100 of the best Marvel characters in film and TV history

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(Clockwise, left to right) Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (Image: 20th Century Fox), Jon Bernthal as Punisher in The Punisher (Image: Netflix), Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Image: Sony Pictures), Tom Hardy's Venom in Venom (Image: Sony Pictures), Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol.  2 (Image: Marvel Studios) and James Spader's Ultron in Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Image: Marvel Studios)

(Clockwise bottom left to right) Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United (Image: 20th Century Fox) Jon Bernthal as Punisher in The Punisher (Image: Netflix) Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Image: Sony Pictures), Tom Hardy’s Venom in Venom (Image: Sony Pictures) Pom Klementieff as Mantis in The Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Image: Marvel Studios) and James Spader’s Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Picture: Marvel Studios)
Chart: Rebecca Fassola

Long before it was officially a cinematic universe, wonder has been a mainstay of pop culture, not only telling stories (some well-established, others entirely original) that have entertained audiences around the world, but inspiring them through characters, ideas and even stories. values. Given Marvel’s vast pantheon, choosing favorite characters – at least since the company’s canon began to be translated into movies and TV shows – requires careful triangulation of casting, cinematic creativity and, in some case, of pure longevity.

For example, everyone likes Spider Manbut who Spider Man? The same applies to daredevilHulk and a variety of x-men characters, each of which offered different dimensions of iconic comic book characters that many of us have revered since we were in short pants.

To this end, The audiovisual club put together our ranking of the top 100 Marvel characters on screens big and small. Some served as de facto cornerstones of the MCU’s evolution, highly active across multiple storylines and platforms, while others simply made an immediate and unforgettable impression, illustrating a complex, believable heroism – or villainy. , even sympathetic. There are also those characters we’re excited to see on screen, creating a fun and unforgettable moment, a TV show or a movie that stands out in the ever-growing Marvel canon.

Our countdown starts with characters ranked 100-81 (check back tomorrow to see who landed in our 80-61 section). You might not agree with our placement for some of these beloved heroes, sidekicks, and villains, and that’s okay. These fictional beings resonate with each of us in different ways. And while the placement is subjective, based on our big, nerdy hearts, it’s also expected to change as new Marvel projects arrive.

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