How Tall Is Thanos | Is He Taller Than Others?

Thanos is also referred to as the “Mad Titan” and is an ultra-powerful villain that appears in the Marvel Comics Universe.

His strength is matched by his genius as a tactician, making him very dangerous to cross.

Thanos is 8’3″ tall (2.52m) in the movies and 6’7″ tall (2.01m) in the comics. This makes him one inch taller than the Hulk in the movies and at least 3″ shorter than the Hulk in the comics.

These dimensions are provided by who provides a comprehensive database of all sorts of dimensions.

Comparing Thanos Height To Other Comic Book Characters

Thanos is a character that first appeared in Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer and artist Jim Starlin.

The character was originally conceived while Starlin was taking college psychology classes.

Thanos was originally a much different character until Marvel Editor Roy Thomas, suggested that the character needed “beefing-up.”

As the character was beefed up so he also gained stature and his size grew.

Thanks to Roy Thomas the character was influenced by Darkseid, a character created by Jack Kirby.


Also known as Arthur Curry, Aquaman is a hero in the DC Comics Universe.

He is half Atlantean and heir to the Atlantis thrown.

He has control of the tides, immense strength, and can swim very fast.

He is also able to talk to sea creatures.

Aquaman has a height of 6’4″ in the movie “Superman, Dawn of Justice.”


Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, is another character from the DC Comics Universe.

Batman has no superpowers but has access to vast amounts of money to buy technology.

Adam West played the role in the TV Series and the 1966 movie.

In that movie, Batman was 6″2′.

Captain America

Captain America is a World-War 2 super-soldier that appeared in Marvel Comics.

He is endowed with super-human strength, healing, and agility which he acquired from Super-Soldier-Serum.

His real name was Steve Rogers.

Captain America has a height of 6’1″ (1.85 m) in the movies and 6’2″ (1.88 m) in the comics.

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, also known as Carol Danvers, is a Marvel Comics Superhero (Female), who has a wide variety of powers driven by cosmic energy.

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She is one of the strongest Marvel heroes.

In the movies, Captain Marvel was 5’7” and in the comics 5’11”.


Darkseid, the creation of Jim Kirby, had superhuman strength, genius, flight, teleportation, telekinesis, immortality, and was nearly invulnerable.

All features that were given to Thanos.

Darkseid was 8’9″ Tall,

Which makes him pretty tall, but not as tall as Unicron, who was 750,000 miles tall.

Iron Man

Iron Man is a genius scientist and engineer.

Using his natural abilities he creates the special suit that is worn by Ironman.

Ironman is one of the founding members of the Avengers.

In the movies, Iron Man is 6’1″ (1.85m) and in the comics, he is 6’6″ (1.98m).


Spider-Man, also known as Peter Parker, is a superhero who has various attributes of a spider and is also endowed with advanced strength and agility.

He got his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider.

Spider-Man is 5’7″ in the movies and 5’10” in the comics.


Superman, also known as Clark Kent, is a refugee from Krypton, now turned super-hero.

He has been played by many people in the past.

Henry Cavill played him in the movie “Man of Steel” in 2013.

Superman in that movie was 6’1″ in height.


Thor is a shortened version of the name Thor Odinsonan Asgardian God of Thunder who swings a magical hammer.

Thor has longevity, speed, durability, and strength.

The hammer enables him to fly.

Thor is 6’3″ in the movies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has been played by more than one actress.

The most famous portrayal was by Lynda Carter who played the fictional superhero.

Most critics believe her portrayal is more true to the original comic.

In the film “Wonder Woman” (1975), Wonder Woman was a height of 5’11”.

Who Are The Tallest Comic Book characters?

There are some pretty tall characters in the world of comics.

