Captain Marvel vs. Thor: Who Would Win & Why?

Is Thor Stronger than Captain Marvel?

In this article, we will see how Thor, Marvel’s God of Thunder, would match up against Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel. Both of them are very strong and it’s lucky they’re on the same side, but is Thor stronger than Captain Marvel?

Thor is definitely stronger than Captain Marvel, as is evident in the comic books published by Marvel. While both of them have truly immense powers, Thor being a god and having potential access to a wide array of Asgardian powers makes him the stronger one in this match-up.

Now that we’ve covered that Thor can defeat Captain Marvel in the epic stand-off, it’s time to discuss the topic of this article in more detail. Things are rarely ever black-and-white and that goes for superhero battles as well. There are instances in which Captain Marvel has managed to out-strengthen Thor, so it’s time to analyze this issue and give you a recap of their powers as well as an explanation of why is Thor stronger of the two.

Is Thor Really Stronger than Captain Marvel?

captain marvel vs thor

Let us see whether Carol Danvers can hold her own in a fight against Thor.

This comparison is really not that fair, if you look at the general comic book traits of the characters and their history – Thor’s just a lot stronger than any iteration of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers included. Although Carol could pose a threat with her Binary Powers, Thor still has access to a variety of Asgardian powers and abilities which easily surpass Carol to her full potential. Although you will find examples of Captain Marvel beating Thor (like the recent Captain Marvel #12, where Dark Carol actually killed Thor), it’s really not a general rule, but rather an author’s individual decision to make it a one-time thing. Objectively speaking, Captain Marvel doesn’t stand a chance.

Let us see how the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z (2010) compares the two of them in the following table:

 Captain Marvel
(a.k.a. Carol Danvers)
Thor Odinson
Energy Projection5/76/7
Fighting Skills4/74/7

As we can see, Thor beats Captain Marvel in almost all fields. In that respect, Thor is much more similar to Thanos and, as we’ve already stated in our earlier text, Thanos could easily beat Captain Marvel in a fight. Even with a good tactical approach, Captain Marvel wouldn’t have much luck, since their intelligence level is not that different.

Let us see what powers they have.

Firstly, 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.


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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.

Carol Danvers, as Captain Marvel, has a very similar plethora of abilities, but they are at a much lower level when compared to Thor’s. Captain Marvel has several superhuman traits (strength, stamina, durability, speed) and can even fly. She has regenerative abilities and can harness and use different types of energy for both offense and defense. Her real powers are unlocked when she manages to activate her Binary Powers.

Now that we’ve given you all the information, we think you can see for yourselves that Thor is just too powerful for Captain Marvel. Sure, Carol is a very powerful hero, but when compared to a God – she doesn’t stand much chance. A writer can alter such things and give Carol the victory – he has that liberty – but when compared objectively, Thor is really the stronger one of the two. Plus, just remember that Thor is the son of Odin and that Odin is one of the most powerful beings in the entire Marvel universe.

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