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MCU Characters and Their Long-Lost Movie Twins

With the multiverse now open, we’re going searching for MCU character variants in other franchises.
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First, we had three Peter Parkers. Then, we met alternate versions of Doctor Strange and Wanda Maximoff. There are bound to be more variants of our favorite MCU characters that we haven’t seen yet. Whether or not we see those variants in the movies and shows, the idea got me thinking about what other characters from different film franchises are these movie twins to our favorites.

I went ahead and found non-MCU characters that could be the long-lost twins of our favorite Marvel heroes and villains. And here’s your only spoiler warning if you haven’t caught up with Phase Four because I’ll be talking about some of the newer characters.

Taskmaster: Maleficent from ‘Maleficent’

Taskmaster from Black Widow, Maleficent from Maleficent 2
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Say what you all about the MCU‘s version of Taskmaster, but I personally loved the changes they made. What we thought was a typical villain turned out to be much deeper than that. Taskmaster was a very traumatized character who was turned evil by the actions of others.

That’s why I think Maleficent is the perfect non-MCU variant for Taskmaster. Maleficent’s backstory shows that she was a caring person until she was betrayed. Both characters went through a lot and ended up being pretty cool anti-heroes, in my opinion.

Sharon Carter: Agent Whiskey from ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ and Lando from ‘Star Wars’

Sharon Carter from Captain America The Winter Soldier, Agent Whiskey from Kingsmen 2, Lando from Star Wars
Marvel | Disney | 20th Century Fox | Marv Films | Cloudy Productions | TSG Entertainment | Lucasfilm

I personally don’t love Sharon Carter. I have no reason; I just don’t vibe with her. That said, I wanted to include her because I know so many people like where her character is going in the MCU.

Her first movie twin would have to be Agent Whiskey from Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He had been working with the main characters the entire movie and then betrayed them. That’s a lot like what we see from Sharon Carter in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Sharon’s second screen doppelganger is Lando from Star Wars. We know that he is one of Han Solo‘s oldest friends, just like Sharon used to be a powerful ally to the Avengers. Her betrayal in Falcon and the Winter Soldier reminded me so much of Lando’s in Star Wars.

See related: Ten Marvel Characters Who Could Easily Defeat Thanos

John Walker: Homelander from ‘The Boys’ and Hans from ‘Frozen’

John Walker from Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Homelander from The Boys, Hans from Frozen
Marvel | Disney | Amazon Prime Video | Sony | Kripke Enterprises | Point Grey Pictures | Original Film | Kickstart Entertainment | KFL Nightsky Productions

Oh, John Walker, where do I start? There are obvious parallels between him and Homelander from The Boys. The only difference I really see between them is that John is not technically a superhero; he just has super-soldier serum.

But let’s dig a little deeper for another character with the same energy. For me, Hans from Frozen fits the bill. John joining the other side at the end of Falcon and the Winter Soldier reminded me of Han‘s reasons for betraying Anna in Frozen.

Captain Marvel: Rey from ‘Star Wars’ and Sergeant Calhoun from ‘Wreck-It Ralph’

Captain Marvel from Captain Marvel, Rey from Star Wars, Sergeant Calhoun from Wreck-It-Ralph
Marvel | Disney | Lucasfilm | Bad Robot Productions

Captain Marvel and Rey from Star Wars have a lot in common. For one thing, I know some people don’t like either character. But their similarities go deeper than that. While Captain Marvel’s a little more intense, she and Rey have similar motivations and personalities.

Sergeant Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph reminds me of Captain Marvel, too. I find it hilarious because they have the exact same personality and motivation; the only difference is Calhoun doesn’t have powers.

Agatha Harkness: Mother Gothel from ‘Tangled’

Agatha Harkness from Wandavision, Mother Gothel from Tangled
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Agatha Harkness is Mother Gothel from Tangled; I will not take any debate on that. They are so similar that it’s a little scary. And I don’t mean just their looks!

Agatha Harkness acted like a motherly neighbor figure to Wanda during WandaVision. Mother Gothel filled essentially the same role for Rapunzel. When it came out that both were evil and manipulative, the reaction from the people they’d played was similar, too.

Gamora: Mazikeen from ‘Lucifer’ and Queen Maeve from ‘The Boys’

Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, Mazikeen from Lucifer, Queen Maeve from The Boys
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When it comes to Gamora, I immediately felt she was Mazikeen from a different universe. They started out as antagonists or anti-heroes, but they eventually moved toward the “good” side. They even have the same sarcastic tone when talking to their friends.

Gamora and Queen Maeve from The Boys are strangely similar as well. They have the same personality while still being completely different characters. Can someone make a fan edit of these two killing it together in battle?

