When it comes down to which Marvel villain would make the best Sith; the three top contenders are Doctor Doom, Thanos, and Annihilus.
In the Star Wars Universe the battle between who is the most powerful Sith is one that rages on and is difficult to decide because every Sith Lord has achieved a great deal of conquering and slaughtering as a result of fueling their own greed to become the strongest – no matter the cost or outcome. And when it comes to the Marvel Universe, the three ruthless beings that could make the cut of becoming the best Sith are Doctor Doom, Thanos, and or Annihilus.
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” the Sith are a religious group that counters the force-wielding religion of the Jedi by being driven by the darkest human emotions – which include, hatred, greed, as well as belligerence. Unlike the Jedi who are determined to restore and maintain hope in the universe, the Sith are hellbent on bringing darkness into the universe and some – including the mighty Sith Lord Darth Vader – have even redefined what the word “hope,” means by putting a sinister twist on it. Because the Marvel Universe is also filled with malevolent beings that are sustained by their own hatred, greed, belligerence; there are three individuals who would make the ultimate Sith Lord.
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Like the cunning, manipulative, and powerful Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious a.k.a. the Emperor; Victor von Doom a.k.a. Doctor Doom is a mighty wielder of sorcery – skilled enough to even challenge the strongest of the Sorcerer Supremes like Doctor Strange. Although his Kingdom of Latveria is not as massive as the galaxy of which Darth Sidious rules over during the time of the First Galactic Empire or the First Order, Doctor Doom is known to have attempted to conquer Earth as a result of his hunger for power. To demonstrate the lengths of his hatred and belligerence, since the origin of his villainous name as Doctor Doom and the first moment his face becomes mutilated as a result of experimentation; he has resented Reed Richards a.k.a. Mister Fantastic, and is always trying to best his intelligence.
Another conqueror who has a strong desire for power is the insect being known as Annihilus – a being who, like Darth Sidious, is always seeking a means of extending his own life and will obliterate anyone who stands against him. The most notable series in comics where Annihilus searches for a mighty source of power in the cosmos is the Annihilation series where Annihilus searches for the Power Cosmic – a source of inexhaustible energy that is generally wielded by Galactus also known as the Devourer of Worlds. Like the Sith who have gained the massive military of the Clones after Darth Sidious gives Order 66 to have the Jedi eliminated; Annihilus has an army of insects who fight by his side he likes to call his Annihilation Wave.
The Marvel villain who’s the perfect mix between Darth Sidious and Darth Vader is the Mad Titan, Thanos. Thanos is similar to Darth Sidious in the sense that he has a hunger for power that can’t be satisfied. Whether it’s seeking the Infinity Stones to fuel his Infinity Gauntlet and wipe out half of the universe to please his beloved Death, finding the God Quarry to gain the power of countless fallen gods, or searching for something stronger like the Astral Regulator that allows him to consume the abilities of anyone who crosses his path including abstract beings like Eternity and Infinity. He also holds a grudge towards anyone who tries to stop him like the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, or even his own brother Eros a.k.a. Starfox. Even though he can be just as ruthless as the Sith Lords like Darth Sidious or Darth Vader, he still has a heart and soul. Like Darth Vader who has a strange relationship with his son Luke Skywalker, Thanos’ relationship with his daughter Gamora is also odd as he loves her, but is willing to kill her in order to obtain what he desires.
In the end, there can only be one Marvel villain who would make the greatest Sith Lord and that title belongs to… Thanos. There are two reasons as to why Thanos would make the greatest Sith Lord – which includes his will and ability to maintain his title of being one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful beings as well as the fact he’s a master manipulator. When he’s not betraying great conquerors like Annihilus, he’s gaining the trust of Marvel’s greatest heroes – just so he could later stab them in the back to achieve his goals.
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