Underrated Marvel Characters

These MCU characters deserve more recognition than they’re being given.


We all know Marvel because of their most known characters. Captain America. Iron Man. Black Widow. Thor. Spider-Man. At this point, the list goes on and on. In fact, most, if not all, have their own movies. But when will some of the most underrated characters get more recognition in the MCU than what they have? 

  • Hawkeye

Let’s start off with Hawkeye. Most people know him as Clint Barton, an archer with a checkered past. On the good side of his past, he was a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D (the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division) and a founding Avengers member. But, for the Avengers’ first mission, he worked against them, being mind controlled by none other than the God of Mischief himself, Loki. He mentored Wanda Maximoff, better known as the Scarlet Witch, and makes her face her fears and she becomes an Avenger. Wanda’s brother, Pietro, gives his life to save Barton and his sister.

You know it comes with a price, this life you want to live, to really help people.

  •    Quicksilver

With the ability to run at the speed of sound, Quicksilver, or Pietro Maximoff, goes by in a blur – literally. Nobody can see him coming. He’s the twin brother of Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet witch. His backstory is dark. After his family home in Sokovia was blown up by American forces, the twins volunteer to join HYDRA, the Avengers’ number one villain. They were about 10 years old when they volunteered and became experiments. Wanda gets her magic, and Pietro gets fast metabolism and the ability to run at the speed of sound.

What? You didn’t see that coming?


  • Yelena Belova

At fifteen years old, Yelena Belova was chosen to be the new Black Widow because Natasha Romanova, or in Russia, Natalia Romanova, was no longer loyal to Russia. She was trained in the Red Room, where all Widows are trained. For a decade, Yelena worked to become the best, and only, Black Widow. In the new movie, Black Widow, she and Natasha, who Yelena believed to be her sister, fight Dreykov, the Red Room headmaster, and bring the Red Room down for good.

I’ve never had control over my own life before, and now I do. I want to do things.

  • Falcon

Better known as Sam Wilson, Falcon is a newer addition to the MCU screen. Steve Rogers (Captain America) asked Sam, past Air Force veteran, for help in bringing in the Winter Soldier, and Sam agreed. He piloted the one-man EXO-7 Falcon suit, hence the name of the hero. He served until his friend and wingman Airman Riley was killed. He found it difficult to fight after his death. He agreed to help Steve and Natasha bring down the Winter Soldier and the Insight Helicarriers. Sam’s robotic weaponized drone, Redwing, is used for surveillance and combat. After Steve dies, Sam takes on the mantle of Captain America. After holding the shield, and Steve asks how it feels, he tells Steve:


It feels like it belongs to someone else.

  • Valkyrie

She’s based on the Norse mythological figure Brunhilde. She’s a shield and sword-wielding protector of the Asgardian throne. After falling to Hela, goddess of death, she’s the only one of the Valkyrie’s left standing. She spent years of her life as a bounty hunter on Sakaar, until she brings in the mighty Thor to the Grandmaster. She joins the Revengers as Valkyrie, and she helps Thor, Loki, Bruce Banner (The Hulk), and Korg to bring down Hela once and for all. She was a survivor of Thanos’ attack and helped lead Asgardians to safety. After Thanos’ attack, Thor crowns Valkyrie as King of New Asgard, where she resides to this day.

I am a Valkyrie. A glorious female warrior.