33 Smartest Marvel Characters In 2018, Ranked!

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In the Marvel universe, what do you think why Tony, Richard, Hulk praised to be worlds greatest superheroes? The answer is simplest. They are smartest marvel superheroes.

Despite holding superhuman abilities & skills, some characters also possess intellectual powers even more than Tony Stark.

In this article, we have pointed out the list of top minds in marvel.

These below characters possess not only extraordinary powers but also great intelligence. And because of this, they are known to be the most powerful Marvel characters when used precisely.

Here is a list of 33 Smartest Marvel Characters in 2018, Ranked.


Moira MacTaggert X-men

X-Men fans recognized this character who not only shines her beauty but also known to be greatest geneticists. Moira MacTaggert was the world’s highest authority on genetic mutation who specifically proficient in the study of superhumanly powerful mutants.

For her fabulous work, Moira even earns the Nobel Prize.

In her whole life, what made her journey worse was Xavier’s son Legion who suffered from an extreme version of multiple personality disorder. After witnessing Moira unexceptional scientific expertise, even one of the greatest mind- Professor X admitted to her vast knowledge treating the most difficult mutations.

Moira’s depthless intelligence was beneficial for Xavier even after her death that inspired him to rebuild the mutant society of Genosha.


jennifer walters she hulk smartest female

Jennifer Walters is a cousin of Bruce Banner and not only that; she is the Smartest female marvel characters who also known by She-Hulk.

During an emergency, Bruce needed to perform the blood transfusion on her to save her. As Banner’s blood cells already mutate with Gamma radiation, the process enables Walters to wield the brutal power of Hulk.

In her She-Hulk form, unlike her cousin, Jennifer retains her intelligence in Hulk form as well as her personality.

Despite granting superhuman abilities, Jennifer is also a skilled expert attorney.

As time passes, She-Hulk recognized as one of the best defense lawyers in the Marvel Universe. During the events of Civil War, she was much more needed and helpful as heroes went to her for her advise though she is a supporter of Tony Stark.


kitty pryde

In “School of Gifted Youngsters,” there are also mutant who learned not only to have control over their powers but also learn to use their brain to no extent.

Kitty Pryde, also known by codename ‘Shadowcat’ possessed tremendous knowledge of computer science, in which she exhibited a genius-level quickness for programming work. Hence, she is without question called as one of the best hackers in the Marvel universe.

Kitty is also well identified for her ability to phase through organic objects and technology alike.

Considering mutant powers with supergenius ability, Shadowcat would be formidable X-Men mutant against the enemy who relies on advanced technology.

Besides this, Kitty also fluent in Japanese, Russian, the royal and standard languages of the Shi’ar Empire, Skrullos. She even has mastery in Gaelic and knows some profanities in Hebrew.


Adam Brashear as Blue Marvel
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Adam Bernard Brashear aka Blue Marvel is a former member of the Marine Corps who known to be fastest Marvel Superhero.

When he attempted to harness anti-matter, the experiment went wrong, and the explosion gave Adam superhuman abilities, which he swore to used to fight crimes as Blue Marvel.

Even without superpowers, Adam is a genius expert in the field of theoretical physics. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics as well as education in Master of Science degree. Thus comes into the rank of smartest marvel characters

To protect the world from the outsiders like cosmic-level threats, he always tends to rely on his scientific knowledge instead of his superpowers.

As the Ultimates, he passionately worked to solve the Universe’s most significant problems. Adam also created specific but most advanced technology yet that helps him to produce portals.


Red Ghost

The fellow Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff) roaming in a crowd of supervillains which involves his Super-Apes.

The exciting thing is that he had also done training of primates who are species of monkeys/apes. Besides this Ivan also has Ph.D. in radiology and in-depth knowledge of socialist and communist theory. His specialty lies in rocketry, engineering, communications, genetics, robotics, physics, hypnotism.

Even if he is a villain, who fought his first battle against Fantastic Four, and later with other Marvel heroes such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Ivan Kragoff’s abilities mostly lies his intellect.

Over his evil career, he had made several things like one force-field devices, that he used to communicate as well as control over simians mentally. Also, he created a cosmitronic gun, freeze ray pistols, rocket fuels, spacecraft which can withstand against cosmic ray storms.

Keeping aside the Red Ghost another superpowers, which includes Invisibility and ability to transform into red mist, the villain is considered to be one of the Marvel geniuses.


Magneto genius x men villain

The anti-hero of X-Men community, Max Eisenhardt first appeared in The X-Men #1 back in 1963 as a villain.

One of the strongest Mutant ever known, Max gained a codename as Magneto because of ability to have control over magnetic fields.

In addition to his mutant powers, Magneto occasionally shows off his genius skills in the various field. His excellence lies in genetic manipulation and particle physics.

Besides the education field, Magneto also engineered advanced weapons, space stations, dominant humanoid lifeforms, artificial earthquakes generators, block telepathy that can cancel the mutants super abilities.

Magneto has one exceptional gift that he acquired on his own. He can read or sense others’ faces using his reading ability of people’s microexpressions. According to him, it’s useful as “taking your enemy’s measure.”


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You can expect to have Nadia Pym’s name in the Marvel intelligence ranking which is none other than the daughter of Henry Pym, fifth smartest people on the planet.

In Russia, Nadia Pym raised by the Red Room, a black ops unit who also trained the Winter Soldier and Black Widow. Thus ultimately she ends us trained under Winter Soldier.

The Red Room believed that Nadia’s skills to be genetic because of her heritage. While accompanying Avengers, her intellect made a great asset to the team. Even she once saved Vision from going superthermal.


xiaoyi chen (iso)

Xiaoyi Chen got her pressure manipulation powers from Terrigen Mists. Hence military units wanted to use her as weapon power for the state.

