Marvel Cinematic Universe Pets: Cosmo, Goose, Loki, and the Others – A Ranking Journey!

Marvel Pets Ranked

Warning: The following article contains spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Superheroes hold a special place in their hearts for their furry companions. Following Superman’s debut in 1938, he and his fellow caped crusaders welcomed their own loyal sidekicks, including Beppo the Super-Monkey, Ace the Bat-hound, and Comet the Super-Horse. Although Marvel’s more modern approach in the early 60s didn’t emphasize pet sidekicks as much as teen sidekicks, super-powered animals eventually found their way into Earth 616, such as Lockjaw, the Inhumans’ teleporting marvel, and Brightwind, the Asgardian pegasus of New Mutant Mirage.

While a few of these creatures have made appearances in live-action adaptations, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been somewhat slower in introducing super-powered animals as dedicated pet sidekicks. However, as we witness in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, animals with extraordinary abilities deserve their own character development, even if it’s as simple as Cosmo the telepathic dog getting upset when called a “bad dog.” These animals aren’t merely pets; they’re integral members of the team!

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that the MCU lacks ordinary pets. These beloved companions have stood by the superheroes, supporting them in their adventures, whether it involves toppling mystical realms or triggering existential crises. Here, we present the top ten pets of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—the animals who have truly changed the world of heroes and villains, for better or for worse.

Sparky (WandaVision)

Sparky (WandaVision)

When young Billy Maximoff pleaded with his mother Wanda to use her powers and save their pet Sparky, declaring, “He is family,” he unknowingly echoed the structure of a poignant episode in a sitcom. However, Billy’s argument in WandaVision also highlights Sparky’s significance, precisely because he is a creation within Wanda’s carefully crafted “as seen on TV” world. Sparky existed so he could ultimately meet his demise, thereby teaching the Maximoff boys the profound value of life and death—an embodiment of Heideggerian existentialism cleverly woven into a sitcom trope. Tragically, it is later revealed that Sparky’s demise was orchestrated by Agatha Harkness, who sought to manipulate Wanda further into employing her powers.

Although this narrative may be disheartening, it becomes apparent that Sparky has always served a larger thematic purpose. Even in his initial appearance as a synthetic green canine in Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Sparky merely played a role in Vision’s quest to create an ideal family for himself. Just like in WandaVision, Sparky’s demise occurs in extraordinary circumstances, ultimately demonstrating the unattainability of Vision’s aspirations. Hence, while Sparky may indeed be a good dog, he transcends the realm of being a mere pet and instead assumes the role of a metaphorical symbol within the overarching themes.

Gus (Moon Knight)

Gus (Moon Knight)

Alright, technically speaking, Gus is not just any goldfish; he’s a remarkable pet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, let’s face it, regardless of Steven’s genuine love for Gus, he’s still just a goldfish.

Reflecting on it now, Gus and his replacements embody the show’s underlying themes of reality and identity. As Marc Spector took control of their body, Gus’s presence challenges the notion of existence surpassing essence. He symbolizes a creature whose very existence raises questions about the nature of reality.

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Despite his significance within the show, at the end of the day, Gus is still an ordinary goldfish. His importance lies in what he represents rather than any extraordinary abilities or qualities he possesses. He serves as a reminder that even the most ordinary beings can have a profound impact on our lives.

Gus’s character adds depth to Moon Knight‘s narrative, reminding us that heroism can come in the smallest and most unexpected forms. Whether he’s a regular goldfish or a symbol of profound philosophical questions, Gus remains a beloved companion to Steven and a unique part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Blurp (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

Blurp (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 offers a substantial amount of content. While much of it is commendable, there is an overwhelming abundance that leaves several elements underdeveloped. One such example is the beloved character Adam Warlock, who transformed from a cosmic Jesus allegory in the comics to a somewhat comical figure in the movies. However, instead of utilizing the limited space available to further explore Warlock’s character, James Gunn opted to introduce a fuzzy sidekick named Blurp.

Undeniably, Blurp possesses a certain charm, despite his jagged teeth. He resembles one of those peculiar and disconcerting Muppets from Jim Henson’s more experimental ventures. The film hints at future escapades, as Blurp is shown fighting alongside Warlock and the new Guardians of the Galaxy. Nevertheless, based on his minimal screen time thus far, it becomes challenging to justify placing Blurp higher on this list.

Ant-Thony (Ant-Man)

Ant-Thony (Ant-Man)

Let’s discuss the pet that was destined to meet its demise – Ant-Thony! Like many pet owners, Scott Lang bestowed his own human-centric perspective upon Ant-Thony in Ant-Man. He not only gave the carpenter ant a name but also assigned it a mission: transporting sugar into a cup of coffee. While Ant-Thony did serve as Scott’s steed, providing him a means of transportation while infiltrating Darren Cross’s lab to retrieve the Yellowjacket suit, its most significant contribution was its tragic demise, as it was gunned down by Cross during the invasion.

Interestingly, Ant-Thony’s death becomes a catalyst for Scott to fully embrace his heroic role. Without the sacrifice of Ant-Thony, we might have never witnessed Steve Rogers’ legendary posterior, nor encountered the formidable Kang the Conqueror. It is true that Scott projected his own emotions onto Ant-Thony, with the insect likely unable to reciprocate those feelings. Nevertheless, this still adds an element of intrigue to Ant-Thony, making it more captivating than Gus.

Señor Scratchy (WandaVision)

Señor Scratchy (WandaVision)

While the unfortunate Sparky finds himself in the lower half of the list, his bunny co-star from WandaVision, Señor Scratchy, confidently claims a spot in the top half. This choice may appear controversial since Scratchy’s actual contributions in the series seem minimal—he simply sits there and exudes cuteness. Sure, he does hop out of Vision’s hat during a magic trick mishap and even catches a bug tossed into his mouth during Agatha’s dramatic reveal, but essentially, the bunny just behaves like any regular bunny.

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Or so it seems! Señor Scratchy intends to deceive you. In the same way that Agatha/Agnes presented herself as an annoying neighbor straight out of a cheesy sitcom but was, in reality, a formidable witch, Scratchy is not the innocent little furball he appears to be. Consider his name: why would one use “Scratchy” to describe something that merely nibbles? It makes no sense for a bunny, but it does align with the moniker of the prince of evil himself—Mr. Scratch, also known as Lucifer or the Devil. That’s correct, Señor Scratchy earns this higher position because he is, in fact, the Devil or, at the very least, the MCU’s incarnation of Mephisto! Well, at least that’s my theory.

Alligator Loki (Loki)

 Alligator Loki (Loki)

I understand the appeal. The concept of “Loki but an alligator” is undeniably amusing, standing alongside the likes of Throg as a great idea. However, while “Thor, but a frog” birthed actual stories and adventures, Alligator Loki was unfortunately relegated to being just a joke. He makes a brief appearance as one of the numerous Loki Variants in the Void, a realm occupied by those pruned from the sacred timeline by the TVA. Consequently, Alligator Loki quickly becomes overshadowed by other Loki variants, particularly the magnificent Classic Loki portrayed by Richard E. Grant. Though he does get the satisfaction of biting off President Loki’s hand, Alligator Loki is primarily reduced to being carried around and serving as a source of commentary because, ultimately, Alligator Loki is meant to be a punchline.

So, you might wonder why Alligator Loki ranks so highly despite his limited role. Well, it’s because he is undeniably a great joke. Additionally, his Marvel Comics run showcases some of the best and most adorable content they have ever produced. If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend giving it a read!

Fenris (Thor: Ragnarok)

Fenris (Thor Ragnarok)

According to a classic Hollywood screenwriting adage, saving the cat is a surefire way to establish a character’s likability, implying that most pet owners would be considered “good guys.” However, this theory easily crumbles when we consider the likes of Blofeld and his ever-present kitty, or the twin eels accompanying Ursula. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see one of the most formidable pets in the MCU at the side of one of its most dangerous villains: Fenris the Wolf, the harbinger of terror alongside Hela.

