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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on superhero films and television series starring various titular superheroes independently produced by Marvel Studios and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The shared universe, much like the original Marvel Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

Central characters

(top, L to R) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, (bottom, L to R) Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner portray the first six Avengers in the MCU and play a central role in the films.[1]
(top, L to R) Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, (bottom, L to R) Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Karen Gillan portray the first six Guardians of the Galaxy in the MCU and play a central role in the films.[1]

The film and television series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe features many central characters across its phases. The first three phases are known as "The Infinity Saga", and is followed by Phase Four.

Phase One is centered on six individuals who became the Avengers (Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor Odinson, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton) along with Nick Fury, leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., who is responsible for the idea to set up the team. Another central character is Loki, a villain who originally caused the Avengers to form to thwart his plans of world domination.[2]

Phase Two centers on the MCU's first Avengers and Fury once again, along with new additions of the team (James Rhodes, first seen in Phase One, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, and Vision). This Phase also introduces the Guardians of the Galaxy (Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax), and Scott Lang.[2]

Phase Three brings back every central character of both Phase One and Phase Two. It starts off focusing on the division of the original Avengers (as shown before in the early Phases) with newly added superheroes like Bucky Barnes (first seen in Phase One and Phase Two), Scott Lang, T'Challa and Peter Parker being involved. Nick Fury's origin is revealed and Loki has more of a neutral role in Phase Three. Thanos (who was briefly shown in Phase One and Phase Two) fills the role as the main antagonist of the third Phase. Hope van Dyne (as seen in Phase Two) joins with Scott Lang as duo superhero partners. Stephen Strange and Wong are also introduced as members of the new formation of the Masters of the Mystical Arts which sides with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat Thanos. The Guardians of the Galaxy get new members with Mantis and Nebula (who was originally a villain in Phase Two but later redeems herself). Female characters are also featured more on-screen throughout Phase Three, particularly in the penultimate film, Avengers: Endgame, which gives a heroic role to Pepper Potts (from previous Phases), Wakandan heroes Okoye and Shuri, and Valkyrie from Asgard, along with the newest headlining character of Phase Three, Carol Danvers.[2][3] This phase concludes the ongoing stories of Stark, Rogers, Romanoff, Loki, and Thanos, though past and alternate versions of the characters continue into the next phase.

Phase Four begins by dealing with the fallout of the Infinity Saga on the lives of the remaining Avengers, while introducing new heroes Shang-Chi and the Eternals (Sersi, Ikaris, Kingo, Sprite, Phastos, Makkari, Druig, Gilgamesh, Ajak, and Thena) as well as delving into Natasha Romanoff's backstory. The 2012 variant of Loki introduced in Avengers: Endgame is given a central role leading to the introduction of the Multiverse, which is observed and explained by the Watcher.

Bruce Banner / Hulk

Main article: Bruce Banner (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Dr. Bruce Banner (initially portrayed by Edward Norton and subsequently by Mark Ruffalo)[4] is a founding member of the Avengers and a genius physicist who, because of exposure to gamma radiation, transforms into a green monster—known as the Hulk—when enraged or agitated. When transformed he demonstrates superhuman strength and endurance.[5][6]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in nine films: The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers, Iron Man 3 (post-credits cameo), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel (mid-credits cameo), Avengers: Endgame and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (mid-credits cameo); as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?.[7][8] He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.[9]

Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier / White Wolf

Main article: Bucky Barnes (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes (portrayed by Sebastian Stan), also known as the Winter Soldier and White Wolf, is Steve Rogers' childhood best friend and confidant.[10] During World War II, Barnes served as a sergeant in the United States Army and as a member of Rogers' squad of commandos, where he was supposedly killed in action. Captured by and experimented on by Hydra scientists, Barnes was kept in suspended animation, reemerging in the modern world as an enhanced brainwashed assassin, known as the Winter Soldier.[11] In 2016, he befriends Rogers' new friend Sam Wilson and eventually finds refuge in Wakanda where he gets cured from his brainwashing. By 2024, he becomes Wilson's partner.

Sebastian Stan in 2019
Sebastian Stan in 2019

As of 2021, the character has appeared in seven films: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man (post-credits cameo), Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (post-credits cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier[12] and the animated series What If...?.[9]

Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Main article: Clint Barton (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton (portrayed by Jeremy Renner),[13] also known by his alter ego Hawkeye,[14] is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a founding member of the Avengers with the abilities of an expert marksman and hand-to-hand combatant, with his preferred weapon being a compound bow and a variety of trick arrows.[15][16][17]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Thor (cameo), The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?.[9] In November 2021 Barton reprised the character in the eponymous Disney+ series Hawkeye, which sees him eventually pass the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop.[18][19][20]

Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

Main article: Carol Danvers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Brie Larson in 2018
Brie Larson in 2018

Carol "Avenger" Danvers (portrayed by Brie Larson), also known as Vers and Captain Marvel, is a former Air Force test pilot who acquired cosmic energy force powers from the Tesseract after an explosion that wiped out her memory. The Kree decided to keep her as their own as a weapon against the Skrulls. In 1995, she traced her true origins to Earth where she met and befriended Nick Fury before leaving for space with the Skrulls. In 2018, following the Blip, she returns to Earth and by 2023, has joined the Avengers.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (mid-credits); as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Alexandra Daniels. She will return in the upcoming film The Marvels.[21]

Drax

Main article: Drax (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Drax (portrayed by Dave Bautista), also known as Drax the Destroyer, is a Kylosian[22] warrior and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who seeks vengeance for the loss of his family, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Originally he sought to avenge his family by killing Ronan, but after Ronan's death, his mission became defeating Thanos. Despite his rough exterior and tragic backstory, he commonly serves as comedic relief, and his lines within the franchise have often been used as internet memes.[23][24]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.[25][21] He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Nick Fury

Main article: Nick Fury (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Samuel L. Jackson in 2019
Samuel L. Jackson in 2019

Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) is the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is responsible for the formation of the Avengers. Fury first appears in the MCU in the film Iron Man in a post-credits scene cameo.[26][27] In 2018, Fury falls victim to the Blip, but is restored to life in 2023 and attends Tony Stark's funeral. He later goes on "vacation" on a Skrull spaceship while his role is assumed by Talos on Earth.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eleven films: Iron Man (post-credits cameo), Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger (cameo), The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War (post-credits cameo), Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame (cameo), and Spider-Man: Far From Home; as well as two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "0-8-4" and "Beginning of the End" and the animated series of What If...?.[9] He will return in the Disney+ live-action series Secret Invasion.

Gamora

Main article: Gamora (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Gamora (portrayed by Zoe Saldana) is an Zehoberei assassin and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who was forcibly adopted by Thanos after he eliminated half of her planet's race, including her mother. She appears as a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, eventually finding love with Quill as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.[28] She is later captured by Thanos and taken to Vormir where she is killed so Thanos can receive the Soul Stone. Ariana Greenblatt portrays a young Gamora in Infinity War in a flashback, as well as when she is with Thanos in the Soul Stone's 'Soul World'. A version of the character from the 2014 alternate timeline, also played by Saldana, travels with her adoptive father Thanos to 2023 to fight the Avengers.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as in the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Cynthia McWilliams. She will return in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.[21]

Groot

Main article: Groot (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel and portrayed [via motion capture] by Diesel, Krystian Godlewski, Sean Gunn, James Gunn, and Terry Notary) is the name of a tree-like humanoid (Flora colossus) and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.[29] He has a limited vocabulary, using only his popular catchphrase "I am Groot", although he later managed to say the phrase "We are Groot" before sacrificing his life for the Guardians of the Galaxy in the battle with Ronan for the Power Stone.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. He will also star in a series of shorts titled I Am Groot on Disney+.

Ikaris

See also: Ikaris

Ikaris (portrayed by Richard Madden) is an Eternal who can fly, project cosmic energy beams from his eyes, and has superhuman strength. He was also Sersi's romantic partner before leaving her thousands of years ago. In 2024, he feeds Ajak to the Deviants before reuniting with the rest of the Eternals on Earth, betraying the team in order to uphold Arishem's instructions. However, he is unable to bring himself to kill Sersi and fails to prevent the Eternals from stopping Tiamut's "emergence". Guilt-ridden, he commits suicide by flying into the Sun.[30]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Main article: Scott Lang (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Paul Rudd in 2015
Paul Rudd in 2015

Scott Lang (portrayed by Paul Rudd), also known as Ant-Man, is an Avenger and former petty criminal who acquired a suit from Hank Pym that allows him to shrink or grow in scale while also increasing in strength, as well as the ability to communicate with different species of ants. He is also the father of Cassie Lang. In 2018, he helps Pym and his daughter Hope van Dyne (his love interest) release Janet van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. He is later stranded in the Realm. In 2023, he is released and joins the Avengers to reverse the Blip.[31]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the WHIH Newsfront viral marketing campaign and in the Disney+ animated series What If...?. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[9]

Loki

Main article: Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Tom Hiddleston at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Loki Laufeyson[32] (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston), known by adoption as Loki Odinson and by his title as the God of Mischief,[33][34] is an Asgardian prince and warrior inspired by the Norse mythological deity of the same name. As in the comics, Loki has generally been a villain in the MCU, variously attempting to conquer Asgard or Earth, and having allied himself with more powerful villains to achieve his aims. He has particular antagonism for his adoptive brother Thor, and is known to variously ally with and then betray Thor and others, and regularly return from apparent death. Later on in his development in the films, he becomes less of a supervillain and more of an anti-hero.[35] Following his death at the hands of Thanos in 2018, an alternate version of him from 2012 appears in Avengers: Endgame taking the Tesseract. The character is often noted as being a fan favorite.[36][37]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki and the animated series What If...?.[12][9]

Mantis

See also: Mantis (Marvel Comics)

Pom Klementieff in 2019
Pom Klementieff in 2019

Mantis (portrayed by Pom Klementieff) is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy with empathic powers. The character is introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 as an alien ward of Ego with the power to sense and control the emotions of people by touch. She is commonly depicted as having a naive and innocent personality.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[38] She will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Main article: Wanda Maximoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Elizabeth Olsen in 2019
Elizabeth Olsen in 2019

Wanda Maximoff (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen), also known as the Scarlet Witch, is a member of the Avengers with hypnosis and telekinesis abilities obtained from the Mind Stone, and chaos magic powers that she has had since birth. Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. She is the twin sister of Pietro Maximoff. In 2015, she becomes a member of the Avengers. In 2016, she develops a romantic relationship with Vision.[39][40][41] In 2018, she is a victim of the Blip. In 2023, she is restored to life and learns her true nature as the Scarlet Witch.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (mid-credits cameo), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision and the animated series What If...?. She will return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.[40][21]

