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, precognition, 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.

Year Created: 1966
Did You Know? He actually wasn’t inspired by the Black Panther Party in the US. T’Challa was created just before the movement in 1966.
Actors who Played Him: Djimon Hounsou (voice), Jeffrey D. Sams, James C. Mathis III, Chadwick Boseman
TV Shows/Movies: Black Panther (TV series), Ultimate Avengers 2, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (upcoming)

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Moon Knight

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

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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, boxer, gymnast and boxer!

Year Created: 1975
Did You Know? Moon Knight is dubbed the Batman of Marvel thanks to his themed weapons, gadgets, vehicles and money.
Actors who Played Him: Diedrich Bader (voice), Gideon Emery (voice)
TV Shows/Movies: Avengers Assemble (TV series)

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. 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
Did You Know? Jessica attended the same high school as Peter Parker and she even had a crush on him!
Actors who Played Her: Krysten RItter
TV Shows/Movies: Jessica Jones, The Defenders


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. He’s the ideal predator after the Van Helsings are gone.

Year Created: 1973
Did You Know? Marvel’s first big hit is one of the only movies that doesn’t feature a Stan Lee cameo!
Actors who Played Him: Wesley Snipes, Kirk Jones (voice)
TV Shows/Movies: Blade 1-3, Blade: The Series

Captain America

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

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The First Avenger by age, Captain America actually joined the team in their early years after he was broken 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. Even when out of his time, the Captain is an inspiration as a light in a time when everything looks like shades of grey.

Year Created: 1941
Did You Know? The fighting style Captain America uses is called “Jeet Kune Do” and was inspired by Bruce Lee!
Actors who Played Him: Reb Brown, George DiCenzo (voice), Lawrence Bane (voice), Brian Bloom (voice), Roger Craig Smith (voice), Chris Evans, Justin Gross (voice)
TV Shows/Movies: Captain America (1944, 1979, 1990), Captain America: Death Too Soon, The Super Hero Show, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble (TV series), Civil War


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.

Year Created: 1973
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.
Actors who Played Him: Michael B. Jordan
TV Shows/Movies: Black Panther


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

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What discussion of Marvel’s roster would be complete without one of its most iconic of heroes? A hunter by instinct and not one shy to cross the line when the situation requires, he perhaps knows more than any other mutant (thanks to his long life) how distrustful people can be of that they do not understand. Animal-senses, a healing power like no other and claws for days, Wolverine is one that will go down in history.

Year Created: 1974
Did You Know? As stated in our list of Batman facts, a Batman-Wolverine hybrid exists known as The Dark Claw!
Actors who Played Him: Cathal J. Dodd, Scott McNiel, Alessandro Juliani, Steve Blum, Hugh Jackman
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men (series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X Men, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men 1-3, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, Logan


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


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The most relatable and the most 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
Did You Know? Peter’s parents were S.H.I.E.L.D Agents! Find out more Spider-Man facts in our post.
Actors who Played Him: Danny Seagren, Ted Schwartz, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Rino Romano, Josh Keaton, Drake Bell, Nicholas Hammond, Toby Maguire, Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield
TV Shows/Movies: Spider-Man (1967 TV series), Spider Man (1977), Spider-Man Strikes Back, Spider-Man: The Dragon’s Challenge, Spider-Man 1-3, The Amazing Spider-Man 1-2, Spider Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man (1990 TV series), Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, Spider-Man Unlimited, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man


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
Did You Know? Ultron has the power to adapt and restructure himself after a defeat.
Actors who Played Him: Tom Kane, John Stocker, Jim Meskimen, Fred Tatascore, David Kaye, James Spader
TV Shows/Movies: The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, Avengers: Age of Ultron

Iron Fist

Superpowers: Kung fu mastery, 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.

