There are plenty of heroes in the MCU, and all of them have shown that they have their place in the universe. Each of them, from Captain America to Ant-Man, have proven that their particular strengths, skills, and personalities come in handy in any conflict. However, as great as the heroes are, they still need tools to use in battle. That's right, even the best heroes need weapons. From Captain America's shield to Iron Man's armor, each of these weapons brings a little something to the table. they even work well together sometimes, creating combinations that are enough to take down entire hordes of invading aliens or malicious robots. In the right hands, each of these weapons is effective, strong, and capable of aiding in even the most daunting fights.
However, there are also some weapons in the MCU that have to make us question why they would even be necessary. In a world where the most powerful objects in the world are wielded by both heroes and villains alike, why is there a need for these smaller items that don't really tend to do much damage? Sure, they have their place in the world of the MCU but stacked up against some of the weapons used by the Avengers and their adversaries, they just don't make any tactical sense. After all, would you rather go up against the Chitauri with Mjolnir, or a bow and arrow? The answer should be obvious. Even with the skill and prowess of the heroes who wield them, there are some weapons that just don't cut it. These are the 10 most powerful weapons in the MCU (and 10 that are totally useless).
20 POWERFUL: CLOAK OF LEVITATION
The Cloak of Levitation is not just a useful tool to have in a fight, as evidenced in Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War. It is also a valuable ally. The Cloak has a mind of its own, and as Iron Man says it is "a seriously loyal piece of outerwear." After all, it did come to Doctor Strange, which was surprising to both Mordo and the Ancient One.
The Cloak of Levitation is not just useful in giving its wearer the ability of, well, levitation. Its sentience also lets it guard against sneak attacks. As long as someone is wearing it, it is practically impossible to attack them from behind. The Cloak may not have brute strength, but it has saved Strange's life numerous times.
19 USELESS: STAFF OF THE LIVING TRIBUNAL
While it does possess magic qualities, the Staff of the Living Tribunal is a pretty sad weapon for someone with as much potential as Mordo. The Staff looks like any other regular weapon but can be extended and held together by magic bonds and used as something like a whip.
This weapon may not be the worst, but in a building full of magical items that can grant all kinds of abilities and advantages in a fight, why would Mordo choose this thing? Even the Cloak of Levitation is a better weapon and it's just a piece of fabric that came to life. Even the name sounds like its describing the employees at a natural health food store.
18 POWERFUL: YAKA ARROW
With just a little bit of whistling, Yondu can take down an entire crew of enemies. That's because he has control of the Yaka Arrow, a weapon whose small size belies its dangerous ability. Yondu demonstrates in Guardians of the Galaxy that he barely has to do anything to make the arrow work, just telling it where to go with his heart.
The true power of the Yaka Arrow, though, is really shown in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, when, after retrieving his new head-fin, Yondu uses the arrow to take out an entire crew of mutinous ravagers. As "Come a Little Bit Closer" plays over the PA system, Yondu takes out almost everyone aboard, before lighting the arrow on fire and blowing the whole thing to pieces.
17 USELESS: FALCON'S WINGS
Falcon joined the fight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and while he has proven to be a valuable ally to Steve Rogers, his weapon of choice, that being his wings (and maybe a couple of guns), are just kind of lame when compared to everyone around him. Sure, he can fly, but so can Iron Man, War Machine, Vision, and Thor (sort of).
The wings are bulletproof, which is definitely helpful in a fight, but they can't fold over in front of Falcon, so really if he wants to be protected by them, he has to turn his back on the fight. Once the wings get taken out, then Falcon is out of the fight, not being able to provide anything else to the team.
16 POWERFUL: HADRON ENFORCER
Rocket has a thing for designing weapons, even if he doesn't need to use that guy's leg or that one guy's eye. One of the weapons he designed that he appears to be most proud of is the Hadron Enforcer. The massive gun, which needs to be cushioned against a person's chest, fires a powerful blast that utilizes Hadron particles.
That makes this weapon special. As Rocket tells Quill, the Hadron Enforcer is "for if things get really hardcore, or if you wanna blow up moons." That means that even though the weapon couldn't make a dent in Ronan, it could potentially blow up a moon. Looks like Rocket had the idea before Thanos ever did.
15 USELESS: PYM PARTICLES
Ant-Man has the ability to shrink and grow in size at will, which gives him a huge edge in battle. He can either move around stealthily, getting into the nooks and crannies of Iron Man's armor, or he can become Giant-Man and just stomp everyone and everything in his sight. However, as demonstrated in the airport fight in Captain America: Civil War, everyone has figured out how to deal with him.