Nebula

Main article: Nebula (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Nebula (portrayed by Karen Gillan) is an Avenger, member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and former lieutenant of Thanos, who raised her as his daughter along with Gamora. Nebula was created by Roger Stern and John Buscema and first appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy as a secondary antagonist within the film but in later appearances she is portrayed as more sympathetic. Eventually, Nebula teams up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and then joins the Avengers to defeat her foster father. Though the current version of her joins the Avengers, a past version allies with Thanos to stop the Avengers. This is due to fear, causing the present Nebula to have to kill her past counterpart.[42][2]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. An alternate version of the character sometimes dubbed "Heist Nebula" appears in the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9] She will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Okoye

See also: Okoye (character)

Danai Gurira in 2019
Danai Gurira in 2019

Okoye (portrayed by Danai Gurira) is a Wakandan warrior and the general of the Dora Milaje. She fights on T'Challa's side when N'Jadaka plots to usurp the throne and fights alongside the Avengers to combat Thanos and his army.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2  She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Main article: Peter Parker (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Tom Holland in 2018
Tom Holland in 2018

Peter Parker (portrayed by Tom Holland, and by Max Favreau in Iron Man 2), also known by his alter ego Spider-Man, is an Avenger and high school teenager who received spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He first appears in Captain America: Civil War, although his introduction was later retconned as a child who wore an Iron Man helmet mask in Iron Man 2. He is later depicted as a protégé of Tony Stark. In 2018, he becomes an Avenger and falls victim to the Blip. In 2023, he is restored to life.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Iron Man 2 (retroactive cameo),[44] Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Hudson Thames.[21] The character also makes a cameo appearance in the mid-credits scene of Sony's Spider-Man Universe (SSU) film Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and is set to return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home as well as the Disney+ animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year.[45]

Pepper Potts

See also: Pepper Potts

Gwyneth Paltrow at the French premiere of Iron Man 3 in 2013
Gwyneth Paltrow at the French premiere of Iron Man 3 in 2013

Virginia "Pepper" Potts (portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow) is the wife of Tony Stark and the mother of Morgan Stark. She is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein and Don Heck.[46][47][48] She is initially the assistant to Tony Stark, later in the franchise being instated as CEO of Stark Industries. She is friends with fellow supporting characters in the Iron Man series James Rhodes and Happy Hogan. Potts and Starks relationship is initially professional in Iron Man, but develops romantically throughout the series and they are engaged by the time of Avengers: Infinity War. The two are married and have a child during the events of Avengers Endgame, where she is also later widowed.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in seven films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming (cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Beth Hoyt.[21]

Peter Quill / Star-Lord

Main article: Peter Quill (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Peter Jason Quill (portrayed by Chris Pratt[49]) is the half-human, half-celestial leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy who was abducted from Missouri as a child by a group of alien mercenaries called the Ravagers, where he adopted the self-proclaimed outlaw identity known as Star-Lord. Quill witnessed the death of his mother from terminal cancer and resultantly left the hospital grief-stricken. He later discovers his long lost father, Ego, whom he and the rest of the Guardians must defeat after learning his plan to eliminate all life.[50] He and the rest of the Guardians join with the Avengers to battle Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Brian T. Delaney.[25] He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,[51][52] as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

James Rhodes / War Machine

Main article: James Rhodes (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Don Cheadle in 2018
Don Cheadle in 2018

James "Rhodey" Rhodes (initially portrayed by Terrence Howard and subsequently by Don Cheadle) is an Avenger and lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force where he operates the War Machine armor and acts as the military's chief liaison to Stark Industries' weapons division.[53][54][55] Rhodes is a close confidant of Tony Stark's and from that relationship, he eventually becomes a major member of the Avengers. During the events of Iron Man 3, the War Machine armor is briefly renamed Iron Patriot.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eight films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel (mid-credits cameo), and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the animated series What If...?.[43]: 2  He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Armor Wars.

Rocket

Main article: Rocket (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) is an Avenger and member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who is a hot-tempered Halfworlder mercenary and master of weapons.[56] Rocket was based on movement from Sean Gunn and also real-life behavior of an actual raccoon called Oreo.[57] In 2018, he survives the Blip and due to his friendship with Thor, becomes a member of the Avengers.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[38] He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

Steve Rogers / Captain America

Main article: Steve Rogers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers (portrayed by Chris Evans[58]) is a founding member of the Avengers and World War II-era U.S. Army soldier who, after being enhanced to the peak of human physiology by an experimental "super soldier" serum, became known as Captain America. During his service in the European Theatre of the war against Hydra, Rogers was frozen in suspended animation and woke up in the modern world, 70 years later, becoming a formative member and leader of the Avengers. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, he retires and passes his shield to Sam Wilson. He is implied to have died after Endgame in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eleven films: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World (cameo), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man (post-credits cameo), Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming (cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel (mid-credits cameo), and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage). An alternate version of the character appears in the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Josh Keaton.[59] This version does not take the Super Soldier Serum and dons a suit of armor made by Howard Stark dubbed the "Hydra Stomper".[21]

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Main article: Natasha Romanoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanoff (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson),[60] known by her alter ego Black Widow, is a founding member of the Avengers and spy highly trained in hand-to-hand combat. She trained in the Red Room in Russia from childhood, until she joined the counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D.. In 2011, she was sent to spy on Tony Stark by Nick Fury under the alias Natalie Rushman, and the next year, she was recruited by Fury to become one of the formative members of the Avengers. Eleven years later, she sacrifices herself on Vormir in order for Hawkeye to retrieve the Soul Stone.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in ten films: Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok (archival footage), Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel (mid-credits cameo), Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and What If...?, in which she is voiced by Lake Bell.[61][21]

Sersi

See also: Sersi

Sersi (portrayed by Gemma Chan) is an Eternal with an affinity for humankind who is very empathetic and has the ability to manipulate matter. She has been in love with Ikaris for centuries and poses as a museum curator on Earth. Chan previously portrayed Minn-Erva in the film Captain Marvel.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Shang-Chi

Main article: Shang-Chi (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Simu Liu in 2019
Simu Liu in 2019

Xu Shang-Chi (portrayed by Simu Liu), also known as Shaun, is an expert martial artist, and son of Wenwu.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Shuri

Main article: Shuri (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Letitia Wright at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Letitia Wright at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

Shuri (portrayed by Letitia Wright) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr.. She first appears in the film Black Panther, portrayed as T'Challa's courageous and brilliantly tech-savvy younger sister of Wakanda. She is responsible for the weapons and other tech that T'Challa uses to battle his opponents, and is responsible for deprogramming Bucky Barnes. In 2018, when Thanos' forces attack, she meets a few of the Avengers and is tasked to remove the Mind Stone from Vision. However, she is unable to complete the removal in time and falls victim to the Blip. In 2023, she is restored to life and fights in the final battle against Thanos and his army. She attends Tony Stark's funeral and returns home to Wakanda, reuniting with her mother. Shuri has been widely compared to the James Bond character Q.[62][63][64]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Ozioma Akagha.[21] She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Tony Stark / Iron Man

Main article: Tony Stark (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.[65]) is a founding member of the Avengers and self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist with electromechanical suits of armor of his own invention, where he is commonly known by his alter ego Iron Man. Stark is introduced as an egotistical industrialist, CEO of Stark Industries, and chief weapons manufacturer for the U.S. military, until he has a change of heart and redirects his technical knowledge into the creation of mechanized suits of armor which he uses to defend against those that would threaten peace around the world.[2] Stark then becomes an major formative member and benefactor of the Avengers. He dies at the end of Avengers: Endgame after using the Infinity Gauntlet to defeat Thanos.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eleven films: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (cameo), Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home (archival footage); the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?, in which he is voiced by Mick Wingert;[21] as well as the Marvel One-Shot The Consultant.

Doctor Stephen Strange

Main article: Stephen Strange (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Benedict Cumberbatch in 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch in 2016

Dr. Stephen Strange (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch), known also by his academic title as Doctor Strange, is a powerful sorcerer and former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovered the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and became a Master of the Mystic Arts and the guardian of the Sanctum Sanctorum. In 2018, Strange is a victim of the Blip. In 2023, he is restored to life.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Versions of Strange in alternate timelines appear in the Disney+ animated series What If...?, including a darker version known as Doctor Strange Supreme. He will return in the upcoming films Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.[66][43]: 2 

T'Challa / Black Panther

Main article: T'Challa (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Chadwick Boseman in 2016
Chadwick Boseman in 2016

T'Challa (portrayed by Chadwick Boseman) is the protector of Wakanda, known as the Black Panther, a highly skilled warrior who gains enhanced strength and agility by ingesting the vibranium-enriched heart-shaped herb. Following the death of his father, T'Challa ascends the throne and becomes the king of Wakanda. His suit is also made of vibranium. After the death of Boseman, Kevin Feige announced that the character would not be recast for the upcoming Black Panther sequel, leaving T'Challa in a shroud of mystery.[67]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. An alternate version of the character appears in the Disney+ animated series What If...? as Star-Lord.[9][68]

Thanos

Main article: Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Josh Brolin in 2014
Josh Brolin in 2014

Thanos (portrayed initially by Damion Poitier and subsequently by Josh Brolin via motion capture)[69] is an intergalactic warlord from Titan with a personal quest of seeking all six Infinity Stones to destroy half of all life for the sake of balancing the universe's finite resources. Thanos first appears during the post-credits of The Avengers.[70][71] After Thanos succeeds in collecting the Infinity Stones, Thor decapitates him. A version of the character from the 2014 alternate timeline, also played by Brolin, learns of the Avengers' 'Time Heist' plot, time travels to take on the Avengers and destroy the universe, in order to create a new one. He is later defeated using the Infinity Stones by Tony Stark, and is wiped out of existence along with his army.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: The Avengers (mid-credits cameo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron (mid-credits cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9]

Thor

Main article: Thor (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Thor Odinson (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth) is an Avenger, and one of the most powerful of the Asgardian race. He is also known as the "God of Thunder".[72] Unlike his comic book version, the MCU version of Thor has no human "alter ego".[73] Thor fights with a hammer, Mjölnir, which can channel Thor's ability to wield lightning. After Mjölnir is destroyed in the events of Thor: Ragnarok, however, Thor himself helps forge Stormbreaker, an axe channeling the Bifrost, allowing him to effectively travel across the universe at will. Following Thanos' defeat and subsequent death after Tony Stark sacrifices himself in Avengers: Endgame, Thor attends Stark's funeral before leaving Earth and joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.[74]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eight films: Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange (mid-credits cameo), Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the episodes "Pilot" and "The Well" of the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the episode "Glorious Purpose" of the Disney+ series Loki via archival footage and the animated series What If...?.[9] He will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Valkyrie

See also: Valkyrie (Marvel Comics)

Tessa Thompson in 2019
Tessa Thompson in 2019

Valkyrie (portrayed by Tessa Thompson), also known as Scrapper 142, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema.

