Feat: Thanos, ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ #1

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THANOS
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In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, titled “God”, Thanos performs an energy projection feat. Thanos has become the Marvel Universe’s Supreme Being with the Infinity Gauntlet. Becoming God, Thanos snaps his fingers to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy.

How much energy projection does it take for Thanos to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy?

In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Thanos performs an energy projection feat. Becoming God, Thanos snaps his fingers to erase half the population in the Milky Way galaxy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THANOS HAVING BECOME THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S SUPREME BEING SNAPPED HIS FINGERS TO ERASE HALF THE POPULATION, OR 1018 HUMANS, IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY WITH THE INFINITY GAUNTLET.

THANOS GENERATED 4.3076389*1039 JOULES PER SECOND OF BIOCHEMICAL ENERGY, DELETING 1.5*1041 BYTES OF INFORMATION, THE EQUIVALENT OF 7.80369365942 TIMES THE ENERGY RADIATED BY STARS IN THE MILKY WAY AND ANDROMEDA GALAXIES. ENOUGH TO SHATTER A LARGE STAR.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

MULTI-GALAXY

Energy Projection: Multi-Galaxy 75%

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Thanos has conquered the Infinity Gems and become the Supreme Being of the Marvel Universe with the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos snaps his fingers in order to erase half the sentient life in the universe. In reality, he erased half the sentient life in the Milky Way galaxy.

We will use this statement to estimate Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet snap.

THANOS’ INFINITY GAUNTLET SNAP


In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Thanos snaps his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet to erase half the population in the universe. In reality, in ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #2, we find out from Issac’s transmission to Starfox on Titan that when Thanos snapped his fingers, he erased half the population in the galaxy. Since Titan is located in the Milky Way galaxy, we know it is half the population in the Milky Way galaxy.

In 'Infinity Gauntlet' (1991) #2, Issac tells Firefox, Drax and Starlord that Thanos erased half the population of the Milky Way galaxy.In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #2, Issac tells Firefox, Drax and Starlord that Thanos erased half the population of the Milky Way galaxy. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In addition, in ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Silver Surfer crashes into Doctor Strange‘s Sanctum to alert him of Thanos’ menace. After the Thanos snap, Silver Surfer’s cosmic awareness estimates that Thanos erased “billions upon billions” of lives.1

In 'Infinity Gauntlet' (1991) #1, Silver Surfer's cosmic awareness estimates Thanos erases "billions upon billions" of lives.
In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, Silver Surfer’s cosmic awareness estimates Thanos erases “billions upon billions” of lives. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

NUMBER CRUNCHING



Since Thanos erased half of the population in the Milky Way galaxy, we can state that he deleted their genetic information. Let’s calculate the bytes of information in the genomes of all the humanoid races in the Milky Way galaxy. There are 96 races in the Milky Way galaxy. Assuming they are either humanoid or semi-humanoid, we can estimate the bytes of information in their genetic codes by using humans as a reference.

According to BiteSizeBio, the human body stores 150*1021 bytes of genetic information. Of course, alien races likely contain more or less genetic information. However, since we want an estimate for humanoid or semi-humanoid races in the Milky Way galaxy, we will assume they are more or less human.

Since the Silver Surfer stated there were “billions upon billions” that were erased, we assume the total humanoid population in the Milky Way galaxy is 109 * 109 = 1018 humans.

Information = (150*1021 bytes)(1018 humans) = 1.5*1041 bytes.
Biochemical Energy = (1.5*1041 bytes* 1 day * 1 J/K * 310.15 K)/(24 hr * 3600s * 0.125 byte) = 4.3076389*1039 J/s.

ENERGY PROJECTION


Thanos generated 4.3076389*1039 J/s of energy projection. Thanos had to generate a Multi-Galaxy Level of Energy Projection since he likely deleted half the population in the galaxy with 7.80369365942 times greater than the energy radiated by the stars in the Milky Way and Andromeda.

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Calculations for Thanos, ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ #1

Energy in Milky Way and Andromeda = 5.52×10^38 J/s.
Genetic Information In Human Body = 150*10^21 bytes.

Total Information In Humanoid Population = Information = (150*10^21 bytes)(10^18 humans) = 1.5*10^41 bytes.
Biochemical Energy = (1.5*10^41 bytes* 1 day * 1 J/K * 310.15 K)/(24 hr * 3600s * 0.125 byte) = 4.3076389*10^39 J/s.
Comparison = (4.3076389*10^39 J/s)/(5.52×10^38 J/s) = 7.80369365942.

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SOURCES

Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Titan (Moon of Saturn) in Marvel Database.
Extraterrestrial Races & Planets in The Appendix To The Handbook Of The Marvel Universe.
How Much Information is Stored in the Human Genome? in BiteSizeBio.
Energies in an Expanding Universe in San Jose State University.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Infinity Gauntlet #1.

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