The 20 Best Marvel Characters of All Time: Ranked (2023) (2023)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a rich and colorful world with many interesting characters that people love... or hate.

Here we list the best characters in the Marvel Universe, judging them on their development and personality.

The 20 Best Marvel Characters of All Time

1. Ironman

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Tony Stark has flaws that make him likeable. He begins as an arrogant engineer kidnapped by a syndicate who wanted him to create a deadly weapon.

Instead of giving the Syndicate what it wanted, Tony Stark created a suit to help him escape. With the help of Nick Fury, he became Iron Man and a founding member of the Avengers.

In Endgame, his character's arc closes when he makes the ultimate sacrifice that would become armor for the world.

2. Spider-Man

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Peter Parker was only in high school when he was bitten by a radioactive spider, making him one of the youngest Marvel heroes in the Marvel Universe.

Spider-Man can sling webs and climb walls vertically.

The young hero is optimistic, but rather reckless. He fights bad guys with a laugh...but still can't muster up the courage to ask his crush MJ out.

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3. Professor X

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Professor X was born a telepath who can control and influence other people's minds.

He founded a school for gifted youngsters aptly named the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters in the Marvel Universe, teaching confused and frightened mutants how to best use their powers.

Notable alumni include Marvel characters such as Jean Gray and Cyclops.

4. Thor

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Thor wields the powerful Mjolnir, making him one of Marvel's strongest characters.

He is the son of Odin and the earth goddess Gaea, making him a powerful and arrogant hybrid god of Asgard.

Odin makes him learn the value of humility. He banishes him to Earth, where he begins life as a doctor named Donald Blake alongside nurse Jane Foster.

When his father discovers his profound changes, he asks him to come home, but Thor refuses.

He loses his gun and arm while battling villains in both realms, but he doesn't lose his desire to become one of the most powerful characters.

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5. Captain America

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When Steve Rogers first volunteered to defend America in World War II, he was turned down because of his skinny physique.

However, he was chosen to take part in an experiment called "Project: Rebirth".

Little did he know that this was a test to create super soldiers using a serum to give them immensely powerful superhuman strength.

He becomes a secret soldier of the country and dons a red, white and blue costume and becomes the hero Captain America.

He is best friends with Bucky Barnes who becomes the Winter Soldier.

He's a strong advocate of always wanting to do the right thing...even if it means fighting your teammates in Avengers: Civil War.

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6. Black Widow

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Natasha Romanoff was trained as an agent for the Black Widow program. A longtime opponent of the Avengers, Hawkeye was sent to get rid of them...but he saved them.

Turning your back on your past lifeBlack widowbecomes a member of the Avengers and SHIELD. However, she has not lost her devious ways, preferring to use brutality against villains.

In Endgame, the heroine seeks redemption for her past mistakes and sacrifices herself to bring back what was lost.

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7. Phoenix

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For as long as she could remember, Jean Grey, aka Phoenix, had always had telekinetic abilities.

She is one of the founding members of the X-Men and an instructor at Professor X's school.

She is very compassionate and always puts other people first. She believes in peace and hopes that one day humans and mutants can live together without prejudice.

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8. Black Panther

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What happened to Chadwick Boseman was unfortunate, but his performance as T'Challa in the Black Panther film paved the way for African American heroes and cultures.

Black Panther is a title passed to the King of Wakanda. The black and silver suit is made of vibranium, one of the most powerful elements in the Marvel Universe.

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He is one of the greatest heroes, always ready to defend Wakanda against anyone who threatens to disturb its peace.

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9. Scarlet Witch

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Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch, was originally a super villain for Team Magneto. She possesses incredible power and may even be the strongest in the entire Marvel Universe.

She realizes she is fighting for the wrong team and joins our heroes. She cares incredibly for those she cares about and is dedicated to protecting the innocent.

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10. Ant Man

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Ant-Man starts out as an anti-hero... after all, Scott Lang spent time in prison before becoming a bite-sized hero.

He was personally recommended by Falcon to become an official member of the Avengers and helped obtain the Infinity Gems from the microuniverse.

He's a great guy and is always pushing himself to try new things.

11. Falcon

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Falcon is fiercely loyal to Captain America. In fact, he was personally chosen by Captain himself to carry his shield when making the decision to retire to a past timeline.

NOMarvel-Comics, he becomes Captain America himself.

Sam Wilson worked in the United States Air Force before joining the Avengers. He is a powerful winged war machine whose reliability makes him one of Marvel's finest heroes.

12. Gamora

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For some reason, Thanos spared Gamora when he wiped out her entire species. He raised her as a daughter and trained her to be a deadly assassin.

Because of this, Gamora knew Thanos better than anyone, and she showed courage and a willingness to do anything to bring him down, even if it meant sacrificing her own life.


13. Doctor Strange

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Stephen Strange begins as a mean surgeon who comes to his senses after a car accident renders him useless.

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Desperate for a solution, he tried voodoo and visited the elder in the east.

In addition to restoring his abilities, the Ancient also taught the character mysticism and magic (and a little humility).

He eventually becomes a member of the Avengers and in his battles against villains.

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14. Star Lord

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Earth-born but space-raised demi-human Peter Quill, also known as the Star-Lord, led the Guardians of the Galaxy.

This treasure hunter is sneaky and cheeky, but deep down he's extremely sentimental about the things that are important to him.

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15. Falcon eye

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While Hawkeye is deadly when armed with a bow and arrow, he is obviously the weakest of Marvel's superheroes.

Clint Barton is a family man who puts his wife and kids first. He understands the world needs him...but his family needs him more.

16. Quiver

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Wolverine is an integral part of the X-Men. He was born in the 1880s as a sickly child until his powers manifested and bone claws sprouted from his fingers. He was eventually recruited by Professor X.

While Wolverine chooses action over reason, his heart stays in the right place. It wouldn't hurt him to tone down the violence from time to time, either.

17. Hulk

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The green-skinned Hulk is a mighty hero who can crush anything he can get his hands on. Bruce Banner wasn't always like this, however.

After the accidental detonation of a gamma-ray bomb, the physicist exposes himself to radiation and discovers that he can turn green and strong when enraged.

Bruce hates himself for not being able to control the monster inside him and hopes to find a way to steer his alter ego in the right direction.

18. Silver Surfer

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When Galactus came to their planet to devour it, Norrin Rodd volunteered to be herald.

Galactus accepted his offer, granting him powers that made him silver and indestructible and a surfboard so he could scour the universe at the speed of light.

In the process, he lost his memory.

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He met the heroes of the Fantastic Four who helped him rediscover his old self when he landed on Earth. With the help of the Fantastic Four, he managed to defeat Galactus.

19. Daredevil

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Matt Murdock was bullied because his father wanted him to stay home and study instead of fighting on the streets.

His good heart led him to rescue a blind man who was crossing the street to an oncoming truck.

The truck crashed and its contents - which turned out to be radioactive isotope - were scattered, blinding Matt but giving him superhuman senses.

Lawyer by day and crimefighter by night, Daredevil sees helping the innocent as his personal duty.

20. Captain Marvel

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After being exposed to the Tesseract, US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers gained cosmic powers, making her one of the most powerful heroes in the entire Marvel Universe.

However, she lost all memories of being Carol Danvers after the Kree kidnapped her.

During an accidental landing on Earth, she had glimpses of her past life and discovered that the Kree had been using her all along.

Captain Marvel is one of Marvel's strongest heroes, although she doesn't like to answer anyone.

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frequently asked questions

Who is Marvel's Most Hated Superhero?

We're not sure why people hate Captain Marvel. Maybe it's the way the character is portrayed as being quite arrogant?

Or maybe they just don't like the way Brie Larson plays them? Either way, people think she took up too much screen time for someone relatively new to the franchise.

Who is everyone's favorite Avenger in the MCU?

In an online poll [1], heroesIron Man und Captain AmericaTie for the most popular Avenger spot.

No wonder these two are at the top as they are extremely charismatic characters portrayed by effective actors.

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