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The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on superhero films and other 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 original six Avengers in the MCU and play a central role in the films[1]

The film series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe features many central characters across its phases. The first three phases are known as "The Infinity Saga". As of July 2019, 23 films have been released.

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 was originally responsible for 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 around 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 gets 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]

Bruce Banner / Hulk

Main article: Bruce Banner (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Dr. Bruce Banner (initially portrayed by Edward Norton and subsequently by Mark Ruffalo)[3] is a formative 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.

Introduced in The Incredible Hulk, Banner subjected himself to a gamma radiation experiment designed to replicate the World War II-era "super-soldier" program performed on Steve Rogers; the experiment failed and the Hulk persona emerges whenever his heart rate goes above 200 bpm or if he senses mortal danger. The Hulk demonstrates almost superhuman strength and throughout most of the films, he acts largely on the instinct of self-preservation, attacking anything that he perceives as a threat. Over time, Banner demonstrated an increasing ability to control the transformation, calling the Hulk at will, but was generally not able to recall events during the time he was in that form. The Hulk, conversely, became increasingly aware of Banner and able to stall the transformation back – one time staying in Hulk form for two years, becoming able to speak with others and control his destructive rage. However, Banner has experienced numerous incidents wherein he is either unable to turn back into a normal human, or cannot undergo a Hulk transformation even when the situation requires it. Eventually, Banner was able to merge with the Hulk to become "Smart Hulk", combining Banner's mind and personality with the Hulk's body and strength. After the "Time Heist", Banner (as Smart Hulk) uses the Nano Gauntlet to bring back everyone who was affected by Thanos' snap, permanently damaging his arm in the process,[4] but safely returning everyone.[5]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in eight 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), and Avengers: Endgame.[6][7] He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk as well as the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If?.

Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier

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.[8] 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.[9] He finds refuge in Wakanda and gets cured from his brainwashing. In 2018, he assists his friends in the battle of Wakanda against Thanos' army and is the first to fall victim to the Blip. In 2023, he is restored to life and takes part in the final battle against Thanos. Afterwards, he attends Tony Stark's funeral and witnesses Rogers passing his shield on to Sam Wilson.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in seven films: Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man (post-credit cameo), Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther (post-credit cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier[10] and the animated series What If...?.

Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel

See also: Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)

Captain 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. She eventually traced her true origins to Earth during the 1990s after crashing into a Blockbuster store and meeting Nick Fury for the first time.

After a hiatus away from Earth protecting the galaxy-at-large, she is summoned back by Nick Fury (as he is being 'blipped' away) after Thanos has attained all the Infinity Stones and achieved his goals. She rescues the stranded Tony Stark and Nebula from aimlessly drifting in the Benatar following their defeat by Thanos on his home planet Titan. She later joins in the final battle against Thanos during the events of Avengers: Endgame and witnesses Tony Stark's heroic sacrifice. At his funeral, she reunites with Fury.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame. She will return in the upcoming film Captain Marvel 2, as well as the Disney+ series Ms. Marvel and What If...?.

Clint Barton / Hawkeye

Main article: Clint Barton (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Clinton "Clint" Barton (portrayed by Jeremy Renner),[11] also known by his alter egos Hawkeye and Ronin,[12] is a formative member of the Avengers and an expert marksman and hand-to-hand combatant, with his preferred weapon being a compound bow and a variety of trick arrows. He first appears in an uncredited cameo in Thor, as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who arms himself with a bow.[13][14][15]

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. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Hawkeye, which will feature Barton passing the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop.[16][17][18]

Drax

Main article: Drax (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Dave Bautista portrays Drax

Drax (portrayed by Dave Bautista), also known as Drax the Destroyer, is a Kylosian 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.[19][20]

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.

Gamora

Main article: Gamora (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Zoe Saldana portrays Gamora within the MCU

Gamora (portrayed by Zoe Saldana and by Ariana Greenblatt in Avengers: Infinity War) 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.

Thanos had raised her from a young child to be a cold, ruthless assassin. Gamora is the favored daughter of Thanos and frequent rival to her sister Nebula in winning the affections of Thanos. Gamora is expected to serve Thanos in his quest to locate all the Infinity Stones, with which he intends to destroy half the population of the universe. However, as she's a surviving victim of Thanos, Gamora betrays him and endeavors to conceal the stones from him instead. During her pursuit of one of the stones, she encounters Peter Quill who is already in possession of one. Ultimately they band together with Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, and Groot to help the Universe.

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.[21]

In Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora is still in a relationship with Quill. She is 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, but is later convinced by Nebula to side with them against Thanos. This version of Gamora does not know the Guardians and has no romantic history with Peter Quill due to the events of Guardians of the Galaxy having not yet having occurred in her timeline. This version of Gamora appears in the film Avengers: Endgame and is expected to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.[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. She will return in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Groot

See also: Groot

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.

The full grown adult Groot is first introduced as Rocket's partner appearing in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.[22] 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 an infinity stone.

Other Groot characteristics include the ability to grow his branches in height length and girth (assimilating arms and legs), vining branches, growing flowers and producing a form of luminescent seeds.

The mature Groot appears to be nearly indestructible, as seen when his limbs are chopped off and by his ability to thicken his branches into a protective mass that's impenetrable by bullets. He serves as a friend, shield and protector of Rocket and his fellow Guardian friends.

Following adult Groot's death[23] in the crashing of Ronan's spaceship, Rocket recovered and planted pieces of his branches in a flower pot which grew into his son, Baby Groot, whom Rocket raises and is later seen as teenage Groot.[24][25]

Baby Groot has a clear love of music, as he begins swaying while still a sprout in the pot and later dancing wildly. We assume he has a certain sense of humor as his dancing stops when he is being watched. He is fierce and seems not to recognize how small and possibly fragile he is, but also has difficulty following simple instructions from his friends (it's unknown whether that's a youth limitation or a language barrier).

Adolescent Groot mostly enjoys playing video games and exhibits much teenage angst and attitude when being told what to do. Yet teen Groot becomes essential in the defeat of Thanos, providing branches for the handle of Stormbreaker, a new weapon forged for Thor on Nidavellir. The act of self-sacrifice by chopping off his arm proved he was worthy to yield Thor's new weapon.

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 and will also star in a series of shorts titled I Am Groot on Disney+.

Diesel has also openly expressed interest in portraying Black Bolt for the proposed Inhumans film that was originally planned to be part of Phase 3 of the MCU before the latter was removed from their slate and is yet to be produced.

Hope van Dyne / Wasp

See also: Hope Pym and Wasp (comics)

Evangeline Lilly portrays Hope van Dyne

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. She first appears in Ant-Man and becomes the Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp.[26] She, alongside her parents, were victims of the Blip in 2018. In 2023, she is restored to life and joins the Avengers in the final battle against Thanos. She attends Tony Stark's funeral and goes home, spending time with Scott and Cassie 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.

James Rhodes / War Machine

Main article: James Rhodes (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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.[27][28][29] 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-credit cameo), and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Armor Wars.

Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

Main article: Natasha Romanoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Natasha Romanoff (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson),[30] also known by her alter ego Black Widow, is an Avenger 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. Romanoff was recruited by Nick Fury to become one of the formative members of the Avengers. She later sacrifices herself on Vormir, in order for Hawkeye to retrieve the Soul Stone.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in nine 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-credit cameo), and Avengers: Endgame. She will return in the upcoming film Black Widow.

Nebula

See also: Nebula (character)

Karen Gillan portrays the character Nebula

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. She is a Luphomoid orphan outside of Earth raised by Thanos and is an orphan sister of Gamora. Being less favored by Thanos, she and Gamora are originally rivals of each other in combat but they later come to terms of their rivalry. Nebula later teams up with the Guardians of the Galaxy and then later 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 due to fear causing the present Nebula to have to kill her past counterpart.[31][2]

A version of the character from the 2014 alternate timeline, also portrayed by Gillan, travels with her adoptive father Thanos to 2023 to fight the Avengers. 2023 Nebula and 2014 Gamora attempt to convince her to side with them against Thanos, but she chooses to stay loyal to her father. She is killed by 2023 Nebula. This version of Nebula appears in the film 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. She will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, as well as the Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Nick Fury

Main article: Nick Fury (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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.[32][33] 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-credit 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 (cameo), Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame (cameo), and Spider-Man: Far From Home; and two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "0-8-4" and "Beginning of the End". He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...? and the Disney+ live-action series Secret Invasion.

Peter Quill / Star-Lord

Main article: Peter Quill (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill within the MCU

Peter Jason Quill (portrayed by Chris Pratt)[34] is the half-human, half-alien leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Cinematic Universe) who was abducted from Missouri as a child in 1988 and raised by a group of alien mercenaries called the Ravagers, where he adopted the self-proclaimed outlaw identity known as Star-Lord.

Introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, as a young boy in Missouri, Quill witnessed the death of his mother from terminal cancer and resultantly left the hospital grief-stricken, where he was immediately abducted aboard an extraterrestrial star-ship. Twenty-six years later, he is a member of the Ravagers, the mercenary gang led by Yondu who abducted him as a child. Due to the period of time when Quill was abducted in, he is depicted with a reverence to 1980s pop culture, particularly from a cassette mix tape his mother left him that he periodically listens to on his Walkman.[35]

The film sets up his relationship with the rest of the protagonists who later team up to save the universe as the Guardians of the Galaxy. He returns in the 2017 sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 where he is depicted as discovering his long lost father, Ego, whom he and the rest of the Guardians must defeat after learning his plan to eliminate all life.[36] 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. He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.[37][38]

Peter Parker / Spider-Man

Main article: Peter Parker (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Peter Parker (portrayed initially by Max Favreau [retroactively] and subsequently by Tom Holland), 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 falls victim to the Blip, but is restored to life in 2023. He assists the Avengers in their final battle against Thanos and his army. Afterwards, he attends Stark's funeral and returns to high school.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Iron Man 2 (cameo),[39] Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He will return in the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

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.[40] Rocket was based on movement from Sean Gunn and also real life behavior of an actual raccoon called Oreo.[41] He survives the Blip and following his new friendship with Thor, joins 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. He will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Sam Wilson / Falcon

Main article: Sam Wilson (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Anthonie Mackie portrays Sam Wilson

Samuel "Sam" Wilson (portrayed by Anthony Mackie)[42] 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.[43][44] In 2014, he meets Steve Rogers and becomes instant friends, and becomes friends with Rogers' best friend Bucky Barnes in 2016. In 2018, he was a victim of the Blip, but is restored in 2023 and participates in the Avengers' battle against Thanos, later attending Tony Stark's funeral. Afterwards, Rogers retires, and passes on his mantle and shield to Sam.[45]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Captain America: 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.[10]

Scott Lang / Ant-Man

Main article: Scott Lang (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Scott Lang (portrayed by Paul Rudd), also known as the 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 the second incarnation of Ant-Man in the MCU after Pym.

He first appears in Ant-Man. After serving his time from prison from swindling money, he tries to turn his life around with a new job for his daughter, Cassie. After unsuccessfully holding down a job at Baskin-Robbins, he commits to crime again only to manipulated by Hank Pym into stealing the Ant-Man suit. Pym reveals he was the original Ant-Man and how he wants Scott to break in and steal a suit from his original technological company that has been taken over by corrupt businessman Darren Cross. He and his daughter Hope van Dyne, Scott's love interest, train Scott to be the new Ant-Man for the role. The raid is successful and Cross is defeated. He joins Captain America's side during the Avengers' Civil War and transforms into Giant-Man during their clash with Iron Man's side. He returns in Ant-Man and the Wasp, under house arrest due to being on Captain America's side and returns to his heroics by helping Hank and Hope (now the Wasp) release her mom (Janet van Dyne) from the quantum realm. After rescuing her, Hank, Janet, and Hope try a test with Scott going through the quantum realm, only to have Scott stuck in the realm after Thanos' snap erases the existence of Hank, Hope, and Janet. After a rat activates the machine that sent him to the realm, he convinces the remaining Avengers to use time travel to help bring back the existence of the ones who were "blipped" away by Thanos, after only experiencing five hours in the quantum realm.[46] He helps the Avengers in their Time Heist and aids them in the final battle against Thanos. Afterwards, he attends Tony Stark's funeral and returns home watching fireworks with Hope and Cassie.

