The classic image of a strong superhero is lifting a ship out of the water. Any high-end strength-based hero should be able to do this. This means that Marvel's levels are way too low.
For example, a Nimitz class aircraft carrier masses about 80,000 tons, a battleship masses about 50,000 tones, and even a small Coast Guard patrol cutter will mass over 3,000 tons! This would mean that even an enraged Hulk could not pick up a small patrol boat! That is not even taking into account modern cargo ships and oil tankers which often mass over 200,000 tons.
This is not even taking into account the mass of space ships or aircraft. A small space ship like the US space shuttle (not including booster rocket) masses over 2,000 tons. A large cargo/passenger aircraft like the old 747 masses 190 tons stripped down and maxes at 430 tons with a full load. This means that Hyperion or even Thor might not be able to lift a 747. That is just too weird to imagine.
These Marvel power class numbers are off by at least a factor of 200.
Post Edited:2007-11-24 02:08:48