Mahershala Ali’s major Oscars win was a thrill for Marvel fans who recognize him as villain Cornell Stokes from ‘Luke Cage’. Mahershala’s not the only person in the Marvel universe to win big; here are 15 others who have struck Academy Awards gold!
Mahershala Ali, 43, has joined an incredibly exclusive club. The Moonlight star won his first oscar on February 26, Best Supporting Actor for his role as Juan in the breathtaking film. Now, Mahershala gets a warm welcome to the ranks of Oscar-winning actors in the Marvel universe!
Before he captivated us in Moonlight, Mahershala just completed the first incredible season of Luke Cage on Netflix. Mahershala played super villain Cornell Stokes, aka Cottonmouth, in the story of the Hero for Hire, which dropped in September 2016. Cornell was practically the king of Harlem in the Marvel series, and now the man behind him has the gold to back it. Long live the Chief!
There’s an astounding 15 other actors and actresses who have won Oscars over the years that have roles somewhere in Marvel, both in the Cinematic Universe and the Netflix shows. Some of these projects haven’t even dropped, but they’re dripping with Oscar magic!
The winners come from all corners of the universe, and their presences start all the way back with the very first movie in the MCU: Iron Man. The 2008 movie is the first time we meet Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Pepper Potts, the smart (and incredibly patient) partner of Tony Stark and Stark Industry’s CEO. Jeff Bridges also stars as Howard Stark’s business partner Obadiah Stane. The legendary Ben Kingsley played Trevor Slattery/Mandarin in Iron Man 3!
The Thor films featured Natalie Portman as Jane, a scientist and Thor’s girlfriend, and Anthony Hopkins as the mighty god Odin. The Captain America films were filled with Oscar winners, too: Robert Redford as the nefarious Alexander Pierce in Winter Soldier, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips in The First Avenger, and William Hurt as Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross in Civil War (the guy who really wanted them to sign the Sokovia Accords). Oscar winner Marisa Tomei also played Spider-Man’s Aunt May in Civil War!
Benicio Del Toro played the wacky Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Tilda Swinton played the mystical guide The Ancient One in Doctor Strange. And, of course, Michael Douglas was incredible inventor Hank Pym in Ant-Man. That’s about it! Click through our gallery to see which Oscar each actor won!
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