Comic book movies depict many of the most powerful superheroes within their respective universes. The DC Extended Universe has Superman and the heroes of the Justice League and Watchmen showed the mighty abilities of Dr. Manhattan. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, has a vast collection of super powerful entities that are capable of some of the most extraordinary feats imaginable. The Avengers have human characters, like Black Widow and Falcon, who don’t have any kind of superpowers but are still capable of saving the world. Then there are the gods.
Marvel movies are filled with beings with godlike levels of strength and powers. The Hulk may be one of the most powerful mortal beings in existence, but he’s no god. Like any comic book continuity, the gods play an important role in the universe, and movies based on Marvel Comics characters are no different. Whether it’s the MCU, the X-Men movie universe, or some of the earlier Marvel movies, these films have powerful gods. But who is the strongest? We all like to play who would beat who in a fight, but if we gathered up all the gods from these movies, who would come out on top? Here are the most powerful Marvel movie gods, ranked in order.
One of the most powerful members of the Asgardian race, Heimdall is gifted with enhanced sensory capabilities that allow him to oversee all of the Nine Realms at all times. Nothing gets past his sight. He is so highly regarded that Odin himself named him the Gatekeeper of Asgard and assigned him to guard the Bifrost Bridge from any and all intruders who would do harm to his home.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe he has been seen to be more than a match against Thor and Loki, and even managed to make trouble for Hela during her takeover in Thor: Ragnarok. He may not venture out much beyond the walls of Asgard, but he has always been a formidable obstacle for those who defy him.
As the leader of the Valkyrie, Brunnhilde was one of the most formidable fighters in all of Asgard, until her entire brigade of warriors was wiped out by Hela. The loss of her comrades led her to exile herself away from Asgard, leading her to live on Sakaar and serve the Grandmaster for years before she eventually ran into Thor following his defeat and the return of Hela.
Thor is eventually able to recruit her to his cause of saving Asgard, and she proves to be a powerful ally in battle against Hela’s Berserkers on the Bifrost Bridge. She has millennia worth of experience in combat training, which has helped her defeat just about every opponent she ever came across. She even managed to survive a fight with Hela.
While he’s not exactly a god, Hive is just as powerful as one and was worshipped like one by his many followers over the years. In ancient times, Alveus was transformed into one of the first Inhumans and became able to possess the bodies of the dead and control other Inhumans. In essence, Hive became the god of all Inhumans, and was banished to a barren planet because of how dangerous he was.
His power was so great that his followers continued to worship him after his banishment, and they went on to found HYDRA as a means to eventually bring him back to Earth. When he managed to return in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., his ability to control dangerous Inhumans could have certainly led to the destruction of the world.
As the progenitor of the entire vampire race, Dracula (or Drake, as he’s called in Blade: Trinity) is the most powerful vampire in existence. As an immortal, he puts himself to sleep in ancient times only to reawaken in modern day to fight Blade. Drake has impressive shapeshifting capabilities and sunlight has no effect on him, unlike his vampire progeny, who are believed to be impure.
He proves to be an equal match against Blade, as both are skilled combat warriors with massive power levels. It turns out that Drake’s appearance in the film isn’t actually his true form, and at the end he reveals himself to be a giant demonic figure. In this form, he is far more powerful than anyone around him and nearly looked unstoppable before the very end.
As the trickster god of Asgard, Loki is the dangerous adoptive brother of Thor. He has the physiology of a Frost Giant, giving him many of the same abilities that the Asgardians have. He is also a very powerful sorcerer with the ability to cast illusion spells and use telekinetic abilities. As powerful as he is in a fight, Loki is more dangerous than most Asgardians because he has shown himself to be a master manipulator.
He has proven himself to be a recurring thorn in the side of Thor and singlehandedly took on the entire Avengers team in battle. Loki has proven to be a strong ally and an even more dangerous enemy over the years, as his loyalties seem to stray over and over from each depiction of him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
10 EN SABAH NUR
Born in ancient Egypt, En Sabah Nur is known to be the first mutant that was ever born. In X-Men: Apocalypse, we see him use his powers to unite the country, rule over the people, and create his own personal group of warriors known as the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse. As an immortal, he appears in modern times and proves to be far too powerful for the X-Men to defeat in a simple battle.
In his scheme to control the world, Apocalypse is able to recruit several mutants and augment their powers to become even bigger threats. He also showcases the ability to absorb powers, use telekinesis, telepathy, teleport, and so much more. En Sabah Nur also makes it a habit of transferring into new bodies once his old one starts to age.
In Ghost Rider and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Mephistopheles is the enemy of Johnny Cage and proves to be a powerful foe. As the film universe’s equivalent to the devil himself, he has the powers to go along with such a menacing title. He can use his vast demonic magic to possess different hosts, grant wishes, and imbue powers onto others.
Mephistopheles is so dangerous, though, because he is a master manipulator who can trick others into doing his bidding. He captured Johnny Cage’s soul and turned him into the Ghost Rider by tricking him into making an unfair deal with him. Unfortunately for him, his own strengths proved to be his undoing when his creation rebelled and Ghost Rider banished him back to Hell.
