Marvel Celebrates 10 MCU Dads On Father’s Day, Including Thanos

As the world takes the opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day 2022, franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe also get a chance to join in the festivities. Marvel has a large number of characters who take on the responsibilities of parenting, though not all necessarily do it the right way – see Thanos and his MCU history, for example.

Thankfully, Thanos is more than made up for by a huge group of parents who have shown what it takes to raise a family over the past 14 years of the MCU’s history. From Black Panther‘s T’Chaka raising the future King of Wakanda to Ant Man‘s Scott Lang simply trying to protect his daughter Cassie in a changing world, parenting is a consistent theme that Marvel Studios places in the spotlight.

With nearly three dozen projects making up Marvel history since 2008, this franchise has no shortage of dads to celebrate Father’s Day, whether they hold that title by blood or by choice. That said, Marvel took a moment to put ten of these parents on display on social media, showcasing the vast array of characters who hold the same status as the parents.

Marvel Celebrates Father’s Day 2022

Marvel’s UK and Ireland Instagram page celebrated Father’s Day by posting images of ten of the MCU’s most iconic fathers.

“Family… together again…”

While David Harbor’s Alexei Vostokoff may not be a biological father, he did serve as a father figure to Natasha Romanoff and Yelena Belova in 2021. Black Widow. Sure, this was in tune with reliving his glory days as the Red Guardian, but he gives the term “working father” a new definition in the process.

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“You would be amazing [partner]. And if I did, I would be a terrible father.”

Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang strives every day to be the best father he can be to Cassie Lang, even as he plays Ant-Man. The two will now have a chance to team up as a superhero duo with Cassie speculated to become stature next year. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Scott Lang, Ant-Man
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“You trained your son to be an assassin. Is that what you wanted!?”

Tony Leung’s Wenwu showed how dangerous a father can be when he loses part of his family in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Though he served as a Mandarin and led a dangerous criminal organization, he made the ultimate sacrifice by passing the mighty Ten Rings to his son, Shang-Chi, before his untimely death.

Wenwu, Shang-Chi
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“Tell my family I love them.”

If Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton had his way, he would have spent the entirety of his solo Archer hawk series in full dad mode with his three kids in New York at Christmas. Although he is known as an OG member of the Avengers, Barton always has his family in mind as he protects his wife and children from impending danger at every turn.

Hawkeye, Avengers;  End of the game
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“Thor Odinson…my heir…my firstborn…”

Anthony Hopkins’ Odin has gone through his ups and downs in terms of fathering his three children. Things with Hela didn’t work out, but he created a future Avenger in Thor and one of the MCU’s smartest anti-heroes in Loki before his death in Thor: Ragnarok.

Odin, Thor
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“Let me tell you, that boy isn’t even here yet, and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for him.”

John Slattery’s Howard Stark had a pretty rocky relationship with his son, Tony, as he constantly questioned what it was like to be a father. In the end, Tony got all the closure he needed from the relationship when he unexpectedly met Howard during the Time Heist in Avengers: Endgameallowing him to come to terms with everything they’ve been through.

Howard Stark, Avengers: Endgame
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“I’m sorry, little one.”

Josh Brolin’s Thanos took a more brutal path to becoming a father than any of his MCU counterparts, leaving planets decimated as he “adopted” his five children. Let’s just say he didn’t exactly take on the mantle in the healthiest way, as he willingly threw his own daughter Gamora off a cliff to complete his mission of universal balance with the Infinity Gauntlet.

Thanos, Avengers: Infinity War
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“A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father.”

John Kani’s T’Chaka met its unfortunate end thanks to the UN bombing in captain america civil war, but he made his impact as a father nonetheless. Living through the Ancestral Plane, he provided what advice and support he could for his son, T’Challa, as the country of Wakanda adjusted to being a larger part of the world.

T'Chaka, Black Panther
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“Well, don’t you want to know your son as yourself?”

The inclusion of Paul Bettany in this post as Vision is unique due to the fact that he did not experience parenthood until after his death. Even so, letting you experience a life with Jett Klyne and Tommy and Billy from Jullian Hilliard in WandaVision allowed fans to see how loving and caring he was in this role.

Vision, WandaVision
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“It’s not about saving our world. It’s about saving theirs.”

Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym had a rocky relationship with his daughter Hope before the events of Ant Man, although the two have rekindled their relationship over the years. Now, they seek to fight together once more in Ant-Man 3 alongside another father/daughter duo in Scott and Cassie Lang.

Hank Pym, Ant-Man
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A Variety of Parents in Marvel’s MCU Movies

These ten characters certainly give fans a taste of just how many unique fathers there are in the MCU, from supervillains like Thanos and the Mandarin to iconic heroes like Ant-Man and Hawkeye. And the most interesting thing about this list is that it doesn’t even take into account some fan-favorite characters who have taken on parental roles.

Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark found himself in this role during Avengers: Endgame, even sacrificing his life to save the universe and make a better world for his daughter Morgan. Kurt Russell’s Ego was part of a big story in the MCU, as Peter Quill sought to learn about his family’s history, finding out about his father’s quest for galactic domination before meeting his end in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. two.

Marvel’s Father’s Day celebration post simply makes it clear how not all parents are created equal and that it takes a lot to make an impact on a child’s life as a parent. It doesn’t matter which path one takes to parenthood, it’s the journey after that happens that really matters.

All of the movies and TV shows used in the Marvel post are available to stream on Disney+.

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