The MCU is filled with powerful heroes and villains. But who is the most powerful Marvel character of all? How can you tell?
While it’s easy to point to the wielder of the infinity gauntlet as the most powerful Marvel character, there are many much more powerful than Thanos.
Let’s talk about the top 10 Marvel characters based on their power.
Most Powerful Marvel Characters Ranked
You’d have to be the most diehard fan (or an original writer) of Marvel to know every single character out there. Fans of the MCU likely don’t know, and have never even heard of, a vast majority of the Marvel characters.
So while characters like Molecule Man and Franklin Richards should make the list, we’re only focusing on characters that have appeared in the MCU or X-Men (except for the uncontested #1).
10. Scarlet Witch
With some therapy and focus, Wanda Maximoff (The Scarlet Witch) could single-handedly run the world.
Her power is raw and wild; who else could hold off Thanos, the strongest being in the universe, while destroying an Infinity Stone while simultaneously destroying one of the only people she had left who loved her?
And then she had to watch all of that get undone and watch her boyfriend get murdered again.
Through her grief alone, she controls and isolates an entire town. She’s so powerful that she doesn’t even realize what she’s doing. Now that she’s starting to understand and hone in her powers of chaos magic, she’ll be a true force to be reckoned with. We’ll just have to see if/when she returns after Multiverse of Madness.
If she didn’t have so much trauma weighing her down, I truly believe she would be the most powerful Marvel character.
9. Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers was a US Air Force pilot, but she became an incredibly powerful being when exposed to the Tesseract’s energy. She became even stronger when infused with blood from Yon-Rogg, making her a Kree-human.
She had her memories removed and became a weapon for Starforce. When captured by the Skrulls during the Kree-Skrull War, she returned to earth. Nick Fury and Maria Rambeau helped her remember her past, and she became Captain Marvel.
Appears in: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Don’t be fooled by Kurt Russell’s charm. While he manifests as a spry older man, he’s actually an anthropomorphized, living planet. He has entire control over the planetary surface, with the ability to create life from his own biological material.
Oh, and he eats other celestial bodies for fuel, landing him at #8 on our most powerful Marvel character list!
Appears in: Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame and beyond
Thanos made headlines as the first major villain to “win” a movie. No other film leaves the Avengers as royally screwed over as he does in Infinity War. We had to wait until Endgame to see Thanos bested.
He’s a mutant Eternal from Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. He has incredible strength and durability, but what makes him dangerous is his cunning and commitment to his cause. He’s driven by his Machiavellian politics, and won’t stop until he’s made the world in his vision.
Appears in: Doctor Strange
While Doctor Strange gets the best of him in Doctor Strange, Stephen would be no match for him in his home dimension. He’s an ancient, magical being created entirely from mystical energy. He has untold power over the mystic arts.
And while Stephen may have bested him, he really just annoyed him into infinity. Dormammu could have continued killing him for all time if he so chose.
5. Uatu the Watcher
Appears in: What If…?
While you might at first believe that the Watcher that narrates the What If…? series was God, that role is occupied by The One Above All. However, Uatu belongs to a mysterious race of beings known as the oldest entities in the universe. They have the solemn duty to watch on as the universe expands, but never interfere. While he cannot interfere on an earthly level, he has practically infinite cosmic energy, can read any mind, and can travel across the universe in an instant.
Appears in: Legion
Another X-Men original, David Haller a.k.a Legion is an omega-level mutant. He is the son of Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Gabrielle Haller. He has limitless powers, including mind control, time manipulation, reality altering, and more. However, his powers manifest through different personalities brought on by Dissociative Identity Disorder. To date, he has not been able to control all powers at once, putting him at #4 on this most powerful Marvel character list!
3. Phoenix Force
Appears in: X-Men: Dark Phoenix
“Because it’s the spark that gave life to the universe and the flame that consumed my world.” ― Vuk
According to X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the Phoenix Force was the spark that created the universe. While it possesses the incredible power of creation, it also can be a terrible source of destruction.
The Phoenix Force entered Jane Grey while causing the Endeavor explosion.
While this entity made Jane Grey incredibly powerful, the Force was diminished while manifested within her vessel.
2. The Living Tribunal
Appears in: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely said that the Living Tribunal was supposed to appear in Avengers: Endgame. Originally, Thanos was to stand trial for his crimes against the universe.
However, the first time we see him is in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Doctor Strange and America Chavez fall through alternative universes.
He is categorized as a “cosmic entity” as his species. He fulfills his role as a judge that offers impartial verdicts with brutal consequences.
1. The One Above All
“I am the One Above All. I see through many eyes. I build with many hands. They are themselves, but they are also me. I am all-powerful. My only weapon is love. The mystery intrigues me.” — One Above All
“What you see is what I am to you. Don’t worry. It’s a compliment not an insult. That’s what my creations do. They find the humanity in God.” — God (One Above All)
Characters like Thor and Loki are Norse gods. Loki will tell almost anyone that he is a god and should be obeyed and genuflect towards.
However, they are not all-powerful. They certainly have plenty of strength, ability, and power, but not on a cosmic level. The One Above All holds that place. And thus, without question lands the top spot as the most powerful Marvel character. As their title suggests, they are the grand creator that stands above all else. They are the central force of the universe, and any other God or villain or hero we list was created by them. So by default, they are the most powerful.
This being possesses complete omnipotence. They know all: all that came before, and all that is to come. Also, they are outside of time and not confined to the constraints of corporeal existence.
We’ve seen this character as both male and female, but commonly artists draw him as a Jack Kirby lookalike. He was the co-creator of many Marvel characters alongside Stan Lee.
If you wanted to get philosophical, you could argue that the One Above All doesn’t represent religions that have a one-god structure, but the writers themselves. The writers are the true orchestrators of the Marvel universe, so the use of Jack Kirby as a model likely has a deeper meaning than just the creator being an accessible artistic reference.
Due to the highly religious nature of the One Above All and the fact that Jack Kirby passed in 1994, it’s unlikely the character will ever make it into the MCU. We’re also not sure if Marvel would want to peel back the fourth wall in this way.
Who Do You Think Is the Most Powerful Marvel Character?
So what do you think? Will the writers ever bring the One Above All into the MCU? Who is the most powerful Marvel character other than the One Above All? Which character in the Marvel comic books would you like to see included in the MCU?
Let us know in the comments!