New heroes emerge alongside familiar faces as your favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes in 2015!

Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes came in all shapes and sizes in 2015 to help serve justice on screens both big and small! Spies, private investigators, size-changing ex-convicts and more all proved they had what it took to save the day from the biggest threats seen yet in the MCU.

We asked and you used the hash tag #Marvel2015 to name your favorite MCU heroes of the year–keep reading to see who made the cut!

5. Black Widow

5. Black Widow

5. Black Widow

Having faced her fair share of villains in her illustrious career in the MCU, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) did in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” what no other Avenger had; she took down Hulk without ever throwing a punch! Add that to her lengthy list of accomplishments and it’s no surprise how the masterful spy made the cut of your favorite heroes in 2015.

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones in Marvel's Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones in Marvel’s Jessica Jones

4. Jessica Jones

2015 introduced us to a different kind of super hero, one who would prefer to stay out of the spotlight due to her tragic past and history of bringing harm to those she cared for. Private eye Jessica Jones (Krsyten Ritter) overcame her personal tragedies to prevent them from happening to others in the debut season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) looks at robotic remnants in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) looks at robotic remnants in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

3. Iron Man

Despite a few of his creations going awry in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” fans will always hold a place in their heart for the first hero to emerge in the MCU as we know it. Luckily for Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), a brain capable of creating Ultron (James Spader) can also figure out how to stop him, thanks to an assist from the J.A.R.V.I.S. infused Vision (Paul Bettany)!

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) admires the body transforming suit in Marvel's Ant-Man

Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) admires the body transforming suit in Marvel’s Ant-Man

2. Ant-Man

All the qualities that made Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) an expert thief–charisma, resourcefulness, and motivation–are also the qualities that make him the greatest new hero in the MCU! In Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” Scott embraced his inner hero to utilize the Ant-Man suit, allowing him to shrink in size but not in strength, and fans can’t wait to get more Scott in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

Captain America (Chris Evans) rushes into battle in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron

Captain America (Chris Evans) rushes into battle in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

1. Captain America

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes rely on Captain America (Chris Evans) to lead them into battle, and you’ve chosen him as your favorite hero of 2015! Whether grappling with Ultron or arguing with Iron Man, Cap’s strength, leadership, and perserverence earned him a deserved spot near and dear to everyone’s hearts this year.

 

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It’s rare that anybody thinks themselves the villain of their own story, but it’s also typically tough to make a case for the virtue of those who threaten the Marvel Universe’s existence on a regular basis.

Still, the “villains” had some depth in 2015 to say the least. While we can’t condone wiping out civilizations or subjugating the minds of a vast populace, we can’t totally argue with the ends these baddies used to justify the aforementioned nasty means.

We asked and you used the hash tag #Marvel2015 to name your top Marvel comic book villains of the year–keep reading to see who made the cut!

5. Kang

5. Kang

5. Kang

Black Bolt took the ultimate risk in handing his son, Ahura, over to the despotic Kang the Conqeuror for safeguarding during Secret Wars, and the choice exploded in the collective face of him and his people. The time-traveling tyrant chose to remold the youngster in his own image, making the next generation of Inhumans their possible destruction.

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4. Carnage

4. Carnage

4. Carnage

Cletus Kasady’s flirtation with his heroic side as seen in AXIS did not last long. Carnage resurfaced and menaced the young Nova who he had briefly allied with, targeting the teen’s family and school before being halted by the Human Rocket. Breaking free from captivity, Kasady has resumed his seemingly endless reign of terror, with a new team determined to bring him down.

Featured in: CARNAGE

3. Kingpin

3. Kingpin

3. Kingpin

With his life in shambles, Matt Murdock turned to his greatest foe looking for assistance, and Wilson Fisk seized the opportunity to batter his rival further, victimizing his friends and loved ones in the process. Given the opportunity to rise above his previous station, the Kingpin instead remained true to form, a bully willing to run over anybody to get his way.

Featured in: DAREDEVIL

2. Doctor Doom

2. Doctor Doom

2. Doctor Doom

On the one hand, Victor Von Doom salvaged the remains of the multiverse and created Battleworld so that countless realities would live. On the other metal gauntlet, he set himself up as “God,” stole his greatest rival’s family, and eradicated all who disagreed with his point of view. Hero or villain? You proclaimed him the latter.

