Last summer, I decided to write a piece titled 9 Marvel Characters That Could Defeat Superman. For the longest time, I've pondered making another list of Marvel characters that could give the Man of Steel a run for his money. What better time than now, exactly a year after the first piece?
Adam Brashear has been labeled as a prodigy long before he became one of the universe's strongest heroes. Brashear was a scientific genius, leading in a project that would unintentionally give him his powers. After a reactor explosion Adam was exposed to mutagenic radiation. He then became a stable anti-matter reactor while developing extraordinary superhuman abilities such as matter/anti-matter manipulation, energy manipulation, and near invulnerability.
Brashear then became the Blue Marvel, arguably the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe. With the ability to release his anti-matter energy in the form of a catastrophic blast, he is a walking weapon of mass destruction. Not only is he considered an Alpha level threat, but according to The Watcher, he is able to split the moon in two with just one blow. Blue Marvel has also taken on and defeated Hyperion and his devastatingly powerful counterparts from different Earths. This hero has more than enough strength to not only hold his own against Superman, but to bring the Man of Steel to his knees.
Wanda Maximoff, along with her brother Pietro (Quicksilver) had discovered her amazing abilities in her adolescence. Although born a mutant, Wanda's powers were augmented after experiments done on her as a child. Rather than being an ordinary energy manipulator, the Maximoff twin was then able to tap into Chaos magic; magic that Superman would absolutely be vulnerable to. It's no ordinary form of magic, as it is so powerful that it was thought to be non-existent by Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme. The holder of the magic can manipulate, warp, and completely reconstruct reality itself.
With Chaos magic at her fingertips, Wanda is able to bend the space-time continuum, as well as destroy the entire universe. She could either create a timeline where Superman died with Krypton, or she could cause the cosmos to come crashing down around him. This clearly makes her one of the most dangerous beings in any given reality, as well as more than a match for the world's most famous superhero.
Vision's origins began with the rebellion of Ultron, who was created by the size-changing Avenger, Hank Pym. This friendly android was created as Ultron's slave, until he betrayed his programming to defeat his evil master. Vision then proved himself worthy of being an Avenger as he showcased his physical prowess. Vision lifting Thor's hammer in Avengers: Age of Ultron is one example of his strength.
This android possesses your run of the mill super strength, agility, speed, and senses. He is also able to manipualte his density, and disassemble himself into millions of nanites, where he can reconstruct an entirely new body from just one bot. Imagine millions of Visions going up against the Man of Steel. Rather than going head to head, this Avenger could form into a stream of nanites, destroying Superman from the inside out. It wouldn't be a clean victory, but it'd be a victory nonetheless!
This ugly son of a gun is ruler of the dimension known as the Crimson Cosmos. He is an abstract magical entity with endless powers, and appears in one of his two known forms. One form is demon-like that empowers the mighty Juggernaut. His other form is God-like that serves as a source of power to sorcerers and powerful entities such as Dr. Strange, Dormammu, The Ancient One, and so on. Although his power is limitless within his own dimension, Cyttorak doesn't need to be in the Crimson Cosmos to defeat Superman.
The small fraction of his power given to Juggernaut was said to be enough to control the entire universe. Galactus out of all beings was helpless to free himself from Cyttorak, who had imprisoned him. Now if Superman is vulnerable to magic, how could he stand against the one who gives power to the mightiest magical beings in all of the universe?
Dr. Stephen Strange was a brilliant yet egocentric surgeon. After a car accident, Strange suffered detrimental damage to his hands, that took away his ability to perform surgery. He then searched the globe for a way to heal his ailment, where he came across the Ancient One. After becoming the student of the sorcerer supreme, Strange became proficient in mystical and martial arts. Check out the trailer for the upcoming Doctor Strange film out November 4, 2016:
After proving himself to be worthy, Dr. Strange earned the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Along with his wide array of given abilities, Strange's costume boasts two mystical objects -- the Cloak of Levitation and Eye of Agamotto. These objects add on to his already immense power. The Eye can be used for many things. To name a few, it can project a mystical shield, probe the minds of others, and weaken a variety of evil beings. Now the Cloak of Levitation simply allows Dr. Strange to, well, levitate. The Sorcerer Supreme possesses a power that goes beyond that of most mystical beings, making him an obvious choice to make the list of Marvel characters that could defeat Superman.