The character is the last surviving of a group of Asgardian female warriors called the Valkyries. In Thor: Ragnarok, she allies herself with Thor and Bruce Banner to fight Hela. In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that she survived the Blip and brought the remaining Asgardians to a town in Norway called New Asgard, which she de facto rules in place of the depressed Thor. She later joins the Avengers in their final battle against Thanos and his army. After the battle, Thor officially leaves her in charge of New Asgard.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?.[38] She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Hope van Dyne / Wasp

Main article: Hope van Dyne

Evangeline Lilly in 2014
Evangeline Lilly in 2014

Hope van Dyne (portrayed by Evangeline Lilly) is the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne, and the second incarnation of the Wasp, who wears a flying suit that allows her to shrink in scale while also increasing in strength. Hope is also the love interest of Scott Lang. In 2018, she takes up the Wasp mantle and alongside her parents, are victims of the Blip. In 2023, she is restored to life.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?. She will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[43]: 2 

Vision

Main article: Vision (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Paul Bettany in 2019
Paul Bettany in 2019

The Vision (portrayed by Paul Bettany) is an Avenger and AI android created by Ultron, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. After his creation, he allies himself with the Avengers to defeat Ultron. He then becomes a member of the Avengers and develops a romantic relationship with Wanda Maximoff. He is killed by Thanos after he takes the Mind Stone.[75] An alternate version of the character, also portrayed by Bettany, is a simulacrum created by Wanda in 2023 to be her companion. Simultaneously, the original Vision is rebuilt by S.W.O.R.D as "Project Cataract", a colorless sentient weapon, and sent to Westview to destroy Wanda and the simulacrum Vision.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War; as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision and the animated series What If...?.[75][43]: 2 

Watcher

See also: Uatu

The Watcher (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) is a member of the extraterrestrial species of the same name who observes the Multiverse and strictly refuses to interfere with its events. He maintains his vow until he is forced to act in order to save the Multiverse from a version of Ultron, and manages to do this with the help of Guardians of the Multiverse. He is based on Uatu (also known as the Watcher) from Marvel Comics.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: What If...?.

Sam Wilson / Falcon / Captain America

Main article: Sam Wilson (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Anthony Mackie in 2019
Anthony Mackie in 2019

Samuel "Sam" Wilson (portrayed by Anthony Mackie)[11] is an Avenger and former U.S. Air Force pararescueman trained in aerial combat using a specially designed jet pack with articulated wings under the pseudonym the Falcon.[76][77] In 2014, he meets Steve Rogers and becomes instant friends. In 2015, he becomes a member of the Avengers. In 2016, he becomes friends with Rogers' best friend Bucky Barnes. In 2018, he was a victim of the Blip, but in 2023, he is restored to life. Afterwards, Rogers retires, and passes on his mantle and shield to him.[78] At first, he decides to give up the shield, but later reclaims it and embraces the mantle of Captain America, while passing on the Falcon mantle to his military friend Joaquin Torres.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the animated series What If...?.[12]

Wong

Main article: Wong (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Benedict Wong in 2016
Benedict Wong in 2016

Wong (portrayed by Benedict Wong) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The character is portrayed as an Asian sorcerer commonly affiliated with Doctor Strange as starting out as a teacher for him and is also a librarian within the New York Sanctum. He also becomes an ally to Shang-Chi.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43][79] He will return in the upcoming films Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Supporting characters

Ajak

See also: Ajak

Ajak (portrayed by Salma Hayek) was the wise and spiritual leader of the Eternals who possesses healing abilities. She can also communicate with the Celestial Arishem, before passing on this ability to Sersi following her death.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Ancient One

See also: Ancient One

Tilda Swinton in 2016
Tilda Swinton in 2016

The Ancient One (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) was the former Sorcerer Supreme and mentor of Doctor Strange.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2 

Ayo

See also: Ayo (character)

Ayo (portrayed by Florence Kasumba) is the second-in-command of the Dora Milaje in Wakanda.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War; and one Disney+ series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Quentin Beck / Mysterio

See also: Mysterio

Quentin Beck (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal), also known as "Mysterio", is a former Stark Industries employee and holographic-illusions specialist who masqueraded as a superhero from Earth-833 in Multiverse. He was recruited by Nick Fury (Talos) to help Spider-Man stop the Elementals that he secretly created through illusions as a way to get recognition for his life's work, and revenge due to his grievance at Stark Industries and by Tony Stark, his former employer. He is killed after one of the drones backfired, with William Ginter Riva downloading the drones' data and doctoring the footage to frame Spider-Man for the attack. J. Jonah Jameson of TheDailyBugle.net then releases the footage, revealing Spider-Man's true identity in the process.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Yelena Belova / Black Widow

See also: Black Widow (Yelena Belova)

Florence Pugh at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Florence Pugh at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

Yelena Belova (portrayed by Florence Pugh) is a highly trained spy and assassin who trained in the Red Room as a Black Widow and a sister-figure to Romanoff.[80][81][82] In 2016, she works with Romanoff, Alexei Shostakov, and Melina Vostokoff to stop General Dreykov after he reactivates the Red Room program.[83] In 2023, following Romanoff's death, Belova is approached by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine to kill Clint Barton.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Black Widow. She will return in the Disney+ series Hawkeye.[84]

Kate Bishop

See also: Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)

Kate Bishop (portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld) is a 22-year-old Hawkeye fan. In 2012, she is living with her wealthy parents in Manhattan when she is nearly killed by Chitauri soldiers but is saved by Clint Barton during the Battle of New York. Bishop's father is killed during the alien invasion, motivating her to protect her family. She becomes a championship archer, martial artist, and fencer.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: Hawkeye, which will feature Barton passing the mantle of Hawkeye to Bishop.[18]

Emil Blonsky / Abomination

See also: Abomination (character)

Emil Blonsky (portrayed by Tim Roth), also known as the Abomination, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name by Stan Lee and Gil Kane. He is a British Royal Marine who is transformed into an atrocious humanoid creature with enhanced physiology and a deformed appearance as a result of being injected with an experimental version of the Super Soldier Serum, in conjunction with subsequent exposure to intense gamma radiation much like Bruce Banner himself years prior.[85][86]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: The Incredible Hulk and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; as well as one Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (archival footage). He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.

Peggy Carter

Main article: Peggy Carter (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Hayley Atwell in 2015
Hayley Atwell in 2015

Margaret "Peggy" Carter (portrayed by Hayley Atwell) is a high-ranking officer and agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve and one of the co-founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. This version is depicted as a brunette British agent rather than a blonde American. She is depicted as Steve Roger's romantic interest and later stars in her own short film and TV series.[87][88][89] She dies off-screen in Captain America: Civil War, while an alternate version of her from the 1940s and the 1970s appears in Avengers: Endgame.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man (cameo), and Avengers: Endgame; one Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter; and two TV series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter. An alternate version of the character appears in the Disney+ animated series What If...?, during which she receives the Super Soldier Serum and becomes a super soldier known as Captain Carter.[9]

Sharon Carter / Agent 13 / Power Broker

See also: Sharon Carter and Power Broker

Emily VanCamp in 2018
Emily VanCamp in 2018

Sharon Carter (portrayed by Emily VanCamp), also known as Agent 13, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. She initially appears as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., then going into hiding in Madripoor and later revealed to be the Power Broker.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War;[90] as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the animated series What If...?.[43][91]

Phil Coulson

Main article: Phil Coulson

Clark Gregg in 2018
Clark Gregg in 2018

Phillip J. "Phil" Coulson (portrayed by Clark Gregg) is an original character created for the MCU. Coulson was created by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and first appears in the MCU in film Iron Man.[92][93] Coulson was the first S.H.I.E.L.D. agent introduced in the MCU. Throughout the films, Coulson is generally depicted as a supporting character of the protagonists and used to represent S.H.I.E.L.D.'s presence. He played prominent roles in some of the shorts entitled Marvel One-Shots.[94]

The character then became the headline character in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Though he is killed by Loki in The Avengers, it is revealed that he was brought back to life using the T.A.H.I.T.I. project.[95]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Avengers and Captain Marvel; two Marvel One-Shots: The Consultant and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer; three TV series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Loki (archival footage), and the animated series What If...?; and a web series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot.

Darren Cross / Yellowjacket

See also: Darren Cross and Yellowjacket (Marvel Comics)

Dr. Darren Cross (portrayed by Corey Stoll), also known as the Yellowjacket, is Hank Pym's former protégé.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film Ant-Man; as well as the WHIH Newsfront viral marketing campaign.

Antonia Dreykov / Taskmaster

See also: Taskmaster (character)

Olga Kurylenko in 2015
Olga Kurylenko in 2015

Antonia Dreykov (portrayed by Olga Kurylenko), also known as Taskmaster, is an agent of the Red Room, brainwashed by her father Dreykov. She studies her opponents' fighting style in order to mimic them and learn how to use it against them,[96][97]: 4  and uses techniques from other superheroes.[98]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Black Widow.