See related: All MCU Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Yelena: Johanna from ‘The Hunger Games’ and Arya Stark from ‘Game of Thrones’

Yelena from Hawkeye, Johanna Mason from Hunger Games Catching Fire, Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
Marvel | Disney | Lionsgate | Color Force | Studio Babelsberg | HBO | Warner Bros. | Television 360 | Grok! Television | Generator Entertainment | Startling Television | Bighead Littlehead

Yelena became one of my favorite characters the moment I saw her. I immediately knew exactly who her long-lost movie twins would be. The first is Johanna from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and the second is Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

Johanna and Yelena have very similar personalities. Yelena went on a similar path in Hawkeye that Johanna followed in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I can almost guarantee these two would either be best friends or intense enemies if they existed in the same universe.

Similarly, Arya stark and Yelena are basically the same character in different worlds. When it comes to the path their lives go and their life missions, they are nearly identical. I honestly can’t see any other variants that are this perfectly aligned with their MCU counterpart.

Scott Lang: Michelangelo from ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and Alex Russo from ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’

Scott Lang from Ant-Man, Michelangelo from TNMT, Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place
Marvel | Disney | Nickelodeon | Viacom | LowBar Productions | ABC | It’s a Laugh Productions

Scott Lang is one of the funniest characters in the MCU. And that’s why one of his variants is Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To me, Michelangelo is the funniest turtle, and he and Scott would definitely get along. I could imagine scenes with them playing out like Peter Parker with the other Peter Parkers in No Way Home.

But I also think Scott would get a kick out of his other variant. That’s right, Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place is Scott Lang in a different universe. They both start out a little rough around the edges but turn into amazing heroes that still have an iconic sense of humor.

Bucky Barnes: Shoto Todoroki from ‘My Hero Academia’ and Zuko from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

Bucky Barnes from Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Todoroki from My Hero Academia, Zuko from Avatar the Last Airbender
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Bucky’s first variant is Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia. Shoto was abused by his father the same way Bucky was by HYDRA. Yet they both go on to be outstanding heroes (who could also be counted as anti-heroes at some points).

Now on to the next variant of Bucky Barnes, we have Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender. Zuko was the villain for the first half of the show, the same way Bucky was in his first few appearances in the MCU. But each grows so much that they are one of the critical elements of their hero’s life.

T’Challa: Qui-Gon Jinn from ‘Star Wars’ and Uncle Iroh from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

T'Challa from Black Panther, Qui-Gon from Star Wars, Uncle Iroh from Avatar the Last Airbender
Marvel | Disney | Lucasfilm | 20th Century Fox | Nickelodeon | MTV

You read that right: Uncle Iroh is the T’Challa of Avatar: The Last Airbender. He mentored Zuko out of the darkest time of his life, the same way T’Challa was there for Bucky when he was trying to get through the brainwashing.

T’Challa‘s other non-MCU counterpart is Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars. This might seem a little out of left field because we didn’t really see a lot of Qui-Gon in the movies. Qui-Gon was very “this is the right way to do it,” and T’Challa was raised the same way. They’re both wise mentor figures, and I think they have a similar energy.

See related: Best Video Games Based on Marvel

Kate Bishop: Merida from ‘Brave’ and Raya from ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Kate Bishop from Hawkeye, Merida from Brave, Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon
Marvel | Disney | Pixar

We’re finally talking about Kate Bishop, who has quickly become one of my favorite characters in the entire MCU. First and foremost, Merida from Brave is her sister from another movie universe because of the way they go about pursuing what they want in life. It’s just a plus that they both do archery.

Kate’s second variant is Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon. Raya and Kate both start their journey of heroism with a little bit of naivety and arrogance. But eventually, they grow and mature because of their mentors.

Valkyrie: Rosalie from ‘Twilight’

Valkyrie from Thor Ragnarok, Rosalie from Twilight
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For Valkyrie, I could only come up with one movie character with the same energy. I need to talk it through so you understand where I’m coming from. Yes, Rosalie and Valkyrie are very different characters – like, vastly different – so I understand why this seems like a weird call. However, they are a lot more alike in personality than you might realize.

Rosalie didn’t want anything to do with vampirism, and when we see Valkyrie for the first time in Thor: Ragnarok, she doesn’t want anything to do with the life she had left behind. Eventually, they both embrace the power that had been given to them and become heroes despite their reluctant beginnings.

Loki: Scar from ‘The Lion King’, Shego from ‘Kim Possible’, and Vidia from ‘Tinker Bell’

Loki from Thor Ragnarok, Scar from The Lion King, Shego from Kim Possible, Vidia from Tinker Bell
Marvel | Disney | Buena Vista Pictures | ABC

Loki is the only MCU character on this list that has three variants, which only seems fitting given his Disney+ show. The first is Scar from The Lion King; I feel like I don’t need to explain this too much. Loki betrayed Thor in Avengers (and throughout their childhoods) the same way Scar did to Mufasa. Plus they kind of look alike. Tell me I’m wrong!

