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20 Actors’ First MCU Appearance vs. Their Latest

MCU has evolved in so many ways and has grown into a fascinating universe. The plotlines, characters, and their backgrounds have us spellbound, and the actors’ skillful performances are simply cherry on top. They have brought these characters into life and it’s the result of their hard works these heroes have become house-hold names. Their portrayal and their magic touches give them justice and are now more lovable. Haven’t these actors come a long way since their first MCU appearance? The journey is admirable and hence, we have made a compilation of 20 actors’ first MCU appearances vs. their latest. Don’t wait; scroll down immediately!


1. Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr., first vs. latest:

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Robert Downey Jr. expressed his feelings about the character after his role as Iron Man was coming to an end. He says that he’s hugely grateful for the opportunity of playing the role for a decade and that he’s fully satisfied with what he has achieved with the character. We still haven’t gotten over the fact he isn’t going to be there in the rest of MCU movies, but we know we’ll always love him 3000! 

2. Captain America: Chris Evans, first vs. latest

Steve grew elderly by the end of his final film

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Another character we are terribly missing, especially since The Falcon and The Winter Soldier started airing. We now realize how difficult it is to see someone else portraying Captain America after John Walker came in. Imagine no Chris Evans for the role at all! Not pleasing, right? Well, this could have been the picture because he initially turned down the opportunity many times out of fear before finally accepting.

3. Thor: Chris Hemsworth, first vs. latest 

Thor grew out his hair and beard and had a different body type in Endgame

Thor in the earlier movies is charming, fitter, and stronger than he appeared in his last MCU movie. Defeat from Thanos took a toll on him and caused him to look like that. We hope to see him in action real soon.


4. Spider-Man: Tom Holland, first vs. latest

Tom grew out his curly hair a bit between films

We have seen the cute and naïve Tom Holland both on-screen and off-screen and adore his innocence. Tom’s first appearance in the MCU was in Captain America: Civil War and his latest being Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.

5. Ant-Man: Paul Rudd, first vs. latest

Paul Rudd doesn't age, but we already knew that


Ant-Man is simply the best character to bring lighter tones to the plot. His performance on Captain America: Civil War is way too good and witty. His first appearance in the MCU was in Ant-Man in 2015, and his latest was in Avengers: Endgame. 

6. Loki: Tom Hiddleston, first vs. latest

Loki was nervous and afraid in the first film but confident and chaotic in his new show

Sometimes, the bond Loki and Thor give us goals, while sometimes it’s the most relatable banter between siblings. Tom Hiddleston has done a brilliant job portraying the suspicious character. His first MCU movie is Thor (2011), and the latest one was Avengers: Endgame in 2019.


7. Natasha Romanoff: Scarlett Johansson, first vs. latest

Natasha grew her red hair back out after dying it blonde in between both movies

They broke our hearts when she jumped off the cliff for the soul stone and hated Thanos the most for this scene. Her first appearance in the MCU was in Iron Man 2 in 2010, and her latest (heartbreaking) appearance was in Avengers: Endgame. In an interview about her character’s death in the movie, she revealed that she had anticipated it and said that it made sense for the character. The news to her was bittersweet and shocking but was needed.

8. Hulk: Mark Ruffalo, first vs. latest 

By his last movie, Bruce had achieved a permanent, peaceful Hulk state


Hulk was portrayed by Mark Ruffalo all along, but he has blended in so well. There’s one else better than him who can pull off Hulk so with such grace. His first appearance in a Marvel movie was in 2012 in The Avengers with his famous “smash”. His latest appearance was in Avengers: Endgame as Bruce and Hulk together in Hulk’s body.

9. Bucky: Sebastian Stan, first vs. latest

Bucky looks relatively young for someone who's over 100 years old

Bucky became our best buddy since he was Steve’s; he became ours in no time. The character is gaining more fan base since The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. His first Marvel movie appearance was in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 and latest in the currently ongoing series on Disney + Hotstar.


10 Falcon: Anthony Mackie, first vs. latest

Sam went from meeting Captain America in the park to fighting alongside him

Anthony Mackie’s first entrance in the team of Avengers was in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. We are all seeing his latest work as the great Falcon in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and aren’t we loving the roller coaster ride?

11 Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch, first vs. latest

Dr. Strange had more gray hair after spending three years running the New York sanctum


Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance as Dr. Strange blew us away. He has done a fabulous job with his role, and the character never fails to surprise us in a million ways. His first appearance as Dr. Strange in the Marvel-verse was in Doctor Strange in 2016 and appeared in many films after. His latest role was in Avengers: Endgame. 

12 Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman, first vs. latest

T'Challa rose to the challenge and became a great king

Chadwick Boseman taught us the importance of perseverance and hard work. We all miss him terribly, and as we remember his performance in the first role in MCU, it was in Captain America: Civil War and the latest in Avengers: Endgame.


13. James Rhodes: Don Cheadle, first vs. latest

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Iron Man’s best buddy and ex-military personnel, James Rhodes, gave his first performance for MCU in Iron Man 2, and we saw him recently in the first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

14. Clint Barton: Jeremy Runner, first vs. latest

Clint shaved the sides of his head before Endgame


Jeremy played the role of the Hawkeye for the first time in Thor in 2011, and we saw him the last time as Hawkeye in Avengers: Endgame. Who can forget the painful fight for the soul stone, right?

15 Vision: Paul Bettany, first vs. latest

The true Vision did not look the same as the man Wanda fell in love with

Vision and Wanda won our hearts with their unusual yet warm romance, and we just wanted to see more of them. But which was the first time we saw Vision in MCU for the first time? It was in Avengers: Age of Ultron. We saw not one but two of them, again in Wanda’s famous “sitcom,” WandaVision. 

16. Wanda Maximoff: Elizabeth Olsen, first vs. latest

Wanda went from a scared girl with long, brown hair to a confident hero with shoulder-length red waves

Wanda, the super-strong Scarlet Witch, gave her first performance as Wanda in MCU, which was a cameo, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014. We saw her strong and grieving character in WandaVision, and we all empathized with her.

17. Pepper Potts: Gwyneth Paltrow, first vs. latest

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The admirable Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, made her first appearance in the MCU movie in Iron Man in 2018 and the latest in Avengers: Endgame. 

18. Nick Fury: Samuel L. Jackson, first vs. latest

Nick Fury has sported his iconic eye patch since his first appearance in the Iron Man post-credit scene

Nick Fury is the leader and is the reason we have a team of the strongest superheroes, The Avengers. His first appearance in the MCU was in Iron Mar in 2008 and we saw him recently in Avengers: Endgame. 

19. Hope van Dyne: Evangeline Lilly, first vs. latest

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We saw this strong, independent personality for the first time in Ant-Man. She became the first female actress to play the titular character in MCU in Ant-Man and The Wasp. We saw her latest in Avengers: Endgame. 

20. Peter Quill: Chris Pratt, first vs. latest

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We all were anguished when Peter’s anger failed Tony’s plan but as Dr. Strange said, “there’s only one possibility”. We saw his first MCU appearance in Guardians of The Galaxy in 2014 and the latest in Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

These characters never fail to amaze us and we hope to keep seeing each one of them in the recurring roles very soon. What do you think of all of these? Let us know.

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