Just like the rest of us, actors were once young too. We love watching our favorite characters on the big screen in films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For the past ten years, Marvel has changed the view of comics and have created new fans of old characters. Many of the cast members of the MCU films had prior established careers before taking on the part of a superhero. Some had a career in the industry but were not well known or a household name prior to becoming part of the MCU. We can thank Marvel for making it cool to like superheroes. When you were young, odds are at one time you put a towel on the back of your neck and pretended to be a superhero. While you were probably pretending to be a DC hero, it is the Marvel heroes that are owning the box office.
As fans of the MCU, we’re curious about the actors and actresses that play the parts we see on screen in such fun, adventure films. This article is a list of only some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe cast members with pictures of them when they were younger. Seeing some of these pictures may serve as a reminder that you saw these cast members when they were kids but didn’t know who they were at the time. There are also those like Tom Holland that are still young but whose baby pictures are just too cute for words. Enjoy this list of 28 Marvel Cinematic Universe cast members when they were young.
27 Scarlett Johansson - Natasha Romanov/Black Widow
Long before she ever fought under the name "Black Widow", Scarlett Johansson began acting at the tender age of 8. Johansson was born November 22, 1984, in New York City. She has a twin brother, Hunter, that was born three minutes after her. She made her first stage debut at the age of 8 in an off-Broadway production of "Sophistry" with Ethan Hawke. It was four years later when she played "Grace MacLean" in Robert Redford's, The Horse Whisperer that the industry started paying attention to her talents.
In 2003, Johansson was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, for her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring and for Lost in Translation. She went on to appear in a myriad of films before taking on the role of "Natasha Romanoff" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2010. Johansson was at one time married to fellow Marvel character actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011. Scarlett Johansson has also starred alongside fellow Avenger, Chris Evans in six films; The Perfect Score (2004), The Nanny Diaries (2007), and five MCU films. She continues to have a successful career and has lead films such as Ghost in the Shell, and Lucy. Johansson has a daughter with ex-husband, French journalist Romain Dauriac. In fact, she was pregnant while filming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
26 Chris Hemsworth - Thor
Chris Hemsworth, Thor, was born in Melbourne, Australia, August 11, 1983. He is the middle child, and yes, all three Hemsworth sons act. His older brother is Luke, and baby brother Liam. Hemsworth began his acting career in the long-running Australian soap opera Home and Away in 2004. He played the character "Kim Hyde" in 171 episodes and left the show in 2007. During his stint on the show, he appeared on Dancing with the Stars Australia. He and his dance partner were eliminated after six weeks. Hemsworth grabbed the attention of Hollywood when he portrayed the father of Captain James T. Kirk, in the beginning scene of the Star Trek reboot starring Chris Pine.
In 2010, both Chris and brother Liam auditioned for the role of Thor, with Chris winning it in the end. Hemsworth packed on so much muscle for the role that when filming began just a few months later, he was too big for his costume. When Chris walked on set for his first scene with Anthony Hopkins, the legendary actor said, "God, there's no acting required here, is there?" Hopkins was referring to the fact that Hemsworth looked like the god of thunder. Hemsworth has played the part of "Thor" in six films so far.
Hemsworth has shown that he is not just a comic book superhero, and has portrayed characters in films like Rush, In the Heart of the Sea, Cabin in the Woods, and most recently 12 Strong, to name just a few. Hemsworth showed off his comedic talents in the remake of Ghostbusters. A large number of his lines were ad-libbed. Hemsworth is married to actress Elsa Pataky and they have three children together.
25 Letitia Wright - Shuri
Letitia Wright was born October 31, 1993, in Georgetown, Guyana. When she was seven years old her family moved to London. She became interested in acting after watching Akeelah and the Bee and saw actress Keke Palmer as a role model. The acting bug had bitten and she wrote emails to a number of agents searching for a chance. Wright had small parts in television shows and was recognized in 2012 as one of the Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International, for her performance in My Brother the Devil.
Wright earned her spot in the mega-hit Black Panther as "Shuri", the little sister of King T'Challa. Her character has spunk and is more than able to take care of herself. She is a genius that puts Tony Stark's skills to shame. Shuri definitely isn't your average princess unless you're talking about Princess Leia. Her character was also seen in Avengers: Infinity War and will return in the yet untitled second infinity war film. Wright also appeared as "Reb" in Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the novel Ready Player One.
