February 21, 2024

Humans are fine, they really are, but when it comes to being the best Marvel characters? no captain america (Chris Evans)? Lame Boy Scout. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)? The lame billionaire. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)? Lame, lame, lame and magically lame. The the truth Marvel and MCU stars wear furs and feathers. Rocks and bark, both tree and sound variety. They have webbed legs and feet. They are underground, and they are in space. Marvel’s best characters – the obstacles, the wings, the horns down – are non-human.


Marvel’s non-human characters are fictional

Veb, the gelatinous alien, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Image via Marvel Studios

Human characters in the Marvel universe are filled with fantastical powers, revolutionary technology, or an average skill set. But at the end of the day, they are just human beings like us. It doesn’t take much effort to imagine a human with superpowers, no matter how amazing those powers might be. What is imaginative are non-humans with powers. Look at it like this. Tony Stark has the money to build a power pole. There is nothing spectacular about that. Heck, he’s not even the first billionaire to spend tons of money on becoming a superhero, Bruce Wayne beat Stark by 24 years. Now let’s look at the rocket (Bradley Cooper). He’s a talkative raccoon with attitude, arsenal and brains. Look at Groot (Vin Diesel) — It is a sensitive tree, good with a gun and uses its branches effectively. Or more recently, Veb (David Dastmalchian) from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, a gelatinous comic relief character who is none other than one of the fantastical creatures of the Quantum Realm. That’s creativity. This brings an element of fantasy that evokes escapism in the viewer.

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Marvel’s non-human characters are fun

Rocket Raccoon and Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'

Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Ant-Man and Luis (Michael Peña) are arguably the funniest of the human/human gods in the MCU lineup, but they have competition from the non-human crowd. Rocket, of course, is consistently witty and quick-witted, Groot’s eternal optimism and repetition of “I am Groot” and Drax’s (Dave Bautista) taken literally are the most prominent comics Guardians of the Galaxy the movies Baby Groot definitely brings elements that aren’t Rocket and Yondu (Michael Rooker) are looking for, and threatening to press the wrong bomb button, they are far from the funniest scenes in the MCU (honestly, Rocket’s takedown of Taserface (Chris Sullivan) is a very close second).

As we are good The Guardians train, in Howard the Duck (Seth Green) to appear in the post-credits scene, where the Collector was having a drink among the ruins (Benicio Del Toro) den and admonishing him for letting Cosmo the Space Dog lick his face was a welcome and humorous moment that (almost) washed away the bad taste left by the disaster. Howard the Duck the movie

Before now that must be allowed to take over The Guardians It’s the only Marvel property with funny non-humans, Thor: Ragnarok It introduced Korg, who is a funny, dry stone creature with the perfect deadpan delivered by a dry, funny mind. Taika Waititi. Catch Korg’s first words on film: “Here. This pile of rocks waving at you. Actually, I’m a thing. I’m a being. Let me introduce myself. My name is Korg. I’m like the leader here. Made of stone, you see, but don’t let that scare you. You don’t fear not unless you are made of scissors! A little Rock, Paper, Scissors is playing a prank on you.”

Marvel’s non-human characters are misfits

Lucky Pizza Dog in Hawkeye

That’s not to say that Marvel’s human characters aren’t selfless – Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Tony Stark sacrificed their lives to save the world after all, but non-human characters generally seem to have taken more selfless actions.

Goose, he has Cat Flerken swallowed the Tesseract Captain Marvel To keep him out of the hands of Starforce and a group of Kree soldiers, not knowing how it would affect him but doing it anyway. Lucky Pizza Dog attacked one of the Tracksuit Mafia while they were loading stolen goods onto a truck because he knew what the criminal was doing was wrong. Hawkeye. Ant-Thony, a carpenter ant and Ant-Man’s loyal steed, was killed helping Ant-Man chase down Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) in the first Ant-Man. The most selfless act, however, has to be Groot sacrificing his own life to save his “family”, a group of new friends he’d only known for a short time until then. As they fell to the ground, Groot surrounded the Guardians to prevent them from harming him, knowing full well that it would mean the end of his life. “I’m Groot, I am Groot.” (Translation: i’m not crying you are crying).

Marvel’s non-human characters will (hopefully) be back soon

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania introduced us to a variety of non-human knowledge, Wolf at night He brought the mysterious Man-Thing to the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 It brings our favorite non-humans, and Secret Invasion Skrull General Talos is ready to return (Ben Mendelsohn) while helping Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) in search of a Skrull sect who have infiltrated Earth with malicious intent. After that? Maybe he’ll go back to the Goose miraclesbut otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be any beloved non-human characters returning to the MCU in Phase 5.

That doesn’t mean a new non-human character won’t appear, though. Rocket’s love interest, an otter named Lylla Lady Gaga), is a new and confirmed non-human character we can’t meet. And maybe, just maybe, there will be more non-human characters in the MCU ready to capture the hearts and imaginations of the Marvel faithful as much as the ones we’ve come to love in the first four phases of the MCU. In the colorful pages of Marvel Comics.

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