15 Marvel Actors Who Touched DC's Forbidden Fruit (And Which Was Better)
Since Marvel and DC have been making films, we have had the opportunity to see many actors and actresses bringing their characters to life. They have always based them on their comics as heroes, villains, sidekicks, or just secondary roles. However, we sometimes see an actor that has been on both universes, MCU and DCEU.
Some actors do better on one universe than the other or vice versa. This can happen for many reasons like the script, the director or simply how much effort the actor puts in to interpret the role. Therefore, we are going to see in depth what character they portrayed in each universe and how well they did on each part. Let’s see.
1. Tommy Lee Jones (Best in Marvel)
We best remember him for giving orders rather sternly. So, when he took on the character of Colonel Chester Philips in Captain America: The First Avenger, we got the opportunity to see how he was in his element when he was training all those soldiers in his camp. Different to his role in Batman Forever, where he was Two-Face and his villainy was somewhat over-the-top plus it did not leave him in the best of lights.
2. Zachary Levi (Best in DC)
This actor started with the MCU, to be specific in Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. He was actually Fandral, for those who do not remember him. He was killed in the later Thor film. Because of his untimely demise, he was free to come to the DCEU. We are going to see him again as the main hero in Shazam!. Even though we only have the trailers as proof, it looks like he is having fun; something that gives fan hope.
3. Michael Fassbender (Best in Marvel)
He got a not-so-great part in DC’s Johah Hex where he played the namesake antihero. It was clear that Fassbender did not enjoy nor got the character, but we cannot lay the disaster only at his feet, it was partially the movie’s fault for not being so good. However, he crossed over to Marvel where he fared better. He portrayed the young Magneto where we saw how he shined and lived up to actor Sir Ian McKellen’s precedent.
4. Hugo Weaving (Best in DC)
We saw Weaving in the MCU when he interpreted the Red Skull, the villain in Captain America: The First Avenger. While he did a good job with that role, he refused to come back for Infinity War; letting Ross Marquand step in. For DC, he became V in V for Vendetta. In this case, he got the challenge to portray a character with his face covered, so he had to rely on his body’s ability to express his role.
5. Michael Keaton (Best in Marvel)
While Keaton has been able to prove that no role is a challenge for him, we saw how he successfully portrayed Batman. Setting the precedent for all the other actors who got this part. However, for Marvel he got the part of a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming and we actually think he was even better. He was able to give his character some personality and make us believe that he enjoyed it.
6. Idris Elba (Best in DC)
Elba has played a good but minor role in the MCU as Heimdall, the Bifrost’s keeper from Asgard. Marvel has employed an actor of such caliber for that character; we are not sure how this could happen. Nonetheless, he has gone over to the DC franchise for the film The Losers, where he clearly enjoys being a villain that betrays his team. We get to see his evil side and his performance like never before.
7. Halle Berry (Best in Marvel)
Even though she did not do so well in the Catwoman, she got her moment to shine with her role as Storm in the X-Men franchise. In addition, with this new side, she showed the fans why she received an Oscar for Best Actress. Something that was not so clear with DC’s movies, when her acting was called into question.
8. Natalie Portman (Best in DC)
Portman’s Jane Foster was a supporting role to Thor, which was not very flattering for her. She is not one to be the love interest for the main character; she is better at challenging roles like the one she got as Evey in V for Vendetta. She made us believe how she was dealing with the trauma of being a captive and standing up to an oppressing government.
9. Laurence Fishburne (Best in Marvel)
He has been well known for his authoritative and no-nonsense attitude in acting, so it was no surprise when he took on the role of Perry White, Daily Planet’s editor. However, he was left as the moral compass for other characters. While for Marvel, he got the opportunity to play the paternal figure as scientist Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Something that he enjoyed and made his character good on screen.
10. Ciaran Hinds (Best in DC)
Hinds had a hard time with the role of Roarke in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance as we can see that he overdid it, which let us believe that he tried to connect with his character and couldn’t. However, in the DC world, he was Steppenwolf under all the CGI for Justice League. He was heavily criticized but that did not hinder his performance at all, we can even say that it strengthens his resolve to continue.
11. Ryan Reynolds (Best in Marvel)
Reynolds has a different dilemma as he has had the opportunity to portray heroes on both universes, Marvel and DCEU. As Green Lantern, he was not able to captivate fans heart with his performance and the movie killed any further plans for DC. While with Deadpool, he has had the chance to cast himself in a different light playing a role that was practically made for him.
12. JK Simmons (Best in Marvel)
Simmons was the Daily Bugle’s editor J. Johan Jameson who hated anything to do with Spider-Man, specifically in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. However, the saga moved on with the story, and he is not in there to say “get me more pictures of Spiderman!”. We sure are going to miss him. On the other hand, Simmons has moved on to the DCEU with the role of Commissioner Gordon.
13. Chris Evans (Best in Marvel)
Evans has had a long journey through roles for these films of superheroes and the universes of comic books. First, he was the Human Torch for Fantastic Four movies. Later, he was in The Losers as communication specialist Jensen, alongside Idris Elba. Until finally settling for the role of Captain America for which he is widely known. While his contract is almost over, he will be forever remembered.
14. Tom Hardy (Best in DC)
While Venom was a huge success for Sony and Tom Hardy who had to play the crazy Eddie Brock (aka Venom), it is well known that his best role was of Batman’s fearsome enemy Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. In this movie, he had the challenge of acting with just his eyes because he had half his face covert with a mask. So hands down, he did even better in DC.
15. Josh Brolin (Best in Marvel)
Brolin dove into superhero movies with Jonah Hex, which was a total disaster. The actor would not have been blamed if he skipped on this genre altogether. However, he is one great actor that braved the tide with his performance in the MCU, Deadpool 2 and Infinity War. He gave life to the purple Mad Titan, Thanos, and fans have a lot to thank him for as it can be considered one of his best roles yet.
Did you remember the actors in the universe where they did not do so well? Who do you know that it is not on this list? We sure were surprised to see how changing scenery made all the difference to their individual careers and the characters they went on to portray. We would not understand this phenomenon, but we are very thankful for it. Please leave your comments in the section below and share this with all your friends that are crazy about comics.