Is Marvel Running Out of Actors?



As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands, the casting process gets ever more complicated. After all, a significant percentage of major Hollywood actors have now appeared in at least one Marvel movie.

Rather than avoid repeat casting at all costs, the company has elected to allow some repetition, even if this ultimately creates some confusion in the bigger picture. What Culture recently took a closer look at 10 actors who have played more than one Marvel role onscreen, revealing a very clear method to the company’s madness.

For the most part, Marvel has been willing to re-cast actors who appeared in Marvel movies made before Iron Man launched Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008. For example, Jon Favreau was permitted to cast himself in Iron Man, even though he previously appeared as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson in 2003’s Daredevil. Similarly, Ray Stevenson was able to play Volstagg in the Thor movies after starring in Punisher: War Zone, and Chris Evans was able to play Captain America after doing time as Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four.

As far as Marvel Cinematic Universe overlap is concerned, What Culture wasn’t able to find any examples. Since 2008, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kate Mara, and Tim Blake Nelson have all played more than one Marvel character, but each appeared only once in the MCU. It’s not always easy to keep track of this elaborate cast of characters, but Marvel appears to be on the case.