With the Avengers: Infinity War film ending in a devastating cliffhanger, there are so many questions that the next movie, Avengers: Endgame, is expected to answer this April. We even compiled some of the craziest Avenger theories on how the film will turn out, but perhaps one of the biggest questions Infinity War poses for the future of the MCU is whether Marvel’s biggest baddie Thanos can ever be beaten.
Thanos is indeed a powerful being, even without the Infinity Gauntlet. First of all, he has the blood of an Eternal, a race of cosmic beings that not only possess brute strength, but also incredible regenerative abilities. Thanos is that powerful he can literally finish off entire worlds by either throwing someone through a planet’s core, or using his cosmic energy projections.
What’s worse is that Thanos is also highly intelligent. His father is one of the greatest minds of the Eternals, and thus Thanos inherits some of his scientific prowess. He has used this knowledge to create several cybernetic enhancements and other tools to aid him. In short, Thanos is OP!
It’s no surprise, then, that the Avengers will have a difficult time dealing with him. As Doctor Strange explains after looking into the future, there are over 14 million possible outcomes to their conflict, and only one outcome wherein the Avengers actually beat Thanos. Those are near impossible odds for the Earth’s mightiest heroes.
However, despite the insurmountable odds, it’s important to note that Thanos isn’t invincible. There are Marvel characters whose powers are evenly matched, or even stronger, than Thanos’ enviable arsenal. To give you an idea, ScreenRant listed down 8 heroes who could potentially defeat him in a fight. The obvious choice, of course, is the Hulk, who has a similar stature to Thanos and actually has higher durability than him. Then there is Thor, who’s got himself a new weapon in Infinity War. Not to be forgotten is Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an IGN interview that Captain Marvel is “by far the most powerful character” they have ever introduced in the cinematic universe. There’s no doubt that she will be a key part of the quest in defeating Thanos, and we look forward to learning all about her in the upcoming Captain Marvel film.
As for Doctor Strange’s projected odds? Well, let’s just say they aren’t any different than the ones offered in reality. For instance, what are the chances of a person getting an egg with a double yolk? It’s 1000-1, according to many odds makers. How about the chances of a golfer getting a hole in one? That’s 12,500-1.
Additionally, did you know that the Avengers actually have better odds of taking down Thanos than winning the lottery? Cinema Sins points out that the odds for winning the Powerball are 1 in 292 million, while the MegaMillions lottery presents a 1 in over 300 million chance of winning the jackpot. In fact, Lottoland indicates how the MegaMillions has one of the biggest jackpots in the world, which just makes the “quest” of winning all the more challenging. It's also worth noting that several hundred people have also emerged successful in the MegaMillions, and if so many of us continue to be hopeful — and successful — with 1 in 300 million odds, then we can definitely keep our faith in the Avengers and what could be their final quest.
The bottom line is that Thanos can be beaten in a number of ways. The question is which way the Avengers will do so in Endgame. More importantly, who will be the casualties? Fans will have to wait until the final showdown. Avengers: Endgame premieres on April 26.
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