With Infinity War upon us, Marvel is on the brain of practically every comic book nerd out there. Specifically, they are asking questions of who will win and who will lose the many battles we're sure to see in the film, which in turn raises the question of which Marvel superheroes are the strongest in the bunch, so we decided to answer that question. However, we have a few rules for this official strength ranking, starting with the fact that we are only ranking characters who have super strength. Yes, you can argue that The Phoenix could beat The Hulk, but we're only talking about pure muscle this time around.
We're also going to be referencing this strength scale quite a bit, but it is not any form of official guide, so we will be veering off and making our own presumptions and theories to fill in some blanks and come up with a more compelling, accurate ranking. Also keep in mind that we wanted to avoid "duplicates" like all the Hulks and all the Spider-family heroes. With that, let's get started with 25 of the strongest Marvel superheroes, officially ranked by Comic Book Resources.
25 CAPTAIN AMERICA
Sorry Cap fans, Steve Rogers is officially the lowest on this list, despite what his MCU counterpart might lead you to believe. While the movie version of Captain America has above human strength, the comics version of the the super soldier serum only pushed Steve's body to the peak of human physical potential, meaning he is the strongest a human could be without being superhuman.
We're still going to count this as super strength, of course, since it is enhanced beyond the average human's output, but it is small potatoes compared to other super-strong heroes. Of course, Cap manages to wrestle with even the strongest villains and heroes with his superior fighting skills, intelligence and years of experience, so take that into account with this particular ranking.
24 BLACK PANTHER
Similar to Captain America, Black Panther's powers are a bit limited when compared to others. The heart-shaped herb gave him super strength, yes, but the description of the amount of strength it gave him is a bit similar to the super soldier serum. T'Challa, as well as the other Black Panthers, have had strength that is just above peak human potential.
What this means is that Black Panthers could lift about 100 pounds more than Cap.
It might not be much, but it's not the only thing that Black Panther has over Cap in terms of strength, since his Vibranium-laced suit would give him a ton of extra strength, not to mention a protection from bullets. But, at the end of the day, all this isn't enough to place Black Panther's herb-enhanced strength that high on the list.
This one might come as a surprise, but Wolverine is actually stronger than Black Panther and Captain America. According to our handy strength scale, Wolverine's power is another small notch above the previous entries, most likely due to his adamantium skeleton. Where Captain America and Black Panther top out at around 700 and 800 pounds respectively, Wolverine's strength limit is a bit less defined, but he has been shown to be able to handle close to two tons.
Though the vague scale of Wolverine's strength does make it hard to place him, we can definitely say that he is stronger than Cap and Black Panther for two reasons. The first is obvious: his Adamantium Skeleton means his bones do not break under the pressure of immense weight. The second reason is his healing factor, which allows his muscles to constantly grow back stronger every time they break down.
22 JESSICA JONES
Next up is Jessica Jones, who, while her powers have changed over the the years, her strength has remained rather consistent. Her strength seems to start at around two tons, already placing her above Wolverine, and caps out somewhere around 25, placing her into a much higher tier than the previous entries.
Jessica is easily the first hero on this list that you can actually consider "super strong," versus just having "enhanced" strength.
And, that's only as she is now, without flight. If you look at her strength when she was younger and still went by "Jewel," her ability to fly would make her even stronger since it would add some velocity to her punches and some lift to her strength. Her durability and ability to recover quickly are also worth noting, as she could push beyond her strength and recover from the resulting injuries with ease.
Both before and after the blue fur started growing in, Hank McCoy was easily the strongest of his fellow founding X-Men, possessing plenty of agility and intelligence to go with his strength. With his mutant animal muscle, Hank has the power to lift upwards of 10 tons, and while this might place him below Jessica Jones, his strength has been clearly defined to have this limit, whereas, Jessica's strength is a bit less defined.
Because of this, Beast ranks just a bit above, his agility and intelligence also contributing to a higher position. By this we mean that, while Jessica Jones is also smart, Beast is a super genius, and he knows how to fully utilize his strength a bit more. Plus, let's not forget that Beast has gone through multiple secondary mutations throughout his life, getting stronger each time, so his weight limit might not be set in stone.
Leading us into the second tier of super strong heroes, we have the web-slinger himself, Spider-Man. Spider-Man's strength is often described to be the proportionate strength of a spider, meaning if a spider were the size of human, that's how strong Spider-Man is. The strongest known spider is the jumping spider, which can lift 170 times its own weight.