Druig

See also: Druig

Druig (portrayed by Barry Keoghan) is an aloof Eternal who can use cosmic energy to control the minds of others. He becomes withdrawn from the other Eternals because he disagrees with their interactions with humankind.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Ego

See also: Ego the Living Planet

Kurt Russell in 2016
Kurt Russell in 2016

Ego (portrayed by Kurt Russell) is a Celestial, and Peter Quill's father.[99]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...? [43]: 2 

Fandral

See also: Fandral

Fandral (initially portrayed by Joshua Dallas and subsequently by Zachary Levi), also known as Fandral the Dashing, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Fandral is a member of the Warriors Three, depicted as a dashing warrior from Asgard.[100] He returns in Thor: The Dark World and is killed off by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.[101][102]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Max Mittelman.[103]

Jane Foster

Natalie Portman at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Natalie Portman at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con

See also: Jane Foster

Dr. Jane Foster (portrayed by Natalie Portman) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name who was first created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. She first appears in Thor. She is depicted as an astrophysicist who (along with Darcy Lewis and Erik Selvig) first discover Thor in his banishment from Asgard to Earth.[104] She is depicted most commonly as the romantic interest of Thor from 2011 through 2015.[105]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[106][9] She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Frigga

See also: Frigga (character)

Frigga (portrayed by Rene Russo) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein and Joe Sinnott which based her on Frigg of Norse mythology. Frigga is Thor's biological mother and Loki's adopted mother first appearing in Thor.[107] She reprises her role in Thor: The Dark World where she is killed by a dark elf named Algrim.[108] An alternate version of her from 2013 appears in Avengers: Endgame, during which she comforts Thor's depression during his time traveling mission to retrieve the Reality Stone.[109][110] She also knew that her time was near, and prevented Thor from telling her how she dies by encouraging him to change his future.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?, voiced by Josette Eales.[103]

Gilgamesh

See also: Forgotten One (comics)

Gilgamesh (portrayed by Don Lee) was the strongest Eternal who can project an exoskeleton of cosmic energy and becomes Thena's guardian over the centuries. He is later killed by the Deviant Kro.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Grandmaster

See also: Grandmaster (Marvel Comics)

The Grandmaster (portrayed by Jeff Goldblum) is the ruler of Sakaar, where he hosts a series of games called the Contest of Champions. He is the brother of the Collector.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (end credits sequence) and Thor: Ragnarok, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?[9]. He will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Justin Hammer

See also: Justin Hammer

Justin Hammer (portrayed by Sam Rockwell) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Hammer is a business rival of Stark of manufacturing weapons. After noticing Vanko's use of weapons, he jailbreaks Vanko and uses Vanko for making weapons, including turning James Rhodes' armor into War Machine. Ivan is revealed to have betrayed him, and he is sent to jail where he is depicted to have a homosexual relationship with an inmate in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King.[111][85][86]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Iron Man 2; and one Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King.

Agatha Harkness

See also: Agatha Harkness

Kathryn Hahn portrays Agatha Harkness in the MCU
Kathryn Hahn portrays Agatha Harkness in the MCU

Agatha Harkness (portrayed by Kathryn Hahn) is a witch. In 1693, she killed members of her Salem coven (including her mother Evanora) when they attempted to execute her for practicing dark magic. She is initially portrayed as a friendly neighbor of Wanda Maximoff in Westview, but is ultimately revealed to be after Wanda's powers.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: WandaVision. She will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Agatha: House of Harkness.[112]

Heimdall

See also: Heimdall (comics)

Heimdall (portrayed by Idris Elba) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby which based him on the mythical Heimdallr in Norse Mythology. Heimdall is depicted as the sole protector of the Bifröst in Asgard and ally to Thor.[113] He is ultimately killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War after sending Hulk to Earth via the Bifrost to warn the Avengers of Thanos' conquest.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World,[114] Avengers: Age of Ultron,[115] Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War,[116] as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[38]

Hela

See also: Hela (character)

Hela (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) is the Goddess of Death and the eldest daughter of Odin, King of Asgard.

As Thor's older sibling, she has the rightful claim of succession to the throne as Queen of Asgard. Like Thor, her powers are drawn from Asgard and made strongest while she's there. As Odin's executioner, she helped conquer realms that allowed Asgard to grow and prosper. However, being Goddess of Death, her growing destructive ambition led Odin to cast her out of Asgard, which, consequently weakened her powers, and allowed Asgard to enjoy times of peace within the Nine Realms. Hela's banishment was rescinded upon the death of Odin, at which time she returns to claim her rightful place as queen. Her return is significant as the beginning of Ragnarok, the prophesized destruction of Asgard.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film Thor: Ragnarok.

Maria Hill

See also: Maria Hill

Cobie Smulders in 2019
Cobie Smulders in 2019

Maria Hill (portrayed by Cobie Smulders) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch. She is a recurring S.H.I.E.L.D. member and ally to Nick Fury. In 2018, she is a victim of the Blip. In 2023, she is restored to life.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War (post-credits cameo), Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home;[117] as well as three episodes of the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2  She's set to appear again in upccoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion.[118]

Happy Hogan

See also: Happy Hogan (character)

Jon Favreau at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Jon Favreau at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

Harold "Happy" Hogan (portrayed by Jon Favreau) is Tony Stark's bodyguard and close friend, and head of security for Stark Industries. Happy is later assigned by Stark as head of Asset Management for the Avengers. He also serves as mentor to Peter Parker after Tony's death and gets romantically attached to Peter's aunt, May Parker.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43] He will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.[119]

Hogun

See also: Hogun

Hogun (portrayed by Tadanobu Asano), also known as Hogun the Grim, is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Hogun is a member of the Warriors Three, depicted as a grim warrior from Asgard. He reprises his role in Thor: The Dark World, in which he reveals that he is a Vanir from Vanaheim. He is killed off by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.[120][102]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by David Chen.[103]

Kaecilius

See also: Kaecilius

Kaecilius (portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen) is a sorcerer and Master of the Mystic Arts.[121][122][123][124][125]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Doctor Strange.

Katy

Katy (portrayed by Awkwafina), also known as Ruiwen, is a hotel valet and Shang-Chi's best friend who was unaware of his past.[126]

Awkwafina in 2018
Awkwafina in 2018

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.[127][128]

Aldrich Killian

See also: Aldrich Killian

Aldrich Killian (portrayed by Guy Pearce) is the co-developer of the Extremis virus. In the MCU, he is also depicted as the founder of Advanced Idea Mechanics. Starting out as a sickly individual snubbed by Tony Stark in the past, he swore revenge. Years later, Killian participates in Maya Hansen's development of Extremis to cure himself, founds a terrorist movement with a group of Extremis-enhanced soldiers under his command, and poses as the Mandarin to ruin Iron Man, only to be killed by the Extremis-enhanced Pepper Potts.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Iron Man 3.

Kingo

See also: Kingo Sunen

Kingo (portrayed by Kumail Nanjiani) is an Eternal who can project cosmic energy projectiles from his hands. Enamored with fame, Kingo becomes a popular Bollywood film star to blend in on Earth.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Ulysses Klaue

See also: Klaw (character)

Ulysses Klaue (portrayed by Andy Serkis) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. He is a South-African black-market arms dealer, smuggler, and gangster who specializes in the sale of stolen vibranium from Wakanda. After losing his arm to an angry Ultron, Klaue adopts a prosthetic sonic weapon, and works with N'Jadaka until the latter kills him.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2 

Korg

See also: Korg (character)

Taika Waititi in 2019
Taika Waititi in 2019

Korg (voiced and motion-captured by Taika Waititi) is a Kronan warrior who was forced to participate in the Contest of Champions on Sakaar, based on the character of the same name. He later led a rebellion against the Grandmaster and escaped the planet with the help of Thor and traveled to Earth, where he resided in Tønsberg, Norway, now named New Asgard.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?[9]. He will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.[129]

Cassie Lang

See also: Cassandra Lang

Cassandra "Cassie" Lang (portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson and subsequently by Emma Fuhrmann and Kathryn Newton) is the daughter of Scott Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. She will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Laufey

See also: Laufey (character)

Laufey (portrayed by Colm Feore) is based on Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby which based him on Laufey in Norse mythology. He is the king of the Frost Giants and original antagonist to Odin and Thor. He is revealed as the biological father to Loki, but abandoned him as a child, due to his small size. Laufey has a strong hatred for Odin for his defeat in battle when trying to conquer Earth. Loki convinced Laufey to take over Asgard himself, but betrays and kills Laufey to prove himself worthy of Odin.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Thor.[130][85][86]

Ned Leeds

See also: Ned Leeds

Jacob Batalon in 2016
Jacob Batalon in 2016

Ned Leeds (portrayed by Jacob Batalon) is Peter Parker's best friend. Ned is the first person other than Tony Stark to discover Peter's identity as Spider-Man. He fell victim to the Blip in 2018 but was revived in 2023. He attends the trip to Europe and develops a relationship with Betty Brant, but they end up breaking up at the end of the trip.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame (cameo), and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Darcy Lewis

Dr. Darcy Lewis (portrayed by Kat Dennings) is an original character in the MCU, often serving as comic relief.[131] In 2011 and 2013, she was a political science major at Culver University and volunteer research assistant to astrophysicist Jane Foster for college credit.[131][132] By 2023, she has a doctorate in astrophysics and is called in by S.W.O.R.D. to help investigate Westview.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor and Thor: The Dark World; as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision and What If...?.[133][43]: 2 

Liz

See also: Liz Allan

Liz (portrayed by Laura Harrier) is based on the Marvel Comics character Liz Allan. She is a senior at Midtown School of Science and Technology, the daughter of Adrian Toomes, and leads the decathlon team. She is a love interest of Peter Parker.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Maya Lopez / Echo

See also: Echo (Marvel Comics)

Maya Lopez (portrayed by Alaqua Cox), also known as Echo, is the deaf Native American leader of the Tracksuit Mafia who can perfectly imitate others' movements.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: Hawkeye. She will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Echo.

Luis

See also: Luis (Marvel Comics)

Michael Peña in 2015
Michael Peña in 2015

Luis (portrayed by Michael Peña) is a close friend and ally of Scott Lang, serving as comic relief in the Ant-Man films.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Makkari

See also: Makkari (comics)

Makkari (portrayed by Lauren Ridloff) is an Eternal who can move at the speed of sound.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Malekith

See also: Malekith the Accursed

Malekith the Accursed (portrayed by Christopher Eccleston) is the king of the Dark Elves.[134]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Thor: The Dark World.

Ebony Maw

See also: Ebony Maw

Ebony Maw (voiced and portrayed [via motion capture] by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is an adoptive son of Thanos.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2 

Pietro Maximoff

See also: Quicksilver (Marvel Comics)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con
Aaron Taylor-Johnson at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

Pietro Maximoff (portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is an Avenger based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. He first appears in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then had a starring role in Avengers: Age of Ultron.[135][136][137]

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pietro and his sister Wanda are introduced as Hydra assets, both acquiring superhuman powers after volunteering to be experimented upon by the Mind Stone.[138] Harboring a lifelong hatred for American arms manufacturer Tony Stark, whose bombs killed their parents, they side with Ultron against the Avengers before later switching sides. In the final conflict with Ultron, Pietro dies a hero's death saving the lives of Clint Barton and a Sokovian boy.

