Whenever he utters the phrase “shazam”, young Billy Batson becomes one of the universe’s most versatile superheroes. His list of powers include the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. Known as “Earth’s mightiest mortal” Captain Marvel is a force to be reckoned with.
Unlike other superheroes Firestorm is actually two people that when combined create a superbeing with the ability to rearrange matter on the molecular level. If it weren’t for the fact that he were limited to non-organic material he would probably be a lot closer to #1.
Although Iron Man has had his weak moments, his armor has proven itself worthy against the likes of Thor, Hulk, and other superheroes on this list. Also, given that he is constantly evolving we wouldn’t be surprised to see him continue crawling up the power charts.
When it comes to pure, raw, unadulterated power there are few people that come even close to the doctor. In fact, there is almost no defined limit to what he can do. The reason he is at #20 however, is due to his primary weakness (besides tachyons) – apathy. In spite of being able to annihilate essentially the entire universe he just doesn’t care enough about much of anything and would prefer to be left alone.
As one of the most powerful telepaths in the universe, Jean Grey sometimes has trouble keeping her nearly unlimited mental powers in check. Professor X was even forced to construct psychic shields in her mind as a child in order to prevent her from fully realizing her power until she was mature enough to handle it on her own.
Essentially a combination of Superman and the Silver Surfer, Captain Atom is sometimes seen as a second rate man-of-steel. His powers are formidable, however, with the ability to manipulate theoretically unlimited amounts of energy.
Although Wolverine doesn’t have any of the typical superhero powers, it’s the intangibles that put him on the list. What he lacks in raw power he makes up for with pure fury. And as we’ve seen with Dr. Manhattan, attitude is half the battle.
Essentially a combination of Superman’s power and Batman’s fighting skills, the one think keeping Wonder Woman from ranking any higher is her lack of perfect invulnerability. Granted, she can certainly withstand more than her share of blunt force trauma, but a really sharp weapon could do some damage.
Mercilessly executed by his own men, Al Simmons was once the government’s top soldier and most effective assassin. While in hell he made a deal with the Devil that would grant him the ability to do virtually anything that he wanted. The catch? His powers would eventually run out and drag him back to the pit from whence he came.
With nearly unlimited strength, rapid tissue regeneration powers, and inexhaustible stamina, fighting against the Hulk is just an all-around bad idea. The main reason he doesn’t rank any higher though is due to his lack of other superpowers. While he outranks almost everyone in strength, pure muscle can sometimes only take you so far.
Second only to Dr. Manhattan in terms of sheer ability, the Manhunter owns a laundry list of supermanish superpowers. It doesn’t stop there though. He also has 9 different senses, powerful telepathic skills, and the ability to regenerate himself.