Superpowers, incredible stories and epic battles of good versus evil (and often somewhere in between) aren’t the only reasons why we inhale every piece of Marvel Cinematic Universe like Skittles. Let’s be honest here: there’s also some major eye candy happening in between the Netflix programs, TV shows, and films.
Sure, Hollywood usually casts attractive people anyway; that’s just how the business works. But fans of the comics already know that many characters are drawn and written to be stunning, charismatic and downright addictive. Luckily for us, plenty of casting choices reflect these features perfectly.
No, the costumes don’t always translate perfectly (would we really want them to, though?), and the body size ratios are nearly impossible to meet exactly as they are in the comics, but there are dozens of attractive MCU characters that most of us have had a crush on at some point. Whether you heart Black Widow’s sick moves or you’re one of those people who says, “I’m only here for Loki,” you’re in good company.
Here are the 20 Most Attractive MCU Characters.
Skye, Daisy Johnson, hacker extraordinaire… No matter what you call the Inhuman, you can’t deny that she is gorgeous. When Coulson first recruited Skye in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., her genius abilities and creative instincts made her a clear asset to the team. The member with a conscience, she used her abilities to always do what she believed to be right, but once she became a rogue vigilante she really shone in her quest for justice.
Quake has experienced a lot of trauma and backstabbing in her life, but it’s only made her a more fierce fighter. She’s come a long way from the hacker living in the van, and between her impressive abilities, cool uniform and strength, she’s a mesmerizing Marvel cast member.
19. The Punisher
When John Bernthal played the crazed Shane on The Walking Dead, it was the train wreck we couldn’t look away from. Sure, it was compelling, but it was scary and psycho. Shane was anything but attractive. As The Punisher, though? Bernthal makes the obsessed vigilante look pretty hot.
We still don’t feel quite comfortable meeting Frank Castle in a dark alleyway, but we do find his style of justice just a bit more palatable because of his passion and grief for his family. The Punisher may be one of the most ruthless members of the MCU but he’s also one of the most sympathetic characters.
New to the Marvel screen but beloved to longtime comic fans, Valkyrie is both the warrior you want on your side during battle as well as the person you want to ask to prom… if you have the guts to do it. We love that she wasn’t used as a love interest in Thor: Ragnarok and instead depicted as a multi-faceted bounty hunter who sells Thor out only to help him later.
Brunnhilde, portrayed by the awesome Tessa Thompson, isn’t just smoking hot because of her sculpted muscles and pretty face. She’s a fearsome warrior who tears apart ships with her bare hands and wields a sword-staff like nobody’s business. When Thor gets Valkyrie her armor when she returns to Asgard, she appears goddess-like as she regally prepares for battle.
He’s not a major player among the Avengers, but what isn’t sexy about Falcon? Not only was he a para-rescue airman during his time in the military, but when he retired from active duty he decided to work with veterans, assisting them with their PTSD. Sam Wilson is caring yet cunning, a powerful ally to Rogers during Civil War and he even listens to Marvin Gaye. Sigh.
When Wilson offers Cap and Black Widow sanctuary and food while they’re on the run with no questions asked, we know exactly what kind of guy he is. When he dons the winged jet pack that turns him into Falcon, we cheer that he’s on our side. And when Falcon smiles? Well, we kind of melt. W
16. Jessica Jones
She is the ultimate curmudgeon of Marvel, and we love her so much because she is all of us: our mistakes, our vices, our daily blunders, only with superhuman strength and agility. Krysten Ritter is beautiful, but she also conveys the hard edges and flaws of Jessica Jones so well that she comes off as even more attractive in the process.
Ritter brings Jessica’s stoic P.I. glare and bravado to life so well it’s as if Alias were written for the actress. Jessica Jones is easily the best MCU adaptation on the Netflix circuit and Ritter is one of the biggest reasons why.
Jones’ allure isn’t just in her remarkable strength and wry wit but in her vulnerabilities, too. She’s not the hero who runs to save the day; she only does so out of reluctant duty. When she does, it’s so hard on her that we love her all the more for it. She’s bloody and broken after the big fight but she’s still standing and holy cow, the scene where she saves the rest of the Defenders in the elevator? That alone wins our hearts. Amazing.
On the surface, Peter Quill seems like he’s not much more than a pretty face, some killer abs and a bunch of jokes. There was even a joke on Parks and Recreation about Chris Pratt’s character, Andy Dwyer, losing a bunch of weight in a month by giving up beer in order to fit the role. (Plenty of us found him to be quite attractive as the bumbling, pudgier Andy long before he was Star-Lord!) We can be honest and say that he deserves inclusion on this list for his looks alone, but he’s also an attractive character for several other reasons.
