Thanos was shown to be the biggest menace to the cosmos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, he did literally wipe out half of humanity with a snap of his fingers. However, there are characters in the Marvel Comics universe who are even more powerful than Thanos.
The number of unfamiliar names on this list is maybe the most surprising aspect about it. Even if you’re a big movie buff or just a casual Marvel fan, you’ve probably never heard of a lot of these characters. That’s because many of the more well-known characters are extremely powerful, but only on a planetary scale. Characters with universal or even multiversal power abound in the comics, with some of them essentially in charge of ruling the entire universe.
The God of Thunder is without a doubt one of the most powerful traditional superheroes in the Marvel Universe, thanks to his Asgardian physiology and godly birthright, which endow him with a lot of amazing talents.
Thor is one of the most physically powerful characters in the Marvel Universe; he is practically indestructible, and his hammer Mjolnir provides him control over the weather as well as unlimited access to vast amounts of destructive energy.
46: Captain Glory
An alien god who has enormous power, Glory is one of the few gods that willingly aided the Chaos King in his mission to destroy the entire universe. He was defeated by Thor with the help of Becca Steinhardt.
Glory is considered to be not just a single god, but a complete pantheon of angry, violent, perverted gods in one.
45. Scarlet Witch
Wanda Maximoff, another well-known character, is one of the few Earth-born characters on this list. Wanda was originally shown as a mutant with the capacity to cast probability-altering hexes, but as time passed, her power and impact grew.
She is now known as a master of chaos magic and a formidable reality-warper, and she has been revealed as the Nexus Being of Marvel’s main reality, Earth-616, making her a crucial role in the universe’s functioning.
44. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange, another Earthling (and MCU hero), is the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth-616. As a result, he is a master of the mystic arts and one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful magic users.
Strange’s abilities have changed dramatically throughout the years and have been difficult to identify at times, yet at his finest, he can do practically anything. He travels to different realms on a regular basis to fight ancient monsters and cosmic entities.
While Mephisto isn’t actually the devil, you’d be excused for believing so because he resembles classic representations of Satan and actively encourages such parallels. Mephisto is a powerful extra-dimensional demon that governs over the Hell dimension in reality.
Mephisto is invincible in his own world, but even when he wanders outside, he’s a deadly opponent, possessing natural magical abilities, functional immortality, and reality-warping powers capable of creating alternate universes. Naturally, he also snatches people’s souls.
42. The Elders of the Universe
The Elders are a diverse group of ancient aliens, each one the last survivor of their own species. These immortals have existed since the Big Bang and are among the universe’s oldest entities.
They have access to the Power Primordial, which is the remaining energy from the universe’s inception. The Collector, who uses his power to obtain artifacts, and The Grandmaster, who uses it to orchestrate high-stakes competitions, are two of them for instance.
While Kurt Russell’s portrayal of this character in the MCU was charming, the comics version is significantly more savage. Ego, a living planet that has been anthropomorphized, has complete control over his planetary surface and has the ability to produce life from his biological material.
He can direct it to execute his will, and he feeds on other celestial bodies for nourishment. He also possesses psychic abilities that enable him to fight powerful beings.
Thanos is a mutant Eternal from Titan, a moon of Saturn, with superhuman strength, endurance, and energy manipulation abilities. Thanos’ strength alone makes him at least as tough as Thor, but his drive and cunning make him even tougher.
Thanos has conquered the universe several times in the comics by obtaining MacGuffins such as the Infinity Gauntlet and the Heart of the Universe — and when he possesses those, he is near-omnipotent and godly.
39. Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock was developed by a team of Earth scientists who were attempting to produce the perfect man. Warlock evolved into a cosmic creature who has been called upon to defend the universe on multiple occasions.
Warlock is immortal and he possesses a wide range of cosmic skills, including matter manipulation, cosmic awareness, and the ability to absorb and produce huge amounts of energy. He is also permanently attached to the Soul Gem Infinity Stone.
Magus, Adam Warlock’s malevolent doppelganger, feels that Good and Evil are only weapons for enslaving people. His objective is to give all living things a reason to exist: to worship him or perish.
Because he is an evil version of Adam Warlock, he has the same abilities as his counterpart and has the ability to fly and breathe in space.
37. Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer is a metallic-skin humanoid alien that uses a surfboard-like vehicle to travel through space. He used to be Norrin Radd from the planet Zenn-La until Galactus appeared and intended to consume the planet.
To save his homeworld, he pledged to serve as Galactus’ herald. As the Silver Surfer, Radd scoured the universe for planets for Galactus to devour.
Marvel uses the pantheon of Greek gods in addition to the Norse gods to create characters. Zeus, the god of the Olympians, is at the apex of the Olympian hierarchy. Zeus is a high-ranking cosmic figure in the Marvel Universe, as one of the Skyfathers – the leaders of their own pantheons.
He has a high level of cosmic awareness, is incredibly strong and practically impenetrable, and boasts a wide range of incredible magical talents.
Surtur made an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, and while he was first crippled by Thor, the film’s conclusion revealed the character’s actual might. Surtur is a fire giant that reigns over Muspelheim, one of Norse mythology’s Nine Realms.
He is Odin’s and Asgard’s mortal enemy, and he is regarded as an equal to the Norse Skyfather. He’s enormous; he’s made of live fire; he’s immortal; and manipulates fire. He destroyed Asgard in the Ragnarok movie.
While the MCU’s Odin has never been seen to do anything (apart from banishing his heir Thor from Asgard back in the first Thor film), the comics version is a force to be reckoned with.
He is the Skyfathers’ leader, and he has a great deal of power and influence throughout the universe. He possesses all of Zeus’ abilities, but is considerably more powerful, and has proven capable of combating cosmic creatures such as Galactus.
Dormammu is the most powerful character to appear in the MCU thus far. Dormammu is a mythical entity made completely of mystical energy that is incredibly ancient and powerful.
As a result, his skill in the mystic arts rivals that of Doctor Strange, despite the fact that Strange has temporarily defeated him in the Doctor Strange film. Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension, is most strong in his home dimension and almost impossible to defeat.
Just like Dormammu, Zom is a supernatural entity who is also one of the universe’s greatest enemies. Zom is an extra dimensional entity that was created purely to destroy. He was so powerful that he had to be chained by a group of equally powerful beings, one of them being Dormammu.
He has proved he can take out multiple Marvel superheroes with a single blow, but he has shown weakness against more powerful cosmic abstracts.
Chthon is one of the Elder Gods, and possibly the most powerful among them. The Elder Gods (not to be confused with the Elders of the Universe) were the first intelligent beings on Earth.
Chthon’s strength is so immense that he is one of the universe’s primary sources of magic (the chaos magic skills of Scarlet Witch are derived from him), and he possesses significant reality-warping abilities. However, he’s most powerful in his native realm.
Cyttorak is an extra-dimensional magical entity who lives in the Crimson Cosmos and rules over it. He is omnipotent there, but it’s uncertain how powerful he is outside of it.
Cyttorak’s influence is mostly seen through objects that give users a sliver of his power, such as the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, which gives the X-Men villain Juggernaut incredible strength, and the Crimson Brand of Cyttorak, used by Doctor Strange to increase his magical abilities.
29. Shaper of Worlds
Cosmic cubes, also known as tesseracts (not to be mixed up with the MCU’s Infinity Stone-enhanced tesseract), are very powerful singularities with universal-level reality-altering abilities.
The Shaper of Worlds is a more advanced version of the first cosmic cube, which was built by the ancient Skrulls’ alien culture. It has been found to be capable of modifying reality and generating illusions that cannot be told apart from reality, as well as creating complete other universes.
Shuma-Gorath, is the oldest of all mystical extra-dimensional creatures. Arguably Doctor Strange’s biggest and most dangerous antagonist, Shuma-Gorath is a member of the Many-Angled Ones, an enormously powerful multiverse-dwelling race. He is one of the multiverse’s oldest entities, ruling over an empire spanning hundreds of realms.
He’s immortal and nearly omnipotent inside his own realm. His mystical powers are so overwhelming that he is capable of destroying entire universes with a snap of his fingers.
Korvac gained power over cosmic creatures such as Galactus, Odin, Zeus, the Elders of the Universe, and other cosmic beings after absorbing the energy of Galactus’ ship.
