Ian McKelllen, "Gandalf More Powerful Than Magneto"

The actor behind The Hobbit's Gandalf the Grey and X-Men's Master of Magnetism, Magneto says his LOTR alter ego would come out on top in a fight with one of Marvel's most powerful mutants.

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By Mark Julian - 12/4/2012

When asked if he ever thought of using his Magneto powers to take away the weapons from the goblins and orcs, Sir Ian McKellen said the thought never crossed his mind. “No, see, because you know Gandalf is more powerful than Magneto.” And when asked if he's saying Gandalf wins 2-out-of-3 or every time? “Yes, every time. The old guy will do it every time. He’s seven thousand years old. He knows it all.”

I have to disagree here, maybe Gandalf the White would have a chance but I have a hard time seeing Magneto lose to Gandalf the Grey, at the very least he'd get him once. Then again, Magneto did recently lose to Iron Man in Avengers vs X-Men so maybe he's not as powerful as we thought. What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below.

Catch McKellen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which opens in theaters December 14th. And feel free to eagerly speculate on the possibility to seeing McKellen come face to face with his younger self, Michael Fassbender in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past July 18th, 2014.







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Running Time: 2 hrs 40 min
Release Date: December 14, 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action violence and smoking
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Richard Armitage, Hugo Weaving and Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Peter Jackson.
Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

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JDUKE25 - 12/4/2012, 10:00 PM
Magneto only lost to Iron Man because Iron Man is a hot item and they don't want to make him seem weak.
Feedthemachine - 12/4/2012, 10:01 PM
Well, duh.
Silentman - 12/4/2012, 10:03 PM
gandalf all the way
BrownandYellowWolvie - 12/4/2012, 10:05 PM
that's because he plays a crappy Magneto!
Tymminator - 12/4/2012, 10:06 PM
After the wizard battle I remember from the FOTR, I myself go with Magneto. He would do more than spin a guy on his head.
mightypeople - 12/4/2012, 10:06 PM
Considering Gandalf either white or Grey would be in the woods somewhere.. Im assuming there'd be minimal metal objects for Magneto to utilise. So I'm Team Gandalf.
Tymminator - 12/4/2012, 10:09 PM
"There must have been some magic in that old Saruman, cause when he placed Gandalf on his head, he began to spin around."
HULK2099 - 12/4/2012, 10:09 PM
Gandalf carries a sword so magneto could use that against him
JonasWepeel - 12/4/2012, 10:11 PM
Please cite the source.
Tymminator - 12/4/2012, 10:11 PM
All magneto would need is a coin.
JonasWepeel - 12/4/2012, 10:11 PM
Colbert Report.
GRYDE - 12/4/2012, 10:16 PM
I stopped reading the Marvel mess a couple years ago. Im not surprised they would have Iron Man defeat Magneto because its stupid, therefore its Marvel.
Magneto would defeat Iron Man in one second.
DioFoRio - 12/4/2012, 10:21 PM
well no shit. Gandalf dresses like a hobo.
MARV3L - 12/4/2012, 10:22 PM
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jimpinto24 - 12/4/2012, 10:23 PM
Gandalf>Magneto
superotherside - 12/4/2012, 10:25 PM
I would say Gandalf. Gandalf knows magic and that is a huge thing in his favor. He has beaten a dragon all by himself. Survived thousands of years, etc. Not saying Magneto isn't powerful though. He is very powerful.

