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Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States. Throughout the rich and colorful history of Marvel Comics, a large number of characters have appeared in the stories published by Marvel.
Some of these have been villains, other heroes. Some have been weak, some extremely powerful. Some beloved, some hated, and the list goes on. Still, in today’s article, we have decided to bring you a list of the 20 most powerful Marvel villains of all time. We plan on ranking them based on their power to finally determine which one among them is the strongest.
20 Most Powerful Marvel Villains
Alias: Cain Marko
Debut: The X-Men #12 (1965)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Juggernaut, whose real name is Cain Marko, is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He is the half-brother of Charles Xavier, mentor of the X-Men. He was mostly an opponent of the X-Men, but for a short time he was also part of their team.
Cain Marko is the son of Kurt Marko, who becomes Charles Xavier’s stepfather when he marries Sharon Xavier after the death of her husband Brian, for which Kurt is partially responsible. Kurt favors Charles and abuses Cain, who resents Charles and often teases him.
Cain and his half-brother then serve in the United States Army and are stationed in Korea. Marko finds a hidden temple dedicated to the powerful entity Cyttorak. Upon entering, Marko finds and holds a huge ruby in his hand and reads aloud the inscription on the stone: “Whosoever touches this gem shall be granted the power of the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become … forevermore … a human juggernaut!”
The gem channels Cyttorak’s power into Marko. The transformation causes the destruction of the cample and Cain is buried and presumably killed, unheard of again until a sudden attack on the X-Men headquarters. Xavier recounts the origin of the Juggernaut to the X-Men, and after shaking off the mansion’s defenses and wiping out the X-Men, Marko confronts Xavier.
The X-Men regroup and attack, while Xavier summons the member of the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch, to help the mutants; the Torch generates “pulses” of flame that essentially hypnotize Cain, distracting him long enough for Angelo to remove his helmet, making Marko susceptible to a telepathic attack from Xavier.
In terms of pure physical strength, the Juggernaut is one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe: the Cyttorak Gem has in fact given him superhuman physical abilities, constantly supplying him with energy so that he never gets tired and has created an invisible and impenetrable force field around his body. Furthermore, the armor he wears makes him invulnerable even without the force field, so much so that not even Wolverine’s claws can hurt him.
Juggernaut is also called “The Unstoppable”, because it is said that there is no force capable of stopping him once he is in motion: only the Hulk, in one of his most powerful incarnations called War Hulk, and Thor, were able to stop him. War Hulk used his enormous physical strength to stop him.
Among the most famous examples of Juggernaut’s endurance is his fight against Spider-Man: sent by his friend Black Tom Cassidy to recover Madame Web to exploit her psychic powers and defeat the X-Men, Juggernaut resists all attempts to stop him by destroying half of New York and resisting the charge of heroes who came to Parker’s aid.
Thunderstrike, a hero with powers similar to those of the thunder god Thor, threw the magic hammer that Odin himself had given him at him, without inflicting any damage on him, but he managed to remove Juggernaut helmet with Bloodaxe’s ax . His powers is of such nature that he can fight on an equal footing with beings like Thor, the Thing, Hulk, Colossus, Power Man and all the X-Men in full. Only the Hulk, on one occasion, knocked him out.
19. Ebony Maw
Debut: New Avengers #8 (2013)
Created By: Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opeña
Ebony Maw is a fictional supervillain character appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He is part of an organization called the Black Order, a team of extraterrestrials who work for Thanos.
Ebony Maw was part of the Black Order, a group of supervillains who supported Thanos. His strength was certainly not in combat, but he possessed a great intellectual mind that should not be underestimated. When Thanos targeted Earth as the next planet he would raze to the ground during the Infinity storyline, Maw along with the Black Dwarf, was tasked with obtaining Doctor Strange’s Time Stone.
Maw, using his psychic abilities, acquired Doctor Strange’s mind control and forced him to summon Shuma-Gorath. Ebony Maw used the doctor’s mind control to use him as an involuntary double agent when he reunited with the rest of the Illuminati. When the Illuminati made their way to countless places around the world to track down Thane, the son of Thanos, Doctor Strange found the boy in a secret city of the Inhumans, Orollan (located on Greenland).
Ebony Maw hid in the city and then stopped controlling the Doctor’s mind, making him forget about the discovery. When Black Bolt detonated a Terrigen Bomb which unleashed the Terrigen Mists upon the entire face of Earth, Thanos’ son Thane underwent Terrigenesis. The manifestation of his powers annihilated the entire town.
Pretending to be his ally during the incident, Ebony Maw offered Thane a suit to control his new powers, but captured him in a containment field and later alerted Thanos of his son’s position. When the Avengers came to Orollan to defeat Thanos, Maw decided to free Thane, to see what decision he would make.
