How Many Movies Do MCU Actors Have Left On Their Contracts? [UPDATED]

Chris Hemsworth in Thor Ragnarok

Chris Hemsworth - Thor

Films left on contract: 3 (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4)

Like Evans, Chris Hemsworth appears to have been given the standard six film contract, saying around the release of Age of Ultron he had only one Thor and two Avengers movies to go (Ragnarok and Infinity War/4 respectively). Unlike Evans, he's made little comment on his thoughts on the future, so whether someone else will become worthy or he'll be coerced to come back for more is unknown.

Tom Hiddleston - Loki

Films left on contract: 3 (Thor: RagnarokAvengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4)

Tom Hiddleston originally signed a six-movie contract, which covers his essential role in the Thor trilogy and parts in the first three Avengers films (he wasn't in Age of Ultron, but did film a scene). Presumably, he's had similar contract extension as he's also set for Avengers 4. His future beyond that depends both on whether Marvel want to finally off the character (after multiple death fakeouts) and what the plans are for Chris Hemsworth - you can't really have Loki without Thor.

Thor's Supporting Characters

Idris Elba hasn't revealed the length of his contract but is now on his fourth film with Ragnarok. If Infinity Stone rumors are true then he may only have one or two turns left.

Stellan Skarsgard has a five-film contract, which he'll round off with Avengers: Infinity War. Fellow human Kat Dennings also had other films set, but looks unlikely to return.

Anthony Hopkins will be back as Odin in Thor: Ragnarok, his third film in the series. What this says of his contract is unknown.

Mark Ruffalo - Bruce Banner/Hulk

Films left on contract: 4 (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, another unconfirmed)

Mark Ruffalo is also on Marvel's six film contract, but because getting him in a solo film - either due to rights or creative issues - has proven tricky, he's not really chipped into that; he's only appeared in The Avengers and Age of Ultron (on top of an excellent post-credits sting to Iron Man 3). He's next up in Planet Hu... Thor: Ragnarok and will like the others be back for Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. That leaves a final, unknown movie at some point in the future. Of course, because Hulk is a less strenuous role - it's a mix of standard set acting and mo-cap - it's possible Ruffalo can be brought back for more (and, if not, it's not like they've not recast Bruce Banner before).

Hulk's Supporting Characters

William Hurt presumably signed a multi-film contract when he joined The Incredible Hulk which brought him back for Captain America: Civil War. Whether he's set for any more is currently unknown.

Something similar was likely intended for love interest Liv Tyler and future Leader Tim Blake Nelson, but the general avoidance of that movie makes it unlikely (although rumors have surfaced of Tyler playing a part in Infinity War).

Benedict Cumberbatch - Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange with magic weapons

Films left on contract: at least 4 (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, Doctor Strange 2)

Benedict Cumberbatch is the relatively new kid on the block, debuting just last year as Stephen Strange, so with all the previously-discussed contract endings is being tipped as the new core of the MCU. The actor is yet to elaborate on how many films exactly he's locked in for, however, it's at least four - he's got an extended cameo in Thor: Ragnarok, is set for Avengers 3/4 and a sequel is pretty likely. Presuming Marvel wants a trilogy of solo movies, that's at least six, but as crossovers are the name of the game he could have signed on for as many as nine.

Of course, because Cumberbatch is coming later in the evolved MCU, it's likely his contract is less rigid as the earlier films, with smaller parts like his Ragnarok appearance worked in as a contingency.

Doctor Strange's Supporting Characters

Chiwetel Ejiofor was very secretive about whether he'd be back for any more sorcerer action in later MCU movies, but after Doctor Strange's post-credits scene it's clear he's at the very least locked for a sequel. Benedict Wong is also going to stick around, with Wong confirmed for Infinity War (and thus suggesting a big multi-film contract).

The other major player who may return is Rachel McAdams, but the actress has been very quiet on future commitments.

Chadwick Boseman - T'Challa/Black Panther

Captain America Civil War New Concept Art Black Panther

Films left on contract: 4 (Black PantherAvengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, other unannounced)

The other actor with franchise carrying in his future, Chadwick Boseman is reportedly signed for five films, which with Captain America: Civil War out of the way means he's got room for two solo movies and two Avengers films. Given T'Challa's importance going forward, however, it would be strange for that to be the end; odds are there'll be renegotiations if - as expected - Black Panther is a major success.

Black Panther's Supporting Characters

Black Panther sees the return of both Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. Both have been rather coy about their contracts, so their respective futures after the 2019 film are unknown (although Freeman has a better bet of being a proper recurring role).

The status of the new actors in the movie - Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W'Kabi and Forest Whitaker as Zuri chief among them - is unclear, although some are sure to stick around with Boseman for later Wakandan adventures.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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