LIST: Most Popular Marvel Characters & Their Powers

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Formed in 1939, The Marvel Comics Group is one of the big three American comic publishers alongside DC Comics and Dark Horse. So it’s no surprise that since their 1961 rebirth with the Fantastic Four, they have become synonymous with American superheroes.

With an enormous roster that really sells the idea of a superhero community (particularly the downtrodden mutant population), we look back at over 50 years of the most famous Universe. Here’s a list of the most popular Marvel characters and their powers…

Black Panther

Superpowers: Enhanced senses, superhuman condition, speed, martial artist, magical resistance, Vibranium-assisted outfit.

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Pouncing from a super-advanced society from deepest Africa, the Black Panther has got to be one of the more distinct of the Avengers roster. As king of his home nation Wakanda, his fights are not in the streets but against threats to his throne, nation, and even the global geopolitical balance. With an extreme ability to hunt and combat, Black Panther sports a costume with features that in some cases, surpass the Iron Man armors and many Batsuits. A skilled acrobat and martial artist, Black Panther is able to run and move at incredible speeds, sense fear and lies, and see in total darkness.

Year Created: 1966
How he got his Powers: Having the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb applied to his body.
Weapons: Energy dagger, anti-metal claws
Did You Know? Black Panther is officially the richest Marvel superhero. Find out more cool superhero facts!

Moon Knight

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, prophetic visions, power dependent on how full the moon is.

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Marvel Comics

A hero who truly deserves his own movie, Moon Knight is the Marvel community’s resident super-detective and arbitrator of Justice. Empowered by the phases of the moon, Marc Spector will beat up anyone who he thinks deserves a good knocking and fights like a boxer by taking punches rather than giving them. Don’t mess with this one, he’s a skilled martial artist, gymnast and boxer!

Year Created: 1975
How he got his Powers: Werewolf scratch or from the ancient Egyptian Moon God, Khonshu.
Weapons: Crescent darts, truncheon, ankh
Did You Know? Moon Knight is dubbed the Batman of Marvel thanks to his themed weapons, gadgets, vehicles and money.

Jessica Jones

Superpowers: Superhuman strength, flight, immunity to mind control.

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Vigilante private investigator, Jessica Jones is one of the fresher faces of Marvel’s roster. Gaining her powers when a military convoy of radioactive material collides with her parents’ car, she wakes up from a coma with superhuman abilities including strength, flight and the skill to block and control. She can push over a rooted tree, punch through the hood of a car, and can even resist mind control. Instead however, she fights crime as a detective. Those powers coming in handy for defense when cases go down some ugly roads.

Year Created: 2001
How she got her Powers: Radioactive chemicals following car accident.
Weapons: Her talent/powers
Did You Know? Jessica attended the same high school as Peter Parker and she even had a crush on him!

Blade

Superpowers: Strength, speed, reflexes, immune to vampire bites, master swordsman.

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Called “the Daywalker” by his blood-sucking foes, Blade is known across the world as a man with all the strengths of a vampire, none of the weaknesses and a natural immunity to vampire talents. He heals rapidly, is unaffected by daylight and is gifted with heightened senses including the ability to detect sounds that a regular human can’t, and “smell” supernatural creatures. He’s the ideal predator after the Van Helsings are gone.

Year Created: 1973
How he got his Powers: Mother was bitten by vampire during labor.
Weapons: Daggers, titanium, acid-etched swords, firearms
Did You Know? Marvel’s first big hit is one of the only movies that doesn’t feature a Stan Lee cameo!

Captain America

Superpowers: Strength, agility, stamina, healing ability, expert tactician, martial artist, indestructible shield.

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Marvel Studios

The First Avenger by age, Captain America actually joined the team in their early years after he broke out of a block of ice from the Arctic. Before becoming Captain America, Steve Rogers was weak and sickly, given treatment that granted him superhuman condition. His extraordinary bones and muscles make him capable of breaking wood and steel with a single hit, while his shield makes him resistant to destruction. With incredible lung capacity, Cap has high endurance and is a skilled martial artist.

Year Created: 1941
How he got his Powers: Injected with Super-Soldier Serum.
Weapons: Vibranium shield
Did You Know? The fighting style Captain America uses is called “Jeet Kune Do”, inspired by Bruce Lee!

Killmonger

Superpowers: Strength, expert tactician and manipulator, peak-level hunter, genius-level intellect.

