The Marvel Cinematic Universe launches Phase 3 this year with Captain America: Civil War, bringing us up to thirteen interconnected movies (and four TV series), and many more on the way. The MCU is expanding incredibly quickly, on TV, Netflix, and in cinemas, and the enormous popularity of the universe is attracting ever bigger stars to its projects.
Joining the Marvel family practically guarantees a career boost these days, but some of these newcomers most definitely don’t need it! Instead, they are the ones bringing extra fans in for less well-known characters, creating a perfect balance to the lesser-known actors being cast alongside them. It’s fantastic to see so many big names joining the ranks of the superheroes, but we’ll admit to wondering just how much more money these guys need to make from their stint as a superhero.
With a net worth of anywhere from 5 to 70 million, these are the 11 Richest Actors Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe.
All data on net worth is taken from celebritynetworth.com
11. Chadwick Boseman
Chadwick Boseman will first appear as Black Panther (aka T’Challa) in Captain America: Civil War, before starring in a stand-alone film currently titled simply Black Panther. The thirty-nine year old actor has managed to amass a small fortune in a little over ten years as an actor and screenwriter– an impressive feat, especially considering how many of his roles were bit parts in television before he made waves as Jackie Robinson in 42.
As well as becoming the King of Wakanda for Marvel, Boseman will be playing Thoth in the upcoming epic Gods Of Egypt. This talented actor is sure to become an even bigger star in the next decade.
10. Mads Mikkelsen
This dancer-turned-actor is one of Denmark’s most famous stars, and although he is less well-known in the US, he is rapidly becoming a household name. Originally a ballet dancer, Mikkelsen made the leap to acting in 1996, and since then has gone from strong role to strong role. Now probably best known for his starring role in the NBC hit Hannibal and for his incredible portrayal of Bond villan Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, he has been confirmed as part of the cast for Doctor Strange (2016).
Although his role has not been confirmed, we’re guessing he’ll be a villain, if his past roles are anything to go by. He will also be appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, involving him with two of the biggest film franchises in the world.
9. Kurtwood Smith
Character actor Kurtwood Smith has been on screen since the very early ‘80s, and has an incredible resume, including classics such as Robocop and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as his famous comedic role as Red on That ‘70s Show. Smith will be appearing in this season of Marvel’s Agent Carter, as Vernon Marsters, a major recurring role. This is far from his first experience with superheroes, though. He has voiced characters for Spawn, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. However, this will be the first time that he is in a live-action superhero show, which should make for an interesting change (even if Agent Carter has more spies than actual superheroes).
8. Tilda Swinton
Marvel fans were shocked to hear that Tilda Swinton would be appearing in Doctor Strange as the Ancient One, a well-known character who had previously always been an elderly Asian man (something that Swinton demonstrably isn’t). The Oscar-winning actress, who is known for her androgynous appearance as much as her incredible talent, has since said that she doesn’t even know if she will be playing the well-known character as a man or a woman.
After over thirty years on screen, it’s no wonder that she is on this list, and despite the furor over Marvel’s choice to cast a drastically different Ancient One, there is little doubt that she will do the role justice.
7. Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard has had a long history of critical success, has won multiple Emmys, a Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Cross Creek. More recently, she has been known for her time on True Blood and in State of Affairs. This year, she will be bringing her incredible talent to the MCU as Mariah Dillard in the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage.
Mariah Dillard is described as a powerful woman in Harlem politics, who will have to deal with the emergence of Cage as a local superhero (along with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, who are also New York heroes in the Netflix shows).
6. Rachel McAdams
Probably better known for teen dramas and romantic comedies than blockbuster action movies, Rachel McAdams will be joining the cast of Doctor Strange this year. Right now, we don’t know who she will be playing, although speculation puts her as a possible love interest for Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Of course, this isn’t confirmed, and is most likely based on her history as the romantic lead in films like The Vow and The Time Traveler’s Wife. As well as her major role for Marvel in Doctor Strange, McAdams will be reprising her role in the Sherlock Holmes franchise as Irene Adler.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch will be part of the Marvel family for a long time, as he joins the MCU with the title role in the upcoming Doctor Strange. In the fourteen years that he’s been on screen, Cumberbatch has achieved more than just wealth.
The British actor has an absolutely enormous fanbase, and has managed to pick up an impressive number of iconic roles, including Smaug (The Hobbit trilogy), Khan (Star Trek: Into Darkness) and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes (in the series, not the film franchise with Rachel McAdams, of course!). As well as taking on the dashing Sorcerer Supreme for Marvel, Cumberbatch will be voicing Shere Khan in The Jungle Book.
4. Martin Freeman
Another addition to the Marvel family, Martin Freeman will be appearing in Captain America: Civil War in an unknown role, a casting move that has fans speculating wildly about who he could be. Rumor has it that he will play a government interrogator, and that this will be a recurring role, appearing again alongside Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther.
Freeman often works with Benedict Cumberbatch – the Watson to his Holmes in Sherlock, and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit franchise, which has fans thrilled that the pair will be coming to the MCU at the same time. It’s uncertain if we will ever see them together on screen, but the possibility is enough for many fans of this amazing duo.
One of the most exciting additions to the cast of Captain America: Civil War is Tom Holland as Spiderman – a character that fans have been hoping to see in the MCU for years. Of course, alongside Peter Parker comes all of our favorite supporting characters, including Aunt May, his loving guardian.
While Marisa Tomei has not yet been confirmed for the role, the Empire actress is rumored for the part, continuing her pattern of taking on supporting roles (something that has netted her one Oscar win and two more nominations). Now that we are less than half a year away from the release of Civil War, hopefully we will find out soon if she will be appearing, and as whom.
2. Cate Blanchett
While nothing has yet been confirmed by the studio, it looks like Cate Blanchett will be joining the MCU at the end of next year in the next installment in the Thor series: Thor: Ragnarok. Rumors began about the potential casting at the end of 2015, and have been very recently bolstered by reports that Mark Ruffalo (aka Marvel’s Hulk) enthusiastically urged the actress to take on a role in the film.
According to reports, she would up as the big bad for this third Thor adventure, going head-to-head with Chris Hemsworth. She’ll also be working with fellow MCU newbie Benedict Cumberbatch in Jungle Book: Origins, where she is the voice of Kaa.
1. Kurt Russell
The richest of the potential new Marvel family members by a large margin, Kurt Russell has been rumored to appear in the 2017 follow up to the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, in an unknown role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
The obvious assumption is that the Big Trouble In Little China actor would be playing Star Lord (Chris Pratt’s) mystery father, a man who audiences are dying to see. Russell did confirm that he was approached about the movie, but hadn’t seen the first one, and so declined to answer until he had a chance to see what he was getting in to.
Total Net Worth: $70 Million
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Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.