Not many times have I been so intrigued by a superhero showdown that brings cosmic entities from two of the rival comic book companies.
We have Shazam from the DC Universe and the Big Purple Titan in the form of Thanos from the Marvel Universe.
You might be wondering, who’s going to win in a fight between these incredibly huge behemoths? Is Thanos going to be able to beat Shazam?
Thanos would not be able to beat Shazam. Shazam is a mystical superhero at the level of Superman with abilities that match the best of superheroes in both Marvel and DC, so he would surely be able to defeat Thanos. Ultimately, Shazam will win a fight with Thanos.
But, there are a few cases where the Mad Titan might pull out a surprise and put down Billy. Ultimately, Shazam will win.
In this article, we’ll be comparing the overall power and strengths of both Shazam and Thanos alongside their weaknesses to truly find out who would be on the winning side of this battle.
We’re also going to compare them on an equalized battlefield to find out the outcomes. So, make sure you read this article till the end.
Thanos’ Strengths and Abilities
Thanos, more commonly known as the Mad Titan has become the most popular Marvel Universe supervillain thanks to the culmination of the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his role as the main antagonist of the series.
According to the lore of the comics, in his childhood, Thanos was quite a pacifist but as he grew, he started to gain the temptation of entropy and the concept of death and destruction.
He even got the hots for the embodiment of decay and destruction herself, who’s known as Death in the Marvel Universe.
Thanos himself is considered to be an Eternal. He is not a Celestial but even without the Infinity Gaunlet, he has so many incredibly supernatural powers that very few can stand in front of him without fear. Let’s take a look.
Superhuman Strength and Speed – The first ability and power that I’d like to talk about is the strength of the Mad Titan. He is incredibly powerful, so much so, that he was able to hold his own against Galactus even. Also, he is very fast and can move at superhuman speed as well.
Nigh Invulnerability – Thanos is nigh-invulnerable to all kinds of physical attacks. As you saw in the movies and it can also be seen in the comic book adaptation, Thanos is barely even scratched when superheroes like Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America tried to harm him with their moves.
Teleportation – With the help of the mystical transport chair that Thanos is seen sitting on in the comic books, he is able to teleport quite long distances. This chair is designed by him using a combination of mysticism and cybernetics due to his incredibly smart intellect and scientific methodologies.
Genius Intellect – Thanos is considered one of the most qualified and intellectual minds in the universe according to Marvel lore. He is on par and even greater of a mind than Tony Stark and his use of Cybernetics for his aid and armada showcase the amazing knowledge of the universe and science that he possesses.
Amazing Durability – Thanos is one of the most durable villains in the Marvel universe. The durability factor arises because of his Eternal genes and his titan abilities. He has taken and can take mighty blows from some of the biggest superheroes around the universe, even Captain Marvel and the Mighty Thor which are both Omega level superheroes.
Telepathy – If you thought that was it, you’ve also got another ability coming your way. Thanos is also considered a master telepath. He isn’t on the level of Professor X or Galactus but he is definitely a great one at communicating and manipulating his opponents and harming them mentally.
Shazam’s Strength’s and Abilities
Shazam is one of the strongest superheroes in the DC Universe.
His origin story isn’t as bad as you’d think. In fact, it is one of the dreams that many children have nowadays.
A 12-year-old boy, Billy Batson went to an abandoned alley where he was taken by a magical vehicle to a mystical place called the Rock of Eternity.
Here, upon saying the wizard Shazam’s name, the boy is blessed by magical lightning with an adult-superhero body with the combination of many godly powers that make up the word S.H.A.Z.A.M.
By saying SHAZAM again, he can revert back to his child self.
In his childhood, he was not very smart in utilizing his strengths but with experience and bigger battles against tougher foes, Billy learned to take complete control of every situation by transforming into Shazam.
Shazam is blessed with some of the best powers of all in the DC Universe.
He can go toe to toe with Superman, run alongside Flash, and perform feats of strength like Wonder Woman. He has many abilities and powers. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Solomon’s Wisdom – When it comes to wisdom and intellect, Shazam is blessed with Solomon’s knowledge, understanding, smarts, and is also bilingual.
Hercules’ Strength – Hercules is known for his strength and as a blessing, Shazam has the power of Hercules and his brute super strength along with tough and strong durability.
Atlas’ Stamina – With the blessings of the god Atlas, Shazam can withstand the most brutal of beatings because of his godly durability and perseverance.
Zeus’ Lightning – As he is born of magical lightning, he has complete control over live lightning as well as can cast many magical spells after learning them from the Book of Champions due to the blessing of Zeus. This power also allows him to travel inter-dimensionally.
Achilles’ Courage – With the power of Achilles, he has incredible resolve and is physically and magically invulnerable and completely immortal which is a huge power.
