In one corner is Kang the Conqueror, one of the Marvel Universe’s most enduring villains, and a frequent antagonist of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Kang is a time-traveling despot who uses technology from the future to take over as many universes as he can. On the other corner, we have Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, a cosmic entity who consumes entire planets to sustain his life force. So, in a battle between these two villains, who would emerge as the victor?
Galactus would win in a fight again Kang the Conqueror. While there’s no doubt Kang is a formidable opponent, Galactus has access to the Power Cosmic which makes him superior to Kang in terms of physiology, strength, speed, durability, and intelligence. Galactus would, therefore, trounce Kang and win in no time.
This article will pit Kang against Galactus, analyzing their attributes to determine who’d be the likely victor if they ever met in battle. If this sounds like an interesting piece, be sure to read on till the end to get the full picture!
For the most part, Kang is a normal human being from the 31st century and doesn’t have any extraordinary superpowers of his own. He mostly relies on his incredible intellect and highly advanced technology to manipulate the timeline and acquire power.
While his physiology may be enhanced because he was born and raised in the future, his exploits in the field of battle indicate that he may possess similar capabilities to a super soldier like Captain America.
There’s no evidence in Marvel history that Kang has the Super Soldier Serum in his veins, but despite this, he has shown that he can go blow-for-blow with a Super Soldier. It’s quite plausible to assume that using his time travel abilities he went to a time where the Super Soldier Serum was accessible and took it.
On the other hand, Galactus is one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful beings. Despite being the Devourer of Worlds, he has an important role in maintaining the balance of the universe. Originally going by the name Galan, he was a Taa-an which is a race of humanoids from the planet Taa.
Galan fused with the Sentience of the Cosmos and this transformed him into Galactus. Galactus is a cosmic entity that wields the Power Cosmic. This grants him immeasurable and near-limitless godlike powers and abilities. To sustain the Power Cosmic, Galactus has to devour entire planets and this is why he imbues his Heralds with a fraction of his power so they can find planets for him to consume.
All in all, Galactus can utilize the cosmic energy within himself to achieve any effect he desires.
Without a doubt, Galactus wins this round.
Point: Kang (0:1) Galactus
As earlier discussed, Kang doesn’t have any superpowers. He does, however, possess enhanced strength. This is largely thanks to his Battle Armor which is made from a highly synthetic alloy from the 40th century. This armor can allow Kang to lift close to 5 tons effortlessly under optimal conditions making him one of Marvel’s most powerful villains.
By comparison, Galactus is widely regarded as a cosmic-level threat. For him to be labeled as such, it only makes sense that his physical strength is incomprehensible to mere mortals like ourselves. He’s described as being Class 100 in terms of strength, meaning he can lift over 100 tons.
However, the true extent of Galactus’ strength is immeasurable and limitless. He can manipulate entire planets and galaxies which makes him arguably the strongest Marvel character. He’s tanked hits from some of Marvel’s heavy hitters like Thor, Hulk, and the Thing without being fazed.
Kang the Conqueror wouldn’t be able to keep up with Galactus if it ever came down to strength. So Galactus wins this round.
Point: Kang (0:2) Galactus
For the most part, speed isn’t Kang’s forte. He rarely relies on speed during his battles. However, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some measure of speed abilities. The Battle Armor he dons usually grants him enhanced speed allowing him to battle the most powerful Avengers and Fantastic Four.
Additionally, in Avengers #69 we were introduced to Kang’s Light of the Centuries Sphere which allows him to travel through time as well as move in space at speeds faster than that of light.
On the other hand, when it comes to Galactus, it’s easy to assume that immense speed isn’t something he possesses. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite his size, Galactus has what can only be described as godlike speed, the upper limits of which are still unknown. Still, Galactus can move at speeds that greatly exceed the speed of light. What’s more, he can use his Power Cosmic to further augment this ability.
While Galactus rarely resorts to speed in battle, if it ever came down to it, there’s no doubt that he’d supremely outclass Kang in this category.
Point: Kang (0:2) Galactus
As a normal human, Kang isn’t widely known for being durable. This would cause him major problems since he’d have to be extremely durable to go up against the Devourer of Worlds. Thankfully, Kang’s Battle Armor grants him enhanced durability allowing him to tank hits that would otherwise incapacitate him.
Kang’s Battle Armor is resistant to most physical attacks, although at some point Captain America was able to damage it using his shield. All the same, the Battle Armor can also project a powerful force field that can repel most conventional attacks and can also absorb a nuclear blast.
By comparison, Galactus is one of the most durable beings in the entire Marvel Universe thanks to the Power Cosmic. Over the years, we’ve seen him survive devastating attacks that would injure other super beings in the Marvel Universe.
For instance, Galactus survived being head-butted by Odin from the outer atmosphere to Earth and he recovered swiftly while Odin was forced to go to Odinsleep. He was also able to survive the collision of two planets and a sizeable nuclear arsenal directed at him. He also withstood a massive strike from Nega-Bombs, one of the most potent weapons ever created.
While Kang has some measure of durability thanks to his Battle Armor, he wouldn’t stand a chance against the supremely durable Devourer of Worlds.
Point: Kang (0:3) Galactus
Kang the Conqueror’s greatest asset is his mind. His most notable power is his genius-level intellect. After harnessing the power of time travel, he went on to accumulate knowledge throughout time, gaining unrivaled knowledge in history and technology from numerous timelines and realities. This gave him an unrivaled cosmic awareness, mirroring some of Marvel’s most powerful cosmic beings.
Galactus on the other hand is a cosmic genius. He has one of the universe’s most developed minds and is an incredible scientific genius. Apart from this, Galactus has cosmic awareness which gives him a fine-tuned sense of the events of the universe. He almost appears to be all-knowing and this cosmic awareness only adds to his genius.
In a battle of the minds, Galactus wins. Not only is he a cosmic genius, but he also possesses cosmic awareness which makes him an incredibly formidable opponent.
Point: Kang (0:4) Galactus
Apart from his intelligence, one other thing that makes Kang a formidable opponent is his access to highly advanced technology from various timelines and realities. His most useful piece of tech is his Battle Armor which grants him enhanced abilities. He can fire powerful blasts from the fingertips of his gauntlet and he can also summon various weapons spread out over the time stream by just cracking his fingers.
Other pieces of equipment Kang makes use of include the Tempad, Time Stick, Antigravity floating chairs, and also a time ship. Throughout various story arcs, Kang invents numerous technologies to aid his conquests.
Galactus is also a master creator of highly advanced tech, the likes of which have never been seen. The first is his Worldship Taa II, of which even Reed Richards admitted an inability to fully understand the most basic devices found within the Worldship. The Worldship’s computers are so advanced and contain knowledge so unimaginable and limitless that they can grant power to those who touch it.
Galactus also created the Ultimate Nullifier which can destroy powerful cosmic beings, timelines, and even multiverses. He also has an Elemental Converter that helps him convert planet matter into energy. He also dons a highly advanced armor constructed from a material of his design that helps regulate his energy. Without this armor, his cosmic energies would explode giving him the appearance of a star.
Kang wins this round because he has access to technology from the future which is far much advanced than anything Galactus could come up with. Kang has access to not only Earthly technology but alien tech as well, all from the past and future.
Point: Kang (1:4) Galactus
Kang vs. Galactus: Who Wins?
Galactus wins easily in combat against Kang. While Kang’s Battle Armor and other technology have proven to be quite useful in fights against the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, nothing in his arsenal would help him defeat the Devourer of Worlds. Perhaps Kang’s futuristic advanced technology would give him a chance, but that’s a big if.
Galactus outclasses Kang in almost every category, as discussed in the points above. The only categories Kang would stand a chance at are intelligence and technology, but even in these categories. Even with them, defeating Galactus would be an uphill battle.