The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken the world by storm since the release of Iron Man back in 2008. Over the past decade, the MCU introduced us to new characters each summer who eventually would join the elite group of superheroes, The Avengers. This led up to the final battle with the big bad, Thanos, which finally came to fruition with Infinity War in 2018 and reached its end in 2019 with the cinematic masterpiece, Endgame.
These superheroes each have their own stories, and we’ve seen them fight evil through the years single-handedly. But when it comes to fighting a force like Thanos, each hero’s own unique abilities just won’t cut it. All the Avengers did their part in the fight for the infinity stones, but we believe some had a greater chance of defeating Thanos on their own than others.
While we know this couldn’t have been done without the entire Avengers team, we decided to rank our picks for the Avengers we think would stand a chance against Thanos on their own.
These rankings are based on what we have seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, NOT the actual comics.
Avengers ranked from least to most powerful based on the abilities exhibited in the MCU. Let’s get started!
Starting out, we have a fan favorite from the Guardians of the Galaxy. While the Guardians may be an incredible team, each of them on their own wouldn’t stand much of a chance against Thanos. Well…most of them anyway. Drax has brute strength, but that is pretty much as far as his abilities go. He isn’t the brightest in the bunch, and serves as comedic relief rather than a key member of the Avengers. We love Drax and ALL of the Guardians, but someone had to be at the first one on the list! Sorry, Drax!
Listen…Rocket is great. It’s tough to put him as one of the least powerful Avengers on this list. Rocket possesses the abilities of a regular raccoon which means he has incredible speed as well as an acute sense of smell, sight, hearing, and touch. This is all amplified by his training, and he is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Rocket knows how to handle weapons and is a good deal smarter than Drax which earns him some extra points. All that being said, he is a raccoon, and as cute as he may be (which he would hate to hear), a raccoon probably would not be able to do too much on his own against Thanos.
Sam Wilson is an incredible asset to the Avengers as well as an amazing soldier. He can fight like there is no tomorrow and fly through the air like…well…a falcon. So why is he ranked so low? Well, Falcon is human and unlike Cap, he doesn’t have any serum coursing through his veins to heighten his abilities. When Falcon is introduced to the MCU in Winter Soldier, Cap runs by him at an incredible speed always shouting “on your left”, showcasing his superior abilities. We love you, Falcon, but your abilities are that of an average soldier with an incredible flying suit.
Let’s be honest…Groot is pretty much just a really awesome tree. That being said, a tree that has the ability to move around and fight can do a lot of damage! Groot is STRONG, so strong that he is able to save the Guardians by surrounding them in his branches. This, unfortunately, kills Groot in the process. Luckily, he is able to return to the MCU as Baby Groot! While adorable as a baby, he isn’t this most threatening of the Avengers, and fully grown Groot’s lack of communication skills really puts a damper on his abilities as well. If it weren’t for his lack of proper communication, he would probably be a more valuable asset to the team!
We know you all saw this one coming! In fact, many probably would place Hawkeye further up on this list! Hawkeye may not be the strongest Avenger, but we think he is overlooked due to his lack of personality. MAN, does this guy know how to shoot arrows! He can knock down targets without even LOOKING — and multiple at a time! All that being said, Hawkeye is human, and while he is impeccably trained, his abilities are limited as arrows can only go so far when fighting a force as great as Thanos.
This one may be a bit controversial, and many may think he should be ranked among the first on this list. Peter Quill is one of the most beloved characters in MCU, but he is often seen as a liability rather than a valuable asset due to his stupidity in Infinity War. You may think that Quill is pretty useless and just thinks he’s a big shot, but you have to remember that this guy is half-god. And oh yeah, remember that one time he sustained the power of…well…the power stone? Sure, he ended up needing some help, but the fact that he was able to hold it at all speaks volumes. We didn’t see anything too noteworthy from Star-Lord after that, so he remains at number six on this list.
Nebula may not be the most popular Avenger of the bunch, but she certainly knows how to fight! Nebula is basically a robot with incredible intellect and amazing fighting skills. Years of playing second fiddle to her sister only increased her desire to improve her skills and hone her craft. You don’t want to mess with Nebula…it won’t end well for you.
