Best and Worst Marvel Superpowers That Have Fans Clash in Debate
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has over the last ten years introduced various live-action versions of famous comic book characters. It launched its venture in 2008 by introducing Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, however, since then it has added many more superheroes and villains. Some of these characters are popular in the comic book world, while others are more unusual characters that several people haven’t heard of.
We've seen some incredible powers displayed, some of which seem unstoppable but on the other hand we've also seen some powers which failed to impress. So we are going to rank some of the most powerful superpowers in the MCU, from the ones that are impressively bad to the ones that blew us away.
20. WAR MACHINE
James Rhodes joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very inception of the franchise, though Don Cheadle succeeded Terrence Howard after the first Iron Man. James may not have been an amazingly powerful character early on in the series, but by Iron Man 2, the character had grown into War Machine.
Rhodey is fortunate enough to battle alongside his best friend in one of his Iron Man suits, but James Rhodey isn’t as skilled with a suit as Tony is. Thus, his use of the War Machine armor with his military training places him a bit higher up on the list.
19. BLACK WIDOW
A lot of people argue about who's more powerful between Hawkeye and Black Widow, and they are pretty evenly matched. That being said, Natasha Romanoff was trained as a lethal assassin and talented spy from a young age.
When she was included in Iron Man 2, there were jokes that she was just eye candy for characters like Happy Hogan and Tony Stark, but she soon proved herself as an amazingly brutal fighter.
His powers were developed much in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 when he met Ego. However, after he destroyed his dad, his abilities waned. Since then, Star-Lord is still a master thief, marksman, and pilot, but he often allows his emotions to cloud his judgments.
Scott Lang may be an average human without his Ant-Man suit. However, his most powerful ability with the suit is size manipulation. Using technology developed by Hank Pym, Lang can adjust his size, which enables him to compress force and energy, redistributing it at his adversary. Scott can shrink down to the size of an ant, which permits him to sneak past guards and through little cracks, but can also grow up to 65 feet. Ant-Man is truly powerful, but he can also be clumsy sometimes.
16. BUCKY BARNES
Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier) is a childhood pal of Steve Rogers. Bucky became a prisoner of war during the Second World War, thus, was experimented on by Arnim Zola to recreate Cap’s super-soldier serum. In "Captain America: Civil War," Barnes helped Captain America defeat Iron Man, and even fought Tony without the help of Cap. Bucky is an unbelievable fighter but became even more powerful when he got a Vibranium arm while recuperating on Wakanda.
15. THE WASP
Comparing 'The Wasp' and 'Ant-Man,' their skills are relatively evenly matched, but Wasp has a slight advantage over her partner. One of the most significant advantages she has over Ant-Man is that she is incredibly intelligent since Hank Pym trained her.
In battle, Wasp is also amazingly versatile since the Wasp suit has a set of wings. She has all of the same abilities as Ant-Man, such as size manipulation that enhances her density and strength.
Initially, Nebula was seen as a villain, but in recent films, she has developed to become a hero in her own way. Assuming Nebula grew up with a normal childhood, she presumably would have been lower on this list, but she became especially powerful since Thanos took her at an early age.
Thanos made her the fighter she is today, while continually upgrading her with cybernetic enhancements. Due to her bionic augmentations, she can repair herself whenever she's severely injured and has a very high physical capability than the average fighter.
Gamora and Nebula are roughly on the same page when it comes to battle. Both Gamora and Nebula were raised by their adoptive father Thanos, but Gamora would always triumph against her sister. Gamora may not have the ability to heal herself like Nebula can after a fight, yet Gamora has shown time and time again to be the better fighter over Nebula.
Many versions of Spider-Man have been seen over the years. Tom Holland is acting the current version of the character. Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still in high school but has already demonstrated his strength as a superhero. He wasn't just an excellent crime fighter with a homemade Spidey-suit, but he has grown to become even better in combat with the suits Tony Stark gave him.
Peter gained various superpowers after he was bitten by a radioactive spider, including wall-crawling, a Spidey-sense, and a regenerative healing factor. As his character develops more, he will likely become stronger, but the famous web-slinger is placed in no.12 since his character is still growing.
11. IRON MAN
Robert Downey Jr. kicked off the MCU about ten years ago when Iron Man hit cinemas in 2008. Tony Stark has been a very important character in all of the Avengers films to date and gets more powerful with each film. The source of Stark’s strength is his Iron Man armors.
Without his suit, Tony is an ordinary fighter, but his armors provide him protection, enable him to fly, and give him an assemblage of weapons with incredible strength.
