10 MCU Avengers Yet To Meet Their Greatest Comic Book Rivals (& Probably Never Will)


Every prominent MCU superhero has a rival in the comics. But unluckily, not everyone has the same luck as Thor or Captain America.

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Tony Stark Never Fought The Real Mandarin & His Ten Rings

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Iron Man 3 gave us an abomination for Mandarin. Shang-Chi gave us the MCU’s true Mandarin. But unfortunately, RDJ’s Tony Stark never did fight the real Mandarin played by Tony Leung. And the two will never fight for obvious reasons.

The Hulk’s Fight With The Thing Is Still A Dream

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The Hulk and the Thing has had one of the earliest superhero crossovers in comic book history. Their battles are sacred, heralded with near legendary status. But it is still a pipe-dream for the two to duke it out ever in live action.

Scarlet Witch’s Nemesis Is Chthon, Not Mephisto

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Everyone was clamoring for Mephisto to show up in WandaVision. That expectation died a slow, painful death. But the real comic book fans wanted the Elder God Chthon. Chthon is the source of Wanda’s vast reality manipulation powers. A total waste!!

Hawkeye Never Met Crossfire

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William Cross is the cousin of Darren Cross, MCU’s Yellowjacket. Like Hawkeye, Cross is a great marksman but prefers using firearms instead of a bow and arrow. We hope the two meet somehow in the Hawkeye series but there’s little chance it will be a reality.

Captain Marvel & Moonstone Will Probably Never Meet

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Karla Soften is a criminal psychologist who uses an alien artifact that grants her powers similar to Captain Marvel. Soften once tried taking over the Captain Marvel mantle during Dark Reign but Carol defeated her. the two have remain rivals ever since.

Star-Lord’s Father Was A Bigger Despot Than Ego

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King J’son is the ruler of the mighty Spartax intergalactic empire in the comic books. And trust us, he was even more of a jerk than Ego. While Ego at least had somewhat noble intentions while trying to take over the universe, J’son was just a prick. His intentions to conquer the backwater apes of Earth were purely imperialistic.

Nick Fury Is Yet To Come Face To Face With Baron Strucker

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Nick Fury and Baron Strucker have been at each other’s throats since World War Two. Strucker was responsible for the deaths of many of Fury’s Howling Commandoes. The Director of SHIELD finally got the better of the Head of Hydra when he revealed in the 21st century that Hydra has been infiltrated by SHIELD. Fury later shot Strucker in the head. Nothing of this sort happens in the movies.

Hank Pym & Ultron Are Destined To Never Meet

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The comic books say that Hank Pym is the creator of Ultron, not Tony Stark and Bruce Banner like the MCU shows us. Unfortunately Pym will never meet his Frankenstein’s monster. The comic books show us what a grim relationship the creator and his creation had. It’s a crying shame really.

Rocket Racoon & Blackjack O’Hare Is A Story We All Deserve To Know

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Rocket and Blackjack’s story dates back to their home world – Half-world. Apparently the two were buddies until Rocket interfered in Blackjack’s plans to kidnap a space princess. The two former allies and now sworn enemies after the incident tarnished Blackjack’s reputation permanently.

Mantis Met Her Match In Swordsman

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In the comics, Mantis is from Vietnam. She falls in love with an Avenger known as Swordsman. They were both slated to marry before he perished in battle. A member of the race known as the Cotati offered to absorb his essence, becoming a greener version of Swordsman. The two married, and got pregnant. That was until the new swordsman tried to turn their child into a genocidal maniac, intending to wipe out all non-plant based life in the universe.


Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.