Total Nerd The Marvel Characters Most Likely To Defeat Thanos In The MCU  

Laura Allan
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List Rules Vote up the MCU characters you think are most likely to snap back at Thanos.

Warning: spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War ahead. 

The ending of Avengers: Infinity War left fans everywhere asking a lot of tough questions. How many well-loved characters are gone? Is their condition temporary or permanent? And most importantly, who will defeat Thanos now? There are a ton of Avengers 4 fan theories already floating around that try to make sense of the MCU post-snap. Thanos is incredibly strong, and many self-proclaimed nerds are attempting to figure out which characters are capable of defeating the Mad Titan. 

There are plenty of heroes (and villains) in the MCU who have either the power or the cunning to succeed, but which of them is the most motivated? Which of them will have the drive and fortitude to do so? In comic books, there are some characters who defeated Thanos in the past, but the movies don't always stick very close to the source material. How Avengers 4 ends is anyone's guess.

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Thor


Thor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Marvel Characters Most Likely To Defeat Thanos In The MCU
Photo:  Thor: Ragnarok/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Why he wants to beat Thanos:

Thor has los pretty much everything at this point. Infinity War opens with the death of Loki, Heimdall, and most of the remaining citizens of Asgard. His father is already dead, and his world has been destroyed. All this happened so quickly and at the hands of Thanos, so it makes sense Thor would want him dead.

At the end of Infinity War, he also loses more friends and teammates and sees countless others blow away. He also misses the opportunity to off the Mad Titan when he delivers a blow from Stormbreaker to Thanos's chest instead of his head

How he could defeat him:

The upside here is that Thor does have a shiny new weapon. Stormbreaker, his new hammer, is forged by the last surviving dwarf weapon-maker, Eitri, in Infinity War. The dwarf makes the weapon with the sole purpose of destroying Thanos in mind. Thor might be able to land a more lethal blow the next time he runs into Thanos. 

Going by the comic books, Thor has a decent history of being able to defeat Thanos. In Thor Vol. 2, #25, Thor uses his hammer to beat Thanos to death. Unfortunately, Thor learns he only defeated a clone of Thanos, so he has to do it all over again. Thor also takes down Thanos with the help of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers Assemble. All of the original Avengers are safe from the snap, so this could be a likely avenue to Thanos's undoing. 

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Captain Marvel


Ms. Marvel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Marvel Characters Most Likely To Defeat Thanos In The MCU
Photo:  Captain Marvel Vol. 1/Marvel Comics

Why she wants to beat Thanos:

Although Captain Marvel won't make her MCU debut until March 2019, we know she fights for justice, so she would definitely be in the "let's defeat Thanos" camp. The post-credits scene of Infinity War shows Nick Fury paging Captain Marvel on his beeper moments before he turns into dust, likely notifying her of the events unfolding post-snap.

How she could defeat him:

Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, at least according to Infinity War screenwriter Christopher Markus. Markus told Screen Rant the Captain Marvel film will work on "a power scale that right now doesn't exist in the MCU."

Captain Marvel's powers are truly off the charts. She can fly at six times the speed of light, has a premonition-like "seventh sense" that helps her sense things about to happen, possesses superhuman strength, and can put even the toughest of bad guys down with her hand-to-hand combat skills. She's also very knowledgeable of other cultures and worlds, which may be key when it comes to bringing down Thanos. 

In Captain Marvel #33, she is able to take down Thanos with the help of Drax the Destroyer and Mantis. If the dusted characters are able to come back, a team-up in the MCU doesn't feel entirely impossible. 

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Doctor Strange


Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Marvel Characters Most Likely To Defeat Thanos In The MCU
Photo:  Doctor Strange/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Why he wants to beat Thanos:

Doctor Strange has been in the "let's stop Thanos" camp from the get-go. As a sworn protector of the universe (who is also briefly in possession of the Time Stone), Doctor Strange knows the cataclysmic impact Thanos's snap is going to have before it even happens.

Altruism aside, Strange has some personal reasons as to why he may want to take down Thanos. The Mad Titan sends Ebony Maw to torture him, and while Doctor Strange doesn't seem like the type to go in insane-vengeance mode like Star-Lord and Drax, he may be eager to fight someone who caused him so much pain. 

How he could defeat him:

Doctor Strange may have already taken steps to defeat Thanos. While he is one of the many dusted, Doctor Strange is very careful with his actions. He says there is only one way to win against Thanos, and the fact that he gives up the Time Stone to Thanos in exchange for Tony Stark's life suggests he knows that massive losses are necessary to ultimately win the war. 

If he comes back, he becomes even more valuable. Doctor Strange has seen the one future in which Thanos can be defeated. He know how it happens and what he needs to do in order for it to happen. If he's alive, he may pull even more strings in the next film. 

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Iron Man


Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Marvel Characters Most Likely To Defeat Thanos In The MCU
Photo:  Iron Man/Paramount Pictures

Why he wants to beat Thanos:

Tony Stark is emotionally battered by the events of the first two Avengers films. It seems like Stark is already at his lowest, but then he loses Peter Parker in what many have said is the most heartbreaking moment of Infinity War. It's a real punch in the gut for Stark, who tried to protect his protégé from the perils of heroics. This death might be enough to send Stark down the war path.

How he could defeat him:

While it's unclear exactly how Iron Man could defeat Thanos, there's a strong hint that Stark is at least in part responsible for bringing him down. Doctor Strange looked into every possible future he could manage, and he only saw one where they were triumphant. He could have fought to keep his Time Stone, but he gave it up for Stark to survive instead. When asked why, Strange says they are in the endgame now. Doctor Strange's sacrifice suggests Stark is integral to Earth's survival, even if it costs millions of other lives.

Stark is more brain than brawn, which means if he is going to defeat Thanos, it is going to be a strategic strike. Stark may not physically land the final blow, but a plan of his may put an end to Thanos. 

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