Superhero movies often have an advantage succeeding at the box office because of their built-in recognition. Marvel has proven especially adept at this, be it adapting a character that almost everyone is familiar with like Captain America or building off the brand like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man did. Of course, awareness will only get you so far, which is why it’s important that the people involved are also skilled. So far Marvel has done a good job hiring a lot of talented actors for their movies, and the latest big name actor they’re looking at is Cate Blanchett.

Several days ago, it was reported that Blanchett is being looked at for a major role in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. The actress has taken many memorable roles over the years, and during her career she's earned two Oscars: one for Best Supporting Actress In The Aviator and one for Best Actress in Blue Jasmine. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at the other Oscar winners the Marvel Cinematic Universe has recruited over the years. There’s no denying that these actors are among the best of the best, and thanks to them, they helped make Marvel’s big screen adventures a little better.

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
Thor wouldn’t who he is today without the mentoring (and tough love) of his father Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins. The graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama has a diverse selection of credits, ranging from playing John Quincy Adams in Amistad to narrating How The Grinch Stole Christmas. However, it was his role as Hannibal Lecter in 1990’s Silence of the Lambs that earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. In terms of his Marvel performance, Odin serves as the voice of reason in the God of Thunder’s movies, but more importantly, he’s overflowing with that Shakespearean flair that fits so well in Asgard. While it hasn’t been confirmed whether he’ll be back for Thor: Ragnarok, it’s more likely than not he’ll put the eyepatch on one more time, either as the real All-Father or as a disguised Loki.

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