Smartest Mutants in Marvel Comics:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has only shown us a handful of geniuses. With the X-Men coming to the MCU, it is time to know how well the mutants fare against the mighty brains of the MCU. The mutants also have several individuals that are extremely good at their respective fields. You will be surprised at some of the entries here.
1. Mister Sinister – Genetic Engineering
Mister Sinister was once a genius-level scientist who proposed several popular theories on human evolution and mutation. He soon theorized that humanity is doomed because a new mutation will one day wipe out the inferior species and give rise to a superior species that will take over the globe. His warnings fell on deaf ears and several decades later, the Mutant Generation swept the world.
Mister Sinister in many ways predicted the rise of the X-Gene. He soon developed a fascination for genetic research. Using the technology of his own design, he gave him-self heightened longevity that increased his lifespan and thus began his quest to understand the intricacies of the X-gene and the Mutant phenomenon.
2. Professor X – Human Psychology
Professor X is known as the world’s most powerful telepath. And as a telepath, Professor Charles Xavier has had a hard time not looking into the psyche of men. His powers give him an extensive understanding of human behavior and psychology. Although he has mastered multiple scientific disciplines, Professor X’s greatest non-mutant asset is his depth of knowledge with respect to human behavior.
Professor X once taught Magneto a technique that is called “measuring the enemy”. A proper method that could measure the changes in expressions, speech pattern, pupil movement and tone allowed Magneto to become a human lie detector. Professor X could even use this technique to tell a person’s emotional state.
3. Emma Frost – Business Management
Many do not know this but the mutant telepath called Emma Frost aka the White Queen is worth billions of dollars. Emma Frost is the heir to a huge fortune left by her ancestors. She has also been proven capable of being a stone-cold business tycoon who will only invest in projects and ventures she sees potential in. In more ways than one, Emma Frost is a genius at identifying critical projects that could reap her billions of dollars in revenue.
She has been found extremely proficient at handling the finances of her several billion-dollar companies that make up her huge conglomerate as well as in Corporate Law, a very tricky field of discipline. Frost uses her resources very judiciously and has a stake in several important projects like Cummings Aeronautics who made Shield’s Helicarrier, and Laneige Industries that designs the inter-dimensional portals used by the Avengers and the X-Men.
4. Cyclops – Battle Strategy
Cyclops is considered one of the, if not the greatest leader of the X-Men. Scott Summers had always shown a natural aptitude for leadership and battle strategy. Leading a team of X-Men and always coming out victorious against insurmountable odds, Cyclops garnered a tremendous reputation as one of the greatest assets the X-Men has on the field. Cyclops is known for always thinking three or maybe even four or five steps ahead of the enemy.
He is good at reading opponents and anticipating what they might do next. Cyclops excels as a leader not because he has amazing charisma (which he does not possess at all by the way) but because his team-mates know that under his leadership and strategic planning, they have the highest chances of coming out alive.
5. Beast – Biochemistry
Beast’s real name is Henry Philip “Hank” McCoy. Even before his genetic mutation kicked in due to his activation of the X-Gene, Beast was already a well-known scientist. Hank was the first scientist to have created a counter to the Legacy Virus, the global epidemic that almost wiped out the worldwide mutant population. Beast uses his expertise in molecular physics, biology, human chemistry, and genetic research to create a unique level of expertise in biochemistry. His expertise in medical research is either greater than or on par of Moira McTaggert and Professor X, them-selves huge authority figures in this field.
6. Cypher – Cryptology
At first glance, Douglas Ramsey’s ability sounds pretty useless. Cypher has the power to decode any encrypted or hidden information. Cypher’s ability sounds laughable but what Marvel has managed to do with it is nothing short of commendable. They took a useless ability and turned it into one of the most enviable abilities a mutant could possess on the battlefield. Cypher’s ability allows him to decide the inner workings of any language and thus he can master any language, foreign or alien, in a matter of seconds. Cypher is not just limited to linguistics. He can also read body language and anticipate his opponents’ actions. Provided with enough data and time, Cypher is a force to be reckoned with.
7. Forge – Advanced Weaponry
As a young man, Forge joined the Army and fought in the Vietnam War. The war cost him a hand and a leg. Forge was quick to use his mutant ability of enhanced intelligence to create a set of cybernetic limbs to replace his old ones. This was at a time when stuff like microprocessors was still a distant reality. Forge just invented microprocessors way before their time and he did not even mean to create such a thing.
He was only recreating his arms and limbs through mechanical means. Forge is one of the greatest inventors of tech after Tony Stark. Through his mutant intellect, Forge has created time travel technology, power dampening equipment as well as power regulators to help his fellow X-Men. He is also well-versed in the occult arts.
8. Magneto – Particle Physics
Magneto may look like a crazy mad man with too much power at first. But he is much more than just a radical extremist. Magneto, believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, is a genius in the field of particle physics. He has actually used his experience in the field to create an inexhaustible source of energy to power his mutant lairs.
He once created such a source for the mutant nation of Genosha in the hopes that his land would never run out of energy. The energy source tapped directly into the Earth’s magnetic field to generate electricity. When Magneto was in Savage Land, he used his scientific knowhow to create the Savage Land Mutates and played a vital role in understanding the alien technology required to create Alpha the Ultimate Mutant.
9. Cable – Mechanical Engineering
Cable, the son of Cyclops and a Jean Grey clone called Madelyne Pryor, is not a born genius but a self-taught one. When you are living in a dystopian future where you are either always on the run or are being hunted down, you are forced to learn a thing or two. The cable is an expert at inventing and maintaining wondrous pieces of equipment. His own body contains extremely advanced cybernetic tech that Cable has to tend to on a daily basis.
The cable also creates most of his own weaponry and has a high degree of understanding when it comes to energy-based weaponry. His greatest invention has to be the time displacement technology that Cable had a hand in developing. It was the same technology he used to jump back in time to the present future.
10. Sage – Analytics
Sage has the brain that works on the same level as a supercomputer. That is her innate mutant ability. Her powers also give her brain an unlimited storage space with the ability of perfect recall. Sage is also able to multi-task several things at the same time by allocating a portion of her brain to each respective activity. What sets Sage apart is her ability to analyze huge sets of information and create meaningful relationships out of them.
In an alternate universe, Sage actually replaced Cerebro and was responsible for finding out new mutants with her ability for Professor X. She is also known to be able to find out what abilities a mutant might possess after his or her X-Gene is activated and how useful he or she can be to the X-Men. She was one of the greatest assets of the Hell-Fire Club when she was a part of it because of her powerful analytical skills.