Since 1939, Marvel has developed over 7000 comic book characters across the Multiverse. Most of them are fan favorites. So, ranking the most powerful Marvel characters in comics is not a piece of cake.
What does it take to be the Strongest Marvel Character?
A good deal of comic book lovers might think Thor, Odin, Doctor Strange’s are the strongest characters in the Marvel Universe. But it’s actually the Forces of Nature, the Cosmic Entities, the Creators and the characters having the reality warping capabilities have the potential to be on that list.
So, we are going to rank the most insanely powerful and in most cases the overpowered characters in Marvel history along with their origins and abilities.
10 Most Powerful Characters in Marvel
Here is the list of 10 most powerful characters that ever appeared in Marvel Comics in descending order.
You can also check out our list of the Most Powerful DC characters in comics.
10. Galactus – The Devourer of Planets
Galactus first appeared in Fantastic Four Issue #48 in 1966. He is one of the most popular and powerful villains or forces of nature in the Marvel Universe.
Galactus was first introduced as a god-like figure who wields the Power Cosmic and feeds on the energy of living planets. In a sense he is just a dominant cosmic entity who is higher on the food chain than most characters in the universe.
Galactus had appointed heralds like Silver Surfer, Terrax, Stardust, Nova and many others giving them a portion of his Power Cosmic with a soul purpose to find him his feeds. Apart from Power Comic which is a limitless power, Galactus possesses powers like power and mattar manipulation, reading minds, restoration of the dead and so on. Stan Lee once even referred him as the most powerful marvel character.
9. Adam Warlock – HIM or Magus
Adam Warlock was first introduced on Fantastic Four issue #66-67 in 1967. Originally known as ‘HIM’, he was artificially created by a radical group of scientists called the Enclave.
Adam Warlock is basically immortal and keeps himself in a cocoon to appear in situations he is needed. He helped the High Evolutionary to defeat the Man-Thing waking up prematurely from his cocoon. As a reward he was given the Soul stone which contains a fraction of his consciousness.
Manipulated by Thanos, he uses the Soul gem and becomes his crazy version named Magus. But Adam Warlock travels to the future and defeats Magus by taking the gem away and prevents Magus from even born.
Adam Warlock is an expert in magic, he possesses the Power Cosmic, along with superhuman strength, durability and agility. He can also manipulate matter, absorb energy and create huge energy blasters.
8. Mikaboshi – The Chaos King
Amatsu Mikaboshi also known as the Chaos King first appeared in Thor: Blood Oath issue #6 in 2006. He was created on the basis of a Japanese god of evil with the same name. He usually appears as all black skin, face and claws which he transforms into almost everything.
Mikaboshi is an amazingly powerful cosmic entity with high speed, agility, endurance while possessing vast levels of durability, teleport, energy projection, energy manipulation, teleport, shape shift, and even making shadow copies of himself, which is the basic definition of having limitless powers.
There isn’t any character in the cosmos which he can’t put his hands on. Gods including Galactus, Zeus, and Satan have faced his wrath. Beings like Eternity refused to fight him as it was like fighting himself. He even made Death herself run away from Earth 616 on an occasion making him one of the most powerful and the strongest Marvel villain of all time.
7. Cyttorak – The Crimson God
Cyttorak originally debut on Strange Tales issue #124 in 1964. He is a deity demon and the most powerful magical character within the Crimson Cosmos and the supreme power source of several mythical characters.
The power of Cyttorak is often mistaken by his earthly avatar, the Unstoppable Juggernaut which he gained from touching the Crimson Gem. But in reality, juggernaut only possesses a fraction of Cyttorak’s true power. The true potential of his powers is not disclosed in the comics yet.
Cyttorak didn’t appear in the marvel timeline a whole lot of time. But whenever he did he came for a bargain or to switch his avatar to different characters. He is immortal and typically indestructible in his Crimson Realm. Even the Phoenix force was unable to defeat him in his realm.
6. Phoenix Force
Phoenix was first appeared on the uncanny X-Men issue #101 in 1976. Most comic book nerds including myself consider the phoenix saga as the best X-Men stories that ever told.
