15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU


In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of the superheroes and villains are total geniuses. Here are the most intelligent in the comic book movies.

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15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Since it’s set in a world where superheroes are given their powers from mechanical suits and scientific formulae, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is populated by geniuses. Among the MCU’s protagonists is a surgeon who can alter the fabric of reality, a scientist who invented proportional human shrinking, and a princess who created bulletproof armor that can absorb kinetic energy.

And among its antagonists is a cosmic warlord who wiped half of all life from existence. The intelligence of each character in the MCU has become a hotly debated topic of discussion among the Marvel fanbase, which will undoubtedly continue as new characters are added to the shared universe.

Updated on January 22nd, 2021 by Scoot Allan: As the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves past the events of Avengers: Endgame and moves to the next phases that will introduce characters like Ironheart and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, who will add to the already impressive roster of some of the MCU’s most brilliant superheroes. So while fans are waiting to see the debut of a few more geniuses that will inevitably make their own names among some of the brainiest heroes and villains in the MCU, we’re taking another look at these already established characters who have appeared on the big screen during the “Infinity Saga” to prepare for the new arrivals.

15 Peter Parker

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Although bashing some unidentified alien weaponry with a hammer wasn’t his brightest move, Peter Parker is easily one of the smartest characters in the MCU. He’s only a teenager, and yet he managed to impress Tony Stark — one of the world’s leading tech geniuses — with the tensile strength of his homemade webbing.

One thing that differentiates this version of Spidey from the previous big-screen incarnations is that he makes his own web fluid. He also hacked the suit that Tony gave him and he attends a prestigious science-oriented high school, proving that he is proficient in a number of scientific fields.

14 Nebula

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Although she began her MCU arc as a villain with an unwavering commitment to doing Thanos’ bidding, she proved herself to be smart as a whip when she branched off on her own. When the Guardians of the Galaxy captured her, it took her a matter of hours to free herself and side with the Ravagers.

At the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, as Nebula was stranded out in space with Tony Stark, the two worked together to repair the ship. Tony didn’t issue any quips to insult Nebula’s intelligence, suggesting she’s just as resourceful as him, or even more so — especially when dealing with non-earthly tech.

13 Stephen Strange

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

When we first met Stephen Strange, he was the top surgeon in New York. He knew human anatomy inside and out, and he had the steadiest hands in his profession. Unfortunately, his career in surgery came to a swift, unexpected end when his negligent driving caused him to crash his car and he no longer had the steady hands to perform surgery.

So, he had to find a new way to quench his thirst for knowledge. This led him to Kamar-Taj, where he joined the Masters of the Mystic Arts and learned to control the fabric of reality.

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12 Arnim Zola

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

The Hydra scientist named Arnim Zola first appeared alongside the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger as his weapons designer who was able to harness the energy of the Tesseract, which would later be revealed as the powerful Space Gem.

After World War II, Zola began working with the Strategic Scientific Reserve before it evolved into S.H.I.E.L.D., which gave him the opportunity to transfer his consciousness into the digital realm while he helped Hydra create the algorithm that powered Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Project: Insight Helicarriers.

11 Thanos

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

When Tony Stark is surprised that Thanos knows who he is, the Mad Titan explains, “You’re not the only one cursed with knowledge.” Aside from a major oversight regarding his plan to “fix” the world, Thanos is a smart guy.

While wiping out half the population would definitely free up resources and lead to prosperity, Thanos refused to see that there were alternatives that would also work, like doubling the resources. He has a deeply philosophical mind, determined to bring balance to the universe, and he’s also a brilliant military tactician.

10 Howard Stark

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

“Thank you, for everything…you’ve done for this country.” The achievements of Howard Stark are virtually unparalleled because he was created as an amalgamation of every groundbreaking industrialist throughout history, including his namesake, Howard Hughes. Stark is also the man behind Captain America’s shield.

Stark’s scientific research and government work were so time-consuming that he never really had time to have dinner with his wife or raise his son, Tony, so one has to question whether or not it was all worth it. But as Tony explains in Endgame, when he looks back on his father, he just remembers the good times.

9 Jane Foster

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Although she’s often considered to be one of the MCU’s most boring characters, Jane Foster is undeniably one of the franchise’s smartest characters, too.