Mercury’s Speed – Shazam can run at speeds that match the fastest speedsters in the DC universe like the Flash and Superman with the blessing of Mercury’s Speed. This is another amazing power.
Thanos is one of the strongest foes the Marvel Superheroes have ever faced and will surely be one of the hardest Shazam will face.
He needs to be read and understood to find the right weakness to hurt him.
Here are some weaknesses that the Mad Titan possesses which can be exploited by a smart enemy.
His Ego – Thanos considers himself the most mentally intellectual, broad-perspective individual in the universe. He thinks that only he is able to see the logic in his theory of universal balance, and when proved wrong, as seen in the comics and movies, he loses his composure and lets out his beastly ego.
Manipulation – Even though the Mad Titan has telepathic abilities himself, it doesn’t mean he can’t be manipulated. In the comics, he has been shown to be very affectionate towards his adopted daughter Gamora. An enemy can bring the Titan down to his knees if he knows where it hurts.
Blunt Force Trauma – Although Nigh invulnerable, Thanos isn’t a being that can’t die. As seen in the comics and the movies, with superheroes like Mighty Thor and Captain Marvel, a single strong and powerful hit can prove very damaging and can bring the Mad Titan to his knees. So, Thanos is surely prone to Blunt Force and sharp objects.
His Obsession with Death – The embodiment of decay and destruction, Death is the entity that has been existing ever since the universe came into being. The Mad Titan’s only love interest, Death has never really accepted his advances but still, the Mad Titan is obsessed with her. We can say if an opponent is smart enough, this obsession can be used against him.
Shazam is an incredibly powerful superhero with the powers of 6 gods but there are a few exploitable weaknesses in him that an enemy with an exquisite intellect can take advantage of.
Let’s take a look at these shortcomings and weaknesses Shazam has to offer:
His Alter Ego – Billy Batson is just a 12-year-old orphan boy with no muscular body or tactical analysis capabilities. If he is somehow reduced to his state of childhood, then nobody needs to worry about Shazam. He can easily be taken care of in his human form without a problem.
Dependence on the Magical Word – Billy Batson can only transform into the intellectual and incredibly strong Shazam by uttering the word “SHAZAM” with the intent to do so. If in some way, these words are kept from his mouth, his opponents can get him to stay in his normal self and defeat him easily.
Brutal Physical Damage – Shazam is incredibly durable and also has the ability to heal himself but ultimately, if the opponent comes at him with incredible force that causes him severe physical damage, at some point, it will be enough to keep Captain Marvel down and out.
Comparison between Thanos’ and Shazam’s Powers
Now that we’ve witnessed the powers of both Shazam and Thanos on an individual level alongside their weaknesses, it is time we compare their strengths and abilities on a level playing field to find out the outcome of each situation and impact on the fight.
Thanos has the power of an Eternal on his side and he is also a giant being who can hold his own and even put a severe beating on the Hulk.
But when it comes to Shazam, he has similar strength in comparison to Superman, Black Adam, and the strongest superheroes in the DC universe.
So, overall, in terms of strength, I’d say Shazam would be the one who comes out on top.
Shazam is stronger in this case.
When it comes to the plethora of abilities, both Thanos and Shazam are pretty close.
Thanos has not only superhuman power and speed but also genius intellect, the ability to utilize cybernetics, teleportation, weaponry, telepathy, and much more.
Meanwhile, Shazam has regeneration, energy blasts, flight, superhuman speed and strength, and durability.
In this comparison, both of the superhuman entities would be at par.
Both the Contenders are evenly matched.
The Infinity Gauntlet
The infinity gauntlet is what changes the game completely.
If Thanos has his stands set on the Infinity Gauntlet and this gauntlet has all the six infinity gems locked into them, then a snap of the fingers is all it will take to remove Shazam out of existence.
Even if he had the power gem only, he would give Shazam a run for his money. So, with this weapon, he would defeat Shazam surely.
Thanos wins in this case.
Magical powers are the source of Shazam’s abilities and strength. This is something Thanos doesn’t have much knowledge of. He can be manipulated, illusioned and defeated if Shazam utilizes his knowledge of magic, different spells as well as the energy blasts that he can conjure up with his magical powers.
So, I would say that when it comes to Magical Powers, Shazam would be victorious.
Overall, Shazam is a stronger superhero and would win the battle.
Thanos is one of the strongest supervillains with a power intent and an intellectual mindset but Shazam is a supernaturally perfect magical superhero on par with the likes of Supes and Captain Marvel of Marvel.
So, if these two opponents were to fight each other, it is definitely going to be one hell of a fight.
Shazam can take Thanos down with enough power and intellectual strategy which he has in the form of Solomon’s Intellect.
Let’s hope both Marvel and DC are planning to show us a crossover we all want.
No matter whose side you’re on, witnessing this battle will definitely be amazing for all of us surely!