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Marvel's Super-Geniuses

James Bradley (Earth-616) from X-Club Vol 1 1

The Marvel Universe has many geniuses, but some are considered smarter than others. The ranking of the smartest person on Earth is contested by many and the ranking can also be subject to opinion. The organizations such as Intelligencia created their own list. A Super-Genius is marked at Level 6 on the Power Grid. They have attended some of the best Universities in the world.

Marvel's Smartest

Henry McCoy, Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, Henry Pym, Amadeus Cho and T'Challa (Earth-616) from Incredible Hulk Vol 1 601 0001
  • Reed Richards aka "Mister Fantastic" is the leader of the Fantastic Four and one of the most intelligent beings on the planet. Reed possesses a mastery of electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering, electronics, chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology. A visionary theoretician and inspired machine smith, he has made breakthroughs in such varied fields as space travel, time travel, extra-dimensional travel, biochemistry, robotics, computers, synthetic polymers, communications, mutations, transportation, holography, energy generation, spectral analysis and more. He is one of the few people on Earth to be an expert on other dimensions and the methods by which to travel to and through them. Reed’s patents are so valuable that he is able to bankroll the Fantastic Four, Inc., without any undue financial stress. Not only has Reed proven himself to be a genius in virtually every science native to Earth, he has shown himself to be more knowledgeable than even some of the most highly advanced alien civilizations in the known universe as well.[1] He has often been stated to be the smartest man on Earth.[2]
  • Victor von Doom's most dangerous weapon is his intellect. He is one of the top mortal minds on the planet, Doom even cured Ben Grimm from his Thing form.[3] Doom has constructed hundreds of devices, including a working time machine,[4] devices which can imbue people with powers,[5] and many types of robots.[4] His most frequently used robots are his "Doombots," exact mechanical replicas of the himself. They look like him, talk like him, and even act like him. Individually, Doombots have an advanced AI (artificial intelligence) so that each one believes itself to be the real Doom.[6] As a safety measure, each Doombot has a dampener program that is triggered whenever the real Doom (or another Doombot) is nearby. These "body doubles" appear when Doom cannot be present or is unwilling to risk his own life, and are often responsible for Doom's seeming return from certain death.[7] Another common type of robot used is the Servo-Guard, the police force of Latveria.[8] Doom specializes in physics, robotics, cybernetics, genetics, weapons technology, biochemistry, and time travel. He also has natural talents for leadership, strategy, politics, and manipulation.
  • Hank Pym is one of the world's foremost biochemists and also possesses considerable expertise in numerous scientific fields such as subatomic physics, robotics, cybernetics, programming, emergency medicine, optics and entomology. His high I.Q. makes him one of the smartest people in the world capable of rivaling others such as Reed Richards and is regarded by the Eternity as the Earth's "Scientist Supreme".[9] During his career, he created robot Ultron, explored and repaired the Vision often, and created much of the Avengers' equipment.[10]
  • Bruce Banner aka "The Hulk" is a nuclear physicist,[11] possessing a mind so brilliant that it cannot be measured by any known intelligence test.[12] Banner is regarded by Tony Stark as the greatest nuclear scientist on Earth.[13] Banner also has expertise in the fields of engineering[14] and biology.[15] He was once referred as the fourth smartest people on the planet.[16]
Amadeus Cho (Earth-616) from Mighty Avengers Vol 1 21
  • Tony Stark aka "Iron Man" is a mechanical engineering prodigy who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with honors at the age of seventeen and classed as a super-genius at number five on the top smartest people on Earth.[17] With an intelligence classified as super-genius,[18] he easily is one of the smartest people on Earth. Furthermore, this extends to his remarkable ingenuity dealing with difficult situations such as foes and deathtraps where he is capable of using his available tools, like his suit, in unorthodox and effective ways, for example when he built the first Iron Man Armor in captivity.[19] He has also been able to hack technology from the Kree, a race centuries more advanced than humans.[20] Tony is known as a "futurist." He has stated that the way his mind works he can intuit the future, even being able to foreshadow that a situation similar to the superhuman Civil War was going to happen, years before it did.[21] Stark can use his superior intellect to the levels of dividing his consciousness with the help of equipment and perfectly operate three portions of his consciousness at the same time, being able to move, fight, talk and process information in three different bodies at the same time.[22] Tony has been mentioned by Reed Richards to be the world's best multitasker.[23]
  • Hank McCoy aka the "Beast" of the X-Men is one of the eight smartest people in the world.[24] He has six PhDs,[25] including one in biophysics.[26] A world-renowned biochemist,[27] Henry McCoy's greatest asset is his keen scientific mind. As the X-Men's resident technological and medical genius,[27] he possesses extraordinary expertise in genetics,[27] biochemistry,[28][27] and electronics[29]. He discovered the hormonal extract that is the chemical cause of mutation[30] and cured the Legacy Virus.[31] Among his technological feats, McCoy has designed and built Cerebra;[32] a time travel device with the X-Club;[33] a machine which separates the Evolutionaries from cosmic rays;[34] and the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, outfitted with Shi'ar technology as well as a thermonuclear reactor.[35] He has extensive knowledge of a variety of other scientific fields.[27] Cecilia Reyes was impressed with his knowledge of theoretical physics and basic anatomy.[36] Though, he has humbly stated himself to be an amateur in physics and technology.[28] He has an eidetic memory[37] and it shows in his ability to recall complex mathematical or chemical formula with little to no research.[38] He can additionally remember and quote historical text, literature, or even comic strip quotes from memory.[39] Hank is also an accomplished keyboard musician.[27]
Amadeus Cho (Earth-616) from Hercules Fall of An Avenger Vol 1 1
  • Amadeus Cho aka "The Hulk" has a which mind operates like a hyper computer, capable of rapidly and without mechanical aid perform an infinite number of unimaginable complex and simultaneous calculations, in his mind with minimal stimuli. He can quickly, simultaneously and perfectly analyze multiple information streams (e.g. threat assessment) and rapidly respond to changing tactical situations, by identifying the variables and quantum possibilities in any situation, and he uses this information to adjust the outcome to whichever is most favorable to him. Because his mind operates like a hyper computer; he can process information quickly and this gives him a hyper-accelerated learning aptitude. He also possesses limitless information storage and retrieval, enhanced pattern solving/recognition, extremely high perception and observational skills, perfect deductive/reasoning skills and investigative skills, superhuman strategic/tactical analytical skills, and an eidetic memory (meaning that he never forgets anything and has perfect recall).[40][41][42] His hyper mind also makes him one of the most intelligent people on the planet, ranking him somewhere in the top ten smartest beings. The Eternal Ajak believes that Cho is actually more intelligent than some immortals, and he has claimed to Athena, who says that intelligence is essentially "pattern recognition", that he sees patterns better than 99.999999993% of people on Earth.[40][41][42]
  • T'Challa aka the "Black Panther" is the ruler of the African nation of Wakanda. T'Challa is also a polymath genius and has an eidetic (aka photographic) memory[citation needed]. His genius is as such that he is one of the eight smartest people on Earth.[43] He possesses accomplishments such as a PhD in physics from Oxford University. He also combined alchemy with science to create a new scientific field called Shadow Physics, a dangerous discipline which allowed him to track Vibranium on a quantum level, craft weapons which would be particularly effective against Vibranium, and create an unstable teleportation device which at the time ripped apart anyone using it with great healing ability.[citation needed]
  • Otto Octavius aka "Doctor Octopus"
Intel (Earth-616) from Fall of the Hulks Alpha Vol 1 1
  • Samuel Sterns aka "The Leader" after being exposed to Gamma Radiation gained superhuman mental acumen. Before the accident he possessed a below average intelligence with barely a High School education. He now possesses enhanced intuition, pattern solving, information storage and retrieval, and logical and philosophical structuring. The potential of his intelligence is nearly unlimited. It is assumed (in theory) he is capable of knowledge and comprehension above and beyond the normal human spectrum of thought. He is potentially capable of mastering every worldly subject and capable of adopting concepts completely foreign to his environment. His ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance. His intuition is heightened to the degree that his hunches are almost always correct. The Leader has a perfect memory with the ability to recall every moment since the accident that gave him his powers. The Leader possesses knowledge of genetics, physics, and robotics, and has designed a large number of sophisticated weapons, vehicles, computers, androids, and synthetic humanoids. He is particularly adept at genetic engineering and manipulating radiation for various nefarious purposes.[44]
  • George Tarleton aka "M.O.D.O.K." was created by A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics). He was turned into a Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing to analyze and probe the Cosmic Cube and to improve the organization's productivity in its scientific endeavors. He had a massive cranium was to much to for his frail body to support so they place in a hoverchair dubbed the Doomsday Chair.[45] Like the Leader his ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance. His brain is like a computer and has perfect recall. He is an expert in all scientific fields.[46]
  • Bentley Wittman aka "The Wizard"
  • Ivan Kragoff aka "Red Ghost"
  • Mad Thinker