When he is small, Ant-Man is either getting zapped by Black Widow or flushed out of Tony's suit by fire extinguishing gas. When he turns to giant Man, it looks like he is going to be hard to beat. However, he is quickly taken down by Spider-Man who strings him up like an AT-AT.
14 POWERFUL: CAPTAIN AMERICA'S SHIELD
It's by far one of the most iconic weapons in the MCU, and it helped to define a hero for a new generation. Captain America's shield, made from vibranium and specially designed for his use, is probably one of the most versatile weapons in the MCU. As shown numerous times, Cap can hurl his shield at anyone and instantly knock them out.
However, due to its vibranium construction, the shield can also be ricocheted off of multiple enemies or surfaces. Cap has demonstrated a talent for getting the shield to go where he wants it to. so much so that you almost forget it's not magical. It can also be used to deflect blasts from Iron Man's armor, which came in handy during the battle of New York.
13 USELESS: CHITAURI SCEPTER
The Chitauri Scepter is Loki's weapon of choice in The Avengers, and it's what gives him the ability to take over the minds of Dr. Selvig and Hawkeye. However, when it comes time for the scepter to do any real damage, like taking over tony's mind, it is immediately stopped by his arc reactor.
Honestly, a weapon with that much mystical power shouldn't be able to be rendered useless by any sort of Earthly technology, right? Not only that, but all the scepter really ends up doing is making the Avengers bicker with each other before finally coming together to stop Loki and the Chitauri.
12 POWERFUL: BLEEDING EDGE ARMOR
Of all the superhero suits that have gone through major redesigns from their very first versions, Iron Man's has definitely seen the most change. Tony Stark went from busting out of a cave in a giant, albeit rudimentary suit of armor, to wearing his latest and greatest suit in Avengers: Infinity War -- the Bleeding Edge Armor.
Coming a long way from when Stark had to carry an extra suit around as a suitcase, the Bleeding Edge armor uses nanotechnology to be on Tony at all times. All he has to do is activate it and the armor encases him almost immediately. It gave him an edge in fighting Thanos, but not quite enough to win the day. Still, its power and features are impressive.
11 USELESS: THE DESTROYER
The Destroyer makes its first and only appearance in Thor when it is sent to Earth by Loki. At first, it seems like it will be an unstoppable force. After all, no human or Earthly weapons would be able to put it down. However, it is eventually taken down when Thor manages to turn the Destroyer's own energy on itself.
The Destroyer, though hyped as a major threat, takes very little time to be defeated, after which S.H.I.E.L.D utilizes its technology to make weapons for themselves. This further development just shows that as much as humans couldn't stop the Destroyer in its original form, they can use its technology for their own purposes just fine.
10 POWERFUL: GUNGNIR
While the Destroyer may not be the most useful weapon to utilize against other Asgardians, it did its job just fine against the Frost Giants. That's because Odin was controlling it using Gungnir, the Asgardian spear that grants the holder control over Destroyer. It can only be used by Asgardian royalty, making it a coveted item.
What makes Gungnir so powerful is not necessarily its capabilities, though, but rather what it means. It can only be wielded by the leader of Asgard, meaning that whoever holds it is the highest authority in the realm. Unfortunately, Gungnir was destroyed along with the rest of Asgard by Surtur during Ragnarok.
9 USELESS: BUCKY'S ARM
After Bucky fell from the mountain in Captain America: The First Avenger, he ended up losing his left arm. It was replaced by a cybernetic metal arm, which enhanced his strength and allowed him to carry out the missions he was given by HYDRA. However, when you really think about it, Bucky's arm is not that great.
One of the most obvious reasons for this is that it doesn't make him that much stronger than any other superpowered individual. When he throws a punch with it, it is easily blocked by Spider-Man, and even held down to the floor by Spidey's web. It is also blasted off by a blast of energy from Iron Man's arc reactor. However, it is eventually replaced with something stronger in Wakanda.
8 POWERFUL: HOFUND
Hofund is the sword that is used by Heimdall in Asgard to control the Bifrost (it is also referred to simply as the Bifrost Sword). Hofund was the key that linked Asgard to all other realms in the universe. It allowed Heimdall to send Thor to Earth, and it also allowed Skurge to collect all his stuff (including a shake weight).
