Nearly 10 years ago, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was borne out of a standalone movie that only made subtle hints at the greater things to come. That film was, of course, Iron Man, which wowed critics and audiences alike by its ability to take a lesser known Marvel hero played by an actor who was seemingly past his prime and turn out one of the most entertaining popcorn movies in recent memory.
We won’t run through every MCU movie that’s been released since, but suffice it to say that their roster of characters has grown exponentially. And with Avengers: Infinity War quickly approaching its release date, it feels like nearly every major hero from the first three phases will be making an appearance in the film.
For lifelong fans of the Marvel comics, this intertwined universe has been a dream come true, which — only a decade ago — seemed like a nearly impossible feat beyond the pages of the comic books. And for the more casual fans of blockbuster movies, this franchise has given the viewers a chance to be connected with their favorite movie characters more than ever before.
But how many of these MCU characters do you actually known by name? Let's find out!
1He is the Iron Man.
If you don’t know the answer to this question, then you have clearly clicked on the wrong quiz. This character helped launch the MCU with the 2008 movie Iron Man, and he has been a staple of the franchise ever since. He is played by America actor Robert Downey Jr. and has starred in a whopping eight installments to date with plans to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, with the character being a part of the MCU for so long, many suspect that he may meet his demise sooner rather than later.
2This character is better known as the Scarlet Witch.
Easily one of the most powerful of the Avengers, this character first popped up in a credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier before she had a starring role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In the comics, this character is actually a mutant, though her origins had to be changed for the MCU movie as to not overlap with Fox’s X-Men franchise. While her twin brother didn’t end up making it out of Ultron alive, this character may be one of the Avenger’s biggest assets when it comes to defeating Thanos in Infinity War.
3This character wears the Mind Stone in his forehead.
With Thanos collecting the six Infinity Stones to add to his gauntlet, this character’s well being is in grave danger due to the fact that the Mind Stone is embedded in his forehead — and is very likely the source that gives him his life. The character first popped up in Avengers: Age of Ultron as a hybrid creation of both Ultron and Tony Stark. He is played by British actor Paul Bettany, who previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man trilogy and the first Avengers film until his character was unexpectedly brought to life.
4A secret agent in the Strategic Science Reserve.
This character has appeared in a number of MCU movies — most notably in Captain America: The First Avenger, where she played Steve Roger’s love interest. But this secret agent was also given her own TV series, which ran for two seasons between 2015 and 2016. The character was one of the most important agents working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and she aided Steve Rogers in becoming Captain America and she also continued to take on HYDRA after his disappearance.