5 Most Powerful Villains in Marvel Cinematic Universe

5 Most Powerful Villains in Marvel Cinematic Universe: Since releasing Iron Man in 2008, Marvel Cinematic Universe has transformed the superhero genre of movies after releasing one blockbuster to another. The film franchise, which has grossed over $29 billion worldwide, remained one of the famous movies after years of its release.

As the saying goes, there would not be superheroes if there are no villains. As much as powerful those superheroes are, there should be equally-powerful villains to (sometimes) defeat them in their quest.

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Here are five of the most powerful Most Powerful Villains in Marvel Cinematic Universe

5. Wanda Maximoff

Wanda Maximoff started as part of the Avengers, joining Iron Man’s team in Captain America: Civil War, but she became part of Marvel’s list of villains when the Darkhold slowly corrupted her mind while mastering the magical grimoire. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , Wanda Maximoff, who became the Scarlet Witch, attacks Kamar-Taj and easily kills multiple sorcerers. She also defeats the group of Illuminati from Eart-838 which consists of Peggy Carter, Blackagar Boltagon, Maria Rambeau, Reed Richards, and Charles Xavier. If Wanda did not have a change of heart in the process, she could have easily defeated Doctor Strange and his allies.

4. Green Goblin

green goblin costume
green goblin costume

Spider-Man: No Way Home provides nostalgia with the return of two previous Spider-Men, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, and their nemesis – Electro and Doctor Octopus – but nothing came close to the Green Goblin, who is a scientist and businessman-turned-villain. Like Iron Man himself, Doctor Norman Osborn is a genius who takes three Spider-Men from multiple universes to defeat him. Not to mention, Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of the same character after two decades proves the importance of this villain.

3. Wenwu


Wenwu may not be as popular as other villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but his skills is at par with others who are not on this list. In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wenwu started as the powerful welder of the ten rings that conquers kingdoms and villages throughout history until he becomes the villain in the life of his children – Shang Chi and Xialing. Wenwu’s angst against the world is understandable as he continues to mourn the death of her own wife. Shang-Chi, who is a hero himself, was easily defeated by Wenwu which is a testament to his father’s prowess.

2. Eric Killmonger

Eric Killmonger movies
Eric Killmonger movies

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther caught the attention of moviegoers as the first Black superhero but it was Eric Killmonger (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan) that received love from the audience. Killmonger is the complete opposite of Black Panther – vengeful, embittered, and deeply isolated – but he is fighting for his, and Black people’s, place in the community. Killmonger killed the Black Panther before the superhero came back to reclaim his throne in Wakanda.

1. Thanos

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thanos snap

Of course, the most powerful villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (so far) is Thanos, the genocidal warlord from Titan. Thanos’ goal maybe controversial to others as he believes that Earth’s massive population would end up using all of the world’s resources but his powers could not be debated. Since the villain’s debut in The Avengers, he became the main villain of the Infinity Saga (Phases 1-3) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If anyone could not explain how powerful Thanos is, just imagine that it takes 10 superheros to defeat one man.

Although these villains are powerful in their own rights, no one came close to the upcoming bad guy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Kang the Conqueror, the one who is responsible for starting the Multi versal War. Kang the Conqueror will be the main villain of The Multiverse Saga, which will consist of 17 movies and multiple TV series throughout 2027.


Unlike other superhero movies, Marvel doesn’t have a problem when it comes to choosing their villains, and there are a lot more to watch for. We have yet to see Doctor Doom, the archnemesis of Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four, and Apocalyse, the supervillain in X-Men.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Marvel’s most powerful villain?

Marvel’s powerful villain is Thanos, the supervillain in the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But his throne may soon be dethorned by Kang the Conqueror, who is the upcoming nemesis of the next three phrases of the film franchise.

Who is the weakest Marvel villain?

The weakest Marvel villain is Taskmaster, who appeared in Black Widow. Unlike the other villains, Taskmaster has nothing up her sleeves other than copying the fighting abilities of the superhero she sees.

Who is the strongest in Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The strongest in Marvel Cinematic Universe is Wanda Maximoff, who is also on this list. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, she showed how powerful her abilities could be, especially when her twin brother Petro Maximoff died, not to mention the alternate reality she created for multiple people in WandaVision.

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