In Eternals #2, one of the MCU’s next major heroes proves that they’re strong enough to take on Thanos.

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In Eternals #1, Ikaris and Sprite were the latest two members of the Eternals who were brought back to life by the Machine. No sooner did they reunite with their fellow Eternals however that they found themselves at the heart of a new mystery: an unknown assailant had murdered Zuras, the Eternal Prime. While the leader of the Eternals could easily be brought back to life to divulge the identity of his killer, Ikaris and Sprite followed a trail that leads them to Titanos, the fallen capital of their race of super-powered beings. There, they found a newly resurrected Thanos.

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Now, in Eternals #2, Ikaris gets the chance to take the Mad Titan head-on. During the fight, he proves that he may be powerful enough to actually defeat one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains.

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When he finds himself face-to-face with Thanos, Ikaris is surprisingly enthusiastic. While most would tremble in fear at the sight of the Mad Titan, he revels in the prospect of fighting the villain because he has never done so before. Ikarise unleashes all of his might on Thanos, blasting him with his laser vision and delivering powerful hits one after another.

But let’s not forget who the Eternal is fighting here. Thanos was originally killed in 2018’s Infinity Wars event. While the Black Order later attempted to bring him back to life in 2019’s Guardians of the Galaxy series, the attempt proved unsuccessful. Now, Eternals #1 brought the character back, but the circumstances of his resurrection are still a mystery. The Mad Titan may be back, yes, but he also doesn’t appear to be fully restored. Indeed, Eternals #1 showed that he was still in a recovering state. But that didn’t stop him from killing the Prime Eternal.

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It’s possible this weakened state gives Ikaris an advantage over the Mad Titan during their fight. Despite that, the Eternal fares much better in combat against Thanos than Zuras did. Ikaris takes a severe beating, but he does great damage to Thanos as well. The fight only comes to an end thanks to Sprite, who uses her abilities to create illusions to fool Thanos into killing a fake version of Ikaris.

The distraction allows a wounded Ikaris and Sprite to get away from the Mad Titan, preventing a real winner from being declared. Right now, there is no way to know which character wins the fight. It seems all but clear that a rematch is in order once Thanos has fully recovered.

For the time being, the confrontation between Ikaris and Thanos has reached a standstill, which brings the superhero on equal grounds with the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Scarlet Witch and Captain Marvel. Both Avengers fought the Mad Titan in Avengers: Endgame and were the two who came closest to defeating him. And with Ikaris set to join the MCU in the upcoming Eternals film, the character will be in extremely powerful company.

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