Ikaris is probably the best-known Eternal, and Thor is Marvel’s popular God of Thunder. They have very similar powers, so it is no wonder that people want to know who would win if the two ever fought.
Thor is simply too powerful for Ikarus to defeat, especially since he can become stronger than he is in his base form, while Ikaris is limited in that aspect. Although Ikaris is known as one of the most powerful Eternals and he could certainly push Thor to his limits, Thor is the winner in this one.
But, saying that, there is still a lot more to be said about the fight between the Asgardian and the Eternal. Let’s take a deeper look into the article and see why exactly would Thor be able to defeat Ikaris.
Comparing the powers of Ikaris and Thor
Ikaris’ life force is augmented by cosmic energy and he has full mental control over his physical form and bodily processes, even when he is asleep or unconscious. As a result, he is virtually immortal, immune to disease and aging, and invulnerable to conventional forms of injury. If Ikaris were injured in any way, he could regenerate any injured or lost tissue.
Cosmic energy strengthens Ikaris’ metabolism so that he does not tire of any physical effort. He can withstand extreme temperatures through mental concentration. Ikaris can levitate himself by mentally manipulating the gravitons around him. He can also levitate other people and objects, even while they are already levitating.
Ikaris can fly through self-levitation at approximately 850 miles per hour, a speed that most other Eternals cannot match.
Ikaris has low-level psychic abilities, allowing him to scan the surface thoughts of any mindless adept than his own. He can mentally create illusions to disguise himself. Ikaris can also psionically manipulate atoms and molecules to transform the shape of an object. However, Ikaris is only a second-level adept on a scale of five levels (the fifth level being the highest) in this discipline.
He can rearrange molecules in the air to create a virtually impenetrable shield over himself. Ikaris can project cosmic energy in the form of rays from his eyes or rays and flashes from his hands. This cosmic energy, stored in specialized enclaves of cells in his body, can be used as force, heat, light, and possibly other forms of electromagnetic energy.
Ikaris can project a maximum concussive force of at least 260 pounds per square inch. He can project heat to a maximum temperature of at least 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt iron. It takes him about a minute to reach this maximum temperature.
Because Ikaris heat rays can vaporize solid objects, they are often called death rays. The maximum range for energy beams from him is approximately 200 feet. Ikaris is a fourth-level adept on a scale of five levels (the fifth level is the highest) in this discipline.
Expenditure of cosmic energy in this way continuously for several hours will temporarily deplete Ikaris’s physical strength, but not his resistance to injury, although it will temporarily increase his sensitivity to pain. He will quickly return to normal after that prolonged energy expenditure is over.
Ikaris can teleport psychically, but he prefers not to, as, like other Eternals, he finds the process of self-teleportation physically unpleasant. He can also teleport other people along with himself.
Now, let us see what Thor can do. Thor is a god and as such, he has a lot of the same powers his father, Odin, has. But he is still weaker than Odin. He is superhuman in most aspects (strength, durability, intelligence, longevity, etc.) but unlike Thanos, he is not immortal. He is practically invulnerable, but he does age and, like all the other Asgardian gods, will eventually die; it’ll just take him longer than your average bear to do so.
The thin with Thor is that he has access to a variety of unimaginable powers that stem from Asgard, the best-known being the powers of Mjolnir, the Stormbreaker, and the Odin Force. Thor can also use other forms of energy and blend with them, as he did with Power Cosmic. There’s also the forbidden Warrior’s Madness, which can turn Thor into an unstoppable beast, but also destroy his psyche, which is why it was banned by Odin.
Before we continue, let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two characters:
Ikaris vs. Thor: Who wins?
From what we know in the comic books, Thor and Ikaris are friends or, at least, share a mutual respect for each other. As the above panel shows, they know each other and share a pretty close bond full of respect, although it wasn’t always like that.
From a purely comparative standpoint, though, these two aren’t on the same level. Namely, despite all of his powers, Ikaris is simply no match for Thor. Thor’s basic form is exceptionally powerful (as the table above suggests) and he has a lot of power sources he can dwell into to use against Ikaris. Ikaris is limited, albeit not weak, but he has what he has, while Thor can become even more powerful as a fight progresses.
And that is just his base form. Thor has, throughout the years, shown that he can become even more powerful than he is and these versions of the God of Thunder make him, certainly, one of the most powerful Marvel superheroes ever, while Ikaris is not even the most powerful Eternal.
This difference in power has also been confirmed in the comics, when Ikaris witnessed a brutal fight between Thor and Gilgamesh, another Eternal. The latter two were close back then, but Ikaris, who tried to help Gilgamesh, admitted that Thor was stronger than him, not even needing to fight him to know that. And this was a very old iteration of Thor.
This is why we are absolutely certain that Thor would win this fight and can declare him the winner.