Is there a bigger entertainment success story in the 21st century than the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It seems unthinkable now, but back in prehistoric 2008, Iron Man was anything but a guaranteed hit – director Jon Favreau had to convince the studio that there might be a chance to make any kind of money on this wacky idea.
Now, of course, it’s pretty much the dominant force in Hollywood, being both a creative and commercial success, which is pretty nuts when you think about how much of it involves magic people punching each other in outer-space.
There are a lot of characters in the MCU – hundreds and hundreds – and some big names just make it nowhere near the top 25. Hawkeye might sport a savage undercut and sick sleeve, but he’s also completely rubbish (don’t write in). Captain America has about as flawless a beard as anyone’s ever grown, but he’s hardly metal, you know? Happy Hogan, a guy who is frequently out of breath but just excited to be involved, just missed making the list. It’s all very scientific. Again, though, don’t write in.
So, let's get stuck into it. Marvel-characters-who-are-in-any-way-considered-metal assemble!