Since 2008 when Christopher Nolan created one of the greatest comic book movies with The Dark Knight and Robert Downey Jr. helped kick off the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man, there has been an abundance of comic book films. However, a large part of the success of these films comes not just from the incredible production or main character arcs, but also from the supporting characters. Of course we have to give an applause to Jackman’s Wolverine, Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Ledgers Joker, but what about the characters you unexpectedly started to love. The ones that you never saw coming, but ended up stealing the show. The characters you had to talk about with your friends and family when the credits rolled. Those are the ones we will be covering, the performances that maybe were not a large integral part of the movie, but somehow manage to take all the attention.
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Korg (Thor: Ragnarok)
Marvels decision to bring on New Zealander Taika Waititi to direct the third installment of their Thor franchise, was the best choice they could have made. His style of humor is showcased in almost every scene of the film, with that came an unusual rock type character named Korg. A soft spoken gladiator, forced to fight in the Grandmasters arena. Korg becomes one of the most hilarious aspects of the film and is so brilliantly voiced by Waititi himself. Appearing once more in Avengers: Endgame, helping Thor try to defeat Noobmaster69 and then joining the team for the final battle. We can’t wait to see this Kornan and his buddy Miek return for Thor: Love and Thunder.
Goose (Captain Marvel)
Technically not a human actor or actress, the character Goose is played by the cat Reggie. An orange tabby, Goose is a character that is more than just a furry face and toe-beans. She is also a Flerken, which I am sure you are so confused what that might be. A Flerken is an alien from another planet that resembles Earths cats. Equipped with a pocket dimension inside their bodies, they are capable of storing things inside their bodies with the assistance with large tentacles also inside their body. Goose becomes an integeral part of the story, helping Nick Fury escape from the Kree and keep the Tesseract safe.
Alfred (The Dark Knight Trilogy)
While Michael Gough’s performance was beloved in Batman and Batman Returns, it’s Michael Caine in Nolans Dark Knight a film that comes iconic. While the character is known as simply a butler from the comic books, this portrayal elevates Alfred into a pivotal part of the trilogy. Assisting Bruce into his ascension into Batman, Alfred is the voice of encouragement and reason for Bruce. Keeping him grounded so he doesn’t become something he would regret. Most notable performance comes in the final film The Dark Knight Rises, when he admits his feelings to Bruce about him putting back on the cape and cowl.
Baby Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2)
An already loved from the first film. Groot meets his demise in Guardians of Galaxy before he begins his regeneration as a small plant. He returns in the sequel as a smaller bite size Groot and just when you might doubt his use in the film, he turns out to be one of the most entertaining aspects of Vol.2. Notably a scene including Rocket and Yondu trying to explain to Baby Groot a way to retrieve Yondu’s head piece. What ends up happening is Groot constantly bringing back the wrong item… He tries so hard though. Turning out to be one of the most adorable and entertaining aspects of the Guardians sequel.
Wonder Woman (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
With a film already jammed packed with DC Characters, the one that worried all of us was the next big screen portrayal of Wonder Woman. Thankfully, she was rightfully casted as Gal Gadot by Zack Snyder and ended up being the highlight of the entire film. First appearing in a brief cat and mouse game with Bruce Wayne, before finally showing up to join Batman and Superman battle for the fate of Metropolis against the genetically engineered Doomsday. Not only do we get our first real look at Gadot in the Red, Blue and Gold, but for the first time we also get to hear the incredible Wonder Woman theme composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL.
Vision (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Already being an important character in the MCU, for the Avengers sequel Jarvis is given an upgrade in the form of Vision. With the power of the soul stone, Jarvis is brought to life in an organic robotic suit created for Ultron. Taking on the name of Vision, he ends up being a pivotal and visually stunning aspect to the film. Director Joss Whedon rightfully gives Vision plenty of show stopping moments including the moment he hands Mjolnir to Thor and when he successfully destroys the final Ultron bot. We anticipate seeing this character return alongside his romantic interest in WandaVision, coming January 2021.
Quicksilver (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
As much as we enjoyed Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver from Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was Evan Peters who stole the show in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Wolverine and Xavier recruit the help of Quicksilver to break into a secure facility to break out the mutant terrorist Magneto. Everything seems to be going according to plan, until they are caught by security and about to be apprehended. In order to complete the mission, Quicksilver plays his music and enters super speed to take out every guard. Not only is the scene completely hilarious, but also one of the most impressive shots in the entire X-Men franchise.
When you bring on comedy actor Paul Rudd on to play as the main character in your movie, you kind of expect him to be the funniest person on the screen. You would be surprised to learn that Michael Pena (mostly known for End of Watch and Crash) turns out to be the most hilarious aspect of Ant-Man. Not only stealing scenes with his charm and humor, what really takes the cake is the way he tells a story. Director Payton Reed uses Luis storytelling with scenes of his voice in sync with the shots of the people he is talking about. Not only is this a clever and hilarious way to give an audience exposition, but Luis narrations is some of the best writing in the whole film.
Spider-Man (Captain America: Civil War)
With Sony and Marvel battling for the rights of the Web-Slinger, when they announced an adaptation the Civil War storyline from the comics, we weren’t sure how they were going to pull it off without some of the pivotal characters from the comic. It wasn’t until the first trailer dropped that revealed our first look at the newest iteration of everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Heightening out anticipation to not only see what Marvel Studios does with him, but how they will also introduce Peter Parker into this entire universe. Luckily, Tom Holland managed to sell everyone on his take of the Wall-Crawler. We can’t wait to see him return for the third installment in his Spider-Man story arc, with the assistance of Doctor Strange.
While she had a few minor rolls prior, it was her portrayal of Mindy Macready AKA Hit-Girl that shot off Chloe Grace Moretz career. Playing as a 13 year old girl who is trained by her father to become heroes of New York, a violent and deadly little girl with a love for butterfly knives. Trained by her father, Hit-Girl becomes everything Damian Wayne wishes he could be. A brutal and relentless little girl who isn’t afraid to inflict as much pain and brutality to her enemies as she sees fit. Moretz portrays Hit-Girl with a comic accurate performance, even coming back to see the show once again for the sequel. Although a solo film was in the works, it was later cancelled after the failure of the second film. However, we would still openly welcome a solo Hit-Girl movie.