The Most Powerful Superhero Jewelry In The Marvel Universe
If there’s one thing Marvel superheroes are good at, it’s accessorizing. Sure, Iron Man’s armor and the Fantastic Four’s unstable molecule costumes are impressive, but at the end of the day, it’s the little details fans remember — like the cool Vibranium ring T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) flashed in “Captain America: Civil War” or the awesome tiara Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) finally donned in the final episode of “Wandavision.”
What’s really great about these costume accessories, however, is that they’re not just fashionable — they’re functional. From wearable high-tech gadgets to alien artifacts that take the form of some very cool rings, bracelets, or gloves, when these heroes make a fashion statement, there’s a good chance they can blow something up with it too.
Ready to learn what the better-dressed superhero is sporting these days? Here’s everything you need to know about the coolest superhero jewelry in the Marvel Universe and all the amazing things they can do. Just keep in mind, the Etsy replicas of these rings and pendants that you buy online probably won’t be anywhere near as powerful — but they will make you look awesome.
Quasar's Quantum Bands
First up is a cosmic superhero who has yet to debut in the MCU. Wendell Vaughn was a normal SHIELD agent working security at a Stark International project after his superiors claimed he lacked the “killer instinct” to be a field agent. When the criminal organization AIM attempts to steal some alien Quantum Bands the project is studying, Vaughn dons the alien artifacts, and gains access to nearly unlimited power.
Much like DC’s Green Lantern Power Rings, the Quantum Bands enable Vaughn, now called Quasar, to manifest any energy construct he can imagine. He can also use them to fly, generate force fields, and even exceed the speed of light by teleporting himself with a quantum jump. While all the other agents who tested the bands disintegrated when the quantum energy became too high, Vaughn’s lack of “killer instinct” enables him to let the energy disperse to control the bands better.
On the minus side, the bands become permanently stuck to Vaughn’s wrists when he puts them on (although he can bend light to turn them invisible if he doesn’t want to appear too flashy). Still, this seems like a minor price when you consider this superhero bling puts Quasar in the same league as Captain Marvel or Nova.
Black Panther's Vibranium Necklace
Black Panther’s stealthy black Vibranium suit is awesome — but the upgraded version his sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) makes for him in “Black Panther” is even more amazing. That’s because the entire suit is stored in a stylish Wakandan necklace that T’Challa can easily manifest with a simple mental command. Sure, MCU heroes like Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) later design nanotech suits that can achieve similar feats, but the Wakandans accomplish it first.
Even better, Shuri creates both a gold and silver necklace with identical capabilities, showing she’s both fashion-conscious and brilliant. Unfortunately, this proves to be a bad move once Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) usurps T’Challa’s throne, gaining the powers of the Black Panther, and finds a ready-made gold necklace with a Vibranium suit all set up for him. Considering the suit makes him all the more difficult to depose once T’Challa returns, maybe some superhero jewelry should remain one of a kind.
Wakandan Kimoyo Beads
T’Challa’s necklace might be cutting edge, but the Kimoyo Beads used by the Wakandans are actually even more impressive. Constructed from pure Vibranium, the high-tech beads appear to have unlimited uses.
Initially, the beads appear to be a form of advanced communication technology that all the Wakandans use. The Dora Milaje warrior Okoye (Danai Gurira) can use her Kimoyo Beads to project a holographic image of herself to T’Challa and W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya). Soon, however, we learn the beads can be used as much more than just next-generation cell phones.
To prepare for his mission to South Korea, genius inventor Shuri crafts a new version of Kimoyo Beads termed “Remote Access Kimoyo Beads” that let her remote pilot a random car in Busan all the way from her lab in Wakanda. In another scene, T’Challa uses a Kimoyo Bead to stabilize a bullet wound sustained by CIA operative Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) just by placing the bead in the injury. By this point, the MCU could claim each Kimoyo Bead contains an AI more sophisticated than Tony Stark’s JARVIS, and it would probably be true.
To top it off, Kimoyo Beads are extremely attractive, nearly invulnerable items that are worth a fortune outside of Wakanda. Don’t try to sell one on eBay if you find one, though. You’ll probably make more money by asking it to rebalance your stock portfolio.
Tony Stark's Watch
Like all genius playboy billionaire philanthropists, Tony Stark has a huge watch collection. There’s even a scene in “Iron Man 2” where an undercover Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson) helps him decide which timepiece to wear for his birthday party.
That said, when you’re an inventor like Stark, you want to keep your eye on the latest designs. Just watch “Captain America: Civil War,” where a semi-retired Stark reveals he still wears some of his best gadgets in the form of his everyday accessories. When Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) temporarily reverts to his brainwashed Winter Soldier persona, Stark initially appears to be caught unprepared as he doesn’t have one of his Iron Man suits handy.
Not to worry, though — the watch Stark is sporting quickly transforms into an electromechanical glove capable of firing powerful repulsor rays. Even better, the sunglasses on his face connect him to his AI FRIDAY and are apparently bulletproof since they took a shot from the Winter Soldier at close range. They might be some of the most expensive accessories on this list, but nobody can say Tony Stark doesn’t know how to use his million-dollar sunglasses and watch.
Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto
Moving from super-science to magic, the MCU version of the Eye of Agamotto is nothing short of a force of nature. The hiding place of the Time Stone, the Eye of Agamotto is a magical artifact that grants sorcerers like Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) near-total control over the past, present, and future.
This means Stephen Strange can use his handy amulet to resurrect half-eaten apples and travel to alternate futures. He can even trap himself in a time loop for a few thousand years until the phrase “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain” becomes the greatest Internet meme of all time.
Eventually, Strange gives up the Time Stone to save Tony Stark’s life in “Avengers: Infinity War,” and the stone itself is destroyed by Thanos. However, now that the Marvel multiverse is a thing, there are still plenty of Doctor Stranges still flashing this particular piece of bling in their alternate universes.
Over in the comics, the Eye of Agamotto is a powerful magical talisman created by the god-like Agamotto. Agamotto actually creates three different “eyes,” but the one Doctor Strange uses is the eye of truth and can cast an “all-revealing light” that’s very useful for Strange’s investigations. It might not be an Infinity Stone, but it still sounds like an awesome piece of magical jewelry to us.
The Thing Rings
Rings are a popular accessory among the superhero set, but the Thing Rings occupy a whole new level of weirdness. First introduced in the Hana-Barbera 1970s cartoon “Fred and Barney Meet the Thing” that reimagined Marvel Comics’ superhero The Thing in the silliest way.
In the comics, The Thing is Ben Grimm, a member of the Fantastic Four who gets trapped in the body of a super-strong orange rock creature after being bombarded with cosmic rays. In the cartoon, however, The Thing is “Benjy Grimm” (Wayne Morton), a scrawny teenager who possesses two magic rings he wears on both hands. Whenever trouble strikes, Benjy can transform into the mighty Thing (Joe Baker) by touching the rings together and shouting, “Thing Ring, do your thing!”
Despite having nothing to do with the comic book, aspects of the cartoon Thing finally found their way into Marvel Comics. At one point in “The Fantastic Four,” the original team leaves on an off-world mission and appoints some temporary replacements. After he forgets to find his substitute, Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, just asks his ex-girlfriend Darla Deering to take his place. Since Darla doesn’t have any superpowers, she gains a Thing-shaped exoskeleton that she can manifest on herself by banging two Thing Rings together and shouting, “Thing Rings, do your thing!”
Ridiculous? Sure. But Darla does get to enjoy superstrength thanks to her new bling — so much so that she keeps the rings after quitting the team.
A Ring from the Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. Possessing the Power Cosmic, the Surfer is covered in a silver sheath of indestructible material designed by his former master Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds.
At one point, however, the Silver Surfer sees fit to share some of his power with Dawn Greenwood, an ordinary Earth girl traveling the stars with him. Realizing how dangerous the universe could be, the Surfer extracts some of his silver covering and shapes it into a ring for Dawn. Telling Dawn that the ring is part of his very self, the Surfer lets her know it will allow him to find her even in the deepest and darkest parts of space. Touched, Dawn immediately asks if this means they are going out.
Things get a little dicey when the Silver Surfer repeats the same trick with Alicia Masters (his former lover) and The Thing (apparently comic book Ben wanted a Thing Ring of his own). Here, the reasons are more pragmatic than romantic, as they needed to keep track of each other on a mission, but eventually, the Surfer makes sure Dawn is his one and only when it comes to sharing rings.
Shang Chi's Pendant
When bad guys from the MCU are willing to kill you for your jewelry, there’s a good chance they want to do more with it than unload it at the nearest pawn shop. That’s the case in “Shang Chi,” when the Master of Kung Fu (Simu Liu) gets cornered by some warriors who demand that he hand over his jade pendant.
It turns out the pendant is more than a cherished heirloom from Shang Chi’s mother. When coupled with a twin pendant worn by Shang Chi’s sister and inserted into the eyes of a dragon carving, the jade pieces activate a mystical map that reveals a secret way into Ta Lo, a hidden dimension full of magical beasts and warriors.
Unlike most of the superhero jewelry on this list, the pendants have no obvious offensive use — but the world they lead to is so rich in resources and dangers that their use could spell the end for multiple realms. Unfortunately, that’s what nearly happens when Shang Chi’s father, Wenwu (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), decides to use the map to unknowingly release the soul-eating Dweller-in-Darkness from its mountain prison. Maybe next time he shouldn’t wear a map that could lead to the end of everything around your neck.
The Ten Rings
Originally in the comics, the ten rings were alien artifacts worn by the Iron Man villain the Mandarin. While created as a part of an unfortunate caricature of the “evil Asian” stereotype, the Mandarin’s rings were nonetheless very powerful. Constructed by an alien dragon-like race, the rings bestow multiple abilities on the wearer, including mind control, disintegration powers, matter rearrangement, and flight. His left pinky ring even fires ice blasts that can freeze the air.
