Avengers: Ranking the Weapons (Written pre-‘Infinity War’)

So this list, to help celebrate the upcoming film “Avengers: Infinity War,” will be a bit less formal. I just wanted to give credit to some of the awesome weapons featured in this film series, and again this will be from “worst to best.” However, I’m sticking with just a few and the rankings don’t mean too terribly much.

With that said, here’s the list.

Honorable Mention: Hawkeye’s Bow/Arrows


Hawkeye using his bow and arrows in “The Avengers.”

So, Hawkeye’s bow and variety of arrows didn’t break the top 10. I didn’t include the weapon because, while they’re pretty cool, aren’t on the level as some of the others on this list. Additionally, this is the one weapon that really relies on the user more than any other. Probably no one else on the team could fight off either an army of aliens or robots with a bow and arrows, no matter how advanced they were. The arrows have some good abilities, but it’s Hawkeye’s skills that really do the work.

10. Star Lord’s Pistols


Star Lord firing his guns in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Star-Lord’s pistols are great. First of all, he refers to himself as an outlaw, and it fits since he fires these things like a Wild West cowboy. Plus, from a film perspective, the guns are fairly unique. If I had to think of a comparison, it would have to be the plasma rifles from the “Halo” series. Like in “Star Trek,” the weapons also seem to have both a kill and stun function.

9. Winter Soldier’s Arm


The Winter Soldier punches Captain America’s shield with his metallic arm.

It’s not just a prosthetic, it’s an effective weapon that made the Winter Soldier a tough opponent, even for Captain America. One of the most memorable moments from the 2014 film “Winter Soldier” is when the titular character punches Captain America’s shield with his metal fist. Cap has to struggle in stopping that punch and the noise it makes is loud and intense. Winter Soldier is also able to speed up his martial arts thanks to the motorized metal arm. The arm has also been shown to break concrete.

Now, in “Captain America: Civil War,” Winter Soldier’s arm was destroyed. However, he appears to have a new one based on the “Infinity War” trailer, and this time, it must have been built with advanced Wakanda technology, likely making it even more effective.

8. Rocket Racoon’s Hadron Enforcer


Star Lord using the Hadron Enforcer in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

I have a soft spot for big, powerful guns in science fiction, and this weapon, made by the brilliant Rocket Raccoon, fits the bill. So far in the series, its been shown to be one of the strongest weapons, with its force only being stopped by the power of an infinity stone. The fact that it appears to have been assembled with different parts by Rocket adds to the weapon’s cool factor, too.

7. Spider-Man’s Advanced Web Shooters

I won’t lie, I’ve always preferred the organic web shooters that Spider-Man had in the early 2000s films to the web shooters. However, they made them work really well here. Thanks to technology from Tony Stark, Spider-Man’s web shooters have all sorts of functions, as seen in the video below.

There’s everything from web grenades to just more standard web attacks. This is made even more impressive when considering that Spider-Man’s webbing is known to be incredibly strong.

6. Black Panther’s Energy Mechanic


Black Panther in his first film.

Black Panther’s suit was first seen in “Captain America: Civil War” and it was already pretty cool. However, it received a great upgrade in the 2018 film, making it even better. Along with having nearly unbreakable armor and razor sharp claws, Black Panther’s suit also includes a feature that allows him to absorb blows from enemies and then unleash the energy back at opponents. It as an incredibly useful feature for Black Panther and the hero used it many times in combat and had great success.

5. Iron Man’s lasers


Iron Man using his laser weapon in “The Avengers.”

Iron Man’s lasers built in to his arms have been sorely underused in the films, despite being some of his best weapons. They appeared in both “Iron Man 2” and “Avengers” and each time they were quite effective. Also, other than the next item on this list, it’s one of Iron Man’s more unique weapons. Many of them are missiles of some sort, but the lasers are different and much more deadly.

4. Iron Man’s Repulsor Rays


Iron Man using his repulsor rays in “The Avengers.”

This weapon is like the gold standard of the whole Marvel series. Even those who haven’t seen every movie probably recognize Iron Man raising his arm and firing these canon-like blasters.

While originally designed just to stabilize flight, the rays have become the most valuable pieces in Stark’s arsenal and when fully charged make for one of the strongest weapons in the series.

3. Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir


Thor using the hammer Mjolnir to summon lightning.

Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, is an incredibly powerful weapon and can only be stopped by the very strongest enemies. Along with being a great melee weapon, the other qualities of Mjolnir is what really makes it work.

For example, Thor can call the hammer to him, and he’s the only one that can lift it. Plus, many times Thor has been seen throwing the hammer in order to fly. Touches like this add to the mysticism of the character and makes it that much cooler of a weapon. Additionally, the hammer can summon and channel lightning for attacks.

2. Dr. Strange’s mystical arts weapons


Doctor Strange utilizing mystical energy in combat.

I love the idea of weapons that can be created by at will with glowing energy. It’s why Green Lantern has always been a favorite of mine and why I really enjoyed Strange’s combat in his film.

In the film, Strange was shown to make whips as well as arcane circles that can be used for offensive and defensive purposes.

1. Captain America’s Shield

I don’t think there’s a better item in the Marvel series that can be used for both an offensive and defensive purposes.

It’s a very accessible weapon, too, as both Black Widow and the Winter Soldier have been shown using it in battle, the latter throwing the shield with incredible strength thanks to the metal arm.

When used in combat, it’s incredibly effective, able to smash and cut through most things. This is especially true with Cap, as he’s basically a surgeon with the shield, even taking down a jet.

On the defensive side, Cap’s shield has yet to meet something that can break it. It’s taken a direct hit from Thor’s hammer and a blast from Loki’s scepter, and Cap shrugged it off.


Captain America reflecting Iron Man’s repulsor rays to hit enemies in “The Avengers.”

Another important factor is how the shield can be used in collaborative efforts. In “The Avengers,” Cap reflected Iron Man’s repulsor rays to hit more enemies and in “Age of Ultron,” the shield was hit by Thor and cut through five or six robot opponents with ease.


Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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