Wright is not afraid to improvise and in fact, came up with one of the funniest lines from the Black Panther film. In an interview with Yahoo Movies she said:
"When you see T'Challa bring back Ross she says, 'Great! Another broken white boy for us to fix!' that was my idea," Letitia recalled. "I said, 'Bro, can I say this?' I said to [director] Ryan [Coogler], 'Can I say it, because it links to Bucky Barnes being in Wakanda?' and he's like, 'Perfect, say it.'" We look forward to seeing much more of this talented actress.
24 Chris Evans - Steve Rogers/Captain America
Chris Evans was born June 13, 1981, in Boston, Massachusetts. When Evans was at the tender age of 11 he became interested in acting after seeing big sister Carly perform. While he was growing up he performed in a number of school plays. He went on from there to do regional theater then relocated to New York to attend the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. During this time he got an internship at a casting office and became friends with some of the agents. It was this internship that made him realize that he wanted to focus on film versus performing on Broadway.
He landed several small roles on various television series and films before taking on his first superhero role. In 2005, Evans played the part of "Johnny Storm/Human Torch" in the Fantastic Four, which is also a Marvel comic. He would go on to play this role in the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Oddly enough, when the Fantastic Four franchise was rebooted in 2015, Michael B. Jordan played the part of "Johnny Storm". Jordan played the part of "Erik Killmonger" in Black Panther. Evans most well-known role as "Steve Rogers/Captain America" began in 2011 and has continued in eight films, soon to be nine. His contract is up with the untitled Avengers film that is the follow up to this year's Avengers: Infinity War. No word yet on if he will hang up the shield for good after the 2019 release.
Evans also has a love of directing and would like to pursue this further. He directed and starred in the independent film Before We Go (2014). Chris Evans is a very talented actor and director that we are sure to see much more of in the future.
23 Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Mark Ruffalo shares the same birthday with another of his fellow Avengers, Scarlett Johansson. Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 22, 1967. When Mark was a child, his family moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia. They lived there for a majority of his teenage years. Upon high school graduation, he and his family moved to San Diego, California, then Los Angeles. Ruffalo co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company, where he worked as an actor, writer, director, producer, and even set design and lighting.
His first credited screen role was in 1989. Ruffalo continued with supporting roles in movies and television movies. In the early 2000's, he appeared in a handful of romantic comedies including the adorable 13 Going on 30 opposite Jennifer Garner. Ruffalo has a wide range when it comes to his acting. He has appeared in dramas, rom-coms, artsy independent films, thrillers, and of course action adventure. He is the third actor to play the part of "Bruce Banner/Hulk". He proves that the third time's the charm, as his portrayal has been well received by fans and critics. Ruffalo's chemistry with Downey Jr. has also helped add to the on-screen connection of their characters Banner and Stark.
Mark Ruffalo has been nominated for three Oscar's and two Golden Globes.
22 Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Okay, can we first just say "awwwww," Tom Holland was such a cutie. Born in Kingston, England on June 1, 1996. Tom Holland is the third actor to play the part of the web-slinging "Spider-Man". As with Mark Ruffalo, the third time was the charm for this famous character as well. Holland made his West End debut in Billy Elliot the Musical. He played the part of "Michael", who was "Billy's" best friend. Later in the same year, he took on the leading role as "Billy". From there he went on to land a role alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in The Impossible. The film told the tragic true story of a family during the events of the tsunami that caused such devastation in Asia. Holland played the part of "Lucas", a young boy searching for his family following the tsunami. His performance was outstanding and showed just how talented this young man is.
In 2015, Holland played "Thomas Nickerson" in the film In the Heart of the Sea, with fellow Avenger Chris Hemsworth. Holland made his first appearance as "Peter Parker" in Captain America: Civil War. His portrayal of Spider-Man provided humor to tense situations as the Avengers battled each other. Holland has proved himself to be a rising star that is just getting started. He leads his own film in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
21 Karen Gillan as Nebula
The Scottish beauty was born on November 28, 1987, in Inverness. At the age of 16, she decided that she wanted to pursue acting and studied at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland. Before her time as "Nebula", she was most well known for her role as "Amy Pond" on the legendary series Doctor Who, on which she starred for several years opposite Matt Smith. Her character was the companion of the Doctor and is a favorite amongst "Whovians". Gillan played "Amy Pond" for two years. While she was on the series, the Daleks had to be redesigned to match Gillan's height, 5'11. The preceding companion, Billie Piper is only 5'5.
In 2014 she made her leap to big-budget Hollywood films as "Nebula" in Guardians of the Galaxy. Gillan shaved her head for the role, which shocked fans to see her beautiful red hair disappear. She has played the part of "Nebula" in three films so far, with a fourth due out in 2019. Gillan also starred as "Martha" in the successful Jumanji film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, opposite Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. She will reprise this role in the sequel.
Karen Gillan is also a writer and director. Her film The Party's Just Beginning, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.
20 Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Born on April 4, 1965, Robert Downey Jr. has had an extensive career in the industry. Whether you saw him for the first time in the 1987 film Less Than Zero, or in 2008's Iron Man, one thing is certain, Downey Jr. is extremely talented. He grew up in Greenwich Village. Robert Downey Jr. and Keifer Sutherland were roommates for three years when Downey moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. In 1985, he was one of a handful of new younger cast members for Saturday Night Live. Due to poor reception and ratings, the group was let go. He had his first lead role opposite Molly Ringwald in 1987's The Pick-up Artist. During the late 80's/ early 90's, Downey appeared in several larger budget films including Air America opposite Mel Gibson and played "Charlie Chaplin" in Chaplin.
Though Downey struggled for years, he proved resilient in his fight to overcome addiction. His first post-rehab acting gig was in Elton John's music video "I Want Love". The video was done in one continuous take. Downey Jr. fought hard to re-establish himself as an actor and artist. In 2008 he proved to the world just how far he had come when took on the role of "Tony Stark" in Iron Man. Now considered the godfather of the MCU, ten years later he is still going strong. Downey has been nominated for two Oscar's and won two out of four Golden Globe nominations.
19 Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch
Born in Sherman Oaks, California on February 16, 1989, Elizabeth Olsen is no stranger to Hollywood. Her older twin sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley were famous in their younger years for playing "Michelle Tanner" on Full House, before they went on to have a string of kids movies and eventually became fashion designers. Elizabeth had small parts in her sister's films when she was younger, six of them in fact. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia at the Moscow Art Theatre School.
Her breakout role was in the 2011 film Martha Marcy May Marlene. Her performance garnished rave reviews from critics. She truly stepped out into the limelight in 2015 as "Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch" in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Playing the role of one of the most powerful superheroes is no easy task, especially in a corset. She has played this part in three films so far and will be seen again in 2019 in the follow-up MCU Avengers: Infinity War film. Since most of the Marvel cast contracts are for six films, it is likely that we will see more of Elizabeth as Scarlet Witch in Phase 3. Only time will tell, but we would love to see much more of Olsen on the big screen.
18 Vin Diesel as Groot & Bradley Cooper as Rocket
Vin Diesel was born in Alameda County, California on July 18, 1967. Like Scarlet Johansson, Diesel also has a fraternal twin. Vin Diesel's first step into acting happened when he was seven and along with friends broke into a theater to vandalize it. A woman stopped them and offered each of them a script and $20 on the condition that they would attend every day after school. His big break came in 1998 in Steven Spielberg's epic war drama Saving Private Ryan. Diesel is most well known for his portrayal of the character "Dominic Toretto" in the Fast and the Furious film franchise, which began in 2001. He has starred in a number of other films over the years, including the loveable "Groot" in the MCU.
Never far from Groot is Rocket voiced by Bradley Cooper. Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 5, 1975. While seeking his Master's degree in the Fine Arts program at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York, Cooper landed a role opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on Sex and the City in a 1999 episode. From 200-2001 he hosted a Discovery Channel travel series called Treks in a Wild World. Cooper's star continued to rise with small roles in various romantic comedies and dramas. With his role as "Phil" in the Hangover film, he began to become more popular amongst audiences. It was his 2012 performance in Silver Linings Playbook that really set him apart from other actors in Hollywood. In 2014 he played the part of real-life sniper Chris Kyle in the film American Sniper which received critical praise. He has been nominated for three Oscar's, and two Golden Globe awards.
