Thanos vs Gorr the God Butcher: Who Would Win?
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Thanos vs Gorr the God Butcher: Who Would Win?

Every time we come back to our comparisons, things seem to become more and more interesting. Today, we are staying within the Marvel Universe and we are going to compare two supervillains; we all know it’s much more fun comparing two interesting supervillains than anything else, so we’re enjoying this as much as you. The protagonists of today’s article are going to be Thanos, Marvel’s Ma Titan, and a relatively new, yet notorious supervillain, Gorr the God Butcher. In a fight between these two, who would win? Keep reading to find out!

Without the Infinity Gauntlet or some other enhancement, Thanos would probably lose to Gorr. Gorr was able to slaughter divine beings whose power level is far bigger than Thanos’ and while the Mad Titan is resilient and resourceful, Gorr would still be able to defeat him.

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.

Who is Thanos?

Thanos is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Thanos was created by Jim Starlin and made his debut in The Invincible Iron Man #55 (1973) and has since become one of the best-known villains in the Marvel universe, but also comic books in general.

Although Starlin himself admitted he was inspired by DC Comics’ supervillain Darkseid, Thanos has gained popularity as a stand-alone character and a cornerstone of Marvel’s Multiverse.

Thanos was inspired by the Freudian concept of “Thanatos”, just like his brother, Eros, was inspired by the Freudian concept of the same name.

He is the son of two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience. Believing him to be a danger to the universe, his mother wanted to kill him, but his father stopped her.

As a child, he was a pacifist and would only play with his brother and their pets. Later on, he became fascinated with nihilism and the concept of death, eventually falling in love with Mistress Death, the embodiment of Death in the Marvel universe.

Soon after that, Thanos became a supervillain, initially a pirate, but soon had more grandiose plans. He was not satisfied with mere piracy; he wanted more.

He wanted ultimate power, to rule over the whole universe and to become the most powerful being alive. This is why he wanted to collect the Infinity Stones, so he could shape reality according to his own will.

A lot of his works are motivated by his love for Mistress Death, for whom he has killed on several occasions. He is a very powerful cosmic entity and has fought practically every major superhero group in the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thanos even fought an alternative version of himself, King Thanos, after the latter had killed everyone on the universe; King Thanos knew that it was only Thanos (i.e., a younger version of himself) that could kill him, which is why he used the Time Stone to bring him to the alternative future.

Thanos has appeared in a lot of derivative material, including TV shows, video games and the MCU, where he was the main villain of the first large narrative. He was played by Josh Brolin.

Who is Gorr the God Butcher?

Gorr the God Butcher is a relatively new character in Marvel’s fictional universe. He is a supervillain focused on killing gods. He made his debut in Thor: God of Thunder #2 (2012) and was created by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. Although he only has around a dozen appearances in the comic books, Gorr has become a very notorious villain and one of Thor’s most formidable foes.

Gorr is a very mysterious figure. He was born on an unnamed planet and is a member of an unknown species of aliens. Born in complete poverty, Gorr was taught to believe in the gods that watched over them, yet the gods never answered his prayers. Tragedy after tragedy struck Gorr’s life and at one point, devastated from all the losses, he denounced all the gods and was exiled by his people.

Later, he witnessed Knull, a dark elder god, fight another god in a desert. Shocked by the realisation that gods exist, Gorr became furious because he now saw that the gods were there, but simply did not want to help him. When Knull’s opponent asked for his help, Gorr became even more furious and as Knull’s sword bonded with him to become the All-Black the Necrosword, he used it to kill the god. Gorr then became the God Butcher, vowing to kill and destroy every god in the universe.

Sometime during his butchering journeys, Gorr encountered Thor and the two of them has several epic clashes, where Gorr managed to get the upper hand against a lot of versions of the Asgardian God, before the latter finally managed – via a past version of himself – to kill Gorr using two Mjolnirs; despite his death, Gorr managed to make Thor unworthy with his speech about gods being unworthy of the devotion of mortals.

Still, Gorr was later resurrected, which was easy as his consciousness remained alive thanks to the All-Black symbiote. He once again engaged in a fight with All-Father Thor and King Loki, wanting to kill them once and for all. He was eventually killed and the symbiote was destroyed, but the moral Gorr was resurrected, albeit as an insane amnesiac, but with the possibility of living the rest of his life in peace.

Due to being a relatively new character, Gorr has not yet appeared in much in other media, but he is set to be the main villain in Thor: Love and Thunder, where he is going to be played by Christian Bale.

Comparing their powers

It is our tradition to compare the powers and abilities of our protagonists before we give a final conclusion about the potential victor. Seeing how it works, we are not going to change that tradition. The only thing we won’t include here – and we did include it in all of Marvel-vs-Marvel comparisons – is a numerical comparison of their powers, as Gorr has not been evaluated officially in that sense, since he is a new character.

As far as Thanos is concerned, he is extremely powerful. He is an Eternal and has proven himself more powerful than most characters in the Marvel Universe, even without external enhancements such as the Infinity Stones. He is immortal, has superhuman strength, speed and durability, he is practically invulnerable, can teleport and regenerate, he can manipulate matter, use telepathic abilities, manipulate energy and even fly; he also has superhuman intelligence. In that aspect, Thanos is a truly formidable foe, but he is not the strongest one around.

Let us see where Gorr stands.

Since his final resurrection, Gorr has been stripped of all of his powers and has become a “civilian”. Yet, while he was the God Butcher (when he was in symbiosis with All-Black), he has a plethora of powers, including superhuman strength, agility, durability, speed and reflexes. He also had the ability to manipulate constituent matter, as well as regenerative abilities that rendered him practically immortal, especially when combined with the fact that his consciousness was permanently fused with All-Black, making him not only long-living, but practically eternal. He could be killed by destroying the All-Black, but that is exceptionally difficult, albeit not impossible.

And this concludes this section. We have given you a thorough comparison of their powers and we can now continue with the main question.

Conclusion – who would win?

Now that we know everything, we can finally give our answer.

Based on what we have learned from their endeavours as well as their powers and abilities, if a “normal” Thanos (i.e., without the Infinity Gauntlet or something of the likes) fought Gorr, he would almost certainly lose. Okay, Thanos is resourceful and he is extremely resilient, but without any enhancements, he is not the most powerful character; in fact, Marvel’s gods are – at least those on a higher hierarchical level – generally portrayed as being stronger than Thanos. On the other hand, Gorr has fought and slayed such gods and he wielded a weapon that was basically a deity itself. In that aspect, Gorr has fought and killed opponents that could certainly defeat Thanos.

This leads us to the conclusion that Gorr would be able to defeat Thanos. It would not be an easy fight, but we are certain that Gorr would win. On the other hand, if Thanos “cheated” with some enhancements, even Gorr would be unable to stop him, but that is a completely different set of circumstances.

And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!

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