12 MCU Bystanders That Make The Universe Even Stronger

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Vote up the regular people who left a lasting impression on the MCU.

Yeah, yeah... Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are great and all, but what about the best minor MCU characters? Rooting for Iron Man is fun, but don't act like Gary - the news van guy from Iron Man 3 - didn't steal the show just a little bit.

And would the amazing fight scene on the bus from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings be as memorable if the goofy Klev weren't there live-streaming it the whole time? How about the monotone tour guide who assures everyone they're in no danger while the elevator at the Washington Memorial is about to plummet hundreds of feet to the ground? There are plenty more where these came from, so vote up the regular MCU citizens who've done a fantastic job of fleshing out the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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    732 VOTES

    Cameron Klein, The 'Captain's Orders' Guy In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

    Part of the reason Captain America is one of the greatest characters Marvel Comics has ever introduced to the world is the way in which Steve Rogers inspires people to be better. Cap is like Superman in that way, making average people want to aspire to something greater. It may sound cheesy to describe a fictional character that way, but it's undeniably true. 

    MCU screenwriting legends Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely tapped into this idea with Cameron Klein, a computer-bound S.H.I.E.L.D. employee who stands his ground against Brock Rumlow at the end of the movie. Even though Rumlow is pointing a gun at his head, Klein refuses to listen to the villain and help Hydra execute their dastardly plan. Talk about having some serious cojones. 

    732 votes
  • 2
    462 VOTES

    The Security Guard In 'The Avengers'

    Harry Dean Stanton was an all-time great character actor whose career in American film and television spanned 60+ years. Even if you don't recognize the name, you certainly will recognize his face from one of the 200 acting credits he accumulated over his storied career. Cool Hand Luke, Pretty in Pink, Alien, Escape from New York, The Godfather Part II, and The Green Mile are just a few of the classic films he starred in over the years.

    One of the last major motion pictures he appeared in before his passing in 2017 was The Avengers as the unnamed security guard who finds a de-Hulked Bruce Banner after he plummets from the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Stanton's security guard gets Banner a pair of pants and remarks that he's "got a condition." He certainly wasn't wrong about that.

    462 votes
  • 3
    391 VOTES

    The S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Playing 'Galaga' In 'The Avengers'

    The "Galaga Guy" wasn't even supposed to be in The Avengers. Leave it to Robert Downey Jr. to bring even more flavor to the MCU. As he often does, RDJ started riffing while he was pretending to be Nick Fury on set. Doing his best Samuel L. Jackson/eye-patch impression brought out the creative spirit in the Iron Man actor, and he improvised a line about a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent attempting to play Galaga covertly on the bridge.

    Then, after filming had ended, the Avengers production team managed to cobble together a shot of actor Warren Kole trying to play Galaga without anyone noticing he is slacking off at work. To be fair, the man is in the middle of setting a high score at the time. It's not like they were in the middle of a firefight at the time or anything. Let the guy set a record!

    391 votes
  • 4
    332 VOTES

    Sharon Davis (AKA 'Mrs. Hart') In 'WandaVision'

    Sharon Davis (AKA 'Mrs. Hart') In 'WandaVision'
    Photo: Disney+

    Getting Debra Jo Rupp for a relatively minor role in WandaVision was a total coup for the show's production team. The stage and television mainstay has carved out quite the career for herself over the years. As if appearing in movies like Big, Death Becomes Her, and She's Out of My League weren't enough, Rupp has also been in numerous television hits like That '70s Show, Friends, and This Is Us.

    The venerable actor may not have a lot of screen time in WandaVision, but she definitely makes the most of what she's given. Her repeated cries of "stop it" in the first episode are arguably the most memorable thing about it. She's given another important moment when she ends up pleading with Wanda to free everyone in Westview from the mind control the Scarlet Witch has them trapped under.

    332 votes
  • 5
    350 VOTES

    The Dutch Soccer Hooligans In 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

    It feels pretty safe to say the Dutch soccer fans from Spider-Man: Far From Home are about the most peaceful prisoners ever seen on film. Clearly fresh from rooting for Het Nederlands Elftal (AKA the Dutch men's national team) at a sporting event, the group of fans is quite nice to Peter Parker when he wakes up in custody after being hit by a train thanks to Mysterio. They even give him a jersey to wear!

    After Peter uses his spidey-strength to break out of the cell, do these hooligans follow him out of confinement? Of course not. They merely close the jail cell back up and return to waiting peacefully for whatever form of justice awaits them. This reaction is not what we've come to expect from the incarcerated in our movies. At least not in this country. Maybe this is what the average felon is like in Holland? Maybe this is what the average felon is like in the United States? How would everyday moviegoers know?

    350 votes
  • 6
    353 VOTES

    Klev (AKA The Guy From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' And 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings')

    Klev (AKA The Guy From 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' And 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings')
    Photo: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Deep down, we all have a little Klev in us. If you lived in a world where heroes like Spider-Man and Shang-Chi were running around, would you just stand idly by as they did their super-deeds right in front of you? Or would you get just a tad bit involved in the goings-on? Klev is nothing more than a happy-go-lucky guy making the best out of continuously running into Marvel's best and brightest.

    First seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming's NYC, Klev manages to convince his friendly, neighborhood "spider-guy" to "do a flip!" When Spidey obliges, Klev can't help but cheer in amusement. Klev popped up again in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, this time across the country in San Francisco. The titular hero ends up fighting some of his father's men on a bus, and Klev is in attendance. He memorably live-streams their fight and adds his own commentary into the mix, as he "took a little bit of martial arts" as a kid.

    353 votes