If you’re a Marvel fan, then Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is very much a game of wish fulfillment. There are 50 characters from the Marvel Universe to choose from, each one bringing their own set of unique animations, attacks and special abilities. It doesn’t matter who your favorite character in the Marvel Universe is because every playable superhero (and villain) is a solid selection; with the exception of a few specifically constructed areas of the game, it’s possible to progress through every part of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 be it Story Mode, Infinity Trials or Gauntlets with the character you prefer most.
That being said, some superheroes shine just a bit more than others when it comes to effectiveness, utility and overall stats. The following is a tentative ranked tier list of every character in the game; categories used to determine these rankings included overall stats, overall usefulness in Story Mode, Infinity Trials and Danger Room missions and Special Ability effectiveness.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Character Tier List
Cleasing Flames is the best Ability in the game.
Strong Stagger with Phoenix's Fury and strong single attack in Telekinetic Talon.
Excellent DPS and self-synergy with Easy Breezy.
Excellent Stagger attack in Mjolnir's Might.
Primal Rage is the strongest damage buff in the game (50%) and boosts his already considerable damage.
Spin to win with Giant Foot Spinny Thing.
Fast, agile, and shreds bosses and Stagger bars faster than anyone in the game with Vibranium Slash.
ALL HAIL DOOM!
Strong boss Stagger with Shield Dash and considerable teamwide support with Super Soldiers buff.
Cold Hard Steel is one of the best defensive Abilities in the game and synergizes well with a variety of characters.
Excellent crowd control/clearing move with Ice Barrage.
Arguably the best crowd control in the game with his heavy attack.
Excellent self-synergy with his Beam and Shield Abilities.
Can move while Beaming, making his Beam the most effective in-game.
Highest base stats in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 (besides Infinity Thanos).
Good base stat spread, strong Stagger and Beam attacks in her kit.
Excellent self-synergy with Tiny Tornado, including Ricochet, making her one of the best pairings with Ms. Marvel.
Effective brawler, though his Radar Sense debuff makes him one of the most useful utility characters in the game.
Similar to Ms. Marvel, his Elongated Attack spin Ability is one of the most effective crowd-clearers in the game. However, it's faster than Ms. Marvel's and doesn't Stagger as effectively.
Her Force Spheres ability can trap enemies, even Bosses in a bubble which Staggers them and opens them to Stun.
High Voltage Lines + Venom Strike is one of the most fluid (and satisfying to pull off) self-synergies in the game.
Very effective DPS with both a strong Stagger and AOE in her skill kit.
Excellent team-wide defensive buff (30% damage reduction that lasts 45 seconds).
Solid overall base stats and strong Abilities in his kit. Only drawback is that his highest Stagger move, Hell Cycle takes a wide, sweeping arc which makes it less time efficient than others in the same category.
The Incredible Hulk was tied for the highest base Strength, Vitality and Durability stats in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 before Infinity Thanos came along.
The Merc with a Mouth has plenty of mobility thanks to Teleport and Slice & Dice. Eat Lead is also highly damaging. Teleport is an invaluable enemy-skipping tool in some spots, especially in Danger Room.
Fun, effective, AOE Ability that self-synergizes similar to Miles Morales coupled with a strong Stagger.
Has a faster variant of Colossus' Cold Hard Steel in Ready to Rock.
Respectable base stats and high Resilience make him a viable Tank option.
Fun to play and solid all-around character whose specials don't excel in any category compared to others.
Solid Stagger and AOE Abilities.
High damage potential and self-synergy but a bit of a glass cannon.
Fastest character in the game thanks to his Teleport, making him very useful in certain Danger Room missions.
Stong self-synergy attacks and damage output but best used as an auxiliary character as he lacks a consistent Stagger.
Decent damage output although her skill kit seems a little incongruous to what you might expect from a super-spy character.
Mediocre stats but has a spin-to-win move in Swing Time.
Unique playstyle with his charged Abilities. Potential for solid damage output with Elemental charges, synergies and solid stats.
Solid, speedy brawler with an AOE debuff like Daredevil, above-average mobility and a health regen. attack to make up for his mediocre defenses.
Enjoyable, ranged playstyle with self-synergy.
Somewhat frail but has a bad-ass variety of boomstick-oriented attacks, including a fun AOE.
Rocket and Groot
Energy-efficient, self-synergizes and if you unequip his second ability Vine Whip from his Special Abiliites, you will be able to simultaneously attack with Quantum Igniter while performing heavy attacks with Groot.
Like Hawkeye, Punisher requires competent positioning and aiming ability to fully utilize his kit.
Otherwise he's a bit squishy.
Fun skill kit with self-synergy and lively animations but can't help comparing her to Star-Lord, who she isn't as effective as.
Still a solid character with myriad synergies. Good choice for synergy-based Infinity Trials.
Like a mix of Storm and Scarlet Witch but with less mobility and fluidness than either. Still, solid damage and self-synergy make him a fun character to play.
Synergizes well with Ms. Marvel and other characters. Very mobile.
Strong Bind Abilities and good mobility but not as useful as other characters in boss fights due to his lack of a strong Stagger ability.
Another tank with a low Energy stat as a result; he has capable Stagger Ability but a somewhat frustrating mix of attack types for his Special Abilities.
Decent attacker with a useful Glide ability for Danger Room missions but nothing exceptional in his skill kit nor anything overly useful during boss fights.
Solid damage and Stagger and agile -- although she's a bit frail and plays like a less dynamic version of Psylocke.
Good Stagger ability and fluid skill kit.
One of the most powerful characters in the MCU is unfortunately a bit lackluster in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.
Very much in the same boat as Strange. Decent damage output but suffers from lack of synergies and a sub-par healing ability.
For more Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 reference pages, check out the following:
MUA3 Team Generator: A tool which lets you input characters from the game and see the team’s stats generated according to Synergies, Team Bonuses, Ranking or Attack Type.
Need help getting through the Shadow of Doom epilogue? Check out our Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Shadow of Doom story mode walkthrough.
Want to level your characters to 300? Head over to our best spots to level in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 guide.
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