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“Black Panther”

When you think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, popular heroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Black Panther probably spring to mind first. Or you might even think about the notable villains like Loki and Killmonger.

But the MCU is also rich with memorable supporting characters that have made their mark on their respective movies. Standouts like the rock-man Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok” or Black Panther’s technologically savvy sister Shuri stole the show in great movies.

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With Nick Fury getting the supporting treatment in “Captain Marvel,” Business Insider has gathered 23 of the most memorable (some more than others) supporting heroes and “sidekicks” in the MCU and ranked them worst to best.

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Love interests like Natalie Portman’s character in “Thor” and Rachel McAdams in “Doctor Strange” were left off the list because the MCU unfortunately casts talented actresses in wasted, underwritten roles. There are, though, a couple exceptions, like Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts in the “Iron Man” movies and Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia in “Black Panther,” who have memorable roles that stand apart from the main character.

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Below are 23 notable supporting heroes and sidekicks in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked:


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