21 Actors Who've Played Two Or More Marvel Characters, And 21 Marvel Characters Who've Been Played By Two Or More Actors

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For many actors, playing a Marvel hero — or villain! — is the role of a lifetime. Usually, lightning doesn't strike twice, but some actors have gotten the chance to bring multiple iconic comic characters to life.

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On the other hand, however, Marvel's original casting choices don't always work out, a character is recast for a reboot, or certain characters require separate body doubles or voice actors. In these circumstances, one character is played by multiple actors.

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Many actors also appear as different characters in different Marvel "universes," such as the Disney-produced Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Sony-produced Spider-Man Universe, and the Marvel Legacy films (which include the X-Men films and 2005's Fantastic Four).

Here are 21 actors who've played multiple Marvel roles:

1.Gemma Chan played Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel.

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She also played Sersi in Eternals.

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2.Kenneth Choi played Jim Morita of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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He also played Jim's grandson, Principal Morita, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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3.Mahershala Ali played Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth on Luke Cage.

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He also made a (voice-only) cameo as Eric Brooks/Blade in the Eternals post-credit scene. He's set to star in the upcoming Blade.

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4.Patton Oswalt has played five roles in the MCU — identical brothers Eric, Billy, Sam, Thurston, and Ernest Koenig on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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He also voiced Pip the Troll in Eternals.

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He also played Hedges in Blade: Trinity.

5.Rebecca Romijn played Joan in The Punisher.

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She also played Raven Darkholme/Mystique in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: First Class.

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6.Chris Evans played Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel.

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He later played Steve Rogers/Captain America in the MCU from Captain America: The First Avenger until Avengers: Endgame.

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7.Michael B. Jordan played Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2015).

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He also played Erik Killmonger in Black Panther.

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8.Stan Lee played the Watcher Informant (aka all of his iconic cameos) in the MCU from Iron Man to Captain Marvel.

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He also appeared as a debonair gentleman on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a man on a bench on Agent Carter, and Irving Forbush on several Marvel Netflix shows.

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He also cameoed in Avengers: Endgame and the Hulu series Runaways.

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9.Olivia Munn played Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse.

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She also played Chess Roberts in Iron Man 2.

Originally, she played a women named Rebecca in Iron Man 2, but after the scene she filmed as cut, Jon Favreau offered her a new role. She asked to play a character from the comics, so she was given the role of Chess Roberts.

Originally, she played a women named Rebecca in Iron Man 2, but after the scene she filmed as cut, Jon Favreau offered her a new role. She asked to play a character from the comics, so she was given the role of Chess Roberts.

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10.Aaron Taylor-Johnson played Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in Captain America: the Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Now, he's set to play Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven the Hunter in Sony's upcoming production of Kraven the Hunter.

Aaron and the warrior villain he's set to play
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11.Ryan Reynolds played Wade Wilson/Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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He also portrayed a revamped version of Deadpool in the Deadpool trilogy.

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He also played himself (and read the Green Lantern script!) in Deadpool 2.

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Additionally, he voiced Cain Marko/Juggernaut.

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Additionally, he played Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity.

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12.Idris Elba played Heimdall from Thor to Avengers: Infinity War.

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He also played Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.

Moreau puts his gun on the table

He also played a parody version of Bruce Banner in a Saturday Night Live sketch called "The Impossible Hulk."

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13.Josh Brolin portrayed Thanos from Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Endgame.

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He also played Nathan Summers/Cable in Deadpool 2.

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14.Kate Mara played a US Marshal in Iron Man 2.

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She later played Susan Storm/Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2015).

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15.In the MCU, Jon Favreau has played Happy Hogan since Iron Man.

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He also played Foggy Nelson in Daredevil (2003).

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16.Anthony Mackie has played Sam Wilson/Falcon/Captain America since Captain America: the Winter Soldier.

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He also portrayed Conrad Mac/Smiling Tiger on an episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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17.Ray Stevenson played Volstagg in the Thor trilogy.

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He also played Frank Castle/Punisher in Punisher: War Zone.

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18.Ben Foster played Warren Worthington III/Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand.

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He also played Spacker Dave in The Punisher (2004).

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19.Tony Curran played Bor in Thor: the Dark World.

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He also played Finn Cooley on Daredevil.

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20.Damion Poitier played Thanos in The Avengers, though it was uncredited.

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He also played one of Crossbones' mercenaries in Captain America: Civil War.

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21.Alfre Woodard played Miriam Sharpe in Captain America: Civil War.

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She also played Mariah Dillard/Black Mariah on Luke Cage.

