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Nikki Ramos & 9 Other Loyal Best Friends In The MCU

Premiering on August 18th, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, acting as the final Disney+ series of Phase 4 and introducing audiences to Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters, who becomes the savage She-Hulk after receiving a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).

One of She-Hulk‘s most endearing new characters is Ginger Gonzaga’s Nikki Ramos, Jennifer’s best friend. As fans begin to celebrate the MCU’s latest and greatest friendship, Nikki joins the scores of loyal best friends within the franchise.


Nikki Ramos

While She-Hulk has excited fans by promising the reappearance of certain MCU characters, it has also introduced several brand-new personalities to the franchise’s canon who are sure to become major players in future projects. One such character is Ginger Gonzaga’s Nikki Ramos, Jennifer Walters’s closest friend and coworker.

Though audiences have yet to see very much of Nikki, the character has already demonstrated herself to be a resolute and loyal friend, very much on par with the various compatriots of other MCU heroes. The character will undoubtedly serve as a vital part of Jennifer’s support system throughout the first season of She-Hulk, giving the sensational superhero the encouragement that she needs to keep fighting.

Bruno Carrelli

Matt Lintz makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the beloved Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. Therein, he portrays high school student Bruno Carrelli, Kamala Khan’s best friend and a tech whiz with a brilliant mind on par with the likes of Peter Parker.

Though Bruno clearly desires to be more than Kamala’s friend, he makes do with the position he has been allotted, taking every opportunity to support her in her heroic endeavors. Bruno is even willing to help Kamala win the affections of other boys, hoping for her to be happy, even if it means suffering heartbreak himself.

Bucky Barnes

Sebastian Stan’s James Buchanan Barnes often referred to as “Bucky,” has been a staple of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since his introduction in Captain America: The First Avenger. His friendship with Steve Rogers has been a major plot point throughout several installments of the MCU, even carrying beyond Steve’s disappearance after Avengers: Endgame.

Bucky and Steve were friends who promised to stay together “to the end of the line,” with their unbreakable bond even transcending Bucky’s brainwashed mind at the hands of Hydra. Both consistently sacrificed their own well-being for their best friend, looking after one another tirelessly over the span of decades. Now that Steve is gone, however, Bucky will need to forge a new path for himself in the franchise, possibly as a member of the Thunderbolts team set to debut in Phase 5.

Steven Grant

In the Disney+ original series Moon Knight, Oscar Isaac portrays Marc Spector, a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder. The audience, however, is first acquainted with Steven Grant, one of Marc Spector’s alternate personalities, who comes to learn over the course of the series that he is not the original identity.

Despite their early squabbles, Marc and Steven eventually become true friends during their adventure to stop the wicked Arthur Harrow. Steven even sacrifices his own life for Marc’s in the emotional fifth episode of the series, proving his love for his alternate personality. In the end, the two finally reach common ground, sharing their single body fairly among them.

James Rhodes

Don Cheadle’s James “Rhodey” Rhodes was one of Tony Stark’s closest friends during his life, who also eventually becomes the superhero known as War Machine. Though the two rarely saw eye-to-eye, Rhodey and Tony trusted each other implicitly, forging one of the closest bonds in the entire MCU.

Rhodey was the rare friend who was willing to call Tony Stark out on his wrongdoings, a quality that made him invaluable to the egotistical billionaire. He stood behind Tony on matters he believed in but wasn’t afraid to argue with him when he disagreed, making his voice one of the few that Stark actually respected.

Happy Hogan

The director of the first two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau, has also had a recurring role throughout the MCU as Harold “Happy” Hogan, Tony Stark’s personal bodyguard turned head of security. Though the two had a turbulent relationship at times, Happy would lovingly refer to Tony as his best friend shortly after his death.

Happy proved to be the rare friend whose affections remains just as strong even in the wake of death. With Tony gone, Happy continued to keep his best friend’s affairs in order, keeping a watchful eye on his protégé Peter Parker while also continuing to stay close to Tony’s child and widow. Tony Stark was truly fortunate to have so devoted a friend.

Maria Rambeau

2019’s Captain Marvel saw the MCU debut of Lashana Lynch’s Maria Rambeau, an Air Force pilot who befriended Carol Danvers during their time serving together. The two reconnect after Carol returns to Earth in the mid-90s, leading to one last mission side-by-side to stop a team of Kree zealots from destroying a band of Skrull refugees.

Despite spending years apart, Maria and Carol fostered a deep bond for one another that transcended time and space. Maria was one of the few people who understood Carol’s extended absences, knowing that she would always return when Earth needed her most. Maria eventually died during the Blip, still believing in her best friend’s ability to save humanity.


Michael Peña’s Luis is a fan-favorite character from the Ant-Man franchise. Best friends with Scott Lang, Luis is a fellow ex-con who co-founds a security company. Despite several actors from the first two Ant-Man films being confirmed to sit out the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Luis has been slated to reappear in the 2023 film.

Though Luis often finds himself in over his head in his adventures alongside Scott Lang, the good-natured man proves his courage time and time again. He demonstrates himself as willing to be harmed in order to help his friend, resisting interrogation from Sonny Burch’s minions, though truth serum would eventually negate his efforts.

Ned Leeds

Ned Leeds, portrayed by Jacob Batalon, is the best friend of the MCU’s version of Peter Parker. As one of the few people privy to Peter’s alter-ego as Spider-Man, Ned helps his best friend as his “Guy in the Chair,” until the tragic ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home, wherein Ned’s memories of Peter are erased, alongside those of the rest of the world.

Ned consistently proves himself to be a true and loyal friend to Peter Parker, never divulging his secret to anyone and always standing beside him, even in the face of great danger. Though the comic book version of Ned is known to become the villainous Hobgoblin, the MCU’s version of the character is far too loyal to betray Peter, and will likely never become his superpowered counterpart.

Katy Chen

Awkwafina’s Katy Chen is a standout character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. After years of friendship with Xu Shang-Chi, Katy learns that he is not all he seems, but is actually the estranged son of the ancient crimelord and leader of the Ten Rings, Xu Wenwu, a.k.a. the Mandarin.

Despite having the proverbial rug swept out from underneath her, Katy never falters in her devotion to her best friend. Even in the face of immense danger and imminent death, Katy doesn’t hesitate to accompany Shang-Chi on his mission of self-discovery. She even manages to play a crucial role in the final battle at Ta Lo, doing her part to save the day from the Dweller in Darkness.

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