The list of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is limited, but what about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful non-Avengers? Although Thor and Iron Man are capable of kicking some real bad guys, the Avengers aren’t the only superheroes roaming the MCU. There are a lot of MCU characters that aren’t Avengers, and when you add in the Marvel TV programs, there are a lot of people who would fit right in at the Avengers Compound.
The following Marvel characters might team up with Captain America and Black Widow to safeguard the Earth from both foreign and domestic threats, whether they’re small-screen heroes like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage or fellow MCU big-screen members like Sif and Gamora. Below are the 16 most impressive Non-Avengers in the MCU so far.
1. Wong – Avengers: Infinity War
Most Impressive Moment: During Avengers: Infinity War, he teleported Cull Obsidian to Antarctica, saving Iron Man’s life. This earned him an invitation to Stark’s wedding, which is quite nice.
2. Heimdall – Avengers: Infinity War
Most Impressive Moment: At the start of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos summoned as much evil magic as he could to send Bruce Banner back to Earth to warn the planet’s heroes that Thanos was on his way to gather the Infinity Stones.
3. Groot – The Guardians of the Galaxy
Most Impressive Moment: During the Guardians of the Galaxy conclusion, he sacrifices himself to save his companions’ lives.
4. The Ancient One – Doctor Strange
Most Impressive Moment: At the start of Doctor Strange, battling Kaecilius’ fanatics in the Mirror Dimension.
5. Ghost Rider – Ghost Rider
Most Impressive Moment: Seeing him burn his nasty uncle to cinders is a memory that will last a lifetime.
6. Daredevil – Daredevil (2015)
Most Impressive Moment: Wilson Fisk was brought down after enduring a brutal beating.
7. Okoye – Black Panther
Most Impressive Moment: In Avengers: Infinity War, she linked up with Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch to battle Proxima Midnight, but we’ll take her rebellion against Killmonger at the conclusion of Black Panther any day.
8. Gamora – The Guardians of the Galaxy
Most Impressive Moment: At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, she teams up with her fellow Guardians to manage the might of the Power Stone and finally destroy Ronan the Accuser.
9. Sif – Thor
Most Impressive Moment: She spearheaded the attack on Vanaheim against the Marauders until Thor arrived and took all the glory. Thor being Thor…
10. Luke Cage – The Avengers
Most Impressive Moment: Cage’s strength is on show throughout the film, but we’ll go with the time he smashed a man’s hand with his face. Seriously, a man hit Cage and shattered his own hand in the process.
11. Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones
Most Impressive Moment: In the process of overcoming Kilgrave’s influence and eliminating him, countless lives were saved.
12. M’Baku – Black Panther
Most Impressive Moment: Changing the course of the last battle for the Wakandan kingdom in Black Panther. M’Baku is the reason T’Challa was able to reclaim the throne.
13. Iron Fist – Iron Fist
Most Impressive Moment: With his charged-up hand, he was capable of blocking a bullet.
14. Red Guardian – Red Guardian
Most Impressive Moment: Any of his several displays of strength during his prison break may be considered his “strongest moment,” but standing up to Taskmaster after years of languishing in jail appears to be the right decision. He went up against a battle machine and didn’t skip a beat from his glory days.
15. The Punisher – The Punisher
Most Impressive Moment: Castle’s ruthless abuse of several people while imprisoned on Ryker’s Island is both amazing and terrifying.
16. Sharon Carter – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Most Impressive Moment: Defying Rumlow in the last scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier despite overwhelming odds.