The character's reception has been lukewarm with complaints that the character or the character's power was not developed enough compared to the comic book version or 20th Century Fox's X-Men film series version.[139][140][141]

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated in 2015 that there are no plans for Quicksilver to appear in future Marvel Studios films;[142] the character is referenced in the Disney+ series WandaVision when Westview resident Ralph Bohner is forced to impersonate him.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (mid-credits cameo) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as in flashbacks and recaps in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

M'Baku

See also: Man-Ape

Winston Duke in 2017
Winston Duke in 2017

M'Baku (portrayed by Winston Duke) is the leader of the renegade Jabari Tribe, who shun Wakanda's technological society and have a religious reverence for gorillas, such as decorating their armor with white gorilla pelts and worshiping the ape god, Hanuman, as a part of a complex Indo-African religion rather than the Panther god Bast.[143][144] In 2016, M'Baku challenges T'Challa for control of Wakanda. When he is defeated in combat, the latter convinces him to yield. M'Baku returns the favor by looking after the wounded T'Challa following T'Challa's fight with N'Jadaka and agreeing to look after Ramonda. He initially declines T'Challa's request to help fight N'Jadaka, but ultimately reconsiders and leads the Jabari into battle against him. Following N'Jadaka's death, M'Baku is granted a place on Wakanda's national council.[145] In 2018, he and the Jabari join the battle against the Outriders, and survives the Blip.[146] In 2023, he joins the final battle against an alternate Thanos.[147]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

MJ

Main article: MJ (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Zendaya in 2018
Zendaya in 2018

Michelle (portrayed by Zendaya), nicknamed MJ, is the main love interest of Peter Parker, who falls in love with her after the Blip. A student at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, she initially enjoys mocking all of her fellow students there, including Parker. She is portrayed as hyper-observant and suspicious of Peter's secret identity from the start. Despite keeping her distance socially, MJ is eventually given the opportunity to take over as captain of the Academic Decathlon Team, and begins to open up more with her teammates, which include Ned Leeds and Parker. MJ is a victim of the Blip in 2018, but is revived to life in 2023. Her affections are sought out by Parker and Brad Davis during Midtown Tech's trip to Europe. When she deduces Parker's identity as Spider-Man, MJ helps discover Mysterio's fraudulence, by exposing him as the one who staged the Elemental crisis. Shortly after their trip to Europe, MJ and Parker begin dating. After their first date, MJ is horrified when J. Jonah Jameson releases a doctored video of Mysterio and Spider-Man, claiming that Spider-Man is responsible for the casualties of the Battle of London while exposing Parker as Spider-Man.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. She will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Mobius M. Mobius

See also: Mobius M. Mobius

Mobius M. Mobius (portrayed by Owen Wilson) is an agent of the TVA. Mobius specializes in the investigation of particularly dangerous Time Variant criminals.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: Loki.

Karl Mordo

See also: Baron Mordo

Chiwetel Ejiofor at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Chiwetel Ejiofor at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con

Karl Mordo (portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a sorcerer and a former member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts. A close ally to the Ancient One, he assisted in recruiting and training their future sorcerers. In this role, he trains Strange, using the Staff of the Living Tribunal as his weapon. He also helps Strange fight against Kaecilius. The Ancient One notes that Mordo's strength must be balanced by Strange since Mordo is unable to recognize the need for moral flexibility and compromise. At the end of the film, disillusioned with the teachings of the Ancient One after learning that the latter's immortality has been the result of her drawing on the energy of the Dark Dimension and Strange further breaking nature's laws, he decides to leave his fellow sorcerers. He comes to believe that all magic perverts and disrupts the natural order, thus causing him to set out to stop others from using it. In a post-credits scene, Mordo visits fellow magician Pangborn and steals the energy that he uses to walk, stating that the world has "too many sorcerers".

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Doctor Strange. He will return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Karli Morgenthau

See also: Karl Morgenthau

Karli Morgenthau (portrayed by Erin Kellyman) is the teenage leader of the anti-nationalist terrorist group the Flag Smashers. She and the other Flag Smashers are made into Super Soldiers with the help of the Power Broker, Sharon Carter, and use violent tactics such as bombings to achieve open borders for refugees in the Baltic states. She is killed by Sharon Carter after she attempts to kill Carter and Sam Wilson.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Nakia

See also: Malice (comics) § Malice (Nakia)

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

Nakia (portrayed by Lupita Nyong'o)[148] is a former Dora Milaje, a member of the War Dogs, and T'Challa's lover. Having often been sent on missions around the world, witnessing the hardships experienced by many people, she grows in the belief that Wakanda should actively help them. Nakia returns to Wakanda upon hearing that T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, was killed. She stays after T'Challa is crowned king and asks that she accompany him to one of their missions, leading into the major events of the film. After N'Jadaka seizes the throne and orders the heart-shaped herbs which grant the power of the Black Panther to be burned, Nakia steals one. Although Ramonda urges Nakia to consume it in order to challenge N'Jadaka, Nakia plans to offer it to M'Baku so that he can challenge N'Jadaka with his army. M'Baku reveals that his people have recovered T'Challa, so Nakia gives the herb to him, healing him and restoring his powers as the Black Panther. Nakia then assists in the insurrection against N'Jadaka, dressing as a Dora Milaje soldier at Shuri's insistence. At the end of the film, Nakia agrees to resume her relationship with T'Challa and accepts a position running a Wakandan outreach center in California at the location of N'Jobu and N'Jadaka's former apartment.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Black Panther, and will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens

See also: Erik Killmonger

Michael B. Jordan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Michael B. Jordan at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

N'Jadaka (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan), also known as Erik Stevens or Killmonger, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL lieutenant and the son of N'Jobu. His father was killed by T'Chaka for helping Ulysses Klaue smuggle vibranium out of Wakanda in order to arm oppressed peoples around the world and initiate revolutions. N'Jadaka later becomes an acquaintance of Klaue, before betraying and killing him to gain the trust of the Wakandan population. After bringing the dead Klaue, he challenges his cousin T'Challa to a duel over the throne, which N'Jadaka wins. However, T'Challa later returns to take back his throne, with the help of M'Baku, Okoye and Shuri. T'Challa defeats N'Jadaka in combat and fatally wounds him, although he takes N'Jadaka to see the Wakandan sunset per his wishes. N'Jadaka dies after refusing to be healed, claiming that death is "better than bondage". Impacted by his cousin, T'Challa decides to finally open Wakanda up to the rest of the world after N'Jadaka's death. The character has been widely praised as one of the MCU's best villains,[149][150][151] with Ben Child of The Guardian comparing the character to Terminator and Darth Vader.[152]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Black Panther; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9][153]

Kraglin Obfonteri

See also: Kraglin

Sean Gunn in 2015
Sean Gunn in 2015

Kraglin Obfonteri (portrayed by Sean Gunn) is based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee, Ernie Hart, and Don Heck. He is a Xandarian and the first mate of Yondu Udonta's faction of the Ravagers. In 2014, following the mutiny of the other Ravagers, Kraglin remains loyal to Yondu and helps rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from Ego. After Yondu's death, Kraglin acquires a similar cybernetic fin and Yaka arrow. In 2023, he is transported to Earth to join the battle.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9] He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Odin

See also: Odin (Marvel Comics)

Anthony Hopkins in 2010
Anthony Hopkins in 2010

Odin Borson (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins), also known as Odin Allfather, is the ruler of Asgard, son of Bor, biological father of Thor and Hela, adoptive father of Loki, and husband of Frigga. Based on Odin in Norse mythology, he first appears in Thor and reprises his role in two of its sequels. He is removed from power by Loki at the end of the second film and is placed under a spell to make him forget his past life before being put into a retirement home in New York City. He manages to break free of Loki's spell before heading to Norway instead of returning to Asgard, wishing to not be disturbed. When he is found by his sons, Odin warns them that his time has come and that his daughter Hela will be freed after his death. He bids them both farewell and soon disappears.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor,[154] Thor: The Dark World,[155] and Thor: Ragnarok;[156] as well as the Disney+ series Loki (archival footage) and the animated series What If...?.[38]

May Parker

See also: Aunt May

Marisa Tomei portrays May Parker in the MCU
Marisa Tomei portrays May Parker in the MCU

May Parker (portrayed by Marisa Tomei), commonly known as Aunt May, is the aunt of Peter Parker and widow of Ben Parker. Unlike previous incarnations, she finds out that Peter is Spider-Man, when she walks in on him wearing the suit. She falls victim to the Blip in 2018, but is revived to life in 2023 and attends Tony Stark's funeral. Afterwards, she begins a relationship with Happy Hogan.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Endgame (cameo), and Spider-Man: Far From Home. She will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Phastos

See also: Phastos

Phastos (portrayed by Brian Tyree Henry) is an Eternal and an intelligent cosmic-powered inventor who helps humanity progress technologically behind the scenes.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Alexander Pierce

See also: Alexander Pierce

Robert Redford portrays Secretary Alexander Pierce in the MCU
Robert Redford portrays Secretary Alexander Pierce in the MCU

Alexander Pierce (portrayed by Robert Redford) is the secretary of the World Security Council and the secret director of Hydra operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. He planned on using Project Insight to eliminate individuals that would oppose or threaten Hydra goals. In actuality, Pierce's plan is to carry out mass assassinations of citizens recognized as a threat to Hydra based on Arnim Zola's algorithm to force the world into submission. When Pierce learned Nick Fury was investigating Project Insight's confidential files, he dispatched the Winter Soldier to eliminate him and Steve Rogers. However, Pierce's plan is foiled by Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Sam Wilson, and S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists before Pierce is killed by Fury. An alternate version of Pierce appears in Avengers: Endgame.[157] In an alternate 2012, Pierce attempts to take custody of Loki and the Tesseract away from Tony Stark and Thor.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame.

Hank Pym / Ant-Man

See also: Hank Pym

Michael Douglas portrays Hank Pym in the MCU
Michael Douglas portrays Hank Pym in the MCU

Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym (portrayed by Michael Douglas) is an entomologist and quantum physicist who created the Pym particle, a subatomic particle that changes the distance between atoms, allowing one to shrink and grow in relative size, while increasing strength. Hank Pym is the MCU's original Ant-Man; a role begun in 1963, during his tenure as a high-ranking scientist and operative at S.H.I.E.L.D.

