"I am Iron Man."
With those words, billionaire genius Tony Stark changed the world and the Marvel Cinematic Universe took off at top speed, never looking back. Soon, heroes from the past, present, and outer-space would unite to protect Earth from all sorts of vile villainy - like evil A.I.s determined to wipe out humanity, Asgardian princes out to conquer and rule, diabolical Nazi plots that were hidden in plain sight, and alien madmen looking to decimate half of all life in the universe.
With Marvel heroes ranging from super-spies to super-soldiers to space raccoons, the MCU has gifted us with some of the most memorable champions in movie history. Made up of noble kings, genius scientists, crafty SHIELD agents, and working-class lawyers and P.I.s, our list of the 25 best Marvel heroes in the MCU shows us that anyone can be a champion for justice. These are the best of the best - the top superheroes you'd want protecting you from evildoers everywhere.
From originals like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor to players that have come to have increasing importance in more recent years, like the Scarlet Witch herself, Wanda Maximoff, Spider-Man, and Ant-Man, to characters who've really shined on TV such as Peggy Carter, Daredevil, and Agent Coulson, these are our picks for the top Marvel heroes in the MCU ever.
As for how this list was created, a group of IGN editorial staff voted for their favorite MCU characters. The results of that vote were then calculated to create this ranking. The criteria we considered when voting included character development, performance by the actor playing the role, overall contribution to the shared universe narrative of the MCU, diversity, and, of course, the just plain cool factor of the character.
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