Year Created: 1974
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.
Actors who Played Him: Mikey Kelley, Loren Lester, Greg Cipes, Finn Jones
TV Shows/Movies: The Super Hero Squad Show, Ultimate Spider-Man, Iron Fist, The Defenders

Ghost Rider

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

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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. There have been other riders including Danny Ketch and Roberto Reyes (who drove a hellish ’69 Dodge Charger instead of a motorbike)

Year Created: 1972
Did You Know? Riders can bring people back to life just by touching their corpse!
Actors who Played Him: Nicholas Cage
TV Shows/Movies: Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance


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. 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
Did You Know? After its first 6 issues, The Incredible Hulk was cancelled due to a weak following.
Actors who Played Him: Lou Ferrigno, Bill Bixby, Bob Holt, Gabriel Mann, Fred Tatascore, Travis Willingham, Jesse Burch, Eric Bana, Edward Norton, Mark Ruffalo
TV Shows/Movies: Incredible Hulk (live series), The Incredible Hulk (animated series), Return of the Incredible Hulk, The Incredible Hulk Returns, Death of the Incredible Hulk, the Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Avengers Assemble, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok


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


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It’s one of the most distressing things 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 form Asgard, he always came back with a plan to take the throne using his impressive magical skills.

Year Created: 1948 (historic) 1962 (modern)
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. 
Actors who Played Him: John Stevenson, Graham McTavish, Troy Baker, Rick Gomex, Tom Hiddleston
TV Shows/Movies: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Avengers (2012 movie), Thor 1-3

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 power.

Year Created: 1965
Did You Know? Black Bolt has many superpowers under his belt including telepathy!
Actors who Played Him: Clancy Brown, Fred Tatascore, Trevor Devall, Anson Mount
TV Shows/Movies: Planet Hulk , Marvel’s Inhumans (TV series)

Captain Marvel

Superpowers: Strength, speed, stamina, flight, resistant to most toxins, limited precognition.

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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. She spent most of her time as Ms. Marvel, and this icon of female power looks set to break into the silver screen in 2019.

Year Created: 1968
Did You Know? Captain Marvel is the first female Marvel character to land her own MCU film.
Actors who Played Her: Grey DeLisle (voice), Jennifer Hale, Brie Larson (upcoming)
TV Shows/Movies: The Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

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 that time in jail gave him indestructible skin and incredible strength. Determined to fix his Harlem home, he formed Heroes for Hire with Iron Fist and since then, the two have been inseparable.

Year Created: 1972
Did You Know? Actor Nicolas Cage’s original name is Nicolas Coppola. He changed it after being inspired by the Marvel character!
Actors who Played Him: Lil’ JJ (voice), Mike Colter
TV Shows/Movies: The Super Hero Squad Show, Luke Cage, The Defenders


Superpowers: Superhuman, radar senses, skilled martial artist, 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.

Year Created: 1964
Did You Know? Stan Lee has admitted that Daredevil’s Radar Sense is stronger than Spider-Man’s Spider sense!
Actors who Played Him: Rex Smith, Edward Albert (voice), Bill Smitovich (voice), Ben Affleck, Charlie Cox
TV Shows/Movies: Daredevil (film), Daredevil (TV series), The Defenders


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


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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 her 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.

Year Created: 1977
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.
Actors who Played Him: Joan Van Ark
TV Shows/Movies: Spider-Woman

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.

Year Created: 1966
Did You Know? The Silver Surfer is invincible. He cannot be hurt due to his durability and strength.
Actors who Played Him: Robin Sachs, Mikey Kelley, Doug Jones, Lawrence Fishbourne
TV Shows/Movies: Silver Surfer, The Super Hero Squad Show, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer


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

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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 mutantkind 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 mutantkind’s leader figure. Cyclops has poor control over his optic eye blasts due to a childhood trauma. He is able to manipulate the blast width, height and intensity with great skill.

Year Created: 1963
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.
Actors who Played Him: Jim Lee, Kirby Morrow, Nolan North, James Marsden, Tim Pocock, Tye Sheridan
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men (series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X Men, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men (film), X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse


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.