17 Zoe Saldana as Gamora
Zoe Saldana was born in Passaic, New Jersey on June 19, 1978, and was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, the family moved to the Dominican Republic, where they lived for the next seven years. Saldana's performing began with dancing and soon after her family moved back to New York, she was recruited by a talent agency. In 2000, she landed a role in the film Center Stage. She also had a role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2003. Saldana continued to land parts in big-budget Hollywood films with legendary directors. She played the part of "Neytiri" in James Cameron's epic Avatar and the part of "Uhura" in JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot films.
In 2014, she won the role of the deadliest assassin in the galaxy "Gamora". Since 2001 she has done a minimum of two films a year, sometimes even five a year. Like Scarlet Johansson, Saldana also dealt with the rigors of filming while pregnant. Her career has been filled with films, television series, animated films, and even music videos. Saldana shows no signs of slowing down and has four more Avatar films in the works.
16 Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch was born on July 19, 1976, in London, England. Both of his parents are actors. During his time at school, he performed in a number of Shakespearean plays. After graduation, Cumberbatch volunteered as an English teacher at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India. He became a household name when he took on the role of "Sherlock Holmes" in the BBC series Sherlock in 2010.`In 2012, he voiced the "Necromancer" in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 2013 was an extremely busy year for Cumberbatch as he starred in six films, which included "Khan" in Star Trek: Into Darkness, "Smaug/Necromancer" in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and "Julian Assange" in The Fifth State.
It was in 2016 when he took on the role of "Dr. Stephen Strange" in the MCU film Doctor Strange. Though other actors were considered for the role, Cumberbatch seems a perfect fit. Cumberbatch is married and has two children. His wife, Sophie Turner, is an English theatre and opera director. The two were friends for 17 years before getting together and tying the knot. In 2015, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for his services to the performing arts and to charity.
15 Danai Gurira as Okoye
Danai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978, in Grinnell, Iowa. When she was five years old her family moved back to Zimbabwe. After high school, she returned to the United States to attend Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. There she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. She also has a Master's degree in Fine Arts from New York University. Along with acting, Gurira is also an accomplished playwright. Her play Familiar appeared Off-Broadway in New York. In 2015, fellow Black Panther actress Lupita Nyong'o starred in Gurira's play Eclipsed. This play would later be moved to Broadway in 2016 and was the first with an all-female and black cast and creative team.
Gurira has appeared in various television series and films since 2004. It is her performance as "Michonne" on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead that has made her a household name. She began the series in 2012 and her strong character continues to be a fan favorite on the show. Her character in the MCU, "Okoye" is also a strong, intelligent woman with fearless determination. It's safe to say that Danai Gurira would be a good pick for anyone's zombie apocalypse team with all of the training she has under her belt.
14 Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord
The third Chris on our list, Chris Pratt, was born on June 21, 1979, in Virginia Beach, Minnesota. When he was three years old, his family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington. Pratt was a wrestling champ during high school. When he was 19 he moved to Hawaii with a friend and got a job working at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Maui. It was here that his life would change forever. Actress and director Rae Dawn Chong discovered him at the restaurant and cast him in her short horror film which was filmed in Los Angeles. Pratt went on from there to have small roles in various television series including Everwood and The O.C.
In 2008, he played a small role in the action film Wanted. Soon after landed a recurring role on the television series Parks and Recreation. In 2011 he played a first baseman/catcher in Moneyball opposite Brad Pitt. It was in 2014 that Pratt blew everyone away with his transformation into "Peter Quill/Star-Lord". He went from adorable, dad bod to smoking hot superhero. Pratt has gone on to play a number of lead roles including in films including Jurassic World, Passengers, and a part of a legendary ensemble cast in The Magnificent Seven. Pratt is also the only person on our list to have three Lego figures based on his characters.
13 Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine
Don Cheadle was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 29, 1964. Cheadle shares a birthday with fellow MCU castmate Chadwick Boseman. His family moved around a lot when he was a kid and Cheadle graduated high school in Denver, Colorado. After graduation, he attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his Bachelor's degree. His first credited acting role was in 1984 in the short film 3 Days. Cheadle would continue to primarily television for the next decade. In 1995, he received critical praise for his performance as "Mouse Alexander" in Devil in a Blue Dress, which starred Denzel Washington.
