10 scene-stealing supporting characters from the MCU stage four

While the feeling of finality in phase three Avengers: Endgame and fears of “superhero fatigue” cast doubt on the series’ lifespan after Infinity Saga, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has revealed that Kevin Feige has just begun. The record-breaking box office success of Spider-Man: No Way Home – probably an even more ambitious franchise crossover than Playoffs itself – proves that Marvel Studios is still more than capable of creating huge, game-changing blockbusters.

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MCU’s movies and streaming series have introduced such exciting heroes as Simu Lius Shang-Chi and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop in the Avenger fold. But these top stars have often been backed by stage-stealing supporters.

10 Baron Zemo

Daniel Bruhl as Baron Helmut Zemo in Falcon and the Winter Soldier

IN Captain America: Civil War, Baron Zemo was the brains that tore the Avengers apart. He made one of MCU’s most fascinating villains because he was not an almighty alien invader; he was just an ordinary guy using his cunning to destroy the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after one of their big fights claimed his family’s life.

Daniel Brühl repeated the role in MCU’s “buddy cop” series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a third party along with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s quarrels. Sam and Bucky had too much in common to be an effective mismatched couple, but Zemo came along as Leo Getz for the dynamics, eventually bringing some much-needed conflicts to each teasing scene.

9 Ned Leeds

Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon in Spider-Man No Way Home

There are lots of fun performances in Spider-Man: No Way Home, from Jamie Foxx as Electro to Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, but the supporting actor who gets the biggest laughs in the film is Jacob Batalon as Peter’s best friend and “guy in the chair”, Ned Leeds.

Every time Ned is on screen, he gives the stage a pitch-perfect punchline, like “I want my words deleted from the record” or “Cure that ass.” As Tobey Maguire steps through the portal in civilian clothes and the crowd goes wild, Ned gives the long-awaited moment a hysterical anticlimactic edge: “Oh, amazing, it’s just a random guy.”


8 Karun

Overall, Eternal was one of the most polarizing MCU movies. It received some of the franchise’s worst reviews from critics and did not inspire much enthusiasm among fans. But one thing in Eternal who undeniably works really well, Kingos is funny back and forth with his human valet, Karun.

Kumail Nanjiani and Harish Patel share spectacular chemistry as a satirical version of the dynamics of Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth. Kingo is like a vain, self-absorbed version of Batman who actually has superpowers and used them to become a movie star. He forces his “Alfred”, Karun, to film everything he does so he can sell his world-saving hero troops as a reality series.

7 Monica Rambeau

Monica Rambeau from Wandavision in her uniform standing confidently in a field

Monica Rambeau was introduced as a child in Captain Marvel, and looked up to Carol Danvers and her mother Maria in the 1990s, but Teyonah Parris made the role a fan favorite as the adult version of the character in WandaVision.

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In addition to exploring Wanda’s grief, WandaVision served as a superhero origin story for Monica, who draws superpowers from Wanda’s crooked reality under the guise of “Geraldine”. After a tease in WandaVisionIn her finale, Monica is ready for a major role alongside Carol in The Marvels.

6 Trevor Slattery

Shang-Chi Trevor Slattery

Ben Kingsley first played Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3. After the trailers teased him as a faithful adaptation of Tony Stark’s terrorist leader’s arch-enemy from the comics, many fans were disappointed by the twist, revealing that he was a football hooligan actor hired to be the face of De Ten Ringe.

Kingsley’s performance in Iron Man 3 it was a lot of fun, but it got hurt by the twist. The character was redeemed as a funny comic sidekick Shang-Chi. When he is exposed as a court jester by the true mandarin, the humor in Kingsley’s performance can shine without being marred by a disappointing twist revelation.

5 Mobius M. Mobius

Loki episode 1 Mobius

When Marvel announced that Loki was getting its own series, not many fans expected the trickster god’s spin-off to be a hard-boiled sci-fi show about the police officer responsible for “Sacred Timeline”. In the pilot episode, Loki is arrested for his time crimes and paired with Mobius M. Mobius, one of the most resilient TVA agents.

As funny as Tom Hiddleston’s turn, as Loki is, Owen Wilson managed to steal every single scene opposite Hiddleston with his deadpan reactions to Shakespeare’s greatness.

4 Andrew Garfields Peter Parker

After months of leaks and rumors and speculation circulating around the internet, Spider-Man: No Way Home ended up bidding on Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men after all. While Maguire is as big in the film as everyone expected, Garfield has garnered high praise with one of the best performances in No way home.

Since Garfield’s Spidey bow was cut off by corporate mergers and disappointment at the box office, a few scenes in No way home act as a successor to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – especially the powerful moment when he rescues MJ and finally frees himself from guilt over Gwen Stacy’s death.

3 Agatha Harkness

Kathryn Han as Agatha in WandaVision

Agatha Harkness is a completely unique MCU villain. She becomes a traditional villain in the finale and engages the hero in a super powerful standoff in the sky, but in the first few episodes of WandaVision, Agatha rides through various crazy sitcom archetypes.

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Kathryn Hahn has a lot of fun with these sitcom roles before Agatha reveals herself as an ancient witch and the series’ big bad with a catchy theme song. Agatha proved to be so popular that she gets her own spin-off.

2 Katy Chen

Awkwafina as Katy and Simu Liu as Shang Chi

While Simu Liu, Tony Leung, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Yeoh all give amazing performances in Shang-Chi, Awkwafina stole the show as the title hero’s best friend, Katy Chen. It was refreshing for the female lead of a male-directed MCU film to be a platonic friend as opposed to a love interest.

Awkwafina shares tangible chemistry with Liu as lifelong best friends, and her dry line deliveries were perfect for the traditional Marvel role as the wise buddy pointing out the absurd in every situation.

1 Yelena Belova

Hawkeye Yelena Kate Bishop Florence Pugh Hailee Steinfeld Blooper

Although mostly dedicated to giving Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff a bittersweet swan song, Black widow also introduced Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, who is likely to take on Nat’s title in MCU’s Avengers. Throughout phase four, Yelena has stolen all of her scenes in both Black widow and Hawkeye (and she probably will not stop there).

IN Black widow, Yelena is contrasted with her more morally upright sister. IN Hawkeye, she shares a funny back and forth with Hailee Steinfelds Kate Bishop: “Stop making me like you!”

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