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 in the WHIH Newsfront viral marketing campaign. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, as well as the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange

Main article: Stephen Strange (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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 captured by Ebony Maw, a member of the Children of Thanos and taken to space. He is saved by Tony Stark and Peter Parker. On the planet Titan, Strange meets four of the Guardians of the Galaxy and fights against Thanos. However, he falls victim to the Blip. In 2023, he is restored to life and transports Parker, Drax, Mantis, and Peter Quill to New York to aid the Avengers in the final battle against Thanos and his army. Afterwards, he and Wong attend Stark's funeral.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming films Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.[47]

Steve Rogers / Captain America

Main article: Steve Rogers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers (portrayed by Chris Evans)[48] is an Avenger 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 passed away 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-credit cameo), Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming (cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel (mid-credit cameo), and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

T'Challa / Black Panther

Main article: T'Challa (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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.[49]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If..? as Star-Lord.[50]

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".[51]

Thor's character has borrowed a number of characteristics and story lines from across the more than fifty-year history of the character in Marvel Comics. Unlike his comic book version, however, the MCU version of Thor has no human "alter ego".[52] The Asgardians have advanced science that seems like magic to the people of Earth, such as Thor's 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. This is another point of difference between the films and the comic books, where Stormbreaker is the property of Beta Ray Bill, and was forged under the command of Thor's father, Odin. 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.[53]

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

Tony Stark / Iron Man

Main article: Tony Stark (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.)[54] is an Avenger 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); as well as the Marvel One-Shot The Consultant. He will return in the upcoming film Black Widow[55] as well as the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Vision

Main article: Vision (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Paul Bettany portrays Vision

The Vision (portrayed by Paul Bettany) is an Avenger and AI android created by Ultron, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Vision was originally intended to be Ultron's final upgraded physical form; powered by the Mind Stone (in place of the original solar-powered gem from the comics) and created from a successful blend of vibranium and synthetic tissue developed by Helen Cho. After his prototype body was taken by the Avengers, Stark and Banner uploaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into the body to become the basis for his operational matrix. Ultimately, Vision's mind functions a complex construct of overlays based on input by Stark, Banner, J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron, and the Mind Stone, with his appearance (cape, gloves) patterned after Thor, who provided the power for uploading J.A.R.V.I.S. and was the first Avenger Vision personally met.

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.[56]

An alternate version of the character, also portrayed by Bettany, is a simulacrum created by Wanda in 2023 to be her companion, using Chaos Magic, but without any of his memories. In addition to his real-world counterpart's powers, he has super-speed and displays the ability to snap people out of their trance (and put them back in). When Wanda removes the Hex from the town of Westview, New Jersey, he disintegrates after having a chance to bid Wanda and their sons goodbye.

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. The latter asks him to consider whether he is the true Vision, restoring his memories of Wanda and the Avengers. Finally convinced that he is Vision, the colorless Vision leaves Westview.

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.[56]

Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch

Main article: Wanda Maximoff (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Wanda Maximoff, also known as the Scarlet Witch (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen), 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, the character first appears in the post-credits scene in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She is the twin sister of Pietro Maximoff and has a romantic relationship with Vision. In 2015, she becomes an Avenger. After she caused an accident in Lagos, a Civil War of Avengers is formed due to the Sokovia Accords.[57][58][59] In 2018, she is a victim of the Blip, however, in 2023, she is restored to life and assists in the final battle against Thanos, breaking his sword, and nearly killing him. She is present at Tony Stark's funeral and reunites with Clint Barton.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (mid-credit cameo), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision. She will return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.[58]

Antagonists

Adrian Toomes / Vulture

See also: Vulture (Marvel Comics)

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 Allan. 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. He appears in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Agatha Harkness

See also: Agatha Harkness

Agatha Harkness (portrayed by Kathryn Hahn) is an ancient witch. In 1693, she killed members of her Salem coven (including her mother Evanora) when they attempted to execute her for practicing dark magic. In 2023, after sensing the great mystic forces used by Wanda Maximoff to create a false reality in Westview, New Jersey, Agatha enters the reality and pretends to be a "nosy neighbor" named Agnes. She kills Wanda's dog, Sparky, and brings a fake version of Pietro there, in order to find out how Wanda created the false reality. After revealing her true self, she guides Wanda through her memories to unearth her origins and the events that took place prior to Westview. From here, Agatha realizes that Wanda is in fact the legendary "Scarlet Witch", a being that is capable of spontaneous creation through the use of chaos magic. Afterwards, she attempts to drain Wanda's power, but her opponent outsmarts her by using runes. Afterwards, Wanda used her magic to lock her into Westview, in her nosy neighbour persona.[60] She appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

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 participated in Maya Hansen's development of Extremis to cure himself, founded a terrorist movement with a group of Extremis-enhanced soldiers under his command, and posed as the Mandarin to ruin Iron Man, only to be killed by the Extremis-enhanced Pepper Potts. He appears in the film Iron Man 3.

Alexander Pierce

See also: Alexander Goodwin Pierce

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's goals He is killed by Nick Fury by the end of the 2014 film. An alternate version of him from 2012 briefly appears in Avengers: Endgame.

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

Algrim / Kurse

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: K § Kurse

Algrim (portrayed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), also known as Kurse, is a Dark Elf, and Malekith's lieutenant. He is one of the few Dark Elves who survived the catastrophe that almost wiped out their race. He is physically stronger and more durable than Thor, due to having his abilities enhanced with the Kurse Stone, enabling him to survive blows from Mjolnir, although Loki kills him with a black hole grenade.

Anton Vanko

See also: Anton Vanko

Anton Vanko (portrayed by Yevgeni Lazarev as an old man, Costa Ronin as a young man) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Vanko was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck and appears in Iron Man 2. He is depicted as a Soviet scientist and partner of Howard Stark who both help create the first arc reactor. He betrays Howard by selling their designs on the black market. When Stark found out, Vanko was deported and became a drunk who leaves behind a legacy of his son exacting revenge on the Stark family after his death. Outside of being in Iron Man 2, he guest stars in Agent Carter.[61]

Att-Lass

See also: Captain Atlas

Att-Lass (portrayed by Algenis Perez Soto) is a Kree member of Starforce, and their stealth and raid specialist. He uses twin pistols as weapons. Att-Lass accompanies Yon-Rogg, Starforce, and some Kree soldiers to Earth to find Carol Danvers where it was discovered that the late Mar-Vell had hidden some Skrull refugees. He seems reluctant to bring Carol Danvers in once she has discovered her history. After Carol Danvers shorts out the implant that limited her abilities, Att-Lass joins Starforce and the Kree soldiers in fighting her, but is subdued. He appears in the film Captain Marvel.

Ayesha

See also: Kismet (Marvel Comics)

Ayesha (portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki) is the high priestess of the golden-skinned Sovereign race. She hires the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect Anulax Batteries from the Abilisk, but after Rocket steals several of the batteries with the intention to later sell them, she becomes enraged and sends her fleet of Omnicrafts to kill them. In a mid-credit scene, she is seen observing the gestation of a new member of the Sovereign race, and names it Adam. She first appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and will return in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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 Captain America and Black Widow before the camp was destroyed by missiles sent by Hydra.

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

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.[62][63][64] 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 was recruited by scientist Bill Foster into S.H.I.E.L.D., where she was trained and given a containment suit to better control her powers. Ava agreed 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 discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. (or, more specifically, HYDRA) had had 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. She appears in the film in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Brock Rumlow / Crossbones

See also: Crossbones (comics)

Brock Rumlow (portrayed by Frank Grillo) was a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent secretly working for Hydra who later became a mercenary known as Crossbones. He is killed in 2016 by Wanda Maximoff. An alternate version of him from 2012 appears in Avengers: Endgame.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.[65]

Corvus Glaive

See also: Corvus Glaive

Corvus Glaive (voiced and portrayed [via motion capture] by Michael James Shaw) is Thanos' adoptive son. He joined his father in his quest for the six Infinity Stones, initially attacked the Statesman with his siblings and helped to kill the Asgardians aboard and retrieve the Space Stone. While attempting to retrieve the Mind Stone from Vision with Proxima Midnight, they are met in battle and defeated by Steve Rogers, Black Widow, and Falcon. During a second attempt, Midnight leads the Outriders in attacking the Avengers on the ground to distract from Glaive infiltrating Shuri's lab to attack her, which leads Vision to come to her defense and tackle Glaive out of the lab. Rogers intervenes in the fight, but Glaive incapacitates the former before Vision kills the latter.

An alternate version of Glaive travels through time with Thanos' army to stop the Avengers, only to be killed by Okoye.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Cull Obsidian

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: B § Black Dwarf

Cull Obsidian (voiced and portrayed [via motion capture] by Terry Notary) is loosely based on Black Dwarf created by Jonathan Hickman and an adopted son of Thanos. In this incarnation, he equips a chain hammer and an arm blade. He and Ebony Maw go to retrieve the Time Stone from Doctor Strange, who protects it with a spell that only expires in the event of his death. In the ensuing battle, Maw kidnaps Doctor Strange, while Wong tricks Obsidian into jumping through a portal, severing his hand as Obsidian tries to return. He is rescued off-screen and his hand replaced by a cybernetic replacement by the time of the final battle in Wakanda. Bruce Banner later defeats him in the Hulkbuster armor by sending him flying into the Wakandan energy shield, incinerating Obsidian on impact. A past version of Cull Obsidian appears in Avengers: Endgame, again at Thanos's side; he is stepped on and killed by Scott Lang during the final battle.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Dormammu

See also: Dormammu

Dormammu (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and an unidentified British actor) is a primordial inter-dimensional entity and ruler of the Dark Dimension. He wields apocalyptic levels of supernatural power. Dormammu seeks to absorb all other universes into his Dark Dimension and turn the victims into Mindless Ones. The Zealots misinterpret this eternal existence as a benevolent longevity, and Dormammu gives them some of his power. Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to trap himself and Dormammu in an endless loop, where he offers a bargain and dies when the entity refuses. Desperate to escape this loop, Dormammu accepts the bargain to end it in exchange for taking his Zealots from the Earth and never returning to it. This version of Dormammu appears as a massive face made of rippling mystical energy, with his full form never seen. He appears in the film Doctor Strange.

Darren Cross / Yellowjacket

See also: Darren Cross and Yellowjacket (Marvel Comics)

Darren Cross (portrayed by Corey Stoll), also known as the Yellowjacket, is Hank Pym's protégé who took over Pym Technologies and developed the Yellowjacket suit. He is the main antagonist in the film Ant-Man.

Ebony Maw

See also: Ebony Maw

Ebony Maw (voiced and portrayed [via motion capture] by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) is an adoptive son of Thanos. Gifted with powers of telekinesis, Maw is deeply loyal to Thanos and gave warnings of his power across the galaxy while assisting in the search for the Infinity Stones. This version acts as Thanos' herald, perversely evangelizing to the inhabitants of worlds that Thanos attacks that they are actually being saved and the ones who are dead or dying should "rejoice" in their deaths bringing balance to the universe. He and Cull Obsidian are assigned to retrieve the Infinity Stones on Earth, where they battle the Avengers and Maw kidnaps Doctor Strange to take the Time Stone from him. While returning to Thanos however, Tony Stark and Peter Parker sneak aboard his ship and use explosive decompression to send Maw into the vacuum of space, killing him. A past version of him travels through time with Thanos' forces to stop the Avengers from foiling his master's plans, only to be disintegrated along with them when Stark activates the Infinity Stones.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

Ego

See also: Ego the Living Planet

Ego (portrayed by Kurt Russell) is a Celestial, and Peter Quill's father.[66] After finding his son, he explains that he came into existence millions of years ago and learned to use his cosmic powers to manipulate matter and form an entire planet around himself as well as utilize many resources and a human body to interact with other sentient beings. After becoming bored of immortality and disappointed with a universe full of inferior life, Ego decided to remake all worlds in the universe into extensions of himself, a plan that required planted seedlings and the power of another Celestial to activate them. To achieve this, Ego mates with various species until a suitable offspring would be conceived to help put his plan into action. While Quill was the only one capable of helping him, the former rebelled against Ego after learning the latter had killed his mother. In the end, Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy destroy Ego and foil his plan.

Emil Blonsky / Abomination

See also: Abomination (comics)

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 was depicted as a Russian born member of the British Royal Marines on loan to Thunderbolt Ross to capture the Hulk. After learning about the Super-Soldier program he offered to be a part of it. After taking the serum he gained abilities similar to Captain America and was able to go head to head with the Hulk. While fighting him, Emil starts craving the Hulk's power and taunts him, resulting in him being critically injured, only to heal under 24 hours due to the serum. Once healed, Emil was given another does of the Serum, causing his spine to deform. After finding out that Bruce Banner cured himself, he used the scientist Samuel Sterns to inject him with Banner's blood and Gamma Radiation which resulted in him becoming a bloodthirsty monster. After the Hulk defeated the Abomination he was placed in cryostasis in Barrow, Alaska.[67][68] He appears in the film The Incredible Hulk and the Marvel One-Shot The Consultant, and will return in the upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.

