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#1 Edited by TonyMartial (9658 posts) - - Show Bio

He swore on oath to protect the time stone with his life so he must've been trying his hardest and saw Maw as a threat on the same level but instead my man decides to just make portals when could've just cleaned house with his other abilities.

Some of this shite would've been very useful.

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#2 Posted by StormKing1221 (1672 posts) - - Show Bio

Strange's powers are utilized through his hands which Maw kept binding. Also plot.

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#4 Posted by jashugan (6624 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he couldn't. Maw restrained him, strange can't cast spells if he can't move his hands.

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#5 Posted by Amonfire1776 (3119 posts) - - Show Bio

Strange was also protecting the mind stone...

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#6 Posted by TheBeardOfZues (2801 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot mostly or maybe Maw is actually really strong and we didn't get to see that because Tony killed him.

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#7 Posted by Chubbs (931 posts) - - Show Bio

Maybe he just kind of underestimated Maw’s abilities at the start. When he’s finally ready to use the Time Stone Maw bound his hands.

I personally believe Maw was the 3rd most powerful character in the movie behind Thanos and Thor, although he could potentially be behind Dr Strange too. It seemed like he could’ve given Thanos a run for his money if he didn’t have any of the infinity stones yet.

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#8 Posted by jashro44 (53000 posts) - - Show Bio

Sranges showing against thanos is impressive but he mostly only stalled him IMO. I don't think he did much offensively.

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#9 Edited by theacidskull (22012 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanos only took a few fighters seriously, that includes Stark, Thor (post-strombreaker) and Hulk.

When he got serious he took everyone out fairly easily, especially when he had all the infinity stones.

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#10 Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (9083 posts) - - Show Bio

This could be said about almost any superhero ever

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#11 Posted by deltahuman (4985 posts) - - Show Bio

Now that I think about it, I think it won't be overestimating to say that Ebony Maw is overall more powerful than Base Thanos.

I mean sure, Base Thanos is a lot stronger and durable but Maw has a lot of Hax on his side. TK, Spells and stuff.

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#12 Posted by deactivated-5c8fd6cb3e4f4 (18365 posts) - - Show Bio

Maw kept countering him

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#13 Posted by mrmonster (15532 posts) - - Show Bio

Because plot

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#14 Posted by Heatforce (6265 posts) - - Show Bio

Deadhorse my friend. Well, at least it will be until A4 lol. Plot, best way to describe it.

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#15 Posted by rogueshadow (29348 posts) - - Show Bio

There were a couple of times when Strange was about to do something but was literally pinned by Maw and prevented from using spells. He didn't just open with those more OP attacks (in both NYC and on Titan) because plot. It's possible Maw would've countered him anyway tbh.

@deltahuman - Maw was just a telekinetic (on a molecular level I believe), he didn't have any magic.

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#16 Edited by plotweapon16255 (7801 posts) - - Show Bio

Stranger got prep time for Thanos battle but with maw is a random encounter.

Prep time > Random encounter

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#17 Posted by bouncyhippo (537 posts) - - Show Bio

Strange isn't smart that's why. He's that one guy that would use the time stone to get a perfect score on his exam, but wouldn't use the time stone to save the universe.

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#18 Edited by RukelnikovFTW (6142 posts) - - Show Bio

@rogueshadow said:

There were a couple of times when Strange was about to do something but was literally pinned by Maw and prevented from using spells. He didn't just open with those more OP attacks (in both NYC and on Titan) because plot. It's possible Maw would've countered him anyway tbh.

@deltahuman - Maw was just a telekinetic (on a molecular level I believe), he didn't have any magic.

This, though I don't think Maw would've countered Strange if he busted the big guns from the start.

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#19 Posted by rogueshadow (29348 posts) - - Show Bio

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

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#20 Posted by Emanresu_20 (2979 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot and Maw held back as well. Could’ve easily cut his head off

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#21 Posted by RukelnikovFTW (6142 posts) - - Show Bio

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

Yeah, we never really saw him struggling, however when was that suggested?

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#22 Posted by rogueshadow (29348 posts) - - Show Bio

@rogueshadow said:

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

Yeah, we never really saw him struggling, however when was that suggested?

Maw himself says it so it to Tony, so it could just be boasting, but the fact that Tony doesn't disagree and they don't even try to fight him but had to outsmarten him could indicate that he was too powerful for them and they knew it. But you could counter that they just wanted to end it quickly rather than do battle because why bother.

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#23 Edited by RukelnikovFTW (6142 posts) - - Show Bio

@rogueshadow said:
@rukelnikovftw said:
@rogueshadow said:

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

Yeah, we never really saw him struggling, however when was that suggested?