When Hela returns to Asgard and attempts to take it over, she is furious to find that Heimdall has taken Hofund and escaped with other Asgardian refugees. Even with all of Hela's power, she still needed Hofund to open the Bifrost. The last time Hofund was used was to send the Hulk back to Earth in Avengers: Infinity War, after which it was likely destroyed by Thanos.
7 USELESS: GODSLAYER
The name of Gamora's sword, Godslayer, is never actually spoken in the films of the MCU, but comic readers know what it is when they see it. While Gamora wields the sword with precision and skill, you have to ask yourself how useful a sword can really be in a galaxy where everyone has blasters and other projectile weapons.
Godslayer may be dangerous when Gamora uses it, but if anyone else were to pick it up it would just be a regular, old sword. Even by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Gamora has taken to using guns rather than using Godslayer. She even uses a ship's cannons to take out Nebula during their fight on Ego.
6 POWERFUL: MJOLNIR
From the moment it was found in New Mexico and no one else could lift it off of the ground, it was apparent that Mjolnir was going to be a powerful weapon. When wielded by Thor, it allows him to call down otherworldly thunder and lightning. It can also be thrown as an unstoppable projectile and used to hammer enemies (obviously).
While Mjolnir was a valuable weapon and the main source of Thor's power for a long time, it was eventually destroyed by Hela. This left Thor without a way to augment his powers or a weapon to use. However, with some wisdom from Odin, Thor realized that the powers of thunder were in him all along.
5 USELESS: WEB SHOOTERS
Spider-Man's web shooters may have a lot of practical uses, and they may give him an edge in a fight, but when it comes to thinking about them as weapons, they are fairly ineffective. After all, they don't pack much of a punch, and people with super strength can easily break through the webs.
Besides, this version of Peter Parker, who is younger and less experienced, hasn't really learned how to fully utilize his web shooters in a fight as of yet. As time goes on, they might become more powerful as he learns to use them with more skill, but for now, they just pale in comparison to everything around them.
4 POWERFUL: STORMBREAKER
After the destruction of Mjolnir by Hela, Thor was left without a weapon. When facing off against someone like Thanos, that's just not going to cut it. So, Thor, along with Rocket and Groot traveled to Nidavellir to forge a new weapon. With a little bit of help from Groot to make the handle, Stormbreaker was born.
The new ax was far more powerful than Mjolnir. It was imbued with the same type of power as Thor's trusty hammer, but it also came with the added benefit of allowing him to access the Bifrost, letting him travel to Earth just in time to jump into the fight in Wakanda. Unfortunately, as powerful as Stormbreaker is, it requires the right aim to get the job done.
3 USELESS: WIDOW STINGERS
Black Widow may be a formidable fighter, as she's been demonstrating since Iron Man 2, but when it comes to going toe-to-toe with superpowered individuals, she just can't hold a candle. Part of that comes down to her main weapon of choice: the stingers that she wears on her wrists. These are basically just tazers that are a little more fashion-friendly.
While the other heroes have technologically advanced armor, a vibranium shield, and even the ability to shrink and grow at will, these stingers are all Black Widow has besides her fighting moves. Granted they are effective at electrocuting Ant-Man, but in a fight in the MCU, you need more than just some bug zappers on your wrist.
2 POWERFUL: INFINITY GAUNTLET
It's been on everyone's minds ever since his first cameo in the post-credits scene of The Avengers: when would Thanos get the Infinity Gauntlet? That question was answered in truly heart-wrenching fashion in Avengers: Infinity War. With just a snap of his fingers, Thanos made half the universe disappear.
Even before he had acquired all of the stones, however, he showed that using any one of them was powerful enough to make things go his way. He turned blaster fire into bubbles, made Mantis fall into a pile of ribbons, and even created an entire illusion of the Collector's hideout. Not to mention the fact that he used the Time Stone to make things go his way in the final battle.
1 USELESS: HAWKEYE'S BOW
Hawkeye may be a great shot, but let's face facts here: his bow doesn't really make much difference in a fight. When he's battling beside Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, and Captain America, his specialty just pales in comparison. sure he can take out a lot of enemies in quick succession, but Hulk is unstoppable, and Thor's thunder can take them all out at once.
Hawkeye gets a lot of flack, and not all of it is deserved. After all, he has a great tactical mind and is a loyal ally. However, his weapon of choice, especially in the modern age, is just silly. Couldn't he have switched to something else by now? Maybe he could try a harpoon or a spear? They'd be just as useful.