There are humans, gods, freaks, and androids that fill the ranks of the superteam known as the Avengers. When a team claims to be “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” it’s tough to pinpoint just who is the mightiest. Today, we count down the best of the best to name the strongest Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.
Captain Marvel is clearly the strongest hero the MCU has ever seen. She can lift an astonishing 400,000 lbs –in Captain Marvel, we see her slice a spaceship in two. And her energy blasts pack the punch of 418,000,000,000,000 joules. In her Binary mode, Carol Danvers seems to have virtually limitless powers. That’s not true, of course. And we could see those limits tested in Avengers: Endgame.
Still, it’s important to note that Captain Marvel is pretty much unbeatable when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. She’s super strong, super durable, immune to toxins and she can fly. And while some of the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have those same powers, you can bet Captain Marvel would give the rest a run for their money.
Although stronger than most of his mortal teammates, Thor is far from the strongest Avenger. Aside from superhuman strength, speed, agility, and durability, the mythological Norse god of thunder can also manipulate the weather. Thor channels his powers through his mystical hammer Mjølnir. However, in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor eventually learns how to control his powers without his sacred weapon.
In the comics, when in a bind, Thor enters a mentally-taxing state known as “Warrior’s Madness.” Warrior’s Madness temporarily increases his strength and stamina tenfold. Although we have yet to see this happen on screen, comics fans are hoping it will finally appear during the climactic battle against Thanos. However, without it, the witty god has found himself on the receiving end of a Hulk smash.
It is painfully obvious that the madder the Hulk gets, the stronger he becomes. With no limitation to his anger, it is unlikely we have seen the full extent of Hulk’s powers. In the comics, Hulk’s body naturally adapts to any physical challenge, allowing him to breathe underwater or survive in space. The Incredible Hulk is nigh immortal, being shown to survive nuclear holocausts and world-ending apocalypses.
He has not only taken on all sorts of mystical and cosmic adversaries, but he has also taken on full teams of superheroes like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and even the Avengers themselves. In Thor: Ragnarok, the level of power we are dealing with becomes clear when Hulk dishes Thor a whooping of a lifetime. That doesn’t mean the Hulk is unbeatable. Just ask Tony Stark.
Genius inventor (and master strategist) Tony Stark is prepared for any situation. As the Invincible Iron Man, Stark has a suit on standby in case he ever needs to get control of his most unpredictable and uncontrollable teammate. With his Hulkbuster suit, Iron Man can go toe-to-toe with the MCU’s strongest beings, including the Hulk, who he successfully subdues in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Even without his most powerful suit, Iron Man was still able to simultaneously tussle with both Captain America and Winter Soldier in Captain America: Civil War. However, suitless or not, as we see in Avengers: Infinity War, Tony Stark is still just a guy in a mecha suit, leaving him vulnerable against the mystic arts.
Although we have yet to see him directly tackle any other Avenger, Doctor Strange is clearly quite comfortable with his spells. In Thor: Ragnarok, he was able to single-handedly subdue and confound two Asgardian gods (Loki and Thor) with minimal effort. We expect to see the good doctor play an integral role in undoing what Thanos has done in the next Avengers film, having foreseen the one outcome where they are able to prevail.
What Dr. Strange lacks in physical fighting ability, he makes up for with an expansive knowledge of spells and magical artifacts. Using the Eye of Agamotto, Doctor Strange was also able to fend off the dreaded Dormammu, an intergalactic entity with apocalyptic powers. With this artifact, he was also able to turn back time and resurrect his fallen allies.
Little did Strange know at the time, the Eye of Agamotto actually holds the power of an Infinity Stone – the Time Stone. Of course, he isn’t the only Avenger to have come into contact with an Infinity Stone.
Vision’s synthetic vibranium body came to life with the help of Tony Stark, the mystical powers of Mjølnir, and the sacred, cosmic Mind Stone (one of the Infinity Stones). Talk about a winning combination.
Vision is a shape-shifter with superhuman strength, speed, and the ability to change the density of his body from immovable to intangible. With energy blasts drawing its power from the Mind Stone, he is a force to be reckoned with. Only he is no longer in possession of said Mind Stone and looks to have perished at the hands of Thanos.
Powered by the Mind Stone, Wanda Maximoff gained a wide array of powers that made her capable of destroying all of the Avengers combined. Teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy — the Scarlet Witch has it all. Being able to control the Hulk is an impressive enough feat. However, she reached a whole new level of badassery by causing Vision to lose control over his own powers in Civil War — a feat that no other Avenger has accomplished.
And while Captain Marvel is tops when it comes to sheer power, what good is it if Wanda is able to control her mind? That’s why Scarlet Witch is our pick for the most powerful Avenger.