Since the big-screen debut of Iron Man in his self-titled 2008 franchise-starter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been turning niche characters into household names - and reigniting the popularity of legendary characters from its comic-book pages. Many of the greatest comic book characters of all-time - superhero and otherwise - have been featured throughout the franchise and its many sub-franchises.
Beyond the big-ticket superheroes like Thor, Captain America, and Spider-Man, the likes of Bucky Barnes, Happy Hogan, Rocket Raccoon, and Bruce Banner are among the best MCU characters. and that’s just the heroes - the list wouldn’t be complete without the ongoing series’ many memorable villains, including Killmonger, Vulture, Loki, and Thanos. Even characters who only show up for cameos can count, like Stan Lee, whom one fan theory suggests is the same character through all of his many brief appearances.
From movies like the original team-up, The Avengers, to TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Moon Knight, the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand. Who is your favorite character? Who deserves more screen time? Vote up the best characters in the MCU, and feel free to add any new or underrated characters to the list. After all, there are still plenty of Marvel characters who haven’t appeared… yet.