The Marvel Universe is chalked full of powerful superheroes. There are some who can fly across great distances, some who can project an immeasurable amount of energy, some who can destroy planets, some who are immortal, and some who are all of the above and then some.
And it’s the “and then some” that most intrigues me.
After watching Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and seeing Ego again, I got to thinking about the most powerful Marvel superheroes. Initially, I came up with the most obvious choices (Thor, Dr. Strange Hulk, etc). However, after giving it more thought, I began to see that these superheroes don’t even come close to the power that’s actually in the Marvel Universe.
So what did I do?
I threw out my initial thoughts and started to research. At the conclusion of my research, I realized that there are some incredible beings in Marvel that could destroy any one of the mainstream heroes with the wink of an eye.
Who are they you ask?
Here are the most powerful Marvel superheroes.
List of the most powerful superheroes in Marvel:
10. Black Bolt
Don’t know why Black Bolt deserves to be here? Read on my friend. Read on.
First appearing in Fantastic Four #45, Black Bolt is the most powerful of all the Inhumans. This includes characters who can rupture the hearts of their opponents by tuning into their vibrations, read and take control of others’ minds, manipulate the four Earthly elements, and teleport themselves across time and space. Not only does he have strength, speed, durability, and stamina to rival any of the Inhumans, but he also has a quasi-sonic scream that could collapse an entire planet if he wanted to.
Yep. His scream.
Black Bolt’s scream is what defines him. Due to the devastation it can and has caused, he has gone through rigorous training to never utter a sound. This includes the sounds made while sleeping, eating, and in the everyday moments of life.
Don’t let his mohawk deceive you. Gladiator is immensely powerful.
Due to his alien D.N.A., Gladiator possesses superhuman strength. While the term “superhuman strength” is often thrown around to describe many superheroes, understand that for Gladiator it means that he can rip apart black holes, shatter planets, and stand tall against the Phoenix Force. He also possesses heat vision hotter than a star, hearing capable of listening in on conversations from Lightyear’s away, frost breath, telescopic vision, accelerated healing, has resistance to telepathic attacks, and can move across the galaxy quicker than you could recover from a sneeze.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Where Gladiator becomes really powerful is when his confidence is running high. When this happens, most of his powers become immeasurable. In fact, in one encounter with the Fantastic Four, Gladiator was actually able to lift the Baxter Building right off the ground.
Right off the ground…
8. Adam Warlock
In his first few iterations, Adam Warlock was not nearly as powerful as he is today. In truth, if this list of most powerful Marvel superheroes was based on his first few iterations, he wouldn’t even have made it on the honorary mentions list.
Luckily, this list isn’t based on his first few iterations.
While Adam Warlock is powerful (superhuman strength, speed, durability, stamina, agility, cosmic energy projection, flight, and recuperation), it isn’t his innate power that lands him on this list. Instead, it’s the fact that he possesses and controls the Soul Gem.
The Soul Gem has a consciousness of its own…and its consciousness has a thirst for the life energy of all organic beings. This means that it actively seeks to destroy others. Once taken by the Soul Gem, its victim’s souls are destined to forever live inside of it.
Sentry is Marvel’s long-awaited answer to one simple question…
For years, fans of comics wondered if Marvel would ever create an equivalent to Superman. For years they wondered if any character under their banner would ever be able to stand toe-to-toe against DC’s flagship character. And for years they wondered why Marvel didn’t answer their questions.
Well, after years of wondering, Marvel finally answered.
Sentry is Marvel’s Superman. As Superman 2.0, he has more power than he knows what to do with. Not only is he capable of incredible feats of strength, but he can also bend time, teleport, manipulate the weather, heal from practically anything, is invulnerable, and so much more.
To say that Sentry is overpowered just isn’t enough. His power is so much that very few rival him.
Vulcan is the lesser-known of the three Summers brothers. Like his two brothers (Scott and Alex), Vulcan (Gabriel) possesses incredible power. Unlike his two brothers (and most of his relatives), Vulcan can do practically anything he can think of.
