In the past 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made billions at the box office. Marvel has produced and released movies that managed to earn more than $2 billion alone. For example, Avengers: End Game earned $2.7 billion. With every new movie, the popularity of Marvel characters grows. But who are the most popular characters in the Marvel universe?
Today we will talk about the Marvel universe in general, including comics. If you look only at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you look at a tiny fraction of all the characters Marvel has. Just for info, Marvel Comics has a massive library of more than 7,000 characters. That number grows to more than 50,000 if you one-off and ancillary characters. Let’s see who has the biggest power among them.
For Marvel fans who wish to explore the narratives of these characters beyond the movies, it might be worth considering a visit to an online comic book store. This way, they could delve into the story arcs and universes of these powerful Marvel characters which simply cannot be sufficiently encapsulated in a two-hour film.
The character made its debut in Doctor Strange #13. He is the most powerful and most mysterious character in the universe. Many speculate he represents the creator of Marvel, and takes the form of Jack Kirby.
Omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, the name says it all, One-Above All.
But he rarely appears in comics. He can do everything, and he created everything. This character is also the boss of the Living Tribunal.
Now we come to the second most powerful marvel character, the Living Tribunal. Stan Lee created this character. He is so powerful, even Thanos with the full Infinity Gauntlet does not dare to engage him.
This character has limitless power and can erase entire realities. He has died only once, fighting the Beyonders.
The fictional cosmic entity debuted in Strange Tales #157, June 1967. This entity oversees and maintains balance in the realities constituting the Marvel universe.
Doctor Strange encounters him, as the Living Tribunal announces his intention to destroy Earth because of the huge potential for evil. But Strange manages to convince him that there is also good on Earth, sparing the universe.
We have seen this character in the movies. But they do not do him justice. Odin is among the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. His strength comes from the Odinforce, which allows him to do basically anything.
Thanks to the Odinforce, Odin can control the life-force of every Asgardian. In the comics, he uses the power to transform all of his godlike subjects into mortals to evade Ragnarok.
With the Odinforce, he can also raise dead, enchant weapons, and practice telepathy across dimensions. The one limit is that he has to sleep at various points, to recharge his force. And that is when he is vulnerable.
Here is another entity that debuted in Strange Tales, Number 138. He is the twin brother of Infinity and the sibling of Death and Oblivion.
Eternity is the very embodiment of time, much greater than Galactus. This character can manipulate space, time, and reality.
Stan Lee created the character, debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Eternity appears in five decades of Marvel continuity and in many Marvel merchandise.
Franklin Richards is a rare omega-level mutant. The son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, Franklin can warp reality and control fundamental forces of the universe.
Many fans argue he has equal power as Celestials. Debuting in Fantastic Four Annual #6, many believe he is the strongest mutant.
His reality-manipulating and psionic powers give him immense power. And he is not even a mutant himself. Simply put, he can make any thought or desire come to fruition, even at a cosmic scale. He once created his own pocket universe.
His psionic powers manifest as telepathy, telekinesis, energy blasts, and astral projection.
Jean Grey is another omega-level mutant. She is powerful, but gets even more powerful once she gets the Phoenix Force. She also goes by aliases Marvel Girl, Phoenix, and Dark Phoenix.
Debuting in The X-Men #1, Jean is a member of the mutants. She was born with superhuman abilities, namely telepathic and telekinetic powers.
While she remains a caring and nurturing figure, she has to deal with the cosmic Phoenix Force that hits her.
The Phoenix Force can survive the death of the universe, and even bring another living being with it. This force can also absorb a star, causing it to go nova in the process.
We will soon probably see Galactus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Until then, we can enjoy his appearance in comics and some marvel series. His nickname says it all, Devourer of Worlds. He eats entire planets and has unlimited cosmic power and knowledge.
Formerly a mortal man, he is now a cosmic entity who consumes planets to sustain his life force. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created the character, debuting in Fantastic Four #48. They wanted a character that broke away from the archetype of the standard villain.
One of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe, Thanos served as the villain for the entire Infinity Saga in the MCU. We saw him firsthand. In the movies, Thanos represents a villain who could go hand in hand with an entire Avengers roster.
He is one of the few characters that can wield the Infinity Gauntlet. This cult leader has immense physical prowess. Strong and powerful on his own, Thanos gets extra points for wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.
With it, he snaps his fingers and erases half of the population. In the comics, he never really dies. He has a relationship with Death and comes on and off again.
The sad thing about this character is that the movies do not do her justice. That is why fans didn’t love the movie. Carol Danvers is one of the most powerful Marvel heroes. She can create and control gravity, see the future, manipulate radiation, and absorb magical energy. But the movies had to power down Captain Marvel.
In the comics, she represents a nearly indestructible hero who can control light itself. When she puts her mind into it, she can grow into one of the most powerful beings in the universe.
Debuting inside the pages of Fantastic Four #48, the Silver Surfer is one of the most powerful Marvel Superheroes. He comes to Earth to warn heroes about Galactus.
He is imbued with the Power Cosmic. Thanks to it, he has superhuman endurance, strength, and can absorb and manipulate the ambient energy of the Universe.
The Silver Surfer can also travel across time and space with no limit.
Bonus Character: Squirrel Girl
You cannot do Marvel comics without a comedic side. If you want to play it funny, the Squirrel Girl is the most powerful character in the Marvel Universe.
Created for comic relief, she faced down One-Above-All, singlehandedly defended Earth against Galactus, kicked Dr. Doom, and faced many more villains.
And she has defeated them all. In all of her history, she has never ever lost a fight. She doesn’t have any superpowers. She just looks like a Squirrel, and has a charismatic personality.