Marvel and Game of Thrones, this past weekend was insane. After seeing the 3-hour Avengers: Endgame and then the hour-and-a-halfI couldn't help but compare their fantastic villains, Thanos and the Night King. OK, in GoT there are many villains and Cersei is probably the worst one. But the Night King and Thanos are more interesting to compare because there are so many similarities between them. Plus, I just want to see that fight.
Warning : Many spoilers lie ahead.
Apparently, I'm not the only one wondering how muscular Grimace would hold up against the world's best ice spear thrower. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Endgame, tweeted a picture of Thanos and the Night King standing face-to-face as if they might fight
They wrote, "Whoever created this … it's awesome. #WeWannaSeeThisFight "
The mashup artwork was from digital artist Jeff Cole who founded Ikonick, the canvas art store. The picture shows the massive Thanos standing on the right behind his double-bladed sword – so big it could sub as a helicopter rotor. On the left is the human-sized Night King, standing behind his dragon-killing ice blade spear.
Thanos and the Night King actually have a lot in common, from their hive-minded armies to their monstrous weapons. Both are supremely intelligent, often anticipating their several moves in advance, and both are immortal – well, until they meet a Strong. But there are scenarios where I see Thanos winning and others where the Night King would win.
Both have an impressive range of powers, though the ones Thanos possesses (in both the films and comics) seem more useful. He has many ways to prevail against the Night King and Wights – with or without the Infinity Stones.
Night King :
- Fire resistant (even dragon fire)
- Turns metal weapons into ice dust (except Valyrian steel)
- Dead people and animals, creating wights
- Creates White walkers from baby boys
- Weaponizes weather
- Marksmanship (see: throwing an ice spear to kill Daenerys 'dragon Viserion)
- Rides a zombie dragon
- Psychic abilities
- Manipulates matter
- Infinity Stones
Wights vs. Chitauri and Outriders
The Night King creates his army from the dead. Those killed in battle, like the Battle of Winterfell, can be reduced to wights by the Night King. Infinitely in theory his army could grow indefinitely.
Wights are connected to each other and the White Walkers like a bee hive. This hive connection is also their weakness. If a White Walker or the Night King is killed, all those winds lose their animating force and revert to death.
Thanos has an army of Chitauri and Outriders (think Chitauri 2.0), which also have a hive mind and can attack and swarm strategically during battle. However, if their command ship is destroyed, they will be destroyed. It is easy to imagine the Outriders' Threshers plowing through hordes or wights in an instant. However, if the Night King is able to survive long enough to raise the Chitauri dead, he would be able to replenish his losses and eventually overcome Thanos. . That would give the dried-Elmer's -glue-for-a-crown the perfect opening for an ice-spear kill-shot on Thanos.
Winner: Night King
Thanos vs. Night King, no armies
We haven't seen the Night King fight in close combat on GoT. In season 8, episode 3 is quickly disarms and stabs and charging Theon Greyjoy. So he has some moves, but he was also outdone by Arya Stark, which speaks more to her abilities and quick thinking than he is in his
Thanos is an absolute machine when it comes to fighting close. He can take hits from the Hulk, Captain Marvel or Captain America wielding a shield and Thor's hammer Mjolnir. When Thanos is overwhelmed, he finds a way to regain his ground. And if he has Infinity Stones, he's an expert at using them to overpower his enemies, like when he pulled a moon out of orbit to hit Iron Man or when he used the power stone to slug Captain Marvel.
If Thanos and the Night King with a fight, my money would be on Thanos. But this wouldn't be an easy knockout. The fight would probably start off as sword combat. I don't think Thanos' sword would crumble when it struck the Night King's ice blade. Thanos is currently carrying out a highly durable material – in Endgame he was able to damage Captain America's vibranium shield.
Thanos is an accomplished fighter and without weapons he would definitely overtake the Night King. At 8 feet he is huge compared to the Night King and the fight could go down like the one in Rocky III between Thunderlips (aka Hulk Hogan) and Rocky Balboa.
If the fight was out in the open, however, the Night King could produce a blizzard to his attacks against Thanos. Then the Night King could use his powerful and accurate long-distance spear throws to than Thanos. But I don't think the Night King would ever be able to create a zombie Thanos, because the Mad Titan is immortal.
Look, that would win in these different scenarios, a Thanos versus Night King matchup would be entertaining as hell. Perhaps if Marvel and HBO need money in 10 years there will be an AVP: Alien vs. Predator style movie that will address this fictional throwdown.