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8 Actors Whose Reputation Has Been Permanently Changed After Joining The MCU

Actors were cast in films during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and performance results in those films or how well the films went at the box office, then subsequently

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During the Golden Age of Hollywood, actors were cast in films, and based on their performance in those films or how well the films performed at the box office, they were then recruited in more films. If they gain sufficient notoriety, they might become superstars. The times, however, are altering.

#1 Chris Pratt

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Chris Pratt was only known for portraying the foolish, though well-intentioned doofus Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation before James Gunn took a risk on him by choosing him as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Nobody anticipated him playing an action hero. He eventually let go of the Andy baggage, put on weight, and changed into a cross between Indiana Jones and Han Solo, emerging as an unexpected phenomenon. He has important roles in movies like Jurassic World and The LEGO Movie, making him one of the most well-known performers in the world today (s).

#2 Robert Downey, Jr.

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When he was younger, Robert Downey, Jr. was a well-known actor, though not nearly as influential as he is now. His substance abuse and public controversies resulted in a stay in rehab and the thought that his career was already over. But Marvel took a chance on him with 2008’s Iron Man, betting on a payoff, and he was welcomed back into the mainstream of Hollywood. The viewing audience embraced Downey with open arms as he celebrated the greatest comeback ever. He can now expect a salary of up to $50 million for a single film, and he’s starring in other series like Sherlock Holmes and the impending Dr. Dolittle revival.

#3 Cobie Smulders

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When a popular television series ends, most actors who played the lead characters find it difficult to shed their character’s identity. However, when Joss Whedon selected Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, Nick Fury’s closest comrade, he ensured that she would continue to work in films after How I Met Your Mother finished. Robin Scherbatsky is no longer a frequent movie star; instead, Cobie Smulders is stepping out of the comedy box and taking on action roles in movies like Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Smulders still has a bright future in the MCU, as evidenced by the Spider-Man: Far From Home teaser and the Infinity War post-credits sequence.

#4 Paul Rudd

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When he first came into prominence, Paul Rudd was mostly known for his roles in “bromantic comedies” with Jason Segel and Seann William Scott. He ended up being the face of the entire subgenre. His acting career, however, started to change when he was chosen to play Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s strange since the Ant-Man films aren’t terribly serious — in fact, they’re among the MCU’s silliest and most humorously toned films. Still, with dramatic parts in movies like The Catcher Was a Spy and Mute, filmmakers have begun to position Rudd in a more serious light.

#5 Tom Hiddleston

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Tom Hiddleston was a little-known Shakespearean actor before Kenneth Branagh cast him as the cunning deity Loki in 2011’s Thor. His role in the wider narrative was greatly expanded as a result of his swift rise to popularity among Marvel fans and general audiences, particularly as the antagonist in the first Avengers movie. Hiddleston is now a massive celebrity, which means he’s receiving high-profile films like Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and AMC’s spy thriller miniseries The Night Manager, as well as that his more highbrow performances in Shakespeare have caught the attention of casual audiences. Even the idea of having him take over for Daniel Craig as James Bond has been floated.

#6 Dave Bautista

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It’s challenging to make the jump from professional wrestler to Hollywood star. The biggest Hollywood actor in the world right now is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former wrestler. To mock their intimidating personas, athletes either portray comedic characters like John Cena or B-action movie characters like Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, Dave Bautista is imitating The Rock and becoming into a genuine movie star as a result of his role as Drax the Destroyer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Bautista landed parts in blockbusters such as Spectre and Blade Runner 2049, as well as a lead role in the forthcoming action-comedy Stuber opposite comic Kumail Nanjiani.

#7 Anthony Mackie

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Anthony Mackie was best known for supporting parts in Oscar-winning films such as 8 Mile, Million Dollar Baby, and The Hurt Locker before taking on the role of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But he didn’t become a celebrity until he joined the Avengers. He now has a wide range of opportunities to showcase his acting abilities. He’s acted in comedies such as Seth Rogen’s R-rated Christmas frolic The Night Before, action thrillers such as Triple 9, and socially conscious thrillers such as Detroit and The Hate U Give. Additionally, he will take over Joel Kinnaman’s lead role in the second season of the cyberpunk science fiction thriller Altered Carbon on Netflix.

#8 Sebastian Stan

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Before playing Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger, Sebastian Stan made brief appearances in shows like Gossip Girl and Hot Tub Time Machine, assuming he was seen at all. He didn’t become a big star after The First Avenger, but viewers were interested when he returned in The Winter Soldier as a computer-controlled mercenary with a mechanical limb in modern times. After observing Stan control Bucky’s tormented psyche as he battles his own indoctrination and tries to become a hero once more, producers started casting him in important roles in Oscar-baiting dramas like I, Tonya, The Martian, Logan Lucky, and Nicole Kidman’s detective thriller Destroyer.