The Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially the most successful movie franchise of all time. Eleven movies down the line, it has grossed a whopping $8.5 billion at the worldwide box office. With another movie – Ant-Man – set to be released next month, and another ten planned up until 2019 after that, the amount of success it could go on to achieve is almost limitless. The fact that it has also spun-off onto television is quite unprecedented.
A franchise doesn’t garner that kind of success without great characters, however. The franchise is built around a huge ensemble cast, playing characters from the pages of Marvel’s comic books, and some of the adaptations have proven to be extremely popular with movie audiences.
The success of some of these characters was almost inevitable; Scarlett Johansson in tight leather pants was always going to go down well with the male audience, a giant green monster who was already extremely popular from the comic books was always going to go down a storm, and a beacon of American patriotism with unrivalled courage was a sure-fire hit, for example.
That being said, a number of characters who you might not have thought would be particularly popular have gone on to be some of the stars of the franchise – and that’s what this article will take a look at. Here are the ten most surprisingly popular characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.