THEN AND NOW: How the 'Avengers: Endgame' heroes have transformed since their first appearances

MarvelThe surviving Avengers are fighting for the world.

“Iron Man” burst into theatres 11 years ago as the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that world has only continued to grow.

In the decade since then, the heroes that have graced the screen have undergone some transformations, both mentally and physically. Captain America is no longer the man he was in World War II, and Iron Man has made himself a number of different suits. Thor shed his long hair, and Black Widow in nearly every film.

Twenty-one movies later, fans are ready for a battle to save mankind as the heroes that have dominated the big screen face Thanos in “Avengers: Endgame.” In honour of the moment, here’s how much the “Avengers” actors have changed since their first on-screen appearances.


When Robert Downey Jr. first played Tony Stark, he had a sculpted beard and was figuring out how to build a working Iron Man suit, while a circular arc reactor in his chest kept him alive.

Disney/MarvelRobert Downey Jr. in ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

In the 11 years since “Iron Man” was released, Tony has gone through a number of arc reactors and suits. Tony still has his recognisable beard, though he has started to go grey.


Much has changed in the world since Steve Rogers first became Captain America during World War II, including Cap’s suit and shield.

Disney/MarvelChris Evans in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Cap briefly had a beard in “Infinity War,” but shaved for “Endgame.” He’s also rocking new suits in the film.


When Thor first landed on Earth, he had long, blonde locks and a beard.

Disney/MarvelChris Hemsworth in ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Thor lost his hair in “Thor: Ragnarok,” but still maintains his beard. His suit has also had an upgrade since “Thor” was released in 2011, but he still has his red cape.


Natasha Romanoff, otherwise known as Black Widow, was first introduced in “Iron Man 2” in which she had curly auburn hair.

Disney/MarvelScarlett Johansson in ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Since then, Natasha’s hair has been a variety of different shades of red, as well as different lengths. She went to short blonde hair for “Infinity War.” And though she is shown with that same hair in some “Endgame” trailers, she also has long red hair and blonde tips in other trailer clips.


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The Hulk was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “The Incredible Hulk” and was played by Edward Norton, but Mark Ruffalo took over for Norton to play Bruce Banner and his alter ego in “The Avengers.”

Disney/MarvelMark Ruffalo in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Banner looks largely the same, except for his salt-and-pepper hair. Aside from the Hulkbuster armour he wore in “Infinity War,” Hulk has basically stayed the same.


Jeremy Renner first made a cameo as Clint Barton, or Hawkeye, in “Thor” but was officially introduced in “The Avengers.”

Disney/MarvelJeremy Renner in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Barton shows off a new hairstyle and a tattoo sleeve in “Endgame,” which will feature the debut of his vigilante alter ego, Ronin.


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James “Rhodey” Rhodes was first introduced in “Iron Man” and was played by Terrence Howard. Rhodes first wore armour in “Iron Man 2” and was played by Don Cheadle, who has since stayed in the role.

Disney/MarvelDon Cheadle in ‘Iron Man 2’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.

War Machine didn’t have his own armour when he first appeared and wasn’t even officially referred to as War Machine until “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” He briefly had a red, white, and blue suit in “Iron Man 3,” but his suit has since been upgraded.


Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, was introduced in 2015’s “Ant-Man.”

Disney/MarvelPaul Rudd in ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

He hasn’t changed much in the four years since the movie was released, but he can also become giant.


Carol Danvers made her debut in “Captain Marvel,” which takes place in the 1990s.

Disney/MarvelBrie Larson in ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

“Endgame” takes place in the present day, but Danvers hasn’t physically aged in that time.


Nebula, Gamora’s sister, first appeared as a villain in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Disney/MarvelKaren Gillan in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

Nebula was captured by her father Thanos after she tried to kill him and is now helping the heroes defeat him.


Rocket Racoon was introduced in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Disney/MarvelBradley Cooper in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

He wears matching suits with the other surviving Avengers in “Endgame.


Bucky Barnes was introduced as Captain America’s best friend in “The First Avenger.”

Disney/MarvelSebastian Stan in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

Barnes returned as the Winter Soldier in “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” with long hair, a beard, and a metal arm.


Loki, Thor’s adopted brother, is introduced as an antagonist in “Thor.”

Disney/MarvelTom Hiddleston in ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He and Thor go back-and-forth as friends and enemies, but since his first appearance, he’s grown his hair out and his clothing has changed.


Wanda Maximoff, or Scarlet Witch, is first seen with dark hair during an end-credits scene in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

Disney/MarvelElizabeth Olsen in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

By “Infinity War,” Scarlet Witch’s hair is lighter and more orange.


Vision is an AI in a synthetic body when he’s first introduced in “Age of Ultron.”

Disney/MarvelPaul Bettany in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame.’

He can take human form and changes between the two.


Sam Wilson, otherwise known as Falcon, first appeared in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”

Disney/MarvelAnthony Mackie in ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He’s been alongside Cap since, though his appearance has generally remained the same.


T’Challa, or Black Panther, first entered the MCU in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Disney/MarvelChadwick Boseman in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

His suit got an upgrade in “Black Panther” and was seen again in “Infinity War.”


Gamora’s hair wasn’t all pink when she was introduced in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Disney/MarvelZoĆ« Saldana in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

She wore a leather jacket and had pink hair in “Infinity War.”


After getting in a car accident and waking in Kamar-Taj, Doctor Strange goes with a more kempt look in “Doctor Strange.”

Disney/MarvelBenedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He later shaves most of the beard and ends up with his costume, which includes the Cloak of Levitation.


Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, joined the MCU in “Captain America: Civil War” when he fought alongside Iron Man.

Disney/MarvelTom Holland in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

Thanks to Tony Stark, Spider-Man’s suit has gotten an upgrade.


Wong was introduced as a Master of the Mystic Arts in “Doctor Strange.”

Disney/MarvelBenedict Wong in ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He stayed to protect the Sanctum Sanctorum when Strange left to fight Thanos. But with Strange gone in Thanos’ snap, Wong will probably work with the Avengers to bring him back.


M’baku is first introduced in “Black Panther.”

Disney/MarvelWinston Duke in ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He joined the fight against Thaons in “Infinity War.”


Mantis first meets the other Guardians in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Disney/MarvelPom Klementieff in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

She doesn’t change much before “Infinity War,” though she’s more concerned.


Drax the Destroyer joins the Guardians in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Disney/MarvelDave Bautista in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He hasn’t changed at all, though he’s much nicer.


Peter Quill, or Star-Lord, is part alien and part human, though he looks more human.

Disney/MarvelChris Pratt in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

He’s always wearing his jacket.


Shuri first appeared in “Black Panther” and showed her technological genius.

Disney/MarvelLetitia Wright in ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

She used her skills again in “Infinity War.”


Okoye defended and protected T’Challa in “Black Panther.”

Disney/MarvelDanai Gurira in ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’

She witnessed him disappear in “Infinity War.”


Hope van Dyne had a short bob in her first appearance in “Ant-Man.”

Disney/MarvelEvangeline Lilly in ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp.’

She grew her hair out when she took the Wasp identity and appeared in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

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