The Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced plenty of characters from the comics over the years, but when it comes to strength it’s hard to look past the Avengers.
A group originally consisting of Earth’s most powerful protectors, since its initial formation on screen in 2012 it has now thoroughly expanded from six members to plenty of new additions from all kinds of backgrounds.
In Avengers: Endgame we got our best look at all the characters who would be classified as Avengers and saw their fighting abilities on full display. Our list will consist of characters in the most powerful form they have appeared as in the MCU. This can be from either the films or the Disney+ television series.
Here are our picks for the strongest Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Strongest Avengers in the MCU
5. The Incredible Hulk
There’s no denying that the Hulk is one of the strongest Avengers. We all saw him fling Loki around Stark Tower like he was a rag doll in 2012.
Bruce Banner has given us small details throughout his MCU appearances that explain just how truly strong the Hulk is. Remember, the Hulk was made in an attempt gone bad at a super soldier serum recreation, and that the Green Guy is almost 100% Gamma Radiation. The transformation, or “incidents” as Banner calls them, happen when he is made exceptionally angry (until he learns to “always be angry”). Anger is an incredible power in the Hulk’s hands for both good and bad. All that needs to be mentioned are the stairs in Endgame. Banner had a temper tantrum because he had to take the stairs, which ended up not only blowing out a wall and further injuring civilians, but also made him to blame for Loki escaping.
In The Avengers, there’s a brief, but important scene where Banner tells Fury that the Hulk can’t be killed. “I know, I’ve tried,” he says, which brings the tone to something darker that isn’t usually talked about in regards to Banner or the Hulk: Banner’s torturous existence as both monster and man, “I put a bullet in my mouth and the other guy spit it out,” Banner revealed.
The Hulk is unkillable. He is the epitome of brute strength, which is one of the only reasons the Hulk isn’t higher on this list. While he’s beyond powerful, he sheer strength and capability is not a controlled power like the rest of the Avengers.
The Infinity Stones are shown in the MCU as the strongest forces in the Universe. Considering Vision’s life is granted by the Mind Stone, that means he’s 1/6th as powerful as the Stones combined.
While he partially started out as Tony Stark’s AI assistant, Vision later became sentient after battling it out with Ultron and being left in fragments across the internet. Vision claimed he was neither Ultron or Jarvis, but a new sentient being that vowed to protect humanity.
While we usually see Vision remain relatively peaceful, he’s obviously very strong as well as intelligent. We don’t see how he kills Ultron, but we see a flash of light that the threat’s been dealt with.
Because Vision is a synthezoid, he possesses abilities and powers most of the other Avengers couldn’t even dream of. From being a master in combat, as shown in his fight sequences with Clint and the White Vision, to all of his superhuman abilities, there’s not much Vision can’t do. Just ask Ant-Man: During the airport scene in Civil War, we get to see more of Vision’s fighting when he takes down an oversized version of the size-changing hero, treating him as if he were a paper-weight. And once WandaVision aired, we saw a whole new side of Vision. The version of Vision was far more humane, which also meant he was quicker to react with emotions, and he was able to manipulate the density of his body with ease.
Above all else though, Vision is the Mind Stone, which gives him a set of powers comparable only to Wanda or Doctor Strange.
3. Captain Marvel
Introduced in 2018’s Captain Marvel film, the character (played by Brie Larson) has been widely regarded as the most powerful Avenger currently in the MCU, and for good reason. Captain Marvel’s energy powers come from the Tesseract itself and grants her both incredible speed and the ability to fire blasts of energy at her foes.
Alongside this acquired strength, Carol Danvers also has Kree blood running through her veins gifting, her extreme durability and strength that is on full display during her altercation with Thanos at the conclusion of Endgame. Where a headbutt sent many Avengers flying back, Captain Marvel was able to withstand this attack and continue dueling with the Mad Titan fairly evenly.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige went as far as to call Captain Marvel “as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie,” and at the time of her introduction this was unequivocally true. However, Captain Marvel has since been outranked by some of her competitors physically, even if her emotional strength and overall capabilities are top tier.
Canonically speaking, Keven Feige himself has confirmed Thor as the strongest Avenger, with another member of the team as the most powerful. I think it’s safe to say Thor has easily cinched the number two spot. With a trilogy of his own and the Avengers movies, there’s a lot of Thor to go off of.
The best place to start is him being worthy enough to lift Mjolnir, even after his drunken antics got him kicked out of Asgard in his first movie. Flash forward seven years to Infinity War’s release, and he’s like a brand new hero, one who is nearly as loyal as Captain America. In Infinity War, we see Thor in space trying to forge a new weapon after the destruction of his hammer. Since Thanos has already demolished Nidavellir, it is Thor who holds open the mechanism and takes the full power of a star through him. He’s a literal god, not many characters can compete with that.
If there was any doubt though, seeing him face Thanos at the end of Infinity War and into Endgame only proves his strength. Thanos even sees and fears it when he calmly tells Thor, “Should’ve gone for the head.” after the god landed a blow that did actual damage. This quote comes full circle in Endgame when they find Thanos in The Garden and Thor uses Stormbreaker to cut his head off with little to no hesitation.
Sure, there can be an argument made for Thanos being weaker without the stones, but he is still a Titan and Thor still chopped his head off.
1. Scarlet Witch
Wanda Maximoff is without a doubt the most powerful Avenger in the MCU right now. From Infinity War onward, she has continued to display unmeasurable power. Her first impressive feat came when she destroyed the Mind Stone from the head of Vision while holding back Thanos with her energy. Destroying an Infinity Stone is a task most characters wouldn’t even dream of, and yet she was able to do so while holding off the universe’s greatest threat.
The next time we see Scarlet Witch unleash her power is in the battle against Thanos at the end of Endgame. In this fight, she is able to duel with him to the point of forcing him to send down an airstrikeb allowing him to get out of danger.
However, the best argument for Scarlet Witch being the most powerful Avenger comes from the strength she showcased during the WandaVision TV series. At the conclusion of this show, she is able to fully embrace her persona as the Scarlet Witch using her chaos magic to take out Agatha Harkness while still maintaining her spell over Westview so that her children and Vision may remain alive.
In the post-credits, we are shown Wanda reading through the Darkhold, a demonic book of magic she acquired in the show, and with this, we can only expect her to be even more powerful when she returns in Dr Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness.