In Guardians of the Galaxy, when Ronan got stone of infinity on Knowhere and decided to not give the stone to Thanos, Korath told him that Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe. Why is he so powerful? His only abilities so far I can see are achieved using the stones in Avengers. His only visible power is strength, but without stones he would not have chance even against most Avengers in 1v1 fight.

I didn't read any Marvel comics, I've just seen the films, so are there any abilities he doesn't use in the films? Or why is he considered the most powerful being if he seems so weak without the stones (compared to Avengers, for example)?

  • because he has the ability to wield all the stones.
    – Daeron
    Jan 13, 2019 at 23:25
  • Related, if not duplicate movies.stackexchange.com/questions/88706/… Does Thanos have any inherent superpowers without the Infinity Stones Jan 14, 2019 at 7:53
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    I don't understand your claim that "he would not have chance even against most Avengers", when the very first scene in Infinity War shows him easily defeating the Hulk without using any stones.
    – Raj
    Jan 16, 2019 at 15:57
  • See this, he had already power stone at the time. Also if you think about abilities of most avengers, Thanos would not be able to even get close to the eg. Scarlet witch and so use his power.
    – kocica
    Jan 16, 2019 at 16:05
  • @FilipKočica If you look at the link you posted or remember the film, Thanos beat Hulk without using either of his infinity stones (see this link: movies.stackexchange.com/a/92250/67819).
    – Raj
    Jan 16, 2019 at 18:11

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He's an Eternal of Titan.

Even without the Infinity Gauntlet or THOTU Thanos is still very powerful.

Thanos is the most powerful of all the Eternals of Titan. He is a superhuman Titan mutant born with the ability to synthesise cosmic energy for his own use and has increased his power by bionic amplification, and mystical enhancement by Death herself after she resurrected him.
- How powerful is Thanos without the Infinity Gauntlet? - Quora

He is also very intelligent, and his powers are quite powerful.

Thanos has vast scientific knowledge way beyond anything on earth and is a master strategist.

Thanos is immortal and his body is virtually invulnerable to harm. He is immune to most psionic attacks and can release immense blasts of cosmic energy from his hands and eyes and use psychic attacks.
- How powerful is Thanos without the Infinity Gauntlet? - Quora

And to answer your question about being able to take on the Avengers here is some more info:

Thanos has vast superhuman strength to a level that he is able take on Thor, Hulk, Beta Ray Bill, The Champion and Tyrant etc.
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- How powerful is Thanos without the Infinity Gauntlet? - Quora

Some people think that Thanos is so dangerous because of how devoted he is.

The thing that makes Thanos so dangerous however is his nihilistic mind, intelligence, his love of Death and his potential to acquire omnipotence on a regular basis.
- How powerful is Thanos without the Infinity Gauntlet? - Quora

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    None of this is from the MCU.
    – Oliver_C
    Jan 14, 2019 at 10:27
  • @Oliver_C im pretty sure Quora didnt write the marvel comics, also why would it have to be MCU the OP is asking about not the films and mcu = marvel cinematic universe
    – Daeron
    Jan 14, 2019 at 14:13
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    Also, all these powers are from the comics i've checked there are no Thanos fanbased powers in that soecific answer on that quora post
    – Daeron
    Jan 14, 2019 at 14:38

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