27 Side-By-Sides That Show These Actors In Their First Role, Their Marvel Role, And Their Most Recent One

1. Robert Downey Jr. in his first major role as Lee in Firstborn in 1984:


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Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2008 to 2019:


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Robert Downey Jr.’s most recent role as Dr. John Dolittle in Dolittle in 2020:


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Robert is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film Oppenheimer. He’ll be starring alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Florence Pugh, Matt Damon, and many more. He’s also produced several projects in recent years like Netflix’s Sweet Tooth.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow’s first role as Rebecca in Shout in 1991:



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Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2008 to present:



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Gwyneth Paltrow’s most recent role as Georgina Hobart in The Politician from 2019 to 2020:



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3. Samuel L. Jackson in one of his first roles as Sulk in The Displaced Person in 1977:



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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2008 to present:



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After last appearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Samuel will reprise his role as Nick Fury in the upcoming MCU film The Marvels and the new Disney+ series Secret Invasion. He also voiced Nick Fury in Season 1 of What If…?

Samuel L. Jackson’s most recent role as Ptolemy Grey in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey in 2022:



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4. Chris Evans in his first role as Cary in Opposite Sex in 2000:



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Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2011 to 2019:



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Chris Evans’ most recent role as Lloyd Hansen in The Gray Man in 2022:



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Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Chris in several MCU movies, The Gray Man will hit Netflix in July 2022. Chris stars alongside Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Henwick, and more.

5. Sebastian Stan’s first role as “Kid in Subway” in 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance in 1994:



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Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2011 to present:



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Sebastian will hopefully reprise his Marvel role in Captain America 4, which will feature Anthony Mackie leading his first MCU movie as the new Captain America. Sebastian also voiced Bucky / the Winter Soldier in Season 1 of What If…?

Sebastian Stan’s most recent role as Steve in Fresh in 2022:



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6. Elizabeth Olsen in her first role as “Girl in Car” in How the West Was Fun in 1994:



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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2014 to present:



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Elizabeth’s work as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch on WandaVision received critical acclaim in 2021 and earned her Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. She’ll reprise the role again in 2022 in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Elizabeth Olsen’s most recent role as Candy Montgomery in Love and Death in 2022:



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In 2022, Elizabeth will star as Candy Montgomery, a Texan housewife who brutally murdered her friend in 1980, in the HBO Max series Love and Death.

7. Paul Bettany’s first role as Ian Greaves in Wycliffe in 1994:



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Paul Bettany as J.A.R.V.I.S./Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2008 to present:



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Listen, white Vision is out there somewhere so I’d like to believe we’ll see more of Paul Bettany as a version of Vision in the MCU soon. He also voiced Vision in Season 1 of What If…?

Paul Bettany’s most recent role as Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll in A Very British Scandal in 2021:



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8. One of Kathryn Hahn’s first roles as Lily Lebowski in Crossing Jordan from 2001 to 2007:



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Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2021 to present:



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Kathryn’s work on WandaVision earned her Emmy and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Up next, Kathryn will be starring in a new MCU Disney+ series titled Agatha: House of Harkness

Kathryn Hahn’s most recent role as Phyllis Shapiro in The Shrink Next Door in 2021:



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9. Chris Hemsworth’s first role as King Arthur in Guinevere Jones in 2002:



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Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2011 to present:



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In 2022, Chris will once again star as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. This will be the 10th MCU project Chris has appeared in as Thor, which includes voicing Thor in Season 1 of What If…?

Chris Hemsworth in his most recent role as Tyler Rake in Extraction in 2020:



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10. Tom Hiddleston’s first role as Lord in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby in 2001:



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Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2011 to present:



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Up next, Tom will reprise his role as Loki in Season 2 of Loki. He also voiced our favorite god of mischief in Season 1 of What If…?

Tom Hiddleston’s most recent role as Will Ransome in The Essex Serpent in 2022:



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Coming up, Tom will star alongside Claire Danes in Apple TV+’s new series The Essex Serpent. The new series follows Cora, a widow who moves to Essex to investigate reports of a mythical serpent. While there, she forms a bond with the village minister.

11. Tessa Thompson’s first major role as Jackie Cook in Veronica Mars from 2005 to 2006:



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Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2017 to present:



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Up next, Tessa will be starring in Thor: Love and Thunder as Valkyrie in 2022.

Tessa Thompson’s most recent role as Irene Redfield in Passing in 2021:



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12. Tom Holland in his first role as Lucas Bennett in The Impossible in 2012:



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Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to present:



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Tom Holland’s most recent role as Nathan Drake in Uncharted in 2022:



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13. Zendaya in one of her first roles as Rocky Blue in Shake It Up from 2010 to 2013:



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Zendaya as MJ in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2017 to present:



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Zendaya’s most recent role as Rue Bennett in Euphoria from 2019 to present:



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Zendaya won an Emmy Award in 2020 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work as Rue in Euphoria. She became the youngest actor to ever win in the category.

