Comic relief characters are as familiar to Marvel fans as superheroes and supervillains. While the hero and villain fight for the fate of the world, a comedic character usually stands on the sidelines and jokes around. These characters usually take a few meta jabs at the ridiculousness of Marvel mythology as a sly wink for audiences.
By Taika Waititi in Thor: Ragnarok in on Letitia Wright Black Panther in to Awkwafina Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsit takes a special kind of deadpan comedian to play those roles.
10 Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson
Agent Coulson was first introduced in Phase One and was the MCU’s first audience replacement. The relatable Clark Gregg did a great job playing a regular guy surrounded by “a remarkable group of people.”
Coulson is a huge superhero fan who collects Captain America playing cards so he never misses an opportunity to meet his favorite heroes. This SHIELD pillar always means well when he tries to speak to the Avengers, but it often comes off the wrong way. He says to Cap, “I watched you while you were sleeping.”
9 Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
When Earth was safe from the deviants, Kingo didn’t hide like the other Eternals; He stayed in the limelight as three generations of Bollywood stars. Hilariously played by Kumail Nanjiani, Kingo is the closest thing to it eternal Movie must have a traditional MCU hero.
Vain and self-obsessed, Kingo shares a hysterical dynamic with his human valet, Karun. At the beginning of the film, he gives Karun a camera to document his latest world-saving antics so they can sell it as a reality series.
8th Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan was the MCU’s first comic supporting character. With Jon Favreau in the role, it was also the first time an MCU director had been cast in a supporting role. Happy is Tony Stark’s head of security, which became a running joke after Tony learned how to protect himself.
Iron Man doesn’t need a bodyguard, but he does keep Happy close because he likes him so much. Happy joined the supporting cast of the Spiderman movies after the end of iron man series, both as Aunt May’s ongoing love interest and one of Peter Parker’s many grumpy father figures.
7 Letitia Wright as Shuri
Shuri is the whimsical scientist who develops Black Panther’s Vibranium-powered technology. She’s also his little sister with a snarky sense of humor. Shuri complains that T’Challa brought her “another broken white boy to fix.”
She’s constantly making fun of her brother and mocking his shoes with the old “What are those!?” memes. This scene was criticized for its outdated reference, but it fits the character perfectly. Shuri rarely leaves Wakanda, so her understanding of the outside world comes from the internet.
6 Evan Peters as Quicksilver
While Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine takes center stage, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver is the star of the breakthrough X-Men: Days of Future Past. His nonchalant demeanor was the perfect antidote to the self-seriousness this franchise had slipped into at the time.
Quicksilver’s role in days of the future past and its sequels is arguably the best display of superhuman speed on screen, captured in super-slow tracking shots. Quicksilver moves at normal speed, but everything around him is slowed down, making for a great visual gag.
5 Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds
Ned Leeds, Peter Parker’s best friend and ‘guy in the chair’, played brilliantly by Jacob Batalon, always has the perfect punchline to end every scene with a laugh: ‘Cure that a**’, ‘I would like to would like to believe my words from the record”, “I… watch… porn…?”
When he opens a portal to introduce Tobey Maguire’s Spidey in the MCU and sends the audience crazy with nostalgia, Ned looks down at his civilian clothes and says, “Oh great, that’s just some guy.”
4 Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis
Jane Foster’s intern Darcy Lewis was the comic relief in the film Thor Movies before Taika Waititi showed up and turned them into 100% comic relief. Darcy is not a particularly well developed character, but she is enhanced by Kat Denning’s comedic talents.
Darcy was eventually reinstated into the MCU ensemble WandaVision to bring her confident wit to Wanda Maximoff’s sitcom fantasyland, “She recast Pietro!?”
3 Taika Waititi as Korg
When he was appointed helm Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi cast herself to play the film’s funniest character. His dry delivery style is hilariously contrasted with Korg’s performance as a giant rock monster. Korg introduces himself with “a little rock, paper, scissors” joke.
Korg is mostly a reactionary role, delivering confident comments: “Sounds like you had a pretty special and intimate relationship with this Hammer and that his loss was almost akin to losing a loved one.”
2 Michael Pena as Luis
After being released from prison, Scott Lang moves in with his former cellmate Luis, with whom he starts a security company called X-Con. Michael Peña’s fast-paced portrayal of Luis is one of the highlights of the ant man Series.
Luis’ storytelling is one of the MCU’s best running gags. Director Peyton Reed will cut through a montage while Luis tells a rambling story through semi-improvised riffs. The sequel continues this gag without rehashing it when Luis receives a truth serum.
1 Awkwafina as Katy
Shang-Chi’s best friend Katy is the primary comic relief in Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Awkwafina’s dry delivery style was perfect for Marvel’s signature confident jabs at his own mythology: “Some guy with a frigging machete for an arm just chopped our bus in half!”
At the beginning of the film, Katy explains how she avoided confrontations with bullies in high school: by shouting the lyrics to “Hotel California” to confuse them. That part pays off in hilarious ways when she tries the same thing on a Ten Rings assassin at an underground fight club (and of course it doesn’t go as planned).
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