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T’Challa’s greatest nemesis and one with a greater chip on his shoulder than Man-Ape. Exiled from Wakanda after his father fell into a failed coup with Ulysses Klaue, N’Jadaka took on the name “Erik Killmonger” and attended MIT. After graduating, he returned home and set about dethroning the man who exiled him. Killmonger has already been dubbed the best Marvel villain on-screen, and there’s no wonder why. In fact, he’s said to be more tougher and enhanced than Black Panther and has enough power to take down an elephant using his hands alone.

Year Created: 1973
How he got his Powers: Having the juices of the Heart-Shaped Herb applied to his body.
Weapons: Firearms, blades, energy blasting wristband
Did You Know? Killmonger has a pet leopard called Preyy who was killed during his rise in Wakanda. Preyy was honored in Black Panther when Killmonger wore a costume with patchy leopard-skin pattern.

Wolverine

Superpowers: Reflexes, agility, senses, retractable adamantium-plated bone claws, regeneration, indestructible skeleton.

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Marvel Comics

What discussion of Marvel’s roster would be complete without one of its most iconic of heroes? A hunter by instinct and skilled martial artist and swordsman, he perhaps knows more than any other mutant (thanks to his long life) how distrustful people can be. Wolverine’s strength is enough to break steel and lift weights that no normal human could. With animal-senses that can hear and see more than that of an ordinary person, a healing power like no other, and claws for days, Wolverine is one that goes down in history.

Year Created: 1974
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: Adamantium claws, daggers, katana, guns 
Did You Know? As stated in our list of Batman facts, a Batman-Wolverine hybrid exists known as The Dark Claw!

Spider-Man

Superpowers: Strength, jumping, leaping, speed, “danger sense” precognition, custom web-shooters.

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The most relatable and popular of Marvel’s roster by far. Mild-mannered Peter Parker is a tinkerer, a nerd but ultimately an ordinary guy when you take away his spider-based powers. He’s the most remarkable, but also the most ordinary. His flexibility and relatability have seen him kick thugs in Queens and join the Avengers to space and beyond in equal measure. With heightened spider powers, this superhero can web-crawl, leap across buildings, fight like a pro, and sense danger stronger than the little creature itself.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers:  Bitten by a radioactive spider. 
Weapons: Web-shooters
Did You Know? Peter’s parents were S.H.I.E.L.D Agents! Find out more Spider-Man facts in our post.


What order should you watch the Marvel movies? Check out our MCU timeline starting all the way from the events of 1942 (The First Avenger).


Ultron

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, genius-level artificial intelligence, makes calculations with superhuman speed and accuracy, nigh indestructibility via adamantium bodies, flight.

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Ultron was destined to be evil the moment he was turned on. Arguably the world’s most massive hypocrite since for all his contempt for humanity, he personifies the worst aspects of human nature. This powerful character has superhuman powers and the frightening ability to place victims into a deathlike coma with his blasts of energy – it’s no surprise he’s been dubbed one of the strongest Marvel villains.

Year Created: 1968
How he got his Powers: Built by Henry Pym.
Weapons: Repulsor, plasma weapons
Did You Know? Ultron has the power to adapt and restructure himself after a defeat.

Iron Fist

Superpowers: Kung fu mastery, hypnosis, chi-empowered punches via concentration and a hand protected from pain and injury.

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The other half of Heroes for Hire, Danny Rand is the inseparable Kung Fu accomplice of Luke Cage. Raised after being stranded in the mystical hidden city of K’un-Lun and empowered by plunging his fist into the heart of an immortal dragon, Danny is one of Marvel’s core street level heroes with an impactful strike that is one of the strongest of all. His chi-empowered punches can blow out brick and steel, while he also has the ability to hypnotise and resist pain by controlling his nervous system.

Year Created: 1974
How he got his Powers: Plunging fist into the heart of an immortal dragon.
Weapons: Martial arts weapons
Did You Know? When Matt Murdock was arrested for being Daredevil, Iron Fist dressed up as him to help prove that Murdock wasn’t Daredevil.

Ghost Rider

Superpowers: Supernatural motorcycle, immunity to damage, superhuman strength, projecting hellfire, “penance stare”, mentally-controlled chains.

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Marvel Comics

When daredevil, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil, he had a good heart. Now he’s the Devil’s bounty hunter, a man walking the edge of life and death whose job it is to punish the condemned and keep the evil in Hell, burning the souls of evil with his Penance Stare. Able to manipulate souls with his stare, Ghost Rider can also create and emit hellfire onto his enemies as well as project chains from his mouth or chest. The Ghost Rider is resistant to pain, and even once regenerated after having his skull smashed by The Hulk.

