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Your Favorite Marvel Movie Characters, Ranked By How Old Their Comics Are

Updated August 19, 2019 9.9k views28 items

The Marvel Cinematic Universe stands as one of the largest media empires in the world, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. While film-only fans might think the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor are only a decade old, those with an awareness of comic book history know that MCU character ages are quite a bit older than the general public may realize. In fact, the publication date of characters in the Marvel movies often predates other major historical events. When was Spider-Man first published? When Kennedy was still in office. Some characters, like Hulk, Ant-Man, and even Groot, an original Guardian of the Galaxy, existed before man first walked on the moon, and they’ve been in continual publication ever since. 

Fans may be surprised to find out just how old some of their favorite MCU characters are, even many hardcore comic followers. While some characters arrived late to the MCU, they may have been around much longer than some of the MCU's inaugural roster. Who could have guessed that Rocket Raccoon had been around longer than War Machine, one of the first individuals to appear in the MCU?

  • Captain America is 76 years old, debuting in March 1941’s Captain America Comics #1. He is the first Marvel character ever created.

    • Appears In: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Captain America, Ultimate Avengers 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    • Created By: Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
    • Powers & Abilities: Martial arts, Hand-to-hand combat

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  • Bucky Barnes is 76 years old, debuting in March 1941’s Captain America Comics #1.

    • Appears In: Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe
    • Created By: Joe Simon, Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby, Steve Epting
  • Groot is 56 years old, debuting in November 1960’s Tales to Astonish #13.

    • Appears In: Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Created By: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, Stan Lee
  • Hank Pym is 55 years old, debuting in January 1962’s Tales to Astonish #27.

    • Appears In: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Ant-Man, Ultimate Avengers 2, Marvel Universe
    • Created By: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
    • Powers & Abilities: Flight