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. His first appearance was in the credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He also appears in the film Thor: Ragnarok and will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Helmut Zemo

See also: Helmut Zemo and Baron Zemo

Baron Helmut Zemo (portrayed by Daniel Brühl)[69] is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. First introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Zemo is a colonel from an elite Sokovian commando unit, and seeks to avenge his family's death 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 for a bombing in Vienna (which killed T'Chaka) and revealing 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+ The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, still in imprisonment after the events of Civil War.[70] In the series, Zemo will wear his traditional purple mask from the comics, which he was not depicted with in Civil War.[71]

Hela

See also: Hela (comics)

Hela Odinsdottir (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) is the Goddess of Death and the eldest daughter of Odin, King of Asgard. She appears in the film Thor: Ragnarok.

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 prophecized destruction of Asgard.

Herman Schultz / Shocker

See also: Shocker (comics)

Herman Schultz (portrayed by Bokeem Woodbine),[72][73] also known as the Shocker, is a former salvage worker and professional criminal.

The Shocker alias is initially used by Jackson Brice (portrayed by Logan Marshall-Green),[74] who wielded a modified version of Crossbones' vibro-blast emitting gauntlet, until he is accidentally killed by Toomes. Following this, Schultz assumes the Shocker mantle and gauntlet before tracking down a weapon retrieved by Spider-Man and assisting in a weapons deal aboard the Staten Island Ferry. The deal is ambushed by the FBI and Spider-Man, though Schultz and Toomes manage to escape. When the crew pulls their final heist on a cargo plane transporting weapons from the Avengers Tower, Schultz is tasked with stopping Spider-Man from intervening. The former initially overpowers the web-slinger until he is distracted by Ned Leeds, allowing Spider-Man to web Schultz onto a bus. In a deleted scene, students find Schultz still webbed and take photos with him before he is eventually turned over to the authorities. He appears in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ivan Vanko / Whiplash

See also: Whiplash (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.[75][67][68] He appears in the film Iron Man 2.

Jasper Sitwell

See also: Jasper Sitwell

Jasper Sitwell (portrayed by Maximiliano Hernández) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Jasper first appears as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent under Phil Coulson in Thor. He is later revealed to be a Hydra sleeper agent and is killed by a brainwashed Bucky Barnes by command of Hydra.[76][67][68] An alternate version of him from 2012 appears in Avengers: Endgame.[77]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Thor, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Endgame; the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.[78]; and the Marvel One-Shots: The Consultant and Item 47.[79]

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 planned global dominance under his rule by finding the Tesseract and using it as a weapon against the world, including to overthrow Adolf Hitler. He was revealed to have subjected himself to an early version of Erskine's super-soldier formula.[80] After being foiled by Rogers, Schmidt was 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,[81][77] including Thanos and Gamora. An alternate version of him from 2014 appears in Avengers: Endgame, where he meets Black Widow and Hawkeye 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.

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.[82][67][68] He first appeared in the film Iron Man 2 and later returned in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King.

Kaecilius

See also: Kaecilius

Kaecilius (portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen) is a sorcerer and Master of the Mystic Arts.[83][84] Motivated by the loss of his family to become a Master of the Mystic Arts, Kaecilius became disillusioned with what he considered the Ancient One's hypocrisy and it influenced his choice to serve Dormammu by using the same life-extending ritual his former master used to channel the Dark Dimension's energy. Believing in Dormammu's promise of eternal life, Kaecilius and his Zealot followers proceed to destroy the Sanctums so Earth can be consumed by the Dark Dimension. Doctor Strange manages to convince Dormammu to renounce his attack on Earth while having the entity honor his promise to Kaecilius. Dormammu agrees to the terms and drags Kaecilius and his surviving followers into the Dark Dimension becoming Mindless Ones.[85][86][87] He appears in the film Doctor Strange.

Karl Mordo

See also: Baron Mordo

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.

Korath

See also: Korath the Pursuer

Korath (portrayed by Djimon Hounsou) was a member of the Starforce during the Kree-Skrull before becoming Ronan's enforcer, during which he turned against Thanos and fought the Guardians of the Galaxy.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Laufey

See also: Laufey (comics)

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. The character appears in Thor.[88][67][68]

Loki

Main article: Loki (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Loki Laufeyson (portrayed by Tom Hiddleston) is an Asgardian prince and warrior, known as the "God of Mischief", inspired by the Norse mythological deity of the same name.

Loki's character has borrowed a number of characteristics and storylines from across the more than fifty-year history of the character in Marvel Comics. 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 to 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.[89] Following his death at the hands of Thanos in 2018, an alternate version of him from 2012 appears in Avengers: Endgame who uses the Tesseract to alter human history. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Loki.

The character of Loki "has been a fan favorite ever since his central role in 2012's The Avengers",[90] becoming "one of the MCU's most beloved characters".[91] Hiddleston has received a number of nominations and awards for his performance of the character.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in six films: Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War. The alternate version of Loki appears in Avengers: Endgame and will return in the upcoming Disney+ series Loki[10] and What If...?.

Malekith

See also: Malekith the Accursed

Malekith the Accursed (portrayed by Christopher Eccleston) is the king of the Dark Elves.[92] Malekith led his people in a war against the Asgardians, using an ancient weapon known as the Aether, but they were thought to have been destroyed thousands of years ago during a final battle against the Asgardian King Bor. Malekith had survived however, having gone into hiding. In the present, he returned amidst a Convergence and sought to retake the Aether to use its power to transform the universe by plunging it back into eternal darkness. Before his attempt could succeed however, Malekith was defeated by Thor, resulting in his death. He appears in the film Thor: The Dark World.

N'Jadaka / Erik "Killmonger" Stevens

See also: Erik Killmonger

N'Jadaka (portrayed by Michael B. Jordan), also known as Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL 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.

He first appears in the film Black Panther and will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

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, Obadiah was the final villain in Iron Man. He was Tony's mentor after the passing away of Tony's dad, Howard. The character secretly sought control of Stark Industries. It was later revealed that he hired terrorists to assassinate Tony and after the failure to do so sought control of the arc reactor to create his own super powered exoskeleton suit which he succeeded after stealing Tony's technology. The character was killed in confrontation by Tony in the climactic scene of the film.[67][68]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man and Spider-Man: Far From Home (archival footage).

Phineas Mason

See also: Tinkerer (Marvel Comics)

Phineas Mason (portrayed by Michael Chernus)[93] is a weapons maker and part of a salvage company alongside Adrian Toomes, Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice. When the salvaging company goes out of business due to Damage Control, Mason helps Toomes steal leftover technology from the Avengers' battles and build advanced weapons out of the technology, such as Toomes' flight suit and modified versions of Crossbones' vibro-blast emitting gauntlets. While his assistants were defeated by Spider-Man and arrested by the authorities, Mason's fate is left unknown.

Proxima Midnight

See also: Proxima Midnight

Proxima Midnight (voiced and faced by Carrie Coon, and portrayed [via motion capture] by Monique Ganderton) is Thanos' adoptive daughter. She joined her father in his quest for the six Infinity Stones, initially attacked the Statesman with her brothers, helping to kill the Asgardians aboard in order to retrieve the Space Stone. While attempting to claim the Mind Stone, she and Corvus Glaive attack Wanda Maximoff and Vision, but are repelled by Steve Rogers, Falcon and Black Widow. During a second attempt at the Infinity Stone, Proxima fights Black Widow and Okoye, but is ultimately killed by Maximoff. A past version of Midnight travels through time with Thanos' forces to stop the Avengers from foiling his plans. However, they are all disintegrated when Tony Stark uses the Infinity Gauntlet.

Quentin Beck / Mysterio

See also: Mysterio

Quentin Beck (portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal), dubbed "Mysterio" by Peter Parker's classmates, is a former Stark Industries scientist who developed holographic technology that Tony Stark showcases in Captain America: Civil War and dubbed B.A.R.F. (Binary Augmented Retro-Framing). Angered at Stark for "stealing" his invention, Beck is fired for his unstable nature. Swearing revenge and joining forces with other like-minded ex-Stark Industries employees, they take advantage of the power vacuum left in the wake of Stark's death during Avengers: Endgame, and manufacture the Elementals using drones equipped with holographic technology, and fabricate a backstory for the illusions; claiming the entities and Beck himself are from another universe. To build up his reputation and legitimize himself as an "Avengers-level" hero, Beck joins forces with an unknowing Talos / Nick Fury and Spider-Man to "defeat" the Elementals around the world while bonding with the latter to gain his trust and acquire the E.D.I.T.H. glasses. However, when he learns Spider-Man broke off a holographic projector from one of the drones, he reluctantly makes the decision to kill anyone who could potentially reveal his secret, including Spider-Man. Using a fight in London between his holographic persona and an Elemental Fusion monster as a distraction, he attempts to act on this plan, but is foiled when the Spider-Man destroys his drones and retrieves E.D.I.T.H. from him. During the fight, Beck is accidentally shot and killed by one of the drones. Unbeknownst to Spider-Man, however, one of Beck's associates downloads the drones' data and doctors the footage to demonize him, reveal his identity, and "posthumously" make Beck look like a hero before sending said footage to J. Jonah Jameson to show the world. He appears in the film Spider-Man: Far from Home.

Raza Al-Wazar

Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar (portrayed by Faran Tahir) is the first revealed major antagonist in the film Iron Man, created by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. He was an original character for the film outside of his character referencing the organization that alludes to the Mandarin.[94] He is a terrorist and the self described leader of the Ten Rings, using Stark Industries weapons for personal gain. He was responsible for the origin of Tony as Iron Man, as he is the one who abducted him for his self-proclaimed personal gain of taking over the world, citing Genghis Khan as his influence. He was revealed to be working for Obadiah Stane, who later subdues him.[67][95][68]

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.

Ronan was originally hired by Thanos to acquire an infinity 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.

Supreme Intelligence

See also: Supreme Intelligence

The Supreme Intelligence is an artificial intelligence and the ruler of the Kree.[96][97] The Supreme Intelligence takes the physical form of the individual most respected by whomever is speaking to it. To Carol Danvers, it takes the form of Dr. Wendy Lawson, though Danvers is initially unaware of who Lawson is due to amnesia.[98] Danvers speaks to the Supreme Intelligence shortly before a mission to extract an undercover Kree operative, where it recommends to keep her emotions in check. A deleted scene had the Supreme Intelligence assuming the form of Yon-Rogg when scolding Yon-Rogg for what happened to Mar-Vell. When Yon-Rogg states of dealing with Danvers, the Supreme Intelligence informs Yon-Rogg to bring Danvers in alive so that it can deal with the problem.[99] After Carol's memories are recovered, Danvers fights the Supreme Intelligence's control and shorts out the implant that limits her abilities. Upon defeating Yon-Rogg, Danvers sends Yon-Rogg back to Hala to carry a warning to the Supreme Intelligence. It appears in the film Captain Marvel.

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, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Infinity War. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross

See also: Thunderbolt Ross

Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" 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. He reprises his role in Captain America: Civil War as a 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.[100] 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.[67][68]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in four films: The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame; as well as the Marvel One-Shot The Consultant. He will return in the upcoming film Black Widow.

Thanos

Main article: Thanos (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

Josh Brolin was the second actor to portray Thanos along with the most recurring actor to portray him.

Thanos (portrayed initially by Damion Poitier and subsequently by Josh Brolin) 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 as Loki's mysterious benefactor being credited as Man #1.[101][102] For his subsequent appearances, he's portrayed by Josh Brolin via motion capture. He is portrayed as the main antagonist of the third and fourth Avengers films with the protagonists trying to stop him from collecting all six Infinity Stones to wipe out half of the universe's population. After Thanos succeeds in his goal, the remaining Avengers try to reverse the Blip through time travel via the quantum realm.[103]

A version of the character from the 2014 alternate timeline, also played by Brolin, learns of the Avengers' 'Time Heist' plot, and travels with his adoptive daughters Gamora and Nebula, as well as the Children of Thanos and Chitauri, 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. This version of Thanos appears in the film Avengers: Endgame.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: The Avengers (post-credit cameo), Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron (mid-credit cameo), Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

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 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 prison, he lives luxuriously, with his own personal "butler" and adoring fans among the other inmates, until he is broken out by Jackson Norriss, a Ten Rings terrorist posing as a documentary filmmaker, in order for the Mandarin to punish him for impersonating him. He first appears in the film Iron Man 3 and later appears in the One-Shot All Hail the King.

Ulysses Klaue

See also: Klaw (Marvel Comics)

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 sales of stolen vibranium from Wakanda. After losing his arm to an angry Ultron, Klaue adopts a prosthetic sonic weapon, and works with Erik Killmonger until the latter kills him.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther.

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.[104] He appears in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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 maintain "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.[104] 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 destroyed by Vision.