Year Created: 1972
How he got his Powers: Sold his soul to the devil.
Weapons: His Hellfire Chain
Did You Know? Riders can bring people back to life just by touching their corpse

Hulk

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, durability, regeneration, nigh invulnerability, breathing underwater.

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The strongest one there is! Bruce Banner must constantly hide the beast that dwells within him, as anger, frustration and rage coax the untameable wrecking ball out. The angrier he gets, the more strength he builds. With superhuman muscle power and lungs, Hulk has the ability to lift mountains and planets, travel miles in just one jump, breathe underwater and withstand bullets. Hulk’s history with everyone around him makes him unique in that if you can name a hero, this top Marvel character has likely fought them at least once.

Year Created: 1962
How he got his Powers: Exposed to gamma radiation.
Weapons: His strength
Did You Know? After its first 6 issues, The Incredible Hulk was cancelled due to a weak following.

Loki

Superpowers: Strength; stamina, speed, genius, mastery of magic and illusion, energy projection, shapeshifting.

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It’s distressing when your brother is your greatest nemesis. This is the tale of Loki, adopted son of Odin, and raised as a prince who would never be crowned. He never liked that part, or the parts of Asgardian culture that honor strength and bravery. No matter how many times he was banished from Asgard, he always came back with a plan to take the throne using his impressive magical skills. Other than telekinisis and mystical energy blasts, Loki also has immense strength enough to destroy buildings with a single punch and withstand several knocks from the likes of Spider-Man. He can fall from heights without injury and is resistant to bullets and energy blasts.

Year Created: 1948 (historic) 1962 (modern)
How he got his Powers: Learned from mother and studied wizardry.
Weapons: His magic sword, Laevateinn
Did You Know? Loki can shapeshift into animals or people like Thor or Captain America but he cannot necessarily gain the abilities of whatever he turns into.

Black Bolt

Superpowers: Strength, stamina, self-control, flight, devastating sonic projection via speech.

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The king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt is a man of few words. He has to be, as even a whisper from him can cause earthquakes. That doesn’t stop one of the universe’s most famous mutes getting involved in international affairs and as one of the Illuminati, the collective of Earth’s smartest people. When put to full use, Black Bolt’s voice is said to be capable of destroying planets while the antenna on his head helps the hero control his powers – including increasing his strength and flight speed, projecting blasts and amplifying his ‘Master Blow’.

Year Created: 1965
How he got his Powers: Inhuman-born
Weapons: His speech and strength
Did You Know? Black Bolt has many superpowers under his belt including telepathy!

Captain Marvel

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, resistant to most toxins, energy absorption and manipulation.

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Marvel Comics

Although the character started out as the Kree commander, Mar-Vell (hence the name), the most famous incarnation is USAF pilot, Carol Danvers who gained superpowers when exposed to Kree technology. With the ability to fly and hit really hard (we’re talking Hulk-level), Carol’s most prominent power is her skill to absorb and project energy. By absorbing cosmic levels of energy from around her, Captain Marvel has the power to transform it into radiant energy blasts and use it against her enemies. Her Binary form is the most impressive, which sees her body covered in energy flames.

Year Created: 1968
How she got her Powers: Exposed to Kree technology.
Weapons: Nega Bands
Did You Know? She originally spent most of her time as Ms. Marvel, but believe it or not, this icon of female power was once a HE. In fact there are several variations of Captain Marvel throughout Marvel history!


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Luke Cage

Superpowers: Superhuman strength, indestructible skin, strong muscle tissue, healing factor.

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Luke Cage always wanted the quiet life after being wrongfully thrown in prison, even after his time in jail gave him indestructible skin and incredible strength. Determined to fix his Harlem home, Luke soon formed Heroes for Hire with Iron Fist and since then, the two have been inseparable. Luke’s skin is said to be as hard as titanium steel, while his superhuman muscles give him strength to lift 25 tons. He can survive large impacts as powerful as 150 pounds of TNT, and is immune from extreme temperatures and electrical shocks.

Year Created: 1972
How he got his Powers: Cellular regeneration experiment in prison.
Weapons: His strength
Did You Know? Actor Nicolas Cage’s original name is Nicolas Coppola. He changed it after being inspired by the Marvel character!

