The Top 10 Comic Book Superheroes Who Can Fly (Marvel & DC)
Oh, to be able to fly.
While it is something that we as humans may never experience, some comic book characters do experience it. But being able to fly and being a good flier are two different things. Of as many superheroes that are capable of flight, only a few are actually good at it. And who are they? Here are the top 10 superheroes who can fly.
List of best superheroes who can fly:
10. Captain Marvel
Very few characters can boast the backstory of Captain Marvel. Throughout her existence, she has gone through stages as Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird. But that’s not all. She’s also been involved in one of the most hated storylines (Marcus), was at the forefront of the questionable Civil War 2, and has had her mind controlled by M.O.D.O.K.
She has the power of the Kree surging through her body. This means that she can fly, has superhuman strength and durability, energy projection, and near invulnerability. As far as flying goes, she is able to leave Earth’s atmosphere and not only survive, but thrive. Carol is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel and as such, one of the best superheroes who can fly.
9. Iron Man
Tony Stark can fly because Tony Stark wants to fly.
His story is well-known. Trapped in a cave, Tony is forced to use his ingenuity to create a means to escape. With it, he creates the first evolution of the Iron Man armor. Once free, he begins his relentless pursuit to improve what he has already created.
The Iron Man armor allows Tony to do what many people only dream of. He can fight entire armies, stop wars before they begin, and guide nuclear missiles into wormholes. The armor equips him with the most advanced weaponry and flight. With flight, he is near-unstoppable.
Shazam, formerly Captain Marvel, is widely considered one of, if not the strongest mortal in all of comics. With the mere mention of the name Shazam, Billy Batson is transformed from a small child into Shazam.
As Shazam, he has superhuman strength, speed, stamina and can fly. He has unlimited control over lightning meaning that he can project it, manipulate it, and use it in any way he can dream up. Most impressively, he has an indomitable will to do what’s right. Due to his willingness to do what’s right, Shazam always flies headfirst into whatever circumstance requires him to.
Simply put, Rogue can fly because she stole it from Ms. Marvel.
As a mutant, Rogue has the innate ability to take the memories and powers of whomever she touches. She’s temporarily stolen powers from Gambit, Wolverine, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Storm, and the aforementioned Ms. Marvel.
Most times the power theft is temporary. In the case of Ms. Marvel, it wasn’t. When she touched Ms. Marvel she permanently absorbed her powers of superhuman strength and speed, invulnerability, and flight. Couple this with her charming and terrifying southern ways and Rogue is one of the best X-Men in history.
6. Martian Manhunter
There’s a reason an argument exists that says Martian Manhunter is stronger than Superman.
Martian Manhunter is an alien capable of flight, shapeshifting, invisibility, and phasing. He has superhuman strength, speed, durability, and stamina. Finally, he possesses regenerative powers, as well as telepathy, and enhanced senses.
Martian Manhunter is the real deal. He is a valuable member of various Justice League incarnations and has become know for his “whatever it takes” philosophy. Martian Manhunter is one of the best and possibly most underrated characters in comics. This alone makes him one of the best superheroes who can fly.
5. Silver Surfer
Of all the fliers in comics, none have a mechanism of flight as awesome as the Silver Surfer. His name literally says it all. He’s a silver man who flies around the cosmos on a surfboard.
Once the Herald of Galactus charged with finding worlds for his master to devour, the Silver Surfer now patrols the skyways keeping peace and order. He has appeared in some of the best Marvel stories, The Coming of Galactus, Infinity War and, Annihilation because he is one of the most powerful and respected characters in Marvel. He’s been a member of the Defenders and partner to the Fantastic Four.
Hailing from Cairo, Storm is a mutant unlike any other. Storm is able to control all facets of the weather. This means that she can conjure up the biggest of snowstorms, have them beat down on any city or opponent, and then blow it all away with a flurry of wind.
Storm is an important member of any team she’s on. She has been called upon to take leadership of the X-Men when they didn’t have any. She has the ability to end any conflict before it starts. And she does it with as little collateral damage as possible.
Her ability to fly should be secondary to her ability to control the weather, but it isn’t. Her ability to fly is only heightened by her ability to control the weather.
3. Green Lantern
It only makes sense that Hal Jordan is on this list. As a Green Lantern, Hal can fly to any part of the Galaxy, and often does so. His will to do what’s right makes him arguably the most important Green Lantern ever. But it isn’t only this that makes him one of the best superheroes who can fly.
Not by a long shot.
Hal is one of the best superheroes who can fly because he was born to fly. First, his father was a test pilot, and second, Hal was a member of the United States Air Force. Simply put, Hal and flying go hand-in-hand.
It should come as no surprise that Thor has made this list. Not only is the Asgardian God one of the foremost heroes in Marvel Comics, but he’s also one of the best fliers. Granted, his flight is given to him through his hammer Mjolnir, but that shouldn’t matter.
Thor is one of Marvel’s preeminent fliers. He is capable of traveling far distances in a matter of seconds and does so with ease. He is an invaluable member of the Avengers and is called upon when the battle takes to the skies. And it doesn’t hurt that he can conjure up the most extreme of storms while up there.
His inclusion as a superhero who can fly only makes sense.
Superman wasn’t always able to fly. In his initial run, he could only leap great distances. It was only during a radio run that Superman achieved flight. Don’t let his late flying change your opinion of him, however. Superman is to fly what spandex is to superheroes. As the most important hero in comics…ever, it makes complete sense that he can fly.
Superman can blast around the entirety of the world in a matter of seconds. Because of this, he can stop villains in the United States and then seconds later, stop them in Russia.
And that’s it. The top 10 superheroes who can fly. What do you think? Who do you think are some superheroes who can fly that aren’t here?