It's actually kind of hard to imagine that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has only been around for 9 years. What was once a failing comic book publisher's desperate gambit has now become a Disney-owned juggernaut of films, tv shows, and enough merchandising to choke a million Blue Whales (sorry for that imagery). On the cusp of Thor: Ragnarok, the *17th* release in the studios multi-phased megaplan, we thought we'd take a look back on how the characters we know and love have evolved in this relatively short time.

1. Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier

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2. Tony Stark / Iron Man

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3. Clint Barton / Hawkeye

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4. The Vision

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5. Steve Rogers / Captain America


6. Bruce Banner / The Hulk

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7. Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow

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8. Thor



9. James "Rhodey" Rhodes / War Machine



10. Stan Lee

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