He could employ his abilities in a number of ways, including astral projection, telepathy, resuscitation, and long-range energy bombardment, to name a few. He fights the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers.
In-Betweener is a cosmic abstract that was created to carry out the orders of two other cosmic abstracts, Lord Chaos and Master Order. In-Betweener — whose appearance is divided down the middle and is half-white and half-black — embodies both order and chaos, as well as all other diametrically opposed ideals (peace and violence, etc.).
He possesses cosmic-scale powers, but due to his distinctive dual nature, he has also been revealed to be more merciful.
Kronos is another cosmic abstraction, who was formerly a member of the Eternals, a race of immortal, super-powered beings. Kronos’ body was destroyed in an experiment and his particles scattered around the universe due to a botched lab test.
Kronos is now tied to time itself, and he can manipulate and control the flow of time with his universe-spanning abilities.
24: Uatu The Watcher
Uatu is the most renowned member of the Watchers, a mysterious species of beings. The Watchers are thought to be the universe’s earliest living beings, and their job is to observe it without meddling.
He has unlimited cosmic energy, the ability to read the minds of all beings in the universe, and the ability to travel anywhere in an instant.
23. The Stranger
The Stranger is a cosmic being who frequently appears alongside heavy hitters such as Eternity, Galactus, Lord Chaos, and Master Order when major events occur in the universe. He is enigmatic and unknowable, and he’s naturally curious.
He’s known for using his immense cosmic might to undertake experiments, and Ego the Living Planet was the outcome of one such experiment.
The Phoenix Force is a cosmic entity that represents all life in the universe. It has access to nearly infinite cosmic power, is connected to every psychic energy in the omniverse that has ever existed or will ever exist.
It acts with the aid of a host in most of its comic book appearances, with Jean Grey being its favorite.
Legion is an Earth-born mutant. His father is the brilliant telepath Professor X, the originator of the X-Men. Legion’s abilities are seemingly infinite, but because they emerge through many identities (he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder), he has never fully realized them.
However, Legion has demonstrated the ability to control minds, bend time, and modify reality, among other major abilities.
Genis-Vell was cloned from the DNA of the Kree warrior Mar-Vell and given false memories, leading him to assume he was Starfox’s son. He was then aged artificially so that he could battle Mar-foes.
He was given the title Captain Marvel, but he fell victim to Cosmic Awareness’ lunacy as he became virtually omnipotent and attempted to “repair” the cosmos.
19. Captain Universe
Captain Universe isn’t a single superhero or even a single person. It’s a manifestation of the Universe and a Uni-Power. Captain Universe’s mission in every universe is to protect Eternity, which is the sum total of all living things in existence.
Captain Universe had been granted to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange on several occasions to help them save the world.
Around 1300 BC, Akhenaten, an Egyptian Pharaoh, was chosen by the Celestial Order to receive a large share of power from the Universe’s Heart. But, he set out to wipe out all of Earth’s gods and heroes.
While empowered, Akhenaten possessed cosmic power far exceeding that of the entire Council of Godheads, as well as numerous other cosmically super-powered entities.
17. The Celestials
The Celestials are a race of ancient beings that have the appearance of giant armored alien robots. They predate the world and have maintained an interest in mortal matters for reasons only they know about.
Their experiments on Earth gave birth to the Eternals, the Deviants, and the mutant gene. Their endless access to cosmic energy makes them nearly indestructible.
Galactus is one of the most well-known Marvel villains in history, even if he isn’t exactly wicked. He’s a cosmic abstract who must consume planets to maintain the cosmos in balance.
He predates the current universe and is more powerful than any Celestial because he has unrestricted access to the Power Cosmic, the energy source that connects everything in existence.
Omega is the name of a mute Galactus and Thanos hybrid clone whose strength eclipses that of the original Galactus in every way. Thanos considers Omega to be the biggest mistake he’s ever made.
Omega lacks the ability to communicate. He also suffered from reaction retardation as a result of being an incomplete project, which was his only actual flaw.
14. Franklin Richards
Franklin was always destined for great things as the mutant son of Fantastic Four members Reed Richards and Sue Storm Richards, but few could have imagined that he would grow up to be one of the multiverse’s most powerful beings.
He has proven the capacity to repair a fractured reality and create entirely new universes since he was a child.
