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5 Times When Supporting MCU Characters Were More Interesting Than The Leads

After releasing around two dozen films and several Disney+ shows, the MCU now has a bunch of talented actresses and actors. They are skilled enough to bring the classic characters from the comic world to real life. Apparently, when so many talents share the screen together, it becomes obvious that someone will get overshadowed by someone else.

With that being said, now the Marvel Cinematic Universe is trying to rectify the mistakes through Phase 4 and for characters such as Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow. To rectify it, the franchise has given them their own movies and shows. Yet some supporting casts are left behind who deserved to get a prominent position in the timeline. With that said, these are the 5 times when supporting MCU characters were more interesting than the leads –

Odin (Thor: Ragnarok)

Anthony Hopkins as Odin
Anthony Hopkins as Odin

He was the protector of the Nine Realms and perhaps the most powerful king of Asgard. However, the franchise never displayed Odin much on screen. With that being said, it was in Thor: Ragnarok when his daughter, Hela, started echoing how they both conquered the world together and how strong Odin was as a king. Furthermore, Odin was powerful enough to banish Hela, Loki, and Thor as well. However, the viewers failed to see this side of Odin’s strength on screen. Thus, he could have been a more formidable element of the film and the entire MCU.

Heimdakk (Thor: Ragnarok)

Idris Elba as Heimdakk
Idris Elba as Heimdakk

Idris Elba’s character from Asgard died in Avengers: Infinity War. But still, he might appear in future MCU projects either via flashbacks or by time travel. With that being said, Heimdall was Bifrost’s guardian and could see anything to everything within the Nine Realms. In fact in Thor: Ragnarok, he made others watch his visions. With such a capability onboard, it was a sin that Thanos killed him and viewers might not get an opportunity to learn more about his intriguing character.

Luis (Ant-Man)

Michael Pena as Luis
Michael Pena as Luis

Michael Pena’s Luis won the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fans’ hearts in the first Ant-Man film. He was Scott Lang’s pal and his humor is exactly what made the film stand at a different level. When he picked Scott out of the prison, he helped him with a place to stay and offered him a job as well. In fact, Luis was the one who encouraged Scott to execute the robbery at Hank Pym’s house. As a result, Scott got the Ant-Man suit. To be honest, one single film wasn’t sufficient to learn and discover everything about Luis, and hence, he should reappear someday soon in the MCU Phase 4 as well.

Pepper Potts (Iron Man)

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

Pepper Potts played Tony Stark’s assistant, then the company’s CEO, and apparently ended up becoming his wife. It was Gwyneth Paltrow who appeared as Pepper Potts in the MCU. Despite her multiple appearances, it still feels like there could have been some more of her. She helped Stark build everything he built, both morally and mentally. Thus, there should have been a moment that could have offered the fans a bit more insight into this character. Let’s see whether MCU Phase 4 has a space reserved for her or not.

Hope Van Dyne (Ant-Man)

Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne
Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne

Hope van Dyne played a supporting character to Rudd’s Scott Lang in Ant-Man. However, the character received an up-gradation by the time Ant-Man and the Wasp showed up in 2018. Thus, she started portraying Wasp in the franchise. With that being said, it was Dyne who trained Scott Lang to become Ant-Man and significantly supported him in the journey. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe kept Hope van Dyne as a supporting character while fans are quite intrigued to know more about her. In fact, Marvel’s What If…? highlighted how significant and pivotal Wasp could be. Yet, the character and her past remained unsung.

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Prateek Chatterjee
Prateek Chatterjee

Hey there! I'm a content and copywriter by profession. Been like three years into this domain and have been a perpetual writer with Animated Times since last one year (approx.). A Marvel maniac and kinda Potterhead. Trying to articulate things simpler and thrillful to experience. Check out my articles with Animated Times here and do not forget to follow us on social media platforms for regular updates.

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