Featured in: SECRET WARS

1. Thanos

1. Thanos

1. Thanos

While Doom may have been misguided, his goals remained salvation and creation; Thanos, as ever only focused on destruction. Leading his Cabal from one world to the next, the Mad Titan took advantage of the Incursions to eradicate countless realities, managing to top his prior career highlight of wiping out only half a universe.

Featured in: SECRET WARS

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Star Wars returned to Marvel Comics with STAR WARS #1 in January 2015, and since then the saga’s racked up a laser-focused list of impressive storylines and must-see moments.

Return with us now to that galaxy far, far away for a run-down of the top 10 Star Wars moments of the past year as selected by you!

10. Chewbacca vs. Dengar

When a Wookie meets the best bounty hunter this side of Boba Fett, you figure some fur’s gotta fly, right? In truth, it’s Dengar who went flying in STAR WARS #11 after threatening Chewbacca’s pal and partner, Han Solo.

9. Meet the Damerons

9. Meet the Damerons

9. Meet the Damerons

In JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – SHATTERED EMPIRE #1, we met Shara Bey and Kes Dameron, two characters who seem to have a much bigger destiny than even their initial adventure displayed…

8. The Princess and the Sith

8. The Princess and the Sith

8. The Princess and the Sith

Back on Naboo after the Battle of Endor, Princess Leia discovered not only the Empire’s continued evil in JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – SHATTERED EMPIRE #3, but also sensed the lingering malevolency of the late Darth Maul in the old Theed Palace hanger bay.

7. Luke vs. Vader

7. Luke vs. Vader

7. Luke vs. Vader

Remember when Luke Skywalker first dueled Darth Vader on the big screen? Well, surprise! The young Jedi actually initially crossed sabers with the Dark Lord in STAR WARS #2, although the fight remained brief and to the point as Vader schooled Luke in the art of “negotiations.”

6. Lightsabers for Everyone

6. Lightsabers for Everyone

6. Lightsabers for Everyone

When our intrepid band of Rebels swooped in to rescue Luke Skywalker from Imperial agents in STAR WARS #12, they found themselves in a cache of looted Jedi artifacts…including lightsabers. In short order, everyone was swinging the ancient Jedi weapons and enjoying themselves to varying degrees.

5. Vader Tells It Like It Is

5. Vader Tells It Like It Is

5. Vader Tells It Like It Is

Picture this: Darth Vader, forced to crash-land by Rebel fighters on a desolate world in VADER DOWN #1, and soon surrounded by enemy forces. Does he feel afraid? Alone? At wit’s end? No, sir—the Dark Lord of the Sith merely activates his lightsaber and addresses his opponents as “dead men.” What a guy!

4. Kanan Rising

Fan-favorite on-the-run Jedi Kanan Jarrus took center stage in KANAN – THE LAST PADAWAN #1, wherein readers began to discover his roots as a young Jedi trainee during the Clone Wars, and the events that forged him into the fascinating character seen in “Star Wars: Rebels.”

3. The Wife of Han Solo

3. The Wife of Han Solo

3. The Wife of Han Solo

Princess Leia thought she’d seen a lot throughout the galaxy, but the one thing she never expected to see? Han Solo’s wife. In STAR WARS #6, she met the woman who called herself Sana Solo, and that little nugget of information rocked her world right down to the core…

2. Boba Fett? Boba Fett?

2. Boba Fett? Boba Fett?

2. Boba Fett? Boba Fett?

We never get enough of Boba Fett—that’s a fact. Luke Skywalker didn’t ask for the infamous bounty hunter in STAR WARS #6, but he got him nonetheless. The two battled in Ben Kenobi’s hut on Tatooine, and Luke actually came out on top, though blind and confused.

1. Give Me a Name

1. Give Me a Name

1. Give Me a Name

It’s one of those scenes Star Wars fans wanted to see the most: the moment Darth Vader learned the name of the pilot who destroyed the Death Star. It finally played out in STAR WARS #6 and DARTH VADER #6, and afterward the relationship between the Emperor and Vader would never, ever be the same again.

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Emotional explosions and close quarters combat made the cut of your favorite Marvel TV moments from 2015!

