Have you ever been sitting in a movie theater, watching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, thinking to yourself, "Wow, that actor is too good for the MCU"? The MCU is certainly deserving of great actors, and many of its films feature amazing performances. But sometimes the actors seem overqualified for their roles.
Vote up the actors who go above and beyond what you might expect from a superhero film.
Anthony Hopkins In The 'Thor' MoviesPhoto: Thor / Paramount Pictures
Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Anthony Hopkins is one of the great screen and stage actors of the past 50 years. With five Academy Award nominations and five Emmy Award nominations to his name, Hopkins is as talented as he is diverse.
When Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the production team behind Thor were looking to cast an actor as Odin, Hopkins was an ideal choice. It just turned out the Welsh actor wasn't given much to do throughout the first three Thor films. Is he great? Yes. Is he just a little bit wasted in the role? Unfortunately, yes.Great performance?
Tilda Swinton is the kind of actor who takes her craft extremely seriously. How seriously? When you create a "performance art piece" where you pretend to sleep for hours on end while encased in glass in an art gallery, and perform that "art piece" numerous times over the years, it is pretty dang serious.
Swinton's role as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange clearly needed an actor with some gravitas, but bringing in a performer this serious was a bit of a curveball for Marvel. It certainly paid off though.Great performance?
John C. Reilly has headlined comedy pictures as diverse as Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Wreck-It Ralph, and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Chicago. He also starred in Guardians of the Galaxy as the exceedingly minor character Nova Corpsman Rhomann Dey.
Reilly isn't given much to do outside of quip back-and-forth with Star-Lord and provide a bit of an emotional payoff at the end of the film when he reunites with his family after the Guardians save Xandar from destruction.Great performance?
Peter Dinklage has been garnering critical plaudits since 2003's The Station Agent, but he didn't become a household name until his star-making turn in Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister. A four-time Emmy Award winner for supporting actor in a drama series, Dinklage knows how to make the most of any screen time he is given.
Alas, his cameo as Eitri in Avengers: Infinity War was more of a "Hey! That's Peter Dinklage" moment than anything else. They probably didn't have to pay someone as famous as Dinklage to play Eitri, but when you have that Marvel Studios money... you can basically do whatever you want.Great performance?