Star-Lord is funny and irreverent, but he also cares. In the second volume of the Guardians of the Galaxy series we learn much more about him and his heritage, and between his willingness to sacrifice himself to his hilarious Pac-Man move, Quill proves that he may even be worthy of Gamora. Maybe.
14. Misty Knight
A strong, defiant detective who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid of much, Misty Knight, portrayed by Simone Missick, first won us over when we saw her in the Netflix Luke Cage series. She’s without a doubt a beautiful woman, but she’s also a woman who, without any supernatural powers of her own, remains committed to justice and capturing her perp no matter his or her abilities.
Misty even lost an arm protecting civilian Claire Temple (another awesome and attractive character played by Rosario Dawson, who lights up any scene she’s in), earning her a bionic one in the process. As a result, fans are hoping to see her become the superhero that she is in the comics. We’ll see what Luke Cage season 2 brings.
Idris Elba. Need we say more? He’s the man who many believe was cheated out of the People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” award this year when Blake Shelton was oddly selected. He also was cast in the role of a Heimdall in Thor, which angered “purist” fans who demanded that Norse gods be white but delighted the rest of us who simply thought, “About time.”
Elba’s eyes are already pretty perfect for getting lost in, but when transformed into the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge he became even more mesmerizing. His steady presence and simple support of Thor changed the otherwise extremely small role of Heimdall into a fan favorite. We’ve also seen him commit treason multiple times in order to protect the Realms from destruction, making him one of the most ethical characters in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe… which is pretty hot.
The most dangerous woman in the universe is also one of the most alluring, and it’s not just because she’s played by the beautiful and talented Zoe Saldana.
Gamora is tough as nails and can kill you without breaking a sweat, but she’s also fiercely loyal and so disarming that you’re never sure where you are with her. Her weapon-wielding is absolutely breathtaking to the point where you could pretty much watch a movie of her battling different villains and be content, and her grin is equal parts sinister and sexy.
The fact that Gamora was raised to be an assassin by Thanos does give us pause since for so much of her life she had no agency in who she was, but since she left his side, Gamora has developed both her own sense of humor as well as sense of justice that let us really see her humanity and flaws. Seeing her connect with Nebula, even just a teeny, tiny bit, helps us delve more into the layers that make her who she is and get to know her better.
11. Captain America
Let’s forget about the soul-destroying “Hail Hydra” of the comics for now and focus only on the Steve Rogers we know and love in the MCU. He is the epitome of the all-American superhero. There’s no question as to why: he is the classic story of working hard to get what you want, always fighting on the side of good and doing what’s right even when it means hurting people you love.
Captain America makes your pulse flutter in the same way your real life hero does. He’s the Marvel turducken: your teacher crush wrapped inside a fireman fried in an action hero. He’s brave, handsome and strong, sure, but he’s also doing it all for the right reasons, which, combined with the charm of Chris Evans, only serves to underscore his magnetic quality.
Cate Blanchett became the latest in a long list of acclaimed actors to take on the role of an MCU villain when he portrayed Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Though Hela didn’t get enough backstory or development to go down as one of the few all-time great MCU villains, she certainly made the kind of impression that only an actor as gifted and powerful as Blanchett can leave.
Hela’s striking black and green aesthetic and the power that radiates from her every move are only enhanced by her dramatic make-up and long black hair. While she unseats her father and young brothers from power and tries to take dominion over Asgard, you can’t help but love to watch her do it. She just makes being bad look way too good.
9. Black Panther
The film isn’t even out yet but the crowd is definitely going wild over the entire Black Panther cast. Ryan Coogler called filming the movie an “emotionally moving” experience and an MCU film with a black cast is long overdue. Leading the team is none other than Chadwick Boseman, whom we got a taste of in Captain America: Civil War.
Many fans say that Boseman’s quiet power is the perfect pick for T’Challa. In the scene where not even Tony Stark or Black Widow could take Bucky down, Black Panther proved his mettle against the Winter Soldier, and when he battled Bucky on the roof it was stylish and mesmerizing.
8. Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch was first teased in an after-credits scene at the end of The Avengers before debuting as a villain in Age of Ultron and gradually joining the Avengers as a card-carrying team member. Though the FOX/Disney rights situations regarding the term “mutant” mean that her backstory is greatly changed from her comics origins, Wanda Maximoff made an instant impression from her very first scene.
Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda with a mix of naive innocence and wounded reserve that fit the character perfectly, drawing the audience to her side effortlessly. Both her initial casual outfit and the red leather duster she wears as an Avenger are striking on Olsen and create a fantastic update of Wanda’s comic outfit.
Charlie Cox at Matt Murdock? The choice worked so well that it left some viewers open-mouthed – and not just because Cox can pull off a suit. He just didn’t bring “superhero” to mind, but that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? Murdock himself doesn’t scream superhero, either.
