In the Marvel universe there’s something called the “strength scale”, against which all heroes are measured and ranked in terms of their “raw physical strength.” At the upper end of this scale there are over a hundred heroes who supposedly possess an “incalculable” level of power. This of course makes ranking the top 10 strongest characters in the Marvel universe an exercise in futility, since there are at least two dozen heroes who are said be so strong it’s impossible to quantify their power in any meaningful way.
That said, here are 10 of those characters, in no particular order, to demonstrate how silly comics can get when writers and artists consistently have to one up each other in demonstrating how hard a given hero can punch something.
10. Armando Muñoz – AKA Darwin
To quote his movie counterpart, Darwin is a mutant who “adapts to survive.” Simply put, his body will adapt instantaneously so that he won’t come to harm. Throw him into water and he’ll grow gills. Hit him with an axe and his body will turn into diamond with tiny middle fingers etched onto it. In situations when Darwin needs to suplex cars and punt cinderblocks into orbit, his body can similarly adapt to grant him superhuman strength, the limits of which are unknown. Hell, even the Marvel wiki merely states that “Darwin is as strong as he needs to be”. Suggesting that he could, theoretically, be as strong as he wants.
But Darwin can’t control his power, so it rarely works out this way. For example, when Darwin was fighting the Hulk, rather than adapting to grant him the ability to deliver thunderous, Randy Savage-esque elbow drops from the heavens, his body adapted the ability to teleport and transported him away from the fight. (World War Hulk: X-Men #3)
Greatest feat of strength:
During a fight with Hela, a literal god of Death with the ability to shatter titanium T-Rex skulls with a flick of her wrist, Darwin touched her and instead of instantly dying like everyone else, gained all of her powers and became a god of death himself. (X-Factor #212)