Avengers: Infinity War was said to be the most ambitious crossover event in history. But do you know what's more impressive than a movie starring dozens of characters and a bunch of attractive men named Chris? The sheer number of actors and actresses who have appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have also been nominated for an Academy Award. Seriously, it's a surprisingly large number.
Cate Blanchett, who portrayed Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, is a seven-time nominee and two-time winner. Sir Ben Kingsley of Iron Man 3 is also an Oscar winner for Gandhi. And you probably know that Mark Ruffalo, who took over the role of Bruce Banner (aka the Hulk) starting with the first Avengers movie, has been nominated three different times over the course of his career. But they are just the tip of the talented Marvel iceberg. There are far, far more people who've appeared in the MCU and been nominated for an Oscar than you realize.
So, as we stare down both the 91st Annual Academy Awards and the highly anticipated Marvel film Avengers: Endgame, let's take a look back at the crazy talented extended cast of the MCU and revisit their memorable Oscar-nominated (and in some cases, Oscar-winning) roles.
The 91st Academy Awards air Sunday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.