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How Many Marvel Characters Are There in the Movies?

Are you a fan of Marvel movies? If so, you might be curious about how many characters have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Well, wonder no more! In this article, we will explore just how many Marvel characters have graced the big screen.

The Early Days

The MCU began with 2008’s Iron Man, which introduced us to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Since then, Marvel has released over 20 movies featuring a vast array of characters.

Phase One

Phase One of the MCU consisted of six films: Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers. In these six films alone, there were a total of 41 named characters.

Some notable characters include:

  • Tony Stark/Iron Man: portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.
  • Steve Rogers/Captain America: portrayed by Chris Evans.
  • Thor: portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.
  • Bruce Banner/The Hulk: portrayed by Edward Norton and later Mark Ruffalo.

Phase Two

Phase Two included six films as well: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. In these six films combined there were a total of 67 named characters.

  • Peter Quill/Star-Lord: portrayed by Chris Pratt.
  • Nebula: portrayed by Karen Gillan.
  • Ultron: voiced by James Spader.
  • Scott Lang/Ant-Man: portrayed by Paul Rudd.

Phase Three

Phase Three was the most expansive phase yet, consisting of 11 films: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home. In these 11 films combined there were a total of 183 named characters.

  • T’Challa/Black Panther: portrayed by Chadwick Boseman.
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man: portrayed by Tom Holland.
  • Valkyrie: portrayed by Tessa Thompson.
  • Captain Marvel: portrayed by Brie Larson.

The Grand Total

So just how many Marvel characters have appeared in the movies? If we add up all of the named characters from each phase of the MCU, we get a grand total of 291!

It’s important to note that this number includes only named characters who have appeared in more than one scene or have been credited in the film. There are plenty of other characters who make brief appearances or cameos that are not included in this count.

In Conclusion

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become an incredibly expansive world filled with a vast array of characters. From Iron Man to Spider-Man and beyond, there is no shortage of heroes and villains to enjoy on the big screen. With more films and characters being added to the universe all the time, who knows how many more we will see in the future!