Overpowered characters are present in all comic book universes, regardless of the publishing house, author, style, or whatever other aspect you consider. They are usually dormant for most of the time and intervene rarely, if ever, and they are more often villains than not. In this article, we have decided to compare two such characters, both from Marvel’s universe. One of them is the Watcher, while the other is Galactus.
The Watcher cannot defeat Galactus in direct combat. Although he is quite powerful, Uatu wasn’t able to take on Galactus alone and had to use the help of the Fantastic Four on the one occasion when he decided to intervene against the Planet Eater. He had to use their help because he couldn’t do it alone.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, which will include a list of their powers and abilities, which you’ll be able to compare. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
The Watcher and his powers
Uatu, often known simply as The Watcher, is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The Fantastic Four #13 (April 1963). He is a member of the Watchers, an alien species that in the distant past was stationed in space to monitor the activities of other species. Uatu is the Watcher assigned to observe the Earth and its Solar System.
As a member of the Watchers race, Uatu possesses vast psionic abilities that have been further developed through training. These abilities include flight, telepathy, energy manipulation powers, power denial force field projection, illusion casting, the ability to psionically alter your appearance at will, and highly advanced cosmic senses that allow you to be aware of countless Earth events. The Watchers can increase their strength with cosmic psionic energy if they wish; however, they tend to minimize their physical activities.
The 1985 edition of the Official Manual of the Marvel Universe compared Uatu’s scale of power to that of Galactus, Strange, Odin, and Zeus.
His superhumanly complex intelligence allows him to monitor activities throughout Earth’s solar system simultaneously. Uatu received a very extensive education in his youth in his homeworld. He has been studying the Earth’s solar system and its sentient beings for millions of years. Uatu also studies the Earths of alternative realities. With the permission of the timekeepers, he possesses a portal through which he can observe alternate realities. He has acquired extraordinary knowledge of the history of sentient beings on “conventional” Earth and on the many alternate Earths.
Uatu can turn his body into an unknown form of energy while he retains his sensitivity to travel through hyperspace and then return to his physical form. Reinforced by the treatment with “delta rays”, Uatu possesses virtual immortality, although he can die by losing the will to live and in a publication, he says that he can send someone to Limbo.
His home in the Blue Area of the Moon contains a vast array of weapons, artifacts, and technology created by various alien races from across the universe.
Galactus and his powers
Galactus is a fictional supervillain who appears in comics published by the publisher Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, his first appearance was in March 1966 in Fantastic Four #48, in the so-called Silver Age of Comics.
Galactus’ role in the Multiverse
Galactus was created during the union of the Judgment of the Universe (earlier) and Galan of Taa, described as “the physical, metamorphosed incarnation of a cosmos”. Although not an abstract being, Galactus is a living force of nature established in correcting the imbalances between the conceptual entities of eternity and death.
The true form of him cannot be perceived by most beings; each species views Galactus in a way they can understand, similar to his race or a deity of their religion. Galactus has also appeared as a humanoid star when addressing other members of the cosmic hierarchy.
General outline of powers
Galactus uses cosmic energy to perform feats, which have included the universal reach of cosmic consciousness, telepathy, telekinesis, energy projection; size alteration; transmutation of matter; teleportation of objects through space; creation of force fields and portals; creation of life, resurrection, manipulation of souls, memories, and emotions, and recreate dead worlds in every detail (including totally convincing illusions of the entire population of it).
The Watcher vs Galacus: 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.
In the end, this turned out to be a pretty simple comparison, as it was quite straightforward. Namely, while Uatu may be powerful and he certainly has a colorful et of skills, that doesn’t seem to be enough for Galactus. Uatu’s powers are more diverse than Galactus’, but they’re not nearly as powerful.
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This was brilliantly evidenced on the one occasion when Uatu decided to intervene against Galactus, despite his usual promise of not intervening and just watching. Namely, in order to stop Galactus, Uatu had to use the help of the Fantastic Four, as he himself wasn’t capable of stopping the devourer of planets alone.
This is why the winner in this scenario would be Galactus. Sure, this wouldn’t be an easy win and Galactus would have to give it his best, but Uatu has shown that he cannot take on Galactus by himself, without the help of other heroes, which means that Galactus is simply too strong for him.