As I mentioned already, the tallest was Unicron at 750,000 miles tall, but there were quite a few other big guys as well:

Top Ten Tallest Comic Book Characters

  1. Unicron 750,000 miles tall
  2. Exitar the Exterminator – 20,000 feet tall but can grow to be the size of Earth
  3. Arishem the Judge – 2,000 feet tall
  4. Surtar – 1,000 feet tall
  5. Ymir – 1,000 feet tall
  6. Metroplex – 698 feet
  7. Godzilla – 400 feet
  8. Anti Monitor – 35 feet tall
  9. Galactus – 28 feet 9 inches tall
  10. Fernus – 20 feet tall.
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All of these top ten characters dwarf Thanos but the question is, were they as powerful?

Thanos is seen as one of the most powerful characters in the universe, despite his relatively small size.

Casting Comic Book Heroes For Movies

As we have seen, the height of the character in the movie adaptations of the Superhero comics will depend a lot on the actor chosen to play him.

This might make them substantially different sizes to the comic book version of the character.

The decision also relates to the original character imagined by the creator of the character.

When characters were originally designed they quite often, intentionally or unintentionally, bear a resemblance to a real person.

For example, the look of the character “Superman” was based upon the appearance of Superman’s co-creator, Jerry Siegel.

Jerry had a square-cut jaw and curly dark hair, both of which were elements associated with the character in all the versions created.

When casting famous comic book characters some actors instantly spring to mind.

When casting Superman, how could anyone not see the physical suitability of Christopher Reeve for the character, even though Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Sylvester Stallone, Neil Diamond, and Christopher Walken were all considered for the part?

Why Are Villains Always Tall?

Think about all the famous villains, they always seem to be big. I had not thought about it before, but it is true.

Let’s take it way back to the story of David & Goliath.

Little David facing the massive Goliath immediately sparks a wave of sympathy for the little guy who has to face this huge opponent.

The last thing we want in any story is for people to be rooting for the villain.

The villain has to be made physically larger so that there is no mistaking who the underdog is.

Thanos although not in the mega league of tall villains, is made bigger than his opponents, for this very reason.

It is hard to make a villain who is facing a tall handsome hero unless you make the hero bigger and worse than the hero, to avoid any chance that there is any confusion about who the audience is supposed to support.

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The filmmakers do not want confusion about who the good guy is and who the bad guy is.

In the rare occasions where a villain has to be small, it becomes harder to achieve this clear understanding of the roles each character is playing (good or bad).

To overcome the lack of height and menace, the small villain is always given some major effect in character that makes it obvious that they are someone the audience should dislike.

In the Marvel Universe, there are two types of characters, the Superhero and the Supervillain. Each has certain characteristics.

In the early days of the comics, the readers were excited by this new genre of superheroes who faced pretty generic villains who had been based around news stories of the day.

All focus was on the hero, and the villains only played a secondary role in the stories.

It did not take very long before the novelty of the superheroes began to wear off.

This gave comic book editors no choice but to devise equally flamboyant supervillains to face the superheroes.

The first solution was to take inspiration from the movies where there had been a rash of mad scientists cast as the villains.

The first supervillains became variations on the mad scientist theme.

These villains may not have has the size to indicate they were villains, but they had various unpleasant traits and were mad.

The movies had moved onto monsters and the comic world followed suit The natural villains facing the superheroes became mutant, supernatural, figures of the night.

These villains began to grow in size, making them more threatening.

During the war years, the creation of villains became an easy matter with supervillains having clear traits connected with Nazi Germany or Japan.

Once the war was over, these characters gradually disappeared and aliens became the standard villain, with no need for the alien to be restricted by size, they gradually became larger and more physically threatening and in possession of terrifying technology.

Final Thoughts On Thanos

We started this article with Thanos and the question about his height and whether he was larger than other super-villains.

We have discovered that Thanos, although taller than humans is not in the major league when it comes to height.

Thanos was tall, simply because that one fact designated him as a villain.

Mojmir Trefulka

Fascinated with Superheroes since childhood. I'm 35 years old and I'm from the Czech Republic – a small country in the middle of Europe. I love comic books and superhero movies. Superheroes are my passion for a very long time and I love writing about them – let's have fun together.

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