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And here are 21 Marvel characters who've been played by multiple actors:

22.In the MCU, Natalie Portman usually plays Jane Foster.

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When she was unavailable during reshoots for Thor: the Dark World, Elsa Pataky — who's married to Chris Hemsworth — stepped in as her body double for a kiss scene.

Jane and Thor kiss passionately
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23.Azari Akbar played Monica Rambeau as a five-year-old in Captain Marvel.

Monica stargazes with Carol
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Her older sister Akira Akbar played the same character at age 11.

Monica shows Carol her box of memories
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Teyonah Parris played the grown-up version on WandaVision.

Monica meets Jimmy Woo for the first time
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24.Cassie Lang was played by Abby Ryder Fortson in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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Emma Fuhrmann took over the role when the character aged up in Avengers: Endgame.

Cassie is shocked to see her dad for the first time in five years
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However, for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania (2023), she was replaced by Kathryn Newton.

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25.Max Favreau originated the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the MCU as a young version of the character in Iron Man 2.

Peter, wearing an Iron Man mask, meets Tony at the Stark Expo
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Tom Holland took over the role in Captain America: Civil War.

Peter shows Tony his webslinging powers
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Previously, the older version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man was played by Tobey Maguire in the Spider-Man (2002) trilogy.

Peter takes off his mask
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Andrew Garfield played the role in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel.

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26.Howard Stark has been played by three different actors in the MCU, starting with Gerard Sanders in Iron Man.

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John Slattery played him in Iron Man 2, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame.

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Dominic Cooper played him in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter.

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27.Terrence Howard played Rhodey/War Machine in Iron Man.

Rhodey gazes at the supersuit Tony created
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However, Don Cheadle took over the role from Iron Man 2 onward.

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28.Scarlett Johansson played Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the MCU.

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However, Ever Anderson played the younger version of her in Black Widow.

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29.In the MCU, Groot is voiced by Vin Diesel.

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His motion capture work has been performed by four actors, including Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and his brother Sean Gunn.

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Krystian Godlewski and Terry Notary are the other two actors.

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30.Eric Bana played Bruce Banner/Hulk in The Hulk (2003).

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Then, the role was played by Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk (2008).

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Mark Ruffalo has been in the role since The Avengers.

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31.Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver was played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the MCU.

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Gabriel Gurevich played the younger version of him on WandaVision.

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Evan Peters played the same character in the X-Men franchise.

Peter locks eyes with Mystique

On WandaVision, Peters played Ralph Bohner, whom Wanda Maximoff initially believed to be Pietro.

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32.Damion Poitier played Thanos in The Avengers.

Thanos flashes the camera a wicked smile
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Josh Brolin took over the role from Guardians of the Galaxy onward.

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33.Joshua Dallas played Fandral in Thor.

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Zachary Levi replaced him in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

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34.Chris Evans played Johnny Storm/Human Torch in Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel.

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Michael B. Jordan played the same role ten years later in Fantastic Four (2015).

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35.Elizabeth Olsen plays Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the MCU.

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Michaela Russell played the younger version of her on WandaVision.

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36.In Captain America: The First Avenger, Hugo Weaving played Johann Schmidt/Red Skull.

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In Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, he was replaced by Ross Marquand.

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37.Hayley Lovitt played Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Janet shrinks down in her Wasp suit
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Michelle Pfeiffer was introduced as the older version of the character in Ant-Man and the Wasp, taking over the role.

Janet reunites with Hank in the quantum realm
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38.Eugene Lazarev played Anton Vanko in Iron Man 2.

Anton encourages his son Ivan to take on Iron Man
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Costa Ronin played the younger version on Agent Carter.

Anton works in the lab
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39.Rebecca Romijn played Raven Darkholme/Mystique in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand with a cameo in X-Men: First Class.

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Jennifer Lawrence played her in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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Morgan Lily also played a young version of Raven in X-Men: First Class.

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40.Chris Evans played the MCU's Steve Rogers/Captain America, but both his first and last appearances required a body double.

Steve meets with the other Avengers
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Leander Deeny was a body double for pre-serum Steve in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Steve tries to get into the army

He also played the bartender.

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Patrick Gorman doubled as the older version of Steve in Avengers: Endgame.

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41.Black Widow introduced Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova.

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Violet McGraw played the younger version of the character in the beginning of the movie.

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42.And finally, in the MCU, Rocket Raccoon is voiced by Bradley Cooper.

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Sean Gunn does his motion capture work.

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His movements and behavior are based on a real racoon named Oreo.