If there’s one thing that all of us geeks can agree on, it’s that the Marvel Cinematic Universe created a true masterpiece with the Avengers series. With Avengers: Endgame marking the final time our favourite superhero crew take the screen together (...for now, who knows what Marvel has up their sleeves!), it only seemed fit to get the scoop on who fans perceive as the strongest Avenger out of them all!
From the answers we collected from die-hard fans, we can tell you that this question definitely split the masses! Although it was interpreted in multiple ways, there were three main contenders mentioned by respondents across the board. These were Thor, the Hulk (or Bruce Banner) and Wanda Maximoff (or the Scarlet Witch).
But before we reveal the verdict, let’s see how fans of the franchise judged who is the strongest Avenger.
It would have been a crime if no true fans had put forward Marvel’s own Norse god of Thunder for the title of the strongest Avenger. According to fans, there is no doubt that Thor is one of the physically strongest out of the group. Not only has he overpowered Thanos, but anyone who can wield Mjolnir shows true strength and would have to take the crown of strongest Avenger. Being the son of Odin has to count for something, right?
“Fuelled with old world magic Odin's son has the ability to harness his power and use it for good. Only a true hero can wield Mjolinir, a barometer of hero. We have seen Thor overpower Thanos, take a sustained blast of the sun's power and decimate hoards of bad guys with a single blow. What makes Thor the strongest Avenger is his empathy and morals. Fighting for those who cannot and taking that burden gladly,” says Graham, a film fanatic who runs the YouTube channel ManvFilm.
Wanda Maximoff (or Scarlet Witch)
According to editor and chief of Geektown.co.uk, David Elliot, “if you've only seen the films, you might think Wanda is an odd choice”. But anyone who has seen WandaVision knows that she is a force to be reckoned with. Are her abilities of telekinesis, energy manipulation and telepathy enough to see Scarlet Witch take the crown?
“She's basically a walking infinity stone and had the power to destroy Thanos and wipe out his entire army. As she's able to control her powers better and learn more about them within the MCU, we'll see her become very powerful,” adds Natalie Mollinet, presenter of Fan Effect Podcast.
The Hulk (or Bruce Banner)
Arguably the most obvious choice, The Hulk definitely deserved to be a contender for the strongest Avenger.
“If strength is a virtue, then that guy is a saint... In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically in Thor: Ragnarok, the Quinjet literally says ‘welcome Strongest Avenger’,” argues Dan Faill, Motivational Speaker and big-time Marvel Geek.
The physical strength Bruce Banner exudes in a fit of rage is unmatched by any other Avenger. The only way he can stop getting stronger is by controlling his anger! Surely that takes the cake?
“He’s as smart as Tony Stark, as driven as Captain America and as brave as Thor... but with a monstrous temper! Anyone who gets more powerful the more you hit them is a formidable foe. I'm just glad he's on our side! Hulk Smash. Hulk save the day!,” notes Bex, avid gamer and comic book geek who runs the YouTube Channel Trista Bytes.
The Final Verdict
The votes are in! Taking the title of the Strongest Avenger, with 40% of the votes is… WANDA MAXIMOFF!
Although the Hulk and Thor are clearly two of the physically strongest Avengers across the comic books and the MCU, Wanda’s mind warping abilities have proven to be unbeatable, physically and mentally! She almost single-handedly defeated Thanos (which is a huge deal!) and she STILL doesn’t know the full capabilities of her powers… now that is strength!
“Had she realised what she could do a bit earlier, the whole of the last two Avengers movies could have turned out rather differently,” chimes in David Elliot, editor and chief of Geektown.co.uk.
And there we have it! We have to say, we love Wanda too. She’s the epitome of strength and power. If you’re a WandaVision superfan like us, you have to check out our collection of WandaVision merch!
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