Daredevil

Superpowers: Superhuman, radar senses, skilled martial artist and marksman, stickfighter, detective.

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The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. He might beat you and break your bones, but this hellish protector of south-side New York firmly believes in the fairness of the law. When he’s not harassing New York’s underworld, he’s protecting the innocent and the abused in the courthouses as attorney, Matt Murdock. He may be blind, but his remaining four senses are more heightened than ever. Daredevil’s radar sense helps him know when someone is five feet away thanks to their body-heat and air disturbance. Despite being an exceptional marksman and martial artist, Daredevil also knows when someone’s lying by listening to their heartbeat – comes in handy for his duty as an attorney.

Year Created: 1964
How he got his Powers: Radioactive isotope
Weapons: His manrikigusari
Did You Know? Stan Lee has admitted that Daredevil’s Radar Sense is stronger than Spider-Man’s Spider sense!

Spider-Woman

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, superhuman smell, pheromone manipulation, bio-energy projection.

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Marvel Comics

Don’t let the name fool you, she’s not related to Peter Parker as for one, Jessica Drew was born in London. She was born with powers after her mother was hit by a radiation beam while pregnant. A former agent of SWORD, she has a funky habit of swaying people with the use of pheromones. She has the strength to lift around 7 tons, is resistant to human injury, and has superhuman speed. Spider-Woman has wall-crawling abilities in common with Peter, but the skill to emit bursts of “Venom Blasts” through her hands is unique to this Spider-superhero only (and maybe Miles Morales).

Year Created: 1977
How she got her Powers: Mother hit by a radiation beam while pregnant.
Weapons: Her powers
Did You Know? When Spider-Woman quit HYDRA, she turned against them, and ended up being responsible for the fatal crash of HYDRA head, Otto Vermis.

Silver Surfer

Superpowers: Strength, speed, endurance and the ability to control ambient energy from the universe.

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The herald of Galactus, Norrin Radd made a deal with the cosmic planet-muncher – don’t consume his planet in return for Radd’s services in looking for other planets. Given the nature of Radd’s new job, he has both been a hero and a villain as he was the reason Galactus found Earth and attacked it, but rediscovering his human side caused him to betray his master and now he’s stuck on Earth. With the Power Cosmic and his board, Silver Surfer has the skill to travel faster than light-speed. He can fire catastrophic blasts, time travel and absorb energies and radiation.

Year Created: 1966
How he got his Powers: Implanted with the Power Cosmic by Galactus.
Weapons: His board
Did You Know? The Silver Surfer is invincible. He cannot be hurt due to his durability and strength.

Cyclops

Superpowers: Optic eye blasts causing concussive force, ability to crush through buildings and mountains.

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Marvel Comics

Arguably the first of his kind as he was the first of the X-Men, Scott Summers has always been their leader in the field. For a long time, he has been depicted with a heart for Jean Grey and a head with a plan, always willing to put the survival of mutant-kind first. His heart is usually in the right place even if that has made him a bit of a jerk since taking on the role as mutant-kind’s leader figure. Cyclops is able to manipulate his optic eye blasts’ width, height and intensity with great skill. In fact, the blast is so strong, it can rip through mountains and it once even peeled off the Hulk’s skin.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: His visor
Did You Know? Cyclops is one of the very few to be able to knock Thor’s Hammer from his hand using his optic beam.

Quake

Superpowers: Earthquake/vibration generation.

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Daisy Johnson lived a closed life within SHIELD under the watchful eye of Nick Fury. This super-agent is in fact of Inhuman descent, having her Inhuman power awakened by the unstable research of her father, the supervillain Mr. Hyde. Quake has the unbelievable ability to trigger seismic vibrations including earthquakes, tremors and explosions. She once crushed Wolverine’s heart and her endurance and strength is said to be slightly stronger than Captain America’s.

Year Created: 2004
How she got her Powers: Inhuman-born
Weapons: Firearms
Did You Know? At one point, she joined The Avengers where she helped them defeat Magneto!

Beast

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, animal-like claws and hands, genius-level intellect, senses to track people.

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Henry “Hank” McCoy was initially a brilliant mind with oversized hands and feet. A series of transformations turned him into a furry blue cat/simian-faced hulk of a man. Don’t let the enormous slouching posture fool you, Hank much prefers to use his massive brains to solve problems and after a career in biochemistry is perhaps the most identifiable spokesman for mutant rights. Other than his brain, Beast has incredible superhuman strength, skills in acrobatic combat and can perform tasks with his feet or hands. The mutant can run at speeds up to 40 miles and survive hard impact without injury such as falling from great heights. Beast is believed to have the agility of a great ape together with the acrobatic skills of an Olympic-gymnast.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: His razor-sharp claws
Did You Know? Beast was one of the first to serve as a member of the Avengers during the 70’s and 80’s!

Iceman

Superpowers: Cold and ice manipulation, solid ice battle form.

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One of the first X-Men, Bobby Drake is exactly as you’d imagine for a teenager with power over ice – chilled, outspoken, and incapable of hiding anything. Perhaps one of the bravest as more than the others, he’s willing to put himself between his friends and danger. Iceman can freeze anything around him including objects and his body. He can freeze an enemy’s blood as well as any moisture in the air. Iceman’s ‘cold’ powers are so strong, he once stopped a nuclear explosion.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: His powers
Did You Know? In the comic All-New X-Men #40, it’s revealed that Iceman is in fact gay.

Doctor Strange

Superpowers: A Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, skilled athletic and martial artist, conjurer of magical energy shield, wind & flame projection, telekinesis, hypnotism, jumps through dimensions.

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The Sorcerer Supreme who has been wowing us all with his reality-bending power and psychedelics-inspired dimension-jumping since the 1960’s. Dr. Steven Strange started off as an arrogant, know-it-all neurosurgeon at the top of his field who had his hands ruined in a car crash. Stumbling into a world he would have scoffed at before, it’s Strange’s job to deal with all things magic and mystical. Considered the most powerful being in the Universe, Doctor Strange can manipulate energy and emit energy bolts strong enough to destroy planets. He is able to turn nearly-invisible, pass through solid materials, and teleport through time and dimensions. Strange can also fly using his Cloak of Levitation and has the power to hypnotise his enemies.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Studied and trained with the Ancient One.
Weapons: Cloak of Levitation, Eye of Agamotto, Orb of Agamotto & more
Did You Know? Doctor Strange co-founded The Defenders which also included Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Namor.

The Thing

Superpowers: Strength, durability, rock-like skin, enhanced lung capacity.

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The ever-loving blue-eyed muscle of the Fantastic Four. Like the others, he was exposed to cosmic radiation during an ill-fated spaceship ride, but also got the most tragic mutation of becoming a rock-man. He has a big heart that belies its stony appearance and tends to get the short end of Johnny’s numerous pranks. Alongside an awesome personality, The Thing has a resistance to physical injury and enhanced lung capacity that allows him to hold his breath underwater for long durations. In fact, The Thing is able to withstand Hulk’s blows and even gashes from Wolverine’s claws.

Year Created: 1961
How he got his Powers: Exposed to cosmic radiation.
Weapons: His flare pistol
Did You Know? Ben and Edwin Jarvis organized a range of super-hero poker games, which were attended by players like Wolverine and Doctor Strange!

Kitty Pryde

Superpowers: Matter phasing, levitation, ability to disrupt electrical fields and pass through solid matter.

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Going by a few names including Ariel and Sprite, Katherine “Kitty” Pryde is most well-known as the Shadowcat. Gifted with the ability to phase through any solid material and make others intangible, she started out as a kid character of the team who blossomed into one of its fore-running members including leadership positions like headmistress of the Jean Grey School.

Year Created: 1980
How she got her Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: Her powers & sometimes uses a broken piece of Wolverine’s claw
Did You Know? Joss Whedon has admitted that Kitty was an inspiration for Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

The Invisible Woman

Superpowers: Invisibility, forcefield projection, combatant and martial artist.

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The wife of Marvel’s First Family, Susan Storm-Richards has always had the affectionate heart and soul. Most of the time, this involves making sure Ben and Johnny aren’t fighting, that Johnny isn’t being reckless, and that Reed isn’t completely buried in his science. Without her though, the family would likely fall apart in about a week. Gaining her powers after falling victim to a cosmic storm, Invisible Woman uses light waves for invisibility and the projection of forcefields.

Year Created: 1961
How she got her Powers: Hit by cosmic rays
Weapons: Her powers
Did You Know? Invisible Woman was in fact trained by Iron Fist and was also coached by The Thing and She-Hulk.

Nick Fury

Superpowers: Peak human condition, longevity, skilled martial combatant, heavyweight boxer, Tae Kwon Do & Jiu Jitsu pro. 

