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The Legacy MCU Actors & Their Characters Left Behind

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By Aja

For nearly a decade, audiences everywhere have witnessed their favorite Marvel Comic Book characters come to life on the big screen. Their biggest threat having been Thanos, the intergalactic pirate who altered the world to his vision. In the end, the Avengers ultimately won the biggest battle of their lives but lost their fearless leader, Iron Man in the process. Audiences share a connection with all of these characters, especially Captain America and Iron Man. The actors behind the epic roles have left behind a legacy that is unmatched by any movie franchise.

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The Final End To The Avengers

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By the MCU Avengers saga being the massive phenomia it is today, audiences find it pretty hard to forget. The end of the MCU came with the arrival of Avengers: Endgame which was released back in the summer of 2018. Our heroes tried to undo Thanos's destruction, when he erased 50% of the human population from existence, including some of the Avengers. The team goes back in time to retrieve all the infinity stones before Thanos does. Their plan almost fails, until Iron Man puts on the gauntlet with the infinity stones on, and snaps his fingers, sacrificing himself for the greater good. The movie ends on a bittersweet note, honoring the actors that played the famous comic book characters.

Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr posing with Iron Man hand
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While initally some were left scratching their heads at Marvel Studios casting choice of Robert Downy Jr. to play Iron Man, his role has become legendary. When fans think of Iron Man and Tony Stark they can't unsee RDJ's face. The 54 year-old mega star still gets asked if Iron Man ever make a return. "I am so pleased, just that, I wound up where I have. I’m very fortunate," the actor said during an interview with the TODAY Show. After all, Downey has spent well over 10 years playing the same character. Plus, Iron Man kick-started the entire franchise!

Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson at Avengers promotional event
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By Scarlet Johansson's Black Widow being one of the most prominent and beloved characters in the MCU, audiences were sadden by her imminent death at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Amongst the many strong female characters seen throughout the saga, Black Widow definitely made a statement. Johansson's character first appeared back in Iron Man 2 in 2010 and has since, gone on to star in every single Marvel Avengers film. Now she's coming out with her solo movie and fans will get to delve further into the assassin's past. Black Widow will always remain a fan-favorite.

Captain America

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Another unforgettable character was Chris Evans' Captain America, affectionately called Cap by the team. Evans' first took on the role of the Cap back in 2011 with the release of his solo movie Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans' admitted that he was going to miss playing the character. "It felt like graduating high school or college, you know. For the last month of filming, I was letting myself go to work every day and be a little overwhelmed and a little nostalgic and grateful. By the last day, I was bawling. I cry pretty easy, but I was definitely bawling," Evans' told the Mens Journal. Looks like the actor isn't the only one who will miss the Cap.

Zoe Salamander's Gamora

Zoe Saldana at a red carpet event
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Though Zoe Saldana's Gamora from Guardians of The Galaxy has only been apart of the Avengers for four years, her death still hurt audiences. At the end of Avengers: Infinity Wars Thanos sacrificed his adopted daughter in order to retrieve the Soul infinity stone. Unlike Iron Man and Black Widow, Gamora was revived in Avengers: Endgame. However, the old version of Gamora returned; an assassin deemed as the "most lethal woman in the galaxy." Given the intergalactic assassin's return, it'll be interesting see how Star-Lord copes with the previous version of Gamora in the third movie installment.

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