Since 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has dominated the US and international box office. At present, 29 films have already been released in the MCU, and the firm of Marvel Studios does not intend to stop there. Especially now that the studio is also developing its universe on the small screen via its series on Disney+. In almost 15 years of films and series, some actors have embodied several characters over time. Here are these actors and actresses who have camped several characters in different films.
This 69-year-old American actress was the impactful and terrifying face of Mariah Dillard in the series Marvel’s Luke Cage broadcast on Netflix from 2016 to 2018. She portrayed the great antagonist of the show with an iron fist and ironclad credibility. But this is not her only role in the MCU since she also made a small appearance at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War. In fact, she embodies Miriam Sharpe at the start of the Russo Brothers movie. It is a former mother who challenges Tony Stark to make him feel guilty for the death of his son during the battle of Sokovia. An intervention that will push the billionaire to propose and impose the Sokovia agreements.
Clancy Brown is a big chunk in American cinema. He is a famous actor who appeared in a hundred and fifty films during his career. He is also renowned for his recurring work as an animation character voice actor. We have thus been able to see it in films like Bad Boys, Highlander, The Escapeesor even more recently in Promising Young Woman and hear it in productions like Spongebob, Star Wars: Rebelsor Rapunzel. he is also the voice of Lex Luthor in many DC Comics animated productions. In the MCU, he also appeared several times. He has doubled the terrible Surtur in Thor: Ragnarokwhile it is also the face of Colonel Ray Shoonover in the series Daredevil and The Punisher.
Yes, the director of Thor: Ragnarok and of Thor: Love and Thunder is also actor in his spare time. We have seen it in particular in jojo rabbit and in Free Guy. In the MCU, he camps Korg, the faithful companion of Thor in the last two films of the franchise, but not only. Indeed, Taika Waititi has also lent his body to model Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok (while Clancy Brown takes care of the voice). He also camped Haju, the three-headed alien (he embodies the head on the far left of the character).
Yes, the famous Benedict Cumberbatch played two characters in the MCU. His case is a bit special because he played two characters in the same film. Indeed, in the first Doctor Strange released in 2016, the comedian obviously camped the wizard Stephen Strangebut what is less known is that it also doubles the mighty Dormammu at the end of the film. An artistic will of Scott Derrickson (the director) who wanted Dormammu to appear as an evil reflection of Dr Strange.
Actor less known to the general public, Enver Gjokaj first had a very small role in the first avengers in 2012. He embodies Officer Saunders, one of the policemen who participates in the Battle of New York under the instructions of Captain America. Later, Enver Gjokaj embodies the role of Daniel Sousa in the series Agent Cartera role that he will resume elsewhere in the last season of Agents of SHIELD
Its name may mean nothing to you, however Damion Poitier was the first face of Thanos. Indeed, in the first avengers, before Josh Brolin won’t inherit the role, the Mad Titan was played by the little-known Damion Poitier. Marvel Studios then recalled the comedian to play one of Crossbones’ henchmen in Captain America: Civil War. Not quite the same importance of role so…
There, we enter a category of much more famous actress. Now 39 years old, Gemma Chan already has a big career behind her. We have seen it in particular in The Ryan Initiative, Fantastic Beasts or Transformers: The Last Knight. In the MCU, she embodied two rather major roles. Indeed, the actress was first the face of Minn Erva in Captain Marvel. Minn-Erva is a member of the elite Kree group and one of the film’s main antagonists. More recently, Gemma Chan has gained further recognition since she embodies Sersi, the main heroine of the recent The Eternals. Attention Marvel Studios, for once, it’s starting to show that it’s one and the same actress for different roles…
Here too, this is a somewhat special case. Because if Kenneth Choi plays two roles within the MCU, it is an equally voluntary choice. Indeed, the actor first camped Private Jim Morita in Captain America: First Avenger. A role that he also took over in the series Agent Carter. Then later in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the comedian is back on screen, this time as Peter Parker’s high school principal. And we give it to you in a thousand, this one is called Principal Morita, who is none other than the grandson of Jim Morita.