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Whether he’s meeting you with a robotic decoy, taking you to a safehouse that only he knows about or has compartmentalized a mission so not everyone knows what’s going on, SHIELD director Nick Fury could be the most secretive man on Earth. No matter how many times he’s died, it was probably a decoy and he’s waiting for you in Belarus. As a veteran of three wars, it’s no surprise Fury has belts in Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu or that he’s an armed combat expert.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Gained strength in the army
Weapons: USP pistol, SHIELD weapons
Did You Know? Fury’s injured left eye is a result from a blast during World War II. He now has 95% loss of vision in this eye.

Venom

Superpowers: Mimicked powers of Spider-Man, superhuman condition, limited shapeshifting, telepathic skills, undetectable by spider-sense.

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An alien lifeform that bonds with a host to survive, Venom is the most annoying-or-dangerous opponents of Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery. As a result of first trying to bond with Spider-Man, Venom is invisible to Spider-Sense, which for any Spider-foe is a free pass to knock the snot out of the web-head. When not tainted with anger-issues, Venom is not all bad as he deeply wants to be a hero. Although he does have the intimidating power to form spikes, use his sharp teeth and expand in size. In fact, he’s said to be stronger than Spider-Man himself.

Year Created: 1984
How he got his Powers: Eddie Brock became the alien’s new host.
Weapons: Web-shooters
Did You Know? Venom was once part of the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Deadpool

Superpowers: Smart-mouth, extreme regeneration and healing power, trained assassin, immune to telepathic powers, immortal.

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“I’m a little low down in this list. What does Wowlvie have that I don’t?” as Wade Wilson, the Merc with the Mouth would say. Famously the mercenary and funniest mutant who appears to be so insane, he is completely aware of whatever medium he is in. Diagnosed with cancer, Deadpool got his powers after undergoing an experimental treatment which left him with superhuman healing ability. Able to regrow limbs and organs as well as holding the strength of an Olympic level weightlifter, Deadpool is also an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist.

Year Created: 1991
How he got his Powers: Injected with a mysterious serum to cure cancer
Weapons: Guns, grenades, knives, katanas
Did You Know? His healing powers are so strong, he was able to regrow his head after having it crushed by the Hulk in Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.

Storm

Superpowers: Power over the weather, skilled thief, excellent with handguns and knives, ability to see in darkness.

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Marvel Comics

When Xavier first found Ororo Monroe, she was a street urchin who he caught lifting his wallet. From such humble beginnings (and a talent for controlling the weather) she’s risen as a goddess of southern Africa, Xavier’s second in command, a queen of Wakanda and an inspiration for mutants everywhere young and old. She can control the weather, including the ability to generate lightning and tornadoes. Not only can she also fly, Storm can cause pain to her enemy’s ear by controlling the atmospheric pressure.

Year Created: 1975
How she got her Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: Handguns, firearms, knives
Did You Know? Storm was the first black female Marvel superhero, first appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Iron Man

Superpowers: Genius-level intellect, multiple powered armor suits, ability to fly.

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When he’s not flying alongside them in his custom power armor, Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark is the Avengers’ billionaire backer and one of America’s greatest philanthropists. This came about after he realized just what his weapons company was propagating. His former playboy life left its scars however, most famously his close relationship with alcohol. Nevertheless, when he’s wearing his infamous suit, Stark gains superhuman strength, flying skills and an arsenal of powerful weapons. He can withstand bullet impact and has the ability to biologically heal himself and repair the armor.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: From his suit
Weapons: Repulsor rays, uni-beam projector, lasers
Did You Know? Tony Stark created and built one of Spider-Man’s upgraded suits known as the Iron Spider Suit. We got a small glimpse of it in Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Professor X

Superpowers: Telepathy, can cause paralysis, memory loss, mental illusions, create mind bolts of psychic energy.

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Professor Charles Xavier was always one of the luckier mutants. He was able to easily hide his mutation while growing up, but that didn’t stop him from helping his kind out. Founding a school for gifted youngsters, Xavier is the most famous of mutantkind’s representatives, and his spokesmanship for mutant relations has been famously compared to Martin Luther King Jr – except this guy’s considered the world’s most powerful telepath. Xavier can telepathically communicate with anyone in the world, sense the locations of mutants, read minds and memories and manipulate and paralyze others to great extent. Oh, and he can project psionic blasts, too.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: His powers
Did You Know? Professor X’s telepathy once covered the entire world and has even helped him connect mentally with aliens in space.