Loki‘s next doppelganger is Shego from Kim Possible. And this is not just because of the color scheme. Shego and Loki are a lot alike. Both are sarcastic and a little bit evil just for the fun of it.

And last but not least, I couldn’t help myself but pair Loki with Vidia from the Disney Fairies. Vidia is very much the “trickster bad guy” for most of the franchise. The last time we saw Vidia, though, she had turned over a new leaf, just like Loki in the MCU.

Wanda: Bloom from ‘Winx Club’ and Hope Mikaelson from ‘Legacies’

Wanda Maximoff from Infinity War, Bloom from Winx Club, Hope from Legacies
Marvel | Disney | Nickelodeon | Rainbow | RAI | Paramount | The CW | Warner Bros. | CBS | Alloy Entertainment | My So-Called Entertainment

For Wanda, I went a little more outside of the box with her variants.

Wanda’s first long-lost twin is Bloom from Winx Club. Bloom was the most powerful fairy in Winx Club, just like Wanda is the most powerful being in the MCU. The only difference is that Bloom only turned evil once, and it was not of her own accord; Wanda turned evil because she wanted her family back.

My second choice is Hope Mikaelson from Legacies. Say what you will about both of these characters, but I love them and see so many similarities between them. They are both used for their power and then tossed aside to deal with their own problems. I think that’s why both went dark.

See related: Moments That Prove Wanda Is the Most Powerful Avenger

Peter Parker: Stiles from ‘Teen Wolf’ and Hiro from ‘Big Hero 6’

Spider-Man from Homecoming, Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiro from Big Hero 6
Marvel | Disney | Sony | Columbia Pictures | Pascal Pictures | MTV | Adelstein Productions | DiGa Vision | First Cause, Inc. | Lost Marbles Television | Siesta Productions | MGM Television

I know we already saw Peter Parker‘s MCU variants in No Way Home, but I had to explore non-superhero characters with the same vibe. The first is Stiles from Teen Wolf, and the second is Hiro Hamada from Big Hero Six.

Stiles and Peter Parker are both the “goofy” character on their teams. They would do anything for their friends, as we saw multiple times in both of their franchises. Even when they are in their darkest moments, they’re still there for their best friends.

Hiro and Peter are similar because they both went through enormous journeys that started with a little bit of trauma and ended with them being great heroes on their own. I’m mostly talking about Peter after he loses Aunt May in No Way Home and Hiro after losing Tadashi.

Sam Wilson: Finn from ‘Star Wars’

Sam Wilson from Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Finn from Star Wars
Marvel | Disney | Lucasfilm

This might make some people mad, but hear me out. Sam Wilson’s long-lost movie twin is Finn from Star Wars. Finn had the potential to be the “Captain America” of his franchise, but the fans bullied the writers into downplaying his character.

Sam and Finn don’t have the same humor, but they have the same motivation driving every single thing they do. They both grow to understand their value and power while being shouldered aside by other characters. And, honestly, the fan reaction to Anthony Mackie and John Boyega has been all too similar.

Doctor Strange: Kat Stratford from ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and Severus Snape from ‘Harry Potter’

Doctor Strange from Multiverse of Madness, Kat Stratford from 10 Things I Hate About You, Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Marvel | Disney

For Doctor Strange, I had a little bit of a difficult time choosing variants, but I finally settled on two. The first is Kat Stratford from 10 Things I Hate About You. And this is a little strange, but I had to go with my gut. When you really look at it, these two characters have very similar personalities!

Doctor Strange‘s second variant is Severus Snape from Harry Potter. They both toe the line between good and evil. We saw that with Strange’s variants in Multiverse of Madness. They’re also played by two iconic British actors and wear long robes.

Hawkeye: John Watson from ‘Sherlock’ and Roy Harper from ‘Arrow’

Hawkeye from Endgame, John Watson from Sherlock, Roy Harper from Arrow
Marvel | Disney | BBC | Hartswood Films | WGBH | PBS | DC | Berlanti Productions | Warner Bros. | The CW

Hawkeye has been said to be the least popular Avenger. I don’t know why that is, but I wanted to include him on this list.

He reminds me so much of John Watson from Sherlock. John is underestimated by so many people because he’s always in Sherlock’s shadow; Hawkeye is underestimated because he’s an average dude next to a bunch of superheroes. But John and Clint are a lot more alike in personality than we give either credit for.

As for Roy Harper, he only takes up the mantle of a hero because he thinks it’s the right thing to do. And when we see Clint in Hawkeye, the only reason he picks up his bow yet again (even though he probably wants to retire) is that it’s the right thing to do.

See related: Ranking the MCU Love Interests

Thor: Kronk from ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ and Maui from ‘Moana’

Thor from Thor Ragnarok, Kronk from Emperor's New Groove, Maui from Moana
Marvel | Disney | Buena Vista Pictures

It’s time for Thor, and this one’s a fun one because he’s a loud and funny character with big cartoon energy. His first movie twin is Kronk from the Emperor’s New Groove, and his second is Maui from Moana.

Thor and Kronk have the exact same personality when we first see them. They’re essentially buff himbos. I can guarantee Kronk would do the coffee scene the way Thor did in Thor. While Thor gets to be a hero, Kronk spends most of his time as Yzma’s not-so-evil henchman. But tell me that their respective movies wouldn’t work if they switched places!

As for Maui and Thor, they have the same arrogance. We see it from Maui at the beginning of his movie and Thor at the beginning of the MCU. Both grew so much while following a similar path. Now that you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it, right? You’re welcome!

Bruce Banner: Beetee from ‘The Hunger Games’ and Teresa from ‘The Maze Runner’

Bruce Banner from Avengers, Beetee from Hunger Games Mockingjay, Teresa from The Maze Runner
Marvel | Disney | Lionsgate | Color Force | Studio Babelsberg | Gotham Group | Temple Hill Entertainment | TSG Entertainment | 20th Century Fox

For Bruce, I went back and forth between five characters that had a similar energy. But I managed to narrow it down to two. The first one is Beetee from The Hunger Games franchise. Both are incredibly brilliant characters who are also a little bit underestimated when they’re not in the spotlight.

My second choice is probably not someone anyone would think of as Bruce’s second variant: Teresa from The Maze Runner. She showed that she is a very bright character, just like him. If Bruce was in her shoes, he might’ve done the same things she did.

Black Widow: Kim Possible from ‘Kim Possible’ and Robin from ‘Stranger Things’

Black Widow from Black Widow, Kim Possible from Kim Possible, Robin from Stranger Things
Marvel | Disney | Buena Vista Pictures | ABC | Netflix | 21 Laps Entertainment | Monkey Massacre

Next up, we have Black Widow. I feel like her first doppelganger is an obvious choice, but I had to go with it. Kim Possible is Black Widow if she had had a loving family her entire life. While they have slightly different personalities, I can see that they would be friends if they knew each other. I’d also argue that Ron Stoppable is just a more awkward version of Clint Barton.

As for the second variant, Robin from Stranger Things is the Black Widow of her world. Sure, she’s not a spy, but she has the exact same humor we love from Natasha Romanoff in the MCU. I think Robin and Yelena would get along–and now I want to see a movie or show starring Maya Hawke and Florence Pugh!

Steve Rogers: Hercules from ‘Hercules’ and Optimus Prime from ‘Transformers’

Steve Rogers from Captain America Civil War, Hercules from Hercules, Optimus Prime from The Last Knight
Marvel | Disney | Buena Vista Pictures | Hasbro | Di Bonaventura Pictures | Bagboyent Media | Weying Galaxy | The H Collective | Paramount

Up next, we have Steve Rogers. I feel like both of my choices are really on the nose. His first variant is Hercules from Hercules. This is mainly because they both went from a scrawny kid to a muscular guy who is seen as one of the “best heroes in the world.”

On the other hand, Optimus Prime is the Captain America of the Transformers franchise. And I will not take any debates on this. Both have a solid moral sense that drives them to be the hero they are. They protect the little guy because they were once seen as the little guy themselves.

Tony Stark: Han Solo from ‘Star Wars’ and Actual, Literal Robert Downey, Jr.

Tony Stark from Infinity War, Han Solo from Star Wars, Robert Downey Jr. Instagram
Marvel | Disney | Lucasfilm | 20th Century Fox | @robertdowneyjr on Instagram

Finally, we have Tony Stark. And I’m cheating a little bit here, but you have to understand I couldn’t help myself. Let’s start with the character in the Star Wars universe who reminds me the most of Tony: Han Solo. They have the exact same personality and motivations. I’m pretty sure if they swapped places, their respective film franchises wouldn’t be altered that much.

And now, here’s where I cheat a little bit (because I make the rules). Robert Downey, Jr. is our world’s Tony Stark in all ways except for one. Tony Stark had a rough upbringing similar to how RDJ did. The only thing that’s different between the two of them is one is a technological genius who became a superhero and the other just played one for a decade in the biggest movie franchise of all time.