Doctor Strange Is Among The MCU’s Most Powerful Characters, According To Joe Russo

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The MCU power chart is a complex (and unofficial) ranking system that’s in a constant state of flux, not least because of Captain Marvel‘s long-anticipated arrival early next year.

From what we’ve been told, Brie Larson’s former Air Force pilot is far and away the strongest character ever to grace the MCU and, frankly, she arrives in good time, as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes still have their backs to the wall in light of Avengers: Infinity War.

The star-studded blockbuster ended on a rather bleak note; despite bringing out the big guns (Stormbreaker, the Hulkbuster, etc.), the Avengers found themselves on the losing side as 50 percent of the universe’s population was reduced to ash. Among those to hear the death knell was Doctor Strange, who surrendered the Time Stone to Thanos. Not all is as it seems, though, as the Sorcerer Supreme envisioned a timeline in which the Avengers won.

The finer details of Strange’s grand master plan likely won’t be revealed until Avengers 4, but in the eyes of co-director Joe Russo, Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard is easily among the MCU’s most powerful characters.

Doctor Strange’s power level, we could talk about. And from the books, as a kid, what I loved about Doctor Strange is that he always had a mystical spiritual side to him that seemed to know more than all the other characters. And I found that very entertaining, and we wanted to advance his power levels since the end of Doctor Strange because it has been a few years. And that he’s been doing his work and he’s a diligent study and he is now one of the more powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.

We imagine he falls somewhere between Thor and Hulk, though it’s fair to say that the latter spent more time cowering within Bruce Banner than he did attempting to fend off Thanos and his nefarious Black Order.

Still, much like Captain America before him, we’re quietly confident that the Hulk will be less shy and more incredible by the time Avengers 4 steamrolls into theaters in 2019.

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