Cox softens Daredevil into a much more sympathetic and adorable character than he is in the comics, where he can often come across as rather sexist and smug, while still retaining his strength and addiction to his vigilante-by-night persona.
That half-grin, that self-depreciation conveyed in a shrug… oftentimes we are dissatisfied with the casting of our favorite comic characters, but in this case, the casting choice improved the character. Season one of Daredevil felt like a comic brought to life and really hooked us into the MCU of Netflix. A huge reason for that was Matt Murdock himself.
6. Peggy Carter
The cancellation of Agent Carter broke the hearts of many Marvel fans. The show was clever and fun, but Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter was the reason people tuned in each week.
With an 88% approval rate from Rotten Tomatoes, it’s even more surprising that the show was canceled. Peggy Carter was clever, quick-thinking and so much fun to watch as she navigated the real crimes behind the scenes in a man’s world where S.H.I.E.L.D. was first developing.
Carter’s beauty made her reminiscent of a secret agent Judy Garland, and the cool time period music and scenery coupled with her quick wit and agent skills transported fans into the MCU long before robotic developments and alien technology stole the show. The woman had enough charisma to carry a show without much advanced tech and it’s just too bad that it’s no longer on TV.
Loki is the villain and/or anti-hero that everybody loves, and Tom Hiddleston has a lot to do with that. Hiddleston has depicted the foster brother of Thor with rakish swagger and such spot-on personality that most couldn’t name a better actor to play the part. It’s as if Hiddleston simply breathed life into the pages of Marvel and Loki walked out of the cell, ink drying as he smirked and started causing chaos.
Hiddleston has stated that he’s simply bewildered that he’s still playing Loki after all of this time. He expected the character to be a thorn in the Avengers’ side for a movie, maybe two, and that was it. MCU fans obviously have an entirely different idea for their favorite bad boy and want the Trickster God and his diabolical mind to stay for a while.
4. Iron Man
Tony Stark is a pig-headed, arrogant, sexist know-it-all, but he’s considered to be one of the hottest MCU characters by many fans. It helps that he’s brilliant, he’s often right (but wrong enough to prove that he needs to be checked), and he’s got a knack for saving the world. He’s also got a knack for having a hand in its destruction, even if inadvertently so, and for having a mouth on him, which, let’s face it, makes him all the more attractive. How many of us wish we could have said his lines at people we disagreed with in the past?
Iron Man is truly Robert Downey Jr.’s comeback role and the actor has made the character just as sexy as we expect from the comic books, and more. The playboy billionaire remains one of the most beloved characters in the universe largely because of Downey’s provocative portrayal.
3. Black Widow
Black Widow is an obvious choice as one of the most attractive characters in the MCU – not just because she’s gorgeous or because she’s played by Scarlett Johansson, but because of her skill set.
The former spy’s repertoire of abilities includes being able to be anyone at any time, making her appealing by nature when she’s working. Black Widow can be sensual on a whim, whether because she wants to in her personal life or as part of seducing an enemy, which makes her both alluring and dangerous.
Natasha Romanova’s appeal also lies in her versatility in general. She can whip a room of villains into shape with bare feet while wearing a cocktail dress, but she’s pulled off some of the most incredible scenes of the films in her Avengers costumes. She manages to look ferocious as well as sexy while dispatching her foes because she knows her own capabilities and she’s not afraid to push herself to her limits.
The God of Thunder may have made it lower on this list only a year ago, but when Chris Hemsworth played the goofy receptionist Kevin in last year’ Ghostbusters film and proved his humor chops, he carried that over to Asgard, which gave us a whole new dimension of Thor. He’s always been a bit funny, tossing coffee mugs and whatnot, and he’s always been one of the most handsome faces in the franchise, but Thor recently became much more appealing in this year’s Thor: Ragnarok. It was one of the top grossing movies of the year and Hemsworth truly shone with his newly short hair.
1. Luke Cage
How have we only had Netflix’s Luke Cage series for a year? How are we to wait for the second season in 2018, for that matter? Luke Cage is an incredible series with a killer cast full of attractive people, ruthless, multi-layered bad guys and the sexiest superhero of the MCU to date. The titular character, played by Mike Colter, is a bulletproof babe who defines smooth even as he mangles through his muddy life.
A hero who takes on the scum of Harlem, Luke Cage is redefined as man with heart who simply cares about his neighborhood rather than the “hero for hire” we knew in the comics. Yes, he’s built like a tank and yes, his voice could melt steel, but Cage is the most attractive person in the MCU because of that combination and so much more. He sticks around to save Harlem not because he has to but because it’s what Harlem needs. The development of his character is some of the most compelling storytelling we’ve seen in the MCU and we can’t wait for more.
Who do you think is the most attractive character in the MCU? Let us know in the comments!
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