Magic is increasingly becoming a major part of the MCU with characters like Doctor Strange and the Scarlet Witch dealing with greater and greater supernatural threats. That continues with the upcoming streaming series Moon Knight, which introduces Marc Spector to live-action and the mystical Egyptian deity Khonshu, who is one of the most powerful magical beings in Marvel Comics.
Khonshu is one of several supernatural beings in the comics who possess incredible mystical strength. Most of them have power beyond conception, but some of them are even stronger than others and arguably rank among the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. Many of them are now in the MCU or are about to be, leading to a lot of intriguing possibilities for magical battles in the future.
As an Egyptian deity representing the moon, Khonshu is incredibly powerful. He uses magic in extraordinary ways, including teleporting between different realms, communicating across dimensions, and also resurrecting the dead.
Comic book fans know that Moon Knight derives his immortality from Khonshu, as well as all of his powers and abilities. Khonshu is not able to physically enter the living world, limiting his power, but is able to grant powers to a person, making them the Fist of Khonshu.
Hecate is a Greek goddess with enormous mystical power. Besides a range of superhuman traits like superstrength, speed, and stamina, she’s also able to manipulate matter and energy. This manifests most often in her ability to make physical mental images from people’s minds.
She’s also able to resurrect the dead like Khonshu, but unlike him, is able to act in the physical world. She’s most often summoned into it by other magicians, including Agatha Harkness, who is one of the most powerful magicians in the Marvel Universe.
Merlyn hails from Otherworld in Marvel Comics and is actually a living composite of every variant of the character from across the multiverse. He possesses incomprehensible knowledge and power from across space and time, including the ability to observe other realities in a manner very reminiscent of The Watcher.
Merlyn has ripped stars from the sky and thrown them at Morgan le Fay, showing his incredible power. He’s not all-powerful though, showing clear limits when it comes to combating the incredible power within The Darkhold, a tome of dark magic.
Galactus is already one of the most powerful cosmic beings in the Marvel Universe, possessed of the Power Cosmic. But in Doctor Strange comics from 2019, he showed he was able to consume magical energy as well as cosmic energy, including that of a powerful magical being called Misan-Ha-Gorath.
With this added magical ability, Galactus was infinitely more powerful and was no match for the power of Doctor Strange and other heavy hitters in the magical realm. Galactus then teams up with Dormammu, making him even more dangerous.
Agamotto is an ancient mystical being who was the first Sorcerer Supreme on Earth and the source of Doctor Strange’s magic and much of his knowledge in the present day. Agamotto is omnipotent, potentially making him even more powerful than Merlyn.
Agamotto owns his own mystical dimension and from there is able to control matter and energy, as well as cast magic from beyond time and space. His knowledge dates back to before the universe, and he is able to see the truth in people and things without interference.
Dormammu is one of Doctor Strange’s most powerful villains in the comics. He is the master of the Dark Dimension and is able to manipulate matter and reality in ways that are impossible to perceive or even combat for even the most powerful heroes.
Dormammu is able to create soldiers and acolytes, which serve a purpose beyond giving him an army. They also serve as batteries, since he derives all of his power from the worship of his followers. With his power to create new beings, he never runs out.
Shuma-Gorath is a creature of enormous power. This frightening tentacled creature does not rule over a single dimension, but hundreds. He is able to destroy entire universes and realities at will, making him one of the most powerful beings in all of creation.
Shuma-Gorath is another powerful Doctor Strange villain from the comics and could be in the MCU as well. A one-eyed tentacle monster appears in the trailer for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, and it’s possible he’s also the tentacled creature in the What If ..? series.
The Scarlet Witch
As a Nexus Being, the Scarlet Witch is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. She possesses power unique in the multiverse and is capable of altering reality on a scale that theoretically has no limits, as she displayed in the House Of M comic storyline.
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The Scarlet Witch not only changed reality so her children still existed, she then altered it almost permanently when her dream was destroyed. With a single phrase, “No more mutants,” she erased all but a few hundred mutants from existence. It was only recently that mutants got their numbers back in the comics.
Mephisto is arguably more powerful than the Scarlet Witch, but his ability to alter reality seems to be more comprehensive. He showed how powerful he is when he erased the marriage between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson from continuity in One More Day.
This retcon remains in place fifteen years later in the comics. As the master of his own dimension and an entity capable of fighting powerhouses like Galactus and winning, Mephisto is one of the most powerful magical beings in Marvel Comics.
The most powerful magical being of all is perhaps Chthon. Chthon is an ancient being and the source of all chaos magic in the Marvel Universe. This is the forbidden magic in the all-powerful Darkhold and the source of the Scarlet Witch’s power as well.
Chthon can do more than alter reality. He is able to construct reality and existence on a universal scale. He controls every aspect of reality within his own personal dimension and is also able to manipulate and operate through beings in other realms.
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