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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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1
4,525 1,640
Stan "The Man" Lee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Stan "The Man" Lee

2
7,203 2,938
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Robert Downey Jr.

3
6,830 2,787
Thor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
raj93.c added Chris Hemsworth

4
6,536 2,629
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Holland

5
5,752 2,359
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
AntoineA added Benedict Cumberbatch

6
6,409 2,841
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chris Evans

7
4,250 1,825
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Bradley Cooper

8
4,395 1,912
Groot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Vin Diesel

9
5,472 2,468
Loki is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Tom Hiddleston

10
4,419 2,124
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mark Ruffalo

11
4,855 2,374
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chadwick Boseman

12
4,599 2,261
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Chris Pratt

13
3,497 1,663
Thanos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Josh Brolin

14
3,937 1,931
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Scarlett Johansson

15
3,561 1,807
Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Paul Rudd

16
1,984 957
Bruce Banner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Massee, Edward Norton

17
3,317 1,898
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Elizabeth Olsen

18
3,037 1,729
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Dave Batista

19
2,780 1,550
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Michael Rooker

20
3,242 1,875
Winter Soldier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Sebastian Stan

21
2,959 1,711
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Zoe Saldana

22
2,233 1,318
Heimdall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Idris Elba

23
2,570 1,663
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Samuel L. Jackson

24
2,748 1,894
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Jeremy Renner

25
1,579 1,006
Wong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Characters In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Clyde Kusatsu, Paul Nakauchi