Thane had two choices that he could make: escape or fight his father and become what he had avoided all his life. Thane agreed and embraced his true nature as the son of Thanos by fighting his father. Using the power of his right hand, Thane trapped Thanos and his ally Proxima Midnight in an amber construct which left them in a state of “living death.” Upon the defeat of Thanos, Ebony Maw started disciplining Thane into becoming something greater than Thanos and greater than any one would.
During the “No Surrender” story arc, the Ebony Maw participated in a challenge with the Grand Master’s Mortal Legion on behalf of the Black Order, now reorganized by Challenger.
Although he does not excel in physical combat, he has a high IQ, defining himself as a genius. With his intelligence he practices mental manipulation described as a “black tongue that spreads mischief and evil wherever he goes”. The manipulative abilities of Ebony Maw are the result of his persuasive voice that allows him to control even the most powerful minds such as that of Doctor Strange. In addition to this, he uses specialized technological equipment in teleportation and in the generation of force fields to facilitate himself in close and non-close combat.
Debut: The Avengers #54 (1968)
Created By: Roy Thomas, John Buscema
Ultron is a comic book character created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema in 1968; he appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. His first appearance was in the comic book The Avengers #54 (1968). He is a powerful offensive android, one of the main enemies of Ant-Man and the Avengers.
Built by Dr. Henry Pym, aka Ant-Man (or Giant-Man) and programmed to bring peace, he quickly rebels against it when he comes to the conclusion that the only way to accomplish his goal is the extinction of the human race and the Avengers. He goes through different evolutions in the story, in which different models of him are presented, from model 1 to that ∞.
He is the builder of several androids in the Marvel universe, among which Vision and Burglar stand out. He was the first Marvel character to use adamantium, a fictional metal alloy that covered certain parts of his body (starting with The Avengers #66, released in July 1969).
Dr. Henry Pym, at the time known as Goliath, based on the technology of the Dragon Man robot and on his own brain path, creates an artificial intelligence dedicated to saving the world, Ultron-1. The latter, however, evolves in a short time, developing an Oedipal hatred towards the creator, considering him, like the rest of humans, imperfect.
Taking advantage of his ability to launch brain rays, Ultron-1 hypnotizes Henry Pym, managing to escape and causing Goliath to forget about his creation. The mechanical body of the Ultron is composed of adamantium and titanium and is therefore virtually indestructible. The robot possesses a vast arsenal of lethal internal weapons, among which the Encephalon-ray stands out, a powerful ray capable of dropping anyone it hits into a deep coma, projectable from the mouth.
Among other things, it also has powerful rays (explosive and pulling) that can be projected from the palms of the hands and eyes, as well as the ability to control the minds of others. In addition, he is an expert in robotics and cybernetics (he created Vision, Jocasta and various other combat robots) and has a very high IQ, as an artificial intelligence.
He can interface with any computer, and in case it is destroyed, transfer his electronic mind into a new robotic body, thus eliminating the previous defects. In fact, there are many different armors that Ultron has dressed up over the years. The very first is the prototype “Ultron-1”, to then move on to more sophisticated and modern versions such as “Ultron-5”, “Ultron-6” etc.
Ultron has often shown great resistance to almost all kinds of attacks (it has withstood the hammering of Thor and the blows of Captain America’s vibranium shield without problems) and has always found a way to resist even those few superheroes capable to stand up to him (for the Hulk, he created a ray that transforms him back into human; against Iron Man he unleashed his own armor).
Debut: Thor #154 (1968)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Mangog is a fictional character, a huge monster that appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Thor #154 (1968) and was conceived by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Mangog first appeared as an antagonist in a storyline published in Thor #154-157, and is a huge monster that draws strength from the vengeful souls of a billion individuals, belonging to a mysterious alien race that was defeated in past by Odin, the lord of Asgard.
Believing to be the last remaining of the alien race and imprisoned in the dungeons of Asgard, Mangog was freed by Ulik the Troll, who noticed a warning on the prison door not to free Mangog but did it anyway, hoping he will become a valuable ally in his fight against Asgard. After being freed, Mangog turns against Ulik and heads for Asgard, easily defeating the giants and Asgardian warriors who try to hinder him, intent on using Odin’s sword to destroy the world.
Thor and the three warriors (Fandral, Volstagg and Hogun) fight Mangog in a tough battle and eventually Mangog was defeated when Odin revived the beings whose souls strengthened Mangog, causing him to disappear into thin air.
Later, Mangog was brought back to life by Loki, but was defeated when Thor separated him from his energy source, reducing him to the size of a rat. Mangog was later aided by the wizard Igron and assumed the likeness of Odin to secretly take the life force of the Asgardians, weakening them, and plans to take Odin’s sword. After a fight with Thor, Mangog was defeated with the release of the real Odin.
Mangog did not reappear until much later, when he allies himself with Thanos (later revealed to be actually a clone of the real Thanos), intending to use the Stone of Enlightenment and Tarene’s tears to destroy the galaxy. During their search, Thanos’ clone and Mangog wreaked havoc on the planet Rigel-3, killing millions of Rigelians.