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soaponapope - 12/4/2012, 10:32 PM
isn't gandalf a spirit or something? i always thought after his physical form is destroyed he can just re-take it over and over, something magneto obviously can't do.
unknownfacts - 12/4/2012, 10:33 PM
A wizard by nature would be stronger then a guy who controls metal as for Ironman vs Magneto if you heat up metal it loses its magnetic charge or match the magnetic field would nullifiy the magnetic force like magnets of the same polar charge. All which Ironman can do so it's not as impossible as it seems.
EditNinja - 12/4/2012, 10:43 PM
"Is THAT what they say?"
-Magneto, X-Men 2
kenjim152 - 12/4/2012, 10:45 PM
Magic!!!!!!!!! Fandalf us all about Magic he can turn magneto in to a toad, no chances at all, Iron Man beating magneto is stupid bu any means, Magneto almost killd will reine and gas been about to changue marvel's universe for Good several times, we all know AVX was means to promote avengers cause marvel aint have xmen rights, and Iron Man has been so important recently because MCU moves around him and Robert D Jr, they guy id gomina get a great check to repraise Tony for sure
kenjim152 - 12/4/2012, 10:46 PM
* Magneto almost killed wolverine and had...... Stupid iPhone
robvillain - 12/4/2012, 11:04 PM
magneto gave up during his fight with iron man...he could have won.
Shamo - 12/4/2012, 11:08 PM
Magneto beat Phoenix.
GnomeSauce - 12/4/2012, 11:14 PM
Gandalf is not human, not of the race of men, I can't recall what he is, but I think all of the Middle Earth wizards are of this same race that is not, effectively, human. Very old, and very powerful. He'd flatten Magneto.
nikgrid - 12/4/2012, 11:23 PM
@Gnomesauce - Exactly...Gandalf is like an elemental being, almost like an angel level of power.
manofmidgard - 12/4/2012, 11:28 PM
gandalf. easy win. magneto is a one trick pony. a wizard can cast a spell that gives him magneto's power. and thats just one spell of many. probably has a spell to counter magnetism, assuming magneto even brought some metal with him to the fight to use his magnetism on. not sure if glamdring is affected by magnetism. it is a powerful magical elvish sword. also keep in mind, we barely even saw gandalf use his magic, but he disabled aragorn, gimli, and legolas awful quick. and if it came down to a brawl, gandalf killed the frickin balrog with his frickin sword. didn't even need his magic. i'm really not sure what magneto could even do to gandalf.

hmmm, but wait! if the one ring is nearby, then its a whole different game. once mags has that... yikes!
MCMLXXXII - 12/4/2012, 11:31 PM
gandalf is a maia, same as sauron was.. they're like the second strongest "race" in that universe..
GLprime2814 - 12/4/2012, 11:33 PM
He would know.
AmazingFantasy - 12/5/2012, 12:38 AM
Gandalf would make Magneto his bitch.
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 12/5/2012, 1:12 AM
Yikes. Tough choice here. Both characters are so uniquely powerful in their own universe. Gandalf, who is a pure, immortal being called a "Maiar," who has ancient knowledge of powerful spells and magic, and possesses both physical and mental powers. He is great in hand-to-hand combat with dual wielded weapons (particularly with his sword and staff), an intellegent tactician in combat, and can conjure the most powerful spells without any trouble. With Magneto, he is one of the most powerful mutants on Earth (probably second to Charles Xavier). As the Master of Magnetism, he can manipulate any type of metal (in whatever shape or form) and use it to his advantage. He is also able to create a magnetic force-field around him, manipulate any type or organic or artificial metal, and use the Earth's EM field to strengthen him. And considering the fact that he is also an intelligent tactician, a hand-to-hand combtant, and having superhuman reflexes, strength, and durability, Magneto can certainly give Gandalf quite the duel. I think what it comes down to is the environment that they'll fight in. One environment might give an opponent the upper-hand in this duel and vice versa for the other opponent. Buuuuuuuuuut.......................I would go with Gandalf on this. I just think, IMO, that magic can overcome the power of magnetism. Again, that's just what I think. :)
FirstAvenger - 12/5/2012, 1:47 AM
He needs to keep change on him them he would win.
Fogs - 12/5/2012, 2:15 AM
Gandalf is a Maiar, same "race" as Sauron and the Balrog. He's diminished in his phisical form but he's waaaay more than he looks. Sir McKellen said he's 7k years old? Well, i'd say in the lore Gandalf was there even before the world was created.

Btw Gandalf is a bit like Batman, he always finds a subtle (to the eyes) way to escape dire situations. Always important to note also that Tolkien's magic wasn't about exploding lights and stuff (mostly), but control over or bending nature itself.

I'd say Gandalf. But certainly not easily.
AC1 - 12/5/2012, 3:15 AM
Magneto is my favourite Marvel villain, but Gandalf would win. Gandalf is one of the Maiar, which in Tolkein's works represent Angels, the second most powerful race in that mythology, after the Valar.

