The Marvel Universe is filled with strong characters. But who’s the strongest of them all?
From heroes to villains, we’ve examined this colorful universe from top to bottom. The result? A curated list of the strongest Marvel characters to ever grace the House of Ideas.
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One question fans always return to: just how are we defining “strongest,” exactly? In the case of Galactus, it’s pretty easy: this guy is a threat to the entire universe!
If you don’t know his deal, Galactus gets really hangry, shows up, and then eats entire planets. He has already been the doom of countless civilizations, and if not for the united efforts of heroes like The Fantastic Four, he would have eaten Earth as a tasty snack long ago.
Galactus first appearance was in Fantastic Four #48 back in 1966 and it is now considered quite the prize with its value being anywhere from $1000 to $2000 yet if you are a collector this is quite a reasonable price which will definitely explode in the near future.
Professor Charles Xavier is not physically very strong. However, his mind is the most dangerous weapon on planet Earth. And both friends and foes have discovered this on more than one occasion.
For Xavier, shutting down minds is easier than snapping a finger. If he wanted to, he could literally kill someone with a thought. But why stop there? He has also suppressed memories and rewritten entire personalities. He’s one of the most dangerous “good guys” on the planet, making him one of the strongest Marvel characters.
Professor Charles Xavier's adventures begun back in 1963 within X-Men #1. Even though X-Men #1 is not such a rare comic, it can certainly be a very expensive one to have.
Prices range from anywhere between a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand with a record sale of $492.000.
Yet again you can enjoy the comic within a Marvel Collection such as X-Men Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks) which came out in 2009 and it contains X-Men #1-10.
Some of the characters on this list may be a surprise to casual Marvel fans. However, anyone who has seen Deadpool 2 knows the strength and power of our next character: the Juggernaut!
We mostly associate Juggernaut with raw power, as he’s strong enough to take on big league heroes like the entirety of the X-Men. His special helmet also prevents him from mind control or telepathic attacks. Finally, the source of his power is wicked: he’s basically powered by a dark god.
Juggernaut first appearance was early in the X-Men comic series, back in 1965 and within X-Men #12 and is one of the most reasonable comics to actually still buy if you are a collector. With prices starting from as low as $10 and with a record sale of $8900.
Again you can easily acquire and read this within The X-Men, Vol. 2 (Marvel Masterworks) which is a bundle of the X-Men adventures from X-Men #11-21.
Apocalypse is old. Like, really old. We’re talking “oldest mutant on the planet” old. That’s not what makes him one of the strongest Marvel characters in history, though. His powers do that all on their own.
This dude is immortal and a lethal shapeshifter who can turn himself into any weapon on command. He can also absorb energy, manipulate machinery, and is backed up by the so-called “Horsemen of Apocalypse.” Bottom line? Don’t mess with him.
Apocalypse's first appearance was within the X-Factor comic series and more precisely within the X-Factor #5 back in 1986. Price is very reasonable even for an original print with a great score but if you are not into the collector mood yet then Essential X-Factor Vol. 1 would do the trick for you since it contains X-Factor #1-16, Annual #1, Avengers #263, Fantastic Four #286, Thor #373-374.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have seen how smart and manipulative Loki can be. However, if that’s the only Loki you’ve seen, then you have no idea how powerful he really is.
The Loki of the comics has been able to rewrite reality and wield incredible magical powers. He’s immortal, invulnerable, and able to trick the smartest characters. We’ll put it to you this way: if the Avengers are “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” Loki was able to
Loki is (as you might have imagined) an old soul that made his first appearance in Journey Into Mystery #85 back in 1962 and due to the MCU doing such a great work and Tom Hiddleston being the amazing actor that he is, made this comic's price increase in new heights the past few years.
You can now expect Journey Into Mystery #85 to value around $20.000 to $30.000 in a great condition. A more accessible option could be a Kindle eBook or the Comixology version of the issue.
For a few of these characters, we have already seen the upper range of their powers. Long story short? They are not likely to get stronger. In the case of the Hulk, though, it seems like the sky is the limit.
Hulk’s gimmick is that his rage is tied to his strength. The madder he gets, the stronger he gets. Theoretically, Hulk could reach a stage of anger so great that nothing could ever stop him. Now casual fans understand why “I’m always angry” is so ominous coming from this guy.
Hulk made his first appearance the same year as Loki did at the Incredible Hulk #1 back in 1962. As you can imagine Hulk being one of the most famous superheroes Marvel ever produced, the issue with his first appearance does not come cheap.
Incredible Hulk #1 now costs from $1.500 in a very bad quality all the way to $400.000 in
It’s tempting to underestimate Magneto. Just how strong can magnetic manipulation really be? As it turns out, Magneto is one of the strongest Marvel characters in comics history.
For instance, Magneto can wipe out most life on the planet by messing with the magnetic poles. And before it got aggressively retconned, he could generate black holes with his powers. Finally, as any Silver Age fan can tell you, magnetic powers could do literally anything in the early pages of the X-Men comics.
Magneto first appeared in X-Men #1 which as mentioned before could be fairly expensive to buy as a single issue but thankfully you can acquire it as a reprint within Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men Volume 1 which contains X-Men #1-10.
Jean Grey is very powerful on her own. As an Omega-level telepath and telekinetic, she rivals Professor X in terms of raw mental powers. However, her real power comes from the Phoenix Force.
On occasion, Jean Grey has been host to a cosmic entity known as The Phoenix Force. This force has given her enough raw power to destroy entire planets on a whim. It’s frankly terrifying to think that she might be one bad day away from wiping out billions of lives...again.
Same with Professor Charles Xavier and Magneto, Jean's first appearance was at X-Men #1 in 1963 but we see her joining with the Phoenix Force 100 issues later in X-Men #101 at the "Dark Phoenix Saga".
The good thing is that if you are a Phoenix fan then this comic is surprisingly cheap still with lower grades being sold for as low as $100 and near mint qualities can be found for as low as $2500.
Sure, Loki and Thor are both quite strong. However, who is stronger than both of these characters put together? None other than their father, Odin of Asgard. In fact, he can seemingly do anything.
Sure, he’s got the raw power and lifespan you expect
Odin's first appearance as that of Loki's is at Journey Into Mystery #85 but as we said before there are easily accessible options for all to read within Comixology and Amazon Kindle.
Thanos is another character who starts strong and just gets stronger. By himself, he has super-strength, speed, invulnerability, telepathy, telekinesis, and many more abilities. But it’s the Gauntlet that made him like a god.
With the Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Stones in his possession, Thanos could literally do anything to anyone. And in the original comics, even powerful gods like Odin couldn’t stop him. In fact, it was only Thanos himself (and his arrogance) that ultimately caused his downfall.
Thanos' first appearance was in Iron Man #55 back in 1973 and with the recent Avengers movie their price went up by at least 10 - 15% of that of previous year. Having said that it's still early and for any serious collector this is a golden opportunity since they are still fairly cheap even in good quality. Check them out here!
Of course there are always other options of acquiring and reading the comic story without having to pay a whole lot of money by just getting one of Marvel's reprints.
There you have it: the strongest Marvel characters. Don’t agree with the list? That’s fine. All we ask is that you stop snapping your fingers to make us go away!