13. The Vishanti
The Vishanti is a triumvirate of three very powerful supernatural creatures. They’re practically omnipotent and possibly the most powerful magic users in the multiverse.
Hoggoth, an ancient alien mystical creature, Oshtur, an Elder God, and Agamotto, the original Sorcerer Supreme and Oshtur’s offspring, make up the group. The Vishanti routinely assist Doctor Strange in his missions to save the universe.
12. Mistress Love & Sire Hate
You can imagine the power that comes with the two cosmic abstracts being the embodiments of all the love and hate in the multiverse, respectively.
Love and Hate are on the same level as the strong Chaos and Order in the Marvel multiverse’s cosmic structure. To put it another way, they’re highly powerful, even if they don’t utilize it often.
11. Lord Chaos & Master Order
Despite the fact that they have no physical form, the Lord and Master are the literal incarnations of chaos and order. However, unlike Love and Hate, they have shown a willingness to get involved in multiverse concerns.
They sought more authority for themselves and created The In-Betweener, a powerful cosmic creature in his own right, to carry out their orders.
Death, also known as Mistress Death, is a cosmic abstract who is the literal personification of Death. She has authority over every soul that dies, and while she serves an important role in the cosmos, she has occasionally overstepped her bounds.
It was her plan, not Thanos’, to annihilate half of all life in the universe to adjust cosmic imbalance.
9. Eternity & Infinity
Eternity and Infinity are two additional inseparable cosmic concepts that embrace all that occurs in the cosmos. These are the literal conceptions of reality and time, and they have limitless power in this space-time continuum.
They have the incredible capacity to manipulate and control anything that exists, which makes them incredibly powerful. It is one of the primordial antagonistic duos.
Oblivion is a cosmic abstract that is closely related to Death, Eternity, and Infinity, although there is evidence that it’s more powerful than them all. The manifestation of nothingness — the void — is oblivion.
It existed before the multiverse and will continue to exist after it has died. Its greatest wish is to see the end of all things.
7. Molecule Man
Molecule Man was a scientist called Owen Reece who was bestowed with molecular manipulation abilities after a lab accident. Molecule man can achieve anything because everything is formed of molecules, and he has complete control over all matter and energy on the planet.
He’s feared by some cosmic creatures, and for good reason: he is known to be incredibly unpredictable.
6. The Protégé
Protégé lives in the 31st Century, sometimes known as Earth-691, in an alternate universe. He is to be the “Living God” of the Universal Church of Truth, according to prophecy.
He has the ability to copy the talents of others allowing him to manifest the Living Tribunal’s own power. Scathan the Approver managed to preserve reality by judging against him.
5. The Living Tribunal
The Living Tribunal is shown as a colossal golden humanoid with three faces, each pointing in a different direction, and is tasked with serving as the multiverse’s supreme adjudicator.
He passes judgment on other beings in matters of tremendous importance in order to maintain the balance. His cosmic powers are boundless, and he has judged beings as strong as Eternity.
4. The Beyonder
The Marvel comic character of the Beyonder is quite intriguing. He comes from his own reality outside of the multiverse itself, where he is completely omnipotent and capable of doing anything.
In the 1980s twelve-issue comic series “Secret Wars,” the figure established a Battleworld in which he pitted Earth’s heroes and villains against each other for his own twisted enjoyment.
3. First Firmament
The First Firmament is a being created at the same time as the One-Above-All and One-Below-All, but in his loneliness he created life, known as Celestials/Aspirants.
He’s the driving force behind the One-Above-All and One-Below-All, both of whom have power equivalent to or nearly equal to each other. He’s virtually omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent, only surpassed by the One-Above-All.
2. The One Below All
The One Below All is a newer figure that first appeared back in 2018. He is the malevolent counterpart to the One Above All, who will be mentioned next.
It is the embodiment of all hate and devastation in the multiverse, and despite the fact that it has no thought of its own, it strives to become all there is.
1. The One Above All
The One Above All is the closest approach to God. It is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and created the universe and everything in it, including the Beyonders and, presumably, the One Below All.
It has appeared in both masculine and female forms, but is most typically depicted to resemble Jack Kirby, the co-creator of numerous Marvel characters alongside Stan Lee.