ByAndrew Habashy, writer at
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Andrew Habashy

As I read comics and watch Marvel movies, I realized that a lot of Marvel heroes and villains have the ability to control/absorb/manipulate energy, and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.

Here is just some of them:


Energy Absorption & Energy Transfusion: Bishop has the ability to absorb energy, like fire or lightning and then transfer the different energies he absorbs into some kind of plasma energy. That he can then fire using his signature Plasma Gun.

Sebastian Shaw

Kinetic Energy Absorption: Sebastian Shaw has the superhuman ability to absorb kinetic energy and to metabolize it to enhance his own physical strength, speed, and stamina. This makes him extremely difficult to defeat in battle, as every blow struck against him only makes him stronger.

Tabitha Smith/Boom-Boom

Time Bombs: Tabitha can create balls of plasma, which she calls her "time bombs." These "bombs" explode with concussive force. She can produce marble-sized "bombs" which have little concussive impact that she usually just uses for playing pranks. She has produced "time bombs" ranging up to the size of beach balls, that when they explode, can smash tree trunks and even metal objects. She can also reabsorb the energy of non-detonated bombs and is no longer afraid to use her time bombs in nearly lethal ways.


Solar Radiation Absorption, Solar Re-Channeling & Thermokinesis: Sunspot absorbs solar energy and can utilize it for physical strength. He then can re-channel the solar energy which his body absorbs, by taking the solar energy and using it for a variety of related purposes. During Sunspot's time with X-Force he was kidnapped by a super-villain named Gideon who performed various experiments on him. Gideon exposed Sunspot's body to massive amounts of solar energy in order to test the limits of his solar absorption. After these experiments Sunspot's body was overloaded with solar energy and he later gained the ability to fire off extreme blasts of heat with majorly concussive force.


Energy Absorption & Plasma Emanation: Havok not only can passively absorb cosmic energy from his environment but has show he can willingly absorb, store and reprocess various other energies from other sources through conscious force of will. He also has the ability to shoot off plasma in the form of a blast or discharge, with a tell-tale concentric circle pattern. These waves will emanate from his body in all directions unless he purposefully tries to channel them in a single direction.

Ms. Marvel/Carol Danvers

Photonic Blasts, Energy Absorption & Minor Molecular Control: Carol can fire powerful and forceful bursts of photon and stellar light energy from her hands and fingertips. Her body is capable of absorbing various types of energy for the purpose of temporarily enhancing her own physical attributes. She can augment her strength and energy projection up to the force of an exploding nuclear weapon. She can use absorbed energy to transform her regular clothing into her costume and vice-versa.


Energy Discharges, Energy Absorption & Force-Fields: After absorbing the energy from several planets, Galactus proved capable of destroying at least three solar systems. It has been speculated that Galactus might be able to destroy entire galaxies all together. This is his most viable power, as his survival depends on absorbing the Life Force from planets or stars. During his fight with Mephisto he showed us that he is even capable of absorbing an entire domain. During his attack on the Ultimate Universe he also absorbed Vision's Dark Matter attacks. He can erect near-impenetrable energy shields for protection as well.


Energy Manipulation & Control: Thanos has displayed great versatility in the use of his energy projection abilities. He has demonstrated the ability to project pure energy as a concussive force, "magnetic" energy, infrared heat-beams from his eyes, and disruptor beams, as well as use his mental link to his techo-mystical chair to form vastly powerful energy shields, barriers, and force-fields. The exact extent of Thanos' energy projection abilities are unknown, but his blasts have been capable of rendering Thor unconscious. He was also able to slightly damage Galactus' armor and blast the Devourer of Worlds off of his feet. By collaborating with the In-Betweener, they together released the latter from his prison created by Master Order and Lord Chaos. It has been said that the nature of Thanos' cosmic energy reserve may be quasi-mystical in nature.


Energy Manipulation: Thor has stated that he relies on the power of Mjolnir too often. Mjolnir does afford powers and abilities that he would not normally have, but Mjolnir is simply just a tool, and Thor has natural energy manipulation abilities without Mjolnir. During Ragnarok, Thor had seen his family and friends fall to Loki's army and he reached down into himself for strength he never realized before and projected an energy blast so powerful that he knocked out Durok the Demolisher, who was so powerful that Thor - even with Mjolnir - was barely able to hold his own against. His energy is unique in that he can project omni-directional hits.

Hulk/Bruce Banner

Gamma Radiation/Energy Manipulation and Emission: Not a power usually associated with the Hulk, but there is enough evidence that Hulk possesses at least a limited ability to manipulate forms of energy, particularly gamma radiation. The Hulk's body works like a "gamma battery" by creating and radiating gamma energy. Armageddon once wanted to employ the Hulk's own gamma radiation to capacitate machines to revive his dead son again. However, the Hulk outsmarted him by consciously force feeding his energy into these machines at a rate too fast for them to handle, and they promptly overloaded and exploded. The Hulk also generated massive amounts of gamma radiation during World War Hulk, and produced considerable quantity while in the Dark Dimension. The Hulk has also shown the ability to redirect gamma rays unleashed towards him. When the Avengers used the Gammatron Bombarder device on him, the Hulk deflected the blast at the device and destroyed it. The extent of how Hulk controls his own gamma radiation, and extrinsic sources of gamma radiation, has yet to be established.

So, as you can see... there are clearly a bunch of heroes/villains who have control over energy and forces alike. So my question is: Why are there so many characters with similar powers?

If you think you know, comment right down below!


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