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Dr. Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange
Portrayed By: Benedict Cumberbatch
Appearances: Doctor StrangeAn expert surgeon whose career ended abruptly when a car crash destroyed the nerves in his hands. He eventually sought out the Ancient One in search of a cure for his condition, and he became the Sorcerer Supreme once he proved himself worthy. He regained the ability to use his hands once more - and as long as he can use them and speak, he can utilize a slew of magical abilities.
- Alliterative Name: Stephen Strange.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Even after everything that's happened in the MCU so far, Strange still insists there are no such things as spirits. However alien invasions and metahumans, whilst extraordinary world-changing events, are not in the realm of the paranormal and Strange (at that point) still required empirical evidence.
- Badass Bookworm: He's able to know quite a lot about the magical world while still being able to kick enough ass to protect it.
- Beard of Sorrow: After losing control of his hand nerves, he lets his facial hair grow in a disheveled manner. It later becomes a standard Badass Beard once he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
- Career-Ending Injury: Stephen Strange's exemplary career in surgery is ended due to a car accident damaging the nerves in his hands. His search to cure this leads Strange to the Ancient One who leads him down a very different career path.
- Celebrity Paradox:
- In the UK version of The Winter Soldier, Steve Rogers' list has a reminder to watch the BBC series Sherlock, whose star is Benedict Cumberbatch.
- A possible example; in The Avengers, Tony Stark calls Clint Barton "Legolas," implying that The Lord of the Rings exists. If The Hobbit also exists and was filmed, Cumberbatch played Smaug and the Necromancer/Sauron in it.
- Not to mention, Steve's list shows Star Trek, meaning that if "Star Trek Into Darkness" exists, then Doctor Strange is Khan.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Of a sort - Jasper Sitwell mentions him as being one of Project Insight targets in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Fingore: He lost all control of his hand nerves in a car accident.
- Hidden Depths: An Exploited Trope. As mentioned above, HYDRA saw him as capable of becoming a potential threat back when he was only a surgeon, and they would have killed him ahead of time with Project Insight had it not been for Captain America's efforts.
- The Medic: He was a surgeon of great renown and skill.
- Steven Ulysses Perhero: "Doctor Strange" refers to both his profession and his title as Sorcerer Supreme.
Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Portrayed By: ???
Appearances: Captain Marvel | Avengers: Infinity WarA woman that came into contact with the alien species known as the Kree, granting her super-powers. Her powers include extremely improved strength, speed, and durability, along with flight, the ability to anticipate the moves of her opponents, photonic blasts, and energy absorption.
Portrayed by: Stan Lee
Appearances: Iron Man | The Incredible Hulk | Iron Man 2 | Thor | Captain America: The First Avenger | The Avengers | Iron Man 3 | Thor: The Dark World | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode: "T.R.A.C.K.S.") | Guardians of the Galaxy | Agent Carter (Episode: "The Blitzkrieg Button") | Daredevil (Episode: "Daredevil" note ) | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Ant-Man | Jessica Jones note | Captain America: Civil War
"Superheroes? In New York? Give me a break!"A pioneer of the comic industry, and the creator or co-creator of most of the characters so far featured in not only the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also the X-Men, Spider-Man and other non-Disney film and franchises. Much like Alfred Hitchcock, it has become a tradition for Stan Lee to make cameo appearances in most movies or TV series based on Marvel Comics, MCU and otherwise.
- Accidental Misnaming: The Fedex deliveryman who he plays in Captain America: Civil War .
- Armchair Military: He is a high-ranked officer in The First Avenger.
- As Himself: Except perhaps in Iron Man and Iron Man 2, where he may or may not have been Hugh Hefner and Larry King. Definitely not himself in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter, since he would been about 60 years younger at that point in time. Also not himself in Guardians of the Galaxy unless he's mastered interstellar space travel.
- Badass Mustache: Present in every single one of his appearances.
- Butt Monkey: Mistakes a Senator's aide for Captain America, Tony Stark can never get his name right, gets sick from a gamma radiation laced soft drink, has the back of his truck ripped off, and misses all of The Avengers' action in New York. By Thor: The Dark World, he's in an asylum. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, he's a Smithsonian guard who believes that he's going to lose his job after Steve breaks in and takes his WWII uniform to wear in the climax of the film and he gets drunk off of his ass in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In a deleted cut of Guardians of the Galaxy, he somehow ends up becoming one of The Collector's collection.
- Catch Phrase: Stan Lee's real life catchphrase is "Excelsior!" He finally gets to use it in Age of Ultron after he takes a shot of Asgardian alcohol, aged for a thousand years, getting him so drunk he has to be assisted when walking.
- Creator Cameo: With the exception of his appearance in Captain America. He did not create that character but was responsible for bringing him into the Silver Age, as well as creating Cap's now-iconic shield throwing. He also appears in Guardians of the Galaxy despite only having a hand in creating Groot. Even then, Stan's original characterization of Groot was incredibly different from what is seen in the modern comics and the film.
- Commissar Cap: Wears one as a general in Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Cool Old Guy: Some are less cool than others; A Lady on Each Arm at a party? Cool. Drinking soda tainted by Hulk blood and collapsing? Not cool.
- Cool Shades: They add to his Cool Old Guy.
- Dirty Old Man: In Iron Man 3, when he gave a Christmas beauty pageant competitor in a skimpy bikini a perfect ten, is flirting with a much younger woman in Guardians of the Galaxy, with Rocket calling him a "Class-A prevert" and wondering where his wife is, and in Ant-Man agrees with Luis that the woman talking to him looks "stupid fine".
- The Ditz: In his appearances from Thor onward he's not bright. In Captain America: Civil War he even appears only to read a character's name wrong.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: In The Avengers: "Superheroes? In New York?"
- General Failure: In Captain America: The First Avenger: "I thought he'd be taller."
- Human Alien: The Stan Lee lookalike seen in Guardians of the Galaxy is Xandarian.
- Identical Grandson: It's more than likely that Stan Lee who appeared in 1940s is the grandfather of Modern Day Stan Lee.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: From 1940s to post 2000, he's even seen on another planet.
- A Lady on Each Arm: Appears with them in Iron Man and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- New Job as the Plot Demands: There is no way of telling what his actual job is. Himself on Larry King, varied retirees, a general, pageant judge, Smithsonian security guard, an NYPD officer, a bartender, among others.
- The Pornomancer: When he appeared in Iron Man, where he was mistaken for Hugh Hefner.
- Recurring Extra: He's pretty much the Where's Waldo of MCU, having cameo appearances in every film.
- Retired Badass: In his cameo for Avengers: Age of Ultron, he is a World War II veteran.
- Shipper on Deck: In a deleted scene for The Avengers, after hearing Steve Roger's exchange with a waitress he tells him, "Ask for her number, you moron."
- Shoo Out the Clowns: Aside from photographs, he never physically appears in two of Marvel's Darker and Edgier TV shows from Netflix, Daredevil and Jessica Jones, at least in the first two seasons of the former and first season of the latter.
- Weirdness Magnet: If he's around, chances are a superhero isn't far away.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Delivers one to a disguised Agent Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regarding his parenting skills.
Portrayed By: A flamingo
Appearances: Agent CarterA flamingo adopted by Howard Stark in Los Angeles.
Appearances: Ant-ManScott Lang's primary ant companion, a flying carpenter ant.
- Character Death: Cross shoots her out from under Scott as they try to board Cross's helicopter.
- Flight: On account of having wings, this is Antony's primary use for Scott.
- Gender-Blender Name: Ant-thony is female◊. Justified as she was named by Scott, who wouldn't be familiar with sexual dimorphism in ants, and for the sake of the Punny Name.
- Horse of a Different Color: Acts similarly to a horse in being Scott's ride and how Scott feeds her water.
- Ludicrous Gibs: On account of being shot with a handgun, all that is seen of Antony after her death is her fallen wing.
- Mauve Shirt: She's basically like most of the carpenter ants except she has a name and is close to Scott. Still, it didn't guarantee his survival.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Along with the other ants, though her closeness to Scott makes her the main one by default.
- Punny Name: Ant-thony.
- Sidekick: Essentially acts at this to Scott by being his main steed.
- The Speechless: She's an ant.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted Trope. Cross evidently sees the ants of Ant-Man as nothing more than The Swarm, and doesn't even know Antony exists. However, Scott becomes close to Antony, seeing her as his friend, and his string is played pretty heavily when Antony gets shot dead in the final battle, as the camera takes time to linger on her fallen wing.
- You Are Number 6: Hank Pym gives his ants numbers, rather than names, since there's so many of them. This one is number 247, though she's briefly confused with number 248.
Howard the Duck
Portrayed By: Seth Green
Appearances: Guardians of the GalaxyOne of the Collector's prizes: a duck-like alien (or possibly, as in the original continuity, an accidental visitor from Another Dimension) who seems to be in no hurry to escape.
- The Cameo: He appears in one of The Stingers of Guardians of the Galaxy. He appears in a Freeze-Frame Bonus much earlier in the film, locked in a containment unit in the background when the Collector turns to meet the Guardians.
- Funny Animal: He even makes a quack at the Collector's expense.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Pun intended. Moments before the Collector's Face-Revealing Turn in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Collector looks in his direction.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: He may have been imprisoned by the Collector in a zero-privacy cell for an unknown length of time, but he doesn't hold it against the guy. At least, not when there's a chance of a free drink.
- Guttural Growler: Has a somewhat low, raspy voice, presumably from smoking.
- Noodle Incident: It's never explained how he came to be part of The Collector's collection, though one would assume it's quite the story.
- Refuge in Audacity: The only reason his cameo isn't ridiculed for being too out-there for this continuity is because he's in a movie co-starring a gun-toting raccoon.
- Rule of Funny: The reason why he is introduced in The Stinger to Guardians of the Galaxy is because the people at Marvel thought it would be funny. Apparently the director thinks this as well, hence his reasoning for putting him in:James Gunn: (on Howard's inclusion) Me having a bit of fun. We don't take ourselves too seriously.
- Toothy Bird: Has human teeth in his beak.
- Stockholm Syndrome: For some reason, he didn't run away after the Collector's lab blew up and released him from his captivity. Maybe the Collector just makes a good drink.
- Umbrella Drink: He takes a swig from one, which is presumably alcoholic. "It burns going down."
- Unexpected Character: Probably the best example in the entire continuity. After the turkey of a movie that served as a huge Ink-Stain Adaptation, nobody was counting on this character making a cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Waistcoat of Style: He has a red one, complete with a tie and an undershirt.
Appearances: Black WidowAn Ordinary High-School Student from Montclaire, New Jersey. At a fencing tournament in Philadelphia, he witnesses a girl named Ava he'd just met a few minutes ago apparently get kidnapped. He follows her and her kidnapper, only to find out that the apparent kidnapper to be none other than the famous Natasha Romanov, who needs Ava's help to hunt down her Evil Mentor Ivan Somodorov.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His nightmares of what happened in Vermont appear to suggest this. Especially when he's revealed to be Black Widow's younger brother. His parents were killed before he was old enough to talk, leaving only his sister to raise him. Then she was dragged off to the Red Room when she turned twelve, and when he reached that age he was taken too. Whatever happened to him there was evidently so traumatic that he and his sister chose to have their memories altered for his own safety.
- Innocent Bystander: Gets unexpectedly caught up in the conflict between Black Widow and Ivan Somodorov within minutes of being disqualified from a fencing tournament.
- Fake Memories: Implanted by his older sister once she had joined S.H.I.E.L.D., which was to make sure that he wouldn't have to be trained in the Red Room. Natasha also had some installed herself.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When he, Natasha, and Ava confront Ivan at his new lab in Istanbul, Alex sacrifices himself to allow Ava the opening necessary to disable Ivan's O.P.U.S. device. Though he never joined S.H.I.E.L.D., he was still given an honorary spot on the Wall of Valor at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: When he and Ava are investigating an abandoned warehouse that used to be Ivan's labaratory, he learns that he is actually Alexei Romanov, Black Widow's younger brother.
- Long-Lost Relative: Turns out he's really Black Widow's younger brother, Alexei Romanov.
- Older Than They Look: He's said to be seventeen at the beginning of the book, but based on his sister's confirmed age in the MCU, he may be older, considering that she was twelve when she went to the Red Room and his age at the time was unconfirmed.
- Ordinary High-School Student: ...Or so it seems.
- Walking Spoiler: Due to The Reveal that he's Alexei Romanov, Black Widow's younger brother.
- Witness Protection: He was placed on this under Black Widow's orders after the two had their memories wiped.
Spoiler Character (Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2)
Portrayed By: Nathan Fillion
Appearances: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (cameo)A famous Hollywood actor in this universe. (The comics character, a long time Avenger, had a very successful side career as a Hollywood action star who did his own stunts. Being nigh-indestructible was useful for that.)
- The Cameo: His likely role in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, appearing only in movie posters during one particular scene.
- Film Within a Film: According to the posters seen outside the Simon Williams Film Festival, he's appeared movies like in Tony Stark, Arkon, Toxic Janitor 2, Häxan 2, and Oh, Rebecca!.
- Mythology Gag: Casual viewers probably won't recognize Simon Williams (or Wonder Man, for that matter) by name, but hardcore Marvel fans definitely will.
- One of the fictional films he stars in is called Arkon, which is a reference to another Marvel Character who lives in Weirdworld. In the comics, Wonder Man starred in a series of films based on the character.
The Infinity Stones
The Infinity Stones
Appearances: Thor | Captain America: The First Avenger | The Avengers | Thor: The Dark World | Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Guardians of the Galaxy | Avengers: Age of Ultron | Captain America: Civil WarSix singularities that existed even before the Universe itself: the Space Stone, the Mind Stone, the Reality Stone, the Power Stone, the Soul Stone, and the Time Stone. Extremely dangerous and powerful, they have long been hidden and separated from each other. Unfortunately, in the modern day they've started turning up more and more, as nefarious characters seek them out for their own purposes.
- Adaptation Distillation: For simplicity's sake some objects like the Tesseract and the Aether double as Infinity Stones when they did not in the comics.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The colors are the same ones as in the comics, but assigned differently. The Power Gem (Orb) is purple instead of red, the Space Gem (Tesseract) is blue instead of purple, the Reality Gem (Aether) is red instead of yellow and the Mind Gem (Mind Stone) is yellow instead of blue. It is yet to be revealed which color the Soul and Time Gem will get.
- Adaptation Name Change: The "Infinity Gems" of the comics are dubbed the "Infinity Stones" in the MCU.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Each stone is a unique colour. So far there's; blue (the Tesseract), red (The Aether), purple (The Power Stone), yellow (The Mind Stone).
- Composite Character: At first, the Tesseract appeared to "simply" be the movie version of the Cosmic Cube.
- Dismantled Macguffin: The Stones are kept separate, some galaxies apart, and with damn good reason when just one can make a person unstoppable.
- Empathic Weapon:
- The Tesseract at the very least is suggested to be alive in some shape or form, if the opening of The Avengers is any indication. Various characters refer to it as having "awakened" and actively wanting to show Earth a bigger universe.
- During their argument on the Helicarrier, the camera slowly pans over to Loki's Scepter as well (which contains the Mind Stone), suggesting it is subtly inflaming the tensions already present - Bruce Banner even picks it up during said scene, and is unaware until it was pointed out.
- Phlebotinum-Handling Requirements: So far, everyone who's actually tried to hold the Power Stone has died painfully (the Guardians of the Galaxy just barely managed to avoid this). Indeed, any time any the Stones are directly handled by a living being without some form of containment, that being has suffered very dire or life-altering effects: Red Skull, Jane Foster, Malekith, possibly the Twins and the other lab rat failures. A notable inversion is Vision: contact with the Mind Stone is what gives him life and makes him unique.
- Plot Device: They drive the main story arc of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as various villains try to collect them, while the heroes must keep them apart.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Aether was kept locked away in a box by Bor, and then Odin, to make sure no-one would ever find it. Then Jane Foster stumbled upon the box by accident.