Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans, Kate Mara… Focus on these Hollywood stars who have played several characters for Marvel.
They saw double with Marvel! But not by resuming their role for the umpteenth time on screen, too easy! No, these actors and actresses went further by playing different characters for the studio. From Benedict Cumberbatch to Ryan Reynolds via Mahershala Ali, Chris Evans and Kate Mara, focus on these Hollywood stars for whom a single Marvel role is not enough!
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch played two different characters for the Marvel studio. Two characters… in one and the same film, Doctor Strange, released in theaters in 2016. Cumberbatch plays the main role of the blockbuster, but also that of the villain Dormammu, the einterdimensional entity to which he lends the features of his face through the performance capture!
Idris Elba is well known to Marvel fans for having played the character of Heimdall three times in the Thor saga. But the British actor had another experience with the studio, in 2012 playing the role of French mercenary Moreau in the feature film Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance.. Fun fact: Elba himself wished Moreau had red eyes so he looked like Heimdall!
He is arguably the only actor to have held two different main roles for Marvel. American actor Chris Evans first played Johnny Storm, aka The Torch, in the feature film The Fantastic Four and its sequel. And since 2011, he’s been world famous thanks to his big-screen incarnation of Captain America, a role he held in dedicated adventures and Avengers movies.
Josh Brolin has played two characters for the Marvel studio. Small peculiarity: it is… two bad guys! The American actor first played the famous Thanos in feature films Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, then slipped into the guise of Nathan Summers, aka Cable, in Deadpool 2.
In 2015, Michael B. Jordan distinguished himself in the credits of the new Fantastic 4 by playing the role of Johnny Storm, alias La Torche. Shortly after, the American actor, also known for being the star of the Creed saga, will slip on the side of the bad guys by embodying the enigmatic Erik Killmonger in the Black Panther feature film.
Jon Favreau saw double with Marvel! The American actor is well known to fans of the studio for his role asHappy Hogan, who started as Tony Stark’s driver in Iron Man and became a loyal partner over the films, inducted as the security boss of Stark Industries. But the one we recently found in the credits of Spider-Man: No Way Home also appeared in 2003 in the credits of Daredevil with the role of Foggy Nelson, the colleague of Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck).
Kate Mara played two characters for Marvel. Her first experience for the studio was modest, with the role of a US Marshall serving Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, in 2010. Her second contribution was much more substantial, the American actress playing Susan Storm, alias The Invisible Woman, in the new version of 4 Fantastic (2015).
Before winning the timpani by embodying on screen the character like no other from Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds had previously worked for Marvel Studios. The actor was indeed illustrated in 2004 in the credits of Blade: Trinity alongside Wesley Snipes. In the feature film, he played the vampire hunter Hannibal King.
In 2016, in the series Luke Cage, the actor Mahershala Ali embodies the character of kingpin Cornell Stokes, alias Cottonmouth, owner of Harlem’s Paradise. Shortly after this first experience for Marvel, he found the studio by lending his voice to the villain Prowler in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And the love story between Mahershala Ali and Marvel is not over since he will soon be the new face of Blade!
In 2003, in the credits of the Hulk signed Ang Lee, the American actor Sam Elliott lent his features to the character of General Thunderbolt Ross, the father of Betty (Jennifer Connelly) who had worked alongside the dad of Bruce Banner. A few years later, he will find the Marvel house by playing Carter Slade in Ghost Rider. As a reminder, Carter Slade is the original Ghost Rider who comes to the aid of Johny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) to defeat Blackeart.