Wenwu / The Mandarin

See also: Mandarin (character)

Wenwu (portrayed by Tony Leung Chiu-wai), also known as the Mandarin, is an extremely powerful, legendary, and nearly mythical terrorist leader and anarchist who is the founder and the supreme leader of the Ten Rings, a terrorist organisation.

Several variations of the Mandarin concept appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

The real Mandarin will appear in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, portrayed by Tony Leung Chiu-wai.[105][106]

Wolfgang von Strucker

See also: Baron Strucker

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (portrayed by Thomas Kretschmann, 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 high-ranking Hydra leader that 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.[107] He also appears as a teenager in an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Yon-Rogg

See also: Yon-Rogg

Yon-Rogg (portrayed by Jude Law)[108][109][110] 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 the best, 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. He appears in the film Captain Marvel.

Supporting characters

Aaron Davis

See also: Prowler (Marvel Comics) § Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis (portrayed by Donald Glover)[111][112][113][114] is a low-level criminal with a sense of morality. He attempts to buy high-tech firearms from Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice, only to be interrupted by Spider-Man. The hero later confronts Aaron, webs his hand to his car, and questions him regarding Adrian Toomes' plans. Aaron gives information about a sale with his former acquaintance Mac Gargan, and admits to wanting to keep the weapons off the streets to protect his nephew. Spider-Man leaves, leaving Aaron trapped to his car. In a deleted post-credits scene, Aaron tries to use his keys to get the webbing off, without success. He calls his nephew to say that "he's not gonna make it".[115] He appears in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Ancient One

See also: Ancient One

The Ancient One (portrayed by Tilda Swinton) is the former Sorcerer Supreme and mentor of Doctor Strange. An alternate version of her from 2012 appears in Avengers: Endgame.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Doctor Strange and Avengers: Endgame.

Betty Brant

See also: Betty Brant

Elizabeth "Betty" Brant (portrayed by Angourie Rice) is a student at Midtown School of Science and Technology. This version of the character, in terms of appearance, bears a similarity to Gwen Stacy, having long blonde hair and often wearing a black headband. She is Liz Allan's best friend, and host of the school's news report. In 2018, she is a victim of the Blip, but is revived to life in 2023. She enters a relationship with Ned Leeds in Europe, however they break up at the end of the trip, but maintain a friendship.

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.

Cassie Lang

See also: Cassandra Lang

Cassandra "Cassie" Lang (portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson, 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.

Darcy Lewis

Dr. Darcy Lewis (portrayed by Kat Dennings) is an original character in the MCU, often serving as comic relief.[116] In the first two Thor films, she is a political science major at Culver University and volunteer research assistant to astrophysicist Jane Foster for college credit.[117][118] By 2023, she has a doctorate in astrophysics and is called in by S.W.O.R.D. to help investigate Westview. There she meets Monica Rambeau and FBI agent Jimmy Woo. After being handcuffed to a jeep by S.W.O.R.D. agents, she is pulled into the Hex after Wanda Maximoff expands it to save Wanda's Vision, where she is changed into "The Escape Artist", a member of the circus troupe. When Hex Vision removes her from her trance, she tells him everything that happened to "him" prior to Westview. She then drives a food truck into acting Director Tyler Hayward's Humvee telling him he is going to prison. When the Hex is down, she tells Monica that she is not staying for the police and leaves Westview.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor and Thor: The Dark World; as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision.[119]

Dave

Dave (portrayed by Tip Harris) is a friend of Scott Lang and Luis who works as Lang's getaway driver during heists. He enjoys playing poker, and watching football. He later teases Hank Pym about the heist they pulled in his house before he became one of his employees.

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

Erik Selvig

Main article: Erik Selvig

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.[120][121] 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.[122] In Spider-Man Far From Home, Selvig is shown to be starring in the documentary NOVA: Einstein Rosen Bridges with Dr. Erik Selvig.[123]

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

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.[124] He reprises his role in Thor: The Dark World and is killed off by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.[125][126]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok.

Flash Thompson

See also: Flash Thompson

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 people. 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.

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.

Frigga

See also: Frigga (comics)

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.[127] She reprises her role in Thor: The Dark World where she is killed by a dark elf named Algrim.[128] 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.[129][130] She also knew that her time was near, and prevented Thor from telling her how she dies.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Endgame.

Hank Pym

See also: Hank Pym

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 and becomes a fugitive from the FBI along with Hope in Ant-Man and the Wasp. He successfully rescues Janet from the quantum realm. However, shortly after, Hank becomes a victim of the Blip. In Avengers: Endgame, Hank's work on the quantum realm proves to be foundational 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 Scott Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Happy Hogan

See also: Happy Hogan (character)

Harold "Happy" Hogan (portrayed by Jon Favreau) is Tony Stark's bodyguard and close friend, and head of security for Stark Industries. 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.[131]

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.[132] 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[133], Avengers: Age of Ultron,[134] Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War.[135]

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.[136][126]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok.

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.[137]

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; the TV series Agent Carter; and the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Jane Foster

Natalie Portman portrays the character of Jane Foster

See also: Jane Foster (comics)

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.[138] She is depicted most commonly as the romantic interest of Thor in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World but in Thor: Ragnarok it is mentioned that they broke up. An alternate version of her from 2013 appears in Avengers: Endgame. She will reprise her role as The Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder.[139]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Endgame.[140] She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder and the Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Janet van Dyne

See also: Wasp (comics)

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. She will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

J.A.R.V.I.S.

See also: J.A.R.V.I.S.

J.A.R.V.I.S. (voiced by Paul Bettany) is an artificial intelligence matrix that runs Tony Stark's technology and Stark Mansion. He was an original character by Mike Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway based on the fictional butler, Edwin Jarvis, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who also appears in Agent Carter [141] and Avengers: Endgame. The character was first introduced in the film, Iron Man.[142] According to the novelization of the film, his acronym name stood for "Just A Really Very Intelligent System".[143] He reprises his role in The Avengers and Iron Man 3 as the voice within the suit to Tony. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, he is destroyed by Ultron, but his operational matrix is later uploaded into a new body, becoming Vision.[144]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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.

He first appears in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp, and returns in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Korg

See also: Korg (character)

Korg (voiced and motion-captured by Taika Waititi) is a Kronan warrior who was forced to participate in the Contest of Champions on Sakaar. 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. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...? and the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.[145]

Kurt

Kurt (portrayed by David Dastmalchian) is a friend and roommate of Scott Lang and Luis who works as the team's hacker during heists. He, Luis and Dave are together known as the "Three Wombats".

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

Luis

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: L § Luis

Luis (portrayed by Michael Peña) is a close friend and ally of Scott Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Mantis

See also: Mantis (Marvel Comics)

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 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. She will return in the upcoming films Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Maria Hill

See also: Maria Hill

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. She fell victim to the Blip in 2018 but is restored to life in 2023 and is present at Tony Stark's funeral. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the Skrull Soren disguises herself as Hill.

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-credit cameo), Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.[146]

May Parker

See also: Aunt May

May Parker (portrayed by Marisa Tomei) is the aunt of Peter Parker and widow of Ben Parker. 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.

M'Baku

See also: Man-Ape

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.[147][148] 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 T'Challa's grievously wounded body following his fight with Erik Killmonger and agreeing to look after Ramonda. He initially declines T'Challa's request to help fight Killmonger, but ultimately reconsiders and leads the Jabari into battle against him. Following Killmonger's death, M'Baku is granted a place on Wakanda's national council.[149] In 2018, he and the Jabari join the Wakandan army and the Avengers in battling the Outriders, and survives the Blip.[150] In 2023, he joins the Wakandan army, the Avengers, and their allies in the final battle against Thanos and his army.[151]

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 2.

MJ

Main article: MJ (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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.

Monica Rambeau

See also: Monica Rambeau

Captain Monica Rambeau (portrayed initially by Akira Akbar and subsequently by Teyonah Parris) 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, but is among those who disappear during the Blip in 2018. She is revived in 2023, only to learn that her mother had died of cancer two years after she disappeared. She returns to work at S.W.O.R.D. and is tasked with investigating a missing persons case in Westview, New Jersey. Upon arriving, Monica is sucked into Wanda Maximoff's Hex, and remains there until she remembers the real reality and is promptly forced out by Wanda. Back outside at a S.W.O.R.D. facility, Monica continues to assist S.W.O.R.D with its Westview investigation. After Monica defends Wanda on several occasions, S.W.O.R.D's acting director Tyler Hayward kicks her off the Westview investigation, leading to her, Darcy Lewis, and Jimmy Woo going rogue. However, only she and Woo escape Wanda's Hex expansion. After fighting through the reality-altering barrier surrounding the town, Monica's cells are rewritten, allowing her to absorb Wanda's energy blasts.

She first appears in the film Captain Marvel and returns in the Disney+ series WandaVision, in which she adopts the alias Geraldine until she is forced out of the sitcom reality by Wanda.[152] She will return in the upcoming film Captain Marvel 2.

Nakia

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

Nakia (portrayed by Lupita Nyong'o)[153] 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 Killmonger 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 Killmonger, Nakia plans to offer it to M'Baku so that he can challenge Killmonger 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 Killmonger, 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 Killmonger's former apartment.

She first appears in the film Black Panther, and will return in the upcoming film Black Panther 2.

Ned Leeds

See also: Ned Leeds

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 to life 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.

Odin

See also: Odin (character)

Odin Borson (portrayed by Anthony Hopkins), also known as Odin Allfather, is the ruler of Asgard, 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].

Okoye

See also: Okoye (comics)

Okoye (portrayed by Danai Gurira) is a Wakandan warrior and the general of the Dora Milaje. She fights on T'Challa's side when Erik Killmonger plot to usurp the throne and fought 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. She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther 2.

Peggy Carter

See also: Peggy Carter

Hayley Atwell, who portrays Peggy Carter, at Comic-Con 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.[157][158][159] She appears in a hallucination in Avengers: Age of Ultron and appears in the 1980s in Ant-Man. 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. She will also appear in the first episode of the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?, during which she receives the Super-Soldier Serum and becomes a super soldier, with Steve Rogers becoming an early version of Iron Man.

Pepper Potts

See also: Pepper Potts

Virginia "Pepper" Potts (portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow) is the assistant, later romantic interest, and eventually wife, of Tony Stark. Created by Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein and Don Heck, she first appears in the film Iron Man.[160][161][162] In Avengers: Endgame, she dons an Iron Man suit of her own during the Avengers' final battle against Thanos and his army.

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.

Phil Coulson

Main article: Phil Coulson

Clark Gregg speaking at the 2016 WonderCon, for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

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.[163][164] 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.[165]

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.[166]

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; a TV series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; and a web series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot.

Pietro Maximoff

See also: Quicksilver (Marvel Comics)

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 post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then had a starring role in Avengers: Age of Ultron; in both films he was portrayed by Taylor-Johnson.[167][168][169]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson portrayed Pietro Maximoff in the MCU films.

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.[170] 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.[171][172][173]

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated in 2015 that there are no plans for Quicksilver to appear in future Marvel Studios films;[174] 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 the films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (mid-credit cameo) and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as in flashbacks in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Ramonda

See also: Ramonda (comics)

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 Erik Killmonger defeated T'Challa in ritual combat and took over the throne.[175] 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."[176] 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.[177] She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther 2.

Sharon Carter / Agent 13

See also: Sharon Carter

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.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she appears as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. initially tasked with protecting Steve Rogers by going undercover as a nurse who lives next door, with the alias of "Kate".[178][179] While she is working undercover, there is an attraction between Steve and Sharon. After the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., she enlists in the CIA as a secret agent.

In Captain America: Civil War, she aids Rogers by providing CIA. intelligence. It is later revealed that Peggy Carter was her great-aunt, much to Steve's surprise. After she aids Steve's faction of Avengers by giving them the Winter Soldier's location, she shares a kiss with Steve before going into hiding.

Carter was featured in an early draft of Avengers: Infinity War that would have continued the romantic relationship between Steve and Sharon.[180] While Sharon does not appear in Avengers: Endgame, it is revealed in the beginning of the film that she was among those killed by Thanos.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.[181] She will return in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.[182]

Shuri

See also: Shuri (comics)

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.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She will return in the upcoming film Black Panther 2.

Sif

Main article: Sif (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

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[183]; as well as two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "Yes Men" and "Who You Really Are".[184][185] She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

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 Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Talos

See also: Talos the Untamed

Talos (portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn) is a Skrull based on the Marvel Comics character of the same. In 2024, he assumes Nick Fury's role on Earth during his vacation in space and assists Spider-Man in Europe.

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

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.[186] 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 Erik Killmonger 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.[187]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.

Valkyrie

See also: Valkyrie (Marvel Comics)

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. She will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

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.[124][126]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Thor: Ragnarok.

