Ranking the most powerful beings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Some characters worth mentioning that didn’t make it into the list would be Iron Man with the Mark 85, Shang Chi with the ten rings, and some of the strongest members of the Eternals (such as Makkari, Gilgamesh and Ikaris). Ant man and The Wasp are also not to be underestimated, since their powers can be used lethally in many ways.
This category also includes Abomination and Thanos without his sword and his armor. Extremely strong beings (Thanos more than the other two), incredibly difficult to hurt.
19. Pre-awakened Thor
Thor was very powerful even before awakening his true powers, and we know from What if? that he was at about the same level of Captain Marvel, and Captain America with Mjolnir, due to the enchantment.
A character mostly overlooked but very dangerous. He is a dark elf empowered to extreme levels by a gem that temporarily makes him much stronger than Thor, and even able to deflect Mjolnir.
He’s made of very durable Vibranium, can make himself intangible or extremely dense, control electronic systems, and even influence people’s minds and project a beam of energy with the infinity stone. Thanks to his intangibility, he can negate physical attacks of those below him and kill them without too much effort, while he’s almost defenseless against magic users.
16. Old Loki
The older and more powerful version of Loki is able to master spells worthy of a master of the mystic arts and create illusions the size of Asgard. He briefly confronted Alioth, who can consume spacetime itself.
15. Awakened Thor
He endured the heat of a neutron star, fought Hela and Thanos, won against Hulk, and he’s strong enough to move the rings of a Dyson sphere. With Stormbreaker he can also control the Bifrost, which can potentially destroy planets.
She can craft a multitude of weapons of various sizes out of thin air, and she’s also very durable and can regenerate wounds. She single-handedly beat Asgard’s entire army and was no match for awakened Thor. On Asgard, she is only inferior to Odin.
Surtur with the Eternal Flame is taller than a mountain and powerful enough to destroy an entire realm and even kill Hela.
A beast born out of the tears of spacetime eons ago, during the multiversal war. He feeds on spacetime itself, and routinely devours entire branches of the sacred timeline.
He was never actually seen during battle, but Odin’s power at his peak was unmatched, since he was one of the few beings that could neutralize Hela and defeat Surtur with the Eternal Flame.
10. Doctor Strange
He was able to face Thanos with four infinity stones and force his will on Dormammu. He masters a wide range of very powerful offensive and defensive spells.
9. The Ancient One
The previous Sorcerer Supreme has many centuries of experience and practice of the mystic arts behind her, which makes her capable of warping reality almost completely. She can also force two timelines to develop in the same universe, as What If? showed us.
8. Scarlet Witch
Wanda is now able to manipulate reality to the point that she can control an entire city without even realizing it, thanks to Chaos Magic. She faced Thanos with five gems, created a sentient being and an infinity stone out of thin air, and with the Darkhold, she will become more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme, therefore superior to both the Ancient One and Doctor Strange.
The architects of the universe. They created planets, stars and galaxies, and can generate life (deviants) or very powerful sentient synthetic beings such as the Eternals. They can manipulate matter from the small to the very large scale. Ego also belongs here.
He’s able to absorb the entire universe and incorporate it into the dark dimension, a timeless place where he is almost omnipotent. The infinity stones can be used against him, though.
5. Thanos with all six stones
With all six stones he’s the most powerful being in the universe, capable of destroying the cosmos, recreating it, or killing half of all beings, with just a snap of his fingers. Almost omnipotent, since using all six stones at the same time takes a heavy toll on his body.
4. The Watcher
In addition to being almost omniscient, his physiology makes him able to withstand hits from Infinity Ultron (made of Vibranium) and hit him back. He can create force fields, summon a suit of armor, emit blasts of energy that can briefly overpower the power of more than one infinity stone, and can travel anywhere in the multiverse.
3. Doctor Strange Supreme
Through the absorption of demons and mystical creatures for centuries, he is at a power level close to that of an entity. He inadvertently destroyed his own universe, simply ate a galaxy level explosion, and faced Ultron with all the infinity stones. He is also the only human being who has become powerful enough to sense the presence of the Watcher.
2. Infinity Ultron
Thanks to Vision’s body, Ultron can use the power of the stones without any of the limits that living beings are subject to, at levels never seen before. He exterminated the entire universe in no time, destroyed galaxies with a thought, warped reality with his fists, travelled the multiverse, and defeated the Watcher.
1. Nathaniel Richards
Even though he’s just a human being, Kang is one of the most intelligent and dangerous individuals in the multiverse. He is a scientist who created technologies for time travel and a temporal organization placed outside the multiverse itself, where any power and even the infinity stones have no effect. He exterminated entire timelines, was able to tame Alioth, has perfect knowledge of every event in the sacred timeline, and lives in the Citadel at the end of time, virtually unreachable by anyone. For comparison, it took Tony Stark, Hank Pym and Bruce Banner, to primitively replicate just time travel. And all of this was technically accomplished by He Who Remains and not by Kang the conqueror, an even more dangerous variant. Just think that If He Who Remains was still alive, Doctor Strange Supreme and Infinity Ultron wouldn’t even exist.