It seems that every genius in the Marvel Universe undergoes some sort of horrible accident and becomes a superhero, or, is born a mutant/creates his own superpowers. Mr. Fantastic, Beast, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Hank Pym, et cetera: All are the top geniuses/scientists on earth. Peter Parker was brilliant enough, as a teenager, to invent web-shooters. (A fortunate coincidence that he was also bitten by radioactive spider, rather than, say, a rhinoceros.)

So: Are there any geniuses mentioned in the Marvel Universe that don't have superpowers? Just a normal, run-of-the-mill, super genius. Doesn't fight crime, just publishes papers, teaches classes, and so on.

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    When they are identified they inevitably get invited into some completely safe excursion/experiment/demonstration... and end up a superhero/villan... its the laws of comic books. – Chad Apr 9 '12 at 15:52
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    You want a comic book that details the life and times of your average, run-of-the-mill genius that works to cure cancer or works at the LHC? Don't they call those scientific journals? – Xantec Apr 9 '12 at 15:54
  • Not all are fortunate like Batman.. – Umbrella Corporation Apr 9 '12 at 16:05
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    Let's face it, the comic was called the X-men, not the N-Men (normal scientists, hated and feared by the world that couldn't understand them). Hmmm. Now that I think about that, maybe there COULD be a comic about under-appreciated super-geniuses on the run from a world they helped to create... – Thaddeus Howze Apr 9 '12 at 16:44
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    @LegoStormtroopr Isn't something like that part of Dr. Doom's backstory? Like, he blames Reed Richards for messing up one of his experiments or something. – KSmarts Feb 13 '15 at 15:08

Moira MacTaggert works in the study of Mutants and is considered a world renowned scientist.

Dr. Kavita Rao, a world renowned geneticist, eventually joined X-Club, and was brought into a sinister plot by Ord while promoting her discovery of the cure to being a mutant.

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Uhhmm... Tony Stark, kind of. I mean, he doesn't have superpowers, strictly speaking... but he does all that fighting crime stuff.

I'd include Kingpin in that list. Criminal genius, and all.

If it were DC, I'd include Lex Luthor.

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  • You'd call Kingpin a "superhero"? – phantom42 Jun 19 '15 at 12:39
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    I'd call Kingpin a "genius in the Marvel universe who is NOT a superhero" and doesn't have superpowers as the question asked. – Armstrongest Jun 19 '15 at 15:28

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