Marvel television gave audiences a wide variety of memorable moments that showcased all aspects of the Marvel Universe, from the intensity found in Hell’s Kitchen in “Marvel’s Daredevil” or passionate expressions of emotion in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” In 2015, Marvel Television showcased not just the super human abilities of its characters but displayed complex characters that audiences around the world connected with.

We asked and you used the hash tag #Marvel2015 to name your favorite Marvel television moments of the year–keep reading to see which made the cut!

Clark Gregg stars as Director Phil Coulson in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3

Clark Gregg stars as Director Phil Coulson in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3

5. Coulson’s Descent

Audiences of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” have come to rely on Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) as a level-headed tactician who never loses his cool, but after a devastating personal loss, his anger fueled a death-defying pursit of Ward (Brett Dalton), the new leader of Hydra! Fans saw a new side of Coulson when he dove from a plane, through a portal, and to another planet to bring Ward to justice.

4. Matt Murdock Sees Red

4. Matt Murdock Sees Red

4. Matt Murdock Sees Red

Throughout most of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) wore functional black atheletic clothing when patrolling the streets at night. When he realized the levels of destruction occuring at Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’onofrio) hands, Matt sanctioned a few wardrobe upgrades and debuted the famous red suit that fans know and love to take down his foe once and for all!

3. Agent Carter Knows Her Value

3. Agent Carter Knows Her Value

3. Agent Carter Knows Her Value

Audiences endured Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) constantly getting underestimated and underutilized for the entire first season of “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” but in the finale, she finally reached her breaking point. When Carter stood up and said, “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter,” she instantly became one of the most inspiring characters in Marvel Television!

2. Fitz and Simmons Embrace

2. Fitz and Simmons Embrace

2. Fitz and Simmons Embrace

After years of audiences pining to see the romantic tension between Agents Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) come to fruition, they finally got their wish in a dramatic episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”! Although the romantic future for the two characters remains uncertain, this memorable moment brought joy to the hearts of characters and fans alike.

1. The Man Without Fear Unleashed

1. The Man Without Fear Unleashed

1. The Man Without Fear Unleashed

“Marvel’s Daredevil” showed a darker, more intense corner of the Marvel Universe and the show’s creators embraced that darkness. In the show’s second episode, Matt took on a group of thugs in an extended hallway fight sequence unlike anything else Marvel has put on screen to date! You can watch the sequence by clicking here.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe showcased some of the biggest–and the smallest–battles in films this year and you’ve told us your favorites!

Whether the combat featured Earth’s Mightiest Heroes or saw toys threatening to cruch combatants, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Marvel’s “Ant-Man” gave audiences some of the most unique bouts seen in the MCU! Mechanical menaces and insectoid allies fell victim to the chaos, proving that the Marvel Cinematic Universe never fails to surprise!

We asked and you used the hash tag #Marvel2015 to name your favorite Marvel movie fights of the year–keep reading to see which made the cut!

5) Maximoffs vs. the Avengers

5) Maximoffs vs. the Avengers

5. Maximoffs vs. the Avengers

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” our heroes met the mysterious Maximoff twins, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and collided with these powerful adversaries in multiple countries. The twins’ unique abilities made them quite the match for the Avengers, and eventually valuable allies!

4) Scott Lang vs. Falcon

4) Scott Lang vs. Falcon

4. Scott Lang vs. Falcon

On a covert mission in “Ant-Man,” Scott (Paul Rudd) learns he’s not alone at a supposedly abandoned compound that the Avengers have re-purposed! Scott puts the Ant-Man suit to the test by colliding with Falcon (Anthony Mackie), in a bout that put the size-changing hero on the Avengers’ radar.

3. The Avengers vs. Ultron

More than just a physical threat, Ultron (James Spader) used his abilities to create an android army proved his power in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”! No matter how many mechanical menaces Ultron threw at the Avengers, they felt the might of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the rest of the team in a legendary battle in Sokovia.

2) Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket

2) Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket

2. Ant-Man vs. Yellowjacket

“Ant-Man” gave us an unlikely hero in Scott Lang, so it only made sense for the film to feature an equally unlikely setting for a memorable melee! Donning the Ant-Man suit, Scott brawled with Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) in his Yellowjacket armor in his daughter’s bedroom, leaving a trail of tattered toys in their wake.

