From superheroes to super-sinners, the Britsdo it best.
Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’llbe counting down our picks for the top 10 Marvel MCU Performances by British Actors! For this list, we’ve gathered a gloriousgroup of British actors, all of which have had a heroic (or villainous) impact on theMarvel Cinematic Universe.
Having already starred in the “Kick-Ass”films, Taylor-Johnson was no stranger to superhero flicks when he entered the MCU as Quicksilver.
Debuting in “Age of Ultron”, after a briefappearance in an end credits scene for “Winter Soldier”, Quicksilver teams up with histwin sister, Scarlet Witch, after the Avengers bust both of them out of a Hydra lab.
And, with a storyline that lives up to hissuperpower, the speedster’s screen time comes in short sharp bursts.
There’s just no catching him.
The “Thor” films feature a few standoutBritish performances, not least Anthony Hopkins’ godly turn as Odin, but Idris Elba deservesparticular mention, playing a character who has grown into the series.
As Heimdall, Elba is Asgard’s gatekeeperand the overseer of the Bifröst bridge.
An all-seeing, all-knowing figure, he holdsa lot of sway in Thor’s world, and becomes an important leader in “Ragnarok”, frontingthe resistance against Hela.
This bloke gets more badass with every moviehe’s in.
Switching to the small screen for the firstMCU series on Netflix, London’s Charlie Cox takes the title role in “Daredevil”.
Playing Matt Murdock – an apparently unassuming, blind New York lawyer – once the day job’s done he suits up to fight crime across thecity.
A brutal but brilliant vigilante who was blindedat a young age, Cox taps into Daredevil’s determination to succeed, as well as the character’sconstant vulnerability.
And this series is stacked with awesome fightscenes, with show creators rewriting the rulebook on what a Marvel Melee should look like.
Signalling a seismic stylistic shift in theMCU, “Doctor Strange” is another film peppered with pristine Brit performances.
Special mention to Chiwetel Ejiofor as KarlMordo and Benedict Wong as one of Strange’s closest allies, but Tilda Swinton takes themost significant supporting role, as Stephen’s mystic mentor, the Ancient One.
While her casting did trigger accusationsof whitewashing, Swinton steps into the previously male role and totally makes it her own.
Still, we’d expect nothing less from oneof cinema’s most enigmatic actors.
As one of the longest standing MCU actors, Paul Bettany has been involved with Marvel since the Cinematic Universe started.
He voices JARVIS in “Iron Man” one, twoand three, and in the first Avengers film, before gaining glorious physicality in “Ageof Ultron”.
As Vision, Bettany brings unique and excitingelements to the superhero stable, assuming an omniscient, supreme quality throughoutthe otherwise chaotic fight scenes.
A voice of reason and intelligence, nothinggets past this guy.
Previously best known as Amy Pond in “DoctorWho”, let no one question Karen Gillan’s dedication to this MCU role.
The Scottish actress famously shaved her headto play Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy”, revealing her drastic new look at Comic-Conin 2013.
And having boldly gone bald, she puts in agutsy performance to match.
Up for the fight, and furious most of thetime, Nebula proves a prize pain in the arse for the Guardians, before beginning to switchallegiances in the sequel.
Watch this space.
Marvel roles don’t come much bigger thanSpidey, and Tom Holland’s take on the friendly neighbourhood fighter of crime has earnedthe Englishman widespread critical acclaim.
Having made his bow in “Civil War’ beforefronting a standalone Spider-Man film in 2017, Holland plays up Peter Parker’s high-schoolanxieties better than most movie versions of the character.
He’s seriously handy in the big battle scenestoo, converting the web-slinger’s carefree nature into an inventive and unpredictablefighting style.
Tony Stark should be proud.
Backed up by the stellar supporting cast we’vealready saluted, Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is easily one of the most exciting and intriguingPhase Three inductees into the MCU.
Transforming from an arrogant-but-brilliantsurgeon into a humble-but-gifted mystical maverick, the character commands a uniqueorigins story and unprecedented powers.
Inspired by all of Strange’s complexitiesand sporting one of the coolest Marvel costumes around, Cumberbatch delivers a trippy, time-turningportrayal worthy of even the Ancient One’s approval.
Another Brit at the centre of Marvel’s Netflixprojects, but this time as one of the MCU’s most memorable villains.
David Tennant’s turn as Kilgrave proveda clear highlight throughout the first season of “Jessica Jones” – and no, he didn’tjust force us to say that.
Combining mind control powers with unmitigatedmalevolence, Kilgrave stops at absolutely nothing to get what he wants.
Leaving a trail of calmly discarded dead bodiesin his wake, Kilgrave turns every scene into an awesome, edge-of-the-seat moment.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are afew honourable mentions.
Hiddleston was a relative unknown when castas Loki in 2011’s “Thor”, but the London-born actor has seen his stock rise immeasurablythroughout his time in the MCU.
As Loki, he brings to life one of Marvel’smost important and individual characters, whose motivations are never easy to nail down.
A villain for the most part, but a baddiewe all unashamedly root for, Loki’s always on hand with a well-timed retort and a fiendishgrin.
Redefining what’s meant by ‘brotherlylove’ and ‘sibling rivalry’ with every word he says, he’s an icon of twenty-firstcentury cinema.