We know what you are thinking: how on EARTH is Mantis more powerful than the rest of the Guardians? Hear us out! Mantis has the ability to sense other people’s feelings and alter them. This alone almost takes out Thanos! Seriously… Mantis almost prevents the snap — and would have if it hadn’t been for Quill’s feelings and pure stupidity. She is a force to be reckoned with, and anyone that underestimates her because of her innocent appearance should beware.
Let’s be honest… Gamora is the best member of the Guardians. She is able to take all of them out in the first film, and she nearly chops Groot into pieces. While her sister is an incredible fighter, Gamora always manages to come out on top. Her race gives her superhuman strength, and she can heal faster than most individuals. Gamora is also the only thing that Thanos loves which makes her his only weakness. Unfortunately, this leads to her untimely death as Thanos needs to sacrifice something he loves in order to gain the Soul Stone.
15. Black Widow
Yup. Black Widow is up here with all the others, but hear us out! Black Widow is amazing. In fact, any situation she is put in you can guarantee that she will find a way to get out of. She is arguably the most well-trained assassin the universe has to offer, and she goes out on HER terms. We are really splitting hairs at this point, so with all of that being said, Black Widow is only human. Her incredible skill can only do so much against a force like Thanos.
Hope Pym was training Scott to become Ant-Man before Scott even knew anything about what the heck was going on. She is an incredible fighter, and it’s a shame that Hank Pym did not introduce her to the wasp suit sooner as she could have been an even better fighter by the time the big fight with Thanos came to fruition. The Wasp has wings and blasters which some may argue puts her above Ant-Man…but Ant-Man wins this race for one reason and one reason alone.
Ant-Man had to follow! Ant-Man’s shrinking ability is just incredible. He can essentially go anywhere and do anything without ever being seen. He also has the ability to grow into a giant which is often overlooked! Ant-Man and Wasp go hand in hand, but Ant-Man really gains points for being the Avenger to discover the quantum realm. Time travel is a key factor in Endgame and without Scott’s discovery, the snap could never have been prevented.
Peter Parker’s biggest flaw in the MCU is that he is so young. He makes the mistakes that any young person would and often does not consider the consequences of his actions. That being said, his powers are incredible as he can spin a trap for enemies and swing from building to building with very little effort. His spidey senses give him a sixth sense which alerts him whenever danger is nearby. While he doesn’t stand too much of a chance alone against Thanos, he certainly makes an effort. With a bit more training, Spider-Man would be one of the top on this list.
11. War Machine
Let’s be honest, War Machine is incredible, but he is essentially Diet Iron Man. Sure, he can do all of the cool things that Iron Man can do which makes him insanely powerful…but as much as we love Rhodey…he doesn’t have Tony Stark’s brains. He would honestly be further up on this list, but it’s hard to deny Rhodey’s abilities when he is wearing a suit created by Tony Stark.
10. Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier was VERY close to beating Cap on this list…but their fight in Winter Soldier proves that Cap is the strongest of the two. Some may be shocked we consider Winter Soldier to be one of the more powerful Avengers, but this guy is a BEAST. Remember, Bucky got the same super-soldier treatment as Steve. On top of that, while Steve was frozen in the ice for 70 years, Bucky was training. This guy has a LOT more combat and weapon experience, and frankly, we’re shocked that Cap won their fight.
9. Captain America
Of course, Captain America is next! Due to the serum coursing through his veins, Cap has enhanced strength, speed, stamina, durability, reflexes, senses, healing…you name it, he’s got it! While I do think that Winter Soldier gives Cap a run for his money, remember that Cap is worthy of carrying Thor’s hammer! This definitely places him higher than Bucky even with all of Bucky’s extra training.
8. Black Panther
Black Panther has genius-level intellect as well as superhuman strength, speed, and reflexes… oh and really sharp claws. This guy can smell fear… we don’t know about you, but that is an individual we would want on our side. His suit is made out of the same material as Cap’s shield, vibranium, which makes him indestructible. Hats off to the man that brought this character to life. Chadwick Boseman, thank you for your incredible portrayal of T’Challa. You brought an energy to the screen that can’t be matched. Rest in power.
