After a brief flirtation with bankruptcy in the late ’90s, Marvel Comics has reemerged as the premiere comic book, movie and television creator for superheroes. With over a decade’s worth of blockbuster movies under their belt and critically-acclaimed drama series such as Jessica Jones and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel has been an industry force to be reckoned with. In 2012, it released the definitive superhero team-up movie with The Avengers. The MCU expanded into space with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, where it showcased new and otherworldly heroes and villains. The last frontier that the MCU has yet to explore is it’s supernatural world, which was briefly touched upon during Dr. Strange in 2016.
Marvel’s supernatural characters have been around for decades. These characters and stories drew heavily upon the mythologies of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard over the years, creating some of the most famous Marvel characters such as Dr. Strange and the Scarlet Witch. With the success of Dr. Strange, we can probably expect to see more supernatural characters appear on the big screen sooner rather than later. There have been talks of producing a Blade, The Vampire Hunter movie reboot or revival. There’s also been a surge in featuring the next generation of supernatural heroes and villains in the comic books with characters such as Wiccan and Sister Grimm becoming more prominent. CBR takes a look at the top supernatural characters in the Marvel Universe and ranks them by least to most powerful.
Pixie first appeared in 2004 as a mutant born with a fairy-like appearance. Pixie also has the ability to produce a hallucination-inducing powder which she calls “pixie dust.” Following an encounter with the newly resurrected Magik, she gains the ability to use magic as well as summon a Souldagger.
Pixie’s main use of magic comes in the form of a teleportation spell, making her an invaluable member of the various X-Men teams she’s been with.
Magik takes part of Pixie’s soul to try and create a new Soulsword, but the spell is interrupted, which leaves a sliver of darkness in Pixie that allows her to sense dark magic. The Souldagger that she wields has similar effects to Psylocke’s psychic knife, disrupting the magical, psychic and physical states of others.
Famous for being the mother of all demons, Lilith is both a demonic goddess and sorceress. An immortal, she has faced various heroes throughout the years in her quest for world domination such as Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange and the Nightstalkers. She briefly worked with the superheroes in their fight against the Skrulls during “Secret Invasion” and has most recently been seen joining Dracula’s inner circle as he plans to invade the United Kingdom.
In addition to heightened stamina, strength durability, Lilith also possesses a vast ability to manipulate the forces of magic for a variety of effects. She is able to manifest energy variations and is also able to call her demon children to Earth, gaining strength with each new one she “births.”
18. MOON KNIGHT
Like many heroes, Moon Knight first appeared as a villain back in 1975, as an adversary in the Werewolf by Night comic book. It isn’t until years later that he is revamped to be a hero, working alongside Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire and even becoming a member of the Avengers.
Moon Knight is also one of the few mainstream superheroes to be dealing with a mental illness, specifically schizophrenia.
An expert detective with martial arts training and an array of weapons at his disposal, Moon Knight has drawn some comparisons to Batman. However, he also has the ability to increase his strength, stamina and agility based on the lunar cycle of the Moon. Over the years, he has faced off against supernatural villains like Bushman and Snapdragon.
17. JENNIFER KALE
A supporting character in the adventures of Dr. Strange and Man-Thing since the early ’70s, Jennifer Kale started out as a novice magic practitioner but soon gained power through training and determination. She would later discover that she is the cousin of Ghost Riders Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. Most recently, she has been an ally for the Avengers Academy.
Jennifer has shown the ability to fire magical bolts, form shields, open dimensional portals, teleport herself and others, and cast numerous spells for a variety of effects. While powerful in her own right, Jennifer has been a member of the Legion of Night, a temporary member of X-Force (becoming close friends with Danielle Moonstar) and part of the Witches group, along with Topaz and Satana.
Making his debut in 1973’s The Tomb of Dracula series, Blade would become on of the most prominent supernatural heroes in Marvel history. A vampire hunter who happens to also be part vampire, he went on to be part of teams such as the Midnight Sons, the Nightstalkers and even the Avengers.
Blade has also been featured in other media as part of both a movie franchise and a television series.
Gaining the abilities of a vampire after being bitten by Morbius, Blade possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, heightened senses and a rapid healing factor. He is a master of the martial arts, as well as a skilled swordsman, marksman and street-fighter. Blade also uses an array of weapons, such as throwing knives and silver bullets.
A member of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, Shaman descends from a family of Native American practitioners of magic. Along with the rest of his team, he went on face such otherworldly threats as the Beyonder and the Collective, who ended up killing Shaman as well as some of his teammates. However, during “Chaos War”, Shaman and the rest of the deceased members of Alpha Flight were resurrected.