In 2004 he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Hotel Rwanda. He has also been nominated for five Golden Globes and won two of them. Cheadle has portrayed a wide range of characters in a long list of films over the years. In 2010, he took over the role of "Lt. Col. James Rhodes/ War Machine", in the MCU. We're certainly glad he did, as he and Robert Downey Jr. have great on-screen chemistry. Cheadle has played this character for five films so far and it will be six with next years Avengers: Infinity War follow up film that is currently untitled.
12 Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier
Sebastian Stan was born on August 13, 1982, in Constanta, Romania. When Stan was eight years old he moved to Vienna, Austria with his mother, and then to New York when he was twelve. Stan appeared on in various films and television series including a recurring role on Gossip Girl. In 2011 audiences were introduced to him in the big budget MCU film Captain America: The First Avenger.
Sebastian Stan signed on for a nine-film contract with Marvel. This contract was signed after his appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger so that one doesn't count. This means that he has completed three of the films with the fourth to be released in 2019. His small appearance in the end credit scene of Black Panther doesn't count. In the comics, James "Bucky" Barnes takes over the mantle of Captain America for a while when Steve Rogers was thought to be dead. That being said, he is referred to as the "White Wolf" by a group of children in the end credit scene, which is a very different path than that in the comics. White Wolf was the first person allowed to immigrate into Wakanda. Time will tell which direction his Sebastian Stan's character will go in the MCU and we can't wait to see it.
11 Dave Bautista as Drax
Dave Bautista was born in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 1969. Bautista began his entertainment career as a professional bodybuilder. He tried out for the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) but they told him that he would never make it as a wrestler. This drove his ambition and determination even further. He then tried out for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and they sent him to train at a renowned wrestling school. He trained in Muay Thai and Eskrima. He is also well trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His wrestling name was "Batista". Following a rough match with John Cena, Bautista was injured to the point of needing a wheelchair. It was from this point that he switched gears and began acting.
He appeared opposite Vin Diesel in Riddick in 2013. Bautista returned for a handful of wrestling matches and Mixed Martial Arts fights in between film roles. In 2014, audiences were introduced to Bautista as "Drax" in Guardians of the Galaxy. He has since been extremely busy in the film industry with an average of five roles per year. Bautista was in Blade Runner 2049 and is in the upcoming Hotel Artemis due out later this year. He also will continue to play the character of "Drax" in the upcoming follow-up Avengers film.
10 Benicio Del Toro as The Collector
Born February 19, 1967, in San German, Puerto Rico, Benicio Del Toro moved with his family to a farm in Pennsylvania when he was young following the death of his mother. Del Toro studied business at the University of California in San Diego. It was there that he realized that he had a desire to act. In the 1980's he had small parts in various television series. In 1989, Del Toro landed the role of "Dario" in License to Kill. This was a James Bond film and at the time he was the youngest actor (21) to play the part of a Bond villain.
In 1995, he amazed critics and audiences with his performance as "Fenster" in Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects. Del Toro went on to star in a number of films and won an Academy Award for his performance in Traffic (2001). He was also nominated for his role in 21 Grams (2003). Del Toro often plays characters that you don't want to mess with like his character in the film Sicario and its upcoming sequel. He also had a part in the recent Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In the MCU he plays "The Collector", who also happens to be the brother of the Grandmaster played by Jeff Goldblum.
9 Josh Brolin as Thanos
Josh Brolin was born on February 12, 1968, in Santa Monica, California. Brolin is the son of actor James Brolin. His first major screen role was that of big brother "Brand" in Steven Spielberg's The Goonies in 1985. From there he went on to appear in several television shows in the late 80's and early 90's. It wasn't until he played the part of "George W. Bush" in W that he really stepped out into the limelight. Later that same year he starred in the film Milk, which garnered him an Academy Award nomination.
Brolin has continued to amaze critics and fans with his performances in a multitude of films. He starred alongside fellow MCU actor Benicio Del Toro in Sicario and will return in its sequel due out later this year. Josh Brolin has had a busy 2018 already playing villains in two different films about Marvel comic book characters. In Deadpool 2 he plays the part of "Nathan Summers/Cable" who in the comics is not a villain but a part of the X-Men. He also lent his voice to the big bad "Thanos" in Avengers Infinity War. There doesn't seem to be any slowing down for this talented actor any time soon.
