If you remember back to the final scenes in Avengers: Endgame, you can’t fail to notice the sheer number of great actors on screen; there probably has never been a larger group of bona fide Hollywood stars in a single take before. Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd, Chris Pratt and countless others – all in the same shoot. Incredible.
While Marvel is a who’s who of current popular actors, there is a huge swathe of British talent populating the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, some, like Idris Elba and Sir Anthony Hopkins, are unlikely to be back. However, there are a handful of actors who should not only have big roles to play in future movies, but who might also have the fate of the franchises in their hands. Here are five Brits with huge Marvel futures:
There is a lot of praise going around for great performances in the MCU, but Karen Gillan’s Nebula is arguably the most underrated performance of the lot. Gillan brings a lot of subtlety to the role, often engaging in ‘eye acting’ to display conflict and emotion. Regardless, she has a big future in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, which feels like it has more steam than any other Marvel product. It might be a couple of years before we see her in action again, but it will be worth the wait. Gillan has all the all goods to become a massive Hollywood star in the 2020s.
Cumberbatch is one of the world’s finest actors, and you kind of get the feeling that he has an Oscar-winning performance in him (he was nominated for the Imitation Game in 2014). That’s not likely to come with a Marvel movie, but Doctor Strange looks to have room to grow as a character. Just like spinning the wheel on one of the many online roulette variations, Marvel seems to be going all-in on a bet for some madcap storylines with the Multiverse of Madness movie. You can expect some crazy plotlines and themes. If it works, and its not certain that it will, Cumberbatch could replace Robert Downey Jnr as the face of Marvel at the cinema.
Unlike his Sherlock co-star Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman has only had a minor role in the MCU, appearing in small parts in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther. The latter gave Freeman the chance for a bit of character development with Everett K. Ross, and Freeman has confirmed that he will reprise the role in Black Panther 2. Ross, while not a superhero, has plenty of backstory in Marvel Comics, and it will be interesting to see if Freeman can take the role and become a major Marvel star.
We mentioned above that Marvel might stretch our credulity with Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, but Paul Bettany has claimed that WandaVision is “bonkers”. The Disney + series will see Bettany back in the role of Vision, alongside Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch). Details of the show have been kept ultra-secret, but Bettany has hinted that Marvel supremo, Kevin Feige, is going for a risky strategy with WandaVision. Will it work?
Part of a tug-of-war between Sony and Marvel Studios, Holland has charmed audiences in his role as Spider-Man. Both studios know that they have one of the most popular – hence profitable – superhero characters on their hands, and so plenty of wrangling ensued. But a deal seems set to keep Spidey, and Holland, in the MCU for a lot longer. He has the chance to become one of the leaders of the cinematic troop, and should continue dazzling us in the Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel.