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Characters: Marvel Cinematic Universe
aka: MCU Heroes

This page lists characters that appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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Universal Enemies

     The Chitauri 

The Chitauri

Appearances: The Avengers

A mysterious race of cyborg aliens in the employment of Loki and the Other. They invade Earth in The Avengers.
  • Alien Blood: It's purple.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: As Thor notes, they exist solely to wage war and chaos.
  • Another Dimension: Or at least a "new universe", if Erik Selvig's comment in The Avengers is anything to go by.
  • Arm Cannon: The cannons that some of the Chitauri have (including the eponymous Item 47) seem to be fit around their arms to fire one-handed. They, however, do not seem to actually be the arm, since an arm falls out when Captain America chops it off of one of them.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: Their main transport is the Leviathan, a gigantic flying serpent-like creature that carries hundreds of soldiers and can fly through skyscrapers. It takes huge amounts of explosive or electrical damage to put one down. Or one Hulk punch and a several Stark missiles.
    • Or blow one up from inside.
  • Bayonet Ya: Their infantry sport them on their rifles.
  • Blood Knight: They grow restless when denied war. The tactical problems with this are summed up in a deleted scene:
    Loki: Your force lacks... finesse.
    Other: Our warriors are fearless! They welcome a glorious death.
  • Boom Stick: Their standard infantry blast lances seem to be staves with the ability to fire out blue blasts of energy.
  • Canon Immigrant: While the Chitauri are (loosely) based on an alien race in the Ultimate Marvel universe, it's this version of them that's making the leap into the classic Marvel Universe.
    • Ret Canon: In Hunger, the Ultimate Universe's Chitauri's true forms are revealed to look more like the versions from the movie.
  • Cyborg: They clearly have both mechanical and organic parts, and shut down when their command ship is destroyed.
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: A single nuclear warhead to their mothership halts the entire invasion.
  • Expy: Of Darkseid's Parademons. Which is fitting, since their leader, Thanos, was originally designed as a Darkseid expy.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Two varieties. One is fired from a thin spear/rifle used by Chitauri foot soldiers. The other is a powerful Arm Cannon that's mounted on Chitauri commanders and units riding in hovercraft. Both fire blue colored beams.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Barring the freaky double-thumbs and evil-looking skull-faces.
  • Keystone Army: Taking out their command ship shuts them down.
  • Martyrdom Culture: As pointed out by Loki, that's not exactly helpful for an army.
  • Mooks: Not the worst ever, not the best ever. But certainly numerous.
  • Nightmare Face: Vaguely birdlike under metal masks.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Everyone is fair game in their rampage across Manhattan.
  • Unusual User Interface: Their flying craft are piloted by a soldier connected to some kind of metal harness.

     The Other 

The Other

"We look beyond the Earth to greater worlds the Tesseract will unveil."

Portrayed By: Alexis Denisof

A leader of the Chitauri. He acts as the liaison between his master and Loki.
  • Smug Snake: He's certain that Earth will surrender the instant his Chitauri launch their assault (see his quote). He wisely becomes more cautious of the humans after the Avengers repel the invasion. This might qualify him as a subversion, as a key characteristic of a Smug Snake is an inability to learn from their mistakes, a weakness he clearly does not share.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: From the start, he shows annoyance over working with Loki. Though, it was ultimately up to Thanos to make that decision, and gave him both his army as well as the scepter.
  • Undying Loyalty: To his master.

    Thanos 

Thanos

Portrayed By: Damion Poitier, Josh Brolin
Appearances: The Avengers (Portrayed by Damion Poitier) | Guardians of the Galaxy | The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Leader of the Chitauri, who lent Loki his forces in exchange for Loki promising him the Tesseract.

Others

     Stan Lee 

Stan Lee

Portrayed by: Stan Lee

A pioneer of the comic industry, Stan the Man is the creator of many of Marvel's most famous heroes and makes a cameo appearance in most of Marvel's movies.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Appears with them in Iron Man 1 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • As Himself: Except perhaps in Iron Man 1 and 2, where he may or may not have been Hugh Hefner and Larry King. Definitely not himself in Captain America, since he would been about 60 years younger at that point in time.

     Benjamin "Benny" Pollack 

Benjamin "Benny" Pollack

"I hope you are right..."

Portrayed By: Jesse Bradford
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

One half of the Outlaw Couple that formed following the Battle of New York. After getting pitched the crazy idea to rob banks with his girlfriend, he went along with it reluctantly, but deep down is grateful for the chance to finally live out their dreams.

     Claire Wise 

Claire Wise

"I'm always right. And I'm always right about you."

Portrayed By: Lizzy Caplan
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots

Claire's had a hard life of bills, rejected dreams, and alien invasions. But when a Chitauri gun literally falls out of the sky as if as a present, she sees the chance to finally take matters into their own hands and gain the means to live like they want to.

    Spoiler Character 

The Mandarin

Portrayed By: N/A
Appearances: Marvel One-Shots (mentioned)

The Mandarin is the mysterious leader of the Ten Rings terrorist organization that menaced Tony in the first Iron Man film. Though Aldrich Killian's scheme to use the Mandarin's image made it seem that he was a mere fabrication, the Marvel short All Hail the King reveals that he is indeed real. Jackson Norris claims he was ordered by the Mandarin to break Trevor Slattery, the fake Mandarin, out of prison, evidently so the Diabolical Mastermind can punish his impostor personally.
  • Bigger Bad: He's behind the Ten Rings, but hasn't yet stepped into the spotlight with any evil plans.
  • The Ghost: So far, he's only been referenced by name in Iron Man 3 and All Hail the King, without appearing personally.
  • Meaningful Name: The word "Mandarin" comes from an ancient Chinese name for an "advisor to the King". Indeed, he's said to have advised powerful figures throughout human history.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Apparently, he's been around since before the Middle Ages.
  • Walking Spoiler: Revealing his existence gives away The Reveal from Iron Man 3 that the Mandarin appearing in that film is nothing but a Red Herring for Aldrich Killian.
  • Warrior Prince: He's described as a warrior king who's "inspired generations of men".
  • We Wait: Jackson Norris notes that his organization has been dormant for some time.


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alternative title(s): MCU Heroes; Marvel One Shots
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