The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought some of Hollywood’s biggest names to prominence. But getting a call from Marvel means hitting the gym to not only look their best but to also have the stamina to handle the grueling acting schedule. Twitter user TheNerdyUniverse compiled some epic before and after photos of actors in Marvel movies and the transformations are simply amazing. Here are 9 actors who completely transformed their bodies for their roles in the MCU!
Marvel Actors Before and After #1: Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Robert Downey, Jr. has had a career in Hollywood since the early 80s but today, he’s never looked better (and healthier!) and is one of the most successful actors in the world thanks to his role as Iron Man.
Marvel Actors Before and After #2: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America
You may remember Chris Evans from the Fantastic Four movies in the mid-2000s. He bulked up and became a household name with his role as Captain America.
Marvel Actors Before and After #3: Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Did you know had a hit role on the Australian soap opera Home and Away? But after some epic workouts, he became a global superstar with his roles as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
4) Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord
For years, Chris Pratt was best known for his role as the husky Andy Dwyer in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. But he hit the gym for 6 months to shed over 60 pounds and became a blockbuster movie star with his role as Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
5) Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye/ Ronin
Jeremy Renner is an Oscar-nominated actor who got shredded and became a household name with his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and the Hawkeye series on Disney+.
6) Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther
Chadwick Boseman brought the Black Panther to life in Captain America: Civil War. And, in his performance in the 2018 Marvel blockbuster of the same name, he looked as regal as ever. Having succumbed to cancer in 2020, he is sorely missed and left us way too early.
7) Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Paul Rudd had me rolling on the floor laughing in Clueless and Knocked Up. Paul Rudd then joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ant-Man, and he’s managed to stay in amazing shape despite being one of Hollywood’s funniest guys.
8) Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Hulk
Mark Ruffalo rounds out the Avengers as the Hulk, and while he’s always been a dad-bod kind of guy, CGI does the heavy lifting when it comes to transforming into the Hulk so he gets to relax. Sounds good to me!
9) Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo
I loved Kumail Nanjiani for his role in the sitcom Silicon Valley. While he isn’t an Avenger, he did get impressively super jacked for his role in Marvel’s Eternals.
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