Groot is, without a doubt the most dominant member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The Flora Colossus may not be able to utter anything than “Groot,” but his vocabulary does not affect his strength. He can grow parts of his body to combat enemies, make himself taller, create a shield to defend himself, and even regenerate if someone does end his life.
9. BLACK PANTHER
One of the newer characters to the MCU is T’Challa (Black Panther). T’Challa is a skilled fighter even without his Black Panther suit. The high-level technology of Wakanda gives him a significant advantage over his opponents and other heroes on this list.
The Black Panther suit is made from Vibranium, which can absorb kinetic energy and save it to tackle enemies later on. Apart from the obvious advantage, Black Panther has with technology, he's also skilled at planning strategies and tactics for battle.
8. CAPTAIN AMERICA
Captain America has numerous advantages over his contenders, but among his most significant source of power is the super soldier serum created by scientist Abraham Erskine. Captain America’s shield is also made from Vibranium, which enables him to protect himself well while also using his shield as a weapon.
As if his enhanced speed, strength, and agility were not enough, Steve Rogers is known for being exceptionally loyal and determined. While that may not make him physically more powerful, never giving up is likely what'll help him overcome the odds of defeating 'Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.'
Hulk is often regarded as one of the strongest superheroes in existence, and rightly so. The greatest advantage Hulk has is his sheer brute strength. He is indeed one of the most powerful Avengers, and his alter ego Bruce Banner is also astonishingly powerful.
When Bruce Banner turns to his human form, he has a genius-level intellect and is often deemed one of the smartest humans in the world. Sadly, when he transforms into the Hulk, his brains flew out the window, as Hulk has a rather crude form of communication.
6. SCARLET WITCH
Unlike her sibling Pietro, Wanda Maximoff is by far one of the strongest superheroes in the MCU. Scarlet Witch has a variety of superpowers, all of which are astonishingly powerful. Maximoff can project energy in the form of waves and blasts, has telekinesis, and can form a psionic force-field. She's also skilled in telepathy, can control people’s minds, and can use her abilities to levitate.
Vision began as Tony Stark’s personal A.I. named J.A.R.V.I.S. but received a synthetic Vibranium body in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron.' Vision possesses all of the standard superhero characteristics like superhuman strength and durability, but he has more powers that set him aside from his fellow heroes. He can alter his density, phase through objects, fly, and has a genius-level intellect since he is a form of A.I.
4. DOCTOR STRANGE
Stephen Strange started as an arrogant neurosurgeon but has since developed to become an uncommonly great sorcerer and member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts. Stephen can build weapons and shields from energy using magic, deploy his Sling Ring to travel between dimensions, and fly utilizing the Cloak of Levitation.
Strange was formerly able to control time, using the Eye of Agamotto (which held the Time Stone), but Thanos, of course, got that in Avengers: Infinity War. Doctor Strange has confirmed himself as not just a master of the Mystic Arts but as one who was able to outwit Dormammu and battle Thanos one on one.
Thor was one of the six original Avengers and is by far one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU. As an Asgardian, Thor naturally has enormous strength and a good fighter, but his powers have only increased since his first appearance. In 'Thor: Ragnarok', it was discovered that Mjolnir is not the source of his power and that he can manipulate electricity and weather at will.
'In Avengers: Infinity War,' he survived the full blast of a star to form Stormbreaker, which he used to almost defeat Thanos. Thanos is often rated one of the most powerful beings in the whole MCU, and Thor nearly upset him in one hit.
2. CAPTAIN MARVEL
Carol Danvers is undoubtedly the strongest hero the MCU has ever witnessed. She can lift an extraordinary 400,000 lbs. In Captain Marvel, we see her slice a spaceship in two. And her energy blasts carry the punch of 418,000,000,000,000 joules. In her Binary mode, Captain Marvel seems to have practically limitless powers. That is not true, of course. And we saw those limits tested in 'Avengers: Endgame.'
Still, it is necessary to note that Captain Marvel is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to hand-to-hand battle. She is super strong, super durable, immune to toxins, and she can fly.
1. STAN LEE
No list of powerful heroes would be complete without Stan Lee. There's a popular fan theory that Stan Lee is playing one of the Watchers; an ancient race that watches over the events that occur across the universe.
While he has featured in virtually every MCU film to date, Lee is more than just a powerful hero in the movie. He was a real-life hero to many of his supporters around the globe, and his work in the comic book industry has undoubtedly been a significant part of the development of the MCU.
There you have it; our ranking of MCU superheroes. Do you agree with our ranking? Which hero do you consider as the strongest? Let us know in the comments!