So if we apply that to Peter, who is of about average weight, then he could lift around 12 tons.
However, the "proportionate strength of a spider" is not always a fast and hard rule, and over the years, comics have depicted Spider-Man as being able to lift upwards of 25 tons, more than double what a human-sized spider would be able to lift. Regardless of the comic book logic/science, we can easily say that Spider-Man is MUCH stronger than the previous entries.
19 LUKE CAGE
Spider-Man is strong, but not stronger than the bulletproof Luke Cage. He might not go by Power Man anymore, but he still has plenty of power, especially behind his punches. Along with his unbreakable skin, Luke has some impressive strength that puts him above Spider-Man's strength scale. How much stronger than Spider-Man is he? About twice as much, making his weight limit around 50 tons.
One might think that being able to lift up to 100,000 pounds is enough to put Luke Cage at the top of this list, but unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the strength scale's upper tier. Not to say that Luke Cage is weak, not by a long shot, but there are still plenty of super strong heroes that can outclass Power Man.
You don't get a name like "the destroyer" without, well, destroying, and super strength is pretty useful for destroying things, something that Drax has in spades. Drax's alien body is gifted with strength equal, and perhaps greater, to that of Luke Cage, as well as superhuman durability and accelerated healing. Drax is also a skilled fighter both with his bare hands and with two short blades, making his strength much more deadly.
So, what makes him stronger than Luke Cage even though they are both in the 50 ton weight limit tier, is his aura.
This is a power that is activated only in times of great need. This aura creates a protective shield and increases Drax's physical strength so much that he was able to rip out Thanos' heart. While this would normally put him higher up on the list, it's only a temporary power, so Drax ranks below...
17 THE VISION
The Vision has a great many superpowers, one of which includes density manipulation, a power that gives him even more abilities, including super strength. In his base density, Vision has above human strength, but when he increases his density, his max weight limit goes up to 50 tons. Again, we have another superhero with the same exact weight limit as Luke Cage, so what makes him stronger?
Like we said in the introduction, we are also taking the hero's other powers into consideration, and Vision has a lot of abilities that would let him win in a fight against Luke Cage or Drax, which is what places him above the two. Specifically, his flight and solar beams would definitely leave him the victor of a fight with either hero, and both good augment his physical strength exponentially.
Now we are getting into the higher tiers of super strength in the Marvel universe; the 100 tons or more category. First off, we have everyone' favorite tree alien, Groot, who is one of the strongest superheroes out there. Groot's tree-like body is denser and stronger than most superheroes on Earth, which in turn grants him great strength that can increase exponentially as he changes his size and shape, another powerful ability his plant body grants him.
Though he might be in the 100 tons category, his strength is essentially limitless, since, as mentioned, he is able to increase his size and effortlessly regenerate parts of his body that are lost, meaning he can add to his strength with ease. But, since these powers are reliant on changing his form, we're going to count him at his base form only, placing him at the bottom of the higher strength tier.
15 AMERICA CHAVEZ
Next up we have a character that for some reason, doesn't show up on the strength scale: Miss America. Otherwise known as America Chavez, this young superhero has a plethora of powers, including flight, super speed, invulnerability, the power to travel through the multiverse and, of course, super strength. So, if her strength isn't on the strength scale, then where do we place Miss. America?
Well, there is one part of America's comic book history that helps us rank her strength: her fight against Loki. Asgardians are incredibly strong on their own, and America was able to nearly beat the trickster god, meaning she is as strong as Loki, if not a bit stronger. But, Loki is not as strong as his brother, only able to lift around 50 tons, which means Chavez is not at Thor standards. But, with her various other powers, including her ability to temporarily increase her strength, Miss. America stands firm at number 15 on this list.
14 CAPTAIN BRITAIN
Now here's a hero that isn't exactly on everyone's radar: Captain Britain. Unlike Captain America, Captain Britain's powers are a HUGE upgrade from a normal human, rather that just being the peak human potential. Unlike Captain America, however, Captain Britain's powers are not part of his body and are a result of his costume being a conduit for inter-dimensional energy, which results in super speed, superhuman durability, flight and super strength.
While wearing his conduit suit, Captain Britain is capable of lifting 90 tons.
That level of strengthvputs him pretty high on the list, though he does come short against a number of other heroes. Plus, there's the fact that his powers rely on his suit and can still fade away the farther he moves from the inter-dimensional source that they originate from. But, as with other entries, his other powers push up his ranking a bit.
