WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Season 1 of Hawkeye, streaming now on Disney +.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe made a strong comeback in 2021 with an assortment of new projects, even expanding the platform’s TV franchise on Disney +. And with these new projects come new characters who have brought diversity and entertainment to the colorful MCU.
From captivating villains and supporting characters to new versions of old characters, Phase 4 may have put underused characters from previous films in the spotlight of the TV series, but it’s the supporting characters that have become the favorites. fans. New heroes from their own feature films also got a chance to shine, so it’s worth taking a look back at the best new characters the MCU is introducing in 2021.
Yelena Belova stole the show in Black Widow and Hawkeye
There’s no denying that Florence Pugh would be able to seamlessly transform into her character Yelena Belova in the MCU world, and she was able to do so in both a movie and a TV show in the same year. Yelena was able to become a fan favorite thanks to her emotional journey with Natasha Romanoff and the pursuit of the revenge arc in the Hawk Eye series that ends with a sincere performance.
Yelena’s sarcasm and humor makes her far more than the stoic Black Widow she was raised to be, and while there was only a taste of her comedic act in Black Widow, Hawk Eye was able to highlight this further with his enemies relationship with Kate Bishop.
Kate Bishop takes the Hawkeye coat
Even though the Hawk Eye the finale ends before Clint Barton actually passes the baton, it’s pretty much assumed that the entire series was gearing up for Kate to receive the title. Kate Bishop makes up for Clint’s down-to-earth personality by showing what it would really be like for a young Avengers fan to become a superhero. Kate may be a privileged wealthy woman who has no sense of the reality that surrounds her, but Tony Stark’s similar upbringing hasn’t stopped her status as a superhero. Hopefully Kate gets the same treatment as Tony’s character.
Agatha Harkness gets her own show
She first had her own Emmy-winning song with “Agatha All Along”, and now she’s receiving a TV show, Agatha: House of Harkness. Disguised as a friendly but bossy neighbor in WandaVision, Agatha uses her charm and magical abilities to manipulate Wanda into giving her the power of chaos magic.
Even though she was the enemy and close mastermind of Wanda’s madness, her compelling Salem witch-trial backstory and unabashed wickedness is what makes her so enchanting. Without Agatha, the Scarlet Witch might never have become a reality, and the concept of magic would not have been extended beyond what has been seen in Doctor strange and Loki.
John Walker becomes the American agent
John Walker is clearly not the man to root for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but its downward spiral driven by heroic expectations gives a refreshing take on what it means to be a villain. John’s fate as a well-received character was doomed from the start as he was named the new Captain America when he was rightfully meant for Sam Wilson. John Walker is not inherently a good man, and he’s incredibly mistaken in his beliefs about what makes a superhero, but his character made for a good conversation in the grounded heroes realm.
Isaiah Bradley shines a light on neglected heroes
On the other end of the spectrum in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Isaiah Bradley, a Korean War veteran who was forcibly tested for Super Soldier Serum and as a survivor was sent to kill the Winter Soldier but failed. He’s a very minor character in the series, but his impact guides the tale of Sam’s evolution as Captain America. Isaiah’s truth and struggles touch the hearts of fans, especially those familiar with her story from the comics. At the end of the series, he finally got the recognition he deserved, but humbly didn’t ask, with a plaque from his story mounted in a museum.
Shang-Chi paved the way for Asian representation in the MCU
Thanks to vigorous training and many Spider-Man birthday parties, Simu Liu finally made his MCU debut as the wonderful Shang-Chi. His humble charisma, his genuine friendship with Katy, and his gracious approach to family drama make him one of the most authentic characters in Phase 4. Shang-Chi doesn’t have the desire to become a hero, but does it to. save his mother’s village. against the magical forces his father imposed on them.
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings serves a much bigger purpose than just a superhero origin story. Simu Liu, along with all of the cast and crew, managed to bring an Asian hero into the franchise without being stereotypical and offensive.
Makkari inspired fans to learn American Sign Language
Eternals seems to have gotten lost in the Marvel project pool in 2021, but it still managed to give us an array of characters fans can get attached to. Makkari is one of the few underrated heroes in Eternals, and while she doesn’t have the same screen time as Ikaris or Sersi, she certainly struck a chord in the hearts of fans.
After the Eternals debuted as the first superhero to use sign language in the MCU via Makkari, there has been a spike in searches for American Sign Language certification programs. Hawk Eye then introduced Echo, a deaf comic book character, and Clint eventually got a definite feature of the comic book that relates to being hard of hearing, and it all may have been possible thanks to the popularity of Makkari.
Druig turned out to be the true hero of Eternals
Before Eternals‘, almost everyone suspected Druig was the real villain of the film due to his ominous presence in the misguided trailers. But the movie actually took a surprising turn that Druig was one of the film’s purest characters, as his love for humanity is what took him away from the Eternals’ true goal of ending the humanity. He ultimately becomes a key part of stopping the birth of the Celestial by using his mind-controlling powers to create the Uni-Mind. Druig’s benevolent relationship with Makkari was also a compelling feature that made the character even more lovable.
Captain Carter helped set up the multiverse
While Loki was the first to confirm the breakup of the multiverse, the animated series What if…? fully creates scenarios in which the characters are transformed into different identities depending on the reality in which they live. Peggy Carter was the first in the series to provide insight into how the multiverse works by taking on the mantle of Captain Carter rather than Steve Rogers, and she ends up becoming the heart of the series through the finale.
Captain Carter has the same hesitations as Steve in Avengers: Endgame when she is forced to choose between a life with Steve or saving the world from the mad Ultron. Peggy ends up doing what Steve couldn’t, which may have proven to be the better hero.
Loki found a friend in Mobius
Loki went through the Wringer by being under the influence of Thanos, being drawn into different timelines, and battling his variants of other realities, but one person who always seemed to trust him was the Time Variance Authority agent. Mobius. Portrayed by Owen Wilson, Mobius was a fun demonstration that even Loki couldn’t deny. This led to what fans believed to be the MCU’s next big ship – Lokius, though he was overshadowed by Loki and Sylvie’s kiss in the Season 1 finale.
Mobius is the friend every Marvel character needs in times of distress and uncertainty. He is loyal, intelligent and ready to betray his greatest beliefs for the good of mankind. It also doesn’t hurt that his love for jet skis makes him even more special and exciting.
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