Since its inception circa Jon Favreau’s 2008 offering Iron
Man, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been staffed by some impressive onscreen
talent. Whether it’s mainstream megastars like Scarlett Johansson, Chris
Hemsworth, and er, Jeremy Renner, or beloved indie figures like Mark Ruffalo, Jeff
Bridges, and Michael B. Jordan, the superhero series has attracted all manner
of megawatt star power throughout its twenty-four (and counting) film run.
That impressive cast list is only growing with recent
instalments such as last year’s Spiderman: Far From Home and the forthcoming
Black Widow introducing the likes of Jake Gyllenhall, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour,
and Florence Pugh into the fold. But not all of the Avengers actor’s achievements
have been so widely beloved.
During their long careers, almost every major MCU star
has had a regrettable misstep or two. Whether it’s a big-budget misfire, an ill-considered indie, or a career
spent bouncing between these two extremes before finally landing on the safety
of superhero spandex, here are a few films hidden in the back catalogues of Marvel’s
heroes which prove their screen careers weren’t always destined to be so super.