Year Created: 2004
Did You Know? At one point, she joined The Avengers where she helped them defeat Magneto!
Actors who Played Him: Lacy Chabert, Chloe Bennet
TV Shows/Movies: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


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 skills in acrobatic combat and can perform tasks with his feet or hands.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? Beast was one of the first to serve as a member of the Avengers during the 70’s and 80’s!
Actors who Played Him: Michael Kopsa, George Buza, Fred Tatascore, Kelsey Grammar, Nicholas Hoult
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men series, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine and the X Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men Apocalypse


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 – chill, 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.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? In the comic All-New X-Men #40, it’s revealed that Iceman is in fact gay.
Actors who Played Him: Frank Welker , Dennis Akayama, Andrew Francis, Yuri Lowenthal, Shawn Ashmore
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men series, X-Men: Evolution, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine and the X Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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 Sorceror Supreme who has been wowing us all with his reality-bending power and psychedelics-inspired dimension-jumping since the 1960s. 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.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? Doctor Strange co-founded The Defenders which also included Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Namor.
Actors who Played Him: Peter Hooten, Benedict Cumberbatch
TV Shows/Movies: Dr. Strange (TV movie), Doctor Strange (2016)

The Thing

Superpowers: Strength, durability, stamina, 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.

Year Created: 1961
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!
Actors who Played Him: Paul Frees, Ted Cassidy, Briand Dobson, Fred Tatascore, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Bell
TV Shows/Movies: Fantastic Four series, Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, The Fantastic Four (1994), Fantastic Four 1-2, Fantastic Four (2015)

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 though any solid material, 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
Did You Know? Joss Whedon has admitted that Kitty was an inspiration for Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
Actors who Played Her: Maggie Blue O’Hara, Ellen Page, Danielle Judovits, Katie Stuart, Ellen Page
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men: Evolution, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine and the X Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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 been the affectionate heart and the 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
Did You Know? Invisible Woman was in fact trained by Iron Fist and was also coached by The Thing and She-Hulk.
Actors who Played Her: Jo Ann Pflug, Ginny Tyler, Lori Alan, Lara Gilchrist, Rebecca Staab, Jessica Alba, Kate Mara
TV Shows/Movies: Fantastic Four (cartoon series), Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, The Fantastic Four (1994), Fantastic Four 1-2, Fantastic Four (2015)

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 dies, 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
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.
Actors who Played Him: David Hasselhoff, Jim Byrnes, Dean Redman, Chi McBride, Alex Desert, Samuel L. Jackson
TV Shows/Movies: Nick Fury (1998), Iron Man: Armored Adventures, the Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Iron Man 2, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron


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 bonded with victims of 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.

Year Created: 1984
Did You Know? Venom was once part of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
Actors who Played Him: Hank Azaria, Brian Drummond, Josh Keaton, Benjamin Diskin, Matt Lanter, Danny Trejo, Topher Grace
TV Shows/Movies: Spider-Man (1993 TV series), Spider-Man Unlimited, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, Amazing Spider-Man 2


Superpowers: Smart-mouth, extreme regeneration and healing power, nigh-immortality, 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 mutant who gets into more non-sequitors than other heroes and 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.

Year Created: 1991
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.
Actors who Played Him: Ryan Reynolds, Nolan North
TV Shows/Movies: Hulk vs. Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Deadpool 1-2


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

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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 – who wouldn’t look up to her?!

Year Created: 1975
Did You Know? Storm was the first black female Marvel superhero, first appearing in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)
Actors who Played Her: Iona Morris, Kirsten Williamson, Susan Dalian, Cree Summer, Halle Berry, Alexandra Shipp
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men (series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X Men, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men (film), X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse

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.

