There are few who would dare challenge the awesomeness of the God of Thunder. However, while Thor Odinson’s log-sized biceps might be some of the most epic this side of Asgard, they still have a few reps to go before they can come out on top in a match like Thor vs Zeus.
This Asgardian prince may literally be heralded as a god, but there are a few other Marvel deities presiding out there who could put him in his place should the Chitauri hit the fan. That said, some of the MCU’s weakest gods have tried to outmatch his swagger despite being far punier in comparison, though that doesn’t stop them from trying over and over.
Marvel Gods Who Are Stronger Than Thor
It should come as no surprise that, in a one-on-one battle of Zeus vs Thor, Zeus would easily triumph. In fact, Zeus vs Thor probably wouldn’t be much of a fight at all—Thanos, who knows a little bit about power himself, placed the Greek Skyfather at the same level as Galactus, who coincidentally enough Zeus has beaten.
Super strength, super speed, and super durability make up all of the requisites of being a super god. However, what really sets Zeus apart is his ability to call upon the powers of other Greek gods to power himself and then kick things up a notch by using the power of the universe.
In a Zeus vs Thor scenario, Zeus would probably end up the victor, but the same goes for his son, Hercules. Technically speaking, he’s only a demigod, but, if any biceps could outsize Thor’s, then it is the Herculators.
He might not be able to shoot lightning bolts from the sky or have the advantage of a magically imbued hammer, but Hercs brute strength is off the charts. He once towed the entire city of Manhattan, held up the planet so Atlas could take a breather and tossed Godzilla around like a newt. Luckily, he’s a member of the Avengers and more likely to fight alongside Thor than against him.
This one is a no-brainer; Hela crushed the mighty Mjolnir as if it were some styrofoam movie prop in Thor: Ragnarok? Obviously, Thor’s older, wiser, more demonic sister has a thing or two to teach him about power. Don’t let her form-fitting leather get-up be a distraction, as the Goddess of Death is packing some serious heat. After all, one doesn’t come to be the ruler of Hel and all of the deceased without some serious antlered chops.
While she possesses all the same powers of a normal Asgardian god, she also has a few far more impressive tricks up her sleeves that send her soaring well beyond the capabilities of Thor and his incredibly good hair. When worn, her cloak boosts her strength exponentially. She has the ability to create illusions and devastatingly life-ending mystical energy bolts. Also, most powerful of all, Hela can snuff out someone with just a single touch of her bare hand, an ability gifted to her by none other than Death herself.
Atum has a résumé longer than Thor’s hair of wiping the galaxy clean of deities. It’s pretty much his sole purpose in life. On one particularly terrifying occasion, he slew all of the Elder Gods by sucking their powers for himself, converting their bodies into energy and absorbing them through orifices on the palms of his hand. Worse still, he’s the reason why the dinosaurs went extinct.
Atum overpowers Thor in almost every way, especially when one considers that the beast can manipulate energy on par with Zeus and Odin. Thanks to his constant feeding sprees, going up against Atum is like fighting a litany of gods all at once. Thor’s good, but he’s not an Elder God apex predator.
Given what we saw in the MCU’s first Doctor Strange film, the fact that Dormammu can consume an entire universe kind of makes Mjolnir a moot point. To make things worse for Thor, the Black Baron is even more powerful in the comics. He is essentially the Dark Dimension’s version of the Sorcerer Supreme, and he dwarfs anything Doctor Strange can pull out of his hat.
For his part, Strange counts Dormmamu as his most dangerous enemy, declaring that, at full strength, no one can defeat him—not even chiseled Viking gods.
Odin is basically Thor and all the other Asgardians rolled into one—though he’s even wiser, more experienced, and minus one eye. As the default King of Asgard, Odin is easily the most powerful being in his realm. Throw in the Odin Force for good measure—the tremendous magical energy the All-Father draws his power from—and he can easily destroy a galaxy with a mere passing thought.
In the Marvel Universe, Odin is basically the Superman of Asgardians. Whatever Thor can do, he can do better—there’s a reason it’s not called the “Thor Force.”
Galactus is a God unlike any other, though he’s not technically a god. His powers are immeasurable and totally beyond compare, and they’re matched only by his size. Though some might have the likes of Zeus and Odin on the same level, even they have proven unable to take down the giant on their own.
It is hard to compete with a guy who devours planets and possesses the Power Cosmic. When Galactus has his sight set on something, it takes an entire brigade of the universe’s strongest beings to stop him. Given that he’s practically unkillable, heroes can only hope to distract him or to shift his attention elsewhere.
