With the superhero film genre’s popularity increasing at a seemingly exponential rate, it’s clear that moviegoers can’t get enough of comic book action on the big screen - and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is leading the charge with their diverse library of characters. However, admittedly a superhero story would get fairly boring if all we saw were the good guys and bad guys beating each other to a pulp and hanging out by themselves in the scenes in-between - which is why much needed supporting and side characters spice up the narrative. So while heroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy are the main attractions, their allies (and even occasionally enemies) add their own charm through humor, romance, intellect and general assistance.

We’ve gone ahead and taken a look at the best supporting characters the MCU has given us over the years. For the purposes of this list, we haven’t chosen any characters who are superheroes/supervillains in their own right or have their own powers - which is why, even though they are great characters, you won’t see War Machine, Falcon or any of the Asgardians. Fortunately, there are still plenty of unique and important individuals to include. Here are our top 10 picks.

10. Senator Stern
10. Senator Stern
His accumulated screen time between Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier may only add up to about 10 minutes, but Senator Stern has proven to be one of the more humorous characters the MCU has given us - which is no surprise given that it’s Garry Shandling playing the role. In Iron Man 2, he was determined to take Tony Stark’s armor for the U.S. government and made no secret of his distaste for the industrialist, making it all the poetic when he had to pin a medal on him at the end of the movie. However, it was the revelation that he was a Hydra agent in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that not only made him look scummier, but also birthed all those "Hail Hydra" memes that followed in the weeks after. That alone warrants a spot on this list.

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