Both Superman and Thor are among the strongest superheroes in their respective universes. Thor is an Asgardian god and draws his superhuman abilities from his divine heritage, while Superman is a Kryptonian alien who gains superhuman abilities thanks to the Earth’s atmosphere and environment. So, what would happen in a fight between the Man of Steel and the God of Thunder? Keep reading to find out.
This comparison was simple enough because even the comics confirm – officially – that Superman is stronger than Thor and would defeat him in a fight.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States. Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows and video games. Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom and others.
DC Comics, for those of you that are not familiar with the story behind the comics, is a major American comic book publisher founded back in 1934. Along with Marcel Comics, it is the most popular comic book publisher in the United States. DC Comics is a major player in the comic book business and is the “home” of many famous comic book characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and many others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Who is Superman?
Superman is one of the chief characters in the DC Comics universe. Born as Kal-El of Krypton, he was sent to Earth by his parents, moments before the tragic destruction of his home planet. On Earth, he landed in Kansas, near the estate of ones Jonathan and Martha Kent, two local farmers who took him in and raised him as their own child, giving him the name Clark Kent. Young Clark was thus raised in Smallville, not knowing his heritage and the powers he possesses.
As he grew up, Clark Kent became aware of his powers and found out about his heritage, but he decided to accept the Kents as his real parents, even after discovering his true identity. Most of these scenes include him discovering the messages left to him by his real father, Jor-El, through which he learns everything about himself and his heritage.
Later on, Clark Kent becomes a reporter for the Daily Planet, a Metropolis-based newspaper, while simultaneously “working” as Superman, the protector of Metropolis and the Earth. While working for the Daily Planet, Superman meets Jimmy Olsen, a trusted friend and ally, and Lois Lane, a big-shot reporter, with whom he eventually falls in love and starts a relationship. He’s also had an on-and-off relationship with Wonder Woman, but Lois was always his first and true love.
One of Superman’s first opponents was General Zod, another survivor from his home planet, who threatened Earth, before being stopped by Superman. Unlike some other DC superheroes, Superman has a lot of extra-terrestrial enemies, some of the most notable being Brainiac, the collector of planets, and Doomsday, a Kryptonian monstrosity matching Superman’s own powers. Still, his archenemy is a human, a very powerful and very intelligent human, but still only a human. His name is Lex Luthor and he plays a very important role in Superman’s crime fighting career.
Superman’s most famous nickname is the Man of Steel, which symbolises his superhuman strength and abilities. He is certainly the most powerful among the DC Comics heroes, but he also has a very strong weakness – Kryptonite. Those who know this, often used this to their advantage, since Kryptonite can do devastating damage to the Man of Steel.
He has appeared in a lot of derivative material, including a film series starring Christopher Reeve, the DCEU, where he’s played by Henry Cavill and several animated features.
Who is Thor?
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 Odin, the mighty All-Father and one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel universe. He is the Asgardian God of Thunder and is the carrier of the legendary hammer Mjolnir. Being designated as Odin’s “heir”, Thos has tested himself on numerous occasions by fighting strong enemies and doing dangerous tasks, just to prove his worth both to himself and to his father. He had a strong rivalry with his adoptive brother, Loki.
While being an important character in Marvel’s cosmic stories, Thor is also very important for Earth, which he regularly protects. While on Earth, he usually passes himself of as Donald Blake, M.D. Thor has had a relationship with human Jane Foster, who was depicted as Dr. Blake’s nurse in the comics; Jane Foster even became Thor at one point in the series. He is also a member of the Avengers and has saved Earth on numerous occasions.
Thor is certainly one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe. He has appeared in all forms of derivative material, including TV shows, video games and movies. In the MCU, he is portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.
Is Superman stronger than Thor?
We could debate this endlessly, but for this comparison, we actually have a short and official answer, so why not cut to the chase – Superman is indeed stronger than Thor, as was officially confirmed both by Marvel and DC Comics. We’re going to tell you more on that in the following paragraphs, but let us see how they compare on a general level.
As far as Superman goes, his powers and feats are well-documented throughout the comics and it is very easy to support every statement with evidence.
Superman has superhuman traits like strength, speed, durability and others. He can shoot burning lasers from his eyes and ice from his mouth. He can also fly and is generally able to stand his ground in any form of physical confrontation, despite the opponent.
Although he looks like a god from a human perspective, he isn’t one. In fact, on Krypton he would’ve been like any human on Earth, but the Earth’s atmosphere and living conditions enhanced his powers in that environment.
Thor has a lot of the same powers his father, Odin, has, but he is still significantly weaker than him. He is superhuman in most aspects (strength, durability, intelligence, longevity, etc.) but is not immortal, as one might think based on his divine attributes and heritage. 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 thing 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.
Their powers – when compared this way – are very similar. In terms of physical strength they’re practically equal, as well as in terms of special abilities. What seems, though, is that Superman is more enduring than Thor, meaning that he could withstand Thor’s attacks with much more ease than Thor could withstand Superman’s. So, it’s a draw, right? Well… not exactly.
Namely, most of our crossover comparisons are actually hypothetical in the sense that the characters never actually fought, so we have to envision a fictional fight between them and determine the winner based on their powers and feats in the stories. This is not the case here, as Thor and Superman actually did fight in the crossover comic JLA/Avengers #2 (2003), written by Kurt Busiek and Superman – won!
In this major crossover storyline, the Avengers are pitted against the Justice League in a cosmic game played between DC’s Krona, an exiled Oan, and Marvel’s Grandmaster. And while Captain America and Batman deduce that their fight is not the main point here and go on to investigate, other members of the two teams fight against each other.
In #1, at the very end, Thor hits Superman with Mjolnir and Superman proves to be vulnerable in such a situation, but their fight doesn’t actually happen until #2, in the midst of a large superhero crossover brawl. The two exchange punches until Superman fires his lasers at Thor, wounding him. But the God of Thunder drew his hammer once more, aiming to finish Superman. At that moment – a miracle happened! Superman caught and stopped Mjolnir in mid-air, completely surprising Thor, and then punched the God of Thunder so hard that he ended up being knocked out completely.
This was a shock for all the Avengers, who then collectively attacked Superman and managed to overpower him, but still not knock him out or defeat him. Yes, you’ve read that right – Superman survived a collective attack by several Avangers! After defeating Thor, Superman did admit that he was his toughest opponent ever.
We don’t have to go any further, since the comics officially confirm that Superman is stronger than Thor. This was an interesting fight and although it didn’t have the epic proportions we all wanted it to have, it still provided enough entertainment.
Still, this was a very controversial move among the fans, as Marvel fans though that Busiek sold himself and Thor out because he wanted a job at DC Comics, which is – of course – not true, but fans will be fans, right?
The truth behind this result is actually a vote conducted by the creative team behind the crossover comic, all three of whom voted for Superman, agreeing that the outcome of the fight had to be like it was. They thought that it was in accordance with the characters themselves and that it was the only realistic outcome. And we agree. Had there not been this fight, we would’ve also agreed that Superman would’ve been the winner in this fight.
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