There have been many successful and popular franchises over the years, Star Wars and Harry Potter come to mind. But none have had the scope and foresight that Marvel have had. Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe first burst onto the big screen, it has slowly rolled out its world dominating machine as its intricate universe has spread from the big screen to the small. Each movie and TV show is cleverly integrated and expands the vast universe that the MCU has created.
Because of this, Marvel is able to introduce new characters, heroes, and storylines from their vast comic book back catalogue, in a seemingly effortless way. With so many movies and TV shows already under their belt, the list of heroes that the MCU has already got on display is never ending. With so many heroes out there it’s natural for us all to wonder just who is the strongest and most powerful? With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 15 most powerful heroes the MCU has introduced into their franchise.
We start our list with the standout star of the MCU on Netflix. The Man Without Fear set the standards for what Marvel could do on the small screen. Setting up the character and the world he inhabits on a smaller scale was a master stroke, plus, with hour long episodes stretched out over a season, it gave the writers and actors more time to fully explore the character and develop a deeper connection with the fans.
Within the comic books, and in fact the MCU, Daredevil is sometimes overlooked as a powerful hero, but the fact is that his power and skills put him up there with the best of them. Having been blinded as a child, Matt Murdock honed his other senses and with the help of his mentor Stick, Murdock learned to use those senses to his advantage as well as becoming a master of hand to hand combat.
14. Black Panther
One of the newest heroes to enter the MCU, and one that is yet to have his own movie, although that is on its way, is Black Panther. Making his big screen debut, and a big impression with the fans, in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther proved that he could easily match the likes of The Winter Soldier and even Captain America himself.
When T’Challa’s father dies in a bombing in Civil War, T’Challa is tasked with taking over the Kingdom of Wakanda as well the mantle of its protector Black Panther. Black Panther has proved himself to be as strong and agile as any of the other Human heroes, plus he is quick on his feet as he managed to keep up with Captain America when they were chasing The Winter Soldier! But what puts him on this list is his suit. Made from Vibranium, the suit appears to be very durable, bulletproof, can withstand the impact of him falling from a great height and, with his claws, Black Panther can also scale walls in a very Spider-Man-like way.
13. The Winter Soldier
Many may argue that The Winter Soldier has yet to prove himself as a hero within the MCU, and they could be right. Starting off as Steve Rogers’ best friend Bucky Barnes in the first Captain America movie, Barnes then showed up as The Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Being brainwashed and trained to be one of the most deadly assassins on the planet, The Winter Soldier is as dangerous as they come. However, he did start to show signs of his changing heart at the end of The Captain America sequel, and by the end of Captain America: Civil War, The Winter Soldier seems to be fully free of his assassin ways so we can count him on our list of heroes.
With enhanced strength, speed, and durability, The Winter Soldier is on par with Captain America in regards to power and skill. On top of that, The Winter Soldier has a metal arm that can seemingly withstand and punch through anything. That is until it was cut off during the events of Civil War.
Probably one of the biggest surprise hits of the entire MCU has to be Guardians of the Galaxy. The intergalactic story of a group of criminals and misfits coming together to protect the universe took us all by surprise at just how good and different it was.
Out of all the members of The Guardians of the Galaxy, we feel that Groot is the most powerful and the one to watch if another Civil War was to break out. He’s not always seen as a huge threat because of his “slow and dim” appearance and his very limited vocabulary (“I am Groot!”) Groot however is one powerful being. Not only is he as strong as most of the other heroes but he is pretty much indestructible. Whether you cut off his limbs or destroy him altogether, Groot has the ability to re-grow back into the full size tree that we all know him to be.
Another surprisingly popular inclusion into the MCU is Ant-Man. Rather than telling the story of the first and original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, the MCU decided to start the timeline after Pym and instead went for Scott Lang. The former criminal was recruited by Pym to become the next Ant-Man and stop the villainess Yellow Jacket. After some intense training, Lang managed to get to grips with the Ant-Man suit and the use of the Pym Particles to become the hero Ant-Man and he even joined forces with The Avengers.
