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Marvel Proved a Founding X-Man Is Stronger Than Thor

A founding member of the X-Men just revealed they can treat a longtime Thor-level enemy like a punching bag.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Marauders #27, now on sale

The X-Men have some of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful beings, with Omega-Mutants being their most impressive figures. In fact, one of them is so strong, he just turned a regular enemy of an Avengers powerhouse into his personal punching bags.

Iceman has been showcasing just how powerful he really is recently, testing his limits. His latest test from Marauders #27 (by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Phil Noto, Rain Beredo, and VC’s Cory Petit) suggests he may be on the same level as Thor — or could possibly surpass him.

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As an Omega-Level Mutant, Iceman is one of Marvel’s most powerful X-Men. He’s also increasingly showcased how his capabilities make him among the Marvel Universe’s most powerful fighters in general. He recently got the chance to show off against Fing Fang Foom, holding his own against the monster and forcing it to retreat. But his newest show of power is even more ridiculous. During a battle drone aboard the Marauder ship, Christian Frost reveals that he and Iceman are planning a long holiday together. Before that though, Iceman sought another test to his newfound control over his powers. This meant visiting Niffleheim, the realm of the Ice Giants.

An Asgardian level threat, the Ice Giants recently attacked New York City in War of the Realms and were enough of a problem to warrant an entire roster of heroes. Iceman meanwhile attacked their homeworld and quickly takes down an entire horde of them with ease. He even complains that he wants to fight the ones who typically give Thor a hard time — and is non-plussed when he discovers he’s been beating their strongest fighters up already. After Iceman is done defeating them, the Ice Giants beg to be spared, and Iceman warns them against ever invading Earth again. The Ice Giants even refer to Iceman as “sir,” an honorific even Thor doesn’t usually receive from the Ice Giants. It’s a shockingly impressive showing from Iceman, indicating just how powerful he really is, as he’s seemingly operating on a Thor-level.

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Even Gods like Thor have been challenged by the Ice Giants in the past. But Iceman just took them down with ease, using their own realm to his advantage and becoming more or less unstoppable. He’s theoretically possible of feats that even surpass Thor, considering Iceman can freeze the atmosphere around him to improve his abilities. That’s a huge deal for the X-Men, as it officially gives the mutant team one of Marvel’s most powerful figures. Iceman has shown off that he’s potentially one of the Earth’s most dangerous mutants. In any conflict between the X-Men and other heroes, Iceman would likely be a powerful weapon against even the strongest of enemies.

The teased Avengers/X-Men/Eternals conflict could see Iceman prove his mettle in the battlefield, proving how mighty he is. The X-Men’s show of powers in the comics also suggests that their eventual Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnations should also be taken seriously. If the old guard of heroes like Thor end up shifting out of the spotlight in the MCU, then the X-Men could easily use their own impressive powers to fill the void. The X-Men might be strong enough to replace any of the established other Marvel heroes, and it might not be long before the Avengers learn that the hard way.

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