Supporting Characters in MCU:
As much as we enjoy watching our heroes slaying the villains, their adventures wouldn’t be the same without their sidekicks in it. No matter how powerful the superheroes are, they can’t win the battle without their team and partners. However, these sidekicks do not get the appreciation and recognition for the hard work and bravery they have put in. While the leading heroes sweep away the spotlight, the side heroes are always left under their shadows. They are the backbone of the Marvel heroes without whom they can’t carry the burden on their shoulders. In fact, some of them even add much-needed humor and entertainment in moments of stress. Let us honor this list to the 10 supporting characters in the MCU movies that deserve more credit.
1. Happy Hogan
Happy is the ultimate friend that a superhero could think of. He is funny, supportive, intelligent, and really smart to deal with Avenger level projects. He has been in the MCU since its inception as Tony Stark’s best friend and instantly became a fan-favorite character. After Iron Man’s death, Happy took the responsibility to guide and look after Spider-Man on the battleground. He saw right through Peter Parker and supported him like he used to support Stark.
2. Hank Pym
Hank isn’t given enough credit as he deserves in the universe, for it was his invention of the Pym Particles that saved everyone in the Avengers: Endgame. He is the father of the Ant-Man and the Wasp suit and was a superhero himself during his time. Technically, he is the leader of the Ant-Man team who creates the tech and runs the operations. He may not be on the battlefield, but he is an integral part of Ant-Man.
3. Maria Hill
It is high time that MCU threw more spotlight on Maria Hill. She has been the muscle and brain of the Avengers team since they were formed and saved their butts in pretty dangerous situations. She is mostly working in the background while Nick Fury and the superheroes take all the credit. She is an asset to the team with her combat skills and strategic mind.
Okoye has dedicated her life to protecting the King of Wakanda. She will not think before breaking your neck if you even think of threatening the king. She has exceptional loyalty and sincerity to the Wakanda and didn’t hesitate to go behind Killmongers back when he was the king after learning that T’Challa was alive.
Most of the people like Nick Fury often forget that Spider-Man is just a teenager. Even though he was fought aliens and Titans outside earth, he is still a student in school who has teen level stress. Ned is the sidekick for Peter, not on the battlefield, but in the school. He is always creating a distraction for Peter to help him escape unnoticed as Spider-Man. Peter would have faced serious issues in school without Ned’s help. He has also displayed excellent computer programming skills by helping Peter dislodge the security feature, Training Wheels Protocol, installed by Tony Stark in Spider-Man suit.
It’s not just us but even the A-list actor Idris Elba was peeved with the MCU for not giving due importance to Heimdall. He was the ultimate protector of Asgard who watched over the Bifrost, i.e., the bridge between Asgard and the Nine Realms. Heimdall was the all-seeing and all-protector who regulated all the movement from and to Asgard. He also stepped up in the absence of Thor to hide the Asgardians during the rise of Hela. He is an unsung hero who died at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War and deserves tribute.
Think of every battle of Doctor Strange, Wong has got in back in most of them. Even though Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme and the Master of Mystic Arts, he needs pro like Wong beside to deal with the kind of powerful cosmic and demonic entities. Wong was a crucial part of the Infinity War and Endgame but Doctor Strange got most of the credit.
Wakanda and Black Panther wouldn’t be what they are had it not been for their tech wizard Shuri. We always thought Tony Stark was the smartest until Shuri entered the picture. Her high intellect and Vibranium have built all the unbeatable high technology of Wakanda and even T’Challas suit. She would be an asset in the Avengers team who can take their abilities to a whole new level with her inventions and discoveries.
Luis might not be a trained professional when it comes to fighting alongside superheroes and chasing dangerous villains, but he is someone Scott can always count on. He is always up for joining the Ant-Man and the Wasp team and put his life at risk. On top of that, he is one of the funniest men in Ant-Man movies which itself is a comedy. It’s a tradition for Luis to drop by every film and recite stories in the funniest way imaginable.
T’Challa may have saved Wakanda from the grips of Killmonger but it wouldn’t have been possible without Nakia. It was her who managed to get the heart-shaped herbs under the villain’s nose and save T’Challa. Nakia has got both the brains and combat skills that Wakanda has needed. She even fought Killmonger by herself for a brief time which was pretty impressive given his enhanced abilities.