Maw himself says it so it to Tony, so it could just be boasting, but the fact that Tony doesn't disagree and they don't even try to fight him but had to outsmarten him could indicate that he was too powerful for them and they knew it. But you could counter that they just wanted to end it quickly rather than do battle because why bother.

Hmm, IDK neither knew the powers of the other really, but it is true that they tried not to take the direct approach. It would be fitting after all that Thanos had such a minion, with the kinds of beings we have already seen in the MCU (asgardians, giants, dragons, etc.) It wouldn't make sense for Thanos' elite group not to include at least one individual that can solo Tony. Now that I think about it, whats weirder is that a member of this group could be challenged by 2 peak humans.

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#24 Edited by rogueshadow (29348 posts) - - Show Bio

@rukelnikovftw said:
@rogueshadow said:
@rukelnikovftw said:
@rogueshadow said:

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

Yeah, we never really saw him struggling, however when was that suggested?

Maw himself says it so it to Tony, so it could just be boasting, but the fact that Tony doesn't disagree and they don't even try to fight him but had to outsmarten him could indicate that he was too powerful for them and they knew it. But you could counter that they just wanted to end it quickly rather than do battle because why bother.

Hmm, IDK neither knew the powers of the other really, but it is true that they tried not to take the direct approach. It would be fitting after all that Thanos had such a minion, with the kinds of beings we have already seen in the MCU (asgardians, giants, dragons, etc.) It wouldn't make sense for Thanos' elite group not to include at least one individual that can solo Tony. Now that I think about it, whats weirder is that a member of this group could be challenged by 2 peak humans.

I think they both interacted and observed one another enough to have an idea. The Black Order was largely unimpressive relative to what I expected going in.

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#25 Posted by RukelnikovFTW (6142 posts) - - Show Bio

@rukelnikovftw said:
@rogueshadow said:
@rukelnikovftw said:
@rogueshadow said:

@rukelnikovftw: Maw never seemed like he was going all out either though tbh. If Strange had started to hit him with his big guns Maw could've just launched a building at him for all we know, I don't think we ever saw the full extent of Maw's power, it's suggested that even Iron Man's are inconsequential next to his. Though whether or not that's true, who knows.

Yeah, we never really saw him struggling, however when was that suggested?

Maw himself says it so it to Tony, so it could just be boasting, but the fact that Tony doesn't disagree and they don't even try to fight him but had to outsmarten him could indicate that he was too powerful for them and they knew it. But you could counter that they just wanted to end it quickly rather than do battle because why bother.

Hmm, IDK neither knew the powers of the other really, but it is true that they tried not to take the direct approach. It would be fitting after all that Thanos had such a minion, with the kinds of beings we have already seen in the MCU (asgardians, giants, dragons, etc.) It wouldn't make sense for Thanos' elite group not to include at least one individual that can solo Tony. Now that I think about it, whats weirder is that a member of this group could be challenged by 2 peak humans.

I think they both interacted and observed one another enough to have an idea. The Black Order was largely unimpressive relative to what I expected going in.

Yeah, they weren't as generic as the outriders, but, aside from Maw, they weren't very far either. Guess it has to do with having to introduce 4 new secondary characters, in an already overstuffed flick.

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#26 Posted by deltahuman (4985 posts) - - Show Bio

@rogueshadow:

Really? I thought Maw was a sorcerer like Strange. I mean I didn't see a source for his Hax and assumed its sorcery. Most MCU Hax is achieved through Sorcery.

Anyway, I still think Maw would give Base Thanos a hell of a fight. I mean he launched Black Dwarf away with just a flick of his fingers. He also at one point called Tony's abilities inconsequential compared to his.

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#27 Posted by Greysentinel365 (6303 posts) - - Show Bio

Same reason Stark didn't go all out against Cull.

So the movie would happen.

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#28 Posted by MarvelandDCfan24 (7520 posts) - - Show Bio

@deltahuman: he wasn't a sorcerer at all he just had TK abilities never once used a spell

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#29 Posted by Mr_Shazam0920 (4881 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot is the answer. He and Iron Man both jobbed a little bit in their first encounter with Maw and Cull, then against Thanos they put up the fight of their lives.

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#30 Posted by AngryHulks (3761 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot, he could have done it on the first move, when Stark is still with him.

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#31 Posted by deltahuman (4985 posts) - - Show Bio

@marvelanddcfan24:

Yeah now that I think about it, he didn't have any powers except TK. His durability was also human level or a little higher maybe.

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#32 Posted by Batvibe12 (5710 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot.

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#33 Edited by Skrskr (3530 posts) - - Show Bio

Plot, maw had no counter for mirror dimension.

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#34 Posted by adamTRMM (9224 posts) - - Show Bio

Because fights in IW sadly made no sense for the most part.