As the Ant-Man, Hank Pym operated as a classified agent performing field missions on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D., using a self-designed shrinking suit powered by Pym particles that also gave him the ability to communicate with different species of ants. During one of these missions his wife Janet van Dyne was lost within the quantum realm and presumed dead. Following the incident, Pym resigned from S.H.I.E.L.D. in 1989, after he suspected Howard Stark of attempting to replicate the Pym particle formula. After his resignation from S.H.I.E.L.D., Pym retired the Ant-Man suit and founded his own technology company in San Francisco. In Ant-Man, after Darren Cross' takeover of the company, Pym subsequently recruited Scott Lang to take on the mantle of Ant-Man, with the assistance of his estranged daughter Hope van Dyne. Together, they prevented Cross from selling the Yellowjacket technology to Hydra.

Following Lang's alliance with the Avengers, Hank inadvertently violates the Sokovia Accords because of Lang's misuse of his technology, and becomes a fugitive from the FBI along with Hope in Ant-Man and the Wasp. With help from Lang and Hope, he subsequently succeeds in rescuing Janet from the quantum realm. However, shortly after, Hank becomes a victim of the Blip. In Avengers: Endgame, Hank's findings on the quantum realm prove fundamental to the Avengers' plan to successfully navigate through time, during which Steve Rogers steals Pym particles from a younger Hank in an alternate 1970 timeline. In 2023, Hank is restored to life and attends Tony Stark's funeral with Janet, Hope and Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. An alternate version of the character dressed in the Yellowjacket armor appears in the third episode of the Disney+ animated series What If...?, in which he murders several members of the Avengers to avenge Hope's death. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.[9]

Monica Rambeau

See also: Monica Rambeau

Captain Monica Rambeau (portrayed initially by Akira Akbar as a child and subsequently by Teyonah Parris as an adult) is the daughter of Maria Rambeau who befriended Carol Danvers, a friend of her mother's. As a child, she was inspired by Danvers and thought highly of her. She grows up to become an agent of S.W.O.R.D., which was founded by her mother. In 2018, she is a victim of the Blip. In 2023, she is restored to life and learns her mother died three years prior. She returns to work at S.W.O.R.D. and is tasked with investigating a missing persons case in Westview. Upon arriving, she is sucked into Wanda Maximoff's Hex, and remains there until she remembers the real reality and is promptly forced out by Maximoff. Outside at a S.W.O.R.D. facility, she continues to assist S.W.O.R.D with its Westview investigation, but after defending Maximoff several times, S.W.O.R.D's acting director Tyler Hayward kicks her off the investigation. This leads to her, Darcy Lewis, and Jimmy Woo going rogue. However, only she and Woo escape Wanda's Hex expansion. After re-entering the Hex, Monica's cells are rewritten, allowing her to absorb Maximoff's energy blasts and absorb gun bullets.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film Captain Marvel; as well as the Disney+ series: WandaVision, in which she adopts the alias Geraldine until she is forced out of the sitcom reality by Wanda.[158] She will return in the upcoming film The Marvels.

Ramonda

See also: Ramonda (character)

Angela Bassett portrays Ramonda in the MCU
Angela Bassett portrays Ramonda in the MCU

Ramonda (portrayed by Angela Bassett) is the Queen Mother of Wakanda, wife of T'Chaka, and mother of T'Challa and Shuri. She stands by her son's side when he became King of Wakanda, but is soon forced into exile when N'Jadaka seemingly-defeated T'Challa in ritual combat and took over the throne.[159] Boseman noted that Ramonda "is one of the advisors that [T'Challa] would look to... for some of the answers of what his father might want or might do. She may not be exactly right all the time, but she definitely has insights."[160] She survives the Blip and is seen reuniting with her children after they return to Wakanda from New York.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame;[157] as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2  She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Ronan the Accuser

See also: Ronan the Accuser

Ronan the Accuser (portrayed by Lee Pace) is a Kree fanatic whose family was killed in the Kree-Nova War.

In the 1990s, Ronan actively led the Accusers in the Kree-Skrull war. Working together with the Kree Starforce, he attempted to launch a missile strike on Earth to eliminate the Skrulls present on the planet, but was thwarted and chased off by Carol Danvers.

Ronan was first introduced when he was originally hired by Thanos to acquire the Power Stone, with the assistance of Nebula, daughter of Thanos. However, Ronan's quest for vengeance and power causes him to break allegiance with Thanos and he decides to use the stone himself to serve his own agenda. Ultimately that decision leads him to a battle with the Guardians of the Galaxy ending in his own death.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel.

Everett K. Ross

See also: Everett K. Ross

Martin Freeman portrays Everett K. Ross in the MCU
Martin Freeman portrays Everett K. Ross in the MCU

Everett K. Ross (portrayed by Martin Freeman) is a CIA operative who was tasked with regulating the Avengers and later tracking down Ulysses Klaue.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. He will return in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Thaddeus Ross

See also: Thunderbolt Ross

Thaddeus Ross (portrayed by William Hurt) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, first introduced in The Incredible Hulk. He first appears as a United States General who was responsible for reviving the super-soldier project so he can create a weapon which resulted in the creation of the Hulk. Ross tries to track Banner down believing he is the property of the United States government. He later tries the super-soldier project on Emil Blonsky which later transformed him into a monster. Ross appears again in Captain America: Civil War, having retired from the army after suffering a near-fatal heart attack, and now serves as the Secretary of State of the United States. He proposes the Sokovia Accords that the Avengers will be supervised by the United Nations which divides the superheroes in political opinion.[161] He is a semi-recurring character usually being portrayed by antagonistic roles, though he believes his role to be for the greater good or patriotic.[85][86]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Black Widow; as well as the Marvel One-Shot The Consultant and the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Mike McGill.

Brock Rumlow

See also: Crossbones (character)

Frank Grillo at San Diego Comic Con in 2013
Frank Grillo at San Diego Comic Con in 2013

Brock Rumlow (portrayed by Frank Grillo) is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent secretly working for Hydra, who later becomes a mercenary. In 2014, he assists Steve Rogers on a mission to free hostages taken by Georges Batroc's pirates on the Lemurian Star. When Rogers refuses to disclose S.H.I.E.L.D. information to Secretary Alexander Pierce, Rumlow and his team are tasked with bringing in Rogers and Natasha Romanoff. After Rogers outs Rumlow's unit and Pierce as Hydra agents, Rumlow comes into conflict with Sharon Carter and Sam Wilson until a Helicarrier crashes into the Triskelion, leaving Rumlow with severe burns and facial scars. Following the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rumlow operates as a mercenary.[162] In 2016, he and a group of mercenaries storm an institute for infectious diseases and steal a biological weapon in Lagos, Nigeria when Rogers, Romanoff, Wilson, and Wanda Maximoff intervene and try to stop them. Despite having acquired strength-enhancing gauntlets, Rumlow is defeated by Rogers while his fellow mercenaries are captured. In a final attempt to kill Rogers, Rumlow detonates his suicide vest, but Maximoff contains the explosion and levitates him into a nearby building, killing him and dozens of Wakandan humanitarian workers.

An alternate timeline version of Rumlow appears in Avengers: Endgame.[163] In an alternate 2012, Rumlow and Hydra agents attempt to obtain Loki's scepter, but are tricked by Rogers, from the main timeline, into giving it to him instead.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[164]

Johann Schmidt / Red Skull

See also: Red Skull

Johann Schmidt (portrayed initially by Hugo Weaving and subsequently by Ross Marquand), also known as the Red Skull, is the head of Hydra, the Nazi science division, during World War II, who first appears in Captain America: The First Avenger. Schmidt plans global dominance under his rule by finding the Tesseract and using it as a weapon against the world, including to overthrow Adolf Hitler. He is revealed to have subjected himself to an early version of Erskine's super-soldier formula.[165] After being foiled by Steve Rogers, Schmidt is transported to the planet Vormir by the Tesseract, where he is cursed in a purgatory state to serve as Stonekeeper and a guide to those seeking the Soul Stone.[166][167] In 2018, he is met by Thanos and Gamora and witnesses Thanos sacrificing Gamora to get the Stone. In an alternate 2014, an alternate version of him meets Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton during their quest for the Soul Stone.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[168]

Erik Selvig

Main article: Erik Selvig

Stellan Skarsgård portrays Erik Selvig in the MCU
Stellan Skarsgård portrays Erik Selvig in the MCU

Dr. Erik Selvig (portrayed by Stellan Skarsgård) is an original character first introduced in the film Thor. In Thor, astrophysicist Erik Selvig works with Jane Foster, the daughter of a former colleague of his, on her wormhole research. They become involved in an encounter between Thor and S.H.I.E.L.D., leading to his employment by the latter to study the Tesseract—he accepts the job due to influence by Loki.[169][170] In The Avengers, Loki uses the Tesseract to travel to Earth, and places Selvig under the control of the Mind Stone. Selvig is eventually freed of this control and able to help stop Loki's invasion of Earth, but is left traumatized by his experience. Selvig is able to help Thor again in Thor: The Dark World, and by Avengers: Age of Ultron appears to have recovered, working at Royal Holloway. Following the defeat of Ultron, Selvig begins working for the Avengers. In Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed that he was a victim of the Blip, but is restored to life in 2023.[171] In Spider-Man Far From Home, Selvig is shown to be starring in the documentary NOVA: Einstein Rosen Bridges with Dr. Erik Selvig.[172]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sif

See also: Sif (character)

Jaimie Alexander portrays Sif in the MCU
Jaimie Alexander portrays Sif in the MCU

Lady Sif (portrayed by Jaimie Alexander) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby which based her on Sif of Norse mythology. She is the leading female warrior of Asgard and Thor's childhood friend and trusted ally.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor and Thor: The Dark World; as well as the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,[173][174] Loki, and What If...?.[175][43] She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Trevor Slattery

Main article: Trevor Slattery

Trevor Slattery (portrayed by Ben Kingsley) is a washed-up, drug-addicted British actor hired by Aldrich Killian to portray the idealized image of Aldrich Killian as the Mandarin, starring in propaganda videos that are broadcast to the world as a cover for AIM's explosive Extremis experiments. Slattery lives oblivious to the true meaning of his actions, surrounded by wealth and drugs provided by AIM, until he is discovered by Tony Stark. Slattery is arrested following Stark's defeat of Killian. In Seagate Prison, he lives luxuriously, with his own personal "butler" and adoring fans among the other inmates, until he is interviewed by Jackson Norriss, a Ten Rings terrorist posing as a documentary filmmaker, who reveals that Killian based the Mandarin on a powerful historical figure of the same name. He then breaks him out of prison in order for the Mandarin to punish him for impersonating him and abusing his name. He is spared by the Ten Rings by impressing them with his acting skills and becomes their prisoner and jester, befriending a hundun creature named Morris and eventually being freed by Shang-Chi, after which he leads him and his friends to Ta Lo.