Mangog was eventually defeated by Thor when Thor placed the Mjolnir hammer inside the monster’s mouth and then fired an Anti-Force beam inside. Thor then defeated the clone of Thanos thanks to a special armor blessed by the Odin-Force.
Mangog reappeared in the Ragnarok saga, where he is quickly disintegrated by Thor empowered by Odin’s Strength and Rune Wisdom. Mangog returns on the pages of the Thunderstrike mini-series, where he is accidentally brought back to life by a mystical generator used by the insane Adam Mann. When Thor asks how he made him resurrect, Mangog replies that hatred can be appeased but never destroyed.
He is defeated by the young Thunderstrike who throws him into the heart of a distant star. Later, uring a clash between Thor (Jane Foster) and the gods of the Shi’ar empire, the latter decided to unleash the entity of the Final Judgment. The entity is revealed to be Mangog, whose fury is said to be invincible.
After the monster defeats War Thor (Volstagg) and wreaks havoc on Asgard, Jane manages to beat Mangog by tying him with Gleipnir, the chain used to imprison the wolf Fenris, and attaching her to Mjolnir to then throw the hammer and Mangog towards the sun.
Mangog draws his devastating strength and endurance from the hatred of billions of beings, making them far superior to Thor’s, and has the ability to use magic for energy projection and change his appearance. Mangog is also immortal and virtually indestructible, continuing to exist as long as there is a great deal of hatred in the cosmos, and is capable of absorbing the hatred of his enemies to become even stronger.
Debut: Journey into Mystery #97 (1963)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Surtur is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He is an evil demon from Scandinavian mythology and the sworn enemy of Thor. Surtur is a fire demon native of Muspelheim, one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology; he resides at the end of the world waiting for Ragnarok, when he will kill men and gods.
During his first encounter with Odin, after forming an alliance with the Trolls and trying to destroy the world, he was imprisoned by the father of the Gods inside the Earth; hoping to be released, he sent a winged horse to his jailer. Freed by Loki, together with the storm giant Skagg, he invades the Earth where he is opposed by the combined forces of Odin, Thor and Balder; it is precisely the God of Thunder that stops him, trapping him in a magnetic metal meteorite.
Later, the prophetess Volla foretells that Loki’s release of Surtur will be the ultimate cause of Ragnarok and the destruction of the Norse gods. Summoned back to Earth by the Sons of Satannish, together with the giant Ymir, he attacks the Avengers, the Black Knight and Doctor Strange, who manage to defeat him by putting him against his ally.
Surtur attempts to invade Asgard during Loki’s reign, causing it to fall, but is ultimately pushed back and imprisoned. The demon reappears wielding the huge magical blade Twilight and sends a horde of demons to invade the Earth; while the Earth’s heroes fight the invaders, in Asgard, Surtur defeats both Thor and Odin. Finally, Loki deceives the demon with an illusion, allowing Odin to recover and immolate himself by throwing himself with the enemy into a dimensional rift.
After a long absence, Odin returns to Asgard. No one notices that the father of the Gods is under Surtur’s control until the demon recreates his physical form and attacks Thor, who manages to exile him in the Sea of Eternal Night.
Defeated during the last Ragnarok, his skeleton falls on Asgard, still wielding Twilight, in front of the astonished eyes of Beta Ray Bill; following the resurrection of the Norse gods, he is found by Thor in a magical limbo where his battle with Odin is repeated every day.
Resurrected, he enters into an agreement with Loki and a group of beings known as the Manchester Gods in order to depose the native gods of the British Isles. In his latest appearance, he sets the Yggdrasil tree on fire in preparation for his assault on Asgard.
Surtur is an immense and malevolent fire demon, endowed with strength and endurance far superior to Thor’s, at least physically. He has the ability to generate and control flames and is vulnerable to intense cold.
Surtur possesses the giant sword Twilight, also known as the Sword of Doom, composed of a metal known as Scabrite which can only be found in the mines of Surtur’s realm. The sword is magical, capable of manipulating vast amounts of mystical energy, and can be used to perform feats such as shattering dimensional barriers and inhibiting Odin’s powers.
Seemingly indestructible, he can change his size without much trouble. He is also able to channel the Eternal Flame, with which he can destroy all the Nine Realms. He capable of cutting through space and time.
Debut: Journey into Mystery #102 (1964)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Hela is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. Her first appearance occurs in Journey into Mystery #102 (1964). Inspired by the identically named goddess from Norse mythology, Hela is the ruler of the kingdoms of Hel and Niflheim, where the souls of those who are not worthy to enter Valhalla are destined; this makes her the Asgardian “Goddess of Death”.
Thor’s recurring enemy, Hela has been presented since her first appearance as Loki’s daughter although she had already existed for several millennia before the latter’s birth; to explain this paradox, her origins have been retold through various retcons, making her one of the most-often retconned characters of the Marvel Universe.
