The Marvel Cinematic Universe is large. Calling it a universe would be doing it justice, as the MCU spands multiple phases and 20 films and counting. It all started back in 2008 with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, and has worked its way all the way through to Infinity War. It's an amazing accomplishment to have all the movies tie in together through their extensive characters and plots and finally join together after over a decade of telling stories.
So many characters in the MCU have their own movie, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, while the group has come to together in multiple Avenger films in what have been some of the largest box office draws. The MCU has earned billions of dollars and it's still growing.
So, who is the best character from the MCU and what movie is the best? It's a hard decision with so many characters, good and bad, and so many movies to choose from. So take this quiz and pick the best characters, the superheroes, the villains, and see what movie is your favorite based on the characters you select. Or just start from the beginning and watch them all again. This might be a little faster and skip ahead to the movie that is number-one above them all.
Tony Stark is one of the smartest, and the richest, character in the MCU and built the many different versions of the Iron Man suit on his own. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony and Iron Man and is one of the key reasons the MCU had such success.
Thor is a demi-god from Asgard and their current king. The son of Odin is also the god of lightning and used the hammer Mjolnir to summon lighting. Only the choose one by the hammer can wield its power. He is one of the strongest Avengers and characters in the entire MCU.
Peter Quill is a half-human half-alien hybrid who has an alien father and human mother. He’s taken by the Ravagers but goes on to become the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Though, his love interest with Gamora will level much debate if he is the reason Thanos got the Infinity Stones.
Steve Rogers wanted to get into World War 2, but he was considered too small and too weak. But with the help of the super soldier program, he goes from mascot to the world’s first superhero, using his Vibranium shield as a weapon. In the MCU, he is played by actor Chris Evans.
Black Panther made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil war, but it was his appearance in his own movie that get everyone excited. Known also as T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, he has one of the strongest suits of any superhero in the MCU.
Thanos made his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an end-credit scene, but it was his appearance Infinity War that made a difference, at least with half of life in the universe, as with a snap of his fingers with the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos erased half the people in the universe.
Nick Fury is one of the leading agents in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization and is the controller of the Avengers. Played by Samuel L. Jackson, he appears in many of the early movies during the end credits to recruit members to his team.
Sam Wilson is best known as Falcon, as the former Air Force serviceman uses mechanical wings to fly and joined Captain America is his battle against HYDRA. As a member of the Avengers, he had a run in with Ant-Man who tried to break into the new Avengers facility.
Drax was first seen in a high security facility and wanted revenge against Ronan the Accuser for taking out his wife and daughter. Only, it was Thanos who ordered it and Drax is on a mission to avenge them. He’s known for his impatience in battle, wanting to rush in as soon as he sees his target.
Loki is the half-brother of Thor and the ruler of the Frost Giants. He was abandoned and left to the elements so Odin took him in as his own soon. He attacked Earth using the scepter but eventually began to help his brother and the Avengers, including in the battle against his sister Hela and Thanos.
James Rhodes is a colonel in the US Air Force and best friend of Tony Stark. He took an Iron-Man suit of his own and had it armored and now calls himself War Machine and has become a valuable member of the Avengers. He is played by Don Cheadle, but originally was played by Terrance Howard.
Clint Barton is best known as Hawkeye, the arrow shooting member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who doesn’t have any real super powers, but knows how to use a bow and arrow, especially with some tricks in the arrows. He values his family and that sometimes keeps him out of the big fight.
Bucky Barns, better known as the Winter Soldier, was the childhood best friend of Steve Rogers. After being brainwashed and having a cybernetic arm attached, he helped HYDRA try to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. but he eventually remembered his old past and joined the Avengers.
Groot doesn’t say very much. In fact, he says three words “I am Groot”, which is actually a language itself. The tree like alien is powerful in his own right and during his run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve got to see him go from adult, back to baby Groot and then into a teenager.
Heimdall is the keeper of the Bifrost Bridge who could see and hear nearly everything in the nine realms. He constantly has to put himself between his loyalty to his king and protecting the realms. His last effort was to save the Hulk and send him to Earth using the Bifrost.
