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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.

list ordered by

1
5,120 1,832
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Holland

2
4,535 1,598
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Benedict Cumberbatch

3
5,362 2,004
Thor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
1511426565932 added Chris Hemsworth

4
3,516 1,376
Groot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Vin Diesel

5
5,408 2,407
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Robert Downey Jr.

6
3,300 1,354
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bradley Cooper

7
5,059 2,336
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chris Evans

8
3,650 1,608
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mark Ruffalo

9
4,378 1,981
Loki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Hiddleston

10
3,081 1,323
Stan "The Man" Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Stan "The Man" Lee

11
4,047 1,885
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chadwick Boseman

12
2,703 1,193
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Josh Brolin

13
3,771 1,809
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chris Pratt

14
3,139 1,512
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Scarlett Johansson

15
1,444 580
Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Massee, Edward Norton

16
2,773 1,533
Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Paul Rudd

17
2,491 1,376
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Dave Batista

18
2,650 1,519
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Elizabeth Olsen

19
2,610 1,521
Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sebastian Stan

20
2,171 1,242
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael Rooker

21
2,370 1,424
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Zoe Saldana

22
1,775 1,025
Heimdall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Idris Elba

23
1,199 687
Wong is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clyde Kusatsu, Paul Nakauchi

24
1,270 799
Erik Killmonger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael B. Jordan

25
1,968 1,422
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Samuel L. Jackson

26
2,164 1,596
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jeremy Renner

27
502 235
The Grandmaster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
KatiaSparks added The Grandmaster Jeff Goldblum

28
1,641 1,223
Agent Phil Coulson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clark Gregg

29
1,356 993
Odin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Kevin Nash, Dwight Schultz, Anthony Hopkins

30
1,252 988
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Grey DeLisle

31
1,701 1,423
Vision is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Paul Bettany

32
1,587 1,334
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Anthony Mackie

33
1,368 1,130
Nebula is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Karen Gillan

34
206 73
Hela is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
LuckyDarth123 added Jolanta Rzaczkiewicz

35
917 778
Aunt May is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

36
1,575 1,512
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Charlie Cox, Ben Affleck

37
1,247 1,212
Mantis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pom Klementieff

38
982 899
Maria Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Cobie Smulders

39
1,190 1,173
Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Evan Peters

40
1,433 1,471
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ray Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren

41
1,235 1,246
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Don Cheadle

42
904 855
Happy Hogan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jon Favreau

43
301 213
Shuri is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
SoulDestroyer added Shuri

44
513 465
Luis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Luis

45
163 71
Venom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Poonnapat Xu added Dee Bradley Baker

46
935 973
Sif is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jaimie Alexander

47
1,046 1,144
Peggy Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hayley Atwell

48
695 703
Ant-Man (Henry Pym) is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Wally Wingert, Nolan North

49
1,044 1,247
Ultron is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
James Spader

50
857 993
Red Skull is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Hugo Weaving, Scott Paulin, Mark Hamill