The young girl also is known by ISO, a new inhuman genius who created by Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman and first arrived in Inhuman issue 4 back in 2014.

About intelligence, She has expertise in mechanics; thus her talent for science leads to be a help for mutant Hank McCoy aka Beast.

As stated by CBR, she was even acclaimed by both Inhuman Queen Medusa and the Beast because of Iso’s remarkable work on a cure for M-Pox, the fatal Terrigen Cloud-based virus attacking the broader area of the mutant population.


Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn is the original Green Goblin and infamous arch-nemesis of Spider-Man. The villain first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #14 back in 1964.

Osborn was head of Oscorp company who also possesses superior intelligence and smartness. It wasn’t Goblin Formula that gave him such an ability. He already was skilled in genetics, robotics, engineering, physics, applied chemistry, mathematics, etc. With the help of Formula, it enhanced Osborn’s further mental capacities.

Aside from education field, Norman occasionally shows off his hacking skills where his Goblin Protocol helps hide his presence from Spider-Man’s systems.

Wistfully when Green Goblin lost his superhuman powers, he had no other choice but to depend on his intellect and other natural abilities.


Arnim Zola genius character

Few child prodigies also fall into a smartest supervillains’ list, and the character is none other than Dr. Arnim Zola aka the Scientist Supreme.

When it comes to his scientific brain, MCU Dr. Arnim Zola has all the attributes as that of his comic counterparts. In the Captain America: The First Avengers, he was the responsible person who built the device that harnesses the Tesseract’s powers.

On the other hand, while in comics, Arnim Zola noted for his historical work in genetic engineers. Furthermore, he enhanced his knowledge of genetics with the help of Deviant science.

Since he has no superpowers like others in the list, his greatest asset is his scientific mind as well as expertise in genetics and cloning.

Additionally, his knowledge in neuroscience helps him to transfer his consciousnesses into a psychotronic device, which he uses to do mind controlling and mind transfer.

Hence, even if Arnim Zola does not hold any supernatural abilities, his sharp intelligence could lead to a significant threat to humanity.



Riri Williams (Ironheart) is one of the tech prodigies who attained genius intellect at the age of five years. Hence ultimately she was accepted into M.I.T. Riri first appeared on the pages of Invincible Iron Man Vol. 3 #7 by Brian Michael Bendis.

Riri was not older than 15 years old when she admitted into the college on scholarship. Thus using her intelligence, Riri design a suit herself from scratch of Tony’s Iron Man’s Mark 41 armor by reverse engineering method.

Being known as the Skilled Inventor and Engineer, Riri took her superheroine work as Ironheart.

Though she may not hold education expertise like Tony Stark, Riri is a skill mastered who could make Iron Man suit from old parts. She later made herself strongest Iron Man suit, which she used as Ironheart capable of defeating Rhino in a single punch.

As actor Robert Downey Jr. leaving after Avengers 4, hence it is best to have her in the future of Marvel Cinematic Universe.

22. M.O.D.O.K.

M.O.D.O.K. smartest villain

Abraiviatin of M.O.D.O.K. is Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing. George Tarleton is a supervillain who first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93. His 75% of the body covered by the head, hence it is safe to assume that he gifted with superhuman intelligence.

To create the Cosmic Cube, George subjected to a mutagenic process that altered George into the super-intelligent being.

Initially, the project was supposed to designed for Computers only hence named as MODOC, but he turned against his masters and ultimately pursue the title of M.O.D.O.K.

As M.O.D.O.K. George possessed computer-like memory that makes him Supercomputer, could solve most complex mathematical problems, and understand the functioning of the Cosmic Cube.

You may be thinking if the villain possesses that level of then why giving low ranks. Because his creativity that falls or matches that of an average level of a person. But still, when it comes to his intelligence mind, he is one of cruel smartest marvel villains.



Ever since fans saw Shuri as Wakanda’s brilliant scientist, they have been thinking is Shuri, the smartest person in marvel?

First appeared in Black Panther Vol 4 #2, Shuri is a sister of T’Challa, the Prince of Wakanda and one of 8 smartest marvel characters.

Debuted in 2018’s Black Panther, live-action Shuri portrayed by Letitia Wright. Unlike her comic counterpart, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she was quite intelligent, having a gifted rational mind with a broad study of advanced science and technology.

Despite her young age, she led Wakanda to the technologically developed nation. She was the one who found a way to remove Vision’s mind stone that even Eath’s most magnificent Bruce Banner failed to achieve.

Besides this, Shuri is an unexceptional prolific engineer, which helps to create weaponry, defenses, communications, transport, her energy blast gauntlets, T’Challa vibranium suit, Bucky Barnes’ new Vibranium arm.

Sure thing characters are opposite from the comic books as fans are quite disappointing for MCU’s T’Challa despite being its massive success.


Spider-Man genius character

No matter how many Spider-Mans have made, web-slinger is the only one who creates web-shooter for swinging around the city.

Peter Parker aka Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15; hero received massive popularity in less amount of time.

With an IQ level of 250, Reed Richard & Hank Pym, one of the eight smartest marvel characters acknowledged Peter as one of the most intelligent men on Earth.

If you don’t believe, Reed Richard’s IQ level was nearly the same when he at the same age Peter Parker. In the comic as well as in the animated series, Peter once hacked into Stark system that override Tony Stark’s control over the Iron Spider Armor, which enables Peter to use the suit to its full extent.

Peter has quite an expertise in mechanics, robotics, and engineering. In the Horizon Labs, he used his intellectual ability to create various strongest Spider-Man suits and gadgets.

On the other hand, in the MCU, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is also a gifted intelligent who has enthusiast towards science who construct his web-shooters, which impressed Tony Stark.



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