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Marvel's Strongest Characters
Marvel's long history of movies and especially comics has yielded memorable characters like Spider-Man and Wolverine, but even fans of fans of the MCU may be surprised by how many deity-like beings dwell within its ranks.
Most of these godlike entities exist solely within the comic realm, and while not commonly seen, each transcends the realm of Earth-dwelling mortals—these are the ten strongest Marvel gods!
"Galactus is and ever will be" - Silver Surfer
Originally a fairly regular human named Galan, Galactus was granted deity-like powers when his world was destroyed, becoming the Devourer of Worlds, a being designed to survive the death and rebirth of galaxies via the Big Bang and Big Crunch. While very few things can harm him, Galactus does require sustenance from consuming planets and has been shown to be capable of dying.
Thanks to his destructive nature, Galactus tends to play villainous roles, but he's occasionally portrayed in a more heroic light, such as when he became the Lifebringer instead of Devourer.
9. The Black Winter
Black Winter functions similarly to Galactus, but devours entire galaxies instead of planets. Whilte relatively little is known about the Winter, its power is demonstrated when it once easily defeated Galactus and Thor, and it appears differently to each onlooker, favoring forms that will bring the onlooker's demise.
8. Mistress Love/Sire Hate
While their names imply gender, Love and Hate aren't people so much as universal forces. Love fittingly wields the power to influence positive emotions, white Hate directs negative feelings. Despite their duality, the two often work together, able to grant a being tremendous power over love and hate, dubbing them the Avatar.
Despite the scarcity of Love and Hate, we have some help ranking today's list courtesy of an Infinity Gauntlet-boosted Thanos, who definitively pronounced Love and Hate stronger than Galactus, also providing guidance for upcoming characters like…
7. Master Order/Lord Chaos
Order and Chaos together created the In-Betweener, another example of opposing forces uniting towards a common goal. Despite Thanos ranking Order and Chaos as much stronger than Galactus, even they can seemingly be killed—though doing so required numerous Beyonders, powerful dimension-spanning aliens.
Infinity closely resembles Eternity, and was summoned as part of a joint effort to defeat the First Firmament, the embodiment of the first universe. Like her "siblings", she's a deity-like force predating creation, perhaps immune to death.
Infinity shares a rivalry of sorts with Oblivion. While Oblivion focuses more on nihilistic energies, he's a similar godlike being, with the two usually clashing via avatars they manifest through. Oblivion has even shown awareness of being a comic book character, making him one of few to break the fourth wall.
Eternity shares much in common with Infinity, as Death does with Oblivion, yet each provides a unique cosmic power. Death has a particularly interesting story, seemingly falling in love with certain mortals; one notable romance involved Deadpool, who was made immortal as punishment to forever keep him away from his beloved Death (who often manifests as a beautiful woman).
An embodiment of destruction, Abraxas provides a rival for Eternity as Oblivion does for Infinity. If these similar godlike entities sound confusing, well, they are, but that's somewhat the point—mere mortals can only comprehend facets of their existence.
4. First Firmament
First Firmament, or First Cosmos, embodies the essence of the initial universe. Having created the Celestials and Aspirants (and witnessed their brutal conflict), Firmament grew tired of the endless cycle of death and rebirth, choosing to attack the eight universe, and likely would have won were it not for a massive teamup against it of similarly-cosmic powers.
The fusion of Master Order, Lord Chaos, and the In-Betweener, Logos is an immensely powerful cosmic being and agent for the First Firmament. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame is seemingly destroying the Living Tribunal, though whether he can permanently die remains unclear.
2. The Living Tribunal
The second-in-command of the strongest force in existence, the Living Tribunal rarely intervenes in mortal matters, but will occasionally do so to preserve balance. He's been outright stated as exceeding beings like Eternity in power, and represents an even more elusive entity who dwarfs even him in strength…
1. One Above All
One Above All evidently created all universes and beings before it. Though he very rarely directly manifests, he conveys his will through the Living Tribunal. All is presented as a caring albeit distance force, once appearing before Peter Parker to restore his faith in humanity.
While typically portrayed as a benevolent deity, One Above All can appear as the "One Below All", showcasing a destructive side when the need arises. Some fans interpret him as the avatars of real-world Marvel icons Stan Lee or Jack Kirby, while others simply prefer to think of him as the Marvel universe's creator.
Other Marvel Deities
Today we discussed the strongest and most elusive Marvel entities out there, though others deserve mention. Characters like Yahweh, Anti-All, and Now/Then also highlight incredible powers, and going down a tier yields near-invincible beings like Odin and Hulk, but as we await more ridiculously overpowered gods, share your thoughts on the creators of the Marvelverse and I'll see you at our next superhero countdown!
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