1. Hulk vs. Iron Man's Hulkbuster

1. Hulk vs. Iron Man’s Hulkbuster

1. Hulk vs. Iron Man’s Hulkbuster

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has a contingency plan for every situation. When Wanda Maximoff set Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) on a path of destruction in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Iron Man sprang into action! The devastating duel instantly became a fan-favorite fight in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

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In a year where the Marvel Universe literally came to an end, its heroes found themselves challenged like never before.

Unconventional saviors presented themselves while familiar vanguards fell. From the largest roster of Avengers ever to spacefaring rogues like the Guardians of the Galaxy and countless more in between, the forces of good may never have been stronger even in the face of impossible odds.

We asked and you used the hash tag #Marvel2015 to name your favorite Marvel comic book heroes of the year–keep reading to see who made the cut!

10. Thor

10. Thor

10. Thor

With the Odinson no longer worthy to wield Mjolnir, brave Jane Foster took up the mantel of Thor, keeping her dual identity a secret. The new goddess of thunder sacrifices her own health each time she journeys into battle but remains undaunted in her defense of all realms.

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9. Squirrel Girl

9. Squirrel Girl

9. Squirrel Girl

With an infectious heroic spirit and unflappable drive to do good Squirrel Girl continued to be unbeatable in 2015. Racking up wins over everybody from Kraven to freakin’ Galactus, Doreen Green also made new friends everywhere she went, from the campus of Empire State University to the towers of Asgardia!

Featured in: UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL

8. Cyclops

8. Cyclops

8. Cyclops

His friends despise him, the public distrusts him, and he has little to call his own, but Scott Summers stands by his controversial choices as the self-appointed face of mutantkind. Following Secret Wars, Cyclops has been proclaimed dead, but his legacy lives on stronger than ever.

Featured in: UNCANNY X-MEN

7. Wolverine

7. Wolverine

7. Wolverine

Finally shedding the baggage of her violent past, the former X-23 looked to a future of fulfillment as the all-new Wolverine. Laura carries on one of the most imposing legacies in the Marvel Universe and has not flinched since donning the blue and gold.

Featured in: ALL-NEW X-MEN

6. Captain America

6. Captain America

6. Captain America

Speaking of filling big shoes and carrying a hefty shield, Sam Wilson, formerly the Falcon, rose to prominence as the new Captain America this past year, proving Steve Rogers knows how to choose a succesor. The high-flying Cap foiled a far-reaching Hydra plot, took down the Scarecrow, and more.

Featured in: ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA

5. Deadpool

5. Deadpool

5. Deadpool

After much time straddling the line between good and maniacal, Deadpool went full hero this past year, safeguarding his friends and family while also saving the world. This benevolent turn has given Wade Wilson fame and fortune, but his violent past lurks a few steps behind…

Featured in: DEADPOOL

4. Daredevil

4. Daredevil

4. Daredevil

Matt Murdock rode high into 2015 as the beloved champion on San Francisco, but in typically fashion, his luck ran out, endagering all those around him. Yet again, the Man Without Fear earned our respect, as Daredevil took down his greatest enemy plus several other threats along the way, getting knocked down but never out.

Featured in: DAREDEVIL

3. Spider-Man

3. Spider-Man

3. Spider-Man

Peter Parker finally got some much-needed breaks in 2015, emerging from Spider-Verse virtually unscathed, surviving Secret Wars, and taking his company to the top. With so many things going well for our friendly neighborhood wallcrawler, you gotta wonder when the dreaded Parker Luck will resurface…

Featured in: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

2. Ms. Marvel

2. Ms. Marvel

2. Ms. Marvel

Just when she seemed to be getting the hang of the hero thing, Kamala Khan’s world came crashing down–along with the rest of the universe! Ms. Marvel faced the last days of the Marvel Universe with remarkable bravery and poise, inspiring even her role model, Carol Danvers, to not give up hope.

Featured in: MS. MARVEL

1. Captain Marvel

1. Captain Marvel

1. Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers can’t be stopped. Whether serving in the Avengers, pulling the Guardians of the Galaxy out of the fire, or saving entire intergalactic civilizations in her spare time, Captain Marvel more than earns her lofty status as your favorite hero of 2015!

Featured in: CAPTAIN MARVEL

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