Over the course of many years, dozens of movies, and a number of TV shows, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced global audiences to countless unforgettable characters. Many have entire trilogies dedicated to them, outside the epic team-up movies that anchor the franchise. Others have TV shows of their own, which explore their stories in fascinating new ways.
Sadly, though, not every MCU character ends up slapped on lunchboxes across the world. Forget a production of their own — these overlooked heroes and villains are lucky to get a single shout-out. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve our attention. Everyone loves to talk about Iron Man and Captain America, and for good reason. But what about the characters who flesh out their stories? These figures make us laugh and cry, and often enough, they’re the ones who make it possible for the big, headlining heroes to win in the end. We’ve taken the liberty of assembling a (definitely not exhaustive) list of the most underrated characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!