Thanos

Superpowers: Strength, speed, durability, energy manipulation, telepathy, powers based on the Infinity Stones.

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One of the biggest threats to all reality due to a fixation on claiming and using six stones that can warp reality, Thanos the Mad Titan is a threat that no one sneezes at as he tends to smash everything in his way. Besides this, he is also famous for his relationship with the cosmic aspect of death. This Marvel villain has superpowers that very few can defeat. Thanos can destroy entire planets with a single blow, project psionic energy as a mighty force, emit infrared heat-beams from his eyes, and shut down another being’s mind with his talent in telepathy.

Year Created: 1973
How he got Powers: Titan-born and Infinity Stones
Weapons: Stasis Rifle, Infinity Gauntlet
Did You Know? The so-called “unbeatable” Thanos was once defeated by Squirrel Girl in GLX-MAS #1 published in 2005.

Thor

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, durability, weather manipulation, flight (via Mjolnir), dense skin and bones with a resistance to injury.

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The Son of Odin, the God of Thunder has been one of the Avengers and a protector of the innocent since the very beginning. On the side of his hammer Mjolnir, the inscription “Whosoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor” has been his trademark. The hammer brings him great powers including the ability to summon lightning from his hands, block energy blasts and bend elements. Besides his extraordinary strength, Thor has great fighting ability, energy manipulation powers, flight skills, and complete control over the weather. Hulk has even labelled him a threat.

Year Created: 1962
How he got his Powers: Born the Asgardian God of Thunder
Weapons: Warhammer Mjolnir
Did You Know? Thor was a frog throughout issues of The Mighty Thor due to none other than Loki’s magical schemes. This was even given a shout-out as an Easter Egg in Thor Ragnarok!

Jean Grey

Superpowers: Immense telepathic and telekinetic power – read and control minds, communicate with animals, manipulate objects in the air, create energy blasts.

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Marvel Comics

The most powerful telepath among mutantkind and its most concerning liability. Jean Grey has always been a double-edged sword due to the power that inhabits her. The Phoenix Force empowers her, but when fully unleashed is a force of destruction unlike any other. With the ability to travel interstellar distances faster than the speed of light, Jean Grey can also create flames and manipulate the minds of others. She still believes in Professor X’s dream but the inner Dark Phoenix would rather see everything burn.

Year Created: 1963
How she got her Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: Her powers
Did You Know? Wolverine has killed Jean more than 5 times!

The Punisher

Superpowers: Peak human condition, special operations master, resistance to telepathic powers, camouflage & stealth skills, pro martial artist, high pain tolerance. 

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Netflix

Frank Castle was an ordinary guy, but everything went wrong after he returned home from doing his duty for the US Marine Corps to find his wife and daughter murdered by criminals. Famous as a superhero who kills people and packing lots of firepower, Frank is on a one-man crusade to kill every criminal in the world. Thanks to his skills in hand-to-hand combat, vast experience in warfare, and ability to camouflage and tolerate extreme levels of pain, of course. Although we didn’t see it in the Netflix show, The Punisher is also resistant to psychic and telepathic powers.

Year Created: 1974
How he got his Powers: Trained in the military
Weapons: Rifles, handguns, grenades, knives
Did you Know? Nick Fury and Tony Stark highly admire The Punisher’s extreme pain tolerance. He even avoids taking painkillers to avoid drowsiness and slowed reflexes.

Ant-Man

Superpowers: Genius-level intellect, size-changing via Pym Particles, telepathic communication with insects, dimension-hopping.

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Marvel Studios

One of the first Avengers, Hank Pym is an eccentric genius who created Pym Particles, the exotic matter that can shrink and grow objects while retaining their proportionate strength. Taking on other names like Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket and even his own wife’s alias, The Wasp, he’s a bit unstable and prone to nervous breakdowns. That doesn’t take away his extraordinary abilities to shrink to the size of an ant, exceed in hand-to-hand combat, and grow to gigantic heights.

Year Created: 1962
How he got his Powers: Tested the Pym Particles serum on himself
Weapons: Stinger firearm
Did you Know? Like Doctor Strange passes through multiverses, Ant-Man can travel through micro-versus – “tiny parallel dimensions”.

Star-Lord

Superpowers: Strength, flight via jet boots, master problem-solver, cybernetic enhancements, space travel, Element Gun projects air, earth, fire, water.

