The Marvel Cinematic Universe is filled with heroic characters who live in the hearts of their fans. These heroes bask in the well-deserved limelight, but they also leave their fellow supporting characters to be underappreciated. The mighty Avengers, and others with superhuman abilities, wouldn’t get far if it wasn’t for the other people in their lives who are willing to help them.
These underrated characters come in all forms, from family members to best friends. They’re the people who lift the heroes up when they appear to have nothing left to give, and they’re often the driving force that motivates the MCU’s heroes to continue saving the world.
10/10 Darcy Lewis Helps Prevent Catastrophe
Introduced as the assistant to Jane Foster in the 2011 film Thor, Darcy Lewis has since become a reoccurring character in the MCU. Her relationship with Jane put her in the path of Thor during his time on Earth, where she helped save the world from Malekith and the Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World. While she is prominent in the Thor films, she became irrelevant throughout the rest of the MCU, and her character may easily be forgotten.
Darcy is given her chance to shine in WandaVision, however, as her knowledge of astrophysics causes her to be recruited by S.W.O.R.D. Her involvement with Wanda’s hex allows Vision to learn the truth about Westview, and is instrumental in the town’s citizens being freed from Wanda’s control.
9/10 Kraglin Is A Subtle Support For The Guardians of the Galaxy
Once the right hand to Yondu, Kraglin has since left the Ravager’s life behind to help protect the rest of the galaxy. In Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, he betrays Taserface to free Yondu and Rocket from their cell. In doing so, he turns his back on his Ravager clan and doesn’t hesitate to later help the guardians escape from Ego.
Kraglin has also had brief appearances in Thor: Love and Thunder, and the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. In these subtle scenes, he is seen helping the Guardians to protect innocent lives and to reestablish Knowhere as their new home, proving that there is more to his character than meets the eye.
8/10 The Grandmaster Made An Interesting Villain
The Grandmaster is the eccentric dictator of Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok. After becoming stranded on the planet himself, he takes control of Sakaar’s citizens and runs a series of battles called the Contest of Champions. He didn’t allow contests to volunteer, however, and used heavy-hitting people such as Thor and the Hulk as contestants.
The Grandmaster is a chaotic and unpredictable force, and his interactions with Loki and the other characters are always interesting. His flamboyant costume and loud personality are a great contrast to the main antagonist, Hela, and he allows fans of the film a moment of comedic respite.
7/10 Aunt May Raises The Perfect Spider-Man
Fans of Marvel Comics were introduced to a new version of aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. While initially unaware of Peter’s exploits as Spider-Man, she chooses to support his heroics when she does find out. This results in her becoming one of his largest supporters during the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home when their lives begin to spin out of control.
Aunt May raised Peter alone and always makes sure he maintains good morals as a hero. In the MCU, she’s who delivers the iconic Spider-Man line, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Despite her subsequent death, her influence over Peter’s life will likely continue to impact him in future films.
6/10 Laura Barton Understands What It Takes To Be A Hero
Laura Barton is a former agent for S.H.I.E.L.D., and her experience allows her to understand the hardships of being a hero. She maintains a small presence in the MCU, yet she is a large part of Clint Barton’s life. She’s introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and she appears to hold a lot of pride for her husband’s heroics. Despite that, he still chooses to retire as Hawkeye to be with Laura and their family.
Laura continues to exhibit her pride and understanding in Hawkeye, as she watches over their children while Clint attempts to help Kate Bishop. In their time apart, Laura keeps in constant contact with Clint and offers him information that will help him defeat his enemies.
5/10 Nikki Ramos Is A Fantastic Best Friend
Nikki Ramos is a paralegal introduced in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. She’s the best friend of Jennifer Walters and doesn’t hesitate to help her navigate her new life as a public figure. The She-Hulk series contains a lot of cameos, many of which thrilled fans, so it is easy for the series’ original characters to become an afterthought.
The same shouldn’t be said for Nikki, as she is constantly at Jen’s side to help the newfound superhero through difficult situations. Her quick-thinking and supportive nature make her the perfect confidant for someone with powers, and she is sure to continue helping Jen in the future.
4/10 Talos Is Influencing Other Characters
While Talos was formally introduced to the MCU in Captain Marvel, he’s had subtle influence and power in later installments of the MCU. He and his fellow Skrull Soren are tasked with impersonating Nick Fury and Maria Hill respectively during the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home. As a result, Talos takes over as temporary Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
During his time as Fury, he not only introduced Peter Parker to Quentin Beck, but he also came into contact with the threatening Elementals. While most characters are unaware of Talos’ influence, fans shouldn’t forget about his relationship with Fury and how it could impact the MCU.
3/10 Pietro Maximoff Deserves More Time to Be A Hero
The MCU’s Version of Quicksilver wa only given a brief role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The twin brother of Wanda and a former volunteer for Hydra, Pietro spends the beginning of the film as an antagonist. His desire to gain revenge on Tony Stark is brought to an end when he learns Ultron’s true intentions and he decides to change sides to aid the Avengers.
Pietro ends up sacrificing his own life to protect Hawkeye and a young boy named Costel. His death brings an abrupt end to his MCU career, and his character is often overshadowed by Wanda, who has a larger role in the franchise. With only one film to his name, it can be difficult for fans to remember the hero that Quicksilver never got to be.
2/10 Morgan Stark Is Tony’s Dream Come True
Fans are given a glimpse of Tony Stark’s retirement in Avengers: Endgame and this includes his relationship with his daughter Morgan. The pair of them have a close relationship, and Morgan is seemingly a dream come true for Tony. He revealed in Avengers: Infinity War that he dreamed about having a child with the same name.
Morgan’s character had a small role to play in the film, but her brief appearance was enough to melt the hearts of the audience. She and Pepper gave Tony a home away from the Avengers and allowed him a peaceful five years before he sacrificed his life for the universe.
1/10 Billy And Tommy Maximoff Are The Heart Of WandaVision
WandaVision follows Wanda through her grief after losing Vision and her ascent to being the Scarlet Witch. Wanda, Agatha Harkness, and Vision are all prominent main characters, but the heart of the story comes from the twins, Billy and Tommy. The two children are born in the Hex, making them a figment of Wanda’s magic, but they’re nonetheless influential in her life.
The twins add a lighthearted element to WandaVision, allowing many sweet and down-to-earth moments to happen between the main characters. While fans may believe they’re only there as a plot device, they also serve as a reminder of Wanda’s humanity as their story continues in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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