Every Marvel Super Hero needs a mentor to guide them on their journey. Uncle Ben told Peter Parker: “With great power comes great responsibility. In many cases the mentor must die to motivate the hero, like Dr. Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger or the Elder in Doctor Strange – or, indeed, Uncle Ben in Spider-Man.
From Zuri in Black Panther to Hank Pym in the Ant-Man movies to Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies and Yondu in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Marvel Comics-based blockbusters are full of inspirational mentor figures.
10 Hank Pym
The origin story of the MCU’s Ant-Man movies is unique because it’s a torch-passing tale. Scott Lang is the second superhero to take up the mantle of Ant-Man after Hank Pym’s Cold War heyday. Hank selects Scott for his skills as a thief and recruits him to the Yellowjacket thief.
After making many missteps as a single father raising Hope when his mother Janet disappeared into the Quantum Realm, Hank sees his mentorship of Scott as a second chance.
It is well documented that Yondu was far from a perfect parent to his adopted son Peter Quill. But that is evident from his final victim in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, that he always loved Quill as if he were his own blood. After Ego’s betrayal, Yondu poignantly tells Quill, “He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn’t your father” as he gives his life to save him.
Quill’s tribute at Yondu’s heartbreaking funeral – “I had a pretty cool dad” – showed how much his blue father figure meant to him.
8 Dr. Abraham Erskine
When no one else believed in brave young Steve Rogers, Dr. Abraham Erskine in for him. Dr. Erskine created the Super Soldier Serum, rejecting all the big, beefy candidates in favor of the skinny one who didn’t hesitate to jump on a dummy grenade.
Dr. Erskine succinctly explains his decision to give the serum to Rogers: “The strong man who has known power all his life may lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength and knows…compassion.
7 Clint Barton
In addition to being a loving father to his own children, Clint Barton served as a wise mentor to a handful of young Avengers. He trained Wanda Maximoff in her first major battle against Ultron’s cybernetic minions and freed her from Avengers HQ to join Team Cap in Captain America: Civil War.
After guiding Wanda through her Avenger career, Clint has taken a new protege under his wing in his own Disney+ series. Kate Bishop will take over Clint’s role as Hawkeye when he decides to retire.
6 The older one
In the first Doctor Strange movie, Stephen Strange is an egotistical surgeon who thinks he knows everything. After losing the use of his hands in a car accident, Strange’s search for a cure sends him to Kamar-Taj. Tilda Swinton gives a fantastic performance as her magical mentor, the Ancient One.
The elder humiliates Strange. By giving him a trippy out-of-body experience, she forces him to let go of his arrogance and accept that there are forces beyond his control.
There is no more reluctant father figure than Logan’s titular adamantium-clawed anti-hero. Having renounced the superhero life, Wolverine reluctantly takes his cloned daughter X-23 under his wing when her guardian is murdered.
Wolvie ultimately gives his life to save not just Laura, but the entire next generation of mutants so they have the opportunity to live and become their own superheroes.
Tony Stark has had his fair share of mentors in the MCU — both strong father figures like Yinsen and terrible father figures like Obadiah Stane — but he became a mentor himself when Peter Parker was introduced to the franchise in Captain America: Civil War.
The move was controversial for Uncle Ben’s erasure, prompting some fans to dub the MCU’s Spider-Man “Iron Lad.” But the electric on-screen chemistry shared by Tom Holland and Robert Downey, Jr. makes it work beautifully.
When T’Challa was introduced to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, he lost his father T’Chaka in a terrorist attack blamed on Bucky. In his first solo outing, Black Panther, the sage Zuri filled the vacant role of father figure in T’Challa’s life. Zuri is the keeper of the heart-shaped herbs that give T’Challa his powers.
As a warrior shaman, Zuri possesses the unique combination of sincere empathy and tough love that makes him the perfect father figure.
2 Ben Parker
Ben Parker is the first name in superhero mentors. He’s the closest thing to an orphan father Peter Parker has ever had. Uncle Ben’s last words inspired Peter’s unwavering commitment to doing good and helping people: “With great power comes great responsibility. »
Cliff Robertson gave a wonderfully nuanced turn as Ben opposite Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man film. His death scene still touches the hearts of fans after 20 years.
1 Charles Xavier
Charles Xavier acts as a mentor to all the talented youngsters who attend his prestigious mutant academy. In a world that rejects and shuns them, the mutants find refuge in the X-Mansion with their wise telepathic leader.
Patrick Stewart gave an unforgettable performance in several films as Xavier in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men series and developed palpable paternal bonds with iconic cinematic incarnations of superheroes such as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Halle Berry’s Storm. .