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Marvel Comics

The captain of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill’s life has never been uninteresting. Born the son of an alien prince, Quill never knew his father, his mother was killed by alien bounty hunters, he was stranded away from Earth and joined up with the Ravager space pirates. In the end, he becomes ten times the man his father was as a hero of the galaxy. Although he has no superhuman powers, Star-Lord is extremely athletic and a fantastic hand-to-hand combatant and swordsman. His abilities are above that of a normal human being, including great physical strength, resistance to physical injury, and mental performance. Let’s not forget his jet boots that enable flight and Element Gun that projects air, earth, fire and water.

Year Created: 1976
How he got his Powers: He’s part human and part celestial
Weapons: Element Gun
Did You Know? Star-Lord has coordination and flexibility stronger than any of Earth’s best athletes.

Magneto

Superpowers: Control of magnetic forces, magnetism-based flight, can make telepathic commands.

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Marvel Comics

The Master of Magnetism, leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants, closest friend of Charles Exavier, and possibly the world’s second most massive hypocrite. It’s hard to not feel sorry for a guy who survived the Nazi death camps but explaining Eric Lehnsherr, is no small feat. Though he certainly doesn’t make it easy with his plan to supplant humans with mutants as the dominant species on Earth. With his power to control metal and manipulate magnetic forces, there’s no going near this guy. Heck, he apparently can use magnetism to “raise islands from ocean floors and move mountains”.

Year Created: 1963
How he got his Powers: Mutant-born
Weapons: Helmet, powers
Did You Know? Magneto has the power to move large asteroids and levitate a 30,000 ton nuclear submarine!

Doctor Doom

Superpowers: Superhuman strength, energy blasts, flight via rocket boots, inventor genius.

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Marvel Comics

T’Challa is not the only high-profile king moonlighting as a super-person. King of Latveria Victor, von Doom is a complex sort, he may blame absolutely everything wrong with his life on Reed Richards (which is frequently his downfall), but he’s also worked with some of the heroes. In particular, he has enlisted the help of Doctor Strange to rescue his mother from Mephisto’s realm. The Doctor considers him one of the “most powerful practitioners of sorcery” thanks to his great ability to emit mystical blasts and force-fields, as well as cast spells.

Year Created: 1962
How he got his Powers: His mother’s Roma heritage
Weapons: His powers
Did You Know? In the comics, Doctor Doom has been depicted as one of the most intelligent humans in the Marvel Universe.

The Mandarin

Superpowers: Peak-level human condition, martial arts expert, 10 Rings of Power.

the mandarin

Marvel Comics

Tony Stark’s greatest opponent is not a rival CEO like Obidiah Stane or the Russians trying to copy his work, but this 100-year-old Chinese aristocrat. Beyond a genius military mind, the Mandarin is an intellectual equal to Iron Man. He is technologically aided by the 10 Rings of Power alien technology he wears on each finger that through invention and practice, grant him numerous powers such as cryokinesis, electrokinesis, the ability to emit energy beams and blasts, levitation and mind control to say the least. 

Year Created: 1964
How got his Powers: From the 10 Rings of Power
Weapons: 10 Rings of Power
Did You Know? His martial arts skills are so great, it is said The Mandarin can destroy Iron Man’s armor with his bare hands.

The Winter Soldier

Superpowers: Energy blasts, superhuman strength, martial artist, speed, healing, stamina.

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Marvel Studios

World War II veteran and best friend to Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes was long presumed dead before becoming the Winter Soldier. After falling from a plane and being found by the Soviet Union, and HYDRA, Barnes was experimented on and granted superhuman abilities and a new cybernetic limb. Advanced to be their operative, Bucky lived a violent and villain life. It wasn’t until he reunited with Rogers when he began to remember his past and turn to the good side again. Bucky’s bionic arm gives him superhuman strength, extended reach, and the ability to discharge bolts of electrical energy. He’s also a skilled martial artist, shield fighter, acrobat and expert spy and assassin.

Year Created: 1941
How got his Powers: Injected with the infinity formula
Weapons: Snipers, rifles
Did You Know? Apparently, Stan Lee disliked ‘side-kicks’. This could explain why Bucky had a quick “death” in the original comics.

Now that you’ve scrolled through our list of superheroes, who do you think has the strongest superpowers in the Marvel Universe? Is it Ghost Rider? How about the Hulk? Let us know in the comments below…

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  1. Avatar Soul-queen Claimora

    The fact that Star-Lord has no superhuman powers (and that he’s played by Chris Pratt) makes him my favourite.

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