14. Jeremy Renner’s first role as Mark “Dags” D’Agastino in National Lampoon’s Senior Trip in 1995:



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Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2011 to present:



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Jeremy Renner’s most recent role as Mike McLusky in Mayor of Kingstown in 2021:



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15. Hailee Steinfeld in her first role as “Little Girl” in Back to You in 2007:



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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2021 to present:



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Hailee Steinfeld’s most recent role as Emily Dickinson in Dickinson from 2019 to 2021:



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16. One of Mark Ruffalo’s first roles as Christian in Mirror Mirror II: Raven Dance in 1994:



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Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2012 to present:



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Up next, Mark will reprise his role as Bruce/Hulk in the MCU series She-Hulk on Disney+ alongside Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo’s most recent role as Louis Reed in The Adam Project in 2022:



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17. Chadwick Boseman’s first role as Reggie Porter in All My Children in 2003:



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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2016 to 2019:



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Chadwick Boseman’s last role as Levee Green in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2020:



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Sadly, Chadwick died of colon cancer in 2020 at the age of 43. His last role ended up being when he voiced T’Challa in Season 1 of What If…? The upcoming Black Panther sequel will also be dedicated to him. 

18. Lupita Nyong’o’s first role as F in East River in 2008:



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Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2018 to present:



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Up next, Lupita will reprise her role as Nakia in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Lupita Nyong’o’s most recent role as Khadijah Adiyeme in The 355 in 2022:



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19. Michael B. Jordan in his first role as “Rideland Kid” in The Sopranos in 1999:



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Michael B. Jordan as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in Black Panther in 2018:



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Michael B. Jordan in his most recent role as Charles Monroe King in A Journal for Jordan in 2021:



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20. Angela Bassett’s first role as Salina McCulla in Search for Tomorrow in 1985:



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Angela Bassett as Ramonda in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2018 to present:



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Up next, Angela will reprise her role as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Angela Bassett’s most recent role as Sgt. Athena Grant-Nash in 9-1-1 from 2018 to present:



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21. One of Paul Rudd’s first roles as Kirby Philby in Sisters from 1992 to 1995:



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Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2015 to present:



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Paul will once again play Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the upcoming MCU movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He also voiced Scott in Season 1 of What If…? in 2021.

Paul Rudd’s most recent role as Dr. Isaac Herschkopf in The Shrink Next Door in 2021:



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22. Florence Pugh’s first role as Abbie Mortimer in The Falling in 2014:



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Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2021 to present:



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Florence Pugh’s most recent role as Alice in Don’t Worry Darling in 2022:



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In 2022, Florence will star in Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling alongside Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan. Don’t Worry Darling tells the story of a 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community, when she begins to worry that his glamorous company may be hiding disturbing secrets.

23. Chris Pratt’s first major role as Bright Abbott in Everwood from 2002 to 2006:



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Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2014 to present:



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In 2022, Chris will reprise his role as Peter Quill / Star-Lord in Thor: Love and Thunder. He’ll also star in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Chris Pratt’s most recent role as Dan Forester in The Tomorrow War in 2021:



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24. Zoe Saldaña’s first role as Belinca in Law & Order in 1999:



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Zoe Saldaña as Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2014 to present:



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Next up for Zoe in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she’ll appear as Gamora in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Zoe Saldaña’s most recent role as Laura in The Adam Project in 2022:



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25. Karen Gillan’s first role as Teri Cotter in Rebus in 2006:



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Karen Gillan as Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2014 to present:



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In 2021, Karen voiced Nebula in Season 1 of What If…? She will reprise her role in Thor: Love and Thunder in 2022. Then, she’ll be appearing in The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Karen Gillan’s most recent role as Carol Cobb / Dr. Lacey Nightingale in The Bubble in 2022:



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26. Lauren Ridloff’s first role as Fatima in If You Could Hear My Own Tune in 2011:



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Lauren Ridloff as Makkari in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2021 to present:



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Lauren Ridloff’s most recent role as Connie in The Walking Dead from 2018 to 2022:



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27. And finally, Taika Waititi’s first role as Alex in Scarfies in 1999:



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Taika Waititi as Korg in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from 2017 to present:



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In 2022, Taika will appear as Korg in Thor: Love and Thunder, which he also wrote and directed.

Taika Waititi’s most recent role as Edward “Ed” Teach / Blackbeard in Our Flag Means Death from 2022 to present:



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