Top 10 Smartest Supervillains in Comic Book History


4. THANOS

The Mad Titan has been a big bad in the Marvel universe for over forty years, after making his debut in Iron Man #55 in 1973. Filmgoers know him as the final boss that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been hinting at through the films of its first three phases.

Thanos has been framed to readers and viewers alike as a next-level villain – a force with powers so limitless that to challenge him would be to invite total annihilation. While this is true in large part because of his superhuman physicality and psionic powers, it is also true because of Thanos’s unmatched intellect.

The range of skills that Thanos has mastered is extensive enough to be boring; he is an expert in essentially all known fields of theoretical and applied sciences, and has created technology that supersedes anything that exists on earth. His self-made transportation chair allows him space flight, teleportation, time travel, and movement between universes – quite the impressive DIY project.

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