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During the first season of Agents of SHIELD, the main antagonist was someone calling themselves "The Clairvoyant", who claimed to have psychic powers. This claim was being constantly questioned by SHIELD agents like Coulson and Fitz/Simmons since, as they repeatedly asserted, "there's no such thing as psychic powers."

It turns out in this case, they were correct, because "The Clairvoyant" had no actual super powers, merely high-level clearance.

Clearly, within the Marvel comics universe, there are psychic powers, but the only names I can come up with off the top of my head are all from the X-Men franchise (Xavier, Phoenix, Emma Frost, etc). For well-known legal reasons, none of those will be appearing in the MCU movies or TV shows any time soon.

Are there any psychic characters that are available to appear in the MCU, and have any of the existing movies/TV shows name-dropped those characters?

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As scientists, Fitz/Simmons would always dismiss psychic powers as ridiculous and non-existent. That's a standard scientist stereotype, because it's something they can't measure or see. They're just playing to that stereotype. –  BBlake May 14 '14 at 18:40
As scientists of SHIELD, who see people and aliens with radical powers all the time, I would expect Fitz/Simmons to be far more open minded than that. –  Mike Edenfield May 14 '14 at 20:31
Yeah, they've gotten super-excited about other "supernatural" abilities in their travels. Their utter dismissal of this one would seem to indicate that it's never happened before (to their knowledge), and I think Coulson confirms that no one on the Index has ever been confirmed to have psychic abilities. –  Nerrolken Oct 13 '14 at 19:37

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In Captain America 2, Agent Sitwell specifically namedrops Dr Stephen Strange.

One could argue that he is not actually a psychic, per se - but that he has psychic abilities via his control of the mystic forces.

Marvel's own page lists his powers:

Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. Like most sorcerers, he draws his power from three primary sources: the invocation of powerful mystic entities or objects, the manipulation of the universe's ambient magical energy, and his own psychic resources. Strange's magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion-casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel and mental possession, to name a few. The full range of his abilities is unknown. Doctor Strange's powers are sometimes less effective against strictly science-based opponents, although he can overcome this limitation with effort.

ComicVine has a great writeup about him and explains further:

Dr. Strange uses mystical energy invoked upon by spells/incantations or by the power of divine beings to manipulate forces of the universe including projection of mystic energy as bolts, slashes, binds, shields, or a scattered array of energy appearing like electricity, manipulating matter and various energies (physical or spiritual) even transmutation of matter, controlling the elements, opening or sealing mystical portals to other realms, teleportation or dimensional travel, reality warping and control over dimension, seeing through or casting illusions, invisibility and intangibility through astral projection, vast mental powers such as telepathy and telekinesis, communication with the dead and spiritual entities, seeing the future or past, manipulating dreams, removing spirits or placing them back into bodies, summoning supernatural beings, or using the powers of supernatural items.

The last highlighted portion fits quite well with the typical definition of a "clairvoyant", particularly with the powers that The Clarivoyant reportedly had.

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I knew Strange was a sorcerer, i just never associated that with being psychic. Though, given the hints about the source of Scarlet Witch's power in MCU I wonder if Strange will be similarly rewritten... –  Mike Edenfield May 14 '14 at 13:59
@MichaelEdenfield, Yeah, that's why I wanted to make a point that he's not what most would consider a "psychic", but his available powers effectively make him one. My guess is that he wouldn't be able to hold up against someone like Xavier, but he could pass for "clairvoyant" or even "psychic" to the general public. –  phantom42 May 14 '14 at 14:05
It's also worth noting that Zola's algorithm predicted people's futures, specifically their tendencies toward anti-HYDRA sentiments. Stephen Strange could easily have popped a red flag just for being an arrogant jerk with a God complex and a problem with authority. He's certainly going to have psychic abilities eventually, but we don't know if he does "yet" by that point in the narrative. –  Nerrolken Oct 13 '14 at 19:28
In addition to Strange, we now have Inhumans in the mix, so anything's possible. From the comics, Medusa & Black Bolt's son is a powerful psychic. With the MCU Inhumans, though, they can make up whatever they want - I mean, Gordon is essentially The Reader with Lockjaw's power. –  Omegacron Apr 17 at 18:18
@Omegacron There's also Raina who is now demonstrating powers similar to those that the original "Clairvoyant" supposedly had. –  phantom42 Apr 17 at 18:20

There are not only psychic characters available, they could easily have been included in a forthcoming Marvel movie. Vance Astro and Mantis of the Guardians of the Galaxy are both psychic, but don't appear to actually be in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

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Don't forget Kosmo and Moondragon. (That book is dripping with psychics.) –  Bill the Lizard May 14 '14 at 20:23

Loki appears to be using a form of astral/psychic projection when he visits his imprisoned brother in the first Thor movie, and also when he speaks to the space-bound Chitauri in The Avengers. These may or may not be based in Asgardian technology -- certainly the tesseract-spear Loki was wielding in The Avengers would have either empowered or boosted his ability to speak to the Chitauri.

It could also be argued that Lorelei, who appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., uses a form of psychic control when she touches men to bend their loyalties to her.

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S.H.I.E.L.D. is described as having a psychic division that's not necessarily mutant (though X-Foe Mentallo is ex-S.H.I.E.L.D). Long-time Spider-Man character Madame Web is a non-mutant psychic. Moondragon, Mantis and the Uranian are non-mutant psychics and Vance Astro is a mutant but never an X-Men so he might be fair game (I wonder if the X-ban is solely on X-Men characters or if it's for all of Marvel's mutants. If the latter, it'd extend to Franklin Richards, another total non-X-Men mutant and son of two of the Fantastic Four. The implications are literally nerd-staggering). Purple Man and his zillions of purple rape-product offspring are non-mutant psychics (Purp will show up in Jessica Jones or Luke Cage on Netflix, bet). Most of the Eternals are psychics and none are mutants. There are many others I can think of, mostly aliens.

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I would remove Franklin Richards from this answer; he's almost certainly owned by Fox. Not sure about Madame Web; she's probably Sony-owned, but I doubt it's been confirmed –  Jason Baker Apr 18 at 2:02
purple man has been confirmed (and seen on set) for jessica jones. –  phantom42 Apr 18 at 2:19

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