In just 72 hours of its release, Avengers: Endgame brought in a box office record of $357 million domestically. It continues to shatter box office records on a daily basis and should become the highest grossing film of all-time very soon. What's even more impressive is that this film's running time stands at three hours and one minute, making it one of the longest, and highest grossing films ever. It came out on April 26th.
Avengers: Endgame is the ending of an 11-year, 22 feature film run that began in 2008 with the release of the first Iron Man film. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to grow, so did the amount of talented actors and actresses that wanted to be a part of it including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Munn, Garry Shandling, Mickey Rourke, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, and many other names that have become a part of this fictional world of superheroes and villains.
As we head into the next phase of the MCU, in which we fully expect to see many new faces and reboots over the coming years, let's stop and take another look back at 18 stars who loved their time working within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the two who regretted every minute of it.
20 Loved: Vin perishsel (Groot)
Since The Walt Disney Company does not reveal what they pay their actors in any of their films, the internet went wild trying to figure out just how much Vin perishsel made for voicing the role of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. Because he also starred in the Fast and Furious films during his time filming as Groot, all we have to go with is that he earned over $54 million in 2017.
Keep this in mind, even if they only paid him a couple million dollars to play the role of Groot, his entire job requires him to say three words, "I am Groot." He did not even have to dress up and do any of the stop-motion work with a green screen. He just entered a studio, said his three words many different ways, and went home. How can you not love being a part of this world?
19 Loved: Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch)
For being such a private person in real life, Elizabeth Olsen is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and everything it promotes. She is very open about her feelings on equality and inclusivity and has told many different journalists how much she enjoys working with Marvel because of it.
Since becoming the Scarlet Witch a few years ago, Olsen has turned the role into her own, even teaming with her on-screen love interest, Paul Bettany (Vision) to pitch an idea for a spin-off television series starring just the two of them and giving fans a journey into their relationship prior to Avengers: Endgame, or Infinity War.
18 Loved: Bradley Cooper (Rocket)
Before his amazing performance in Silver Linings Playbook, in which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, many people saw Bradley Cooper has nothing more than the jerk from Wedding Crashers who treated Rachel McAdams like trash and was the biggest jerk in the world. That movie showcased exactly who he was... a great actor.
Since then, he has three times for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor and even wrote and directed A Star is Born. It is safe to say he has turned into one of Hollywood's biggest, and most talented, stars. So when he joined the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, to play the voice of a raccoon, not much was expected from it. However, he has done such a great job in the role that he has earned even more screen time and was a main character in the Avengers: Endgame, all the while speaking very highly about his time working with Marvel.
17 Loved: Paul Bettany (Vision)
Since joining the cast and becoming a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Paul Bettany has spent most of his time enjoying every minute of it and his on-screen romantic relationship with Elizabeth Olsen's character, Scarlet Witch. In fact, his friendship with her is a big part of his love for the job. She makes it a lot easier for him to go to work everyday.
If anyone had complaints about working for Marvel, it should have been Bettany, who spent many hours in heavy prosthetics, purple paint, and costumes that were excellent at holding in body heat. In other words, it was tough to keep a straight face while nearly perishing of heat exhaustion.
16 Loved: Zoe Saldana (Gamora)
When she first found out that she would be written off in Avengers: Infinity War, Zoe Saldana had to separate her personal preferences and her business ones if she were to play the role correctly. She loves playing Gamora and became a big fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy story, characters, and fellow actors. So when she was being told that she would perish, personally, it hurt because of how much she loves the character, James Gunn, and The Russo Brothers.
She has even gone on to explain how Thanos decision to eliminate half the universe, with one snap of the fingers, was the wrong thing to do and any fans that defend him are straight out wrong. In an interview with Esquire earlier this year, she said, "I think that nobody should play God, not even the Gods themselves."
15 Loved: Mark Ruffalo (Hulk)
Before Mark Ruffalo took over as one of the most famous Marvel characters of all time, The Incredible Hulk, fans had already seen Edward Norton and Eric Bana take on the role but both of them failed to bring it to life like Mark did. That had everything to do with who he is as a person. He is probably the most down to earth person in Hollywood.