Wong

See also: Wong (comics)

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 also is a librarian within the Sanctum Sanctorum.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Yondu Udonta

See also: Yondu

Yondu Udonta (portrayed by Michael Rooker) is the adoptive father of Peter Quill and the 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 saves Quill from his birth father, Ego and sacrifices himself to save Quill from his potentially ill-fated end. Although Yondu was introduced mainly as an antagonist to Quill, he is eventually revealed to be a sacrificial hero and father figure.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Zuri

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: Z § Zuri

Zuri (portrayed by Forest Whitaker and Denzel Whitaker) is a former member of the War Dogs and a Wakandan shaman, and the trusted loyal adviser to his King. Having maintained T'Chaka's secrets over his handling of the death of N'Jobu in the past, Zuri continued supporting the King of Wakanda as T'Challa took over the throne in the wake of the death of T'Chaka. As a young man, Zuri posed as an American named James to tail N'Jobu, T'Chaka's brother and a traitor, and witnesses his death at T'Chaka's hands. Twenty-five years later, Zuri appoints T'Chaka's son T'Challa as the new king, and oversees T'Challa's fight with M'Baku on challenge day by administering the liquid that removes the abilities the heart-shaped herb grants. When M'Baku is defeated, Zuri performs a ritual that involves the abilities' return. Zuri is the one to tell T'Challa the truth about Erik Killmonger's parentage. Killmonger later kills Zuri when he attempts to protect T'Challa, blaming him for doing nothing to protect N'Jobu. He appears in the fim Black Panther.

Minor characters

Abraham Erskine

See also: Abraham Erskine

Dr. Abraham Erskine (portrayed by Stanley Tucci) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The character is depicted in Captain America: The First Avenger where he is responsible for the origin of Steve Rogers as Captain America and Johann Schmidt as the Red Skull. Before being assassinated in the hands of Heinz Kruger, Erskine motivated Rogers to always remain as a good man in his heart.[188]

Aleta Ogord

See also: Aleta Ogord

Aleta Ogord (portrayed by Michelle Yeoh) is a Ravager captain, and the wife of Stakar Ogord, as well as a member of his team. She appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Abu Bakaar

Abu Bakaar (portrayed by Sayed Badreya) is a member of the Ten Rings, and Raza's lieutenant, who works with him to kidnap Tony Stark in order to force him to build weapons. Shortly after Stark escapes, Bakaar is confronted by him (as Iron Man) during a raid, during which Bakaar is defeated and left to the mercy of the villagers.

Asgardian actors

A group of actors from Asgard perform a play, "The Tragedy of Loki of Asgard" (portraying Loki's "death" in Thor: The Dark World, for Odin (in reality a disguised Loki). The actors play Thor (actor portrayed by Chris Hemsworth's real-life brother Luke Hemsworth), Odin (actor portrayed by Sam Neill), Loki (actor portrayed by Matt Damon), Jane Foster (actress portrayed by Gabby Carbon, and Sif (portrayed by Charlotte Nicdao). The actors first appear in Thor: Ragnarok and will return in Thor: Love and Thunder, joined by an actor playing Hela (actor portrayed by Melissa McCarthy).

Betty Ross

See also: Betty Ross

Elizabeth "Betty" Ross (portrayed by Liv Tyler) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. She is the first love interest of Bruce Banner and the daughter of General Ross. The character appears in The Incredible Hulk.[189][190]

Bill Foster

See also: Bill Foster (comics)

Dr. William "Bill" Foster (portrayed by Laurence Fishburne) is a physicist, and the former Giant-Man.[191][192][193] He was Hank Pym's assistant on "Project Goliath" and is Ava Starr's surrogate father after Elihas Starr's death. In the present, Bill teaches quantum physics at UC Berkeley when he encounters his former employer, Scott Lang, and Hope van Dyne. When Ava restrains Pym, Scott and Hope, Bill states that he has been working to cure Ava by obtaining quantum energy from the quantum realm. As Pym knows that Bill's plan will affect Janet van Dyne's rescue, Hope and Hank manage their escape. When Scott Lang goes into the quantum realm, Hank talks Bill down and states that he will find a way to help stabilize Ava as Hank's ants see Bill out. After Janet is rescued from the quantum realm and gives some of her energy to stabilize Ava, Bill takes Ava away as Hank still vows to find a way to help stabilize Ava for good. He appears in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Billy Maximoff

See also: Wiccan (character)

William "Billy" Maximoff (portrayed by Baylen Bielitz and Julian Hilliard) is Wanda Maximoff and simulacrum Vision's son, and the twin brother of Tommy Maximoff. He has magical powers similar to his mother, meaning that he can hear people's thoughts, and senses Vision crossing the Hex barrier. Due to Wanda's powers, he is born in under a day, and is physically ten years old by the end of the following day. Although he disintegrates when the Hex comes down, his voice is later heard by Wanda whilst studying the Darkhold. He appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Bron-Char

See also: Bron-Char

Bron-Char (portrayed by Rune Temte) is a Kree Empire operative and a member of Starforce. In addition to being an expert at hand-to-hand combat, he jokes about finding Korath attractive. After Carol Danvers fights the Supreme Intelligence's control and burns out the implant that limits her abilities, she fights Starforce and subdues Bron-Char. He appears in the film Captain Marvel.

Charlie-27

See also: Charlie-27

Charlie-27 (portrayed by Ving Rhames) is the captain of a Ravager Clan, distinguished by their mustard yellow garbs. He appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Chester Phillips

See also: Chester Phillips

Chester Phillips (portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones) is a United States Colonel during World War II who is involved with the Strategic Scientific Reserve in the making a super soldier program. He is depicted as being skeptical of the choice of Steve Rogers as the super-soldier but later has a change of heart and becomes more accepting of Steve.[194] Phillips is referenced as being one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. founders, along with Peggy Carter and Howard Stark.[195] He appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger.

Christine Everhart

See also: Christine Everhart

Christine Everhart (portrayed by Leslie Bibb) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Everhart was created by John Jackson Miller and Jorge Lucas who depicted her as working in the Daily Bugle within the comic book.[196] She plays a more prominent role in the MCU first as a news reporter for Vanity Fair in Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and later as a news broadcaster for WHiH World News.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man and Iron Man 2; as well as the viral marketing campaign WHIH Newsfront.[197]

Christine Palmer

See also: Night Nurse (comics) § Christine Palmer

Dr. Christine Palmer (portrayed by Rachel McAdams) is a professional associate and close friend of Stephen Strange. She first appears in the film Doctor Strange, and will return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Destroyer

See also: Destroyer (Thor)

The Destroyer is an indestructible automaton used by Odin to stop threats like the Frost Giants as depicted in Thor,[198] based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Loki later uses it to take on Thor on Earth before Thor regains his powers and kills the Destroyer.[199][67] Later, parts of it were reassembled by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as a prototype gun which later appeared in The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[200]

Dum Dum Dugan

See also: Dum Dum Dugan

Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan (portrayed by Neal McDonough) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A recurring member of the Howling Commandos within the MCU. He first appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger[201] and later returned in the One-Shot and TV series both titled Agent Carter.[202] He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Eitri

See also: Eitri (comics)

Eitri (portrayed by Peter Dinklage) is the King of the Dwarves, an ancient race of skilled forgers and blacksmiths who hail from the realm of Nidavellir. Atypically to his traditional diminutive form, the MCU's version of Eitri is depicted at a giant's size (although he still refers to his race as Dwarves).

Thor comes to him on Nidavellir asking for a new weapon after Mjolnir was destroyed by Hela. Eitri reveals that Thanos forced the Dwarves to make a device that would help him harness the power of the Infinity Stones — the Infinity Gauntlet — in exchange for sparing the Dwarves. Once they did so, Thanos went back on his word and proceeded to slaughter the entire race, leaving Eitri the only survivor. To ensure he could never pose a threat to his ambitions, however, Thanos destroyed Eitri's hands by smelting them in metal, leaving him unable to forge anything ever again. Thor, Groot, and Rocket all pitch in to help Eitri create the new weapon, Stormbreaker. He appears in Avengers: Infinity War.

Everett K. Ross

See also: Everett K. Ross

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 2.

F.R.I.D.A.Y.

See also: F.R.I.D.A.Y.

F.R.I.D.A.Y. (voiced by Kerry Condon) is Tony Stark's replacement A.I. after Ultron scatters J.A.R.V.I.S.' "consciousness" and it is uploaded into Vision. Stark's other A.I. programs are J.O.C.A.S.T.A., T.A.D.A.S.H.I., Karen, and E.D.I.T.H..

As of 2021, the character has appeared in five films: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

Gabe Jones

See also: Gabe Jones

Gabriel "Gabe" Jone (portrayed by Derek Luke) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as an African-American member of the Howling Commandos.[203]

Georges Batroc

See also: Batroc the Leaper

Georges Batroc (portrayed by Georges St-Pierre) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He is an Algerian mercenary and pirate at the top of Interpol's Red Notice, as well as a former DGSE agent who scored 36 kill missions before being demobilized by the French government. He was hired by Nick Fury to hijack the Lemurian Star and hold its crew hostage, in order for Black Widow to secretly uncover classified information on Project Insight. When Captain America, Black Widow, and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive to retake the ship, he fights Captain America but is defeated, only to escape a few minutes later. He is eventually captured by Alexander Pierce's forces at a safehouse in Algiers and brought in for questioning, but remains silent during the interrogation. Captain America points out that Batroc is innocent in Fury's apparent assassination, as although he is known for causing maximum casualties in his kill missions, he does not specialize in systematic assassination.

He first appears in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier,[204] and returned in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.[205][206]

Gideon Malick

See also: List of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters § Gideon Malick

Gideon Malick (portrayed by Powers Boothe) is an original character playing a small role as one of the members of the World Security Council in The Avengers. He later reprises his role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a more recurring cast member and revealed as a secret member of Hydra within the series.[207]

Goose

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: C § Chewie

Goose is a Flerken and Mar-Vell's pet when she was on Earth. In the 1990s, she was adopted by Nick Fury. She is able to deploy long tentacles from inside her mouth and store objects in her stomach, even the Tesseract. Goose travels with Carol Danvers and Fury into space and is also able to subdue relatively large opponents, as seen when she single-handedly took out a squad of Kree soldiers. Goose is last seen regurgitating the Tesseract onto Fury's desk. It is noted that Flerkens are able to live longer than the ordinary cat. She first appears in the film Captain Marvel, but is indirectly mentioned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Harley Keener

Harley Keener (portrayed by Ty Simpkins) is a child from Tennessee who, in 2012, assists Tony Stark following the destruction of his mansion and the ongoing attacks by the "Mandarin". In 2023, Keener appears as a young man at Stark's funeral.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Endgame (cameo).

Heinz Kruger

See also: Heinz Kruger

Heinz Kruger (portrayed by Richard Armitage) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The character is Red Skull's top assassin who is responsible for the death of Abraham Erskine.[202] He appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger.

Helen Cho

Dr. Helen Cho (portrayed by Claudia Kim) is a world-renowned Korean geneticist and the leader of the U-GIN Research Group. She is called upon to assist the Avengers with her research and technology in the war against Hydra, treating Clint Barton's injuries. Later, she is approached and brainwashed by Ultron to created a new body for him using vibranium and synthetic tissue, this body becoming Vision. She first appears in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Howard the Duck

See also: Howard the Duck

Howard the Duck (voiced by Seth Green) is an anthropomorphic duck who used to be one of the Collector's specimens. He later joined the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Masters of the Mystic Arts in their fight against Thanos.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Ho Yinsen

See also: Ho Yinsen

Dr. Ho Yinsen (portrayed by Shaun Toub) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name first created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Don Heck. The character is central to the origin of Tony as the superhero Iron Man. He is an engineer who helped save Tony's life by creating an electromagnet heart and then helped Tony build armor to escape from the terrorists. He then sacrifices his life in order to let Tony escape, with his last words being to not waste his life away.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man and Iron Man 3.[208][209]

Irani Rael / Nova Prime

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: R § Irani Rael

Irani Rael (portrayed by Glenn Close), also known as the Nova Prime, is the leader of Nova Corps. She leads the Corps to victory with the help of the Guardians of the Galaxy when Ronan the Accuser attempts to destroy her home planet of Xandar with the Power Stone. She first appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Isaiah Bradley

See also: Isaiah Bradley

Isaiah Bradley (portrayed by Carl Lumbly) is an aging veteran super soldier who served in the Korean War, during which time he was sent behind enemy lines to fight the brainwashed Bucky Barnes, whose metal arm he damaged. He was later imprisoned by the US government for 30 years, experimented on, and his existence kept a secret, with not even Steve Rogers knowing of him. He lives with his grandson Eli Bradley in Baltimore. He first appears in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where he refuses to help Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes when they seek him out.

Jackson Norriss

See also: Nighthawk (Marvel Comics)

Jackson Norriss (portrayed by Scoot McNairy)[210] is a member of the Ten Rings terrorist organization who goes undercover as a reporter to break Trevor Slattery out of Seagate Prison and punish him for impersonating the Mandarin during the events of the film Iron Man 3. He appears in the One-Shot All Hail the King.

Jacques Dernier

See also: Jacques Dernier

Jacques Dernier (portrayed by Bruno Ricci) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name debuting in the series, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos by Stan Lee. He appears as one of the Howling Commandos in the film Captain America: The First Avenger being portrayed as French.[201]

James Montgomery Falsworth

See also: Union Jack (comics)

James Montgomery Falsworth (portrayed by JJ Feild) is based on the Marvel Comics character which became the first Union Jack created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins. He appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as a British member of the Howling Commandos.[201][211]

Jim Morita

See also: Jim Morita

Jim Morita (portrayed by Kenneth Choi) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name debuting in the comic series, Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He appears in the film Captain America: The First Avenger as an Asian-American member of the Howling Commandos.[212]

Jim Paxton

James "Jim" Paxton (portrayed by Bobby Cannavale) is a police officer in the San Francisco Police Department, the husband of Maggie Lang (Scott Lang's ex-wife), and the stepfather of Cassie Lang.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. He will return in the upcoming film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Joaquin Torres

See also: Joaquin Torres (comics)

Joaquin Torres (portrayed by Danny Ramirez) is a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force who is investigating the Flag Smashers and is a friend of Sam Wilson's. He appears in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.[213][214]

John Walker

See also: U.S. Agent

John F. Walker (portrayed by Wyatt Russell) is the successor to Captain America created by the U.S. government. His partner is Lemar Hoskins, also known as "Battlestar". He appears in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In the series, it is revealed that 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 three Medal of Honor awards 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.

J. Jonah Jameson

See also: J. Jonah Jameson

J. Jonah Jameson (portrayed by J. K. Simmons) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same. Simmons previously portrayed a different incarnation of the character in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy, making Jameson the second Marvel character to be portrayed by the same actor in both their MCU and non-MCU live-action depictions, following Lou Ferrigno as the voice of the Hulk.[215] However, this version of the character is unrelated to the version that Simmons first portrayed in Raimi's trilogy.

He appears in the film Spider-Man: Far From Home as the host of TheDailyBugle.net, a sensationalist "InfoWars-type video platform."[216] While having the same hair color as his Raimi films' counterpart, Simmons does not wear a toupée to emulate Jameson's usual flattop hairstyle; appearing bald instead to differentiate this version from his previous portrayal. In the film's mid-credits scene, he broadcasts doctored footage that incriminates Spider-Man for Mysterio's death and reveals the web-slinger's civilian identity as Peter Parker while simultaneously praising Mysterio as "the greatest superhero", much to Spider-Man and Michelle Jones' shock and dismay. In addition, a promotional Daily Bugle ARG set in the MCU heavily features Jameson's influence, with most of the articles libeling Spider-Man and the Avengers with false accusations while still praising Mysterio and speculating on conspiracy theories.[217] Simmons announced that he has signed on to play Jameson for more movies in the MCU.[218]

Jonathan Pangborn

Jonathan Pangborn (portrayed by Benjamin Bratt) is a former Master of the Mystic Arts who was trained by the Ancient One but later chose to leave Kamar-Taj as he only wanted to heal his paralysis. During the post-credits of Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo drains him of his magic and his ability to walk, as Mordo claims that there are too many sorcerers. He appears in the film Doctor Strange.

Karli Morgenthau

See also: Flag-Smasher

Karli Morgenthau (portrayed by Erin Kellyman) is the leader of the anti-patriotism group the Flag Smashers. She first appeared in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Kraglin Obfonteri

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: K § Kraglin Obfonteri

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, Taserface leads a mutiny against Yondu, ultimately resulting in all of their deaths, however, 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 Yondu's Yaka arrow, which he struggles to control. In 2023, he arrived on Earth leading the Ravagers to help the Avengers fight Thanos and his army.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in three films: Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, 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 Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Krugarr

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: K § Krugarr

Krugarr is a Lem, a race of extremely long-lived worm-like creatures. He is a sorcerer and a captain of his own faction of the Ravagers. He was also one of the members of Stakar Ogord's faction in the past. He appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Lemar Hoskins / Battlestar

See also: Battlestar (comics)

Lemar Hoskins (portrayed by Cle Bennett), also known as Battlestar, is the partner of John Walker, the new Captain America. He made his appearance in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

List

Dr. List (portrayed by Henry Goodman) is a Hydra scientist who conducts experimentation on Loki's scepter and the Maximoff twins.

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 the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Mac Gargan

See also: Mac Gargan

MacDonald "Mac" Gargan (portrayed by Michael Mando) is a professional criminal and one of Adrian Toomes' potential buyers. In the wake of an encounter with Spider-Man, Gargan is arrested by the FBI and vows revenge, seeking out new allies to help him kill Spider-Man. He approaches Toomes in prison on the basis of certain rumours, wanting to know Spider-Man's identity to settle personal scores. Toomes denies that he knows it, however. He appears in the film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Mainframe

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: M § Mainframe

Mainframe (voiced by Miley Cyrus) is an artificial intelligence and Ravager captain as well as a member of Stakar Ogord's original team. It appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 speaking through a disembodied robot head.

Maria Rambeau

Captain Maria "Photon" Rambeau (portrayed by Lashana Lynch) is a former United States Air Force pilot and a single mother of Monica Rambeau. She becomes best friends with Carol Danvers, who was presumed dead for six years, after a plane accident. Maria was reunited with Danvers during the Kree-Skrull War and helped Danvers to remember her early life. Later, she helps found S.W.O.R.D. and becomes its Director until she dies of cancer in 2020. She appears in the film Captain Marvel and is referenced in Wandavision.

Maria Stark

See also: Maria Stark

Maria Stark (portrayed by Hope Davis) is the wife of Howard Stark and mother of Tony Stark. She was assassinated by the Winter Soldier along with her husband on Hydra's orders. She appears in flashbacks in the film Captain America: Civil War.

Martinex

See also: Martinex

Martinex (portrayed by Michael Rosenbaum) is a member of Stakar Ogord's team of Ravagers. He visits Yondu on Contraxia along with Stakar to remind him that he is in exile for breaking the Ravagers' code. After Yondu sacrifices himself to save Peter Quill, Martinex and Stakar are moved by his sacrifice, and he and the other Ravagers attend his funeral. The two of them decide to bring the rest of the team back together to honor him as seen in the mid-credits scene. He appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Mar-Vell

See also: Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)

Mar-Vell (portrayed by Annette Bening) is a reimagining of the Marvel Comics character of the same name. A Kree scientist who rejected her species' war with the Skrulls, Mar-Vell fled to Earth in the 1980s and adopted the alias of Dr. Wendy Lawson, a physicist at Project Pegasus. Using the Tesseract, she sought to develop an experimental engine that would have allowed the Skrulls to settle beyond the reach of the Kree Empire. She is killed by Yon-Rogg, though she is able to instruct Carol Danvers to destroy the engine before Yon-Rogg is able to seize the device.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis (portrayed by William Sadler) is the President of the United States. His surname is a reference to comic author Warren Ellis. The President is first seen in Iron Man 3[219] where he wanted the Iron Patriot armor as an "American hero" symbol. This suit is later hijacked and used by Eric Savin to kidnap Ellis from Air Force One. Aldrich Killian puts him in the Iron Patriot suit next to Roxxon's abandoned oil tanker and plans to publicly execute him. However, the President is eventually rescued by Tony Stark and James Rhodes.

Ellis is also alluded to Captain America: The Winter Soldier[220] on an exhibit involving Bucky Barnes and later as one of the targets marked by Alexander Pierce's Helicarriers, which are destroyed by Steve Rogers. Ellis later returns in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is again seen in the viral marketing videos WHIH Newsfront for an interview.[221]

Maya Hansen

See also: Maya Hansen

Maya Hansen (portrayed by Rebecca Hall) is a scientist and a developer of the Extremis virus. She is upset when Tony Stark leaves her after their night together and forgoes aiding her research. She is later revealed to be working with Aldrich Killian to improve on Extremis and use the Mandarin to cover up the deaths of their test subjects. To convince Tony to help perfect the virus, Maya tricks Pepper while in hiding and tells Killian where to find them, resulting in Pepper being taken captive. Later, however, she has a change of heart when confronted by Tony and, realizing the extent of Killian's agenda, tries to back out of Killian's plan by holding a vial of potent Extremis to her neck and threatening to kill them all in the resulting explosion unless he frees Tony and Pepper. Instead, Killian decides she is no longer necessary to his plans and shoots her himself. As she is dying from her gunshot wound, Maya sends her files on Extremis to Tony, in order to help him stop Killian. She appears in the film Iron Man 3.

Meredith Quill

See also: Meredith Quill

Meredith Quill (portrayed by Laura Haddock) is the mother of Peter Quill and the ex-lover of Ego. She met Ego, fell in love with him and become pregnant with their son. She enjoyed pop music, and gave Peter her Walkman, along with her mixtapes. She later dies of brain cancer, unaware that the tumor was caused by Ego, to ensure that she was not a distraction to him.

Miek

See also: Miek

Miek is a Sakaaran insectoid warrior. This version of the character is a larva-like creature as opposed to a humanoid roach, and initially uses an exoskeleton equipped with blades in combat. Having been freed from the Grandmaster's prison, Miek fights alongside Thor and Korg and joins the Asgardian people in their journey to Earth after the destruction of Asgard. Along with Korg, he survives Thanos' attack on the Asgardian starship and the Blip. He finds a new home with the Asgardians in New Asgard in Norway. Miek participates in the final battle at the destroyed Avengers Headquarters against Thanos and his army.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame. He will return in the upcoming film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Minn-Erva

See also: Doctor Minerva

Minn-Erva (portrayed by Gemma Chan) is a Kree tactical sniper and a member of Yon-Rogg's Starforce team along with Carol Danvers (who at that time is known simply as Vers) whom she has strong animosity towards. Minn-Erva accompanies Starforce and some Kree soldiers to Earth where it was discovered that Mar-Vell had hid some Skrull refugees. During the final battle, she pilots a fighter and attempts to catch up with and shoot down a ship being flown by Maria Rambeau and housing several refugee Skrulls. Maria outmaneuvers Minn-Erva and shoots her down, killing her. She appears in the film Captain Marvel.

Morgan Stark

See also: Morgan Stark

Morgan Stark (portrayed by Lexi Rabe) is the four-year-old daughter of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. Born after Thanos' universal genocide, she grows up during the five-year 'Blip' period with half the world's population having been wiped out of existence. Katherine Langford portrays Morgan Stark in a deleted scene, in which she has a conversation with her father in the Soul World after he sacrifices himself to save the universe by using the Infinity Stones to defeat Thanos. She appears in Avengers: Endgame.

N'Jobu

N'Jobu (portrayed by Sterling K. Brown) was the younger brother of T'Chaka, the King of Wakanda and an agent of the War Dogs. Having betrayed his own people and aided Ulysses Klaue with getting vibranium out of Wakanda with the intention of allowing oppressed people to possess its power, N'Jobu was confronted and killed by T'Chaka. His only son Prince N'Jadaka saw the whole thing and planned to avenge his death and finish his work by becoming King. He appears in the film Black Panther.

The Other

The Other (portrayed by Alexis Denisof) is an original character from the MCU and is the grim leader of an alien race called the Chitauri. He is a servant of Thanos and uses telepathic powers in The Avengers. He was later killed by Ronan the Accuser.[222][223]

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

Ralph Bohner

Ralph Bohner (portrayed by Evan Peters) is a "recast" version of Pietro Maximoff. Agatha Harkness possesses him, imbuing him with Pietro's super-speed and forcing him into playing the role, in order to discover how Wanda created the hex. He was initially introduced as "Agnes"' unseen husband, who was frequently mentioned whenever Agnes needed a punchline for a laugh line. He was freed from Agatha's control when Monica Rambeau removed a magical necklace he was wearing. He appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision. Peters previously portrayed an American incarnation of the character named Peter Maximoff in the X-Men film series.

Rhomann Dey

See also: Nova Corps § Known members

Rhomann Dey (portrayed by John C. Reilly) is a member of the Nova Corps and contact to Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy. He was promoted to the rank of Denarian due to his actions during the Battle of Xandar. He appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rodriguez

Rodriguez (portrayed by Miguel Ferrer[224]) is the Vice President of the United States. He was working with Aldrich Killian to dispose of President Ellis so that Rodriguez could become the next President and Killian would treat his unnamed daughter (portrayed by Jenna Ortega). After Ellis is saved and Killian is killed, Rodriguez and Trevor Slattery are arrested.

Roger Harrington

See also: Roger Harrington (comics)

Roger Harrington (portrayed by Martin Starr) is a science teacher at the Midtown School of Science and Technology who is the supervisor of the academic decathlon team as well as one of the chaperones for the class trip to Europe. During the Blip, his wife pretended to be one of the victims in order to leave him for another man. A minor appearance by Starr (credited as "Computer Nerd") in The Incredible Hulk was retconned as a younger Harrington by Kevin Feige in a Reddit AMA.

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

Samuel Sterns

See also: Leader (comics)

Dr. Samuel Sterns (portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson) is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Depicted in The Incredible Hulk as a gifted biologist who tried to cure Bruce Banner under the alias Mr. Blue. After replicating Banner's blood, he then is forced to use it on Emil Blonsky. After Blonsky is transformed as a monster. Stern's lab is destroyed and part of the Hulk's blood drops on Stern's head and his skull mutates as he grins maniacally. Outside of the film series he is referenced in a prequel comic of The Avengers, revealed to be insane and imprisoned by S.H.I.E.L.D.[225]

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson (portrayed by Adepero Oduye) is the sister of Sam Wilson. She has two sons and struggles financially in Sam's absence during the Blip. She first appeared in the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Skurge

See also: Executioner (comics)

Skurge (portrayed by Karl Urban) served as Loki's chosen successor to Heimdall as gatekeeper of the bifrost. He is later promoted to the position of Executioner upon Hela's return to Asgard. He appears in the film Thor: Ragnarok.

Skurge is portrayed in a mostly comedic, subservient if not absent-minded fashion. Upon realizing the fate of Asgard, he changes allegiance and ultimately sacrifices himself while assisting Thor in evacuating the people of Asgard during the battle against Hela during Ragnarok.

Stakar Ogord

See also: Starhawk (comics)

Stakar Ogord (portrayed by Sylvester Stallone) is a legendary Ravager captain and the leader of the Stakar Ravager Clan. Ogord saved Yondu Udonta from a life of slavery to the Kree and welcomed him to the Ravagers, but was later forced to exile him for engaging in child trafficking, thus violating the Ravager code. He and Martinex T'Naga later run into Yondu on the planet Contraxia, where they remind him why he is in exile by mentioning how he broke the Ravagers' Code by trafficking children, a reference to the children of Ego, who had hired Yondu to deliver them to him, including Peter Quill. Stakar does not know that Yondu, having discovered the fate of the other children he had delivered to Ego, refused to deliver Peter Quill, and decided to keep him and raise him as his own son, and train as a Ravager thief. After Yondu ultimately sacrifices himself to save Quill and his comrades, Stakar is among the Ravagers that honors him at his funeral. In a mid-credits scene, Stakar and Martinex reunite with their old teammates Charlie-27, Aleta Ogord, Mainframe, and Krugarr. He appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Stern

Senator Stern (portrayed by Garry Shandling) is an original character in the MCU inspired by Howard Stern according to the director, Jon Favreau.[226]

First seen in Iron Man 2, he is depicted as a United States Senator who wanted Tony's armor to be handed to the US government. He harbored a strong dislike for Tony even after handing Tony and Rhodes the Medal of Honor. He was later revealed to be affiliated with Hydra.[227]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Surtur

See also: Surtur (Marvel Comics)

Surtur (motion-captured by Taika Waititi, voiced by Clancy Brown) is a Fire Demon, lord of Muspelheim, and a significant figure in the prophecy of Ragnarök as the one who would initiate the fall of Asgard. He imprisons Thor in his lair in Muspelheim and reveals that Odin is not on Asgard, where Surtur plans to unite his crown with the Eternal Flame so that he can cause Ragnarök and destroy Asgard, though Thor manages to defeat Surtur and escape with his crown. During his battle with Hela however, Thor realizes causing Ragnarök is the only way he can defeat her, so he tasks Loki with resurrecting Surtur with the Eternal Flame, allowing Surtur to succeed in his plans and kill Hela while Thor, Loki, and the Asgardians escape. He appears in the film Thor: Ragnarok.

Taserface

See also: Taserface

Taserface (portrayed by Chris Sullivan) is a Ravager mercenary and a lieutenant in the Yondu Ravager Clan. He is depicted as being proud of his name as he believes it strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies. However, Rocket and the rest of the Ravagers scoff at the ridiculousness of his name. Following Yondu Udonta's exile by Stakar Ogord, Taserface leads a mutiny against Udonta, feeling that he is "going soft", and kills anyone still loyal him. After Kraglin aids Yondu, Rocket, and Groot in escaping from their prison cells, Yondu kills the remaining Ravagers and destroys the main engine, causing the Ravager ship to explode. While the heroes eject from the main ship in a smaller escape ship, Taserface contacts the Sovereign to give them Yondu's coordinates before dying in the explosion. He first appears in the film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and will return in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If...?.

Tommy Maximoff

See also: Speed (Marvel Comics)

Thomas "Tommy" Maximoff (portrayed by Gavin Borders and Jett Klyne) is created by Wanda Maximoff as her son, along with the simulacrum of Vision as his father, and twin brother Billy in her Hex in Westview, New Jersey. He has superspeed powers and like Billy, he is born in a day, and aged to ten by the next. Although he disintegrates when the Hex comes down, his voice is later heard by Wanda whilst studying the Darkhold. He appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Tyler Hayward

Tyler Hayward (portrayed by Josh Stamberg) is the acting director of S.W.O.R.D., having taken over from Maria Rambeau following her death.[228] Following the Blip, he is shown to have animosity against superheroes, viewing Wanda Maximoff as dangerous which leads to him kicking colleague Monica Rambeau off the Westview investigation for having defended Wanda. He is revealed to have lied to Monica, FBI agent Jimmy Woo, and astrophysicist Darcy Lewis earlier about Wanda and has been working on a secret project dealing with Vision. The project culminates with Vision being reactivated by exposure to Wanda's powers from a drone. His plan to eliminate Wanda with Vision, however, fails when Wanda's Vision restores the real Vision's memories. When the Hex is partially taken down, Darcy stops Hayward from ramming the twins, and he is arrested for tampering with evidence and removed from S.W.O.R.D.. He appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

Watcher Informant

See also: List of cameo appearances by Stan Lee § Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Watcher (comics)

The Watcher Informant (portrayed by Stan Lee) is a being who travels the universe and reports on his adventures to the Watchers, and has frequently visited Earth on various occasions, sometimes interacting with the Avengers. He has also occasionally visited other planets such as Xandar and Sakaar.

His role was confirmed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 where he recaps his experiences on Earth to three Watchers. By the post-credits, the Watchers get bored and leave as the Informant states that they are his ride off the planet.

As of 2021, the character has appeared in twenty-two films: Iron Man (as a man that Tony Stark mistook for Hugh Hefner), The Incredible Hulk (as a man ingesting soda with Bruce Banner's blood in it), Iron Man 2 (as a man that Tony Stark mistook for Larry King), Thor (as a man who tries to use his pickup truck to lift Mjolnir), Captain America: The First Avenger (as a World War II general), The Avengers (as a man being interviewed about the Avengers saving Manhattan), Iron Man 3 (as a beauty pageant judge), Thor: The Dark World (as a mental ward patient), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (as a Smithsonian Institute security guard), Guardians of the Galaxy (as an elderly gentleman on Xandar), Avengers: Age of Ultron (as a World War II veteran attending the Avengers' victory party over Baron Strucker), Ant-Man (as a bartender who talks to Luis), Captain America: Civil War (as a FedEx delivery man), Doctor Strange (as a bus passenger), Spider-Man: Homecoming (as a man named Gary), Thor: Ragnarok (as a barber on Sakaar), Black Panther (as a casino patron), Avengers: Infinity War (as a school bus driver), Ant-Man and the Wasp (as a pedestrian whose car was shrunk by Wasp), Captain Marvel (as a subway passenger), and Avengers: Endgame (as a man in the 1970s driving his car, along with his wife); ten TV series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as a train passenger), Agent Carter (as a shoeshiner client), Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, The Punisher (all six as a photo of Irwin Forbush), Runaways (as a limousine driver), and Cloak & Dagger (as a painting); and a web series: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (as a picture).

William Ginter Riva

William Ginter Riva (portrayed by Peter Billingsley) is a former Stark Industries employee who was ordered by Obadiah Stane to replicate Tony Stark's arc reactor. Years later, he joins Quentin Beck's crew to wreak havoc across Europe, helping him masquerade as a superhero named Mysterio, and controlling his drones. Following Mysterio's defeat, he leaks the identity of Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson, and uploads a copy of Mysterio's software onto a flash drive.[229]

As of 2021, the character has appeared in two films: Iron Man and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

W'Kabi

See also: List of Marvel Comics characters: W § W'Kabi

W'Kabi (portrayed by Daniel Kaluuya) is the chief of Wakanda's Border Tribe as well as T'Challa's best friend, and Okoye's husband.[230] As he is responsible for the borders of Wakanda, W'Kabi and his guards have trained armored white rhinoceroses as shock cavalry. W'Kabi loses faith in T'Challa when he fails to capture Klaue (who had killed his parents decades earlier while stealing vibranium), and supports Erik Killmonger when he subsequently usurps the throne. During the final battle, Okoye confronts W'Kabi when he tries to trample M'Baku with an armored white rhinoceros, saying she values Wakanda more than their love. Not wanting to die by Okoye's hands or take her life, W'Kabi surrenders and the rest of the Border Tribe does the same. He appears in the film Black Panther.

Major teams and factions

Avengers

See also: Avengers (comics)

"Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)" redirects here. For the film, see The Avengers (2012 film).

The Avengers are the central team of protagonist superheroes of "The Infinity Saga" within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by Nick Fury and led primarily by Steve Rogers, the team is a United States-based organization composed mainly of enhanced individuals committed to the world's protection from threats. The Avengers operate in New York State; beginning at Avengers Tower in Midtown Manhattan, and subsequently, from a compound north of New York City.

Being foreshadowed as early as in the 2008 film, Iron Man, where the "Avengers Initiative" was referenced by Nick Fury in a post-credit scene.[231] The team first appear in The Avengers; consisting of Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, and Clint Barton.[232][233][234] The lineup that was depicted by Joss Whedon is primarily based on the Ultimates of Ultimate Marvel, with the exception of two classic founders, Giant-Man and the Wasp. According to Whedon the theme behind the lineup is : "There's a thunder god, there's a green 'id' giant rage monster, there's Captain America from the 40s, there's Tony Stark who definitely doesn't get along with anybody. Ultimately these people don't belong together and the whole movie is about finding yourself from community. And finding that you not only belong together but you need each other, very much.[235] According to film critic Peter Travers, "Whedon is exploring richer ground" with the theme. "He sees the Avengers as the ultimate dysfunctional family. Their powers have estranged them from the normal world. As a result, they're lonely, cranky, emotional fuck-ups, which the actors have a ball playing."[236]

The lineup of the first film was reprised in Avengers: Age of Ultron, along with new additions and allies including James Rhodes, Vision, Wanda Maximoff, and Pietro Maximoff.[237][238][239][167] At the end of Age of Ultron, a new roster of Avengers is established, consisting of Rogers, Romanoff, Rhodes, Wanda Maximoff, Vision, and Sam Wilson, with Stark remaining as the group's benefactor.[240]

The new Avengers roster appears in Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and released on May 6, 2016.[241] In Civil War, the team is fractured into two opposing factions: one led by Rogers and the other by Stark. Rogers' group consists of himself, Barton, Wilson, Maximoff, Scott Lang, and Bucky Barnes, and Stark's group consists of himself, Rhodes, Romanoff, Peter Parker, T'Challa, and Vision. The Avengers, broken up in the fallout of the events of Civil War, appear again in Avengers: Infinity War. In this film, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Stephen Strange, Wong, and the army of Wakanda to stop Thanos as he attempts to acquire the Infinity Stones. Thor and Banner are also reunited with the Avengers. Their campaign fails as Thanos destroys Vision and acquires all six Stones, ultimately killing half the universe, including several of the Avengers, Guardians, and their allies, leaving only Stark, Rogers, Thor, Banner, Romanoff, Barton, Rhodes, Okoye, Nebula, and Rocket. In Avengers: Endgame, following the five-year jump since the events of Infinity War, Carol Danvers, Okoye, Nebula, and Rocket join the Avengers after they discover that Thanos has destroyed the Infinity Stones to prevent anyone undoing his victory. After five years, Lang is revealed to have survived Thanos' culling while being trapped in the quantum realm at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp, and joins the team with a proposition that they retrieve the Infinity Stones from the past in order to restore the damage made by Thanos, using Lang's experience with the quantum realm to devise a means of traveling in time. The restored Avengers, Guardians, and allies appear in the final battle against Thanos, including Strange, Wong, Parker, Maximoff, Wilson, Barnes, Hope van Dyne, Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Mantis, T'Challa, Shuri, M'Baku, Potts, Okoye, Valkyrie, Korg, Miek, and Kraglin. Stark and Romanoff are killed during the events of Endgame, while Thor joins the Guardians, and an elderly Rogers passes his shield and mantle to Wilson, making him his successor after he decides to return to the 1940s to live the rest of his life with Peggy Carter.

