Top 10 MCU (Marvel) Performances by British Actors

From superheroes to super-sinners, the Brits
do it best. Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’ll
be counting down our picks for the top 10 Marvel MCU Performances by British Actors! For this list, we’ve gathered a glorious
group of British actors, all of which have had a heroic (or villainous) impact on the
Marvel Cinematic Universe. Having already starred in the “Kick-Ass”
films, Taylor-Johnson was no stranger to superhero flicks when he entered the MCU as Quicksilver. Debuting in “Age of Ultron”, after a brief
appearance in an end credits scene for “Winter Soldier”, Quicksilver teams up with his
twin sister, Scarlet Witch, after the Avengers bust both of them out of a Hydra lab. And, with a storyline that lives up to his
superpower, the speedster’s screen time comes in short sharp bursts. There’s just no catching him. The “Thor” films feature a few standout
British performances, not least Anthony Hopkins’ godly turn as Odin, but Idris Elba deserves
particular mention, playing a character who has grown into the series. As Heimdall, Elba is Asgard’s gatekeeper
and the overseer of the Bifröst bridge. An all-seeing, all-knowing figure, he holds
a lot of sway in Thor’s world, and becomes an important leader in “Ragnarok”, fronting
the resistance against Hela. This bloke gets more badass with every movie
he’s in. Switching to the small screen for the first
MCU series on Netflix, London’s Charlie Cox takes the title role in “Daredevil”. Playing Matt Murdock – an apparently unassuming,
blind New York lawyer – once the day job’s done he suits up to fight crime across the
city. A brutal but brilliant vigilante who was blinded
at a young age, Cox taps into Daredevil’s determination to succeed, as well as the character’s
constant vulnerability. And this series is stacked with awesome fight
scenes, with show creators rewriting the rulebook on what a Marvel Melee should look like. Signalling a seismic stylistic shift in the
MCU, “Doctor Strange” is another film peppered with pristine Brit performances. Special mention to Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl
Mordo and Benedict Wong as one of Strange’s closest allies, but Tilda Swinton takes the
most significant supporting role, as Stephen’s mystic mentor, the Ancient One. While her casting did trigger accusations
of whitewashing, Swinton steps into the previously male role and totally makes it her own. Still, we’d expect nothing less from one
of cinema’s most enigmatic actors. As one of the longest standing MCU actors,
Paul Bettany has been involved with Marvel since the Cinematic Universe started. He voices JARVIS in “Iron Man” one, two
and three, and in the first Avengers film, before gaining glorious physicality in “Age
of Ultron”. As Vision, Bettany brings unique and exciting
elements to the superhero stable, assuming an omniscient, supreme quality throughout
the otherwise chaotic fight scenes. A voice of reason and intelligence, nothing
gets past this guy. Previously best known as Amy Pond in “Doctor
Who”, let no one question Karen Gillan’s dedication to this MCU role. The Scottish actress famously shaved her head
to play Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, revealing her drastic new look at Comic-Con
in 2013. And having boldly gone bald, she puts in a
gutsy performance to match. Up for the fight, and furious most of the
time, Nebula proves a prize pain in the arse for the Guardians, before beginning to switch
allegiances in the sequel. Watch this space. Marvel roles don’t come much bigger than
Spidey, and Tom Holland’s take on the friendly neighbourhood fighter of crime has earned
the Englishman widespread critical acclaim. Having made his bow in “Civil War’ before
fronting a standalone Spider-Man film in 2017, Holland plays up Peter Parker’s high-school
anxieties better than most movie versions of the character. He’s seriously handy in the big battle scenes
too, converting the web-slinger’s carefree nature into an inventive and unpredictable
fighting style. Tony Stark should be proud. Backed up by the stellar supporting cast we’ve
already saluted, Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is easily one of the most exciting and intriguing
Phase Three inductees into the MCU. Transforming from an arrogant-but-brilliant
surgeon into a humble-but-gifted mystical maverick, the character commands a unique
origins story and unprecedented powers. Inspired by all of Strange’s complexities
and sporting one of the coolest Marvel costumes around, Cumberbatch delivers a trippy, time-turning
portrayal worthy of even the Ancient One’s approval. Another Brit at the centre of Marvel’s Netflix
projects, but this time as one of the MCU’s most memorable villains. David Tennant’s turn as Kilgrave proved
a clear highlight throughout the first season of “Jessica Jones” – and no, he didn’t
just force us to say that. Combining mind control powers with unmitigated
malevolence, Kilgrave stops at absolutely nothing to get what he wants. Leaving a trail of calmly discarded dead bodies
in his wake, Kilgrave turns every scene into an awesome, edge-of-the-seat moment. Before we unveil our top pick, here are a
few honourable mentions. Hiddleston was a relative unknown when cast
as Loki in 2011’s “Thor”, but the London-born actor has seen his stock rise immeasurably
throughout his time in the MCU. As Loki, he brings to life one of Marvel’s
most important and individual characters, whose motivations are never easy to nail down. A villain for the most part, but a baddie
we all unashamedly root for, Loki’s always on hand with a well-timed retort and a fiendish
grin. Redefining what’s meant by ‘brotherly
love’ and ‘sibling rivalry’ with every word he says, he’s an icon of twenty-first
century cinema.

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