Shaman has mastered the ability of levitation, as well as spell-casting. He carries a medicine bag which hold a pocket dimension in which he is able to summon anything needed at the time. Shaman also has the ability to call on the spirits of his ancestors for mystical assistance.
The younger sister of veteran X-Man Colossus, Magik spent part of her childhood in a demonic limbo where part of her soul was used to form the mystical Soulsword. While there, Magik became an adept sorceress, practicing a combination of dark magics she learned from Belasco and white magic she learned from an alternate universe’s Storm. After escaping limbo, she joined the New Mutants and later became a full-fledged X-Man.
Born a mutant with the ability to teleport over vast distances, Magik started using magic at a young age as well.
This magic granted her special armor and gave her a more demonic appearance, with horns and hooves. She is also able to conjure her Soulsword, a blade with the ability to disrupt magical energies, constructs and beings.
13. GHOST RIDER
While many individuals have assumed the name Ghost Rider throughout the years, the most recent is Robbie Reyes, a mechanic from East Los Angeles. After being killed in a gang shooting, Robbie is revived as a demonic being with a flaming head who drives a car that is similarly aflame, while hunting down criminals with evil souls.
As Ghost Rider, Robbie possesses an array of abilities including superhuman strength and durability, invulnerability to fire, teleportation, regeneration and the power to project regular and ethereal flame. In addition to his mode of transportation, he also wields a magical chain of hellfire. He recently became able to project the Penance Stare, which forces its victims to experience all of the pain and suffering they’ve caused.
Starting off as the daughter of Satan himself (and sister to Daimon Hellstrom), Satana parentage was later retconned to be a high demon, though not exactly Satan. After their parents separated, Satana was raised by her father and embraced her dark side, learning to practice black magic. Following her becoming a succubus, she became more of an anti-hero, often working alongside heroes such as Dr. Strange, Jennifer Kale and Spider-Man.
She would also become a member of the Luke Cage-fronted Thunderbolts.
Satana’s demonic powers have a wide range, from fire manipulation to spell-casting. As a succubus, she also has the ability to absorb souls, making herself more powerful. Satana also has the unique ability of gaining strength by touching weapons that have killed people.
Based on the Faust demonic character Mephistopheles, Mephisto was originally created as an adversary to the Silver Surfer. For a time, he was known as being Marvel’s version of Satan, but was later clarified to be just a right-hand demon. Over the course of decades, Mephisto would fight various heroes including Dr. Strange, the Avengers and Thor. He was the mastermind behind the original deaths of Scarlet Witch’s children.
Mephisto is an extremely powerful and immortal demonic entity who gains abilities through the manipulation of magic. He has used this power to give himself superstrength, project illusions, manipulate memories and alter time. He also gains power by acquiring and tormenting souls, as seen when he briefly captured the spirits of Hellcat and Mockingbird.
10. NICO MINORU
Nico Minoru, aka Sister Grimm, is the child of dark wizards who then decides to use her inherited magical powers for good and to atone for her parents’ sins. She is the de facto leader of the team Runaways and would also later become a member of the all-female Avengers team, A-Force.
Nico can cast any spell imaginable with her Staff of One, but she cannot cast the same spell twice.
After losing an arm and being killed, Nico was resurrected and imbued with a new arm which was a more powerful conduit for magic than the Staff. This upgrade expanded her dark powers, allowing her to enter a blind rage where she is more powerful, since she would be running on pure instinct.
9. DAIMON HELLSTROM
Following the success of supernatural characters such as Ghost Rider, Marvel wanted to launch a title featuring Satan. However, Satan was deemed too controversial and instead created a son of Satan character, Daimon Hellstrom. An anti-hero who spent most of his life going back and forth between good and evil, Daimon would become a member of the Defenders where he fell in love with Hellcat.
Similar to his sister, Satana, Daimon has the ability to manipulate fire and dark magic. He later learns that he also has the ability to tap into white magic and using it to heal the injuries of others. Daimon often wielded a trident which he was able to focus his powers through to levitate or fly.
8. AMANDA SEFTON
Although not a mutant, Amanda Sefton is a powerful witch affiliated with mostly the X-Men and Excalibur due to being the on and off again love interest of Nightcrawler. She has been an ally of the X-Men and a full-fledged member of Excalibur over the years and even once assumed the mantle of Magik in limbo following Illyana Rasputin’s death.
