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List Rules Only characters from the movies and TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Since the debut of Iron Man in 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been delivering top-notch superhero movies with some of the greatest comic book characters of all time. Featuring Thor, Captain America, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, these are the best Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. This list of MCU characters also includes memorable villains, such as Loki, Vulture, and Killmonger. 

Who is your favorite MCU character? While most of these Marvel superheroes have been popular before even making it onscreen, some lesser known characters, like the Guardians of the Galaxy, are finally getting the attention they deserve. 

Vote up the top characters in the MCU, and feel free to add underrated characters missing from the list.

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
1511426565932 added Thor Chris Hemsworth

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4,881 2,247
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

3
4,627 2,154
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Captain America Chris Evans

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4,674 1,656
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Spider-Man Tom Holland

5
4,137 1,428
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch

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4,014 1,831
Loki is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Loki Tom Hiddleston

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3,026 1,216
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rocket Raccoon Bradley Cooper

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3,376 1,466
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hulk Mark Ruffalo

9
3,739 1,748
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Panther Chadwick Boseman

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3,500 1,658
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Star-Lord Chris Pratt

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3,235 1,244
Groot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Groot Vin Diesel

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2,883 1,383
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Widow Scarlett Johansson

13
2,517 1,430
Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ant-Man Paul Rudd

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2,446 1,397
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen

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2,286 1,263
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Drax the Destroyer Dave Batista

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2,723 1,251
Stan "The Man" Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Stan "The Man" Lee

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2,184 1,314
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Gamora Zoe Saldana

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2,440 1,064
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thanos Josh Brolin

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2,404 1,418
Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan

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1,989 1,489
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hawkeye Jeremy Renner

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1,792 1,324
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Nick Fury Samuel L. Jackson

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1,996 1,137
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Yondu Michael Rooker

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1,560 1,300
Vision is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Vision Paul Bettany

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1,620 932
Heimdall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Heimdall Idris Elba

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1,511 1,112
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Agent Phil Coulson Clark Gregg

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1,319 1,355
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Punisher Ray Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren

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1,459 1,226
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Falcon Anthony Mackie

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1,127 1,104
Mantis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mantis Pom Klementieff

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1,253 1,035
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Nebula Karen Gillan

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1,424 1,422
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Ben Affleck

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1,117 1,150
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
War Machine Don Cheadle

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1,129 914
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Wasp (Hope Pym) Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Grey DeLisle

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1,299 499
Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bruce Banner Mark Ruffalo, Michael Massee, Edward Norton

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1,246 896
Odin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Odin Kevin Nash, Dwight Schultz, Anthony Hopkins

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1,111 704
Erik Killmonger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Erik Killmonger Michael B. Jordan

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923 1,275
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter

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1,087 1,079
Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Quicksilver Evan Peters

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833 1,037
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Luke Cage Mike Colter

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868 1,061
Pepper Potts is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pepper Potts Gwyneth Paltrow

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967 1,152
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ultron James Spader

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967 1,071
Peggy Carter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell

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Sif is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sif Jaimie Alexander

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Maria Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Maria Hill Cobie Smulders

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1,077 625
Wong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Wong Clyde Kusatsu, Paul Nakauchi

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687 1,041
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Kingpin Michael Clarke Duncan

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783 931
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Red Skull Hugo Weaving, Scott Paulin, Mark Hamill

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619 1,012
Purple Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Kilgrave David Tennant

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828 791
Happy Hogan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Happy Hogan Jon Favreau

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828 710
Aunt May is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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557 750
Howard Stark is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Howard Stark Gerard Sanders, Dominic Cooper, John McCook