Anticipating the release of Marvel’s Eternals has inspired us to continue our series of comparisons including characters from the Eternals. We have already done several lists and individual articles, but this series is going to focus on some individual Eternals and their powers when compared to some other characters. Today’s article is going to focus on Ikaris, probably the best known Eternal, and Thor, Marvel’s popular God of Thunder. Who would win? Keep reading to find out!
Although Ikaris is known as one of the most powerful Eternals and he could certainly push Thor to his limits, the God of Thunder is simply too powerful for Ikarus to defeat, especially he can become stronger than he is in his base form, while Ikaris is limited in that aspect. This is why Thor is the winner in this one.
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, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Ikaris and his powers
Ikaris takes its name from a tragic accident that took place hundreds of years before his birth. While fighting deviants in ancient Greece, the Eternal, later known as Ikaris, met and married a human woman. The two fathered a son named Icarus, who loved to soar in the air with his father over the seas and mountains of Greece.
Once, the Eternal made his son a pair of mechanical wings so that he could fly alongside him. When his father disappeared while he was fighting the Deviants, the young Icarus tried to follow him using his mechanical wings. For too much inexperience in flight, the young Icarus hovered too high in the air, losing consciousness in the high atmosphere, falling towards his death. Thus, having found his dead son, the Eternal took his name, Ikaris, in remembrance.
Ikaris has the typical powers of all the Eternals: he does not age and if he were killed he would be reborn in Olympia in the reactivation room with the body already adult and the memories intact; he is able to manipulate matter at the molecular level; he is able to levitate objects effortlessly (even a plane); he is almost invulnerable, given the presence of a continuous force field in contact with his skin; he is much stronger and more robust than a normal man and his healing ability is very fast. T
he Eternal can also exercise weak mind control: in the fifth issue of Secret Invasion, for example, Ikaris convinces Hercules that he is the Forgotten Eternal. Ikaris is also endowed with powers that other Eternals do not have: he can emit energy beams from his eyes and fly at enormous speeds (other Eternals can only levitate).
Thor and his powers
Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in comics published by Marvel. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby and was inspired by the Norse god Thore, with whom he shares most of his traits. He made his debut in the comic book Journey into Mystery #83 (1962) and has since become an essential name for Marvel Comics, being the center of several stand-alone series and part of several superhero groups and series. Thor was initially created by Kirby for DC Comics back in the fifties, but the character never achieved any sort of prominence, which is why Kirby co-created another version for Marvel.
Thor is the son of the father of the gods of Asgard, Odin and the spirit of the Earth Jord, an avatar of Gaea. Odin’s goal was to have a son who had powers not derived solely from the homeland of the heavenly gods. So Odin created a cave in Norway, where Jord gave birth to Thor. Thor is raised among the Asgardians in the belief that Frigga, his father’s rightful wife, was also his biological mother.
He spent his childhood throwing himself into the most dangerous adventures together with his envious adoptive brother Loki, his friends Balder, Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg and his first love, Lady Sif, not denying the strength and nobility of his heritage. Thor becomes the best warrior of Asgard, skilled enough to be able to wield the enchanted hammer Mjolnir and to recover the ring of the Nibelung on behalf of his father under the guise of “Siegfried”, giving life to the legend of the same name.
However, all this leads the Asgardian prince to develop an arrogant, impulsive and almost warmonger character, which is why Odin decides to teach him the value of humility by exiling him to Earth (without memory or powers) in the body of the young, frail, meek and lame medical student Donald Blake who, after ten years, opens a private clinic in New York becoming a brilliant doctor known for his virtues of perseverance and compassion.
Realizing that he has now learned his lesson, Odin arranges for his son to go on vacation to Norway, to a cave, find Mjolnir and recover his powers in time to thwart an invasion of Skrull aliens. Later Thor and his alter ego Donald Blake begin a double life taking care of the sick in their private clinic together with the nurse Jane Foster (loved by both) and defending humanity from evil.
The main adversaries faced by the God of Thunder in the course of his first adventures are the Absorbing Man, the Destroyer, the Demoman, Zarrko the man from Another World, the Radioactive Man, the Lava Man, Cobra, Mister Hyde, Amora the Enchantress, Skurge the Executioner, Gargoyle and finally his archenemy and adoptive brother Loki who, on one occasion, to defeat him, takes control of the Hulk making him clash with him.
Before the situation degenerates escalates, however, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp arrive to help the Asgardian hero, and thanks to them, he manages to free the Hulk by defeating Loki. Given the excellent teamwork, once the battle is over, the five heroes decide to form the Avengers. Falling in love with Jane Foster and life on Earth, Thor refuses to return to Asgard even after Odin marks the end of his exile, which creates numerous friction between father and son.
Meanwhile, due to Loki’s machinations, the hero is drawn into a series of epic adventures such as facing the demon Surtur and the giant Skagg alongside Odin and Balder or proving his innocence by a false accusation before the Tribunal; these events force him to take a long period of absence from the Avengers. Some time later, Thor meets the Greek god Hercules with whom, after facing Pluto, Ego the Living Planet and the High Evolutionary, he establishes a deep and lasting friendship.
Finally, Odin agrees to transform Jane into a goddess to test her and determine if she is worthy of her son but, after failing, the nurse is stripped of her powers and sent back to Earth with no memory of Thor, who later recommences his historic relationship with Sif, with whom he faces the troll Ulik for the first time. After rejoining his old battlemates to protect Asgard from the monster called Mangog, Thor rescues Sif after “He” kidnaps her, discovers Galactus’s origins, confronts Surtur, the Stranger and Abomination again, and then clashes with Doctor Doom.
Eventually, he will fall in love with another girl, Viviana, one of the few remaining Valkyries. Thor will sacrifice everything about her to save her from a terrible fate that is death. The two, separated for years, will meet again and give birth to Louis, a demigod.
Comparing the powers of Ikaris and Thor
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.
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 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. Let us continue.
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.
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