The Marvel Cinematic Universe is all about interconnectivity. Every movie and streaming series tells a story of its own, but it also sets up future sequels and spin-offs with tantalizing cameos. Spider-Man: No Way Home brought Daredevil into the mainline MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced the existence of the Fantastic Four with John Krasinski’s turn as Reed Richards.
From Charlize Theron as Clea to Brett Goldstein as Hercules to Harry Styles as Thanos’ brother, Phase Four of the MCU has been full of surprising superhero cameos.
10 Charlize Theron As Clea In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
The shocking cliffhanger ending of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sees Strange dropping to his knees and opening a third eye in his forehead. The mid-credits scene reveals that he’s embraced this third eye as a facial feature when Dormammu’s niece Clea arrives to invite him to the Dark Dimension to prevent an incursion.
Clea is played by A-lister Charlize Theron. In the comics, Clea became Strange’s disciple and eventually his wife, so Theron is set up for a long-running arc in the MCU.
9 Tom Hardy As Eddie Brock In Spider-Man: No Way Home
In the mid-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the movie’s multiversal shenanigans claimed another victim. While Doc Ock, Electro, the Green Goblin, the Sandman, and the Lizard were all fighting three Spider-Men in New York, Tom Hardy’s Venom spent the whole movie in a bar, catching up on the events of the MCU.
No sooner is Hardy’s Eddie Brock brought into the MCU, he’s taken back out of it as Doctor Strange’s spell repairs the multiverse and he goes back to the Sony universe.
8 Brie Larson As Carol Danvers & Mark Ruffalo As Bruce Banner In Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
At the end of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Wong appears through a portal and invites Shang-Chi and his best friend Katy to join him in the Sanctum. In the mid-credits scene, Wong analyzes the Ten Rings with Shang-Chi, Katy, and a couple of Avengers FaceTiming in.
Brie Larson appears as Carol Danvers, making a reunion with Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton, and Mark Ruffalo appears as Bruce Banner (but not in his “Smart Hulk” form).
7 Vincent D’Onofrio As Wilson Fisk In Hawkeye
The penultimate episode of Hawkeye finally revealed the criminal overlord behind the Tracksuit Mafia: the Kingpin himself, Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role from Netflix’s Daredevil series. Fisk ended up fighting Kate Bishop in a toy store in the season finale, proving her worthiness as an Avenger.
Along with Daredevil’s own cameo appearance in No Way Home, Fisk’s role in Hawkeye made the canceled Netflix shows official parts of the MCU canon.
6 Harry Styles As Eros In Eternals
The mid-credits scene of Eternals introduced Harry Styles as Eros. On top of the surprise of seeing One Direction superstar Harry Styles in a Marvel movie, his herald Pip the troll reveals that he’s actually the biological brother of Thanos.
There isn’t much of a family resemblance, but Eros’ relation to the Mad Titan teases an immense amount of cosmic power to be unleashed the next time he shows up in the MCU.
5 Jonathan Majors As He Who Remains In Loki
After finding out that the TVA is a big, elaborate lie in the fourth episode of Loki’s first season and defeating Alioth in the penultimate episode, the trickster god and his female counterpart Sylvie made it to the Citadel at the End of Time in the finale. There, they were promised that they would meet the space-time overlord pulling the strings at the TVA.
This overlord turned out to be “He Who Remains,” a variant of Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, who had already been cast to play the main version of Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
4 Evan Peters As Pietro Maximoff In WandaVision
In WandaVision, Wanda Maximoff created a sitcom fantasyland to cope with her grief. She brought back the love of her life, Vision, and fabricated two sons, Billy and Tommy. Vision wasn’t the only loved one that Wanda lost; she also lost her brother, Pietro, and she brought him back, too.
But when Pietro made an appearance, he wasn’t played by the MCU’s Aaron Taylor-Johnson; he was played by Evan Peters from the 20th Century Fox X-Men series. An incredulous Darcy Lewis says, “She recast Pietro!?” This Pietro turned out to be Westview resident Ralph Bohner posing as Pietro.
3 Charlie Cox As Matt Murdock In Spider-Man: No Way Home
After the Daily Bugle revealed his secret identity to the public, Peter Parker found himself in a spot of legal bother at the beginning of Spider-Man: No Way Home. So, he hired a really good lawyer: Matt Murdock.
Along with the Kingpin’s role in Hawkeye, Matt’s cameo in No Way Home brought Netflix’s Daredevil series into the MCU canon. Not only did he get Peter out of trouble; he saved him from a flying brick.
2 John Krasinski As Reed Richards In Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
When Stephen Strange arrives in the Earth-838 universe in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he’s promptly arrested for meddling with the space-time continuum and brought before the Illuminati. The Illuminati line-up was an all-you-can-eat buffet of superhero cameos.
Cameos like Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Hayley Atwell as Captain Carter were already revealed in the trailers, but John Krasinski’s fan-pleasing casting as Mr. Fantastic was saved for the movie itself.
1 Brett Goldstein As Hercules In Thor: Love And Thunder
The middle act of Thor: Love and Thunder introduced fans to Omnipotent City, where all the gods live. Thor went there to get help, but ended up just mortally wounding Zeus and stealing his chariot. In the mid-credits scene, Zeus tasks his son Hercules with exacting revenge against the God of Thunder.
Hercules was played by none other than Roy Kent himself, Brett Goldstein. Hercules could be the villain in Thor’s next adventure, or he might get a solo movie of his own.
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