- Flight near the speed of light
- Force field generation and manipulation
- Can solidify energy into solid objects
- Energy absorption, transformation, manipulation, and projection
- Can take energy from other mutants and bend it to his will
- Resistant to Psionic attacks
- Can go extended periods without the need for food
- Interstellar travel
- Can manipulate the energy in another’s brain giving him access to their powers
With a power set like this, it’s no wonder than Vulcan has been A) classified as an Omega level mutant and B) finds himself firmly on this list of most powerful Marvel superheroes.
Oh, and before you say it. While Vulcan has appeared as a supervillain, he has also appeared as a superhero.
It should come as no surprise that Odin makes an appearance on this most powerful Marvel superheroes list. He’s the son of Bor, the biological father of Thor, the adopted father of Loki, and the King of Asgard.
None of these, however, land him on this list.
For all the strength that Thor has and for all the magic and intelligence that Loki possesses, Odin is superior to both in every way possible. Odin isn’t only one of the most powerful Marvel superheroes in existence, but he’s also one of the most powerful superheroes in all of comics. This is so much that his entry into any battle instantly tips the scales in the favor of whichever side he’s on.
4. Franklin Richards
As nothing more than a child, it’s surprising that Franklin Richards even makes this most powerful Marvel superheroes list, isn’t it? By all accounts, he shouldn’t be anything special…he looks like a simple boy.
But a simple boy he isn’t and special he is.
Franklin Richards has the ability to warp existing realities and create new ones as he sees fit. He’s also able to jump through time and cause entire universes to collapse into themselves. Franklin’s list of impressive feats is long. Since coming to comics over 50 years ago, he has taken down Mephisto, made Galactus his Herald, created multiple pocket dimensions, and caused flowers to grow from the Mad Celestials.
If it sounds like Franklin can do practically anything he wants, it’s because he can. In the world of most powerful Marvel superheroes, Franklin Richards has very few equals.
Although there have been plenty of versions of the Quasar character, each has one thing in common…the Quantum Bands.
The Quantum Bands are the creation of Eon and were designed to be worn by the Protector of the Universe. When worn, the Bands become attached to the wearer and link themselves to the person’s nervous system. The Quantum Bands grant the wearer the power of energy manipulation. Not just any energy manipulation, however. The Bands tap into the limitless energy of the Quantum Zone. This energy allows Quasar to explode stars, redirect the energy of beings like the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, and Thanos, and with careful training, withstand psionic attacks. Once inside the Quantum Zone, Quasar can instantly jump to any point in the Universe. The Gems that the Bands are made from also allow the wearer to process information no matter the complexity and to track energy across incredible distances.
As the Protector of the Universe, it’s easy to see why Quasar makes this list of most powerful Marvel superheroes.
2. Silver Surfer
First appearing inside the pages of Fantastic Four #48, the Silver Surfer is easily one of the most powerful Marvel Superheroes.
The Silver Surfer is imbued with the Power Cosmic. With it, he’s given superhuman endurance, strength, and is able to both absorb and manipulate the Universe’s ambient energy. He’s also able to travel across time and space and knows nearly no limit to the speed by which he can do either. In addition, he does not need sleep and projects energy in whichever way he wants. This means that he can destroy planets, create forcefields, heal those around him, create interdimensional portals, manipulate and phase through solid matter, and can control the astral plane.
If the above isn’t enough, he can also see through time, perceive past and future events, can influence human emotion and thoughts, and possesses telepathy.
It’s been said that a good education is the key to power. If that’s true, then Uatu leads the Marvel Universe in power. Uatu is a member of one of the oldest groups of beings in the galaxy, The Watchers. As a member of The Watchers, Uatu has been assigned to watch over the Earth and record its events.
Uatu is power defined.
- Forcefields that negate the power of incoming attacks
- Appearance altering
- Can watch over an immeasurable amount of events simultaneously (Earthbound and otherwise)
- Can convert his body to energy to travel across great distances
- Energy manipulation
- Is able to cast illusions
- Immortality unless he chooses to die
- Can transport himself and other around him through time
Having watched over and studied multiple areas of the Multiverse, Uatu is the most educated being in the Marvel Universe. Imagine that. Imagine coming face to face with someone who knows more about you and everything around you than you will ever know…
And that’s it. The most powerful Marvel Ssuperheroes. What do you think? Who would make your most powerful Marvel superheroes list?