Ben Kingsley portrays Trevor Slattery in the MCU
Ben Kingsley portrays Trevor Slattery in the MCU

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; as well as the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King.[176]

Soren

Soren (portrayed by Sharon Blynn) is a Skrull and the wife of Talos. She is an original character. The couple also have an unnamed daughter, portrayed by Harriet L. Ophuls and Auden L. Ophuls.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain Marvel and seen in her Maria Hill form alongside her normal Skrull form in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Sprite

See also: Sprite (Eternal)

Sprite (portrayed by Lia McHugh) is an Eternal who has the appearance of a 12-year old child and can project lifelike illusions and is stronger and cleverer than she appears.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Obadiah Stane

See also: Iron Monger

Obadiah Stane (portrayed by Jeff Bridges) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name by Dennis O'Neil and Luke McDonnell. He was Tony's mentor after the passing away of Tony's dad, Howard. The character secretly seeks control of Stark Industries. It is later revealed that he hired terrorists to assassinate Tony and after the failure to do so seeks control of the arc reactor to create his own super powered exoskeleton suit, which he succeeds in after stealing Tony's technology. The character is killed in confrontation by Tony in the climactic scene of the film.[85][86]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man and Spider-Man: Far From Home (archival footage); as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Kiff VandenHeuvel.

Howard Stark

See also: Howard Stark

Howard Stark (portrayed by John Slattery and Dominic Cooper) is the creator of Stark Industries, one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the father of Tony Stark. Howard Stark is a close friend of Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers. Stark was involved with Rogers' transformation into Captain America, as well as the creation of Rogers' trademark vibranium shield. He dies at the hands of a brainwashed Bucky Barnes by orders of Hydra.[177]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the TV series Agent Carter and What If...?;[9] and the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter.

Ava Starr / Ghost

See also: Ghost (Marvel Comics)

Ava Starr (portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen) is a supervillain with invisibility and intangibility powers, and a reimagining of the character of the same name.[178][179][180] In her childhood, Ava was caught in an accident in her father Elihas' laboratory. The ensuing explosion killed both of her parents while Ava gained the ability to become intangible as her body was left in a constant state of "molecular disequilibrium". She is recruited by scientist Bill Foster into S.H.I.E.L.D., where she is trained and given a containment suit to better control her powers. Ava agrees to work for the organization as an assassin and spy under the codename Ghost in exchange for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s help in finding a way to stabilize her condition. However, she discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D. (having been taken over by Hydra) has no intention of helping her and subsequently went rogue to find a way to cure herself with Foster's help. The two later plan to harness the energy that Janet van Dyne's body absorbed from the quantum realm, putting Ghost in direct conflict with Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne, and Scott Lang. At the end of the film, Janet willingly uses some of her energy to partially stabilize Ava's condition and she departs with Foster as Janet's group vow to collect more energy for her.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Wolfgang von Strucker

See also: Baron Strucker

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (portrayed by Thomas Kretschmann and Joey Defore as a teenager in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Strucker is a high-ranking Hydra leader who specializes in human experimentation. Strucker supervised the successful experimentation on the Maximoff twins, where they acquired powers from the Mind Stone within Loki's scepter. Captured by the Avengers in Sokovia and taken under the custody of NATO, Strucker is later killed by Ultron in his cell to serve as a message to the Avengers.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (mid-credits cameo) and Avengers: Age of Ultron;[181] as well as one episode of the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a teenager.

Sylvie

Main article: Sylvie (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Sylvie Laufeydottir (portrayed by Sophia Di Martino), also referred to as "The Variant", is a female variant of Loki arrested by the TVA as a child, hiding in apocalyptic events ever since. She opposes the TVA while seeking to "free" the Sacred Timeline.[182][183] She is partially based on Sylvie Lushton and Lady Loki from the Marvel Comics.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: Loki.

Talos

See also: Talos the Untamed

Ben Mendelsohn portrays Talos in the MCU
Ben Mendelsohn portrays Talos in the MCU

Talos (portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn) is a Skrull based on the Marvel Comics character of the same. Initially believed to be a terrorist, Carol Danvers agrees to help him and the Skrulls find a new home after Talos revealed the Kree destroyed their homeworld and have driven them to near-extinction. In 2024, he assumes Nick Fury's role on Earth during his vacation in space and assists Spider-Man and Mysterio in Europe, eventually discovering the latter's fraudulence.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion.

T'Chaka / Black Panther

See also: T'Chaka

T'Chaka (portrayed by John Kani) is the former King of Wakanda. During a meeting ratifying the Sokovian Accords at the Vienna International Center, T'Chaka is killed by an explosion. The Winter Soldier was originally believed to be behind the attack, but it was later discovered that he was framed by Helmut Zemo.[184] Years ago, T'Chaka learned his brother N'Jobu was plotting acts of open insurrection with plans to have Wakanda take a more aggressive foreign policy to fight the social injustice he witnessed in his assigned country. T'Chaka confronted N'Jobu. When N'Jobu attacked, he was killed by T'Chaka in defense of Zuri (who was acting as a spy the whole time). Distressed at this act and concerned about maintaining Wakanda's security above all else, T'Chaka chose to promptly return to his nation and left his nephew, N'Jadaka, abandoned as a child orphan. T'Challa would learn of this act and the resulting cover-up by his late father. While visiting the ancestor lands, T'Challa learned of T'Chaka's actions and tells him and the previous Black Panthers before him that he will lead Wakanda in a manner differently to them for the purpose of correcting T'Chaka's past mistakes.[185]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[43]: 2 

Thena

See also: Thena

Thena (portrayed by Angelina Jolie) is a fierce warrior Eternal who can form any weapon out of cosmic energy. Because of her Mahd Wy'ry "illness", Gilgamesh becomes her guardian over the centuries.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Eternals.

Flash Thompson

See also: Flash Thompson

Tony Revolori at the 2016 San-Diego Comic Con
Tony Revolori at the 2016 San-Diego Comic Con

Eugene "Flash" Thompson (portrayed by Tony Revolori) is a student at the Midtown School of Science and Technology. He is generally depicted as a school bully who often torments Peter Parker but admires Spider-Man, unaware that the two are the same person. In 2018, he is a victim of the Blip, but is revived to life in 2023. He attends the trip to Europe and is a social media personality, with followers he dubs the "Flash Mob". After the trip, Flash's difficult home life is alluded to, as his father is ill and his mother is distant; having sent a chauffeur to pick him up from the airport rather than do so herself.[186]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Taneleer Tivan / Collector

See also: Collector (character)

Taneleer Tivan (portrayed by Benicio del Toro), also known as the Collector, is the renowned keeper of the largest collection of interstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy, operating from the Knowhere port installation. After the Asgardians defeat Malekith, Sif and Volstagg bring the Reality Stone to Tivan for safekeeping, citing the foolishness of storing both the Reality Stone and the Space Stone in the same place. Later, he was also nearly able to obtain the Power Stone. He is the brother of the Grandmaster. The Reality Stone was eventually taken from Tivan in Infinity War by Thanos, and his collection was destroyed.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor: The Dark World (mid-credits cameo), Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Infinity War; as well as the Disney+ animated series: What If...?.[43]: 2  He also appears in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout!.

Adrian Toomes / Vulture

See also: Vulture (Marvel Comics)

Michael Keaton portrays Toomes in the MCU
Michael Keaton portrays Toomes in the MCU

Adrian Toomes (portrayed by Michael Keaton), also known as the Vulture, is the former owner of Bestman Salvage. He chooses to become a criminal after the creation of the Department of Damage Control, a joint venture between the federal government and Tony Stark, following the Battle of New York, and Toomes' company is run out of business. With his associates, Phineas Mason, Herman Schultz, Jackson Brice, and Randy Vale, he begins an illegal arms-dealing business that reverse-engineers and weaponizes Chitauri technology that they have scavenged and salvaged, and sells it on the black market. This version of the character is the father of Liz. Toomes' flight suit is equipped with turbine-powered wings, claw-like wingtips, and boot-mounted talons. After deducing Spider-Man's secret identity, he threatens him with retaliation unless he stops interfering. However, Spider-Man thwarts Toomes' attempt to hijack a plane carrying Avengers weaponry and saves his life when his suit malfunctions before Happy Hogan and the FBI find and arrest Toomes. As a result, his family moves away. Later, an imprisoned Toomes is approached by Mac Gargan, who wants to confirm whether he knows Spider-Man's identity, which Toomes falsely denies.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Spider-Man: Homecoming. Keaton is set to reprise the role of Vulture in the Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Morbius (2022).[187][188]

Yondu Udonta

See also: Yondu

Michael Rooker as Yondu at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Yondu Udonta (portrayed by Michael Rooker) is the adoptive father of Peter Quill and a leader of the Ravagers.

Yondu had originally been contracted to kidnap young Quill from Earth following the death of Quill's mother and return him to his birth father. However, Yondu decided Quill would better serve his own needs in thievery, therefore he kept and raised him as part of his Ravager clan.

Despite their frequent arguments and conflicts over the years, Quill and Yondu form an emotional and familial bond. In 2014, Yondu assists Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy on Xandar against Ronan, and later saves Quill from his birth father, Ego and sacrifices himself to save Quill from his potentially ill-fated end.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9]

Ultron

See also: Ultron

Ultron (portrayed by James Spader) is an artificial intelligence conceived and designed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner as the head of a peacekeeping program, who subsequently takes the form of a sentient android overwhelmed with a god complex, determined to pacify the Earth by eradicating humanity.[189]

Stark and Banner's research on the Mind Stone was the groundwork for Ultron's genesis, along with Stark's belief that Ultron would be the Avengers' permanent solution to maintaining "peace in our time." Once born, Ultron, however, quickly surmises that humanity's continued survival throughout human history is a result of overcoming ongoing successions of crises, and thus, he determines to inflict an extinction-level event in Sokovia to ensure the people of Earth have the will to evolve.[189] Ultron, however, views the Avengers as a hindrance to humanity's evolution and vows to fulfill the Avengers' extinction. Ultron continuously updates his physical form with the acquisition of vibranium from Ulysses Klaue and possesses the ability to manifest himself within Stark's Iron Legion droids. He is ultimately defeated by the Avengers and destroyed by Vision.

