After much heated conversations on my last article Top 10 Doctors In DC & Marvel Comics—where I listed characters not because they were in essence real doctors, but rather known by the title of “Doctor” in their hero/villain alias, this time I bring you actual doctors in the medical and academic sense within the Marvel Universe. One character might actually surprise you.
At number 10 we have...
10. Dr. T'Challa (Black Panther) | Ph.D in Physics
Apart from being the current king of the African nation of Wakanda and being the current Black Panther, T’Challa is also an expert physician with a doctorate from Oxford University. Chadwick Boseman portrayed T’Challa in this year’s Captain America: Civil War, and will again reprise the role in his own movie, Black Panther, in 2018.
9. Dr. Stephen Strange | Medical Doctor, Surgeon
Before becoming the Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Strange attended college in a recognized university in New York, where he graduated and became a famous doctor and surgeon. It was after having a terrible car accident that he was unable to continue his medical career. This led him to study in the mystic arts under the guidance of the Ancient One. Doctor Strange will be portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
8. Dr. Curt Connors | Ph.D in Herpetology
Curt Connors, before earning his doctorate in the study of reptiles and amphibians, served as a war surgeon, treating amputations. After he himself suffered the calamities of war and lost an arm, he became obsessed with reptilian regeneration, which led him to become the infamous Lizard. Dr. Curt Connors as the Lizard is one of Spider-Man’s most recurring villains, and he was portrayed by actor Rhys Ifans in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man.
7. Dr. Otto Octavius | Ph.D in Atomic Physics, Biochemistry, Nuclear Physics
One of the most intelligent supervillains in the Marvel Universe, Dr. Otto Octavius became the notorious Doctor Octopus after an accidental radiation explosion, which left him able to mentally control the biomechanic tentacles he had invented.
He was portrayed by actor Alfred Molina in 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
6. Dr. Henry “Hank’ McCoy | Ph.D in Biochemistry
Also known as the incredible Beast, Dr. Hank McCoy is one of the X-Men’s most respected individuals and apart from being one of the leading members of the team, he’s also a professor at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. In the movie X-Men: First Class, before joining the X-Men, McCoy was a leading scientist and inventor in the CIA. He was recently played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: Apocalypse.
5. Dr. Bruce Banner | Ph.D in Nuclear Physics
A brilliant scientist and physicist, Bruce Banner became the Hulk after a gamma radiation explosion. Considered to be one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe, once Banner was able to function as the Hulk while still possessing his intellectual mind. Bruce Banner/Hulk was portrayed by Mark Ruffalo in Avengers: Age of Ultron and will reprise the role again in next year’s Thor: Ragnarok.
4. Dr. Anthony Stark | Ph.D in Physics, Electrical Engineering
The billionaire playboy Casanova didn’t get his genius brain solely from his father. Tony Stark graduated from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and received a doctorate in physics and electrical engineering. The CEO of Stark Industries is one of the Marvel Universe’s most recognized heroes, earning Marvel Studios a whopping $1.215 billion dollars with the third Iron Man movie installment, Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. plays the iconic Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
3. Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym | Ph.D in Biochemistry
Dr. Hank Pym created the Pym particle, which allowed him to shrink and exist on the molecular level. This led him to become Ant-Man, and later, by altering the effects of his formula, became Giant-Man.
Currently, he is also a professor at Oxford University in the comics. Dr. Hank Pym was portrayed by Michael Douglas in 2015’s Ant-Man.
2. Dr. Reed Richards | Ph.D in Mathematics, Engineering, Physics
Definitely one of the most intelligent minds in all of Marvel, Reed Richards has earned several doctorates from several institutions. He attended and graduated from the California State Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Harvard University, among many others. Mister Fantastic’s genius-intellect has taken him all over the Marvel multiverse, aiding cosmic entities like Galactus and Uatu the Watcher. He was recently portrayed by Miles Teller in the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot. He was also played by Ioan Gruffudd in 2005’s Fantastic Four and again in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
1. Dr. Charles Xavier | Ph.D in Genetics, Biophysics, Psychology, Anthropology | M.D. in Psychiatry
Professor X is the leader of the X-Men and runs his own academic institution, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. His studies in genetics has led him to become one of the leading researchers in the area of mutations, especially the X-gene that is present in mutants.
Charles Xavier was portrayed in the original X-Men trilogy , as well as in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and briefly in X-Men: Days of Future Past by Sir Patrick Stewart. He was played by James McAvoy in X-Men: First Class, the majority of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and recently in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Because the Marvel Universe is filled with many educated characters, some unfortunately didn't make the the list. Nonetheless, here are are some honorable mentions:
Dr. Matthew Murdock | J.D. (Doctorate of Law)
The most recognized lawyer in all of Marvel, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil earned his law degree from Columbia University where he also met his love-interest and future accomplice Elektra. Matt Murdock/Daredevil is played by actor Charlie Cox in the Netflix series Daredevil.
Dr. Claire Temple | Medical Doctor
Most known for her adventures with the Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, White Tiger) and the Devil from Hell’s Kitchen (Daredevil), Claire started as a nurse and later earned a medical degree. She is played by actress Rosario Dawson in the Netflix series Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Dr. Mendel Stromm | Ph.D in Robotics
Former partner of Norman Osborn, Dr. Mendel Stromm after getting fired from Oscorp, swore revenge on the eventual Green Goblin. He became the Robot-Master after his body was heavily disfigured. He was played by actor Ron Perkins in 2002's Spider-Man.
Dr. Miles Warren (Jackal) | Ph.D in Biochemistry
The Jackal is one of Spider-Man’s primary villains and is the one responsible for creating the spider-clones Ben Reilly and Kaine Parker, the Scarlet Spiders.
Dr. Nathaniel Essex | Ph.D in Genetics
Better known as Mister Sinister, Dr. Nathaniel Essex was granted mutant powers by Apocalypse in the early 20th century. His studies in genetics led him to create the “perfect mutant” by combining the DNA of Scott Summers/Cyclops with that of Jean Grey’s clone, Madelyne Pryor, to create Nathan Summers aka Cable. Mister Sinister’s inclusion in future X-Men movie installments was teased in the post-credit scene of X-Men: Apocalypse.
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