She’s among the world’s leading experts on many subjects: astrophysics, astronomy, and of course, Asgard. She’s also the creator (and namesake) of the Foster Theory. Jane even keeps an open mind when it comes to new ideas and concepts, quoting Arthur C. Clarke: “Magic’s just science that we don’t understand yet.”

8 Vision

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

The robotic Ultron first attempted to create a powerful new body for his own newly formed consciousness in Avengers: Age of Ultron, though Tony Stark and Bruce Banner were able to get their hands on the advanced synthezoid.

They decided to create their own weapon against Ultron by inputting the artificial intelligence known as J.A.R.V.I.S. into the powerful body, which was then brought to life by Thor’s mystical lightning. Vision’s mind was not only powered by the Mind Stone but it was capable of advanced computer processing that made him one of the smartest and strongest members of the Avengers.

7 Hank Pym

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

In the real world, proportionally shrinking and growing a person’s size is literally impossible. So, the guy who invented a device that can do this in the MCU must be pretty smart. Like many of the MCU’s genius characters, Hank Pym’s arrogance has been his downfall.

When we meet him in the first Ant-Man movie, he’s been ousted from S.H.I.E.L.D. for keeping the secrets of how his technology works to himself — and also for punching his colleagues in the face when they make snarky remarks. The sad thing is that Pym’s greatest scientific achievements result from finally letting go of his ego and working with others.

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6 T’Challa

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

While his younger sister often takes the spotlight due to her increased intelligence and brilliant designs, T’Challa/Black Panther is no slouch himself as he designed the original version of his armored suit that first appeared in Captain America: Civil War.

The MCU’s version of T’Challa has frequently shown his brilliant deduction and problem-solving skills, though he never quite demonstrated his genius-level intellect from the comics that put him on the same level as other Marvel scientists like Reed Richards and Tony Stark.

5 Bruce Banner

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Apart from the one experiment that went so horribly wrong that it ruined his life, Bruce Banner is a brilliant scientist. He was behind the Ultron program in collaboration with Tony Stark, and was even smart enough to admit that it was a mistake.

Both the Edward Norton version in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk and the Mark Ruffalo version from 2012’s The Avengers onward have been depicted as bona fide geniuses. The MCU’s Banner even managed to reverse the effects of his gamma radiation enough to maintain his human consciousness as the Hulk, so he’s a pretty smart cookie.

4 Supreme Intelligence

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

Carol Danvers first encountered the Supreme Intelligence in Captain Marvel, when she was working alongside the Starforce as the amnesiac but powerful Vers, whose few memories had been altered by the Kree Supremor.

While it appeared in the form of Mar-Vell because that’s who Carol trusted, the Supreme Intelligence is an artificial intelligence comprised of the Kree’s smartest minds from across the generations making it one of the smartest beings in the MCU, though it failed to properly predict Captain Marvel’s power levels and lost control of the cosmic hero.

3 Rocket Raccoon

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

While the Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon is one of the best pilots and marksmen on the cosmic MCU team, he’s also one of the smartest when it comes to engineering, as he has shown numerous times across the “Infinity Saga.”

He was able to construct a device to facilitate the Guardians’ escape from the Kyln prison and can construct powerful weapons from almost anything. Even Tony Stark and Bruce Banner followed his lead during the construction of the Nano-Gauntlet in Avengers: Endgame due to his knowledge of alien technology and engineering skills.

2 Shuri

15 Smartest Characters In The MCU

T’Challa’s sister Shuri has been declared the smartest character in the MCU by the Russo brothers directing team, and there’s a lot of evidence to back this up. Wakanda had an advantage with a mountain of invaluable vibranium, but without Shuri’s genius turning it into cutting-edge crime-fighting technology, it would remain just a giant hunk of material.

She’s also the only one who figured out how to get the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head while still salvaging Vision’s consciousness after Bruce Banner failed to do so, so fans are expecting big things from the possible new Black Panther.

1 Tony Stark

No one in the MCU is smarter than Tony Stark. He created a genocidal artificial intelligence that almost led to the end of the world, and then created another artificial intelligence — a more peaceful, level-headed one — to destroy it. He invented nanotechnology that allows the Iron Man suit to form around him from tiny nanites stored in his arc reactor.

Tony had the advantage of limitless wealth, so he could afford to create whatever insane inventions popped into his head, but everything he did was still impressive. He even invented a whole new element after following the clues left behind by his dad.

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