7. Iron Man
The man, the myth, the legend. Iron Man started it all (at least for the MCU). Tony’s Suit gives him superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility, reflexes, senses, and supersonic flight. It also contains missile projection and regenerative abilities. This suit makes Tony indestructible, and the best part about it is that he made it himself. Tony is brilliant, and with Ant-Man’s discovery of the quantum realm, he develops time travel. Without Tony Stark, there would be no hope after the snap. Many may consider him to be the most powerful of all the Avengers, which is a fair assumption. He is the one to ultimately defeat the big bad, after all. But a few other heroes give him a run for his money due to their sheer power which cannot be matched.
Created by Tony Stark, Vision is a walking computer with a wealth of knowledge and multiple superhuman abilities. Vision can solve any problem in a matter of seconds. While Tony comes very close to being the better one of two, it’s hard to compete with a literal walking computer. Vision can shoot beams of energy straight from his head using the mind stone which also makes him virtually indestructible… unless, of course, someone like Thanos comes along and pulls the stone out of his head.
5. Dr. Strange
While Dr. Strange may not be everyone’s favorite Avenger, there is no denying his power. Strange can shift time and dimensions at free will. He has the abilities of flight, teleportation, astral projection, and so much more. His individual battle against Thanos in Endgame is one of the strongest fights an Avenger has against the big bad. Strange saw that there was only one outcome for the Avengers to win and puts them on this path, even though it meant the snap would need to occur. Without Dr. Strange, it’s hard to say if the Avengers would have succeeded in their battle against Thanos.
4. The Hulk
We know we put Drax last because his only power was brute strength, but The Hulk has a lot more to offer! For starters, he is a LOT stronger than Drax, has a fast healing factor, and can go without water or sleep if needed. Behind the big green guy is Bruce Banner. Bruce is one of the smartest Avengers and eventually is able to become one and the same with Hulk. We even saw Banner show bravery and choose to fight without Hulk in Infinity War, and that took GUTS. It’s safe to say The Avengers would not have the same force without The Hulk’s ability to smash all things in his path and take any blow.
Yeah…Thor is a literal god. Need we say more? In Infinity War, we see Thor take on the full force of the sun. THE SUN, y’all. It doesn’t look like Thor will live to tell the tale, but he does! He’s a god after all! Oh…and did we mention he is immortal and has the ability to control lightning? Even if he isn’t everyone’s favorite original Avenger, there is no denying The God of Thunder is the strongest of the original group.
2. Captain Marvel
A lot of you will wonder why Captain Marvel isn’t the first on this list, and we get that! Even Kevin Feige himself has stated that Captain Marvel is the strongest of the Avengers, and if we were looking at the comics, she would definitely be on top. While her powers include the usual heightened abilities of a superhero, she also has a special “seventh sense” which surpasses Spidey’s sixth sense. She is physically stronger than ALL the Avengers AND Thanos which is showcased when Thanos punches her, and she doesn’t budge. So why didn’t she make it to the top? Well, we are looking at the abilities exhibited in the MCU, and unfortunately, Captain Marvel didn’t have the chance to show all she has to offer. Many fans were a little disappointed as there was a lot of build-up for her character, only for her to be flung back into the sky from whence she came.
1. Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch is the most powerful Avenger. We will shout this from the rooftops if we have to! With the power of telekinesis, she can move anything (and we mean anything) by the wave of a hand. Her individual fight with Thanos in the MCU showcased the most power out of any of the Avengers by far. She breaks The sword of Thanos which was able to cut through Captain America’s shield. She then puts Thanos in a position to call for backup, something that he had not yet done and knew would kill many of his own troops. Wanda’s power is magic. She can warp reality and is able to put all of the Avengers in a dream-like state when she is first introduced. The best part about her? Wanda is still discovering her power. She has showcased so much power, yet most of it is still contained inside of her. We can’t wait to see more of her and everything she has to offer!
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