From an O.G. like Hulk to an up-and-comer like Shang-Chi, these are the seven most powerful Avengers in the MCU.
Since the original six Avengers stood side-by side in Manhattan’s Midtown Manhattan to defend the planet from Loki and Thanos’ Chitauri forces in the year 2000, the Avengers have been the center of pop culture zeitgeist. They not only redefine what a blockbuster movie looks like, but also help to shape the next decade of the landscape. Everybody in Hollywood has been trying to find the golden goose that is their own cinematic universe.
While the Avengers have been a staple of Marvel Cinematic Universe, the meaning of being an Avenger and the heroes that make up the team has changed with each movie. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), a loyal government agent throughout his adult life, joined up to become an Avenger. However, Peter Parker (Tom Holland), was “knighted in” to the team after he went on an accidental space field trip with Tony Stark Jr. (Robert Downey Jr.), and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), their most powerful weapon, was destroyed by Thanos (Josh Brolin), Wanda Olson (Elizabeth Olson) or Thanos (Josh Brolin), without much effort. The list of seven most powerful Avengers now looks a lot different than it did a decade ago. Or, how it might look in a few years.
This is why we are beginning Phase Four. These are the seven most powerful Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Most Powerful and Strongest Avengers Lists
Hulk on number 7
Hulk could be the last member of the original Avengers group that defended Earth from Loki, depending on what happens in Hawkeye and Thor Love and Thunder. Hulk’s position within the MCU power scale has changed a lot since then.
In 2012’s Avengers,Hulk was positioned as the ace in the hole against Loki’s cosmic army. Hulk’s smash ’em-up offensive has become a mere hammer in a world where the Avengers have introduced various mystical, ancient or outer space-hailing technologies and beings. As a result, Hulk has lost his status as the most powerful superhero. Wanda Maximoff was capable of nullifying Hulk and weaponizing him in Avengers Age of Ultron, even though she hadn’t scratched the surface of her witchcraft skills.
Despite his declining reputation among his peers, Hulk is still one of the most dangerous characters in the MCU. This can be seen by his ability to fight alongside Thor and think with Tony Stark.
Shang-Chi on number 6
The latest addition to the MCU’s strongest Avengers is Shang-Chi ( SIMU LIU). His inclusion on this list depends upon his access to the Ten Rings. This ancient and possibly alien telepathically controlled weapon allowed The Mandarin to remain in power for centuries.
A weapon that sends a beacon to an unknown, likely equally powerful receiver. Combining that weapon with the man who is considered to be one of the greatest martial artists in the world, you get a combination of ground-level skill combined with otherworldly power that instantly makes Shang-Chi one Earth’s most powerful heroes.
Thor on number 5
After truly unlocking his potential in Thor: Ragnarok (Chris Hemsworth), the God of Thunder (Chris Hemsworth), only went on to further cement himself as one the most powerful Avengers by being presented as the ultimate game-changer during the Avengers: Infinity War final battle.
This game-changer would have* killed Thanos if he had just gone for the head. The seventh episode of What If …? featured the Top 5 most powerful Avengers powers. (which is also canon) and he battles Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), despite being intoxicated. Thor has said that he is 1,500 years old, and has killed twice the number of enemies.
Captain Marvel on number 4
Captain Marvel is so powerful, her origin story movie was strategically placed in between Avengers Endgame and Avengers Infinity War to maintain the film’s logic. Captain Marvel would have been able defeat Thanos on Titan if he had been part of the crew.
This is despite Peter Quill’s ( Chris Pratt ) shortsightedness, as shown by her borderline dominance of a fully-loaded Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos.
Ant-Man on number 3
The ability to shrink or expand on its own isn’t very dangerous, especially when you consider the capabilities of ancient gods or otherworldly aliens. The Ant-Man suit’s quantum abilities make Scott Lang’s case ( Paul Rudd ) stronger.
Like Doctor Strange (don’t worry, we’ll get to him soon), Ant-Man’s powers exist in a different realm from that of Iron Man and Captain America. The MCU has also shown that Doctor Strange will be giving Peter a mystically-powered gear called the “Integrated Suit.” Also, the proof is in fan culture. A common joke during the lead-up Avengers Infinity War was “Why doesn’t Ant-Man crawl inside Thanos to, well, expand?”
This is a sign that, despite his physical strength, there are some realms and power sets with which he can compete. This is why they don’t send Bruce Banner to confront a rogue Wanda Maximoff. This is the essence of Ant-Man’s argument: Whether it’s too big or small, messing around with quantum physics, or the quantum realm, Ant-Man’s scientific skills are far too complex for most Avengers. This technology was the key to the Avengers being able undo Thanos’ snap. However, if the same technology were used in a weaponized way instead of a scientific one (which he will certainly discuss when he faces Kang the Conqueror ), then there is no telling what the limits of Ant-Mans time-traveling capabilities are.
Ant-Man, just like Doctor Strange, will be crucial in the fight against the multiverse threats and mystical threats that will reign over the MCU. He will also likely be crucial in the stand against Kang.
Doctor Strange on number 2
Although some may be confused by the ranking of the Sorcerer Supreme over Captain Marvel or Thor, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already shown how ineffective the brute strength of Thor is when compared to the more magical, mental elements that Doctor Strange has when they cross paths in Thor. While Thor isn’t actually engaged in combat, Doctor Strange (and Loki for that matter) are in complete control of the situation. It makes you wonder what Thor could do to make it better if he decided to take Strange on. A being like Dormammu can’t be defeated by lightning bolts and hammer swings, even if he is outsmarted.
Multiversal madness is now on the horizon for the MCU. Strange’s abilities will become more important and likely more powerful than ever.
The Scarlet Witch on number 1
This is perhaps the best summary of Scarlet Witch’s current status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While it is up for debate whether she is still an Avenger given her villainous turn in WandaVision , her status of the most powerful of all Earth’s Mightiest Heroes does not. One with nothing to lose is more dangerous than an all-powerful, multiversal-capable being such as Doctor Strange. Wanda lost both her husband and their children.
The WandaVisionseason finale reveals Wanda Maximoff as the superior character, regardless of their personal arcs. Kathyrn Hn’s Agatha Harkness confirms that Wanda Maximoff has greater powers than the Sorcerer Supreme.
Fans of the MCU have good news: a clash between two of the most powerful Avengers is not far away. All signs point to them trading blows in March’s Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness.