When you think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, popular heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther probably spring to mind first. Or you might even think about the notable villains like Loki and Killmonger.
But the MCU is also rich with memorable supporting characters that have made their mark on their respective movies. Standouts like the rock-man Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok” or Black Panther’s technologically savvy sister Shuri stole the show in great movies.
With Nick Fury getting the supporting treatment in “Captain Marvel,” Business Insider has gathered 23 of the most memorable (some more than others) supporting heroes and “sidekicks” in the MCU and ranked them worst to best.
Love interests like Natalie Portman’s character in “Thor” and Rachel McAdams in “Doctor Strange” were left off the list because the MCU unfortunately casts talented actresses in wasted, underwritten roles. There are, though, a couple exceptions, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts in the “Iron Man” movies and Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia in “Black Panther,” who have memorable roles that stand apart from the main character.
Below are 23 notable supporting heroes and sidekicks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked:
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23. Erik Selvig (“Thor” and “The Avengers”)
Played by Stellan Skarsgård
The astrophysicist Selvig was first introduced in 2011 in “Thor” and reprised his role in “The Avengers,” and then the sequels to both of those movies. You probably wouldn’t realize that he’s shown up that much in the MCU, even though he’s been a big help to Thor and the Avengers, because he’s kind of forgettable. And he spends much of “The Avengers” brainwashed.
22. Sharon Carter (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Civil War”)
Played by Emily VanCamp
Sharon, the great-niece of Peggy Carter, gets in on the action in “The Winter Soldier” as an undercover operative, but in “Civil War,” her character is downsized to a very weird love interest for Captain America (weird, because Cap was in love with Peggy back in the 1940s).
21. Harley (“Iron Man 3”)
Played by Ty Simpkins
Harley is a very, very supporting character who shows up in “Iron Man 3” and helps Tony Stark after his armor shuts down and leaves him stranded. The movie is so divisive, though, that perhaps the one thing most people can agree on is that this kid is the best part of the movie.
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