8 Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman was born on November 29, 1977, in Anderson, South Carolina. Boseman attended Howard University and one of his teachers was Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. She helped Boseman and other students raise money to study abroad in London. Chadwick Boseman initially wanted to write and direct, he took acting classes to be able to relate better to actors. Upon returning to the United States, he graduated from New York City's Digital Film Academy.
Prior to his role of T'Challa in the Marvel film Black Panther, Boseman was most well known for playing parts of real-life characters. In 2013 he played the part of legendary baseball player "Jackie Robinson" in 42. He also played musician "James Brown" in 2014's Get on Up, and "Thurgood Marshall" in 2017's Marshall. It was, however, his role as "Black Panther" in Captain America: Civil War that he gained the attention of the masses. Boseman's stand-alone MCU film Black Panther film broke box office records upon its release earlier this year. It owns the title of "biggest solo superhero" launch of all time and brought in $242M in its debut weekend.
We haven't seen the last of Chadwick Boseman, nor of his character "T'Challa". Black Panther is slated to have at least one more film and he will return in 2019's follow up to Infinity War.
7 Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man
Paul Rudd was born April 6, 1969, in Passaic, New Jersey. He grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. He studied theater at the University of Kansas and the British American Drama Academy in London. Rudd had his acting debut in the 1992 series Sisters. Some may remember him as playing the adorable ex-stepbrother "Josh" to Alicia Silverstone's "Cher" in the 90's classic Clueless. He also played the part of "Dave Paris" in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Rudd soon found himself appearing in several Judd Apatow films, who is a writer/director known for his quirky romantic comedies. Rudd may not have had many leading roles but he has certainly had a successful, constant career thus far.
Paul Rudd landed the role of "Mike Hannigan" on the hit television series Friends. His character was only supposed to appear on a few episodes but thanks to Rudd's charisma and chemistry with the gang, he stayed on the show for two seasons. His character ended up marrying the character of "Phoebe". It was this relatable, sarcastic, charisma that helped him land the part of "Scott Lang/ Ant-Man" in the MCU. Though his character was not present in Avengers: Infinity War he will be in its follow up film due out in 2019. He also has his second stand-alone Ant-Man film titled Ant-Man and the Wasp due out later this year.
6 Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner was born on January 7, 1971, in Modesto, California. Renner's first film role was a small part in the 1995 film Senior Trip. He went on to have parts in a number of television series and films but turned the heads of critics as serial killer Jeffery Dahmer in the 2002 film Dahmer. Renner also gave an Oscar-nominated performance as "Staff Sergeant William James" in 2008's The Hurt Locker. He was also nominated for an Oscar the following year for his performance in The Town. His first step into the MCU was in 2011's Thor, though this appearance is not credited and did not count towards his contract. That same year he played team member, "Brandt" to Tom Cruise's "Ethan Hunt" in Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol. He has played this character in two films.
It was in 2012's The Avengers that he was able to rally with the other superheroes against "Loki". Later the same year he starred as lead character "Aaron Cross" in The Bourne Legacy. He showed off his fighting and stunt skills in this film. With 2016's Captain America: Civil War, audiences were able to see more of "Clint Barton/Hawkeye" story, which was great since he was the only one we didn't know much about. He and fellow Avenger cast member Elizabeth Olsen, starred together last year in the independent film Wind River. Later this year audiences will see him as part of another ensemble cast in the comedy film Tag.
5 Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Tom Hiddleston was born on February 9, 1981, in London, England. He attended boarding school at Eton College and was classmates with Prince William and Eddie Redmayne. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005. Though he had several television and film roles prior to the MCU, it wasn't until he played the trickster "Loki" that he became a household name. In 2011, we were introduced to the younger adopted brother of Chris Hemsworth's Thor in the film of the same name. Since then Hiddleston has played this character in five films total. His Marvel contract is said to be six films, though if you have seen Avengers: Infinity War, then you know that this may be a bit difficult. We'll have to wait until May of next year to find out.