He was never a superstar but people knew who he was by the time he was named the latest member of the MCU. So when he took on the role, he knew it would open up his opportunities so he always planned to ride this ride as long as they let him. He has openly spoken about playing the Hulk as many times as he can because he loves doing it and the world sees him as the best Hulk we have ever seen on the big screen.
14 Loved: Anthony Mackie (Falcon)
The only reason Anthony Mackie showed up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was after he reached out to Marvel to request a chance to audition for the role of the Black Panther. He not only wanted to play one of the most underrated characters in the MCU, but he loved his backstory and was not afraid to talk about his love for the comics.
When he finally got a call back from Marvel, it was to play the role of Falcon, and, although he was disappointed that he did not get the role of Black Panther, he still happily took it. He then began emphasizing just how important Black Panther's story was back in 2012, long before a movie was ever shot. He was like a comic book fanboy when talking to the people of Marvel regarding the role and how excited he was to see Chadwick Boseman as the actor they chose.
13 Loved: Chris Pratt (Star-Lord)
Looking back, there simply is no better choice for the role of Star-Lord than Chris Pratt. He is easily one of the most likable men in Hollywood, having completely changed his entire appearance when cast in the role. He went from being that funny, chubby, average guy on Parks & Recreation to an international superstar overnight.
During an interview in 2017, he was very open about working for Marvel. He was asked about signing another contract with Marvel to continue playing the role of Star-Lord and he happily stated, "Totally, dude. I want to - I love working with them. I'm going to continue to work with them whether they like it or not."
12 Loved: Paul Rudd (Ant-Man)
When asked about what it was like when he finished filming Ant-Man and The Wasp, and seeing the finished product, he simply said, "...the filming of it - the experience of it - has been nothing but fun. Hard work, but really enjoyable."
Besides loving working for Marvel, Paul Rudd's nine year old daughter is a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically, being her father's number one fan. It certainly helps to have a child that is a big fan because it is hard to work on something and hate it when your child loves it.
11 Loved: Tom Hiddleston (Loki)
Tom Hiddleston has been honored to portray one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's top villains, Loki, for six different films. He has never once came out and said anything bad about working for Marvel, or playing Loki. In fact, he has been one of the MCU's biggest cheerleaders, almost always talking about how much fun it was to do.
He loved his time working with everyone from Robert Downey Jr to Scarlett Johansson, and understood that with so many talented actors running around the set, everyone is going to be tough to get along with but that has never been a problem. He has different chemistry with everyone but all of it is good. He always talked about his joy going to work everyday and being on set.
10 Loved: Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes)
Since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sebastian Stan has turned into one of the biggest stars off the set, according to the fans. As a supporting character in a bunch of films starring some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Stan can sometimes get lost in the mix. But fans took notice and they love him anyways.
In fact, Stan is a good guy. After being one of the final choices to play the title role in Disney's John Carter, he was not selected because it was given to Taylor Kitsch. Instead of turning into enemies due to jealously, they became best friends because of it. He is the guy who everyone enjoys having around on the set because he is someone you just cannot help but love to be around.
9 Loved: Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
Most fans are already considering that Avengers: Endgame is going to be the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of many of the different storylines that occurred in the film, and we don't want to spoil it. So those fans also assume Chris Hemsworth will also want to move on from playing Thor too.
However, Chris Hemsworth has told just about anyone who wanted to listen to him that he will continue to play Thor until they literally force him off the set. He wasn't a fan of the second Thor film but after Thor: Ragnarok, things changed and now he has really opened up what he can do in future films within the MCU.
8 Loved: Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange)
There are not very many times that two actors who played Sherlock Holmes, in very different ways, would end up back on the big screen playing superheroes destined to work together to save the world, or perish trying.
Now that Avengers: Endgame has been released, and Doctor Strange has reached the ending of his Avengers run, for now, he can focus on the upcoming sequel to Doctor Strange, which Benedict Cumberbatch has said several times he would love to play forever.
7 Loved: Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow)
Without spoiling anything about Avengers: Endgame, we are going to be pretty sneaky about how we talk about the characters in the films. That being said, if you are reading this and still have not seen the movie, you are probably lost or are someone's mother clicking on images of Thor and Captain America. So be warned that you might not be happy about this next sentence.
