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X-Men 97 Actor Reignites Magneto Vs Thanos Fight Debate After Show Power Upgrade


  • X-Men ’97
    voice actor Matthew Waterson has shared his thoughts that Magneto could have easily defeated Thanos in the MCU.
  • Magneto’s mastery of magnetism could have allowed him to steal the Infinity Gauntlet and render Thanos powerless.
  • Thanos has much more brute strength than Magneto, and could easily take down the X-Men foe when enhanced with the Infinity Stones.



Matthew Waterson, the voice actor behind Magneto in X-Men ’97, has revealed that his Master of Magnetism could have easily taken on Thanos in the MCU. While several original voice actors from X-Men: The Animated Series reprised their iconic superhero roles in X-Men ’97, Matthew Waterson replaced X-Men: The Animated Series star David Hemblen as the voice of Magneto, following Hemblen’s passing in 2020. Magneto has been on a huge journey in X-Men ’97 season 1, which saw him become the new heroic leader of the X-Men, protect innocent mutants on Genosha, and eventually revert to his more villainous roots.

Speaking to the Phase Zero podcast on May 6, 2024, X-Men ’97’s Matthew Waterson suggested that “Magneto might have been an interesting addition into the Thanos” storyline of the MCU’s Infinity Saga. Magneto and Thanos may have never fought in Marvel Comics, but both are two of Marvel’s most powerful and significant villains, so it would be brilliant to see them battle in the MCU’s future X-Men stories. Waterson suggested to Phase Zero that Magneto would defeat the Mad Titan “relatively quickly,” though the outcome of the potential battle between Magneto and Thanos in the MCU may be less certain.

Let’s see, there are the obvious ones in terms of what Marvel has been doing recently. There’s fun ones, Magneto might have been an interesting addition into the Thanos thing, because the glove is metal. So, it’s one where I’m like, I mean, Magneto might have been able to solve that relatively quickly. Now, I don’t know what it was actually made of, it looked metal. So, there’s things like that, where you can actually have a lot of fun with it, so to say ‘to what extent do this person’s powers actually give them an ability to manipulate whatever that is.



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Who Would Win In A Magneto Vs Thanos Fight?

Marvel Studios first teased Thanos in The Avengers’ post-credits scene, and set him up through Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Thor: Ragnarok, before Thanos truly began his Infinity Stone quest in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Although set up as one of the most formidable supervillains in the live-action MCU, Josh Brolin’s Thanos had notably fewer abilities than his Marvel Comics counterpart, which presumably could have made him easier to defeat in battle. Indeed, this didn’t help the Avengers in Infinity War, as Thanos succeeded in his mission, but someone with Magneto’s abilities could have better luck.


Marvel’s New Twist On Magneto Continues The MCU’s Biggest Thanos Story 5 Years After His Death

Though Thanos’ last MCU appearance was in the Infinity Saga, a detail in X-Men ’97 manages to mirror Thanos’ sentiment and keep his story alive.

Josh Brolin’s Thanos doesn’t have abilities such as telepathy and telekinesis, and cannot absorb or project cosmic energy in the live-action MCU, but his superhuman strength, stamina and reflexes would still make him a formidable opponent to Magneto. Thanos defeated the Avengers in Infinity War, despite some of them harboring impressive gits, but Magneto may have one clear advantage over the Mad Titan. Matthew Waterson noted to Phase Zero that Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet is metal, suggesting that Magneto could have easily stripped Thanos of his most powerful weapons, rendering him all but powerless, and making him easier to take down.

Of course, Marvel Studios has never revealed exactly what kind of metal the Infinity Gauntlet, and Thanos’ other weapons, were made of. This means Magneto’s abilities might not actually work against the Infinity Gauntlet, which would make Thanos much more powerful than Magneto, particularly when enhanced by the six Infinity Stones. Since Magneto has often operated as an antihero, it makes more sense that the more heroic character would defeat the supervillain Thanos, and with the X-Men joining the MCU after X-Men ’97, and Thanos rumored to be returning, this epic battle could soon be seen in the live-action MCU.

X-Men 97 Disney Plus TV Series Poster

X-Men ’97

X-Men ’97 is the direct continuation of the popular 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. Taking up where the third season left off, Marvel’s revival brings back famous mutants such as Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, and Nightcrawler, who fight villains like Mr. Sinister, the Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club.

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