An alternate version of Ultron (voiced by Ross Marquand) in Vision's body appears in What If...?, making an appearance at the end of the seventh episode. The following episode reveals an alternate version of 2015 where Ultron transferred his AI into Vision, defeated the Avengers, and eradicated most of Earth's lifeforms. He then killed Thanos and took the Infinity Stones, using them to eradicate all other life in the universe. Ultron also becomes aware of the Watcher, and manages to break into the Nexus of All Realities in an attempt to kill the Watcher and destroy the Multiverse. In the ninth episode, Ultron becomes aware of and battles the Guardians of the Multiverse but fails to defeat them due to Strange Supreme's immense power and protection spells. As Ultron starts focusing on him, Natasha Romanoff and Captain Carter manage to shoot an arrow to his head which contains a copy of Arnim Zola's consciousness. Subsequently, Zola destroys Ultron from inside his body and takes over it, but starts fighting Killmonger over the Infinity Stones until both are trapped in a pocket dimension by Strange Supreme and the Watcher.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as the animated series What If...?.[21][38]

Janet van Dyne / Wasp

See also: Wasp (character)

Michelle Pfeiffer portrays Janet van Dyne in the MCU
Michelle Pfeiffer portrays Janet van Dyne in the MCU

Janet van Dyne (portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer) is a scientist, the wife of Hank Pym, mother of Hope van Dyne, and the MCU's original Wasp. As the Wasp, Janet operated at S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Hank on field missions where she wore a shrinking suit with similar powers as the Ant-Man one, with the added capability of wings for flight. During a mission in 1987, Janet turned off her suit regulator and became sub-atomic, disappearing into the quantum realm. Presumed dead, she was actually trapped within the quantum realm for nearly 30 years, until Hank rescued her in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Shortly after, Janet is a victim of the Blip. In Avengers: Endgame, she is restored to life and attends Tony Stark's funeral with Hank, Hope, and Scott Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, where an alternate version of Janet appears in one episode as patient zero with an infectious quantum virus that has turned her into a zombie, which is spread across the Earth after Hank Pym rescues her from the quantum realm. She will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Ivan Vanko / Whiplash

See also: Whiplash (Marvel Comics) and Crimson Dynamo

Ivan Vanko (portrayed by Mickey Rourke), also known as Whiplash, is based on the Marvel Comics characters Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo. The son of Anton Vanko. He avenges his father by learning what he knew of his father of the original model of the arc reactor. He uses it to create electric whips to kill Tony. After his failure to do so, he attracts business rival, Justin Hammer, for the creation of a new suit for Hammer. Although Vanko later betrays him using drones to kill Tony and then attempts to kill him with a new exoskeleton suit. He is defeated and died in battle with the combined forced of Iron Man and War Machine followed by his exoskeleton suit self-destructing.[190][85][86]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Iron Man 2.

Volstagg

See also: Volstagg

Volstagg (portrayed by Ray Stevenson) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Volstagg is a member of the Warriors Three, depicted as a warrior of Asgard who loves to eat. He reprises his role in Thor: The Dark World and is killed off by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.[100][102]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok; as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?, voiced by Fred Tatasciore.[103]

John Walker / Captain America / U.S. Agent

See also: U.S. Agent

Wyatt Russell portrays John Walker in the MCU
Wyatt Russell portrays John Walker in the MCU

Captain John F. Walker (portrayed by Wyatt Russell) is the former successor to Steve Rogers as Captain America appointed by the U.S. Government. His partner was Lemar Hoskins, also known as "Battlestar", and the two served in Operation Enduring Freedom together. Walker was a football star at Custer's Grove High School in Georgia and graduated from West Point in 2009. He went on to become a highly decorated U.S. Army Captain and the first person in history to receive the Medal of Honor three times for his combat service. He also commanded high level counter-terrorism and hostage rescue operations. He was studied at MIT and tested well above average in speed, endurance, and intelligence.

He is chosen by the Global Repatriation Council (GRC) to help quash the ongoing violent post-Blip revolutions occurring across the world. He comes to the aid of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes during their first confrontation with the Flag Smashers and attempts to recruit them to join the GRC but they refuse. Walker later assists Barnes after he is arrested for missing court-mandated therapy and again is refused when he asks Barnes and Wilson to join him. Walker ultimately warns them to stay out of his way. During a fight with the Flag Smashers, Walker retrieves a vial of Super Soldier serum, and decides to ingest it. In the ensuing battle with the Flag Smashers, Hoskins is killed by Karli Morgenthau, leading Walker to murder a Flag Smasher by driving the shield into the man's chest while a horrified crowd watches. For this, Wilson and Barnes fight him for the Captain America shield, and defeat him. The government strips him of his role as Captain America, and he is other than honorably discharged from the army. However, he builds a new shield from scrap metal and his Medal of Honor. Thus equipped, Walker confronts the Flag Smashers to avenge Hoskins, but defers his original goal and saves the Flag Smashers' hostages. After Wilson helps save them as Captain America, Walker assists Barnes in capturing the Flag Smashers. Afterwards, Walker is dubbed as U.S. Agent by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one Disney+ series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Wenwu

Main article: Wenwu (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Tony Leung portrays Wenwu in the MCU
Tony Leung portrays Wenwu in the MCU

Xu Wenwu (portrayed by Tony Leung) is the legendary founder and supreme leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organisation, and is the father of Shang-Chi in place of Fu Manchu / Zheng Zu from Marvel Comics.[191][192][193] The Ten Rings terrorist group was previously referenced in the Iron Man trilogy and Ant-Man.[194][195]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Jimmy Woo

See also: Jimmy Woo

James E. "Jimmy" Woo (portrayed by Randall Park) is an FBI agent. While Scott Lang is under house arrest, Woo acts as his parole officer. In 2023, Woo is called in to investigate a missing persons case in Westview, New Jersey. He works alongside S.W.O.R.D. to investigate Westview, while forming a team-up with Monica Rambeau and Darcy Lewis.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as one Disney+ series: WandaVision.[196]

Yon-Rogg

See also: Yon-Rogg

Yon-Rogg (portrayed by Jude Law)[197][198][199] is the leader of Starforce, and leads the war against the Skrulls. While hunting down former Kree scientist Mar-Vell, who is hiding on Earth as Dr. Wendy Lawson, he encounters Carol Danvers who destroys an energy core that imbues her with powers. Yon-Rogg takes her back to Hala, gives Carol a blood transfusion with his blood to save her life, and has her memories altered to think that she is a Kree named Vers. He mentors and trains her to be a soldier, but during an operation she is separated from the rest of the Starforce and lands on Earth. Yon-Rogg goes after her, only to discover that Danvers has switched sides after a Skrull named Talos helped her recover her memories. Starforce captures Danvers, Talos and a group of Skrull refugees, but Danvers manages to break free of Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence's hold over her by unlocking her full potential to drive back and defeat several members of the Starforce. Yon-Rogg requests assistance from Ronan the Accuser, but his assault on Earth is thwarted by Danvers. In their final confrontation, Danvers defeats Yon-Rogg. Afterwards, she sends him back to Hala to deliver her message to the Supreme Intelligence.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Captain Marvel.

Helmut Zemo

See also: Helmut Zemo and Baron Zemo

Daniel Brühl portrays Baron Helmut Zemo in the MCU
Daniel Brühl portrays Baron Helmut Zemo in the MCU

Baron Helmut Zemo (portrayed by Daniel Brühl)[200] is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. First introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Zemo is a wealthy baron of the Sokovian royal family, and the colonel of an elite Sokovian commando unit, who seeks to avenge his family's death and the destruction of Sokovia during the Avengers' battle with Ultron. He uses the United Nations' Sokovia Accords to his advantage, and despite Steve Rogers learning about his plans, he manages to pit Iron Man and Captain America against each other by framing the Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) for a bombing in Vienna (which killed T'Chaka). He also reveals that the Winter Soldier had killed Tony Stark's parents while under Hydra's control, effectively fracturing the Avengers. With his goal complete, Zemo attempts to commit suicide but is stopped by T'Challa and taken into custody by the authorities. Everett Ross supervises his incarceration where he mocks Zemo for failing in his efforts, but Zemo indicates otherwise.

Zemo returns in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, still in imprisonment after the events of Civil War,[201] although he escapes with the help of Bucky Barnes and allies with Barnes and Sam Wilson against the Flag Smashers. He is later recaptured by the Dora Milaje and sent to the Raft. However, when the Flag-Smashers are defeated in their attack on the GRC meeting with the inner circle captured, Zemo arranges their murder in custody through his butler to minimize the chance of their Super-Soldier enhancements being reproduced. In the series, Zemo briefly wears his traditional purple mask from the comics, which he was not depicted with in Civil War.[202]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in one film: Captain America: Civil War, and one Disney+ series: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Arnim Zola

See also: Arnim Zola

Dr. Arnim Zola (portrayed by Toby Jones) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Jack Kirby. He first appears in Captain America: The First Avenger as a scientist working for Hydra and the Red Skull before getting captured and recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. Following his death, his mind was transferred into a computer system on Camp Lehigh, where he confronted Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff before the camp was destroyed by missiles sent by Hydra.

Alternate versions of him appear in the animated series What If...?, portrayed by Toby Jones. One version existed in a universe where Peggy Carter became the Super-Soldier. Another version was seen in the eighth and ninth episodes, where a copy of Zola's consciousness was recruited by Natasha Romanoff and plugged into Ultron, destroying his AI and taking over his body. Subsequently, he battles Killmonger and both are trapped in a pocket dimension by Doctor Strange Supreme and the Watcher.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier; as well as the episode "Valediction" from the TV series Agent Carter and the Disney+ animated series What If...?.[9]

Minor characters

The following is a supplementary list of characters that appear in lesser roles, make significant cameo appearances or who receive co-starring credit over multiple appearances.

Introduced in Phase One

See also: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

Introduced in Phase Two

See also: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

Introduced in Phase Three

See also: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three

Chris Sullivan as Taserface at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con
Chris Sullivan as Taserface at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con

Introduced in Phase Four

See also: Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Four

Others

See also: Marvel Television and List of Marvel Cinematic Universe television series

Teams and organizations

Main article: Teams and organizations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Species

Main article: Species of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Television characters

Main article: List of Marvel Cinematic Universe television series

See also: Marvel Television

See also

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