It’s difficult to judge just how powerful the Ant-Man suit is but it could well be one of the most powerful pieces of tech within the MCU. Not only does Ant-Man have control of Pym Particles, which can make him shrink to the size of an ant, but he also keeps his proportionate full size strength. He can also communicate with ants and turn them into weapons. Plus of course he can grow to become gigantic as he proved in Captain America: Civil War.
10. Luke Cage
This bulletproof hero is all about power, hence his nickname Power Man. The last hero to get the Netflix treatment and an introduction into the MCU is Luke Cage. Luke Cage didn’t have quite the first great outing when he starred in Jessica Jones as a side character, as the show didn’t really show off too much of his power, but since then Cage has branched out on his own with his own Netflix series.
In the comic books, Cage has a lot more physical power and strength which has yet to come through in the MCU as they seem to be going more for his invulnerability rather than his power. But we are sure this will come through in time. As things stand at the moment, Cage’s unbreakable skin is his selling point and it also makes him one tough hero.
9. Jessica Jones
Speaking of Jessica Jones, the lady herself is the focus of our next entry. Following in the big footsteps of Daredevil, Jones was also given her own show on Netflix to fully explore the character and integrate her into the MCU. Throughout the course of the show, her powers are never really fully explained or tested. In the comic books, she actually becomes several masked heroes before becoming a private detective. The show doesn’t really touch on this and instead picks up the character from when she crossed paths with the devastating powers of The Purple Man.
However, within the show we do see Jessica Jones display her incredible strength and invulnerability, although she does take a beating or two. But she is still far more durable than any human would be! Plus of course there is her ability to fly, or at least jump really high and far without hurting herself when she lands.
8. Captain America
One of the founding members of The Avengers within the MCU and the symbol of the pure hero is Captain America. Many fans out there may think that Captain America should be higher on this list, but the fact is being in the middle of the pack is where the good Captain belongs.
Although due to the “Super Soldier Serum,” Steve Rogers was given enhanced strength, speed, stamina, and durability, the fact is that Rogers is still human and the serum only enhanced his abilities to the peak of what a human could be and nothing more. He can’t do anything that a human can’t do so when he is put up against super enhanced heroes or heroes with access to serious technology, then Cap is on the back foot. This has been the case several times in the MCU when Cap comes up against anything superpowered. The only reason that he is higher on this list than the likes of Ant-Man is because of his shield, how he uses it, and his tactical brain.
7. Iron Man
The first hero to be asked to join The Avengers initiative in the MCU and the first hero to also leave. The playboy billionaire philanthropist that is Tony Stark set the stage in which the MCU could grow into the franchise it has become. Being the poster boy for the MCU has only gone on to strengthen the Iron Man character and his importance to The Avengers and, in fact, Marvel.
With some entries on our list such as Captain America and Black Panther, who are at the peak of physical condition and skill, Stark on the other hand doesn’t need to be. Being the genius he is, Stark relies solely on his tech skills – and what tech that is! We have said on this list that the Ant-Man suit is one of the most powerful pieces of technology in the MCU, but that pales in comparison when put against one of Stark’s toys. His Iron Man suits can match pretty much any super powered beings out there and Stark himself has proved he has got the metal to handle anything that comes his way… which is why Iron Man is one of the highest ranking human heroes within the MCU.
All Marvel fans rejoiced with overwhelming excitement when it was announced that everyone’s favorite web-slinger was making his way into the MCU. Making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man’s introduction may have only been a small cameo but it was certainly memorable and a great sign of what is to come from the character in the MCU.
We are all aware of Spider-Man’s powers: being bitten by a radioactive spider gave Peter Parker enhanced strength, reflexes, speed, senses, and of course wall climbing. All of these skills and powers have already been displayed within the MCU in Civil War, but also Spider-Man had no trouble dealing with the likes of the Winter Soldier and Captain America, catching Cap’s shield and stopping The Winter Soldier’s metal arm. Spider-Man also wasn’t phased when Ant-Man turned into Giant-Man.