The Phoenix force is a powerful and immortal cosmic entity that represents all current and future life which makes it the prime universal force of life. It was born in the void and is the origin of all psionic energy. The true purpose of the Phoenix force is that it will destroy each and everything that is a threat to life itself. It can do anything and everything and it can not be beaten permanently.
Phoenix force bonds with a host and thus manipulates the host to do its will. It first bonded with Jean Grey and later of it bonded with several other characters like Cyclops, Emma Frost, Rachel Summers, Hope Summers, and several others.
5. Franklin Richards – Beyond Omega Level
The Son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm aka Franklin Richards is an Omega Level Mutant as well as one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics. Franklin was born on Fantastic Four issue #6 in 1968.
Franklin Richards is not a fan of changes, and he likes to keep things as it is. He is the sole reason for a multiverse in marvel history. Every story where a hero dies is recreated by Franklin Richards in his Pocket Universe which is why no marvel character ever dies (theoretically).
He is a beyond omega level mutant, psionic, can create and manipulate reality and even created a pocket universe to keep his family safe. He has the power of teleportation, energy projection, astral projection, precognition and is even considered to be immortal.
4. Eternity – Most Powerful Cosmic Entity
Eternity was the first cosmic entity that was introduced by marvel universe on Strange Tales issue #138 in 1965. Eternity is considered as the most powerful cosmic entity in the Marvel Universe with different versions existing in the Marvel’s Multiverse.
Eternity represents the passage of time from the point time came into existence and to the point it will eventually end. Eternity’s powers are the result of the formation of each respective universe.
The origin of Eternity is one of the most complex stories in the marvel universe. In simple terms with every Universe that is created in the Multiverse, an Eternity is born, containing every power of the particular universe.
It is likely that Eternity is responsible for the creation of the Infinity Stones itself and whoever possesses the infinity gauntlet has the indirect control over Eternity at a certain limit.
3. The Living Tribunal
The Living Tribunal was first introduced in the Strange Tales issue #157 in 1967. He was created by the One Above All himself. The purpose of The Living Tribunal is to observe as a judge since the beginning of time and preserve the cosmic balance throughout the multiverse.
The Living Tribunal exists in a place called the Star Chamber. Whenever a Universe becomes unstable, he judges that universe and enacts a punishment typically in a form of total destruction of that reality.
The Living Tribunal has three aspects, each represented by one of his three faces. Which are, Equity, Vengeance and Necessity. All three faces must agree to his judgement before he can enact a punishment.
His judgement is so strong that once it stopped the ensemble of infinity stones which are and made them a piece of jewelry. Later he would make another judgement and put the powers back.
2. The Beyonder
The Beyonder first appeared on the Marvel Two-in-One issue #63. They are just being from outside the Marvel Multiverse, and they don’t have a specific origin story and Marvel never really get into their origin.
The Beyonder is an extremely powerful being and near-omnipotent in terms of the powers he possesses. The Beyonder can wield infinite numbers of powers and energy he wishes. He can create life, he can destroy life, he can create and destroy a whole universe with just a blink of an eye. He even eradicated The Living Tribunal with his energy blast. So he has actually eradicated the living embodiment of the multiverse itself.
The Beyonder is capable of wiping out any cosmic entity and its power level is just shy of the most powerful character in marvel universe.
1. The One Above All
The creator of all there is and will be in the omniverse, The One Above All is the most powerful character in Marvel Comics history. He sees all, knows all and is able to appear anywhere and everywhere he pleases.
He has unlimited power and is capable of changing any aspects of his creation that he desires. No one is above his power and no one ever will be.
He is the master and the creator of The Living Tribunal and despite being the most powerful being in Marvel, he only appeared a handful of times in the comics. Only appearing for a brief moment and using little to no power at all.
In most aspects, the One Above All is referred to as the creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. Who can do anything with their art and stories?
The Marvel Universe has no shortage of ridiculously powerful characters. As time passes by we might find more of those in comics as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, that was our pick for 10 of the most powerful Marvel characters in Comics. Do you agree with our list? Let us know your top picks.