Given the bond with her creator, Loki, Hela is technically an Ice Giant like him and (except for cryokinesis and immunity to hypothermia or freezing) she possesses the powers common to all exponents of the species: strength, endurance, speed, agility. and superhuman reflexes proving, at least on the physical level, much stronger than the average of the Asgardians, so as to be able to face and embarrass even Thor.
Her longevity is almost unlimited and, having reached maturity, her aging has practically stopped, moreover she cannot die unless she is killed but, even if this happens, she would come back to life because, as a hellish divinity inextricably linked to Death, if her presence in the universe were to fail, the balance of that same universe would be compromised.
On top of all this, Hela is a superb hand-to-hand combatant, although she rarely displays such skills and she instead prefers to use her natural skills as a manipulator and temptress to steal the souls of her opponents. Hela is endowed with immense magical powers, thanks to which she is able to project her astral form of her, levitate, create illusions, emit energy or even make herself and others travel in time.
As their ruler, Hela has complete control over the dead of the kingdoms of Hel and Niflheim that she can summon to her in the form of an army, her near-total control over life and death also allows her to quickly age and kill anyone with a simple touch.
The green cape she wears of her further enhances her dark powers by allowing her to teleport anywhere in the Nine Worlds without any limits as well as to communicate telepathically; apparently, if she did not wear such a garment, the left half of her body would appear cadaverous and putrefying, making her unable to move and so weak that she was helpless and more vulnerable even than an ordinary mortal, although wearing the cape again would return to being beautiful, healthy and in strength.
In addition, on some occasions, Hela has been shown without her magical garment, if not completely naked, but with the left side of her body unaffected by her, indicating that it is probably enough for her to touch her cape or have her in immediate proximity to stay healthy.
In battle, Hela wields the Nightsword. The only one able to overcome it in power seems to be Mephisto, to whom she has asked for help several times, although she detests and fears him.
Debut: The Silver Surfer #3 (1968)
Created By: Stan Lee, John Buscema
Mephisto is a fictional demon appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He made his debut The Silver Surfer #3 (1968) and was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema. He was inspired by the character of the same name from the legend of Faust and is best known as being the archenemy of Johnny Blaze.
Mephisto is the supreme lord of Hell in the Marvel Universe, whose purpose is to deceive the mortals (terrestrial and otherwise) of all universes by proposing pacts to them. Mephisto will grant their every wish in exchange for their soul, which will join the other damned souls in his kingdom.
Mephisto is primarily established as the nemesis of the Silver Surfer, who constantly haunts in the hope of taking possession of his very pure soul. In one of the stories, he even resurrects the Flying Dutchman and pushes Surfer to fight against S.H.I.E.L.D. The heroes he has most often haunted are the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider and Doctor Strange. His plots, however, have encompassed almost all Marvel heroes, such as Devil, Spider-Man and Thor. Even Cloak and Dagger were his targets at one point.
It was revealed, at one point, that he and his fallen angel brothers and sisters were created by a God-like entity (the One-Above-All), who intended to generate beings of great powers to no longer be alone, but that, having been granted free will, they decided to turn to evil, instigated by Mephisto himself.
Mephisto plays a pivotal role in the “Spider-Man: One More Day” storyline, in which the status quo of Spider-Man is redefined. In this saga, Peter Parker desperately tries to save his aunt May Parker, who is killed by a bullet from one of the Kingpin’s hitmen which was aimed at him.
Mephisto offers to save her, but in return makes a pact through which Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson must give up a fundamental event in their life: their marriage. The undoing of this event (and its erasure from everyone’s memory) will radically change the course of events, returning Peter’s life to the way it was before he was married.
Debut: Strange Tales #126 (1964)
Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Dormammu is a comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. He is also known as the The Dread One, Lord of Chaos; and The Great Enigma. His first appearance occurs in Strange Tales #126 (1964).
He is the lord of the Dark Dimension and is a supervillain in the Marvel universe; he is a mystical entity and a sorcerer, best-known as Doctor Strange’s number one enemy. Dormammu also has a niece, Clea, a disciple of Doctor Strange.
Dormammu is a member of the Faltine race, a beneficial shape-shifting people residing on another plane of reality. The Faltines had lived in peace for years, until the day one of them named Sinifer gave birth to two beings, Dormammu and his sister Umar. Both siblings will later become thirsty for conquest, so much, in fact, that Dormammu will come to steal the flame of the Faltine command, thus forcing his race to banish him to the Dark Dimension.
In short Dormammu will become the lord of that dimension and will try to conquer others, including the Earth, thus becoming one of the greatest mystical threats. Umar will instead demonstrate a great desire for physical pleasure, so much so that she will obtain an appearance similar to that of a human, to obtain the maximum enjoyment from life. After being banished along with her brother, Umar will spend her time finding a way to unseat Dormammu and thus become the new lady of the Dark Dimension.
