Nowadays, if you ask someone who the most powerful superteam is, the answer you’re going to get is the Avengers. If you ask why, the answer will definitely have something to do with how they were able to defeat Thanos. The MCU has done a lot a work towards giving the Avengers clout, but they are nowhere near the most powerful superteam ever – that’s the Justice League.
When it comes right down to it, the Justice League wouldn’t have nearly as much trouble with Thanos, be it with or without the Infinity Gauntlet, as the Avengers did. Now, that’s not to say that every roster of the Justice League would triumph over the Mad Titan. This list is going to look at which line-ups would win against Thanos and which wouldn’t stand a chance.
10 Would Beat Thanos: The New 52 League
The New 52 Justice League is a variation on what is affectionately known as the Big Seven League- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and with Cyborg in place of Martian Manhunter.
Honestly, Superman and Flash are probably enough to take down Thanos by themselves. Once one factors in the other heroes in that group, it makes it nearly a flawless victory against Thanos even if he did have the Gauntlet.
9 Get Snapped: Justice League International
One of the most beloved rosters of the team, the Justice League International, is very entertaining. Consisting of Batman, Martian Manhunter, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Ice, Fire, Guy Gardner, Captain Marvel/Shazam, Elongated Man, Sue Dibny, and more, on paper they’re a very powerful team.
Unfortunately, they are also a very dysfunctional team, and while this makes them entertaining, it would hurt them in battle against someone as crafty and powerful as Thanos.
8 Would Defeat Thanos: Satellite League 2.0 (The Brad Meltzer Run)
Debuting after Infinite Crisis, this roster consisted of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Green Lantern, Red Arrow, the Flash, Vixen, Black Lightning, Hawkgirl, Geo Force, and Red Tornado.
This roster had a great variety of powers and a bunch of experienced heroes who knew how to work as a team. A team of seasoned professionals, there’s no question that they’d be able to take down Thanos easily.
7 Get Snapped: The Debut League
In their debut, the Justice League fought Starro The Conqueror. The team consisted of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Martian Manhunter.
While this is a formidable team of heroes, this is also when most of them were just starting out in their superheroic careers. Martian Manhunter is the most powerful and experienced, but his fire weakness would be easily exploited by Thanos.
6 Would Beat Thanos: The Satellite League 1.0
Take the Big Seven and add heroes like Green Arrow, the Atom, Black Canary, Zatanna, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Elongated Man, and Red Tornado and this is easily one of the most powerful Justice League rosters of them all.
The word overpowered in the dictionary should have a picture of this team next to it. Any team with Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Zatanna, and Firestorm on it is stacked with power to an unfair degree. The rest of team could sit the fight out and let Zatanna and Firestorm handle Thanos by themselves.
5 Get Snapped: The Death Of Superman League
Consisting of Superman, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Maxima, Ice, and Bloodwynd, this League roster fought against Doomsday and got wrecked.
If the JLI would get wasted by Thanos, then this League doesn’t stand a chance. Sure, it has Superman, but he can’t do all of the heavy lifting. Thanos would target him first, and without the rest of the team being able to even get Thanos’s attention, he’d take him down before moving on to the rest of the group… if he hadn’t already killed them while shrugging off their attacks earlier in the fight.
4 Would Beat Thanos: The Big Seven League
The classic Justice League consisting of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter, this is probably one of the, if not the, greatest rosters of any superteam in comics history.
The Big Seven was battling nigh-omnipotent Silver Age cosmic menaces before it was cool, and it consists of the most powerful superheroes in any comic universe. Thanos wouldn’t even know what hit him, but one thing’s for sure – he’d lose, and lose badly.
3 Get Snapped: The Detroit League
First off, most of the heroes in this iteration of the group were brand new to the game and that would be trouble against someone like Thanos, even with veterans like Aquaman and Martian Manhunter leading them. Secondly, the power level of this group is pretty low. Thanos would eat this roster for breakfast.
2 Would Beat Thanos: The Watchtower League (The Grant Morrison Run)
Take the Big Seven and add heroes like Plastic Man, Orion, Big Barda, Huntress, Oracle, Zauriel, and Steel. This League combined power and experience and was the roster that brought the team back to prominence with readers after the doldrums of the post- Justice League International era.
Combining power and expertise, this iteration of the League was a formidable one. It’s another roster of the League where it wouldn’t even take every member of the team to beat Thanos.
1 Get Snapped: Extreme Justice
Hey, remember that time the ’90s extreme thing threw up all over the Justice League? Well, if you didn’t, now you do – this roster consisted of Captain Atom, Maxima, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, and Amazing Man, all drawn in the worst wannabe Liefeldian way possible.
Captain Atom is pretty powerful and Maxima is no slouch, but this team would go down hard to Thanos.
Which Justice League rosters could take down Thanos? Which ones would fall to the Mad Titan?