When the Mandarin is re-reimagined in “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” however, these pieces of jewelry also get an awesome makeover. No longer the generic finger rings from the comics, the rings are now wrist bands similar in design to the iron rings worn in Chinese martial arts training. In certain practices, iron rings are used to help build strength, power, and endurance by having students practice their forms while wearing the heavy rings on their wrists and ankles.
In “Shang Chi,” the rings are ancient weapons that grant the user the power of a god. Not only can Wenwu use the rings as deadly projectiles or to enhance his strength, but they also make him virtually immortal and ageless. And while Wenwu uses the rings for less-than-heroic purposes, they eventually get passed on to someone more worthy — his son Shang Chi.
The Infinity Gauntlet
Of all the items on this list, the Infinity Gauntlet is easily loaded with the most bling. Maybe that’s why it’s capable of destroying the universe — or at least half of it. Built in the MCU by the dwarf Eitri (Peter Dinklage), the gauntlet itself is specially crafted to hold the power of six Infinity Stones, including the Power Stone, which can vaporize an entire world just by touching it. Small wonder that just wearing the glove caused Thanos incredible pain, and using it fried his entire arm.
Lest you think that the Infinity Gauntlet is only a supervillain accessory, in “Avengers: Endgame,” Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Rocket Raccoon build their own Stark Tech version of the gauntlet with stones gathered from the multiverse. Not surprisingly, the glove fries Hulk’s arm, but at least he’s able to bring back half the universe’s population in the attempt.
In the comics, the Infinity Gauntlet actually gets passed around to a lot of different owners, including Thanos, Nebula, Adam Warlock, the Magus, various multiverse versions of Mr. Fantastic, and even the Silver Surfer and Impossible Man in two parallel worlds. For an all-powerful accessory, the Infinity Gauntlet turned out to be something of a hand-me-down.
Iron Man's Arc Reactors
While Tony Stark’s miniaturized arc reactor was originally designed to keep his shrapnel-damaged heart beating, the little light in his chest quickly became a major fashion symbol in the MCU. In “Iron Man 2,” Tony shows up at the Stark Expo introduced by a line of dancing girls, all wearing a (non-functional) arc reactor on their costumes. Given how many fanboys and girls Stark attracts, it’s a sure bet that Stark Industries is bringing in huge amounts of money selling wearable arc reactors in stores.
Eventually, Tony has some additional surgery performed in “Iron Man 3,” negating his need to continue wearing the arc reactor. Nevertheless, by “Avengers: Infinity War,” we see Tony sporting an all-new piece of bling on his chest that he describes as a housing unit for the nanotech pieces of his new armor. Naturally, since this is Tony Stark we’re talking about, the housing unit is designed to be incredibly fashionable and likely started its own line of Stark-produced jewelry. Not bad for something that started out as an emergency life-support system.
Karolina Dean's Bracelet
Most superhero rings and bracelets are designed to imbue people with spectacular abilities. However, the bracelet worn by Karolina Dean in “Runaways” has a very different purpose — it suppresses Karolina’s alien Majesdanian abilities and lets her retain a human appearance
In the comics, Karolina’s bracelet appears as a medical alert bracelet made of a special material that holds back her powers. When she takes it off, she becomes a bioluminescent being capable of absorbing and manipulating solar energy, enabling her to fly, erect forcefields, and fire energy blasts. Sounds like a medical condition a lot of people would actually like to have.
The live-action “Runaways” TV show on Hulu offered a slightly different take on Karolina’s bracelet. This time, the bracelet was a religious bracelet worn by all the members of the Church of Gibborim. Karolina was issued her unique power-suppressing bracelet at a young age to hide her alien heritage.
As a teenager, however, Karolina took the bracelet off to hide her religious beliefs, which ironically exposed her true self as a being of light. Over time, she learns how to control her powers without the bracelet but keeps it for some time. It just goes to show that it’s hard leaving sentimental trinkets behind — even those used as a leash.
The Freedom Ring
Superhero accessories tend to be made of some pretty interesting materials. Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is forged from Uru metal. Captain America’s shield (and basically everything made in Wakanda) is constructed from Vibranium. However, the Freedom Ring — an obscure piece of superhero paraphernalia introduced in “Marvel Team-Up” #20 by writer Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” and artist Andy Kuhn — is made from nothing less than a Cosmic Cube.
Well-known in the pages of Marvel Comics, Cosmic Cubes are nearly all-powerful objects that are on the same level as Infinity Stones. Essentially, they’re reality-warping items that can grant users virtually anything they desire. It sounds like the ultimate piece of bling, although that wasn’t the experience for the ring’s owner Curtis Doyle.
After learning about the ring’s reality-altering powers, Curtis becomes the hero Freedom Ring. Despite his god-like abilities, Curtis’ inexperience causes him to become seriously injured in battle and his ring gets sliced off his finger, allowing his enemies to murder him. Guess the most all-powerful jewelry — isn’t all that powerful.