Over the centuries, Dormammu has faced all the Sorcerers Supreme who have succeeded each other on Earth and has always tried to enter our world both in person and through his subordinates (including Baron Mordo and Hood), but Doctor Strange has always managed to stop his plans. On more than one occasion, Doctor Strange has been helped to stop Dormammu by other heroes, such as Spider-Man or the Defenders.
Composed of pure mystical energy, Dormammu possesses a great range of powers that can be further extended and enhanced by those worshipping him. Among his many abilities are immortality, transmutation of matter, interdimensional teleportation, modification of one’s features and dimensions, control of the elements, telepathy, the creation of artificial beings and the ability to penetrate the mind of psychically weaker individuals in order to control them. He also possesses immense physical strength.
Dormammu can invoke the mystical energies of all the Dark Dimension, however his abilities are reduced when he is physically present in another dimension unless he can connect to his world through some sort of passage. Like that of various other mystical entities, Dormammu’s energy can be invoked by the most powerful and trained sorcerers (Doctor Strange and Baron Mordo are an example).
12. Kang the Conqueror
Alias: Rama-Tur, Nathaniel Richards
Debut: Fantastic Four #19 (1963)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Kang the Conqueror is a fictional supervillain appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is just one of the alter egos of one Nathaniel Richards. Kang the Conqueror was created by comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and made his debut in the 1963 comic book Fantastic Four #19 as Pharaoh Rama-Tur, while the Kang persona officially debuted in The Avengers #8 (1964).
Kang the Conqueror is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel fictional universe. He is actually just one of the many incarnations of one Nathaniel Richard, a 31st century scholar fascinated with history who used the technology developed by Victor von Doom to repeatedly travel back and forth through time.
During his first journey, he traveled back to Ancient Egypt and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut, planning on adopting En Sabah Nur (Apocalypse) as his heir; his reign was cut short by the time-displaced Fantastic Four.
Angered, Richards went to the 20th century where he aligned himself with Doctor Doom and later became the Scarlet Centurion. Under that name, he wanted to eliminate the Avengers by making them fight their alternative-reality counterparts, but the superheroes managed to force him back into the timeline.
Once again defeated, Richard tries to go back to his own timeline, but misses by a thousand years and lands on a war-torn Earth he conquers without major problems. He soon expanded his rule throughout that timeline’s galaxy, becoming Kang the Conqueror.
Due to him being a time-traveling entity, there are many different iterations of the Nathaniel Richards characters, some of which are even superheroes, like Iron Lad or Immortus.
As far as Kang is concerned, it is usually said that there are numerous different iterations of Kang, one for each version of the character that has interacted with the primary universe of Earth-616, while the original Kang is considered to be from Earth-6311.
Kang is primarily an enemy of the Avengers, but he has also fought other heroes in the Marvel fictional universe.
Alias: Max Eisenhardt
Debut: The X-Men #1 (1963)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Magneto is a supervillain appearing in comic book stories published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the fictional character first appeared in the The X-Men #1 (1963). Magneto is a mutant, and masters magnetism.
He’s the most recurring antagonist of the X-Men. In his first appearances, Magneto is presented as motivated by his megalomania. Subsequently, the series’ writers reworked the character, making him a Holocaust survivor who, above all, wishes to prevent mutants from suffering similar persecution.
That, plus his very ambiguous friend / foe relationship with Charles Xavier, the founder of X-Men, makes Magneto one of the most complex supervillains in the Marvel Universe. He is variably presented as a criminal, an anti-hero, or even occasionally as a hero.
Magneto is one of the most powerful mutants on Earth. His main power consists in being able to manipulate electromagnetic fields, and therefore primarily metals. The maximum amount of matter that he can handle at the same time is unknown. He has repeatedly been able to displace huge asteroids, and effortlessly levitate a 30,000-ton nuclear submarine.
His abilities extend to the atomic level, which allows him to manipulate chemical structures and rearrange matter, although this is often a tiring task for him. Magneto can manipulate a large number of individual objects at once and with his powers he was able to assemble complex machinery. To a lesser extent he can also influence non-metallic and non-magnetic objects, and can levitate himself and others (again by controlling electromagnetic fields).
He can also generate electromagnetic pulses of great strength and generate and manipulate electromagnetic energy down to the level of photons. He can become invisible by curving the light around his body. Another way Magneto often uses his power is the projection of force fields that can selectively block matter and energy.
These fields are strong enough to withstand the detonation of multiple thermonuclear weapons, so Magneto is invulnerable to a lot of damage when surrounded by his shield and thanks to it can temporarily survive in deep space.
He can also channel his powers through his body to increase his stamina and durability far beyond human limits and has a base reaction time fifteen times shorter than that of normal humans.
On one occasion he altered the behavior of the gravitational fields around him, which is attributed to the existence of a unified field that he can manipulate. He has demonstrated the ability to produce wormholes and to safely teleport himself and others through the wormhole.