Think about it this way; realistically, could Magneto beat Odin? Because Gandalf is probably of a very similar power-level to the All-Father.
MaxEisenhardt - 12/5/2012, 3:31 AM
Magneto does not control only metal. My. God. He can control other materials, such as wood or plastic, almost as easily as controlling metal (as shown in Classic X-Men #12, Uncanny X-Men #112, New Mutants Vol. 1 #40, Uncanny X-Men #275, X-Men Vol. 2 #2, Excalibur Vol. 3 #14). If that wasn't enough, he has already disrupted a person's nervous system (Uncanny X-Men #304, X-Men Vol. 2 #72), ripped people in half (X-Men Vol. 2 #110) and manipulated the iron in the blood (X-Force #25). Magneto can control electricity (Uncanny X-Men #104, Uncanny X-Men #150), generate electromagnetic pulses so strong that easily affect the whole planet (X-Men Vol. 2 #25, Excalibur Vol. 3 #4), manipulate heat (Uncanny X-Men #104) and light (Vision and Scarlet Witch miniseries Vol.1 #4, Excalibur Vol. 3 # 4). Magneto can affect the planet in a global scale, as experienced when he manipulated the entire planetary electromagnetic sphere (Uncanny X-Men #150, X-Men Vol. 2 #86). If you are still not convinced, he has created traversable wormholes (Excalibur Vol. 3 #7/8, Avengers Disassembled). There are many more feats that I could display on this page, but I guess none of you are willing to read that much. Magneto only lost to Iron Man because the latter is what gives money nowadays, as he is one of Marvel's most popular and financially successful characters ever, and the kids wouldn't like seeing their favorite hero lose to an old fart such as Magneto.
figuresmaniac - 12/5/2012, 3:42 AM
"You shall not pass.... "!!!!!!!
Jleb.... a coin went through
convoyBot - 12/5/2012, 4:27 AM
Yes, yes, so many people here know all about Magneto. But clearly very few have studied Tolkien's work, thinking Gandalf was merely a "wizard". Trying to quantify Gandalf's power level by arguing for wizards is really silly to those in the know.
fortycals - 12/5/2012, 4:38 AM
Im sure he was comparing the movie versions, so he was probably correct. When you get into the source material its a whole different ball game. Over on the marvel boards these kinda of battles are decided by feats. When you dive in the shear number and versitality of feats of magneto its crazy as mylittlepony pointed out. Mags controls one of the universal building blocks, with his mind. No spells needed saying, or potions concocted. Mags power works at the speed of though. If gandolph is made of anything remotely natural mags could do terrible things to his body. Not saying gandolph would be a push over by any means. The longer the battle lasted, I think, the more chance gandolph has.
On that weak ass AvX battle. While ironman is to big to fail, as others have pointed out. They gave him the upperhand before they even started, because they gave him prep time. Ironman is almost as bad as batman, when it comes to prep time. With enough prep time Tony could overcome most threats. He went in knowing how to beat two of the biggest threats to him on the island, Mags and emma.
siggisuperman - 12/5/2012, 4:51 AM
Well I am not sure if Gandalf is 7000 years old. I think it was more like 2000. But Gandalf can cast a shield quite easily that can shield him from stuff like the Balrog Attacks. He also is way more powerful in the book and kills groups of goblins by bashing his staff to the ground
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 12/5/2012, 4:51 AM
@ACira - Great comparison, there, dude. That's pretty much how powerful Gandalf is. Not saying that he is exactly at Odin's power level, but Gandalf's power level is somewhere close to Odin's. So with that being said, Gandalf would win this. But not without having any difficulties from Magneto. I mean, while Maggy is nowhere near The All-Father's power level, Magneto can still put up a d@mn good, formidable duel. :)
StephenStrange - 12/5/2012, 5:32 AM
Annnd of course, compared to Dr. Strange, Gandalf is a magical 98 lb weakling.

So in terms of power Dr. Strange>Magneto by FAR.

Which is something we all know. or should.
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