People have been debating the most powerful superheroes and supervillains since they first became a cultural phenomenon during the first half of the 20th century. With new movies like “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” right around the corner, there is no doubt that the arguments are just as strong as ever. There are so many amazing characters out there who can fly through the air, race across land, read your mind, or shatter your very existence that making one definitive list is almost impossible. But, we’ve channeled our inner superhero to bring you the 25 most powerful superheroes of all time. Whether you’re a long-time comic reader or just a huge fan of the Avengers movies, prepare to be blown away by the awesome abilities of these truly “super” heroes.
Starting off this list as an honorable mention, Saitama from “One Punch Man” has the ability to defeat literally any adversary with just one punch, making him essentially undefeatable. However, because One Punch Man is more of a satire of the superhero genre than a story meant to be taken seriously, it wouldn’t really be fair to the others to put him any higher than #25.
If it was just down to the “cool” factor, Wolverine would be the #1 on this list without contest. As it is, he’s still no slouch when it comes to powers and abilities. With foot long claws protruding from his knuckles that can cut through nearly anything, plus an indestructible adamantium skeleton and super fast healing that can regenerate him from practically nothing, Wolverine is a basically unstoppable murder machine, taking down almost anything that stands in his way.
Although Tony Stark may not have any superhuman powers of his own, his Iron Man suit proves more than capable of giving him the abilities he needs to stand toe to toe with the likes of Thor, Hulk, and a number of other super-powered heroes. He’s also got enough swag to get his own list, so check it out if you want to brush up on your Iron Man trivia, or if you just want to learn some super facts about this superhero.
Carol Danvers was an Air Force pilot, C.I.A. agent, and N.A.S.A. security director before becoming a superhero after an encounter with an alien gave her superhuman strength, flight, and the ability to create energy blasts. Set to become the newest hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel is getting her own film early in 2019 and is expected to play a major role in the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame” this April.
Okay, so maybe including Deadpool on a list of heroes is a little irresponsible, but he has had a couple of redeeming moments so it didn’t feel right to leave him off. Once a mercenary-for-hire known as Wade Wilson, Deadpool came into existence after an experimental treatment for his cancer left him horribly disfigured but with a superhealing ability so powerful he has become, for all practical purposes, completely immortal. On many occasions, he’s continued fighting even after he’s been dismembered, beheaded, or blown up. At first glance he might seem like an insane, fourth-wall-breaking lunatic, but underestimating him has been the downfall of more villains (and heroes) than we can count.