18 Actors Who Just Love To Be In The MCU And 13 Who Are Completely Done With It

With the exponential growth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plenty of world-renowned actors have gotten the opportunity to bring a character from the pages of a comic book straight to the silver screen. Of course, who could deny the giant paycheck that comes with an offer from Marvel.
Now, with the introduction of the multiverse, and Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, plenty of characters from pre-MCU Marvel movies — or even characters who have previously died in the MCU — could be written to return. Alternate timelines, time-traveling, et cetera.
Some actors would be happy to keep reprising their roles for as long as Marvel would have them, but others are ready to move on.
Here are 18 characters who would love to continue being in the MCU, and 13 others who are done with the franchise.

#1 Chris Hemsworth

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Hemsworth absolutely loves playing Thor. So much so that he has even confirmed that Thor: Love and Thunder won't be his final appearance, as according to him, the character is too young for that.

#2 Elizabeth Henstridge

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Previously played Agent Jemma Simmons, she has expressed desire to bring the character from Agents of SHIELD to the big screen.

#3 Paul Bettany

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Though Paul Bettany has said that he doesn't care for Jarvis, he certainly enjoys playing Vision. Perhaps it's because he has more to work with.

#4 Cobie Smulders

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Cobie Smulders answered in an interview that she's always excited to play Marie Hill, maybe even for the rest of her career.

#5 Lana Condor

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Lana Condor feels that the character Jubilee hasn't been given justice when she initially played her in Xmen: Apocalypse and has expressed desires to play her again.

#6 Frank Grillo

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Frank Grillo is surprised that such a small character has such a big fan following. Though his Crossbones has already died, he still wants to play him in perhaps a TV series.

#7 Halle Berry

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Halle Berry is willing to play the character, Storm, again in the future.

#8 Krysten Ritter

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She loves Jessica Jones and is proud of her character so much that she still wants to play her character again, even though the TV series has already been canceled by Netflix.

#9 Olga Kurylenko

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Because of a lot of potential for developing a backstory, Olga wants to continue playing Taskmaster.

#10 Josh Brolin

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Though Josh has played Thanos in the MCU, the role he really wants to reprise is that of Cable in Deadpool 2.

#11 Ty Simpkins

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The kid from Iron Man 3, who played Harley Keener, would love to return as the Young Avenger Iron Lad. He also is willing to return as a villain if possible

#12 Chloe Bennet

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Bennet has so much love for Quake that when rumors started surfacing about her potential return to the MCU, she tweeted "I wish."

#13 Sterling K. Brown

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Though Prince N'Jobu is already dead in the backstory of Black Panther, Sterling still wants to play him again, if possible.

#14 David Harbour

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David doesn't think of his role as the Red Guardian as a one-time character and is down for more.

#15 Elodie Yung

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Since the adjustment of her costume, Elodie Yung is very much willing to return to play the multifaceted Elektra in the MCU.

#16 Andrew Garfield

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Andrew Garfield wants to return as the friendly neighborhood web slinger, but on the condition that it would have to be a special role. We've already seen him reprise the role in Spiderman: No Way Home.

#17 Gwyneth Paltrow

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There is a possibility of Pepper Potts returning in the MCU, but only on Gwyneth's request that it was a small part that only requires filming in a day or two.

#18 Edward Norton

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Though he has been replaced by Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Edward is still open to returning as a bad guy, or even just as a writer.


#1 Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett has no desire to play the Russian Agent again, feeling that her character is already complete. However, she is a producer on an upcoming Marvel project, though not related to Black Widow.

#2 Chris Evans

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Chris Evans is surprised to hear rumors of his future return, simply stating on Twitter "News to me."

#3 Terrence Howard

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We all know the situation with Terrence Howard in Iron Man 2 and how his salary was reduced so they could pay Robert Downey Jr. more. When asked if he would return, he said "fuck them".

#4 Dave Bautista

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Dave Bautista thinks Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is probably going to be the end of Drax. One of the reasons was because he dislikes sitting in the makeup chair for so long.

#5 Hayley Atwell

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Hayley Atwell feels that she has really fulfilled her role of Peggy Carter and has expressed no desire to reprise it.

#6 Clark Gregg

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Clark Gregg no longer has any desires to play Phil Coulson. After several seasons, he yearns for nothing.

#7 Hugo Weaving

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Because Marvel offered him a lesser amount of payment than what he desired, he turned down the offer to play him in other Avenger films. He doesn't have a lot of passion for the character one way or the other.

#8 Sally Field

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In response to Rumors about an Aunt May spino, Sally Field responded "what would you do with her?".

#9 Mickey Rourke

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Mickey has expressed his opinion pretty clearly regarding the matter, saying he does not want to make mindless comic book films. This was perhaps a response to Marvel allegedly cutting most of his Whiplash scenes down.

#10 Jennifer Lawrence

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Her X Men contract had already expired. Originally Jennifer has no desire to return, but only did is as a favor for director Simon Kinberg.

#11 Zachary Levi

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Though he liked being apart of the MCU, he disliked how Fandral, and by extension The Warriors Three, was not used well.

#12 Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba had such a terrible experience on set in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer that she doubted her self-worth and skills as an actor and considered quitting the industry altogether.

#13 Robert Downey Jr.

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Robert feels he has done all he can with the character, wanting to do other things.
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