13 IRON MAN
What? Iron Man is stronger than Miss America? Technically yes, since, while we can argue that America Chavez is in the higher tier of strength in the Marvel universe, we can only assume her strength, while Iron Man is clearly stated to be in the "100 tons and up" category. But, of course, this strength scale is just a base to jump off of, so let's make our case.
We all know that Tony Stark on his own is just an ordinary human being, but while wearing one of his many Iron Man suits, his strength is increased to beyond superhuman levels. The best proof of Iron Man's strength is that 100 tons is only the limit of his most basic suit, and that number can easily increase based on what armor he is wearing. Take the Hulkbuster armor for example, which he didn't even need to take out She-Hulk in one punch.
This is another weird one since, like Iron Man, Hank Pym's strength is reliant on technology and isn't exactly super. By this we mean that as Hank Pym increases his size, his strength is increasing proportionally; it is not exceeding that of a "normal" human, just growing with his size. But, technicalities aside, Giant Man's strength is greater than some of Marvel's strongest heroes, and it only goes up as he grows larger.
The Marvel Wiki strength scale puts Hank Pym's strength at 100 tons or more as long as he exceeds 100 feet, which means every foot he goes beyond that further increases the strength he has. While this would be enough to put him higher up on the list, because of the fact that his strength is both inconsistent and reliant on growing past a certain size, we're going to put him at number 12.
Move over Superman, Colossus is the REAL man of steel. On top of the nearly unbreakable shield that his mutant power provides him with, Colossus's metal muscles are easily some of the strongest in the entire Marvel universe. This is because his metal form is not just a shield that covers his skin, his mutant power is actually the ability to convert his entire body's cellular structure into that of a hyper-dense, super strong carbon-steel-like metal, which is as cool and powerful as it sounds.
Outside of his metal form, Piotr Rasputin is already an incredibly strong individual, possessing the build of a champion bodybuilder.
Add to this metal muscles, bones, skin, etc., and you've got some god-like strength, which is in the "100 tons" and up category. Of course, it is more than likely much higher up, since this category is also listed as "incalculable," meaning he earns a higher ranking.
10 CAPTAIN MARVEL
There are quite a few Marvel superheroes whose super strength falls under the "100 tons or more" class, and the strength scale we used for reference doesn't put them in any particular order. So, as mentioned, we are using some speculation and research to rank the top ten. To start, we have Carol Danvers who, as Captain Marvel, has quite a few powerful abilities, including Super Strength.
Carol's super strength is actually part of the 50 to 70 tons category, but we think she deserves a MUCH higher ranking, which is why we put her at number nine. The reason for this is that her powers are drawn from a cosmic force which, in the Marvel Universe, usually means some form of unfathomable, nearly infinite power. But, more importantly, Carol has the power to absorb energy and add it to her own, which can skyrocket her strength to beyond 100+ tons.
Namor is often forgotten about when it comes to casual Marvel fans, partially because he's not utilized very much these days, but more so because he has not been seen in the MCU. Regardless, the Sub-Mariner is actually pretty powerful, and deserves some credit for being one of the strongest Marvel superheroes. That said, let's just lay out the disclaimer that the strength level we are about to reveal only applies to Namor while he is underwater.
Though it is only when he is in his element, Namor's full strength is worth mentioning, and we are going to count it in the top ten because of how often he actually gets to use his full strength. The strength scale puts Namor at a weight limit of 75 pounds, but it also mentions that he is "unmatched" underwater, which we think is enough to put him at number 9.
This choice might surprise some readers, but coming in at number 8 is the X-Men's resident southern sweetheart, Rogue. Most fans know that Rogue's main power is to absorb the life force and/or powers of anyone she directly touches. However, if she touches a person long enough, she can absorb their powers permanently, which is exactly what happened with Wonder Man, whose super strength and flight are still part of her power set, just like Ms. Marvel was before him.
This left Rogue with the power to lift upwards of 100 tons, possibly beyond.
Though Wonder Man was released from her body, she still retained some of his powers, including his god-like strength. This left Rogue with the power to lift upwards of 100 tons, possibly beyond. The reason we put Rogue just above some of the other 100-ton-lifting heroes is that she can further increase her strength by temporarily absorbing the powers of those stronger than her. It might be a bit of a technicality, but we're counting it.
