulk.
Comparing Thanos’ size in the movies with Thor makes it clear that the supervillain is a lot bigger (8’3’’ compared to Thor’s 6’6’’). You can see the size discrepancy in Avengers: Infinity War when Thor strikes Thanos with the Stormbreaker.
Thanos falls on his knees, saying, “You should have gone for the head” to Thor. Despite him kneeling, they are around the same height at that moment.
As for the comic book version of Thanos, he is just an inch taller than Thor (6’7’’ compared to Thor’s 6’6’’). Their weight is somewhat comparable, with Thanos being 985 lbs (447 kg) and Thor walking at 640 lbs (290 lbs).
Note that Thor is not human despite looking very similar, which explains why he weighs so much.
Thanos vs. Iron Man
One of the guys that can measure with Thanos in size, surprisingly, is Iron Man. Of course, not without his suit or the regular Iron Man suit.
The biggest Iron Man suit to date is the Hulkbuster, specifically designed to battle The Hulk, measuring up to eleven feet (335 cm). That’s almost three feet taller than Thanos in the movies (who’s 8’3’’) and around four and a half feet taller than the comic book Thanos (6’7’’).
The Hulkbuster is a Modular suit, meaning it has attachments that go onto a regular Iron Man suit to make it bigger. Regular Iron Man suits are around 6’5’’ (195 cm), which is still a bit shorter than Thanos, even in his comics’ version.
Comparing Tony Stark without his suit and MCU Thanos gives us a huge size discrepancy. Tony is around 6’1’’ (185 cm), whereas Thanos is 8’3’’ (252 cm).
Thanos vs. Captain America
Captain America is a 100-year-old supersoldier that possesses superhuman strength. However, his physique isn’t quite superhuman – there are bigger folks than him, even when you compare him to regular humans.
Cap stands at around 6’2’’ (188 cm) and weighs around 240 lbs (109 kg). That’s a colossal size difference between him and Thanos both in the MCU and the Marvel Comics.
The movie version of Thanos is over two feet taller than Steven Rogers, while the comic book Thanos is over 300 kg heavier and around five inches taller (around 13 cm).
You could’ve seen just how big Thanos is compared to Cap in Avengers: Infinity War, when Rogers screams trying to take off The Mad Titan’s gauntlet from his hand – Thanos just swipes him away like a bug using the Infinity Stones.
Thanos vs. Black Widow
The Black Widow is the shortest member of the original Avengers’ big five (Hulk, Thor, Cap, Iron Man, and her). She is 5’7’’ (170 cm) tall, which isn’t that short for a female human, but it’s still quite short compared to the other Avengers – or Thanos, who’s as big as 8’3’’ in the movies, and 6’7’’ in the comics.
That makes him at least a foot taller than Natasha (almost three feet in the movies), but the biggest difference between the two is in their weight. Although the Black Widow is highly skilled and strong, she weighs just around 130 lbs (59 kg), whereas Thanos is almost 450 kg).
That’s almost a 400-kg discrepancy. So yeah, when it comes to their physique, Thanos could crush Natasha with a finger.
Thanos vs. Hawkeye
Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, is one of my favorite Marvel characters because he’s only a human, but his calmness, focus, and precision are god-like. He’s also one of the tallest Avengers standing at 6’3’’ (190 cm). Only Thor (6’6’’) and The Hulk (8’) are taller than Hawkeye (Bruce Banner is a lot shorter, standing at 5’9.5’’).
Compared to Thanos, he’s around four inches (11 cm) shorter than the comic book version and precisely two feet shorter than the MCU Thanos.
Also, Clint weighs around 230 lbs (104 kg), which is quite big for a human but incomparable to The Mad Titan or Thor.
Thanos vs. Ant-Man
One of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man. In his regular, suitless form, he’s a 5’9’’ (180 cm) guy, while the suit gives him an inch more. That’s an inch shorter than the initial Ant-Man, Hank Pym from the comic books. He was exactly 6-foot tall (around 6’1’’ ate regular size in the Ant-Man suit).
He compares with Thanos virtually the same as other human members of the Avengers. But, the situation changes when Ant-Man uses his suit to shrink or grow.
When Scott shrinks, he can go sub-atomic, meaning he can reduce his size to be smaller than an atom, entering the quantum realm. In theory, as you enter the quantum realm, you can get stuck there, shrinking for eternity, meaning his smallest possible size is the Planck length or the fundamental quantum unit of the space-time continuum.
Regularly-shrunk Ant-Man (the version that doesn’t enter the quantum realm) is around half an inch or even a bit smaller – small enough to ride a flying ant sitting on its back.
But there’s another side to Ant-Man. Yes, he can get small, but he can also go gigantic. According to the Ant-Man and the Wasp, Scott Lang speaks to Bill Foster (Goliath in the comics), who asks him how big he can get, to which Lang answers that his record is 65 feet (1981 cm, or 19.81 m).
However, some fans say that his true record came in the Avengers: Endgame, where he got around 100 feet tall. The biggest problem with Ant-Man going that big is that he spends incredible amounts of energy, so even though it would make him over 90 feet taller than Thanos, it’s not a sustainable long-term fighting strategy for him.
Thanos vs. Spider-Man
Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, is still a teenager in most versions of the comics, and especially in the MCU. That means he’s usually still growing, so his height varies depending on what version of Spider-Man we’re talking about.
Generally, Marvel lists Spider-Man at 5’10’’ (178 cm), weighing just 167 lbs (67 kg). That is substantially smaller than the 6’7’’ comic book Thanos, especially the 8’3’’ MCU Thanos.
Still, Spider-Man’s size doesn’t come from his physique but his huge heart.
Thanos vs. Black Panther
Finally, the last character I will compare Thanos with is King T’Challa, aka Black Panther. The Wakandan king looks incredibly muscular both in the movies and the comics, but he’s the average human size in reality.
He stands at 6 feet (183 cm) and weighs around 200 lbs (91 kg), over two feet shorter, and 750 lbs lighter than The Mad Titan.
Although T’Challa’s physical attributes aren’t that impressive, his power doesn’t come from his size, but his heart, morals, and of course, the incredible technology his country Wakanda possesses.