The Living Tribunal
The Living Tribunal is a humanoid cosmic entity who is as old as the universe itself. It's purpose is to safeguard the Multiverse from any imbalances. This powerhouse manifests itself as a being with three faces, representing the three sides of its personality. Its front face represents equity, the fully covered face on his right represents necessity, and the partially covered face on its left represents revenge. Before The Tribunal can intervene in any cosmic event, all three faces must come to an agreement. That's pretty weird, but who am I to argue with this guy?
The Living Tribunal is a physical embodiment of the entire Marvel Multiverse. With a nearly incalculable level of strength, his power has been said to dwarf that of the Infinity Gauntlet -- a tool that has the power to control the entire universe. I'd say it's safe to say this cosmic being could defeat Superman. All three faces would have to agree to fight him though, of course.
The Beyonder is a member of an ancient otherworldly race known as the Beyonders. Where he came from, the Beyonder wasn't just apart of a universe, he was the universe. This powerful being was responsible for the Secret Wars, where he pitted our favorite heroes against a team of villains in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. His abilities go far beyond that of most living entities. The Beyonder possesses extraordinary psionic abilities that allow him to scan the minds of the entire world. Just like most cosmic beings, he can also change the state of matter itself, and manipulate reality.
Although his strength is incalculable, if he were to be injured, he could heal himself by simply willing it. He can also create or destroy an entire multiverse. Not just a universe, but a multiverse. Superman could be wiped from existence in the blink of an eye, if he were at the mercy of a merciless Beyonder. With near omnipotence, it's no argument that this Marvel character has what it takes to defeat Superman.
Son of Mr. Fantastic and The Invisible Woman, Franklin is one of the most powerful beings to have ever existed. His genetic structure was affected by the cosmic radiation that gave his parents their powers, resulting in him being born a mutant. Unlike the majority of super powered mutants, Franklin began developing his abilities at a very young age. He grew in using his psionic abilities, discovering he could foresee events from alternate futures.
Aside from his psionic abilities, Franklin is capable of manipulating matter, as well as reality, being able to make any thought he has, come to fruition. He once subconsciously created a pocket universe that was a mirror image of the one he lived in. That gained him the attention of cosmic beings such as Galactus, Eternity, and more! They admired his gifts and described him as a "being whom the Celestials felt was on par with themselves." Two Celestials even attempted to retrieve Franklin for observation, as they considered him to be a member of the Celestial Host -- a group of beings recognized as Gods. At one point, he even made Galactus, the eater of worlds, his herald. With the capacity to create whatever he wills to create, I think it's safe to say that Franklin could absolutely defeat Superman with his seemingly limitless power.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this character, The Fulcrum is a cosmic entity who is served by the Horde, the Watchers, and the Celestials -- some of Marvel's most powerful beings. The Fulcrum has once been described as "the very essence of what holds reality in it's place." Putting this character on the list may seem unfair, but when you look at the title of the article, you can see that it's fair game! The Fulcrum is a Marvel character that could defeat Superman.
A cool thing about this character is that he runs a bar where the Eternals hang out in the afterlife. Some say he is the same as the One Above All as both characters have been illustrated as the late Jack Kirby. Oh, and he goes by "Jack" so that theory sort of checks out! Now basically, Jack Kirby himself can rip Superman to shreds without breaking a sweat.
I'm sure there are more Marvel characters out there that could defeat the beloved Man of Steel! Let me know if I missed any!