The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a large franchise. Not only does the universe span across 20 movies and abundant forms of other media, it also houses a number of characters that are difficult to keep track of in the grand scheme of things. For example, the 40 or so main characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are the people that you really remember, the rest are just ancillary supporting characters that are not always important to the story of the series. So it is not unusual for a franchise as big as the MCU to forget some of these characters from time to time. Here are 20 characters that the MCU totally forgot about and 1 that we are glad is gone.
1. Agent Peggy Carter
Despite of being Steve Rogers’ love interest in the first Captain America movie and being the only powerful female presence in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Peggy Carter was largely sidelined by the higher ups at Marvel studios after the events of the first Avengers movies. The character did receive a standalone series during the infancy of the MCU but her story was wrapped up in Civil War when her death became the trigger for Steve Rogers’ to rebel against the Sokovia accords.
2. Erik Selvig
Dcotor Erik Selvig has had somewhat of a very bumpy ride throughout the entreaty of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character was introduced to us during the first Thor movie and had a very solid character arc up until Marvel’s Avengers. But as the MCU moved past phase one, the character of Erik Selvig was slowly pushed to the background. This was up until Thor: The Dark World where a major rescinding was attempted. Fans had such a bad reaction to a crazy Erik that the MCU decided to brush their hands off of the character.
One of the rare characters on our list to still exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there is a reason that he is on here. First of all, the character of Deathlok started appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it was expected that the character would become a staple for the show. But the writers had other ideas. Maybe the lowering importance of the character comes from the bad fan reactions. We don’t know. We can’t know. All that we can know for sure is that Deathlok is out of the MCU or at least on his way out.
4. Howard the Duck
More of an Easter egg than anything else. Howard the Duck is a fan favourite that has appeared in a lot of space themed MCU movies. The main objective of including the character is for the directors and the CGI artists to give fans something to gawk at during the already story-packed Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The Duck was first seen in the vault of the Collector in Knowhere and then he was later spotted in a bar in later MCU movies. But ever since the bar scene the Duck is nowhere to be found. Let’s hope he was not written off by the writers like so many else.
Another character introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Donnie Gill (Blizzard) was a student at S.H.I.E.L.D. academy of science and technology who was brainwashed by HYDRA when the incursion happened. Blizzard was shot down by Skye in season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that was the last anyone ever saw of Blizzard in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We hope that he is alive and comes back to the MCU with all of his ice powers.
6. Damage Control
Another exception to our list. This item on the list is about a whole show rather than a character. In 2015, we heard rumours about a show that was to air on ABC. The show was based in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was to be based around a team of experts under the S.H.I.E.L.D. Banner dubbed as Damage Control. The job of this team was simple, to take care of all the loose ends after a massive battle such as the one fought in New York. The team was specifically name dropped in agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and also had a major role during the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming but sadly there is no series on the horizon. Even the talks for the series have died down in recent times.
7. Betty Ross
The Incredible Hulk is technically considered a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. And so both Betty Ross and General Ross and even Abomination are all part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But where exactly is Betty Ross. There has been no mention of the character ever since the standalone Hulk movie. Did Bruce Banner not want to meet the woman he loved when he returned to America. Did Betty not see the Hulk battling in New York on the news. It is very sly of the MCU to sweep such characters under the rug and then introduce a romance subplot between Black Widow and the Hulk.
Any comic fan worth his salt would know this character from the pages of the Marvel comic verse. The character made her debut in the season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it was expected that she would take centre stage come her standalone series Marvel’s Most Wanted. The show would focus on Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird and her estranged ex-husband Lance Hunter. But the series was never picked up by ABC and the character of Bobbi Morse was forgotten by the writers at the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
9. Lance Hunter
Another victim of the ABC panel. Lance hunter is the estranged ex-husband to Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird. The character was also introduced during the tenure of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but was put in the meat grinder as soon as ABC decided not to pick up Marvel’s Most Wanted. It’s a pity since we would’ve enjoyed seeing the characters of Mockingbird and Lance Hunter interact a little more on camera. It seems like there is more to this frenimies dynamic between the couple.
