Science and technology has been a big part of the Marvel comics world from its very inception.
Many heroes as well as villains gained their powers through a science related accident or experiment or some technological advancement. From Captain America’s Super Soldier serum to Iron Man’s armor to Spider-Man getting bitten by radio-active spider as well as the Hulk’s transformation because of an accident involving gamma ray radiation.
Most characters have had some kind of encounter with something scientific in their storyline. As many characters in the Marvel universe are an expert in a field of science, let’s try to find out which character takes the prize.
Here are the ten of the smartest scientists in Marvel Comics universe and their chosen fields of study.
Bolivar Trask – Engineering, Robotics.
A virtuoso level intellect with a claim to fame in the field of advanced mechanic and robotics, Bolivar Trask thought of mutants to be a danger to mankind. Trask designed the Sentinels, giant robotic beings customized to discover, catch, and wipe out all of mutant population.
Kitty Pride – Computer Science.
Kitty Pride is one of the most powerful X-Men in the Marvel universe. Aside from walking through walls and teleporting herself as well as others, she is also a genius level hacker. She has the capacity to program, alter and diagnose any computer system, even if they are not of earth’s origin.
Hank McCoy – Genetics.
The Beast from X-Men is not only capable of turning himself into a big blue giant, but he is also a genius level geneticist. Hank tried to cure his initial mutation, but his genetically forward experiments ended up making his mutant powers grow.
Mr. Sinister – Genetics.
Being a geneticist from the time of Charles Darwin, that is when this field of study first came to be, Nathaniel Essex aka Mr. Sinister has always been interested in the field of mutation and adaptation of human genes. His interest in the study led to a lot of chaos in the lives of mutants.
Bruce Banner – Physics.
With a genius level intellect, Dr. Bruce Banner is one of the renowned physicists of the Marvel universe. He is the world foremost dominion on all things gamma radiation. Banner though has tried to get rid of the Hulk for a long time, he also managed to combine the powers of Hulk while maintaining his genius level intellect at the same time.
Tony Stark – Engineering, Physics.
Tony Stark built his first AI when he was still a teenager, and was admitted to MIT at the age of fifteen with degrees in engineering and physics. He went on to become the superhero Iron Man, all with his own developed technologies and armors and has a eidetic memory.
T’Challa – Physics, Shadow Physics.
T’Challa is the king of the most technologically advanced nation of the world – Wakanda. He has genius level intellect, a photographic memory and is an expert in the field of physics. T’Challa even went on to create a new field of study called the Shadow Physics, where he combined alchemy with physics to keep a track vibranium on a quantum level.
Hank Pym – Quantum Physics, Robotics, Biochemistry.
Hank Pym is a brilliant scientist, with having one of the most creative minds in the Marvel history. He is best known for his discovery of the “Pym Particles” which allows individuals to alter their size to the sub-atomic or take on the giant form. He is a brilliant researcher and other than quantum physics, his expertise also include robotics, cybernetics, entomology, and biochemistry.
Reed Richards – From Engineering to Biochemistry to Aeronautics to Almost Everything!
Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, is the man behind countless inventions and theories in the Marvel universe. He’s a master of multiple scientific disciplines, including mechanics, engineering, physics, as well as human and alien biology to even inter-dimensional travel.
Doctor Doom – Everything!
Victor Von Doom is the archenemy of Reed Richards. He is on par with the genius, if not at times, even better than the superhero. The only thing that gets in the way of his success is his ego. Doom is a man who masters everything he sets his mind to, and is an absolute genius.