With over a decade of movies and 22 films released so far since Iron Man, there are dozens of characters in the MCU franchise. Each individual fan has their favorite characters as well as those they hate. However, while individual opinions might vary, there are some characters who are generally hated in the fandom or even in the universe itself.
While some of these hated characters deserve the pushback and dislike they get, some of them don’t deserve it at all. Here are the characters that deserve the hate and the ones that don’t.
10 Don’t Deserve: Tony Stark
Tony Stark starts out as almost a villain because he’s so apathetic about the horrible things his weapons do. He doesn’t care much about others and spends most of his time drinking and partying. However, he does change his ways and tries his best to help the world going forward. While he’s definitely a character that makes sense to criticize, the fact that so many characters in the MCU hate him to the point it’s become almost a joke is a little ridiculous. He’s not an actual villain.
9 Do Deserve: Peter Quill
While many people have pointed out Tony Stark’s flaws, not enough people have pointed out Peter Quill’s. While he started out seeming like a rather endearing goofball in a hilarious ensemble, he became somewhat of a hateable character. He let his emotions get the better of him to the point that he foiled Iron Man’s plan to get the Infinity Gauntlet, so he can easily be blamed for the snap. Also, he’s rather insecure and kind of just annoying.
8 Don’t Deserve: Sharon Carter
Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers are one of the most hated MCU relationships of them all, and it’s easy to see why. This relationship felt really forced and didn’t make sense given Steve’s past relationship with Peggy. However, just because the relationship wasn’t a great one doesn’t mean Sharon deserves the hate. In fact, she could have been a cool character, and it’s a shame that she was just turned into a love interest for Steve and not much else. This is more bad writing than anything else.
7 Do Deserve: Clint Barton
While Clint Barton might be a well-loved character in the comics, the version of him in the MCU is totally different. Many fans have been upset from the get-go that the character wasn’t blind like he was in the comics and also that his personality was so different. Then, when he was given a secret family, fans were even more upset. However, the reason the hate of this character is really deserved is because of how he became a vigilante in Endgame and basically got away with it.
6 Don’t Deserve: Nebula
Nebula is an interesting character because she starts out as somewhat of a villain, but she ends up being on the good side. She’s a character that endures torture and abuse at the hands of her “father” Thanos. While she might not be the most endearing or likable character, she’s really complex, and she’s been through a lot. It’s unfortunate that she’s generally one of the least favorite of any of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
5 Do Deserve: Vision
The main reason why so many fans don’t like Vision is that they liked Jarvis so much better. While Jarvis was interesting and likable, when his programming combined with the Mind Stone, he lost all of his charm. He became really unrelatable, and while he was supposed to be really powerful and helpful to the Avengers, after Age of Ultron his character barely mattered at all. Many fans wish that Vision had never been created because the writers didn’t handle the character very well.
4 Don’t Deserve: Mantis
Mantis is another character from Guardians of the Galaxy who never really got her due. In the comic books, she’s actually really awesome, but, in the movies, her powers are never quite utilized.
She’s made to seem like she’s really submissive and emotional, and many fans pointed out there are some issues with racial stereotyping here. She doesn’t have a large fan base largely because the writing of her character wasn’t that great, but she still deserves more love than she gets.
3 Do Deserve: Odin
Odin is one of the worst dads in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the only reason he’s not the worst is because Thanos came along and took his place. Odin is the type of parent who is strict and seems to have conditional love. There’s also the fact that he lied to cover up all of the destruction and war that he wrought with his daughter, Hela. While Anthony Hopkins might be a great actor, there’s nothing really likable about this character, but this makes sense given how messed up Odin is in Norse mythology.
2 Don’t Deserve: Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel is a character that’s loved by many fans, but she also received a lot of targeted hate from trolls. Because of the fact that some people don’t like the idea of a powerful female character leading a Marvel movie, especially when the character isn’t made just to be sexy, there was a lot of hate on the internet about her.
The character definitely didn’t deserve this hate, and it’s a shame that the movies with diverse leads are met with such disdain by a certain subset of fans.
1 Do Deserve: Thanos
While there are many villains in the MCU, Thanos is the only one that’s really memorable. While he might not be the best villain out there as far as consistent characterization, he did do a great deal of damage. He’s clearly abusive and cruel even to his own adopted daughters, and he succeeds in wiping out half of the universe. He definitely deserves the hate.
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