Year Created: 1963
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!
Actors who Played Him: Robert Hayes, Robert Diakowsky, Adrian Petriw, Robert Downey Jr., Mick Wingert
TV Shows/Movies: Iron Man (TV series), Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, The Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble (TV series), Iron Man 1-3, Avengers 1-3, Ultimate Avengers

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 no mutant relations has been famously compared to Martin Luther King Jr – except this guy’s considered the world’s most powerful telepath.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? Professor X’s telepathy once covered the entire world and has even helped him connect mentally with aliens in space.
Actors who Played Him: Cedric Smith, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men (series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X Men, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men (film), X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan


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


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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 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.

Year Created: 1973
Did You Know? The so-called “unbeatable” Thanos was once defeated by Squirrel Girl in GLX-MAS #1 published in 2005.
Actors who Played Him: Gary Krawford, Steve Blum, Issac C. Singleton Jr., Damien Poitier, Josh Brolin, Andrew Jackson, Jake Hart
TV Shows/Movies: Avengers Assemble, Guardians of the Galaxy (TV series), The Avengers (2012), Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War


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 lighting from his hands.

Year Created: 1962
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!
Actors who Played Him: Eric Allan Kramer, Dave Boat, Rick D Wasserman, Travis Willingham, Chris Hemsworth
TV Shows/Movies: The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Fantastic Four/The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble/Ultimate Spider-Man, Thor (film), The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, 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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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. She still believes in Professor X’s dream but the inner Dark Phoenix would rather see everything burn.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? Wolverine has killed Jean more than 5 times!
Actors who Played Her: Katherine Fisher (voice), Venus Terzo (voice), Famke Janssen, Sophie Turner
TV Shows/Movies: X-Men (series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X Men, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men (film), X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse

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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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.

Year Created: 1974
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.
Actors who Played Him: John Beck, Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, Roy Stevenson, John Bernthal, Brian Bloom
TV Shows/Movies: Punisher (1989 & 2004 films) Daredevil, The Punisher, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher


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


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One of the first Avengers, Hank Pym is an eccentric genius who created Pym Particles, 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.

Year Created: 1962
Did you Know? Like Doctor Strange passes through multiverses, Ant-Man can travel through micro-versus – “tiny parallel dimensions”.
Actors who Played Him: Tom Harvey, Rod Wilson, John Payne, Wally Wingert, Nolan North, Michael Douglas, Paul Rudd (as Scott Lang)
TV Shows/Movies: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ant-Man, Ultimate Avengers


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


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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.

Year Created: 1976
Did You Know? Star-Lord has coordination and flexibility stronger than any of Earth’s best athletes.
Actors who Played Him: Steve Downes, Chris Cox, Will Friedle, Chris Pratt, Scott Porter
TV shows/Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series), Guardians of the Galaxy (movie), Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2


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


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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.

Year Created: 1963
Did You Know? Magneto has the power to move large asteroids and levitate a 30,000 ton nuclear submarine!
Actors who Played Him: David Hemblen, Christopher Judge, Tom Kane, Maurice LaMarche, Ron Halder, Ian McKellen, Michael Fassbender
TV Shows/Movies: Pryde of the X-Men, X-Men (1993 TV series), X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men (film), X-2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men, First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse

Doctor Doom

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

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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.

Year Created: 1962
Did You Know? In the comics, Doctor Doom has been depicted as one of the most intelligent humans in the Marvel Universe.
Actors who Played Him: John Stephenson, Ralph James, Simon Templeman, Tom Kane, Paul Dobson, Charlie Adler, Christopher Britton, Lex Lang, Maurice LaMarche, Julian McMahon, Toby Kebbel
TV Shows/Movies: Fantastic Four (multiple TV series), Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, Fantastic Four (2005 film), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four (2015)

The Mandarin

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

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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 ten rings of power; alien technology he wears on each finger that through invention and practice grant him numerous powers.

Year Created: 1964
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.
Actors who Played Him: Bernard Cowan, Ed Gilbert, Robert Ito, Vincent Tong, Fred Tatascore, Ben Kingsley,  John DiMaggio, Guy Pierce (Aldrich Killian)
TV Shows/Movies: Iron Man (TV series), Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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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