Scarlett Johansson might not ever get to reprise her role as the Black Widow after her departure during the most recent Avengers film. That is, unless they make it a prequel, which they claim is their intentions but we have heard this for many years now. Regardless of whether or not she gets her own film, Scarlett has spent the past 11 years making friends and being a part of a family that she was very upset about no longer working with. She loved every second of her time working for Marvel.
6 Loved: Tom Holland (Spider-Man)
Of all the people on our list, none of them seem to be enjoying this ride half as much as Tom Holland, who, at 18 years old, was chosen to be the one of the most important characters, and most popular, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man. Since becoming the most popular Marvel superhero, Tom has shared his enjoyment playing the part and being around such a star-studded cast of Hollywood's elite A-listers.
He has been able to portray the youthfulness and immaturity of the Spider-Man character on-screen as well as off. He is just 22 years old and has already starred in two of his own Spider-Man films and was a major part in three others. Since the Avengers movies are full of spoilers and secrecy, interviewing Tom Holland has become quite the catch as he loves his job so much, he cannot help himself but talk about it as if he were his own number one fan.
5 Regretted: Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye)
Back in 2012, Jeremy Renner voiced his opinion about playing Hawkeye in the original Avengers film. He was very adamant about his dislike for the role after he found out he would end up being controlled by Loki for much of the film. He was unhappy about his lack of consciousness and the fact that he would be brainwashed by Loki to do things that the real Hawkeye would never do. It turned him into a bad guy, which was not something he wanted to play.
He was upset about the limited role he would play because he was being controlled by Loki and there is nothing to do besides being a zombie that does as told, with no emotion and no depth. He lacked any emotional content or thought process and it was not something he enjoyed doing.
4 Loved: Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man)
How can Robert Downey Jr. hate being Iron Man? He was easily the best casting decision, besides Chris Hemsworth as Thor, that Marvel has made in their entire slate of films. That has a lot to do with how closely relatable Robert Downey Jr. is to Tony Stark and how it was not a far leap to play that role. He has said many times that he would love to play Iron Man for as long as they let him.
Of course, it probably did not hurt that he was paid an enormous amount of money since joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He reportedly earned $500,000 for the first Iron Man but that would be the lowest total he would ever see again. He earned $10 million for Iron Man 2, $50 million for The Avengers and again in Iron Man 3, and recently, it was reported that he could bring in as much as $200 million for Avengers: Endgame.
3 Loved: Brie Larson (Captain Marvel)
Many actors reach the top of the mountain and shout as loudly as possible because of the journey it took to get there. Brie Larson is the opposite of this and, although she is now a Hollywood superstar, she remains the same person she was a decade ago when she was first breaking out on films like 21 Jump Street.
So when she took on the role of Captain Marvel, she made it very clear that her choice was mostly because of how Marvel treats their superheroes. They focus on their journey and not just rely on the power of their popularity. In other words, she loves how their characters are driven by their heroes, helping her to use her time in the MCU for good.
2 Loved: Chris Evans (Captain America)
Is there anyone more loyal and true to his character than Chris Evans was as Captain America?
Anyone who takes on the role of Captain America knows just how important it is going to be to completely embody that superhero, knowing that joining the MCU is a very big partnership that can last for a decade, at least. He wasn't even the highest paid actor until 2016 when Captain America: Civil War came out and even then he was near the top but was still not the highest paid.
He did not work for peanuts but his modest salary was nothing compared to the billions that the films he starred in brought the Marvel family. Even though, he still cried his eyes out six times during the premier of the Avengers: Endgame. He even posted on social media about how much he is going to miss his time working with his bestie, Scarlett Johannson.
1 Regretted: Terrence Howard (Rhodey)
The best thing to happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, happened in real life, back in 2008, after the release of the original Iron Man film. The thing that went down was a learning experience for the many people who worked with all the different Marvel films.
All of the actors involved in Iron Man were signed on for a three picture deal, including Terrence Howard, who played Rhodey. But after the first one, Howard did an interview where he claimed that he was offered to play the role in the second film for one-eighth of what he signed up for simply because they did not need him.
That money would end up going to Robert Downey Jr., according to Howard, and he would become the first person to walk away from being a part of something that would end up changing the way we watch cinema.