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  1. New Avengers #44
  2. Fantastic Four #580
  3. Fantastic Four #17
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fantastic Four #5
  5. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3
  6. Fantastic Four #258
  7. Avengers #332-333
  8. Fantastic Four #84
  9. Mighty Avengers #30
  10. Avengers #57-58
  11. Marvel Encyclopedia #The Incredible Hulk
  12. Smartest Superheroes
  13. Incredible Hulk #153
  14. Giant-Size Super-Stars #1
  15. Incredible Hulk #468
  16. Dark Reign: The List - Hulk #1
  17. Iron Man: The Legend (1996)
  18. Avengers: Roll Call #1
  19. Tales of Suspense #39
  20. Operation: Galactic Storm
  21. New Avengers: Illuminati #1
  22. Iron Man: Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic #7
  23. Avengers Vol 5 #43
  24. Incredible Hulk #601
  25. Young X-Men #10
  26. Uncanny X-Men #308
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #1
  28. 28.0 28.1 Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #27
  29. Marvel Super Heroes Judge's Book
  30. Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #11
  31. Uncanny X-Men #390
  32. New X-Men #114
  33. Uncanny X-Men #512
  34. X-Men Vol 3 #14
  35. Wolverine and the X-Men #1
  36. X-Men Vol 2 #70
  37. The Xavier Files, 1st edition paperback, 1994. Justine H. Korman, ISBN 0-679-86177-7
  38. The Xavier Files, 1st edition paperback, 1994. Justine H. Korman, ISBN 0-679-86177-7
  39. The Xavier Files, 1st edition paperback, 1994. Justine H. Korman, ISBN 0-679-86177-7
  40. 40.0 40.1 World War Hulk: Gamma Files #1
  41. 41.0 41.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #2
  42. 42.0 42.1 Marvel Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide #1
  43. Hulk #601, Fall of the Hulks: Among the top eight minds on the planet are Reed Richards, Victor von Doom, Anthony Stark, Bruce Banner, Henry Pym, Hank McCoy and Amadeus Cho, as well.
  44. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #7
  45. Tales of Suspense #94
  46. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #18

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