Thanos is one of the biggest hard-hitters in Marvel's comics and movies. When it comes to cunning and raw power, his abilities are unprecedented. He's taken down the likes of Galactus, Black Bolt, Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock. Overall, there are very few Marvel characters that can hold a candle to Thanos. In contrast, Darkseid is one of the most powerful characters in the DC universe, rivaled only by the likes of Superman and the Highfather.
In many ways, Thanos' might can only really be matched by DC Comics' Lord of Apokolips. The God of Evil's Omega beams are unsurvivable and can easily decimate any foe, while the Mad Titan, armed with the Infinity Gauntlet and his quick wits, is capable of eliminating half of all life in the universe, possibly more. New fan artwork now imagines a confrontation between Thanos and Darkseid.
Artist Tiago Ribeiro recently shared artwork of the two villains fighting on Instagram. The image shows the two just about to trade punches. Darkseid is depicted in classic comic book attire, while Thanos is modeled after his version from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as portrayed by actor Josh Brolin in Avengers: Infinity War. The art was digitally rendered in grayscale, but Ribeiro teased the possibility of a color version "in the future."
Despite being rival publishers, Marvel and DC have always been open to certain comic book crossovers. But while Darkseid has already faced Galactus in battle, he has yet to engage Thanos personally, whether in comics or film, or in fan videos like 1 Minute Melee and Screen Junkies' Death Battle.
Thanos will next appear in Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers 4, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and many, many more. The film hits theaters on May 3, 2019.