7 THE THING
As strong as comic power can be, it is no match for brute strength, something that Ben Grimm has in spades. In fact, brute strength is kind of The Thing's whole... well... thing. Classified by Nick Fury as power level 8, Thing's strength surpasses a good chunk of the Marvel Universe, not just because of the strength granted to him by his rock-like body, but also because he has trained to increase how much he can lift over the years.
Because of this, The Thing has pushed his weight limit to 100 tons and beyond, even shown being able to power a machine meant to move a planet. In fact, we could possibly rank The Thing higher since he is essentially immortal, and if he keeps up his training, then there would be no weight limit he couldn't surpass.
6 WONDER MAN
Rogue got her strength and flight from Wonder Man, and the real deal himself is actually much stronger than the power-absorbing mutant. Wonder Man's powers come from ionic energy that is tied to and/or makes up his body, the nature of his powers isn't always clear. Regardless, this energy gives his body a massive power up beyond the capabilities of normal humans, one of the powers being, of course, super strength.
Wonder Man's strength allows him to lift 100 pounds or more, depending on who you ask. Though the strength scale might place Wonder Man in the "100 and up" category, Captain America has said that Wonder Man's power rivals that of Thor, though this is a slight exaggeration, since Wonder Man himself has stated that the god of thunder is still stronger than him. Then again, he did knock Thor out with one punch...
With all the talk of Thor, you might be surprised that Richard Rider is next on the list, but hear us out. Like the other top ten strongest on this list, Nova is part of the "100 tons or more" category on the strength scale. That particular weight limit he has achieved by maxing out the nova energy he gets his powers from, which is what places him above Wonder Man.
Nova is essentially living energy.
As we mentioned earlier, the various cosmic energies of the Marvel universe are as mysterious as they are powerful, often granting whoever is in possession of them infinite power. Previously, Nova was just a member of the Nova Corps, but now he is the Nova Corps (the heart of it, anyway), housing the power source once used to power the entire Nova Corps within himself. That means he is essentially living energy, pushing his ranking up quite a bit.
The very fact that Hercules is a demigod should be enough to put him at the top of this list, but we think number 4 is still a pretty good ranking. The son of a god and a mortal, Hercules was gifted with the strength of the gods; in fact, he is officially the god of raw strength! This would put him at the top of this list, if there weren't three other characters who just barely out-class him.
Regardless, Hercules is easily one of the top strongest heroes in the Marvel universe, facing opponents like The Abomination and winning with little to no effort. He is in the "100 tons and up" category, but, as we already mentioned, that category also includes those with strength that is immeasurable, which we think is a good description for the half-god.
Sentry is essentially Marvel's dark answer to Superman. He is a superhero with a ton of superpowers, but he is constantly at war with the dark force within: The Void. However, we're not looking at his tragic condition, we're just looking at his strength level, which is in the 100+ category. Actually, a much more accurate way to describe it would be to say that he is "easily" in the 100+ category.
Sentry has been seen easily lifting 100 tons with little to no effort, meaning that if he really pushes himself, his weight limit could very well be around 110 tons or even 150 tons. Of course, this is speculation, but when you take into consideration all the additional powers that Sentry has, we think being in the top five of Marvel's strongest heroes is a fair ranking.
Finally, we get to the big bad god of thunder himself, Thor, who is often thought to be the strongest superhero in the entire Marvel universe. Well... he's not, but he is close. We will get to the number one strongest hero shortly (though we're guessing you already snuck a peak). First let's talk about Thor, who, as an Asgardian, is already super strong.
As a god of Asgard, his strength is unmatched by nearly everyone in the universe.
Thor is, as expected, in the 100+ tons/unmeasurable category, but that only scratches the surface. Thor has performed feats of strength that would have been impossible for any other superhero, and he did so with ease. Really, all the proof that you need is that Thor is often referred to by other characters (including Adam Warlock) as one of the strongest beings in the universe.
1 THE HULK
Come on, how could you not see this one coming? Of COURSE Hulk was going to be the number one pick, do we even have to argue our case? The Hulk's strength comes from anger, so the angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes, making his power potentially limitless. If he were to ever face an opponent stronger than him, he would get angry that he is losing, then get the strength to defeat them, it's as simple as that.
The concept of his strength being unlimited has been confirmed by three very reliable sources. The first source was Beyonder, an omnipotent cosmic entity who definitely knows what he's talking about. The second source was Stranger, an entity that created the living planets and supported Beyonder's claim. And the third source was The Mad Thinker, whose calculations all but confirmed that The Hulk is the strongest superhero in the Marvel universe.