Fantastic Four's Thing vs. Groot: Who'd Win in a Fight?

The Fantastic Four's Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed Thing and the Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot are among the most durable superheroes in the Marvel Universe. Packed with strength and durability, the Thing and Groot have defeated some of the most potent cosmic foes in the galaxy. Both are considered the heart of their teams, but who would win if they had to square off?

Ben Grimm is Mister Fantastic's college roommate, best friend, and fellow scientist. Ben accompanied Reed and the Storm siblings on the Marvel-1 spacecraft, where their lives would change forever. While all four gained incredible powers, the Thing was the only one who couldn't revert to his former human appearance. Forever trapped inside his powerful orange and rocky body, Ben became the Thing. He's an expert pilot, a masterful combatant, and recognized as one of the Marvel Universe's most powerful heroes. He's even fought and defeated the Incredible Hulk a couple of times, which definitely rewards him with bragging rights. Nonetheless, are Ben's feats enough to match up against Groot?

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The Guardians of the Galaxy certainly aren't the most famous team in the Marvel Universe, but its members have become infamous icons, especially after their success in the MCU. Among Star-Lord's band of misfits is Groot, who is undoubtedly one of the most durable heroes in the multiverse. Groot's offensive skills are praiseworthy, but his best skills definitely revolve around defense. Groot's barky body can pack a mean punch, shield his allies, and heal himself (and others) within seconds. Thanks to his regenerative powers, Groot has proven he can never really be defeated, and when he does fall, he inevitably grows back to his lovable and towering self. His one weakness is his hardened larynx. Groot isn't easily understood; the only phrase most people ever hear him say is: "I am Groot." However, in a physical fight against the Thing, Groot's vocal limitations wouldn't really expose any vulnerabilities.

Most fans may not know it, but the Thing was briefly a member of the Guardians before Marvel's Civil War II event. The Fantastic Four and the Guardians of the Galaxy tend to fight several of the same cosmic enemies, from Annihilus to Galactus, making it easy to compare the strength and durability differences between the Thing and Groot. For instance, both brutes have fought against Monsters of Badoon, sworn enemies of the vigorous Silver Surfer. When the Thing fought off against a Monster of Badoon in 1974's Marvel Two-in-One #4 (by Steve Gerber & Sal Buscema), Blue-Eye's "best Sunday Punch" didn't even scratch the cosmic creature. Meanwhile, in Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Brad Walker's Guardians of the Galaxy #8, Groot defeats a Monster of Badoon with a single strike.

In a fight, the Thing wouldn't stand a chance. Groot's healing spores and stable bark are long-lasting enough to overpower the Thing until he gets tired. Additionally, Ben's powers work through synergy with his Fantastic Four teammates, as explained in Chip Zdarsky and Valerio Schiti's Marvel 2-in-One #3. If Ben is far from Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and the Human Torch long enough, he'll begin to lose his powers. The most critical factor in the duel between these two Guardians of the Galaxy is time. Without his teammates, time is not on Ben's side. On the flip side, time will only help Groot grow. The longer Groot fights the Thing, the quicker paper will beat rock.

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