Best Stan Lee Marvel Characters

Here are our picks for the best Marvel characters created by Stan Lee!

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10. Prof. Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor X

10. Prof. Charles Xavier a.k.a. Professor X

The leader of the X-Men is Professor Charles Xavier otherwise known as Professor X. Stan Lee made this character a paraplegic who is physically weak, but has the most powerful mind on the planet. His great mental powers allow him to read and control others thoughts. He is the vastly intelligent and level-headed leader of the X-Men. Both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy have played the role in the X-Men films.

Film Appearances:

X-Men (2000)

X2: X-Men United (2003)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men: First Class (2011)

The Wolverine (2013)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Logan (2017)

Dark Phoenix (2019)

9. Thor Odinson

9. Thor Odinson

Drawing from Norse mythology, Stan Lee made the god of thunder, Thor, into a superhero from the mystical realm of Asgard. A prideful prince, Thor is cast out of the heavenly world by his father Odin, and banished to earth, to learn humility. He soon becomes the protector of Midgard from various vile villains. His powers of superhuman strength, flight, and lighting come from his magical hammer, Mjolnir. He is played by Chris Hemsworth in the MCU films.

Film Appearances:

Thor (2011)

The Avengers (2012)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers 4 (2019)

8. Susan Storm a.k.a. The Invisible Woman

8. Susan Storm a.k.a. The Invisible Woman

The most powerful member of the Fantastic Four is Susan Storm. Stan Lee created the team in the 1960s and Sue has always been the most formidable part of the group who gained super-powers after being exposed to cosmic radiation in a space mission gone wrong. She's a genius and has always been the caring heart of the team. Her ability to turn herself, other people, and objects invisible is nothing next to her power to create invisible force fields which she can control at will. She's been played by Jessica Alba and Kate Mara in the Fantastic Four movies.

Film Appearances:

Fantastic 4 (2005)

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Fant4stic (2015)

7. Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil

7. Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil

Wanting to make unique superhero with a disability, Stan Lee crafted Matt Murdock/Daredevil. A childhood accident involving radioactive materials blinded him, but all of his other senses were heightened allowing him to become a lawyer by day and a vigilante by night. His thirst for justice steams from his father's murder at the hands of crime bosses on the rough streets of New York City's suburb known as Hell's Kitchen. He has been played by Ben Affleck in the feature films and by Charlie Cox on the Netflix streaming series.

Film Appearances:

Daredevil (2003 film)

Elektra (2005 film)

Daredevil (2015 Netflix series)

6. King T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther

6. King T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther

Created by Stan Lee in the middle of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, King T'Challa/Black Panther was the first black superhero in Marvel comics. The character is an intelligent scientist, a regal king, and a fierce warrior. He is next in line to the throne and the heir to the mantle of the Panther which bestows him with superior strength and agility as well as a suit made of a vibration absorbent material called vibranium. He is played by Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Film Appearances:

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Black Panther (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers 4 (2019)

5. Janet Van Dyne a.k.a. The Wasp

5. Janet Van Dyne a.k.a. The Wasp

An smart, strong-willed, tough fighter, Stan Lee made the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, an interesting juxtaposition to her highly intelligent scientist husband Hank Pym/Ant-Man. She's a fierce woman with drive and an emotional complexity that's rarely seen in comics. Her suit gives her wings, blasters, and the ability to shrink. She's a kind-natured person with a no-nonsense attitude and intense fighting style. The character has been played by Michelle Pfeiffer, alongside her daughter Hope van Dyne who's portrayed by Evangeline Lily in the films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Film Appearances:

Ant-Man (2015)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Avengers 4 (2019)

4. Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man

4. Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man

A genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, Tony Stark/Iron Man was Stan's take on Hugh Heffner and Howard Hughes combined. Lee claims that this character received more fanmail from female readers than any other Marvel Comics character. Stark's self-absorbed exterior hides his heart of gold that will do anything to protect those he cares about. His suit of armor, which he created to escape captivity, allows him to fly and is filled with all sorts of high-tech weaponry and gadgets, making him a one-man army. Robert Downey Jr. is the only actor to have played him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Film Appearances:

Iron Man (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

 Avengers 4 (2019)

3. Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto

3. Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto

Perhaps Stan's most complicated character is Erik Lensher/Magneto, a survivor of the Holocaust and leader of the Brotherhood of Mutants. Magneto's conquest for mutant superiority puts him at odds with the heroes of the Marvel universe, specifically his friend-turned-rival Professor X and his X-Men. His ability to control metal and create magnetic fields makes him one of the most powerful characters, and that, combined with his charismatic personality, makes him a very formidable foe. He's been played by Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender in the X-Men films.

Film Appearances:

X-Men (2000)

X2: X-Men United (2003)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X-Men: First Class (2011)

The Wolverine (2013)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

 Dark Phoenix (2019)

2. Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man

2. Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man

A totally original creation when he was made in the 60s, Peter Park/Spider-Man was the first teenage superhero. He was a normal kid with normal problems and then he got bitten by a radioactive spider which imbued him with the powers of an arachnid. Now his problems were much more complicated as he had to use his great powers to take on the great responsibility of defending the weak from villains and criminals in NYC who sought to do others harm. Actors Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland have taken on the role in the Spider-Man and MCU movies.

Film Appearances:

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers 4 (2019)

1. Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. Hulk

1. Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. Hulk

The best character created by Stan Lee is Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk. This is a classic monster character that represents the duality of man which everyone can relate to on some level. We all get mad, but, after being exposed to gamma radiation, Banner transforms into a giant green monster when he gets too angry, causing devastation to all those around him. He's the ultimate loner and his greatest enemy is himself. That conflict between Hulk and Banner makes the character so interesting, important, and relevant for everyone, everywhere, always. He's been played by Eric Bana, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo in the Hulk films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Film Appearances:

Hulk (2003)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

 Avengers 4 (2019)

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