Hey, all! So, IGN recently posted the ten most powerful villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while that list was…less than satisfying, I thought it’d be cool if I dissect who’s really the most powerful of them all. But why stop at the bad guys?! This ranking list will have the top ten most powerful villains and heroes in the MCU. Disclaimer: This is my list, based on feats seen in all the movies and the What If? Series. If you like this list, please share, and don’t forget to check out some of my other rankings articles!
Top Ten Most Powerful Villains
1. Ultron Prime
In the What If series, Ultron not only defeated the Avengers and gained all the Infinity Stones, but he made quick work of Thanos, himself! Not even The Watcher could defeat him, by himself! This version of Ultron felt more menacing than what we saw in Age Of Ultron.
Ashrim is a Celestial (those giants that we saw in Guardians of The Galaxy and Eternals) who could create lifeforms and destroy entire planets. Their physical form is gigantic, and although we haven’t seen their full potential, we do know that they can wield Infinity Stones without any real injury. I feel we may see more Celestials in the future.
Off the break, Thanos had everyone shook! From shrugging off Thor, beating Hulk to a pulp with his bare hands, to making the Avengers look like chumps. Thanos wanted ALL the smoke! Not only that, but he’s really the only one who actually won…
4. Scarlet Witch
Poor, poor Wanda. Even in Age of Ultron, her potential for chaos was evident. Creating illusions, mind control, and destroying an Infinity Stone, Wanda was already the most powerful Avenger. Then, after the events of Endgame, her grief took over. Creating Vision from remnant pieces, unleashing her power to hold a town hostage, and absorbing the mystic Darkhold, Wanda’s powers grew. They grew even more, controlling an alternate version of herself, killing members of the Illuminati, and destroying Kamer Taje.
From breaking Thor’s hammer to killing damn near everything on Asgard, Hela was a true force to be reckoned with. Odin’s daughter, Hela could only be destroyed if the entire realm of Asgard was destroyed. So, potentially, Hela is nigh-invincible. She can even resurrect dead warriors and make an infinite number of blades.
A being from the Dark Dimension, Dormammu not only has the power to destroy or imprison realms but seduce mystics to do his bidding. And judging from what we’ve seen in Doctor Strange, he’s clearly an Omega Level threat.
A former Celestial, Ego’s true form was an entire planet. Capable of creating avatars of himself, transmutation, shape-changing, and more, Ego would’ve taken over the galaxy.
The God Of Mischief himself, Loki isn’t a slouch. Illusions, mystic daggers, half-Joutun, Loki can be trouble. But, while still an Asgardian, his real power lies in deception.
The Ten Rings made Wen-Wu immortal, granting his powers and abilities. Combined with his martial arts mastery, Wen-Wu became a warlord known as the Mandarin (the real one, not the one from Iron Man 3).
10. Agatha Harkness
Able to withstand Wanda’s Hex illusion, Agatha Harkness is a witch, capable of draining others of their energy. She gave Wanda a run for her money, but Agatha’s ego and greed were her downfall.
Honorable Mention- Green Goblin (that hallway fight scene alone, gave him a spot.)
And now, time for the heroes!
1. Wanda Maximoff
As an Avenger, she had the most potential to be the most powerful member of the team! When she was resurrected, Wanda almost single-handedly killed Thanos!
The God of Thunder, Thor is capable of smashing Frost Giants, killing Chitarui Leviathans, and can control lightning, creating hurricanes, and more. Thor is a powerhouse, for sure.
3. Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers is a one-woman army. Taking out a Kree invasion, going toe-to-toe with Thor, and almost stopping a Power Stone empowered Thanos, Cap. Marvel has barely begun to show how powerful she really is.
Now, you may wonder why I put Hulk after Thor on this list, especially since he beat Thor in Ragnarok. Well, Hulk may indeed be the strongest, but he isn’t the most Powerful. Beating The Abomination, tanking attacks from a Hulkbuster suit from Iron Man, and the aforementioned fight with Thor. While not at the top, he’s still in the rankings.
5. Doctor Strange
From tricking an evil god to rage quit, giving Thanos a run for his money, making Loki look weak, and fighting an evil version of himself, Dr. Stephen Strange is a force to be reckoned with. While he may not be the Sorcerer Supreme anymore, Strange has the power and ingenuity to still be one of the best magic users in the MCU.
First things first, RIP to the O.G Vision. A combination of Starktech and the Mind Stone, Vision is an android capable of intangibility, super-strength, flight, and high density. He can also fire lasers from his gem (which Thanos ripped out, btw.) Now, in the show Wanda/Vision, the organization S.W.O.R.D created their own version of Vision with the same abilities but none of his memories. He’s still out there, so it's only a matter of time before he shows up again.
As a former member of the all-female squad of warriors, Brunnhilde aka Valkyre is an experienced fighter, with skill, a winged horse, and she can spar with the Hulk. Having super-human strength, stamina, and prolonged lifespan healing factor, Valkyre is someone you want to go to war with. Plus, she’s the new ruler of Asgard, so that’s a plus.
8. Captain America (with Miljnor)
We all knew it was coming. From Age of Ultron to Endgame, we knew Steve’s moment was coming. In the three-on-one battle with Cap, Iron Man, and Thor versus Thanos, things were looking bleak. Tony is knocked out, Thor is about to die from his own battleaxe, then we see it. The hammer is being lifted as STEVE WIELDS THE HAMMER! Using its power, Cap gave Thanos pause for a few moments. The only reason he’s low on the list is that
it was temporary.
While at first glance only a humanoid tree, Groot may be unkillable. He survived being blown up in the first Guardians movie, then come back albeit younger in the sequels, and is capable to grow any limb he loses.
10. Moon Knight
So long as the Moon God Khonshu exists, Moon Knight can never really die. Blessed with the gift of divine empowerment, Marc/Steven/Jake can fly, heal fast, manipulate the damn sky and summon unlimited crescent daggers, Moon Knight is more than just a knockoff Batman.