We all have our favorite hero(s). People look up to Captain America for his unwavering loyalty. Others like Hulk because he smashes bad guys to smithereens. And we can’t forget about Spider-Man, the young maverick every man, woman and child wishes to be, not only because of his cool powers, but his deep concern for those around him.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, audiences have seen over 20 different heroes since Tony Stark became Iron Man. Everyone from Ant-Man to Black Widow to Black Panther has been introduced, but not all have a heroic presence onscreen. Sure, they’re fighting bad guys, but they are hardly necessary, which got us thinking: Who are the five worst MCU heroes?
Turns out, the list is pretty straightforward, though you may disagree with some of our choices. Some picks were easy, while others took some thought. I’m still not a fan of War Machine despite acknowledging that Don Cheadle is a terrific actor.
When you see our list, you’ll probably be confused by one major omission. Yes, Hawkeye is bad—so bad he isn’t even on the poster for Avengers: Infinity War. But I like him as the everyman. In addition to being a master archer and expert tactician, Hawkeye (aka Clint Barton) is a family man, making him one of the more relatable MCU characters, even if all he does is shoot arrows.
I’ve already written at length about how much I despise War Machine, aka Iron Man’s best bro. When Captain America: Civil War rolls around, he’s laughably useless, getting his butt kicked front, back, and sideways. His only redeeming quality is that he’s sometimes funny, but we already have enough comic relief in the MCU. At best, he’s a peripheral team member who may as well just stay at home.
Scarlet Witch has a complicated and interesting past, and her struggles to develop her powers make her one to watch out for. As it stands, however, there’s not much to her other than a suspect Eastern European accent. With a burgeoning relationship with Vision, there’s a chance she’ll become a crucial part of the Infinity War arc, but we’re not overly optimistic.
Falcon is a slightly better version of War Machine; think of him as Captain America’s Rhodey. So far, he’s essentially a prop, a mannequin who wears a jetpack and sometimes has funny things to say. But he’s not particularly dangerous—remember the time he got his butt whooped by Ant-Man?
I like Bucky Barnes, the loyal friend of Steve Rogers. But Winter Soldier isn’t all that interesting, either as a brainwashed villain or a hero on the mend. There are hints he’ll become a more crucial part of the MCU, especially with rumors swirling about Captain America’s demise. In other words, we weren’t bummed to see him frozen at the end of Civil War.
Doctor Strange starts out as a wealthy surgeon who only cares about himself, to someone who reluctantly seeks betterment after his way of life is threatened. He’s not a very likable character, though it’s very possible Strange’s mastery of the mystic arts will become important in Infinity War and beyond, so we can’t write him off entirely.
Who will die first?
Remember Iron Man’s nightmare in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Expect to see at least one major character die at the hands of Thanos, probably more. Who and how many is still up for debate. Someone like Iron Man is off limits, as is Spider-Man. But pretty much every other character, including the five listed above, are fair game.
Being that this is Marvel, though, we’re not really holding our breath, because the studio has been hesitant to kill characters off. The only high profile character who has died thus far is Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. Even Miek, Korg’s alien buddy in Thor: Ragnarok, is immune to death despite being stomped into a bulbous caterpillar-like creature.
Whatever happens, we’re excited to see where Marvel is willing to go in Infinity War. The Avengers have never faced a foe as powerful as Thanos, so the possibilities are endless.