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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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2,699 903
Thor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thor Chris Hemsworth

2
2,589 1,251
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

3
2,517 1,148
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Captain America Chris Evans

4
2,426 1,012
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Spider-Man Tom Holland

5
2,153 768
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Doctor Strange Benedict Cumberbatch

6
2,030 884
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Panther Chadwick Boseman

7
2,186 1,012
Loki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Loki Tom Hiddleston

8
1,820 685
Groot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Groot Vin Diesel

9
1,624 668
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rocket Raccoon Bradley Cooper

10
1,751 777
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hulk Mark Ruffalo

11
2,068 953
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Star-Lord Chris Pratt

12
1,559 738
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Black Widow Scarlett Johansson

13
1,264 731
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Scarlet Witch Elizabeth Olsen

14
1,156 662
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Gamora Zoe Saldana

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1,255 858
Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ant-Man Paul Rudd

16
1,250 684
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Drax the Destroyer Dave Batista

17
1,254 788
Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan

18
1,427 730
Stan "The Man" Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Stan "The Man" Lee

19
1,086 794
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hawkeye Jeremy Renner

20
1,112 582
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thanos Josh Brolin

21
959 727
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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1,112 649
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Yondu Michael Rooker

23
551 85
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
bin added Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, Nolan North

24
861 690
Vision is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Vision Paul Bettany

25
832 512
Heimdall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Heimdall Idris Elba

26
792 682
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Falcon Anthony Mackie

27
804 832
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Ben Affleck

28
744 723
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Punisher Ray Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren

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822 609
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Agent Phil Coulson Clark Gregg

30
574 533
Mantis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mantis Pom Klementieff

31
581 622
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
War Machine Don Cheadle

32
528 219
Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bruce Banner Mark Ruffalo, Michael Massee, Edward Norton

33
658 565
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Nebula Karen Gillan

34
658 504
Odin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Odin Kevin Nash, Dwight Schultz, Anthony Hopkins

35
518 513
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Wasp (Hope Pym) Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Grey DeLisle

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545 592
Peggy Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell

37
600 597
Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Quicksilver Evan Peters

38
536 645
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter

39
465 563
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Luke Cage Mike Colter

40
494 640
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ultron James Spader

41
369 255
Erik Killmonger is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Erik Killmonger Michael B. Jordan

42
479 537
Pepper Potts is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pepper Potts Gwyneth Paltrow

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515 354
Wong is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Wong Clyde Kusatsu, Paul Nakauchi

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415 516
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Red Skull Hugo Weaving, Scott Paulin, Mark Hamill

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499 461
Maria Hill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Maria Hill Cobie Smulders

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467 492
Sif is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sif Jaimie Alexander

47
449 441
Happy Hogan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Happy Hogan Jon Favreau

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393 488
Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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425 406
Aunt May is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

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406 568
Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Kingpin Michael Clarke Duncan