While the Marvel universe is filled with some brilliant robots, there are also quite a few who are renowned across the galaxy for their deadliness.
One of Marvel’s most powerful versions of the evil robot named Ultron threatened multiple eras in the recent Ant-Man mini-series. Ultron has proven time and time again that he is a huge threat to the Marvel universe, though he has also proven that he isn’t the deadliest robot out there.
There are a few other powerful Marvel robots who have not only defeated Ultron, but shown they are just as dangerous as Pym’s first robot. Vision was Ultron’s own creation who defeated his robotic father time and time again. Human Torch was one of Marvel’s first robots and remains one of the deadliest.
5/5 Machine Man
First Appearance: 2001, A Space Odyssey (Vol. 2) #8, by writer/penciler Jack Kirby, inker Mike Royer, and colorist Petra Goldberg
X-51 was an experimental robotic unit created by Dr. Abel Stack for the military. However, after seeing X-51’s capacity for human reasoning, thinking and emotion, he decided to set X-51 free before his untimely death.
The Machine Man named himself Aaron Stack to honor the sacrifice of his fallen creator. While Stack’s body wasn’t initially outfitted with advanced weaponry, it did adapt over the years to better protect itself. X-51’s extendable limbs eventually featured built-in weaponry, and he became an incredibly efficient member of the Midnight Sons roster that fought against multiversal zombies.
4/5 Human Torch
First Appearance: Marvel Comics (Vol. 1) #1, by writer/penciler/inker/letterer Carl Burgos
Jim Hammond became one of Marvel’s very first superheroes and robots when he debuted in 1939 as the Human Torch. Phineas T. Horton created the advanced android using “Horton Cells” to replicate the human body’s organic material. However, the Horton Cells had a side effect that caused them to ignite when exposed to air.
This allowed Horton’s android to burst completely into flame as the Human Torch. He adopted the name Jim Hammond and fought alongside the Invaders during World War II. The original Human Torch eventually returned to the modern age to continue fighting as one of Marvel’s strongest fire-powered heroes.
3/5 Death’s Head
First Appearance: Transformers (UK) (Vol. 1) #167, by writer Simon Furman, penciler/inker Bryan Hitch, and colorist Steve White
When the robotic bounty hunter known as Death’s Head first appeared, he was a “Freelance Peace Keeping Agent” built on the planet Styrakos and was the same size as the Transformers. While his body was eventually reduced in size and strength, his personality was larger than ever.
Death’s Head inventors created him to house the powerful energies of an alien being. However, he escaped with the new drive to make an extreme profit. Death’s Head eventually found himself in the mainstream 616 Marvel universe. He continued taking on bounties with his superhuman strength, advanced weaponry, and incredible marksmanship.
2/5 The Fury
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes (UK) (Vol. 1) #387, by writer Alan Moore and penciler Alan Davis
The incredibly powerful Mad Jim Jaspers from an alternate reality created the advanced robotic Cybiote known as The Fury. Jaspers hoped to take out that world’s superhumans, though other versions have continued to test Marvel’s multiversal heroes like Captain Britain over the years.
The mainstream reality version of Mad Jim Jaspers also created a version of The Fury. It contained the same devastating weaponry and adaptive sensors as its alternate reality counterpart which allowed it to take out any superhero it encountered. The Fury became even deadlier when it developed the technology to move across the multiverse on its own.
First Appearance: Avengers (Vol. 1) #57, by writer Roy Thomas, penciler John Buscema, inker George Klein, and letterer Sam Rosen
While Vision is best known as a heroic Avenger, he was originally created as a deadly infiltration unit tasked with taking down Earth’s mightiest heroes. He has a number of powerful abilities that would have made it possible to complete his task if he didn’t rebel to become one of the most reliable Avengers.
Vision has an advanced robotics system that drives him to mimic humans in order to better fit in with the Avengers. He can alter his molecular density to phase through walls like a ghost or deliver diamond-hard punches. He could also destroy almost anything with his powerful solar beam, so it’s a good thing he decided to join the Avengers instead of destroying them.
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