We now come into our top five of the most powerful heroes in the MCU and we leave the humans behind as we come to gods and monsters. In fairness any of these heroes could take the number one spot but we feel this is the order that they should be in with the evidence we’ve seen from the MCU.
So the next entry on our list is the big green monster himself, The Hulk. There is no denying that when it comes to pure strength and aggression, then The Hulk is one of the most powerful beings in the whole of the MCU. However, due to Gamma Radiation, The Hulk is pretty much indestructible and the angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes, that’s all he is. The Hulk’s only weapon is strength and rage whereas other entries on our list have more skills in their arsenals and if they were pushed to it, could bring down the Hulk if they needed to. This has already been proven in the MCU as Scarlet Witch easily managed to mess with The Hulk’s mind and confuse him. Iron Man, with the help of his Hulk Buster suit, has stopped the Hulk and Thor has gone head to head with him and come out unharmed. All of these times the other heroes didn’t want to hurt Hulk and therefore they held back. But if they did unleash their full power then The Hulk would come out as the loser.
The next entry on our list is the God of Thunder himself, Thor. Along with The Hulk, Thor was a big absence from Captain America: Civil War and the big question is what side would they have been on if they were there? And of course any team that had them, surely it would have caused the Civil War to end a lot quicker! However, both Hulk and Thor are due to team up in Thor’s latest solo movie which we all can’t wait for.
Away from Civil War, Thor has already proven himself to be pretty much untouchable within the MCU. The Asgardian God of Thunder, along with his trusty hammer Mjolnir, has contained and battled The Hulk, although Thor didn’t really go for it, as he didn’t want to hurt The Hulk, he still could face The Hulk without too much trouble. Throughout all that has happened within the MCU and all the monsters they have faced, Thor has come out unscathed and without even breaking out in a sweat.
3. Doctor Strange
The next entry on our list is the newest member of the Marvel superhero family to get his own movie and introduction to the MCU. Doctor Strange may not have interacted with the other heroes of the MCU, yet anyway, as he will be involved in The Avengers: Infinity Wars. Because of his lack of interaction, it’s hard to gage how powerful he is against the likes of Thor and The Hulk, but if we go just on how much skill and power has been seen on screen so far then Doctor Strange has them both beat.
The Sorcerer Supreme has often been called the greatest and most powerful sorcerer in the Marvel comic books and now he has shown that in the MCU. Doctor Strange has command over his magic because of that he has the power of flight, he can create unbreakable shields, he can summon portals, and even transport beings into the Mirror Realm. All of this leads to one powerful hero.
If you take all the best and most powerful bits from the MCU heroes – Iron Man’s intellect, Captain America’s honor and truth, Thor’s worthiness, and The Hulk’s strength, then you get Vision. Add to that flight, the ability to phase through objects, and of course, having one of the Infinity Stones that can shoot laser beams, then you have probably the most powerful hero in the entire MCU. Well… except for one that is.
In the MCU, The Vision started out as Ultron’s upgrade of what the perfect being should be and was supposed to bring about humanity’s end. However, with some trickery from Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, plus a burst of lightning from the thunder god himself, Vision was born and became the perfect embodiment of pure and good. And we can’t forget when he lifted Thor’s hammer in order to get the rest of the Avengers to trust him, a feat that no other hero has done within the MCU.
1. Scarlet Witch
The number one entry on our list is arguably one of the most powerful beings in the entire Marvel universe. Within the pages of the comic books, Scarlet Witch has done some truly powerful things. The most notable is when she wiped out all mutants with a single sentence!
However, this witch has yet to show that amount of power within the MCU yet. But even so, with the two movies she has appeared in, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, Scarlet Witch has proved that no one can touch her if she doesn’t wish it. Not only did she destroy most of Ultron’s army, including ripping Ultron’s heart out, she also made easy work of Vision when he tried to keep her in The Avengers base against her will. We have a feeling that there is more to come from this Scarlet Lady.
An honorable mention should go to Quake, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and War Machine. Each of these heroes are an important part of the MCU but didn’t quite make the top 15. Do you agree with our list? Is there any heroes that we missed?