Top celebrities To Appear In Both DC & Marvel Movies.
BY Harshit Singh UPDATED 1-FEB, 2023
Hollywood has been making movies based on DC and Marvel comics for decades, and here's every actor who has had roles in DC and Marvel movies.
Here's a complete list of Marvel and DC actors who have appeared in both franchises' movie and TV show adaptations. While superhero movies saw a renaissance with the arrival of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, the genre goes back several decades. DC might have been on top with their popular Batman movies in the 1980s and '90s, but since then, Marvel has run away with the game and left DC trying to catch up. Owing to reboots, spin-offs, and rights issues, it can be hard to keep track of every continuity taking place within the world of comic adaptations. While DC is now running multiple different universes, largely thanks to 2022's The Batman, for Marvel, things are even more complicated. The main MCU has officially included the multiverse since it was introduced in Loki in 2021, with new (and old) IPs joining the canon at breakneck speed.
Chris Evans is best known for his MCU superhero role, but he played other comic book characters before then, making him one of the Marvel and DC actors. Evans played Johnny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch in two Fantastic Four films in the mid-2000s. Then, he played Jensen in The Losers, which is based on a DC Vertigo comic. It was in 2011 that Evans debuted as Captain America in the MCU, the most famous Chis Evans comic book superhero character, before he eventually retired the role in 2019's Avengers: Endgame.
Before the MCU existed, Christian Bale was already working to bring superhero movies back as he appeared in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy in the eponymous role. Starting out with Batman Begins in 2005, he returned for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises before retiring from the role. In 2022, Bale made his first appearance in a Marvel movie as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, making him one of the DC and Marvel actors.
Chukwudi Iwuji made his DC debut as alien-possessed mercenary Clemson Murn in Peacemaker but is unlikely to appear in season 2 since his character's death. In 2023, Iwuji will also join the MCU, where he'll play High Evolutionary, the main antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, giving him DC and Marvel actors status.
David Dastmalchian's first comic book role was as one of Joker's thugs in The Dark Knight. He entered the MCU in 2015's Ant-Man as one of Paul Rudd's sidekicks and reprised the role in the sequel. He returned to DC to play The Flash's Abra Kadabra and was later cast in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad as Polka-Dot Man.
David Harbour became a household name for his appearance as Detective Jim Hopper in Stranger Things. In 2021, he entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Russian supersoldier Red Guardian in Black Widow, a movie that was released drastically out of chronological order and promised to set up future appearances. However, before any of that, he portrayed Dexter Tolliver in the 2016 Suicide Squad, a liaison between the US Government and the Suicide Squad who helps Amanda Waller to get approval for Task Force X. He also appeared in the 2019 Hellboy movie reboot. However, while the character has appeared in DC crossovers, the character himself belongs to neither Marvel nor DC.
Florence Kasumba has had a good deal of involvement as one of the DC and Marvel actors in recent years. Starting from Captain America: Civil War, Kasumba has played Ayo of the Dora Milaje and also played Ayo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In addition, Kasumba also played the Amazon warrior Acantha in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
Halle Berry was a prominent star of superhero movies in the early 2000s. She started off playing Ororo Munroe a.k.a. Storm in X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Before finishing the trilogy, Berry jumped to DC to play Patience Phillips in a Catwoman solo movie. Berry then returned to the X-Men franchise for X-Men: The Last Stand and came back almost a decade later to play Storm again in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Idris Elba is no stranger to comic book movies, as he's tackled multiple roles for DC and Marvel. His first role came as Roque in 2010's The Losers movie before making his MCU debut as Heimdall in 2011's Thor. Elba then appeared in a non-MCU Marvel movie as Moreau in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, but then returned as Heimdall in both Thor sequels and Avengers: Infinity War — where his character died. While Heimdall might be dead, Idris Elba has said he doesn't think it's the end of the character, and he did indeed appear in Thor: Love and Thunder's Valhalla post-credits scene. Elba also returned to DC in 2021 as Bloodsport in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad.