The MCU is getting bigger and bigger, meaning more and more characters are being introduced to this massive franchise. After Black Widow, and considering that there’s a good chance we won’t be getting any new characters until Hawkeye later this year, I thought this would be as good a time as any to update my ranking.
(This ranking will include mostly heroes but will also include my favorite villains, or villains who will surely show up again in the future as potential antiheroes.)
Ant-Man and the Wasp is a fun film but its weakest element, undoubtedly, is its villain. Played by Hannah John-Kamen, Ghost is a character who’s kind of interesting but ultimately pretty lame. But I am intrigued to see her story continue in the future and how she could potentially be utilized in a potential Thunderbolts movie.
Quicksilver was cool…in the X-Men movies. In Marvel Studios, he’s one of the more forgettable characters.
I like Yondu’s arrow but that’s about it. His storyline in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 didn’t really touch me and his death is probably the least sad in the MCU. But I am excited to see him again in What If…?
54. White Vision
Even though this is, technically, Vision I deem White Vision as an entirely different character and this iteration of the humanoid-android-person is kind of lame. WandaVision didn’t do much with this character and I hope the writers can find a way to incorporate him into the MCU in an exciting way.
Drax is a fun character but he’s never been one of my favorites. But he has provided one of the funniest lines in the MCU: “I’ll do you one better. Why is Gamora?”
52. Ravonna Renslayer
A bit of a villain but not quite, Ravonna Renslayer is one of the most interesting characters in the MCU to date. How her story ends? We’ll find out soon enough.
51. Hunter B-15
I like Hunter B-15 enough to want to get her Funko Pop when I get the chance but not enough to have her higher in this ranking.
I always thought Heimdall was cool, even when the Thor movies weren’t even that good. But there’s no reason to rank him higher on this list because he never had much of a story.
49. Hank Pym
Hank Pym is an interesting character because he’s practically an old Avenger. His dynamic as a retired superhero is something that makes him a perfect mentor to Ant-Man and his botched relationships in the past make him a slightly compelling character. Unfortunately, that’s all he is at the moment; a slightly compelling character.
48. Maria Hill
It sometimes surprises me how many movies Maria Hill has been in–six movies–and it’s very exciting to think we could see her contribution continue in the MCU for several more years.
Honestly, I’m dreading the day when Hill dies, because we know it’s coming eventually. That’s going to be an unfortunate turn of events.
I like Mordo and have been waiting to see his story continue for five years now. I’m very excited to see which direction his journey takes him in the next Doctor Strange. Will he be a bona fide antagonist or will he be a wary ally?
Mobius has become a fan-favorite due to his relationship with our favorite God of Mischief in Loki. I hope he officially survives to the end of the series and maybe we’ll see him again. You never know.
45. Pepper Potts
Watching Pepper Potts evolve from the typical pretty secretary that the main protagonist likes to becoming a superhero who helped fight Thanos in Endgame is one of the greater character evolutions in the MCU. And she earned every bit of her story. I hope she returns, even if it was a small role, preferably in Ironheart.
44. Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Yeah, he’s one of the OG Avengers and yes, a lot of people love The Hulk but he’s just never appealed to me. I liked him a little bit more when Marvel Studios embraced the fact that he’s a scientist with a dark side in The Avengers, resulting in him almost accidentally killing Black Widow and fighting Thor. There’s a reason why he’s She-Hulk getting her own series that he stars in rather than vice versa. He’s just not that interesting.
43. Mr. Toomes/The Vulture
It’s Michael Keaton! That alone wins the character some cool points. The Vulture was also one of the first Marvel villains to have a real motive for the bad stuff he was doing other than the classic I-want-to-take-over-the-world nonsense most of the antagonists are yearning to achieve. That just made him even more likable.
Now, I think he’s returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home and I. Am. Pumped!
Like I said earlier, while White Vision is technically Vision the writers made him a different enough character where I couldn’t think of the two versions of the character as the same. Honestly, Vision would be higher in this ranking if Marvel had found a better way to utilize his powers in the MCU.
He seemed like the type of character that was going to be really powerful and would be able to do incredible things with the Mind Stone but instead he ended up having a very limited power set, he died before we got a really good chance to know the character, and then he was a figment of Wanda’s imagination.
While I did like him most in WandaVision, this character never fully reached his potential, hence sitting at #42 in my ranking.
41. Monica Rambeau
I want to love Monica Rambeau and I’m sure I will after her role in The Marvels is expanded even further but if I’m being honest, while I’m loving the story being cooked up for her at the moment, I think Teyonah Parris may not have been the best choice for the role.
If I’m being brutally honest, Parris isn’t that great of an actor. There were quite a few times in WandaVision when I saw her performance as stiff, forced, and sometimes I could tell that she was clearly not as used to CGI work as the other actors.
Despite these nitpicks, I’m very excited to see her return in The Marvels and ultimately what her outfit will look like. *clapping my hands excitedly*
So, there’s Part 1 of my updated MCU character ranking. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.