There’s not a lot that a superhero can do without an extra bit of help. And that is no different with our MCU superheroes. Can you imagine the Ant-Man franchise without Luis’ (Michael Peña) frantic, exaggerated story-telling? Can you picture the Guardians of the Galaxy without the good-natured Groot that has become the fandom favorite? Indeed, sidekicks have become crucial characters in the superheroes spectacles, whether as best friends, relatives, or ordinary citizens doing their part to make the world a better place. They tend to be the last missing piece to make the plot complete. Take a look at our pick of our 9 favorites.
9 Darcy Lewis (WandaVision)
Ever since we were introduced to Darcy (Kat Dennings) in the first Thor movie, we knew we would instantly fall in love with her charisma. It was only a matter of time until we would get her character back in full glory, and we can definitely thank the WandaVision producers for that. While everyone was panicking over the mess happening in Westview, Darcy instantly knew what to do to get a grasp on the situation. It’s only fitting that Vision kept calling her “Doctor” to remind her who she is, after she got stuck in Wanda’s reality. The show has also blessed us with the absolute perfect trio: Darcy, Monica (Teyonah Paris) and Agent Woo (Randall Park). We really hope that Darcy and Agent Woo get their own spin-off.
8 Happy Hogan (Iron Man)
Isn’t it awesome that actor-director Jon Favreau has not only become an irreplaceable figure in the MCU, but he also directed the first two Iron Man movies? Someone who was essentially meant to be a small side character in Iron Man has developed into a father figure of Spider-man. He has always been there to pull Tony out of trouble, and he has done the same for Peter ever since he came to be Tony’s “successor”. It’s honestly heartbreaking to know that after all the help he provided, he has not only lost his best friend, but also his lover.
7 Okoye (Black Panther)
In Black Panther, Okoye (Danai Gurira) is not only a quotable character, but her beautiful loyalty and devotion to the king and Wakanda is something you can not help but love. She is a powerful, morally strong woman who does not abandon her beliefs, even if it means standing up against her own husband. She is a character who’s not afraid to speak up her mind, albeit the possibility of offending those in power.
6 Valkyrie (Thor: Love and Thunder)
Since we’re on the topic of strong women, we certainly can not leave out Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson). She has lost an entire sisterhood due to war and became an alcoholic to numb the pain. And even after all the dreadful things that had happened to her, she eventually agreed to fight alongside Thor to defeat Hela and later joined the Avengers to defeat Thanos. As Thor points out at the end of Endgame, she would make an exceptional queen of the Asgardians. We hope we’ll get to see more of her leadership and an exploration of her bisexuality in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
5 Wong (Doctor Strange)
Ever since his character introduction in 2016’s Doctor Strange movie, Wong (Benedict Wong) has become Doctor Strange’s voice of reason. He is always the one to warn him about the dangers that he might entangle himself into. Just look at what happened in Spider-man: No Way Home as soon as Wong left him alone — he helped Peter mess with time and its alternative universes. Wong has gone from being portrayed as a serious character to someone who fights for fun and completely loves singing pop music, all the while reigning as Sorcerer Supreme.
4 Ned (Spider-Man: No Way Home)
As a proper best friend that Ned (Jacob Batalon) is, he was the first one to know about Peter’s Spider-Man identity and was trying hard as hell to protect it. Unlike many other sidekicks, he does not have any sort of power, but is still one of the most lovable characters in the MCU franchise. He’s always there to hype Peter up when he needs it, to the best of his abilities. If the Spider-Man story gets another trilogy, it would be amazing to see Ned actually turning evil as he does in the comics. They have already laid the groundwork for it in Spider-Man: No Way Home with his constant jokes.
3 Katy (Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings)
First and foremost, we can collectively thank Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for giving us a healthy platonic relationship between a man and a woman? Not making Katy (Awkwafina) just another woman love interest makes her so much more of an individual character that the audience genuinely loves for her. She’s always there to have Shang-Chi’s back, no matter if it’s an adventurous or a dangerous situation. Her vibrant charisma series off of the screen so much that she has managed to convince us that singing “Hotel California” when confronted with a situation does, indeed, make sense.
2 Bucky Barnes (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Steve have become an inseparable duo ever since we saw them in Captain America: The First Avenger. Their relationship is so strong that the whole movie is technically based on Steve avenging Bucky’s supposed death. He has been either on Steve’s side or on his mind ever since the 1940s, even before Steve became the sweetheart of America. Bucky was able to withstand his Winter Soldier urges solely because he did not want to hurt Steve. Not to mention that Steve started a whole Civil War just because he wanted to protect him.
1 Yelena (Black Widow)
Raise a hand if you can listen to Yelena (Florence Pugh) talking about pockets for hours, because same. It’s sad that we could have had so many sister scenes if they had introduced Yelena to us before Black Widow’s death. Their chemistry is truly off the roof in Black Widow. Not to mention the badass of a character that she is with the harsh Widow training that she received. It’s amazing that they have decided to explore her character further in the Hawkeye series. It would make us so happy to see Kate Bishop (Hailee Stenfield) and Yelena as a new, chaotic version of Black Widow and Hawkeye.
When John Williams first played the Jaws theme song for Steven Spielberg, the director did not think he was being serious.
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