Thor, the son of Odin, is the hero of the Asgardian people, destined to save them and protect them over and over again. As a god, he is one of the most powerful beings in all of creation, and is the strongest member of the Avengers (Hulk didn’t beat him fairly). He has proven time and again that he possesses amazing abilities that can defeat almost any opponent.
The Odinson’s powers include the ability to manipulate lightning in battle, able to transform it into a physical weapon when he needs it most. Thor’s most trusted weapon is Mjolnir, an enchanted hammer that imbues him with even more powers, though in the movies (and in the comics) he has proven he does not need it. He has also proven to be an expert fighter, whether imbued with divine might or not.
The fire demon Surtur is one of the most powerful entities within the Nine Realms, and proves to be a worthy threat against Thor and the Hulk. As a fire demon, he has immense strength and stamina, and he has the ability to manipulate fire. For fear of what Surtur might do to Asgard in the wake of a prophecy, Odin sealed the fire demon away in the realm of Muspelheim.
In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor kills him in battle, but his resurrection through the prophecy makes him immensely strong. Faced with no other way to defeat Hela, Thor brought Surtur back from the dead to allow him to utterly destroy Asgard. It takes him all of one sword blow to take out the entire civilization.
Galactus is a super powerful godlike entity that travels through the cosmos looking for whole planets to consume. Known as the Destroyer of Worlds, Galactus has existed since the beginning of the universe and is essentially immortal thanks to the energy he siphons off from planets. He can also imbue powers into his heralds, who then go on to find suitable planets for him to destroy.
He shows up on screen for the first time in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and puts Earth into his crosshairs. It takes the combined efforts of the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer to repel Galactus and save the planet. In the movie he’s a giant dust cloud in space, though he looks like a giant humanoid in the comics.
As the king of Asgard, Odin is a strong warrior and leader of his people, but he also holds massive power that no other Asgardian possesses. He possesses the power of the Odinforce, which provides him with a nearly limitless supply of magical abilities. The only drawback is that every so often he must enter Odinsleep in order to rejuvenate his powers.
His great amount of power allowed him to not only wrest control of Mjolnir from Thor, but also strip him of his power and banish him to Earth. Odin uses his abilities to control the Destroyer armor and siphons his magic into the powerful spear Gungnir that can be used to overcome just about anyone in the universe. Thor may be the star of the show, but Odin is the real power behind everything.
As the Goddess of Death and Odin’s former executioner, Hela is one of the most powerful beings in all of Asgard. As the one who helped Odin conquer the Nine Realms originally, Hela once wielded Mjolnir, allowing her to control the hammer and ultimately destroy it with one hand. She also has telekinetic abilities and can manifest powerful weapons out of thin air. Worst of all, her necromancy powers allow her to bring her allies back from the dead.
With her vast powers, Hela is able to singlehandedly take over Asgard after she escapes from Hel. She kills the Warriors Three, destroys the Einherjar, and proves to be a formidable opponent against Thor. Hela isn’t an enemy that the heroes can't simply fight back against. In the end, they find help from a very dangerous source to defeat her.
Only briefly glimpsed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Celestials are primordial gods who tamper with creation, capable of creating life and outright destroying it. In Guardians of the Galaxy from 2014, we see that they are larger than any other being in the cosmos, with one of their heads serving as the basis for an entire civilization known as Knowhere.
The Celestials were seen to have used an Infinity Stone to destroy those who got in their way. One member of their group, Eson the Searcher, used the Power Stone to destroy an entire planet. We know that the Celestials wield their own immensely powerful abilities, and while we haven’t seen exactly what they can do in the movies yet, it’s easy to tell that they are dangerous.
2 EGO THE LIVING PLANET
Considered to be a Celestial in the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity (though a different kind from the ones above), Ego the Living Planet possesses a massive amount of abilities that makes him a threat to all life in the universe. He has all the powers of a cosmic being and is an immortal sentient planet that has the power to manipulate matter and energy around him. Ego also has the ability to create a human avatar that can interact with other lifeforms.
Using his avatar, he went about trying to destroy the entire universe by putting more of himself into it. He created thousands of offspring that he hoped to imbue with cosmic powers so he could harness their destructive energy. Ego had the opportunity to change the cosmos forever, but Peter Quill and the Guardian of the Galaxy were able to stop him.
So far, in the 10 years since the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dormammu has revealed himself to be the most powerful entity in existence. The interdimensional entity rules over the powerful Dark Dimension, a reality that sorcerers use to tap into powerful dark magic spells. Dormammu has managed to corrupt many of the Masters of the Mystic Arts in order to get them to do his bidding.
It’s easy to tell how utterly powerful he is because Doctor Strange never manages to actually defeat him in the movie, he just tricks him. Only with the power of the Eye of Agamotto can Strange lock the two into an endless time loop until he agrees to call off his attack of Earth. Dormammu remains a threat from the shadows and could still strike at any moment.
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