On top of continuing with his screen acting career, Hiddleston has also appeared in various plays including, Cymbeline, Shakespeare's Henry IV, and Henry V, as well as Othello. He won the Laurence of Olivier Award for "Best Newcomer" in 2008. Hiddleston also originally screen tested for the part of Thor and even put on 20lbs of muscle before director Kenneth Branagh decided he was more fit for the role of "Loki".
4 Idris Elba as Heimdall
Born September 6, 1972, in London, England, Idris Elba gained a spot in the National Youth Music Theatre. In between acting gigs, he held a number of jobs including being a DJ at nightclubs. Elba's first acting role was on the soap opera Family Affairs in 1997. In 2010 he landed the starring role in the BBC One series Luther, which had its fifth season this year. He has also lent his voice to video games like Rainbow Six and animated films like Finding Dory and Zootopia. In 2016 he played the part of villain "Krall" in Star Trek: Beyond, a film that also starred Zoe Saldana. In 2017, he starred opposite Matthew McConaughey in the film The Dark Tower, which was an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name.
In 2011, Idris Elba starred in Thor as guardian of the Bifrost, "Heimdall". Heimdall is all seeing and all hearing, and that goes for all nine realms, not just Asgard. His character and Thor are very close. Elba has played the part of Heimdall in five films. It is not known publicly what his contract with Marvel looks like, so it is possible that Avengers: Infinity War was his last but you never know with the endless possibilities the writers have at their disposal.
3 Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Brie Larson was born on October 1, 1989, in Sacramento, California. Though her MCU film is yet to be released it is fair to say that her character will make a critical impact to the fight against Thanos. Larson began acting at the age of six and was the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In 2001, she starred on the WB show Raising Dad. In 2003, Larson starred in the Disney Channel original movie Right on Track. She continued to have roles in various films and television series. In 2010 she played the part of "Envy Adams" in the independent film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Fellow MCU member Chris Evans also had a role in this film.
Larson has primarily acted in independent films during her later career. Landing the part of "Carol Danvers/ Captain Marvel" was impressive and spoke to Larson's talent as an actress. Her film Captain Marvel will be the first stand-alone film for a Marvel female superhero. This film takes place in the 1980's and we will get to see younger versions of some beloved characters like "Phil Coulson". Larson has already completed her scenes for next years follow up to Avengers: Infinity War, where her character will play a key role. Captain Marvel is set to be released on March 8th, 2019 and the fourth Avengers film is due out May 3, 2019.
2 Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., Samuel L. Jackson is the man who's character brought all of the original Avengers together, "Nick Fury". Jackson began his credited acting career in 1972. Oddly enough the character he played was named "Stan" which happens to be the name of Marvel creator Stan Lee. He would continue to appear in a number of films over the years but it was not until his role as "Jules Winnfield" in Pulp Fiction that audiences began to take notice. Jackson was nominated for an Oscar for this role. In 1996 he starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock in A Time to Kill and was nominated for a Golden Globe. In 2000 he brought a much loved classic character to the big screen in Shaft. He also starred as "Mace Windu" in Star Wars: Episodes I and II.
In 2008, he appeared for the first time as "Nick Fury" in Iron Man during an end credit scene, however, this was not a credited part. He has since been in a total of six films including next year's Captain Marvel. He also appeared in two other MCU films that were not credited like that of Iron Man. Samuel L. Jackson shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
1 Pom Klementieff as Mantis
Pom Klementieff was born on May 3, 1986, in Quebec, Canada. When she was a child her family traveled a lot due to her father's job as a consul with the French government. They lived for a time in Japan before settling down in France. Her father sadly died from cancer when she was five years old. She began acting at the age of 19 at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris. Shortly after started her schooling there she won a theater competition that provided her with free classes for two years from the school's top teachers. Her first credited role was in the French film Apres lui in 2007. She would continue acting in French films for a few years.
In 2013, she starred in the film Old Boy, along with fellow MCU actor Josh Brolin. It would be her part of "Mantis" in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that would make her more known to wider audiences. She also appeared in Avengers: Infinity War as "Mantis" and will be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy 3. It is unknown at this time if she will be in the fourth Avengers film due out next year. Like many other characters, it is still a possibility that we see her in the film but things are very hush, hush and for good reasons.
(Sources: IMBD, WIKI)