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The Most Essential Avengers In The MCU

List RulesVote up the heroes you wouldn't pass up when forming your own Avengers squad.

It's hard to choose the most important member of the Avengers. Together, they comprise the Earth's Mightiest Heroes - meaning the whole point is that every member is one of the mightiest heroes on the planet. Choosing between the Avengers sort of feels like picking between apples and oranges. Sure, one of them may have better qualities in one area, but a different Avenger may have them beat in another. Still, it eventually comes time to get down to business and pick out what's gonna be in the fruit salad. 

The most powerful Avengers aren't always the easiest to work with. And, when putting together a team, that's important to keep in mind, as well. Scarlet Witch is strong, but putting her on one's team could result in inadvertently imprisoning oneself in a '50s sitcom. So, even though it's pretty clear Scarlet Witch could win in a fight against virtually any other Avenger, maybe it's better to put Doctor Strange on the fantasy Avengers lineup instead. 

  • Photo: WandaVision / Disney+

    Who Is She: A radicalized orphan who lost her parents thanks to weapons built by Tony Stark. 

    Powers: Scarlet Witch wields Chaos Magic to perform a variety of powerful spells. As shown in WandaVision, she can alter reality around her in whatever ways she sees fit. If she wants her immediate surroundings to mimic a TV show where everyone acts like a trope-y character and she's the star, then so be it. 

    Personality: The Scarlet Witch, especially after the demise of the Vision, is a wild card. She's incredibly passionate for her loved ones throughout her entire life, whether that's fighting for revenge after her parents' demise or creating a proxy of the Vision. 

    Her X-Factor: Scarlet Witch is immensely powerful and still discovering the limits of her abilities. Had she known how powerful she truly is, it's possible Infinity War would have turned out differently. As the franchise progresses, it will be interesting to see how her powers are used. 

  • Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: A billionaire industrialist who stops designing weapons and becomes a high-tech hero after a brush with death.

    Powers: One may assume Tony's power is his Iron Man suit, but in all actuality, Tony's one and only superpower is his genius mind and engineering mastery. With his suit, Tony can fly and blast lasers. But, with his mind, Tony can build Ultron, Vision, and develop a method of time travel. 

    Personality: Tony may seem like an egotistical lone wolf, but he's actually a loving friend and mentor. As shown through his relationship with Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony has a real desire to train up younger heroes (and he's pretty good at it, too!). While Doctor Strange doesn't believe Tony Stark to be the type to make the sacrifice play, after his actions in Endgame, Tony proves that he very much is. 

    His X-Factor: Steve Rogers will always stand back up when he gets knocked down, whereas if Tony Stark gets knocked down, he'll devise a better solution to create a more favorable outcome in the next skirmish. Stark, at his core, is a master problem-solver. He creates the Iron Man suit with spare parts while imprisoned by terrorists, and he builds a time machine after losing to Thanos in Infinity War

  • Photo: Thor: Ragnarok / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: God of Thunder, Prince of Asgard, and Hero of Earth.

    Powers: Thor is known as the mighty Avenger, and for good reason. He's one of the powerhouses of the team (next to Hulk and Captain Marvel), thanks to his godly strength and his ability to rain lightning down from the sky. Thor also wields his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, which can only be picked up by him and others who are worthy. 

    Personality: Thor is a bit childlike in his behavior. He's not above getting into verbal spats with Peter Quill or playing video games drunkenly on the couch with Korg. The Odinson adds a bit of levity and fun to any team he's on. Thor is sort of like the high school quarterback who's friends with everyone instead of using his stature to look down on those around him. 

    His X-Factor: Unlike some of the other Avengers, Thor knows his limits and isn't afraid to say when he's not up to the task. This personality trait comes out most notably and positively when Thor appoints Valkyrie to be the new queen of Asgard. This may not seem like a big deal, but when Avengers don't know their place, it leads to situations like Tony Stark creating Ultron and costing countless lives. 

  • Photo: Doctor Strange / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Who Is He: One of the best surgeons in the country turned mystic after an accident breaks his hands. 

    Powers: Doctor Strange is a powerful sorcerer and defender of the New York sanctum. This means he is a master of the mystic arts and capable of wielding power from a variety of different sources to cast countless spells and enchantments. Strange typically uses his magic to create weapons, portals, and even duplicate himself. 

    Personality: Doctor Strange is incredibly arrogant but intelligent enough to back it up. He hasn't spent much time as a team player on the Avengers, but he seems to think he knows better than everyone else on the team. He is mostly just annoyed that he has to deal with Iron Man and Spider-Man during their time aboard Thanos's ship, but they do formulate a pretty good plan to defeat Thanos together (that would have worked if not for Peter Quill). 

    His X-Factor: He's the only Avenger that's knowledgeable in magic and the mystic arts. Sure, Scarlet Witch is incredibly powerful and is a magic-wielding natural, but she remains untrained and ignorant of how to properly use her abilities.