The MCU has become one of the most dominant franchises in Hollywood today. This isn’t very surprising, as the characters fans look up to on the big screen, or even in the comfort of their own homes, remind them a lot of themselves. It’s like Stan Lee said, “Marvel is a reflection of the world outside your window.”


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However, as much as fans fall in love with these heroes who do things one can only dream of, it’s hard to deny that some of them have some pretty cool powers. It is not about the powers being bad, but about whether they are badly explained or badly shown; some powers are downright confusing.

10/10 korg is a rock

All fans of the MCU can confidently say that they love Korg, Thor’s prankster sidekick, played by Taika Waititi. There is much to love about him. He’s funny, considerate, and a wonderful addition to the MCU. He may not be directing any movies, but he’s still a hero in his own right.

That being said, Korg’s powers are bewildering. He is essentially a talking rock that can shoot a gun. He is very appropriate to his personality, but his powers are still as mysterious as Noobmaster69’s.

9/10 Hawkeye is very good at archery.

Hawkeye shoots into the air as he falls into The Avengers.

The original six Avengers are some of the most iconic heroes in history, and even the darkest of them is iconic. Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, has been a staple of the MCU since his debut in thor. One of his most iconic moments comes in the Avengers when he jumps off a building backwards while shooting a Chitauri alien.

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Unlike almost all of the rest of the original Avengers, however, or any Avenger, Hawkeye doesn’t have any real powers. He’s just a guy who’s really good at archery. That’s great and all, except jumping off such a tall building without any superpowers seems irresponsible. However, everything went well.

8/10 Shang-Chi has magic rings

Shang-Chi wielding all ten rings.

Getting engaged is the happiest day in anyone’s life, though no ring has the ability to do what the Ten Rings can. Without them, Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu, is just like anyone else. He is good at fighting, but he is not stronger than the common person. All that changes with the rings.

When wearing the rings, Shang-Chi has superhuman strength and speed and can literally shoot the rings from his arms and call them out. The connection formed between the wearer and the rings isn’t explained very well, nor is how the rings give power to the wearer. As cool as it is to watch, it doesn’t make much sense.

7/10 Captain Marvel is a walking energy bolt

Captain Marvel in his MCU movie.

Perhaps no hero in the MCU has received more flak than Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. Regardless of that, she is one of the most powerful beings to be introduced at this point. She obtained her powers from the Tesseract, which is made of space stone, an untold amount of energy.

The result of Captain Marvel’s accident is incredible energy power. He can fly, shoot energy from his body and is super strong. However, it’s not clear how any of that works. It’s just energy that he transmits and allows him to really take a hit from Thanos. The powers may not make sense, but they work.

6/10 Hulk is a big green monster

Hulk crushes Loki in The Avengers.

Everyone loves the Hulk, even if he claims they won’t like him when he’s angry. Played by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the MCU, the Hulk gained his powers through gamma radiation that changes the biochemistry of his blood cells. Super strength is a standard super power, but being a giant green monster is a different story.

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There’s really no need for the angry monster other than the fact that the Hulk is an iconic character. Superstrength is seen in the MCU and other superhero movies in many ways, and as unique as the Hulk is, he’s on something of an island of his own. A monstrous superhero just doesn’t make logical sense.

5/10 Moon Knight does Khonshu’s dirty work

Moon Knight as he appears in his MCU Disney+ series.

moon knight It’s been one of the most successful MCU shows on Disney+ thus far, and that’s no surprise, considering how intriguing the central Steven Grant/Marc Spector character, played by Oscar Isaac, is. The show does a good job of showing dissociative identity disorder, but it also uses the disorder as a crutch for the character’s powers.

Moon Knight does the dirty work of Khonshu, the Egyptian god of the Moon. Khonshu turned Spector into his Avatar, using his ability to do inexplicable things with his superhuman strength without him remembering. The action on the show is top-notch, but the use of powers is something to question.

4/10 Groot has tree powers

Groot in Infinity War.

One must wonder what exactly the powers of the trees are, and while Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, exists from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014, is a question that still has no answer. Groot has been one of the most lovable characters in the MCU, but his powers continue to baffle fans.

Groot has been seen doing a number of different things, such as protecting his family by growing branches around them, turning his arm into the handle of Thor’s new weapon Stormbreaker, and whipping Thanos. It’s quite plausible that a tree superhero could do all of these things, but it’s unclear how it works. When considering Groot’s powers, fans have to suspend disbelief from him.

3/10 Ms. Marvel is capable of a lot

Ms. Marvel using her powers in the finale of her Disney+ show.

Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel is capable of some truly bizarre things. She can grow her limbs to incredible sizes, and she can also create plasmic platforms for whatever reason is needed. While most heroes have some form of strength, speed, or flight, Ms. Marvel certainly has more unique powers.

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In the MCU, Ms. Marvel gets her powers from a family bracelet that she wears. There is very little explanation as to how her bracelet works and how that gave him powers from her, especially powers as weird as hers.

2/10 Vision is a magical android

The Vision in Infinity War in the MCU.

Infinity Stones are capable of truly remarkable things, and Vision, played by Paul Bettany, is living proof of that. She is an android made up of Jarvis, Ultron, and the Mind Stone. He is inarguably one of the most powerful beings in the MCU, despite the fact that he was never able to show his true potential. Still, his powers surpass those of most other heroes.

Vision can fly, is super strong, can shoot lightning bolts from his head, and can travel through solid matter. None of it is really explained, other than he is a complex android with the mind stone to give him powers. Being able to walk through walls and other things is nothing short of what a ghost can do, so while his powers are incredible, they are almost scientifically impossible, even in a world as strange as the MCU.

1/10 Spider-Man is a spider man

Spider-Man in the MCU.

No character in all of Marvel’s properties is more beloved than Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland in the MCU. He is one of Marvel’s oldest heroes and he will be universally accepted no matter what. Despite all this, his powers are quite strange. He web-slings and swings on it and can stick to walls.

It’s not strange to think about his powers since Spider-Man is such a well-known character, but a hero with the powers of a spider sounds very illogical from the start. All that is known is that he was bitten by a spider and now he can do spider things. That doesn’t make sense, even though everyone loves Peter Parker.

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