The Russo Brothers brought a lot to the MCU. In fact, they staged 4 major films of the firm: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. And during these achievements, Joe Russo appeared three times. Like Alfred Hitchcock, the filmmaker decided to make a few small cameos within his productions. Thus, we can find him in the role of Dr Fine, the doctor who operates Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldierin the skin of Théo Broussard, Baron Zemo’s psychiatrist in Civil War and finally in the skin of Bobby, a member of the support group organized by Steve Rogers in Avengers: Infinity War.
She first had a whole small appearance in Captain America: First Avenger. She camps a young woman who wants a spelling of the super-soldier. Then she was called back to play Meredith Quill, Peter Quill’s mother, in both films Guardians of the Galaxy. James Gunn even joked about her case, saying that the young woman in Captain America: First Avenger is already Quill’s mother. A theory never formalized by Marvel, but which holds up relatively well.
Unknown actor, the latter had two small roles in the MCU. He played a prisoner in the short movie All Hail the King. But above all, Matt Gérald was the face of Melvin Potter, a costume designer for superheroes in the series Daredevil.
It is, with Benedict Cumberbatch, the most famous actress on this list. Michelle Yeoh is an emblematic actress of American and Asian cinema, particularly famous for her participation in Tiger and Dragon. Lately she was also on the poster of the incredible Everything Everywhere all at once. Well Michelle Yeoh has played two different characters in the MCU. She was first the face ofAleta Ogord, captain of the Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But above all, she camped Ying Nan, Shang-Chi’s aunt in the recent Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Another minor actor for minor roles. Patrick Brennan had two small roles in the MCU. He first played Blackout in the series Agents of SHIELD, a supervillain capable of controlling the Darkforce. Later he also played a small role in Captain Marvel as the bartender of the bar where Carole Danvers and Nick Fury hang out.
Its name may mean nothing to you, however Patton Oswalt is an iconic comedian of American cinema. In his 25-year career, the actor has starred in more than 80 movies and TV series. He notably lent his voice in series like BoJack Horseman, Marvel’s Spider-Man or more recently Marvel’s MODOK In the MCU, we can find him in the skin of Koenings throughout the series Agents of SHIELDand more recently in the skin of Pip the Troll in the post-credits scene of The Eternals. A character who is also destined to return to the MCU.
There, it is still a particular case, which follows an undeniable logic. In effect, Paul Bettany was first the voice of JARVISthe artificial intelligence of Tony Stark in the first films of the MCU, and this until Avengers: Age of Ultron. Then the character transformed to become Vision. Except Paul Bettany stayed, and became the face of Vision in the MCU. A great development for this iconic British actor of the seventh art.
A little-known actor, Pierre Mensah first had a small role in The Incredible Hulk as General Joe Greller. Then later he came back to the MCU as Qovas, one of the Confederate leaders in Agents of SHIELD
It is the evidence of the evidence. Stan Lee, one of the mainstays of Marvel Comics, has appeared in an impressive number of Marvel films. It’s a tradition known to all, a well-deserved treat for fans of the Marvel universe. If sometimes Stan Lee appears as himself as in Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfermost of the time, especially in the MCU, Stan Lee appears in the skin of various characters, whose identity we rarely have. But it is ultimately he who has embodied the most different characters within the MCU.
It first appears in the skin of a fan at the Stark Expo in Iron Man 2. Subsequently, the actor was recalled for double Howard the Duckfirst in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, then in the two episodes of What If…? in which it appears.
The latter first appeared in first two opuses of the saga Iron Man as Major Allen, a member of the Air Force. Then, Tim Guinee appeared a little later in the skin of Clay Wilsonthe father of the antagonist Lewis Wilson, in the series The Punisher.
Tony Curran has also appeared twice in the MCU. We first saw him in the skin of Bor, Odin’s father who defeated Malekith and his army of dark elves in a flashback of Thor: The Dark World. Then, the actor was called back to play Finn Cooley, a high-ranking member of Kitchen Irish, in The Punisher.
This is the last person on this list (finally!). The actress is first appeared in the series Agent of SHIELD, as Lian May, a retired intelligence agent. More recently, she had a small role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in the role of Waipo Chen, Katy’s grandmother.
A fairly large list of actors and actresses who have had many faces in the MCU. With the number of actors and actresses on the planet, we still wonder how Marvel Studios can take and retake the same faces for different roles. Especially when they are artists of the caliber of Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan or Patton Oswalt.