Pepper Potts starts out as Tony Stark’s assistant but turns into his girlfriend and helps to run Stark Industries as the new CEO when Stark steps down. She’s had to put on the Iron Man suit a few times and even helped defeat Stark’s enemies on multiple occasions.
Natasha Romanoff, better known as Black Widow, is played by actress Scarlett Johansson and is part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. The former spy is a master of hand to hand combat and has been featured in many of the MCU movies, including Iron Man and Captain America.
Shuri is the Princess of Wakanda, the sister of Black Panther, and perhaps the smartest person in the MCU, as she is able to come up with plenty of new technologies for Black Panther and the Wakanda people to use, utilizing Vibranium in nearly everything she creates.
Scarlett Witch was created when HYDRA was experimenting with the scepter, giving him power telekinesis abilities, along with her twin brother. She originally works with Ultron before joining the Avengers and starting a relationship with Vision.
Red Skull was known as Johann Schmidt during World War 2 and was part of the Nazu SS, but he was also one of the leaders of HYDRA. His own super soldier serum left him deformed and he tried to capture the tesseract to use the power of it to create new technology.
Rocket, despite his size, might be the smartest of the Guardians of the Galaxy. The racoon alien is a master tactician, likes he’s big tech and isn’t opposed to a little bit of thieving, especially if there is some profit in it. He’s one of the few who can understand Groot.
Odin was the King of Asgard and the protector of the nine realms. He is the father of Thor and Hela, and the adoptive father of Loki, taking him in when he was abandoned. He is worshipped as the God of Wisdom. He lost his eye when he was battling the Frost Giants.
Bruce Banner had a gamma radiation experiment go wrong and it causes him to turn into the Hulk when he gets mad. Originally he was played by Edward Norton but is now played by Mark Ruffalo in the MCU films, appearing in mostly Avenger movies.
Peter Parker got the call from Iron Man to help in the Civil War with the Avengers, as he took Tony Stark’s side. Peter became Spider-Man and got a brand new suit from Stark that allowed the webslinger to have his own internal computer system in his suit.
Phil Coulson is a high ranking member of S.H.I.E.L.D. who helped recruit some of the members to the team. He’s Nick Fury’s right hand and even takes a scepter to the heart in trying to stop Loki from leaving the hover ship.
Ant-Man, or Scott Lang, got the Ant-Man suit which allows him to decrease his size to that of an ant. He worked to stop Darren Cross from selling the technology of the Ant-Man suit. Played by Paul Rudd, we first got to see him when he joined Team Captain in Civil War.
Peggy Carter was an agent of the SSR, the unit built to fight HYDRA, back in World War 2 and the love interest of Steve Rogers. She is the one who assigned Rogers to become the first superhero, known as Captain America. She would pass in her sleep in 2016, as unlike Rogers, she lived a normal life.
Okoye is one of the best hand to hand fighters in the MCU and is the general of the Wakanda armed forces and intel. She is loyal to the king, Black Panther, and serves him no matter who is the rightful king, and will follow him into battle to protect him.
Gamora was the acquired daughter of Thanos, as he invaded her planet and got rid of half the population and took Gamora as his own. He trained her to be the best fighter in the galaxy, but Gamora turned her back on Thanos. Ultimately, Thanos’ love for her cost her, as Thanos used her to get the Soul Stone.
Jane Foster is one of the leading astrophysicists and first comes into Thor’s life when she crashes her van into him. She helps him recover his hammer and return to Asgard. Later, she is the host of the Aether, one of the Infinity Stones.
Doctor Strange was a medical surgeon until he lost uses of his hands from a car crash. He learns to mystic arts to try and heal his hands but ends up becoming one of the most powerful sorcerers in the universe. He is played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the MCU films.
J.A.R.V.I.S. is actually a computer system that helps Tony Stark. He’s a highly intelligent artificial intelligence system that is also downloaded into the Iron Man suit. J.A.R.V.I.S. is totally dismantled by Ultron but his remains are put into Vision and he becomes a full bodied superhero.
The Mandarin is a powerful villain who is the leader of the group, the Ten Rings, who are an international organization bent on chaos. However, Iron Man discovers that the man playing the Mandarin is just an actor and a cover for Aldrich Killian.
Vision is the creation when Ultron and Helen Cho use the mind stone to create a new body for Ultron, except Tony Stark uploads JARVIS to the body and creates a powerful superhero. Vision is the only Avenger who is able to lift Thor’s hammer.
Quicksilver was the twin brother of Scarlett Witch and got his powers when they agreed to undergo experiments by HYDRA with the sceptre. He gained super speed, which helped him dodge many attacks sent his way. Though he doesn't stick around for too long in the MCU, his sister Wanda, is still with the franchise.
Nakai is a Wakandan spy and the love interest of T’Challa, better known as Black Panther. She is a member of the War Dogs who are sent on missions around the world. She exiled herself when Erik Killmonger took the throne of Wakanda but reunited to help T’Challa take it back.
Nebula is another one of Thanos' acquired children, much like Gamora, except that she was always losing to Gamora when Thanos had them fight each other. Every time she lost, Thanos replaced a limb with a cybernetic one, making Nebula more robot than alien. However, for much of her life, she is loyal to her father.
Ronan The Accuser?
Ronan is a radical member of the Kree and was the main villain that brought the Guardians of the Galaxy together. He tried to forge an alliance with Thanos and destroy the Xander home world. When he learned of the Orb’s powers, he refused to give it to Thanos, but it ended up costing him in the end.
Wong is a Master of the Mystic Arts who is the protector of the ancient books. He helps Doctor Strange defeat Dormammu and then joins Doctor Strange in protecting the New York Sanctum. He stands with the Avengers during their first encounter with Thanos’ henchmen try to take the Time Stone.
Harold Hogan, better known as Happy, was Tony Stark’s driver and bodyguard and Stark Industries and serves Stark in whichever capacity he needs him, which includes him becoming the handler of Spider-Man, overseeing the mentorship of Spider-Man and Iron Man.
Ivan Vanko is a foreign physicist who is paid by Hammer Industries to create similar suits to the Iron Man one. He creates his own, including electric whips to battle Iron Man, while also turning the Hammer Drones against Iron Man. He is only taken down when Iron Man and War Machine use their hand beams on him together.
Maria Hill is one of Nick Fury’s right hands in S.H.I.E.L.D. who is the deputy director of the organization. She joined Stark Industries to avoid prosecution for her actions in helping to bring down Helicarriers and be the liaison for the Avengers.
Erik Stevens, also known as Erik Killmonger, challenged T’Challa to become King of Wakanda, successful defeating him to take on the role as Black Panther. He would eventually lose in a rematch and against T'Challa, but not before planting the idea that Wakanda should no longer hide from the world.
Mantis becomes a recruited member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but originally she helped put Celestial Ego to sleep using her powers. She has the ability to sense other people’s feelings. She tried to use her powers to slow down Thanos during a battle on Titan.
Valkyrie is an Asgardian Valkyrie who are elite warriors. She is first a bounty hunter when she meets Thor and joins him to help defeat his sister Hela. When Thanos attacked the ship leaving Asgard, she was one of the few survivors who helped lead the survivors to safety.
Obadiah Stane took over Stark Industries when Tony Stark was captured. When Tony returns, he doesn’t want to give up the weapons the company makes and plans to take out Tony using his own Iron suit, turning him into Iron Monger. He is defeated when an overloaded arch reactor gives out.
Hela is the sister of Thor and daughter of Odin who is a Goddess and former noble of Asgard. She was imprisoned for millennia by Odin but released after his he left Loki and Thor. She is stronger than both Thor and Loki, who had to use Surtur who finally caused Ragnarok, causing Asgard to flee in the process.
Yondu was the adopted father of Peter Quill and the leader of a group of Ravagers who stole the Orb for himself. Yondu would turn on his own people and help Quill, sacrificing himself to save Quill by giving him his own spacesuit.
Ultron was originally a peacekeeping program designed by Tony Stark, but he saw humans as the problem and wanted to wipe out life on Earth. He was created using the mind stone which gave him strong powers and had the ability to host himself in many different forms.
The Collector, also known as Taneleer Tivan, is obsessed with collecting things and has the largest collection of nterstellar fauna, relics and species in the galaxy, operating from the Knowhere port installation. He was given the Aether, which was the Reality Stone.