Amanda is a powerful practitioner of magic, which allows her to teleport, fire bolts of mystical energy, create illusions and shape-shift.
She is also adept at casting intricate spells, as depicted during her time with Excalibur in which she was able to locate Captain Britain who had been lost in time. Amanda also wielded the magical Soulsword while she was temporarily Magik.
One of the long lost twin boys born from the Scarlet Witch and Vision, Wiccan is almost as powerful as his mother. Starting off as a member of the Young Avengers, he would later become a full-fledged Avenger during the All-New All-Different Marvel rebranding. Wiccan is one of the few Avengers who are gay and is in a relationship with fellow hero, Hulkling.
A mutant, Wiccan has the ability to tap into magical forces and use them in a variety of ways. He’s been able to project bolts of lightning, telekinesis, telepathy, astral projection and warp reality like his mother. Dr. Strange himself has said Wiccan is one of the most powerful mages in the world and would likely be his successor as Sorcerer Supreme.
Morbius, the Living Vampire, first appeared as a villain of Spider-Man’s but later be revamped as a tragic anti-hero. A biochemist who is imbued with vampiric superhuman abilities following a lab accident, including an insatiable lust for human blood, much of his appearances were spent detailing his dual personalities as well as a search for his cure. Though a loner for most of his adult life, Morbius has been a member of the Midnight Sons and even S.H.I.E.L.D..
As a vampire, Morbius possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, flight and an accelerated healing factor.
5. BROTHER VOODOO
Drawing inspiration from the character and powers of the classic hero, the Phantom, Brother Voodoo is a heroic practitioner of voodoo and black magic. He would appear sporadically throughout the Marvel Universe, showing up where he is needed, but has also served as a member of both the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. He is also a frequent ally of Spider-Man and Moon Knight and even temporarily became Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.
In addition to the basic powers of magic including fire manipulation and teleportation, Brother Voodoo has has the ability to communicate with the dead, summon the strength of spirits and can control living things through hypnosis. He is also a proficient spell caster, learning from Dr. Strange himself.
The disciple and lover of Dr. Strange, Clea is a member of an other-dimensional race of magical beings. The niece of the demon Dormammu, she escaped the Dark Dimension and was trained by Dr. Strange, becoming his most prized pupil.
She has been a member of the Defenders and often works closely with other magical heroes like Jennifer Kale and Satana.
Clea possesses vast powers involving the manipulation of magic, allowing her to perform feats such as transmutation, telekinesis, controlling other’s minds and creating magically constructed animate beings. As a descendant of the Faltine race of beings, she generates her own mystical energy to draw upon to cast spells and access abilities. Clea is also capable of replicating any spell performed by her mentor, Dr. Strange.
A character who has been around for six decades of Marvel continuity, Dormammu is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension and Dr. Strange’s archenemy. His scheming throughout the years has lead to face-offs with the Avengers, Thor and the Defenders. His ultimate goal is to defeat, or kill, Dr. Strange in order to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the universe.
As a practitioner of dark magic, Dormammu is an expert at mystic energy manipulation, allowing him to travel through dimensions and enslave demonic souls to do his bidding. A master of the dark arts, he is also immortal and has ruled over various hell dimensions, including the Limbo Magik was raised in.
2. DOCTOR STRANGE
Once a brilliant but egotistical surgeon, Stephen Strange was in a car accident that damaged his hands causing him to lose his ability to operate on patients. During a global search for a cure, he meets the Ancient One who teaches him the ways of both the mystical and martial arts.
He would become Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme and one of the most powerful practitioners of magic in the universe.
A genius-level intellect combined with a mastery of magic helps Dr. Strange perform spells, allowing him to conjure force-fields, weapons, project blasts of energy and teleport. He also utilizes ancient artifacts such as the Eye of Agamotto, Cloak of Levitation and a grimoire of white magic to aid in his battles.
1. SCARLET WITCH
The mutant sister of Quicksilver and daughter of Magneto, Scarlet Witch was born with the ability to magically alter probabilities in her favor. She would become a mainstay member of the Avengers and leader of their West Coast team. Scarlet Witch has had a romantic relationship with Avengers teammate Vision, resulting in the birth of two twin boys who grew up to become Wiccan and Speed.
Her powers eventually grew to include control of Chaos magic and reality warping, which became catastrophically tragic following a break in her sanity that caused her to kill several of her Avengers teammates. Scarlet Witch was also able to reshape reality to her liking following this break, however she has worked hard to make up for the incident.
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