Similar to other animals on this list, Fenris spends the majority of Thor: Ragnarok simply existing in the background. However, for a massive wolf, that alone is enough to instill fear in Asgardians and coerce them into carrying out Hela’s commands. When Fenris does eventually engage in action, it becomes even more impressive. First, she charges at Asgardian refugees on the rainbow bridge, and later she confronts the Hulk in a fierce battle. Although the Hulk ultimately overpowers Fenris, sending her hurtling over the waterfall and into space, she manages to leave her mark on the green goliath’s hide—an achievement that the whimsical Alligator Loki cannot boast of.

Lucky the Pizza Dog (Hawkeye)

 Lucky the Pizza Dog (Hawkeye)

Up until now, the top four pets on the list have been those who directly influence the plot of their respective stories. However, you may wonder why Lucky secures the number two spot. After all, while he does assist Kate Bishop in fending off a member of the Tracksuit Mafia, he mostly remains by the side of the Hawkeyes and indulges in pizza. But when you’re an exceptionally good dog like Lucky, that’s more than enough.

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Lucky’s presence serves to emphasize the grounded, street-level nature of the Hawkeye series. While previous entries highlighted the fact that Clint Barton, armed with just a bow and arrows, stood alongside gods and alien invaders, Hawkeye plants the Avenging Archer firmly on the streets of New York City, amidst the gritty, snow-covered urban landscape. Every time Lucky savors a slice of pizza, he serves as a reminder to viewers of the core appeal of Marvel heroes: superpowered beings existing within the confines of the real world.

Morris (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)

Morris (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings)

Ah, at last! We encounter a pet that has an immediate impact on the plot of its movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! As a magical inhabitant of the mythical city Ta Lo, Morris becomes instrumental in assisting Shang-Chi, Xailing, and Katy in warning the citizens about the impending attack by their father, Wenwu. Granted, during the climactic battle against Wenwu, Morris followed the lead of his newfound master, Trevor Slattery, and opted to play dead rather than actively aiding the heroes. Yet, Morris understands the wisdom of discretion being the better part of valor, a lesson undoubtedly learned from Slattery, whose other Shakespearean performance was hailed in Croydon.However, Morris’s charm predominantly lies in his appearance. As a dijiang, Morris resembles nothing short of a fuzzy pillow with two pairs of eagle wings. He flutters about and affectionately nuzzles his companion Trevor, who respects Morris’s sensitivity regarding his lack of a mouth. Although Shang-Chi and Katy may initially find Morris’s visual peculiarities unsettling, nobody can deny his overwhelming cuteness.

Goose (Captain Marvel)

Goose (Captain Marvel)

As a feline enthusiast, it’s only fitting that Goose from Captain Marvel claims the top spot on my list. However, here’s the catch—Goose isn’t just a regular cat; she’s a flerken. While she may possess an undeniable cuteness that melts even the toughest of hearts, Goose instills fear in the sympathetic Skrull Talos. And rightfully so, considering Goose reveals her true flerken abilities when she saves Fury and Maria Rambeau from attacking Kree soldiers by ensnaring them in her tentacles and engulfing them whole. As if the tentacles weren’t intimidating enough, Goose showcases her feline nature by casually scratching Fury’s eye, just for the fun of it.

Yes, I must admit, Goose’s repertoire of extraordinary feats is truly impressive. And for those who engage in the Marvel Snap! game, she tends to evoke strong emotions, both positive and negative. Undoubtedly, no other pet has played such pivotal roles in their owner’s battles or had a say in the fate of the universe quite like Goose. If the trailers for The Marvels are any indication, it seems she will continue to be an integral part of Ms. Marvel’s journey, forming a delightful and powerful duo. That is, until she nonchalantly swallows an entire platoon with her formidable tentacles.

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