Superhero films have now been a mainstay of the box office landscape for almost two decades, having come to the forefront through the likes of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) and the original X-Men trilogy (2000-2006). These paved the way for the ongoing success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which boasts 7 entries that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide), the mixed but improving fortunes of the DC Extended Universe and the rapidly increasing stream of releases based on properties from lesser known companies such as Dark Horse.
Given the sheer volume of films that have been released or are in production, it is inevitable that some actors end up playing multiple smaller roles across different releases. It is rare to see an actor play a prominent role and then crop up shortly afterwards in another, however, given that audiences come to strongly associate them with the first character and struggle with their suspension of disbelief.
It is rarer still to see an actor that portrays a major role in a film that flops given a second chance, given that their lack of star power can be perceived to be a reason for the failure in the first place. There have been a handful of exceptions, however, ten of which will be analysed here.