- 2008’s “Iron Man” was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- This year’s “Avengers: Endgame” will be the 22nd movie.
- The heroes have transformed in the decade since “Iron Man” was released.
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“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
Barton shows off a new hairstyle and a tattoo sleeve in “Endgame,” which will feature the debut of his vigilante alter ego, Ronin.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
He can take human form and changes between the two.
Sam Wilson, otherwise known as Falcon, first appeared in “Captain America: Winter Soldier.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
He joined the fight against Thaons in “Infinity War.”
Mantis first meets the other Guardians in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
She doesn’t change much before “Infinity War,” though she’s more concerned.
Drax the Destroyer joins the Guardians in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
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.
He’s always wearing his jacket.
Shuri first appeared in “Black Panther” and showed her technological genius.
She used her skills again in “Infinity War.”
Okoye defended and protected T’Challa in “Black Panther.”
She witnessed him disappear in “Infinity War.”
Hope van Dyne had a short bob in her first appearance in “Ant-Man.”
She grew her hair out when she took the Wasp identity and appeared in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
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