The Hulk has been considered as a force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The beast is capable of incredible feats and his power levels are off the charts. The only villains who have been able to challenge the Hulk in pure brute force have been Abomination and Thanos. While the mad titan was powered by the infinity stone of power Abomination on the other hand injected himself with a distorted version of Banner’s super soldier serum that turned him into the Hulk. This distorted version of the serum gave its host Hulk-like abilities but also manifested the evil in one’s heart and hence the villain was dubbed Abomination. Little did we know that the villain would be one of many to be forgotten by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
11. Agent Blake
Unlike other big franchises where suits are just randomly called Agents, the Marvel Cinematic Universe likes to add names to the Agents and maybe the writes think gives the sentries substantial back stories. We don’t know. All that we know is that we are yet to see Agent Felix Blake return to the MCU. The Agent debuted during the season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he was also featured in item 47, a one shot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about the item 47.
Another one of the items found in the Collector’s vault. Cosmo is one of the dogs NASA sent into space when they were initially testing the affects of space travel and so on. The character was spotted by fans in Guardians of the Galaxy and during the post credits of Thor: The Dark World. The idea was to put in Easter egg for the viewers who waited up until the end of the credits. Needless to say that just like Howard the Duck, Cosmo was never seen again by the audience after the explosion in the Collector’s vault during Guardians of the Galaxy.
13. The Mandarin/ Trevor Slattery
The start of the Iron Man movies was from the point of view of an industry leader. A corporate mogul who manufactured weapons and then sold it to the highest bidder. The interesting about this movie was that Iron Man or rather Tony Stark was kidnapped by one of the factions of the ten rings. You see the ten rings is a terrorist organisation from Marvel comics and they are led by the Mandarin, a magician of sorts. The only problem, with the MCU’s Mandarin was that Ben Kingsley was playing an actor who was pretending to be the Mandarin rather than the actual wizard himself. This was something that the fans disliked, and the backlash from the fandom was reason enough for Marvel studios to dump this character. Although a one shot by the name of ‘Long live the king’ did confirm that the real Mandarin is operating somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
14. Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.)
Advanced Idea Mechanics has been a company that has largely been associated with HYDRA in the Marvel comics. The company did show up during the events of Iron Man 3 with Aldrich Killian as its leader. But the organisation died alongside Killian himself at the end of Iron Man 3. Well, in the comics the company is a lot more fleshed out and it seems that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will greatly benefit from a massive organisation with unlimited resources working in the dark and creating obstacles for the ‘heroes’ of the MCU.
15. Darcy Lewis
One of the characters from the Thor franchise. Kat Dennings played the foul mouthed wild child intern of Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She was the helper of Jane and a friend to Thor. But she mysteriously disappeared after the events of Thor: The Dark World. Just when she had got herself a love interest. It’s almost as if the writers did not want her around anymore. Or maybe she no longer fit in the Thor universe/story that Taika Watiti was trying to create for Thor: Ragnarok.
16. Justin Hammer
Another one of those tired old Marvel Cinematic Universe villains that did not last for more than one movie. Justin Hammer had it even worse than those. Justin Hammer was just a secondary antagonist in Iron Man 2. The character’s role was to simply provide the primary antagonist enough resources to take down Tony Stark. That was his role. That was his entire purpose and he failed at even that. Hammer industries was just a low tier competitor of Stark industries and they got bought out after the Iron Man 2 fiasco. Just as well, because Justin Hammer was never heard from again in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
17. Jane Foster
One may argue that Jane Foster is a very important character in the Thor story in the Marvel multiverse. But that someone will be on the losing side of the debate because he’ll be competing against Taika Waititi and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After developing the romance angle with this character during the first two movies, the third Thor movie decided to completely forget about Jane Foster and instead focus on Thor’s dynamic with the Hulk and a new character known as the Valkyrie.
18. Lady Sif
The Thor verse strikes again. Sif is a legendary warrior from Asgard. She arrived on the scene when Thor was banished to earth and was left without his powers. She was also the wife that Odin intended for Thor. Thor chose Jane over the affections of Sif, but it did not matter because after a short stint in The Dark World and later Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sif was completely written out of the story by the writers of Thor 3 and Infinity War.
19. Warriors Three
I promise this is the last Thor reference, considering we’re at the end of the list. The Warriors Three were the people and the group of friends that Thor and Loki grew up with. They are extremely skilled combatants and each of them has a very specific combat style and demeanour. The Warriors Three come directly from the Norse mythos and the Marvel comics. They are extremely proficient in close quarter combat and any style of battle. They were also the victims of the re-skinning of the Thor franchise come Taika Waititi and Ragnarok.
Marvel’s Inhumans was marketed as a Game of Thrones style adventure built inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was supposed to be the mature and gory part of the otherwise childproof Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the final product was less Game of Thrones and more Downtown Abbey. The show had no lasting stakes and the plot fell apart as fast as you said Inhumans. It was an all round failure and one of the rare flops in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.