The Marvel Cinematic Universe is now more than just a collection of renowned actors. There are some very huge appearances and performances from stars you might just have heard about or emerging talents you totally overlooked a decade ago. Here’s a list of Marvel celebs who both Disney and audiences probably forgot about during the last decade:
1. Matt Damon played Loki in Dogma
Damon had portrayed a different Loki in Kevin Smith’s Dogma in 1999, thus this became a little meta. Then, a year after Ragnarok, Damon appeared in Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, reprising his role as Kevin Smith’s Loki. In the same scene, Damon also made fun of the fact that he didn’t even look anything like Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Marvel’s Loki.
2. Ty Burrell’s character dated Hulk’s girlfriend
Ty Burrell is best recognized for his role in Modern Family, but he was also one of Marvel celebs just before the show began. In 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, Burrell plays Leonard Samson. The character is a psychiatrist who is dating Bruce Banner/Hulk’s ex-girlfriend Betty.
3. Natalie Dormer seduced Captain America
Lorraine, who played Captain America’s historical first kiss in the MCU, only ever had a little role in The First Avenger, in which she attempted to entice an uneasy Steve Rogers. Peggy saves the embarrassed Cap in the end. Dormer, meanwhile, went on to greater and improved roles such as Game of Thrones’ ambitious queen Margaery Tyrell.
4. Kate Mara appears in Iron Man 2
When Tony Stark finds a beautiful woman standing outside his car at the onset of Iron Man 2, he assumes she intends to accompany him home. This is when she reveals that she’s a US Marshal and that she’s coming to serve him with a subpoena. Kate Mara, who is known for her roles in the drama series House of Cards, as well as movies such as 127 Hours and Fantastic Four, portrays this woman.
5. Michelle Yeoh rocked it in Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Michelle Yeoh has already been nailing it on cinema for decades, starring in everything from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to Star Trek Discovery. In her short MCU cameo, she also doesn’t seem to be a fan of fools. Yeoh plays an ex-Ravager (and the wife of Sylvester Stallone’s character) who reunites with her old friends for a star-studded spin-off that we’ll almost certainly never see.