The One-Above-All is God of the Marvel Universe, second perhaps only to Stan Lee. This is why, when it comes to power, the discussion begins and ends here. Take every other god in the MCU, mash them up into a ball, and then place that ball into a pinball machine, and the One-Above-All is the guy who holds an unbreakable high score on that machine.
Also known as Jack the Bartender, the One-Above-All is the demiurge of the Marvel multiverse. Luckily for everyone, the One-Above-All does not interfere with the comings and goings of the multiverse. He might make a rare appearance here and there to comfort a lost soul or make sure comic sales don’t fall, but, for the most part, he is off in whatever realm divine beings hang out in, sipping margaritas and watching the tenth season of Seinfeld.
Marvel Gods Who Are Weaker Than Thor
Skurge the Executioner is an Asgardian god, and he has made a career out of doing the dirty work of far more powerful bad guys—most memorably as the henchman/plaything of the Enchantress. Yet, despite the big axe he carries, he’s not all that formidable of a foe compared to Thor.
Sure, Skurge is significantly stronger than most Asgardians, can work the Hel out of a Shake Weight, and is really good at naming his assault rifles, that will do him little good when Mjolnir’s is flying at his face at a gazillion miles per hour.
Pluto is the God of the Dead and ruler of the Underworld. In Greek mythology, Pluto goes by another name, that being Hades. His reputation should precede him, but, unfortunately, his comic counterpart is a lot less cool.
First appearing in the ’60s in Thor #127, Pluto is really strong and can unleash massive energy blasts, but that’s par for the course among Marvel deities. Pathetically, a lot of Pluto’s abilities have to do with protecting himself from harm rather than inflicting it, bolstered by his signature mystical flame. Of its many unimpressive capabilities, it is perhaps best used in temporarily paralyzing someone. Lame.
Also known also as Bastet, Baast, and Baset, this cat goddess of warfare commands the oddly specific regions of Lower Egypt and the Nile River delta region. She is in fact the daughter of Ra and a member of an interdimensional race called the Ennead who are worshiped by ancient Egyptians in Marvel’s version of Stargate. By geographic association, Bast is also most notably the primary god of Wakanda and whom the source of the Black Panther’s powers come from.
Roughly ten thousand years before T’Challa clawed his way on the scene, a dude named Bashenga prayed to Bast to help defeat a tribe of Vibranium mutants, thereby becoming the very first Black Panther. Ever since then, one must get the nod of approval from Bast in order to take up the mantle. However, as far as gods go, Bast isn’t all that much of a threat. She certainly has some crazy magical feline powers, but it’s nothing Thor can’t handle.
Balder the Brave is another noble Asgardian who just so happens to also be Thor’s older half-brother. As any younger sibling can attest when it comes to power, there are no other adversaries who are more formidable than a half-brother. Yet, although he is one of the bravest of all Asgardian warriors and has been gifted with invulnerability to all things except mistletoe, Balder doesn’t do anything that his younger brother can’t do even better.
He did spend some time as the King of Asgard, but it was short-lived and forgettable. He was also prophesied to cause Ragnarok, but that really did not pan out as everyone had thought it would—so, even in that regard, Balder was a bit of a letdown.
Asgardian goddess, sibling to Heimdall, valiant shield maiden, and occasional lover of Thor, Lady Sif is a fierce warrior that few could best in a no-holds-barred fight. However, all of that is mostly thanks to millennia of hard work and training rather than natural godliness.
As far as deities go, she is a run-of-the-mill Asgardian, conventional in her powers and routine in her abilities. She might make a puny mortal human look like a troglodyte, but, when put beside the likes of her on-again, off-again beau Thor, she pales in comparison.
Loki is proof that relying on magic and trickery will only get a person—or a god—so far. Even when he cheats, he somehow ends up losing.
As the adopted son of Odin and Frigga, Loki has always lived in the shadow of Thor. The fact that this God of Mischief is not even an Asgardian just makes him fall all the shorter. If it were not for Tom Hiddleston’s enigmatic smile and Loki’s emergence as a breakout star of the MCU, the character likely wouldn’t have been all that relevant.
The MCU’s version of Peter Quill has him as the offspring of the Celestial planet Ego. Celestials are basically space gods. Ergo, Peter Quill is also a space god.
However, he’s only half space god, and Quill’s powers have been stripped from his soul. All of this points to him being one of the weakest gods in Marvel lore. Plus, while Peter Quill may be skilled with his pistols, Thor is packing some actual guns.
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