Part of the reason comic books are so popular among millions of loyal fans are the heroes they’re centered around. Sure, readers may love a great story, and they may even love a good villain, but when a superhero is simply an average Joe who just ended up involved in a strange series of events that resulted in him or her gaining superpowers, that’s intriguing to readers. Although that’s not always the case, when it happens, it sometimes makes the hero easier to relate to — more vulnerable and human.
In both the Marvel and DC universes, the hero’s career sometimes plays a part of the story line. Superman, for instance, comes across as a reserved and quiet worker at his office job at the Daily Planet. His job gives us insight into the his life and personality behind the mask. We learn of his weaknesses and human-like traits.
Using the book: Marvel The Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide, coupled with other data, like Labor Statistics on real life salaries, we’ve created a list of some of the richest and poorest Marvel superheroes. We’ve included information from the guide on some of the heroes’ careers, strengths, weaknesses, and powers. Which Marvel heroes likely have a large wad of cash stashed, and which are barely scraping by?
5 of the richest Marvel heroes
- Description: Sub-Mariner (also known as Namor) was born to an Atlantean mother and a human father. He is the ruler of the underwater kingdom, Atlantis. He fought alongside Captain America during WWII, and the two became allies. He is a member of the Avengers, but he is first and foremost loyal to his kingdom and will do anything to protect it. Namor is known for his super-strength, which is further enhanced when he is in water. He has fin-like wings on his ankles, which allow him to fly. His other powers include night vision, the ability to communicate telepathically with marine animals, and the ability to breathe both in and out of water.
- Occupation: King of Atlantis
- Earnings: As the ruler of Atlantis, Namor has control over the kingdom’s wealth.
- Description: Medusa is a member of the inhuman royal family and also married to their leader, Black Bolt. She has fought alongside the Avengers, and she is also an ally to the Fantastic Four. Medusa’s power lies in her hair, which is like a being in itself that is controlled by Medusa.
- Occupation: Queen and royal interpreter
- Earnings: Given her position in the Royal family, coupled with her marriage to Black Bolt, she has easy access to vast resources.
- Description: Crystal is the princess of the inhumans. She has been in a series of relationships with other heroes, including Johnny Storm and Quicksilver. She has served as a member of the Fantastic Four, using her elemental powers (wind, earth, and air) to aid the team when she was needed. Her weakness is pollution.
- Occupation: Princess
- Earnings: Like her sister Medusa, Crystal is a member of the royal inhuman family. Her (Earthly) wealth is virtually unlimited.
4. Iron Man
- Description: As one of the most intelligent and influential people in the world, Tony Stark is much more than your typical billionaire playboy. While testing weaponry in Vietnam, he was captured and ended up with a piece of shrapnel lodged dangerously close to his heart. To escape from captivity, he created the first set of Iron Man armor, which he has since perfected. The armor provides stark with speed, strength, artillery, and the power of flight.
- Occupation: Businessman
- Earnings: Roughly $5 billion, comparable to some of America’s highest-paid, real-life CEOs.
5. Moon Knight
- Description: Moon Knight (or Marc Spector) spent time as a boxer, a Marine, and as a CIA operative. He was left to die in the dessert in Egypt, but was saved by the followers of the Egyptian God Khonshu. He then received powers of strength from the God (that he obtains from the moon cycles), and he uses them to punish criminals. Moon Knight also becomes a member of the West Coast Avengers.
- Occupation: Millionaire playboy
- Earnings: Roughly $10-$100 million from entrepreneurial activities.
5 of the poorest Marvel heroes
1. Big Bertha
- Description: Big Bertha (or Ashley Crawford) is a Wisconsin-based supermodel. As a mutant, she can altar her body whenever she chooses. When she turns into Big Bertha, she gains incredible strength. She is a member of the Great Lakes Champions, who were formerly known as the Great Lakes Avengers, until legal threats from the real Avengers forced the group to change their name.
- Occupation: Model
- Earnings: As a supermodel, Ashley Crawford earns a moderately high income, but she finances the “Great Lakes Champions,” therefore emptying her pocketbook regularly.
- Description: Echo (or Maya Lopez) is deaf, but she can copy any action that she sees, including martial arts, performance, art, etc. She was raised by Kingpin after her own father was killed, but she learns that everything she thought she knew about her father’s death was lies and she eventually shoots Kingpin. Maya joins the New Avengers as Ronin.
- Occupation: Performance artist
- Earnings: As a performance artist, Echo brings in around $23 per hour.
- Description: One of the more well-known Marvel heroes, Spider-man (or Peter Parker) received his powers after being bitten by a irradiated spider. He has super-human strength, agility, senses, and reflexes.
- Occupation: Freelance photographer
- Earnings: Photographers bring in median hourly wages of less than $15 per hour.
- Description: Firestar (or Angelica Jones) was born as a mutant. This allows her to project microwave energy and produce intense heat. She has worked with the Avengers, but she took time off from fighting crime to attend college. She has recently decided to take up crime-fighting again, though.
- Occupation: College student
- Earnings: As a college student, Firestar earns little or no income, but she’s likely faced with a pile of debt in the form of student loans.
- Description: Rage (or Elvin Haliday) was a pre-teen when he obtained his powers after jumping into a chemical-filled creek to escape racist thugs. He fought alongside the Avengers, but when they found out his real age, they asked him to leave.
- Occupation: student, unemployed
- Earnings: no regular earnings