Children of Thanos

See also: Black Order (comics)

The Children of Thanos are an elite team comprised of powerful individuals who used their abilities to serve their adoptive father Thanos. As Thanos' vicious generals, they assisted him in his mission to find and harness the power of the Infinity Stones. Thanos adopted six known children: Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, the brothers Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian, the Zehoberei Gamora, and the Luphomoid Nebula, and trained them in the ways of combat, turning each of them into a deadly warrior.

Dora Milaje

See also: Dora Milaje

The Dora Milaje is an elite organization of female bodyguards and Wakanda's special forces. The current general is Okoye. Florence Kasumba portrays Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje, in Captain America: Civil War, as a guard of T'Chaka.[244] They next appear in Black Panther. Florence Kasumba reprises her role,[245] Danai Gurira portrays Okoye,[246][247] and Sydelle Noel portrays Xoliswa[248] while the unnamed Dora Milaje are portrayed by Marija Abney, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, Maria Hippolyte, Marie Mouroum, Jénel Stevens, Zola Williams, Christine Hollingsworth, and Shaunette Renée Wilson.[249] In Avengers: Infinity War, they partake in the battle against Thanos in Wakanda and in Avengers: Endgame at the battle at the Avengers Headquarters.[250][citation needed]

Flag Smashers

The Flag Smashers[251] are a team of anarchists who oppose all forms of nationalism, believing that life was better before the Blip brought back the billions that were disintegrated by Thanos. The group posts messages in online forums and leave clues around the world with augmented reality. Led by Karli Morgenthau, its members have enhanced strength, given to them by the Power Broker. The group appears in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.[252]

Guardians of the Galaxy

See also: Guardians of the Galaxy (2008 team)

"Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Cinematic Universe)" redirects here. For the film, see Guardians of the Galaxy (film).

The Guardians of the Galaxy are a band of outlaws, who joined together to protect the galaxy from threats. The group's founding members are Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. They first appear in Guardians of the Galaxy and return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In the latter movie, the team's membership is expanded with the addition of Mantis while temporararily aided by Yondu Udonta and Nebula in their fight against Ego the Living Planet. Kraglin also assists the team in the final confrontation.[253] They next appear in Avengers: Infinity War, in which they aid Thor and the Avengers in confronting Thanos in his attempt to collect all of the Infinity Stones. Thanos succeeds in collecting all of Stones, murdering Gamora in the process, and disintegrates half of all life in the universe, with Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis, and Groot among his victims, with only Rocket and Nebula spared. In Avengers: Endgame, after Thanos has destroyed the Stones and is executed by Thor, Rocket and Nebula help the Avengers travel back in time to retrieve the Infinity Stones from the past. They are successful, but the Thanos of 2014 becomes aware of the presence of this other Nebula, and has her captured, sending 2014 Nebula to the present in the former's place. 2014 Nebula summons Thanos to the present, where he destroys Avengers headquarters in order to acquire the Stones to kill the entire universe. Nebula successfully convinces 2014 Gamora to join her in opposing Thanos, and kills her 2014 counterpart, though 2014 Gamora has no emotional connection to Quill. The combined forces of the Avengers, the Guardians and all of their allies succeed in repelling his forces, and killing Thanos once and for all. Afterwards, Thor joins the Guardians, quipping that they are now the "Asgardians of the Galaxy", and jokingly argues with Star-Lord over command of the team. The Guardians of the Galaxy are scheduled to make an appearance in Thor: Love and Thunder.[254] A third film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, is in development, as well a television movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, and a series of short films focussing on Groot: I Am Groot.[255]

Howling Commandos

See also: Howling Commandos

The Howling Commandos are an elite combat unit that had been led by Captain America during World War II. At the end of the war and Captain America's apparent demise, their unit continued to be active and was led by Dum Dum Dugan. They are first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger. They were made up of men freed from a Hydra prisoner camp by Rogers. Their number includes Bucky Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Montgomery Falsworth, Jim Morita, and Jacques Dernier. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team uses old Howling Commandos' equipment provided by Agent Antoine Triplett who is the grandson of one of the Howling Commandos. Commandos Dugan and Morita also return in a flashback, led by Peggy Carter. They also appear in Agent Carter. Along with Dum Dum Dugan, the other members that appear include Happy Sam Sawyer (Leonard Roberts), Junior Juniper (James Austin Kerr) and Pinky Pinkerton (Richard Short).

Hydra

See also: Hydra (comics)

Hydra is the former science research division of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party and a covert terrorist organization responsible for infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. during the modern day. Hydra was created by Hitler to pursue methods of creating advanced weaponry to win World War II. Initially led by Johann Schmidt, Hydra acquired the Tesseract and conducted research on it to harness the energy it released to power weapons. Hydra's allegiance to its Nazi superiors grew to be only superficial; as Schmidt intended to harness the potential of the Tesseract to overthrow Hitler and eventually the world, believing that mankind could not be trusted with its own freedom. However, during the war, Hydra learned, particularly due to Steve Rogers' attacks on their operations, that humanity will always fight for its freedom. After Schmidt's disappearance and Rogers' successful efforts to botch Schmidt's plans to attack cities around the world, Hydra was defeated and fell. Following World War II, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded by former members of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and employed Operation Paperclip, recruiting former Hydra scientists with strategic value. As part of the process, Arnim Zola was recruited and then subsequently began to reform Hydra secretly from within S.H.I.E.L.D. Operating discreetly within S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra staged political coups, wars (including the Cold War), and assassinations (including those of Howard and Maria Stark, intending to destabilize world governments and drive humanity to surrender its freedom in exchange for security. Hydra's operations were later exposed by Rogers once S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, and their remnants were pursued and defeated by the Avengers.

Masters of the Mystic Arts

The Masters of the Mystic Arts are an order of sorcerers dedicated to protecting the world from mystical threats. They originated in the time of Agamotto, and through the centuries developed into their current form. Notable members include the Ancient One, Doctor Strange, Wong, Jonathan Pangborn, Kaecilius, and Karl Mordo.

Nova Corps

See also: Nova Corps

The Nova Corps is the intergalactic military and police force of the Nova Empire. They are led by the Nova Prime, Irani Rael.[256] In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Nova Corps arrest the Guardians on Xandar after they cause a public disturbance and send them to the Kyln, a secure prison. The Guardians help stop Ronan the Accuser's attack on Xandar, and the Corps expunge each of the Guardians' criminal records in gratitude. An Infinity Stone is placed in the Corps' care for safekeeping. In Avengers: Infinity War, it is mentioned that they were defeated and possibly half their number alongside the local populace being wiped out by Thanos when he invaded and decimated Xandar in search of the Power Stone, prior to him invading the Statesman in search of the Space Stone. Notable members include Nova Prime Irani Rael, Corpsman Rhomann Dey and Denarian Garthan Saal.[257][258]

The film version of the Nova Corps acts as a traditional police force, with no mention of the Nova Force. When asked about a Nova solo movie, James Gunn said "I think there is always a chance of a Nova movie."[259]

Ravagers

The Ravagers are an interstellar crime syndicate comprising thieves, smugglers, criminals, bandits, mercenaries, bounty hunters and space pirates. There are nearly one hundred factions of Ravagers around the galaxy each led by an independent captain. Their moral code states that Ravagers do not steal from other Ravagers or deal in children. The Ravagers appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Avengers: Endgame.

Revengers

See also: Revengers

The Revengers is a team of ex-Sakaar prisoners assembled by Thor to escape the planet and defeat the Grandmaster and Hela. The team consists of Thor, Loki, Hulk, Scrapper 142 (Valkyrie), Korg, and Miek. With the exception of Loki, who is choked to death by Thanos, the team survives Ragnarok, and the attack on the refugees' spaceship.

S.H.I.E.L.D.

See also: S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, better known by its acronym S.H.I.E.L.D., is a major recurring government organization within the MCU. Founded after World War II by Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, and Chester Phillips, as a successor to the Strategic Science Reserve, S.H.I.E.L.D. is first referenced in Iron Man by Agent Phil Coulson. It is depicted in all the films in Phase One and would appear recurrently in Phase Two and Phase Three as well. The organization is led by Nick Fury who led an initiative, an idea to band incredible heroes all together when needed, which led to the formation of the Avengers. They would be featured in television by ABC with the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[260] The organization appears in all but one of the Marvel One-Shots and appear in Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in comics recurrently as well.[261]

Starforce

See also: Starforce

The Starforce is an elite military task-force comprised of skilled Kree warriors led by Yon-Rogg in the service of the Kree Empire. The Starforce appears in Captain Marvel. Vers, Korath, Minn-Erva, Att-Lass, and Bron-Char make up the team and are led by Yon-Rogg. The group is first seen going to the planet Torfa to rescue a Kree scout named Soh-Larr. This leads to a Skrull ambush led by Talos which results in Vers getting captured. When Vers escapes to Earth and makes contact with Yon-Rogg, Starforce heads to Earth. Following a parley with Talos and the discovery of the Skrull refugees that Mar-Vell hid, Starforce arrives and takes the Skrulls, Nick Fury, Maria Rambeau, and Goose prisoner, while Vers, in her regained identity of Carol Danvers, is placed in a transmission with the Supreme Intelligence. After breaking free and overheating the implant that limited her abilities, Carol Danvers fights Starforce and the Kree soldiers with them to rescue Nick Fury, Maria Rambeau, and the Skrulls which results in most of the antagonizing Kree either being killed or incapacitated.

S.W.O.R.D.

See also: S.W.O.R.D.

The Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Division, better known by its acronym S.W.O.R.D., is an intelligence organization. It first appears in the post-credit scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which Nick Fury and a group of Skrulls operate out of a space station reminiscent of S.W.O.R.D. base, the Peak VII, although Marvel Studios has yet to confirm if it is related or not.[262] It then appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision. S.W.O.R.D. was originally intended to appear in Thor, in a deleted post-credits scene wherein Erik Selvig tells Jane Foster and Darcy to "cross reference ... with the S.W.O.R.D. database". However, due to complications with 20th Century Fox, which owned the film rights to S.W.O.R.D. members Lockheed and Abigail Brand at the time, the scene was cut.[263] The creative team behind the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. intended to incorporate S.W.O.R.D., but were refused permission by Marvel Studios.[264]

S.W.O.R.D. appears in the Disney+ series WandaVision, making their debut at the end of the third episode "Now in Color", in which they surround Monica Rambeau after she was thrown out of Westview by Wanda Maximoff. S.W.O.R.D. plays a major role in the next episode, "We Interrupt This Program", in which it is revealed that Monica's mother Maria founded S.W.O.R.D., and that Monica is a S.W.O.R.D agent. The acting director Tyler Hayward is introduced who says that after the Blip in 2020, they started focusing on AI and robots. He sent Monica to investigate Westview, New Jersey. After her disappearance, Hayward and other S.W.O.R.D agents set up base outside Westview. However, after some agents get trapped inside the Hex, Hayward and a few others set up a new base eight miles away. In "Previously On", it is revealed in a flashback that Wanda went to S.W.O.R.D Headquarters only to find Vision (who was killed in Infinity War) being experimented on, under Hayward's orders. In the present, S.W.O.R.D. revives Vision through exposure to Wanda's power from a drone.

Ten Rings

The Ten Rings is an original team from the MCU that is depicted as a major terrorist organization that plans to destroy world peace. The team was originally an Easter Egg reference to Iron Man's archenemy Mandarin that was first revealed in name by Raza in Iron Man.[94] The team was referenced once again in the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King where Jackson Norriss reveals to Trevor Slattery that he is a member of the group and the organization is controlled by the Mandarin himself. A member of the organization appeared in Ant-Man. The Ten Rings will be a main focus in the upcoming film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.[265]

Warriors Three

See also: Warriors Three

The Warriors Three are an elite team of Asgardian warriors, made up of Hogun, Fandral, and Volstagg. They first appear in Thor as companions of Thor, Loki, and Sif. The Warriors Three return in Thor: The Dark World and in Thor: Ragnarok, in the latter of which they are killed by Hela amidst her takeover of Asgard.

Species and races

Main article: Species of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Television characters

Main article: List of Marvel Cinematic Universe television series

See also: Marvel Television

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