Can You Identify This Avengers Actor From Another Movie They Were In?


By: Beth Hendricks

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"The Avengers" series has been wowing movie audiences worldwide since the release of the first movie about the superhero team came out in 2012. Sure, we'd dipped our toes in the Marvel waters with the first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 (that's when "Iron Man" was released). But, prior to "The Avengers" in 2012, all we had were "The Avengers" comic books to keep us warm at night.

Since 2012, we've had three Avengers adventures to follow, including "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015, "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018 and the latest "Avengers: Endgame" in 2019. We've met new – and unusual – characters in these movies along the way, some of whom have inspired their own movies, like Black Panther,  Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Star-Lord, leader of "Guardians of the Galaxy."

But, long before Robert Downey Jr. became the wise and wise-cracking Tony Stark and prior to Josh Brolin making all of us mad as Thanos, these celebrities had well-established careers with plenty of other movies beneath their (heavily armored) belts. Did you know that Scarlett Johansson voiced the role of Kaa in the live-action remake of "The Jungle Book?" Or, that Jeremy Renner received an Oscar nod for his role in "The Hurt Locker?" And, don't get us started on Samuel L. Jackson's filmography!

Could you recognize your Avengers favorites in their other roles? Use the photos and our cinematic clues to place the likes of Chris Hemsworth, Paul Rudd and Jon Favreau elsewhere in the Hollywood scene. In the words of Captain America, "Before we start, does anyone want to get out?" No? Good! Avengers fans, assemble!

Don't get your films mixed up when you think of this actor, who also played Johnny Storm in "Fantastic Four." Who's the multitasking superhero?

Before he became Captain America, Chris Evans was Johnny Storm in the "Fantastic Four" franchise. Being Captain America of the Avengers turned out to be much more lucrative, with Evans reprising the role in nearly a dozen films.


Step aside, Iron Man! This actor called his previous role, Sherlock Holmes, "such a weirdo." Who played the part?

Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Sherlock Holmes in the 2009 film of the same name and, later, the sequel dubbed, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," two years later. It was a role that Downey ultimately won a Golden Globe for.


Before he was Nick Fury, he was famous for a rather R-rated quote in "Snakes on a Plane?" Who are we talking about?

As Neville Flynn in "Snakes on a Plane," Samuel L. Jackson earned notoriety for a quote that we'll, um, censor for you: "I've had it with these !#$%&* snakes, on this !#$%&* plane!" Use your imagination.


This guy's stint stalking the woods in "Snow White and the Huntsman" may have prepared him to play Thor ... or, maybe it's the other way around. Who are we referencing?

Chris Hemsworth has played some beefy Hollywood roles including the title character in 2011's "Thor," reprising it throughout the Avengers franchise. In between, he took on the role of Eric the Huntsman in both "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "The Huntsman: Winter's War."


"The Bourne Legacy" didn't feature Jason Bourne as the primary character, it instead centered on Aaron Cross, played by which of these actors?

Jeremy Renner took center stage in the fourth installment of the "Bourne" series, but not as Jason Bourne. Renner played black ops agent Aaron Cross, whose real name was Kenneth James Kitsom. Confused yet?


This actress stars opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the Avengers franchise and starred opposite Brad Pitt in the 1995 film, "Seven." Who is she?

Poor Gwyneth Paltrow! Her experiences with leading men are just awful! (OK, sarcasm off.) Paltrow has starred opposite some of Hollywood's biggest names, including Robert Downey, Brad Pitt and Joseph Fiennes.


This actress bleached her eyebrows for the title role in "Girl With a Pearl Earring." Who played Johannes Vermeer's inspiration?

ScarJo, as her fans call her, played the role of Griet, illustrated in a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer. Though little is known of the actual painting subject, she has inspired both the creation of a novel and the 2003 film, "Girl with a Pearl Earring."


Don't get mad! Which of these actors co-starred in "Shutter Island" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio?

"Shutter Island," a 2010 psychological thriller, was based on a book written by novelist Dennis Lehane. In the film adaptation, Ruffalo, who Avengers fans know as Bruce Banner/Hulk, plays a U.S. Marshal paired up with DiCaprio's Teddy Daniels.


He played the Hulk before voicing the Hulk in the Avengers franchise, but he was Hercules before any of that happened. Do you know who we're talking about?

Lou Ferrigno just can't kick his association with the Hulk. He played the role on television before lending his voice to the role in several Avengers film. Prior to that, he played the title character in the 1983 release of "Hercules."


As Brian Fantana in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," he quizzes Will Ferrell's character about love. Who is he?

Paul Rudd's depiction of a sexed-up field reporter in a 1970s newsroom happens alongside other Hollywood funny men Will Ferrell and Steve Carell. Rudd manages to bring some of that humor to his Avengers role as Ant-Man.


His portrayal of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came almost 30 years after his role in the 80's cult classic, "The Goonies." Who played both?

You might not recognize Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos; in fact, you may not recognize Brolin as "The Goonies'" Brandon Walsh, either. He was just 17 at the time the cult classic from the 1980s was filmed.


Before playing Dr. Strange, this actor played Dr. Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." Who are we referencing?

Perhaps one of Benedict Cumberbatch's lesser-known roles, he played Dr. Alan Turing, the man who helped break Nazi encryptions during World War II in "The Imitation Game." The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards.


The man who lends his voice to Rocket's sarcastic commentary also used his voice to serenade Lady Gaga in a 2018 blockbuster. Who are we talking about?

That Bradley Cooper can do a lot with his voice! Lending his pipes to snarky Rocket Raccoon in the Avengers franchise, he shows his depth by also singing (quite well, actually) opposite Lady Gaga in "A Star in Born."


This actress must have a thing for colors! She was blue in "Avatar" and green in "The Avengers." Who is she in real life?

You could say that Zoe Saldana is a colorful actress. In the smash hit, "Avatar," she played Neytiri, while she filled the role of the green-hued Gamora in "The Avengers." What color do blue and green make? Maybe that'll be her next role!


Franchise alert! This actor is a part of two: Avengers and "The Fast and the Furious." What's his name?

Vin Diesel won over millions with his lovable "I am Groot!" expression in a handful of MCU movies to date, but fans also enjoy him in "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, which dates back to 2001.


Prior to pioneering the role of the first black superhero, this actor played the role of a black pioneer in the sport of baseball. Who is he?

Chadwick Boseman made headlines as the first mainstream black superhero, but he was representing other pioneering figures long before that. He played Jackie Robinson in 2013's "42," named for Robinson's jersey number.


He may be the greatest cameo actor of all time, with appearances in every installment of the Avengers franchise as well as other Marvel movies such as "Venom" and "Daredevil." Who is he?

Anyone into comic books and Marvel knows who Stan Lee is. Even after his death in 2018, Lee had already filmed cameo scenes to appear in 2019's films. He is responsible for creating many of the characters known by audiences today.


As if producing, directing and acting in a majority of the Avengers franchise wasn't enough, this actor won people over with his portrayal of Doctor Ben in "Elf." Who is this multitalented individual?

Jon Favreau has acting, producing and directing credentials for a majority of the recent Avengers titles, as well as other movies including "Elf." He starred as the doctor in a brief scene in this movie and also voiced the character known as Mr. Narwhal.


Before she played the Scarlet Witch, she was getting the wits scared out of her in "Silent House." What is this actress' name?

Elizabeth Olsen (yes, of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen clan) has built quite a successful acting career for herself since starring in 2011's "Silent House." She has reprised her role as the Scarlet Witch in the Avengers movies since 2014.


She goes from "Nebula" in "The Avengers" to an avatar in "Jumanji." What is this actress' name?

Karen Gillan has placed some interesting roles throughout her career, including her stint as Nebula, Thanos' daughter, to an avatar named Ruby Roundhouse, a warrior-type alter ego for a shy girl named Martha, in the "Jumanji" franchise.


He was a country music god in "I Saw the Light" before serving as the the Asgardian god of mischief. Who played both roles?

Tom Hiddleston portrayed country music legend Hank Williams in the biopic, "I Saw the Light." As a member of the Avengers cast, he portrayed Loki, who was killed in "Avengers: Infinity War," but still managed to make an appearance in "Avengers: Endgame." Go figure.


You gotta love this actor, whether he's bumbling through the universe in "Guardians of the Galaxy" or bumbling through the jungle in "Jurassic World." Who are we referencing?

Chris Pratt is the ultimate lovable, bumbling character in several of his recent roles including Peter Quill in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and Owen Grady in both "Jurassic World" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."


It's too bad Captain Marvel couldn't swoop in and save herself in "Kong: Skull Island." Which actress handled both duties?

Brie Larson, or Captain Marvel as she's known on the silver screen, was Marvel's first female lead character. Prior to that role, she starred in "Kong: Skull Island" and won an Academy Award for her work in "Room."


"The Avengers" wasn't this actor first franchise; he has also appeared in the "Ocean's" movies. Who is it?

Don Cheadle played the role of Basher Tarr in the "Ocean's" franchise (you know, 11 ... 12 ... 13). In 2010, he took over the Avengers role of War Machine (AKA Jim Rhodes) from Terrence Howard.


She reprised her role as Bianca Taylor in "Creed II," the year before playing Valkyrie in "Avengers: Endgame." What's her name?

Tessa Thompson is growing in popularity in Hollywood, perhaps due in part to her role in the MCU. She appeared in this year's "Men in Black: International" and is voicing the role of Lady in the holiday animated film, "Lady and the Tramp."


This actor played the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. before becoming Vision in the Avengers series. You may have spotted him in "The Da Vinci Code," also. Who is he?

Paul Bettany serves as the voice of the artificial intelligence component known as J.A.R.V.I.S., then he plays Vision in the Avengers movies, but he has plenty of onscreen credits to his name, too, including a role as Silas in "The Da Vinci Code."


This actress has six Avengers movies under her belt, as well as a role opposite Vince Vaughn in "Delivery Man." Who is she?

Cobie Smulders has both television and film credits to her name, including roles on "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS and in films ranging from "Delivery Man" to voicing the role of Wonder Woman in "The Lego Movie."


Bucky Barnes, Winter Soldier, reporting for duty! What actor also played Blaine in "Hot Tub Time Machine?"

Sebastian Stan's role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Avengers films comes after his portrayal as Blaine in the 2010 comedy, "Hot Tub Time Machine." Stan has also achieved acting success on television, playing Carter Baizen in "Gossip Girl."


Drax, Mr. Drax. Which Avengers actor took on James Bond in "Spectre?"

A degree of physicality in his acting roles should come naturally to the former WWE wrestling star. He took on James Bond in 2015's "Spectre" and plays Drax the Destroyer in the Avengers franchise.


He has a lengthy list of movies to his credit, including playing Falcon in "The Avengers" and a freshman football player in 2006's "We are Marshall." Who is he?

Anthony Mackie has had quite a busy – and productive – career since his first movie role in "8 Mile" in 2002, including playing a freshman football player in the sports drama "We are Marshall," and a recurring role as Falcon in "The Avengers."


He is Hollywood royalty, appearing as Hank Pym in "Avengers: Endgame," more than 30 years after he won an Academy Award for his role in "Wall Street." Who is it?

Michael Douglas' career is the thing Hollywood dreams are made of, with credits in films ranging from "Wall Street," "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct" to more current roles in "Avengers: Endgame" and "And So It Goes."


You might recognize her as Michonne from "The Walking Dead," but she also played Tupac's mom in "All Eyez on Me" and Okoye in the Avengers franchise. What is her real name?

Danai Gurira is no stranger to the small screen or the silver screen, tackling roles from "The Walking Dead" to "All Eyez on Me." She has played Okoye in "Black Panther" and the last two Avengers movies released in 2018 and 2019.


This actor has been "bitten" by a spider and faced down a whale in "In the Heart of the Sea." Who are we talking about?

Tom Holland, cast as Spider-Man in 2015, played the role of cabin boy Thomas Nickerson in the movie, "In the Heart of the Sea," based on the true story that inspired Herman Melville's book, "Moby-Dick."


This actress knows a thing or two about superheroes. She played Catwoman in 1992's "Batman Returns." What is her name?

Michelle Pfeiffer's role as Janet Van Dyne in the recent Marvel films pales in comparison to her role as Catwoman in the 1992 film, "Batman Returns," alongside Michael Keaton. She does seem to have a thing for superheroes, though!


Shuri from "Black Panther" and "Avengers: Endgame" was also Reb in "Ready Player One." Who is she in real life?

Letitia Wright's acting career has been short but prominent thus far. She got her first film credit in 2011 and followed it up quickly with roles in some pretty successful films including "Ready Player One" and two of the Avengers installments.


She made quite a "buzz" in two recent Avengers flicks, and portrayed Tauriel in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." What is this actress' name?

Meet Hope van Dyne, or Wasp, from "Avengers: Endgame" and "Ant-Man and the Wasp," actress Evangeline Lilly. She also portrayed Tauriel in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a role that was created specifically for the silver screen that does not appear in the books.


You could see the softer side of The Avengers' Professor Erik Selvig when he played the Grand Duke in 2015's live-action remake of "Cinderella." What is his real name?

Stellan Skarsgård is one of those actors you've seen in a hundred movies, but likely can't remember his name. He plays Professor Erik Selvig in the Avengers franchise and has appeared in other roles including in "Cinderella" and as Bootstrap Bill Turner in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.


This actor played a character with the same name in "Doctor Strange" and the Avengers films, but was Bruce Ng in 2015's "The Martian." What is his (and his Avengers' character's) name?

Benedict Wong likely didn't have too much trouble remembering his character's name from the Avengers installments since it was "Wong." But, his other acting credits include Bruce Ng in "The Martian" and Ravel in "Prometheus."


2018 and 2019 were banner years for this actor, who starred in two Avengers films and the successful horror flick, "Us." Who is he?

If you're not already acquainted with Winston Duke, you better get to learning. Duke, who played M'Baku in three recent MCU films, worked alongside Lupita Nyong'o in "Us." He will play Hawk in the upcoming movie, "Wonderland."


The Avengers' Mantis was also featured in 2015's "Hacker's Game." Who is this French actress?

Pom Klementieff has appeared in several foreign films including her first, "Après lui." She starred in "Hacker's Game" in 2015 before landing the role of Mantis in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and, subsequently, two Avengers films.


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