You cannot throw a lightning bolt in 2022 without hitting a new Marvel property. Following the recent release of Taika Waititi’s ’80s-esque “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which saw the return of Natalie Portman to the Chris Hemsworth-fronted franchise and welcomed Christian Bale and Russell Crowe to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the number of feature films in the MCU reached 29. By the end of the year, that number will hit 30: The “Black Panther” sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is slated for release on Nov. 11.
But if that isn’t impressive enough, the MCU has been just as busy on the small screen. Since January 2020, Marvel has released seven live-action TV shows on Disney+ as part of Phase Four, including the recent limited series “Moon Knight” starring Oscar Isaac and the coming-of-age series “Ms. Marvel,” which stars Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, the MCU’s first Muslim superhero. “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” starring Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, was the most recent entrant.
With each new addition to the MCU’s slate, the pedigree of the mega-franchise grows. There are now a whopping 115 performers in the MCU who have Emmy nominations to their names. And after the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, some can call themselves winners as well.
That includes Michael Keaton, the Batman who became Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), who took him his first Emmy for his performance on the Hulu limited series “Dopesick.” He defeated three of his MCU co-stars in the category: Isaac (“Scenes from a Marriage”), Andrew Garfield (“Under the Banner of Heaven”) and Sebastian Stan (“Pam & Tommy”). The late Chadwick Boseman became the first performer to win an Emmy for an MCU series when he won Best Character Voiceover Performance for “What If…?” Brett Goldstein was an Emmy winner already for “Ted Lasso” before he entered the MCU as Hercules in the mid-credits scene of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” but he added a second Emmy for playing Roy Kent this year. He joins recent MCU additions John Krasinski, who portrayed Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”; Sir Patrick Stewart, who reprised his role as Charles Xavier from the popular X-Men film franchise in “Doctor Strange” and Charlize Theron, who had a brief cameo as the comic book character Clea in a short mid-credits scene of the same film.
They all join a deep well of talent. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who debuted as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” (and later reprised the role in the post-credits scene of 2021’s “Black Widow” and will play her again in 2024’s “Thunderbolts”) is the most decorated Marvel star with 11 wins and 26 nominations to her name. She’s tied with the late Cloris Leachman (sadly never a Marvel star) for the most Emmys for a performer at eight. Meanwhile, Don Cheadle, who took over for Terrence Howard as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes after “Iron Man” (2008), has amassed 11 Emmy nominations throughout his career, including one for his two-minute guest appearance on “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” Unfortunately, he’s still waiting for his first win.
We’ve pulled together the list of actors who’ve appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also have at least one Emmy nomination to their name in any category. It stands as a testament to the immense talent on display in the MCU. So, without further adieu, click here or the gallery above to see all the MCU stars who’ve been nominated for — and in some cases won — an Emmy in their careers.
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