Alias: En Sabah Nur
Debut: X-Factor #5 (1986)
Created By: Louise Simonson, Jackson Guice
Apocalypse is a fictional character from the X-Men franchise, a large franchise within the fictional universe created by Marvel Comics. Apocalypse made his debut in 1986, first in a cameo appearance in X-Factor #5, before making a full appearance in X-Factor #6. Apocalypse was created by Louise Simonson and Jackson Guice and was actually a chance villain, since the original idea was for his role in the X-Factor to be given to Daredevil’s villain Owl, but since the original writer of the series left after writing the first five issues, a new team was brought in and Apocalypse was created for narrative purposes, soon becoming a very popular X-Men villain.
En Sabah Nur, the mutant who would later be known as Apocalypse, was born in Ancient Egypt and is probably the first mutant in history to manifest his X-Genee. Due to him having gray skin and blue lips, he was shunned by his people and abandoned as a child. Saved by Baal of the Sandstormers, the child was named En Sabah Nur, which translates to as “The First One”.
Apocalypse had a really tough time in Ancient Egypt, even getting killed in one instance, only to be revived thanks to his mutant powers. He would later use this aspect to become more powerful after each resurrection. He is a very philosophical villain, developing a theory and strategy of mutant supremacy in a harsh world where humans look at mutants as enemies. He also thinks – and that is a reflection of his past experiences – that only the strongest and the fittest need to survive, which is why he doesn’t even care for those mutants whom he considers weak. His ultimate goal is to initiate a large war between the humans and the mutants, after which the mutants would rule over Earth with him as their supreme leader.
9. Dark Phoenix (Phoenix Force)
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #101 (1976)
Created By: Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum
The Phoenix Force is a fictional comic book entity created by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum in 1976, appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. It is a cosmic entity with enormous powers that in the course of its millennial existence has chosen beings of many species to host it so that it can fulfill its mission (usually favoring the evolutionary progress of some worlds over others); once its task has been accomplished, the Phoenix Force returns to a state of quiescence inside her in the so-called “White Hot Room”, a sort of remote place in space and time where it remains in incubation until its next return.
The Phoenix Force possesses enormous powers over matter; in particular, it is able to control atoms and molecules at will. When it manifests, the Entity takes on the characteristic form of a bird made of pure self-igniting flame. When choosing a host, the Phoenix Force usually grants the host a substantial amount of its cosmic powers. Usually, it enhances the characteristics and powers already existing in that individual, for example when it chose Jean Gray, she maximized her telekinesis and telepathy.
The Phoenix Force can be considered, depending on the circumstances, both a benevolent and malevolent entity. For example, in many cases it has helped to ensure progress on Earth, in other cases it has destroyed entire solar systems. This depends a lot on both its mission and the interaction it develops with its host. On Earth, it has developed a strong attraction to Jean Gray and the people she loves. Its relationship with Jean has always been ambivalent.
After saving her and keeping her in a state of hibernation for a long time, the Phoenix Force absorbed her memories, then took her identity and place among the X-Men, and then became the Dark Phoenix, a terribly dangerous and destructive entity. Jean later returned and managed to control this entity with some success. After its death, Jean Gray has instead become the White Phoenix of the Crown, a wise spirit housed in the White Hot Room, together with all the spirits of those who over time have been possessed by the entity, acquiring such a power as to become inferior only and solely to the Living Tribunal and the One-Above-All.
8. Gorr the God Butcher
Debut: Thor: God of Thunder #2 (2012)
Created By: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic
Gorr the God Butcher is a relatively new character in Marvel’s fictional universe. He is a supervillain focused on killing gods. He made his debut in Thor: God of Thunder #2 (2012) and was created by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic. Although he only has around a dozen appearances in the comic books, Gorr has become a very notorious villain and one of Thor’s most formidable foes.
Gorr is a very mysterious figure. He was born on an unnamed planet and is a member of an unknown species of aliens. Born in complete poverty, Gorr was taught to believe in the gods that watched over them, yet the gods never answered his prayers. Tragedy after tragedy struck Gorr’s life and at one point, devastated from all the losses, he denounced all the gods and was exiled by his people.
Later, he witnessed Knull, a dark elder god, fight another god in a desert. Shocked by the realisation that gods exist, Gorr became furious because he now saw that the gods were there, but simply did not want to help him. When Knull’s opponent asked for his help, Gorr became even more furious and as Knull’s sword bonded with him to become the All-Black the Necrosword, he used it to kill the god. Gorr then became the God Butcher, vowing to kill and destroy every god in the universe.
Sometime during his butchering journeys, Gorr encountered Thor and the two of them has several epic clashes, where Gorr managed to get the upper hand against a lot of versions of the Asgardian God, before the latter finally managed – via a past version of himself – to kill Gorr using two Mjolnirs; despite his death, Gorr managed to make Thor unworthy with his speech about gods being unworthy of the devotion of mortals.
Still, Gorr was later resurrected, which was easy as his consciousness remained alive thanks to the All-Black symbiote. He once again engaged in a fight with All-Father Thor and King Loki, wanting to kill them once and for all. He was eventually killed and the symbiote was destroyed, but the moral Gorr was resurrected, albeit as an insane amnesiac, but with the possibility of living the rest of his life in peace.
7. Doctor Doom
Alias: Victor Von Doom
Debut: The Fantastic Four #5 (1962)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Lord and monarch of Latveria, in central Europe, he is the supervillain archenemy of the Fantastic Four but has also clashed very often with other superheroes of the Marvel universe including Spider-Man and the Avengers; he is a brilliant inventor and a sorcerer. The son of gypsies, on the death of his parents he discovers that his mother, Cynthia Von Doom, was a witch and takes advantage of her occult knowledge and her scientific mind to reach the United States.
College and roommate of Reed Richards, the future Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, will be the victim of an accident during one of his first experiments to communicate with his deceased mother; this will cost him a completely disfigured face and expulsion from the university.
Later he will wander following his thirst for knowledge to Tibet where, helped by some monks, he becomes one of them until, after having learned all the secrets of the sect, he becomes its Master; at this point, he gets help from them to forge armor and a mask, born from a project in which he poured all his knowledge, both in robotics and alchemy, which were applied on his body still hot, while Destiny delivers a speech that will shape his psychology for years to come.
Alias: En Dwi Gast
Debut: The Avengers #69 (1969)
Created By: Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema
Grandmaster is a fictional character from the Marvel Universe. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Sal Buscema, the character first appeared in The Avengers #69 (1969). He is a member of the Elders of the Universe group. The Grandmaster is one of the most powerful Elders in the whole Universe. He has been described as mastering “Primal Power”, a type of cosmic radiation resulting from the Big Bang.
However, his power is considerably lower than that of Galactus or the In-Betweener. It has been suggested that the Grandmaster can use – and in some cases has used – very advanced technology to increase his abilities and perform mental feats that might normally be beyond his ability. Although the extent of these mental abilities are unknown, it is believed that he has access to and mastered technology far beyond human comprehension.
En Dwi Gast has a highly developed superhuman intellect, including a vast knowledge of games and game theory far beyond any knowledge of today’s Earth. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge and understanding of thousands of exotic games, played across the universe. With little information, he is able to calculate various probabilities in a tenth of a second and can remember countless rules or game data. He also has some extra-sensory mental perception abilities that allow him to sense things in his environment that cannot be detected by normal senses. He also maintains a psychic connection with the highly advanced computers in his home world, which extend and improve his mental abilities.
Debut: Fantastic Four #48 (1966)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Galactus was actually a humanoid alien explorer known as Galan from the Taa-an species. After passing a star, Galan gained god-like powers and turned into Galactus, a god-like entity that has to devour planets because he feeds on their energy. His origin was further expanded by revealing that he had lived during the previous universe, before the Big Bang that created the current one; Galactus still remains the last living being from the previous universe.
Due to his nature, Galactus has been an inspiration for many writers who’ve explored his story and his character further. Being a god-like entity, Galactus is usually depicted as having a very different sense of morality than regular humans, which often causes him to clash with Earth’s superheroes. He has an immense set of powers and is considered to be one of the most powerful beings in the whole Marvel Universe, especially if full of energy after having devoured several planets.
He is usually accompanied by a herald (the most famous one being the Silver Surfer) to whom he has granted cosmic powers. The herald travels the universe and searches for suitable planets for Galactus to feed on in order to satisfy his endless hunger. Although not impossible, it is exceptionally difficult to stop Galactus from devouring a planet once he’s decided to do so, which is why the best option is to leave the planet and let it get eaten.
Alias: Chaos King
Debut: Thor: Blood Oath #6 (2006)
Created By: Michael Oeming, Scott Kolins
Amatsu-Mikaboshi, the King of Chaos, is a fictional character who appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is generally depicted as a supervillain and demon god of evil who is best known as an enemy to Hercules and Thor. He is based on the Mikaboshi of Japanese mythology and the gods of Japan known as Kami.
Mikaboshi possesses vast supernatural power, which is apparently inherent in him. He can use this mystical energy for a variety of effects, including his ability to alter his shape and form; he too often took a feminine form to appear harmless. Otherwise, he is almost always depicted as a shadowy black energy being with a mask on his face.
He can transform his limbs into sharp blades or form tentacles to attack enemies; he can also assume the form of a fire-breathing snake, which Apollo’s fire was unable to affect and which he was able to retaliate with an explosion of fire powerful enough to damage and bring down even the Olympian sun deity. He has employed powers of flight, teleportation, the projection of mystical energy such as force explosions, invisibility, manipulation of matter, image projection, and the creation of interdimensional nexus points among other feats, such as creating “shadows” to avoid detection. by high-level dark magical entities, such as Nightmare, in the latter’s own realm.
His power is of such magnitude that he can control numerous lesser demons, as well as animate and manipulate corpses en masse at will. Furthermore, even the Kami themselves seem to distrust and fear Mikaboshi, whom they consider to be his primary enemy, especially since he has sacrificed much of his pantheon himself. Mikaboshi was able to kill even formidable extraterrestrial deities, destroying the Demogorge (an entity that devoured the Elder Gods) with relatively little effort, as well as paralyzing and killing Heavenly Parents like Zeus by ripping out their hearts in seconds.
Debut: Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 (1992)
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth
Cyttorak is a mystical entity appearing in comic books published by Marve. Created by writer Stan Lee and artists Jack Kirby and Alex Toth, the fictional character is first mentioned in the comic book Strange Tales #124 (1964), but his first appearance was in Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 (1992). He is one of the mystical entities endowed with vast magical powers and of various origins, often extra-dimensional, who seem to share certain traits of both gods and demons.
Cyttorak is a demon revered as such on Earth in the distant past. Several centuries ago, he was banished from Earth and imprisoned in the Crimson Cosmos, a timeless extra-dimensional world, where time does not flow, and of which he became the sovereign. He already existed in the days of the witch Morgana (seventh century) and even bestowed his magic on his devotees who served him, as Morgana has shown using the purple bands to easily bind Dr. Strange and Bolar. About 1,000 years ago, a gathering of eight great magical beings – Balthakk, Farallah, Ikonn, Krakkan, Raggadorr, Valtorr, Watoomb, and Cyttorak – took place to determine who was the most powerful of them, each vying for this. title.
They formed the Octessence each investing an ounce of their power in an artefact intended for the first human who would touch it and who would thus become an “Exemplar”, an avatar of the entity in question. Their servants built temples, and the demons agreed that the Exemplars should be given the task of building a magical engine that would destroy the will of Mankind, allowing them each to rule over one-eighth of the world. The Exemplars would then wage a war among themselves, leaving only one winner.
2. Thanos (with the Infinity Gauntlet) / King Thanos
Debut: The Invincible Iron Man #55 (1973)
Created By: Jim Starlin
Thanos was inspired by the Freudian concept of “Thanatos”, just like his brother, Eros, was inspired by the Freudian concept of the same name. Thanos was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons as a member of the Eternals. He is the son of A’lars and Sui-San, two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience. Believing him to be a threat to the universe, his mother wanted him killed, but his father stopped her. As a child, he was a pacifist and would only play with his brother and their pets.
Later on, he became fascinated with nihilism and the concept of death, eventually falling in love with Mistress Death, the embodiment of Death in the Marvel universe. Not long after that, Thanos became a supervillain, initially a simple pirate, but soon had more megalomanic plans.
He was not satisfied with mere piracy; he wanted more. Much more. Thanos wanted ultimate power, to rule over the whole universe and to become the most powerful being alive. This is why he wanted to collect the Infinity Stones, so he could shape reality according to his own will. A lot of his actions are motivated by his love towards Mistress Death, in whose name he has killed on several occasions.
Debut: Secret Wars #1 (May 1984)
Created By: Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck
The Beyonder is a cosmic entity appearing in stories published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Jim Shooter and artistMike Zeck, the fictional character first appeared in the Secret Wars #1 (1984). When creating the character for the Secret Wars storyline, the Beyonder’s power was seemingly limitless.
Omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent in his universe where he constitutes a whole, he would prove to be even more powerful than the cosmic being Galactus (whom he easily managed to bring to Battleworld and whom he overwhelmed with a single projection of energy). He repelled Galactus “like an insect” and overwhelmed the energy accumulated by Taa II, Galactus’ world ship.
During this event, Doctor Doom experienced the Beyonder’s powers, having stolen them from him, and discovered their full extent: he could read the wishes of everyone around him and his every wish came true. There was a trade-off, however: All of Doom’s thoughts – conscious as well as unconscious – came true if he didn’t control them. Wielding the Beyonder’s power, therefore, required constant focus and a total absence of personal desire.
During this event, the Beyonder destroyed a galaxy on a whim, to meet one of his needs and, in another episode, it was discovered that he could suppress Death himself or make the Devil (Mephisto) and his infernal kingdom disappear. To escape it, Mephisto tried to beat him by cunning (which demonstrates his inferiority in terms of sheer power, including on his own ground). The power of the Beyonder was therefore exercised in other dimensions as well.
Even weakened, the Beyonder was able to take possession of a being made up of sound waves such as Klaw. In his human form (during Secret Wars II), however, his power was diminished; vulnerable, he felt a sharp pain when Wolverine’s claws slashed him or when he fell from the top of a building. However, he was still able to survive these ordeals, although this human incarnation made him deadly as well.
In this form, it was also possible for him to manipulate matter and spirits and to transport himself to various points in the universe. He could even face and defeat the Celestials. All of this was changed to a certain degree when Shooter left Marvel, so the current iteration of the Beyonder is significantly weaker.
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