High Evolutionary is a complex and fascinating character in the Marvel Universe, possessing extraordinary powers and a deep understanding of genetics and evolution. Known for his ability to manipulate and enhance living organisms, he has been a major player in some of the most significant storylines in the Marvel comics. With the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, High Evolutionary will be introduced in the MCU, played by Chukwudi Iwuji. Sometimes a villain, sometimes a hero, but always powerful, we’ve decided to use this opportunity to analyze all High Evolutionary’s powers, abilities, and strength level.
High Evolutionary’s most powerful “ability” is his intelligence
Born under the name Herber Wyndham, High Evolutionary was a brilliant scientist interested in evolution and genetics before he was a superpowered villain. With his extensive knowledge of evolution and genes. He dabbled with the genetic code attempting to improve upon natural evolution. He created several genetic experiments and creatures, including the New Men, which are genetically modified humans with animal characteristics. He didn’t stop there, however, as he accelerated his own personal evolution as well, sometimes on purpose and sometimes accidentally.
High Evolutionary had several forms over his long existence, sometimes, he was in a corporeal body, and sometimes he was disembodied intelligence. At one point, he accidentally turned himself into digital data. Even though his physical abilities ranged with each form, his intelligence remained static over the years. He is still among the smartest characters in Marvel Comics. His complex sense of good and bad, however, led to many conflicts over the years.
High Evolutionary is not known for super strength
Depending on the form, High Evolutionary can lift up to 200 lbs. This is according to his official classification as having strength level 2, or in other words, capable of lifting his own weight. His strength can vary according to the extra equipment he has and the technology he has at his disposal, but he is not known to be among the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe.
He is practically unkillable
What he lacks in strength, High Evolutionary makes up for in the durability department. Once again, his incredible immunity to damage depends on the form, but even when he is in corporeal form, he is extremely difficult to kill. High Evolutionary uses special armor called Evolutionary Exoskeleton. This armor shields him from most damage, and the protection is not limited to physical damage only as it extends to magical attacks, energy blasts, and psionic attacks as well.
Evolutionary Exoskeleton has a built-in Reconstitution Protocol that allows Evolutionary to rebuild himself from scratch if he accidentally dies. The protocol can heal even the most severe wounds, regrow limbs, and even regrow an entire body if needed. While in his armor, Evolutionary doesn’t have to eat or drink as the suit has life-supporting systems designed to sustain him for a significant amount of time, even in the harshest environments.
High Evolutionary is a powerful telepath
Due to his extreme evolution, Evolutionary gained access to a set of powerful telepathic abilities. He can communicate telepathically over incredible distances. His psychokinetic abilities allow him to assume control of a far-away body without having physical access to it. What’s interesting is that High Evolutionary can use his telepathic powers without being discovered by other beings or entities with the same powers, as he is quite skilled in practicing mental invisibility. He can manipulate another person without being discovered, and this ability can be extended over a large area.
He can detach his spirit from his physical body
This is obvious, as we’ve mentioned before that Evolutionary sometimes tends to evolve himself out of his physical body. He can perfectly separate his spirit from his body and use the abilities of Astral Projection to project his spirit over cosmic distances and explore places otherwise inaccessible to him.
He can manipulate his own size
In several instances, High Evolutionary proved that he could control both his body mass and his body size. In the fight against Galactus, he grew himself to a giant size. His maximum size, however, is stated to be 300 feet. We’re not sure about his minimum size.
High Evolutionary can create force blasts and force shields
With a range of other abilities, High Evolutionary can also project energy in powerful ways. He can create extremely potent energy blasts capable of great destruction and taking down (or at least damaging) some of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. If needed, he can extend a powerful field that protects him and damages his enemies.
He has extremely powerful technology at his disposal
Even though Evolutionary is extremely intelligent, he still needs a helping hand in the form of technology. We’ve already mentioned his powerful Exoskeleton, and now it’s time to touch upon the Evolutionary Accelerator machine. Via this machine, High Evolutionary does most of his “evolution experiments.” At one point, he built the machine into his own armor to evolve himself at will when needed. Via the use of his powerful technology, he managed to terraform the moon, wipe all biological life from a specific world, blow up stars, and many other things.
To sum up….
High Evolutionary is extremely powerful, he might not be a beast when it comes to physical abilities like speed or strength, but he has enough brainpower to make up for it. High Evolturionary’s biggest strength is his intelligence, followed by his powerful telepathic abilities and the ability to blow up things via energy blasts. He can likewise utilize powerful technology to create new lifeforms and rapidly evolve himself. He is likewise immortal. His special exoskeleton suit provides him with everything he needs to completely recover himself from scratch if his physical body is destroyed. He can sustain himself with his armor in the most extreme environments and is frequently seen flying through Space with nothing but his armor.
He might not be the most famous villain in the Marvel Universe, but he just might be among the smartest ones due to his mental abilities that can rarely be challenged.